This is unbelievable, on our second weekend, we were the highest grossing film at the Landmark Century Theater for the second week in a row. This is amazing because Phil Donahue opened his new documentary there and he was there to greet people. I figured we’d be dead for the weekend, but women (and men in big numbers), came out to support the film. I even saw some people that came back for their second and third viewing. I got to meet a lot of people at the 7:10pm and 9:45pm show on Saturday. Everyone thought I was doing a Q&A, so we ended up taking over the Landmark and talking in the hall.
I really want to thank you for your support. Chicago has put independent films and documentaries in general, back on the map. I could not have done this without you. Like I said last week, a movie isn’t a movie unless someone goes to see it. Well, technically it is a movie, but you know what I mean.
Since this is a holiday weekend coming up and so many of you had so many intriguing questions to ask, this Friday (May 23rd) and Saturday (May 24th), I’ll be doing a Q&A after the 7:10pm and the 9:45pm show. One of the things that I’ll share with you is why I turned down $1,000,000 for the rights to the film because the company wanted me to take out the scene that talks about the toxins in cosmetics that are suspected of causing cancer in women.
Also, soon I’ll have some really good news to share with you about the film’s expansion. Don’t want to jinx myself until the ink is dry. Also a major personality is talking about coming on board to help me promote the film. I will share that news with you shortly too.
I’ve noticed that a lot of mother’s are bringing their teenage girls to see the film. After the film, I hear them discussing the effects of the images in the media and how it makes them feel bad and effects their self-esteem. Everytime I hear a conversation like that, it let’s me know that I did the right thing by spending 5 years and shooting 900 hours of film to make this movie.
So once again, with your help, let’s make “America the Beautiful,” # 1 – 3 weeks in a row. See you Friday or Saturday. I have some new reviews and pictures below.