We haven’t been very active on this film blog the last couple of months as we’ve been tying up some loose ends with music licensing in the movie and other things connected with our distributors. A reminder that we have had a US distributor since just before the film premiered, 7th Art Releasing. Earlier this year, Blue Ant International picked up the film for international distribution and CBC television in Canada acquired the film for national broadcast. The next showing in Canada will be on the Documentary Channel, Dec 18 at 9:00 pm EST. The distributors are talking with different broadcasters in several countries about acquiring the film so we hope to have some more good news in 2017. We appreciate all who have gotten in touch on social media or by email to ask where they can see the film. We are anxious for it to be available online in some capacity but the distributors handle that aspect of it so we will update you on this page in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we are still very much open to doing special screenings with radio communities in various North American cities. If you think there is an opportunity where you live, and a suitable venue, don’t hesitate to get in touch and hopefully we can set up a screening. Lastly, sometime early next year we hope to make available on YouTube some interview clips that never made it into the film. Pat, Meg, Charles and David had so many great stories to tell and we just didn’t have room for all of them in the final cut. But a number will see the light of day on YouTube so again, stay tuned to this page for more info on that coming soon!
Some big news coming up about a Canadian broadcaster and an international distribution deal for the film but for now, please enjoy film star David Marsden turning the tables on film Director Roger King and interviewing him for www.nythespirit.com
There will be a special screening of I Am What I Play at The Carlton Cinema in Toronto on Friday, May 6th. It’s a fundraiser for the University of Toronto radio station, CIUT. Film star David Marsden and Director Roger King will attend and do a Q & A after the screening. We’re happy to support free form college radio. Tickets and info at the link below:
Given that on college stations today, you still find the free form spirit highlighted in the film, we are happy to be part of events that raise a little money for college radio. Loyalist College and 91X in Belleville, Ontario are presenting a special screening of the film on Wednesday, November 25. We hope to do more events like this with other college radio stations in the coming months:
We have neglected you, the faithful blog reader and for that, deep apologies. Our excuse is we’ve been screening the film and arranging other screenings. In fact, we got really clever and created an I Am What I Play Screenings page right on this site. No more guessing where the film might be playing. You can visit the Screenings page any time to get the up-to-the minute report.
We had a great time at the Beacon International Film Festival in late September. Beacon is a 90 minute train ride from New York City and they’ve carved out a nice artistic community there. I Am What I Play opened the festival this year and we encourage film fans to keep an eye on Beacon in future years.
We had another screening in Toronto on October 15 as part of the Reel Independent Film Festival. It was at the same theater as our Canadian premiere earlier this year – The Royal Cinema. Director Roger King and film subject David Marsden were in attendance and hosted a spirited Q & A after the screening.
Roger went to high-school in Kitchener-Waterloo (about an hour from Toronto) and will host a special presentation of the movie on October 29th at the beautiful rep cinema, The Princess Theater. Tickets only available at this link:
Our Canadian premiere took place Friday May 8 in Toronto at the Royal Cinema. We were the opening film of the Canadian Music Week (CMW) Film Festival and we had a great turnout at the theater. This premiere was well-timed as CMW’s two-day radio conference had just wrapped up so a lot of radio industry titans were already in town. Many of them attended the screening and the film was very well received. Also in attendance was one of the film’s 4 subjects, David Marsden, who took part in an entertaining Q & A session after the film. We look forward to more screenings in Toronto in the near future.
Well, we are happy to announce both our American and Canadian premieres. I Am What I Play will screen at the Boston Independent Film Festival on April 26th at the historic Somerville Theater. Here’s the film page on their website with ticket information:
And then on May 8th in Toronto, I Am What I Play will be the opening film of the film festival portion of Canadian Music Week (CMW). This screening will take place at The Royal Cinema on College St. Another great venue. CMW is kind of the South x South West of Canada so we are thrilled.
In December, David Marsden returned to the station he essentially created, The Edge 102.1 (CFNY) for a lengthy chat with former and now current again CFNY radio personalities Alan Cross and Scot Turner. At one point during the visit, they talked about I Am What I Play. You can listen to it here:
Happy 2015! I realize I have not been very diligent about updating this blog. Facebook is where the action is these days but I have to remember not everyone is on Facebook so will be more on top of updating here as well.
U.S. distribution news coming soon! In the meantime, I want to post some odds ‘n ends, starting with this below. David Marsden has left The Rock 94.9 and now does his shows live on his own site: www.nythespirit.com
Here was a tribute to David last month in Canadian Parliament, from MP Erin O’Toole: