Late on July 22, 2018 you may have felt a downshift in the rotation of the earth. That was mother nature trying to compensate for the loss of a prime force, Susana Mary Mincks. Sue was the Director of Fun, an incredible mother, wife and caring companion, beloved grandmother, devoted educator and a bright reassuring matriarch of how love is always the answer. A civil rights and anti-war activist in the 60’s, a pop-culture entrepreneur in the 70’s, a pioneer of Pima County Adult Education in the 80’s, an inspiration in the 90’s and a caregiver who never knew what ‘too much’ meant. She is survived by a family and tribe who can only hope to achieve at least a few of the kind of inspirational relationships which were common-place everyday occurrences for her. It takes a village… or Sue.
Here’s an update on upcoming screenings. AND I am thrilled to share the news that our film won the Award of Merit for Feature Documentary at the recent University Film & Video Association annual conference in Las Cruces last week!
SEP 1, Arcata, CA, Humboldt State campus, 7pm
SEP 2, Garberville, CA, Redwood Playhouse, 7pm
OCT 6, Bishop’s Hill, IL, Communal Studies Association Conference
NOV 2 and 3, Bisbee, AZ, venue/date/time TBA
MAR 2, Arivaca, AZ, Arivaca Film Exhibition
Other events brewing from Oregon to Kansas to Boston!
If you’d like to help me organize a screening near you, please contact me.
Our sold out April 12th screening at the Loft left over 100 people waiting at the door (photo shows Loft lobby before April 12th premiere). So we’ve scheduled an encore: Saturday May 26th at 2pm.
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Meanwhile, our Phoenix area premiere is set for Sunday May 27th at 1pm, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
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I’ll be at both events for Q & A!
Please help us get the word out to your friends in the Valley, and to all who missed the Tucson premiere April 12th (or want to watch it again on the big screen!).
We had a fabulous time in Santa Fe last weekend: a dusting of snow the morning of the screening, a full house in the cozy cinematheque at the Center for Contemporary Arts, and a spirited Q&A. It was great to have three generations of Ranch women–Kate, Dulcie and Bella–there to answer questions with me, and such an enthusiastic, appreciative audience. Huge thanks to every one of you dear supporters who made it possible!!
Our first public screening is set for February 11th at the Santa Fe Film Festival. Lots of HFV participants will be in attendance. Excited to unveil this labor of love at long last. Thanks to ALL who made it possible!
Thanks to additional funds raised through our Final Push campaign on Indiegogo, we spent a busy summer completing the film.
Editor Jim Klein and I traveled to Austin TX in June for our sound mix at Soundcrafter, a premier post audio facility. Then in August, I spent a week in San Francisco working with online editor Robert Arnold on color grading, titles and credits and other finishing processes. Now that the film is complete, we’re in the midst of producing DVDs, and also have a cool new trailer, edited by the fabulous Shirley Thompson.
The film has been submitted to a bunch of festivals, so stay tuned for news of a screening near you in the coming months.
If you are a professor, or know one who might be interested in using the film in class, it is now available to educational institutions through New Day Films, where you can also see what academics in a wide variety of fields are saying about Hippie Family Values.
A thousand thanks to our generous supporters for making it all possible!
I am thrilled to report that the film is nearly done! You can see the first 10 minutes HERE.
Our objective now is to raise funds to cover the sound mix, color correction, titles and credits, and other technical processes necessary to prepare the film for its debut. So we have launched a Final Push Indiegogo campaign to raise an additional $20,000. We’re offering some cool new perks, including music by Mitzi Cowell, advance tickets to your local premiere of the film (including post-screening drinks with the director, and any other film participants who might be on hand), and the opportunity to garner an Associate Producer or Executive Producer credit.
If you’d prefer to skip the perks and make a tax-deductible donation, just drop me an email and I’ll give you the info on where to send a check.
As before, it would be fantastic if you can help us spread the word about the Final Push of our campaign by sharing our Final Push Indiegogo campaign far and wide.
We are so excited about our film, and can’t wait to share it with you. Thank you SO much for your support–and your incredible patience!!!
–Bev and the rest of the Hippie Family Values team
The $23,000 raised through our Indiegogo campaign in April 2015 has allowed us to complete a near-final cut of the film. Viewers at preview screenings have called the film “revealing, moving, powerful, compelling,” “a seamless, lyrical, poignant piece of work,” “beautifully filmed and edited,” “gorgeous,” “wonderful!” Now we are seeking an additional $20,000 in completion funds to cover a professional sound mix, color grading, titling, and all the other technical processes necessary to prepare the film for launch. We will soon be reactivating our Indiegogo campaign site, and announcing some new perk opportunities. Please help spread the word to potential supporters. Can’t wait to share the film with you!
I’m back in Yellow Springs this summer for a 2-month Artist Residency, working with editor Jim Klein to turn our 25+ rough cut sequences into a MOVIE. No kidding: Jim is generously housing me for NINE weeks, and putting in long days in the studio, where we’ve already made incredible progress in our first 10 days of work.
Other attractions of this one-of-a-kind residency include exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside on my great borrowed bike, and the groovy village of Yellow Springs itself; cooking splendid meals together, and enjoying a couple of excellent local restaurants; and frequent jazz piano serenades by the multi-talented Mr. Klein.
Mostly what I’ve been learning as we work at this stage of the project is about storytelling itself–shaping character and story through editing. Not that I have just been shooting aimlessly all this time. But it has been particularly gratifying to watch the material shot over a period of 10 years, begin to fit together like a zillion-piece puzzle, to watch the essence of “characters” whom I’ve gotten to know so well over these years come into focus on the screen in 3-dimensional living color, as if Jim were translating my own perspective through his editing.
It is a strange and mysterious process, filming real people’s lives, and then crafting from that material something that feels MORE real and moving than just the uncut raw footage could ever be. Jim has been honing this craft for over forty years, and it is a pleasure and a revelation to work beside him to bring this film to life.
Jim Klein was in town for another stint of editing before Thanksgiving. At the end of his stay, we presented our work in progress at the Bisbee Film Festival. It was great to share rough sequences with an audience for the first time. Folks seemed to love the project, which was very thrilling for us! Kate drove in from New Mexico and it was very cool for Kate and Jim finally to meet in person. Both of them went to Antioch back in the day, but never quite crossed paths (as far as they can figure).
Jim returns to Tucson in March when we’ll begin focusing on the overall structure of the film, after a total of 12 weeks of concentrating on discrete scenes and sequences. We are making exciting progress!!
Thanks to our Indiegogo supporters, I was able to spend about 5 weeks in May and July working with editor Jim Klein. He’s coming back to Tucson in November to present our work in progress with me at the Bisbee Film Festival, and to squeeze in a couple more weeks of editing before the holidays. Big thanks to Mary Beth and JJ for opening your airbnb digs to Jim, and allowing us to turn your dining room into an editing suite for weeks on end!
Meanwhile, as the weather finally cools down here in the desert, I have begun the perk fulfillment process at last! Will be boxing up Kate’s lovely pottery bowls and tiles, slipping Shannon’s stylish anklets into padded envelopes, packing up CD’s and DVD’s, and getting them into the mail in the coming weeks. Hippie Vegan Chef Robert Oser will host his garden tour and gourmet cooking lesson, and Shannon will teach beading workshops. And the Ticket to Ride folks are in for a great party…
Happy autumn equinox to you all!