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Ms. Iotova at the Sofia premiere. Inspired by the evening Bogdan published a reflection which you can read here.
Mariya Apostolova who was the only one to see the entire film before the premiere and whose on screen role in the film as well as in giving Bogdan feedback was invaluable!
Brian Richard Sloss who took the film's sound design and mix to a whole different level! “Our goal was to tell a story with the sound design. Not to use it to accent a scene, but to view its progression and expression in contrast to what is shown visually and what is said.
As the poetry gets darker so the wind picks up in intensity. As the waves crash they bring healing - the expansiveness of the sound is fine tuned to match the poetic nuances of the scene,” explains Bogdan.
“THERE is a lovely, lovely film filled with universal truths and told with a disarming pure honesty. My wife is from England, a small farming community in the southwestern part of the country. She's crying now because you so moved her.” - MIAMON
When I, at long last, received my green card we bought tickets to Bulgaria right away. Before departing on what would become a journey of deep healing and self-realization, I asked myself if I should film at all.
It took me about ten minutes to make the decision. A decision that has given me one of the greatest adventures of my life and a break-through film. Moreover, the philosophical undertones of the film would challenge many of my own beliefs and the efficiency of many existing social constructs.
Nothing really compares to seeing a film on the BIG SCREEN in a communal setting. From the World Premiere of THERE in Seattle on November 4th, 2018 at the ever hospitable and innovative Romanian Film Festival, and in the exact movie theater I saw Scorsese's "Casino" in 1996, to a movie theater more than a 100 years old in Portland.
From the first community building erected in the USA by Bulgarian and Macedonian immigrants in 1930s Pittsburgh to the newly formed Bulgarian community in Nashville. From Manhattan in New York to the Bulgarian premiere in the village of Lilkovo in the Rhodope Mountains, the land of Orpheus.
By the end of 2019, I was overjoyed to connect to audiences face to face in 25 cities and 3 countries. THERE would be the start of a heartfelt cross-cultural-conversation through the power of film. One that inspired the creation of FILMABEE. A conversation I hope we get to continue right here, for I believe the film can be your guide like it was mine.
Thank you to all THERE-sapiens who came out in big numbers and those community leaders who brought us all together!