SNOWMAN Releases to the World

We are excited to announce that SNOWMAN releases worldwide today. It has been a long road from when Mike and Kevin first decided to make the film until today- almost a year after the world premiere at the Whistler Film Festival. Since the premiere we have been working with Mongrel Media in Canada and Filmbuff for all other territories to co-ordinate a release. The film debuted in the top 10 documentaries on iTunes this morning and continues to climb. SNOWMAN is available in Canada, USA, UK and Ireland:

iTunes USA or iTunes Canada

- Goggle Play

Amazon 

VUDU

XBOX

Look for more updates on where the film releases around the world in the coming months.

SNOWMAN opening the 2015 Breckenridge Film Festival!

We are very pleased to announce that SNOWMAN will play on the opening night of the BFF in Breckenridge, Colorado on September 17, 2015. Kevin and Joanne Fogolin will be there along with myself to introduce the film and do a Q&A afterward. If you are in Colorado, we'd love to see you there. Tickets are available here: http://www.breckfilmfest.com/film-festival-event-information/2015-festival/2015-film-schedule.html

We will be announcing the official release date along with more theatrical screenings for the film soon. Stay tuned!

Mike

SNOWMAN World Premiere Goes Off!

The SNOWMAN World Premiere was a resounding success, claiming "Best Mountain Culture Film" and selling out 2 theaters to a standing ovation. The Whistler Film Festival kicked off last Wednesday night with a bang, featuring Oscar contender The Imitation Game, before screening 87 films from all over the world to finally close out with SNOWMAN as the Closing Gala film. SNOWMAN sold out before the festival even began and in an unprecedented move, the festival arranged a second screening in the Rainbow Theatre for the same night.

For the crew it was a busy week managing press, preparations for the screening, watching films and meeting other filmmakers while also introducing ourselves to the greater film industry. Meanwhile Kevin was busy working in Toba, managing early season avalanche danger and made it back just in time for Sunday.

At the awards brunch on Sunday the film claimed "Best Mountain Culture Film" at the festival, making it a rare occasion where a film has won an award before it has even been screened. The evening brought with it much hype as the local Whistler community rallied to pack 2 theatres and this local support is something we are eternally grateful for.

Paul Gratin, the WFF program director proclaimed SNOWMAN, "the best closing gala film ever in the festival's history," and as the lights went down we hoped it would live up to expectation. Sitting in the theater, watching our work on the big screen in a packed theatre of film lovers and friends was a humbling experience. After staring at it for so long in the edit suite there were more laughs than we remembered putting in there, more emotion, and ultimately it looked and felt like a film to everyone in the room, including ourselves. The doubts that all creators go through slowly washed away.

A standing ovation was something we would never have dreamed of and can only say thank you once again to all those that supported this project! Companies like Salomon and Whistler Blackcomb, our Kickstarter contributors, families and friends, and the network of brilliant and creative minds that we called on on numerous occasions. We must also acknowledge Shawna Hardy-Mishaw and her tireless team for creating such an incredible forum for filmmakers like ourselves to share our work not just with a home crowd, but on a world stage.

In the afterglow of the premiere we are taking stock and enjoying the positive reviews, some of which are included below. Beyond that, we are looking towards our strategy moving forward with film festivals and potential distribution.

Press:

Globe and Mail: "Snowman: ‘Godfather of free-skiing’ behind the camera for directorial debut" by Marsha Lederman 

The Province: "Whistler Film Fest: Snowman closes the weekend with a message of passion and an entrepreneur 

 

After three years in production and the gracious support of your fine selves we are excited to release the SNOWMAN Official Trailer to celebrate the announcement of the World Premiere at the Whistler Film festival on Dec 7th. The film will be playing at the closing gala and we couldn't be happier having the opportunity to unveil the film to a home crowd full of family and friends. With the film wrapped we are currently enjoying the calm before the storm preceding the big day. 

Beyond the premiere we have submitted the film to a number of other film festivals and have an extended excerpt from the film releasing on Salomon Freeski TV on Dec 2nd so be sure to subscribe to catch it as soon as it drops (http://m.youtube.com/user/salomonfreeskiTV). 

In the meantime tickets are available on the Whistler Film Fest website ( http://ow.ly/3tUDMl ) and we look forward to hopefully seeing some of you there. 

-Anthony Bonello

Producer

Charging Forward

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Whew! Anyone who's ever worked on a movie will tell you that it's a rollercoaster of ups and downs.  When we launched the Kickstarter campaign back in May, we thought we were close to the end of this process. Boy, were we wrong! Now, 6 tough weeks down the road I can finally see the light starting to shine again. The edit is together, the soundtrack is beginning to take shape, and colour and sound design will be starting soon. 

Our goal is to start submitting Snowman to film festivals at the beginning of September. We are also planning to get a real trailer up in September. If all goes well, we hope to announce a World Premiere in the Fall sometime.

- Mike D

SNOWMAN Kickstarter Campaign a Success!!!

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I am truly humbled by the incredible support we've received for the Snowman film throughout this campaign, and particularly through the last 24 hours. We were sitting in a bit of a tough spot, but so many of you rallied to make this happen. YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

I've spent a good chunk of the weekend in the edit suite, trying to distract myself from worrying about the Kickstarter. That's been an added bonus., Through the motivation provided by the support pouring in, we've been able to find new ways to strengthen the film's story and I'm now feeling more confident than ever that we're making a great movie.

Thanks again for helping me realize this dream!

Mike Douglas