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World Premiere Scheduled For Aruba International Film Festival

May 6, 2012 | Posted by Daphne | 11 Comments

Hi all!

Our team is thrilled to announce that Children of the Wind will be having it’s world premiere at the Aruba International Film Festival this June 22-28, as apart of the festival’s Caribbean Spotlight Series. The exact date has yet to be confirmed (as soon as we know, we’ll let you know!) but we wanted to announce this wonderful news. Program director Aaron Hose commented after watching our rough cut, “This really has serious ‘wings’.  And it will fly.  Correction… it will soar.” We are humbled by Aaron’s words and so excited about the opportunity to premiere the film at AIFF — as Aruba is a neighboring island to Bonaire, and their festival attracts top industry professionals and filmmakers from around the world. We are working together with the festival coordinators and Tiara Air to provide airfare for Bonaireans that appear in the film as well.  It’s going to be fun! Check out this preview from last year’s festival:

In order to make the festival deadline, our team now has to work faster than ever to finish up the final touches on the film! Our first private screening recently took place here in New York on April 24. We were lucky enough to hold the screening at Blowback Productions where we were invited by founders Marc Levin and Daphne Pinkerson. Marc happens to be a windsurfer and fellow graduate of Wesleyan University! So when he heard about our film and that we were looking for a location to screen the rough cut, he and Daphne kindly offered their corner conference room, which has beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Hudson river. We couldn’t have asked for a better spot. We invited about 20 people — a mix of friends, family, colleagues, supporters of the film, and documentary filmmakers — who we asked to give us feedback after watching the film. We handed out a questionnaire asking what parts they liked, what could be improved, what they didn’t understand etc. Overall the feedback was very positive, and we received important constructive notes on what to improve. Here are a few pics from the screening, starting off with part of the group holding their Children of the Wind T-shirts:

Our plan moving forward is to finish final edits and lock picture by June 1, then spend two weeks color correcting and sound mixing, and outputting our final master by June 15. For those of you asking about the DVD — we will eventually make it available worldwide — but we have to wait until we hear back from the major festivals such as IDFA, TIFF, and Sundance, as they don’t accept films that have had DVD releases. But we will keep you closely updated! Hopefully you can make it to one of the festivals to watch the film in the meantime. We sincerely thank you all once again for your support, patience, and love. This is our final sprint to the finish now — we are working day and night — and your encouragement and continued belief in this project means the world to us! Please feel free to contact us with any questions or just to say hello. We love hearing from you: info@childrenofthewindmovie.com


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  • Steve Johnson says:

    Looks like you are getting close to the finish!! What are the steps and timeframe for possibly being able to view it at a theatre in MN??
    Have fun, Steve

  • mark says:

    looking great guys..trailer gave me goosebumps..how can i purchase this dvd?

  • R. Stone says:

    Good to hear the movie is almost ready, I’m sure it’s gonna be very good!

    When will the movie be shown to the people of Bonaire itself? I actually expected the people of Bonaire would have the honour of the world premiere.

    I do understand that big film festivals are very good for publicity and eventually also for Bonaire of course.

    On the other hand I think Bonaire should be having the world premiere as the movie is mainly based on Bonaire and is about its people as well. It’s certainly possible to organise a huge, professional premiere here on Bonaire with the right sponsors.

    Of course the exposure wouldn’t be as huge as on Aruba’s film festival but maybe that’s exactly the reason to have it premiered on Bonaire, to set the standard for the island and put Bonaire on the map/ make a change (of course the movie itself will be making a big positive change for Bonaire already which is great!).

    As the world premiere will be on Aruba, is there any perspective of when the movie will be premiered here on Bonaire? (hopefully not after too many people in the world have seen it first)

    • Daphne says:

      Hi Richard,
      Thanks for commenting, we appreciate what you are saying and we agree that it is very important to show the film on Bonaire as soon as possible. The reason we couldn’t organize our world premiere on the island is because a public screening of any sort that is not apart of a film festival would disqualify us from entering all future film festivals. Meaning if we were to premiere the film on Bonaire now, even in a very professional way, it would be considered public and make our documentary inelegible to film festivals. Our plan is to hold a screening of the film on Bonaire this winter — after it has played at the major festivals. We understand how anxious everyone is to see it, but this strategy will give the film the biggest worldwide exposure. The Bonaireans will be the first to see it outside of the festivals and before DVD release. We are all very excited to hold a wonderful and large screening for all of our Bonairean friends this winter. We will let you know of the exact date once it has been decided. Thanks again for your support.

  • R. Stone says:

    Hello Daphne,

    Thanks for answering so fast!
    Sounds like a very good plan indeed. I didn’t realize it would make your documentary inelegible for the film festivals if you premiered it on Bonaire first without being part of a film festival and considering this it would not be very smart to do this of course.

    And it’s great that you guys can show it at big film festivals because then Bonaire will get known in a very beautiful and positive way. Of course it’s great for you guys as well, as the makers of this documentary, and I’m sure the people of Bonaire are very proud that you guys have done this to put Bonaire on the map. Apparently you guys must love this island. Good job!

    Can’t wait to see it! Cheers and good luck!

    • Daphne says:

      Many thanks Richard! We hope to see you at the screening on Bonaire this winter. All the best from our team. Daphne

  • Eric and Françoise says:

    From a beautiful time in Bonaire now back to Switzerland, we wish you all the best
    Eric and Françoise

  • Aruba says:

    What’s up, all is going perfectly here and ofcourse every one is sharing information, that’s in fact good, keep up writing.

  • Wow, kudos to the people who took notice and made something happen for the people of Bonaire. I hope the word gets out and the film attracts tourism and investment on the Island to help overcome the hardships within families and businesses of Bonaire.

  • Lee says:

    This looks great. So, do you have any idea when the DVD will be available for purchase?

    • Daphne says:

      The DVD will be available most likely in early 2013. We need to wait until after the major film festivals and tv broadcast to release the DVD. Until then, sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on screenings near you! Thanks for your support and interest in the film, Lee.

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