Liberty Goes to Vegas!

Sometimes a film will take you to places you never expected to go.  In my case, that place was Las Vegas, or, more precisely, Bally's Paris, that crazy hotel with the fake Eiffel Tower.  (Imagine a cross between the real Paris, a theme park, and a shopping mall -- where instead of cobble stones, the streets are covered in linoleum.)

The streets of Paris ... er, Vegas.

The streets of Paris ... er, Vegas.

It was all for a totally worthy cause though.  Our film was screening at ClexaCon, an international convention and film festival focussed on queer women's entertainment.  Here's a nice article about this terrific event from the Hollywood Times.  The audience at our screening really seemed to love Liberty's Secret, and the staff couldn't have been nicer.

Our movie is finding its way in the world, as more and more people are discovering it and recommending it to their friends. So far, we have sold downloads in 60 countries, and our trailer has been played over 100,000 times.  We are now online with several streaming services, including AmazonVimeoOnDemand, and several others, and we will be available on iTunes April 18.

I'm also very happy to announce that we have just launched on a new global platform called FilmDoo, which specializes in international features and lgbtq (especially lesbian) films.  If you haven't seen their site yet, it is definitely worth your time to take a look.  And while you are there, you can even read an interview with me that they just posted!  (Hopefully, I didn't say anything too embarrassing.)

That's all for now, except to quickly mention that our soundtrack album will finally be coming out next month.  Stay tuned for details, and stay warm.  Best,  Andy

Liberty's Secret available with Closed Captions in German!

Thanks to our friend Martin Wolkner, Liberty's Secret now includes German closed captions when purchased or rented on VimeoOnDemand or VHX.  Just click on the CC icon in Vimeo or the speech bubble in VHX and select German as your preferred language!

(Please note that our preview trailer doesn't have captions yet, but the full movie does.)

We received a very nice review today in L-Mag, a Berlin lesbian publication.  Uta Feuerstein, who saw the film in Cologne last Fall, is the author.  She's a singer and singing teacher herself, so her praise for Jacléne and Cara's voices is especially meaningful.  Here's a snapshot of the review.  We hope that many more in German speaking countries will enjoy our film!

Liberty's Secret Review in L-Mag, Berlin.

Feature Story on Michigan Radio's Stateside Program

Stateside, a news and culture show on Michigan Public Radio, did a nice feature on Liberty's Secret today.  Host Cynthia Canty interviewed Liberty's Secret director Andy Kirshner about the upcoming premiere at the Michigan Theater, and played several audio clips from the movie.  Here's a link to the full story/interview:

http://michiganradio.org/post/all-american-lesbian-movie-musical-takes-jabs-our-reality-show-political-system

Cara AnnMarie and Jacléne Wilk in Liberty's Secret.

Cara AnnMarie and Jacléne Wilk in Liberty's Secret.

Tickets Now available

Tickets for our World Premiere in Ann Arbor, MI on September 22 are now available online.  $10 general admission, or $8 for students.  Visit this link to get yours: http://bit.ly/2ajGOsg

If you are not able to come to Ann Arbor, don't despair.  We are currently working on setting up screenings in other cities, and the movie will be available online and on DVD this October.

A draft of our new poster for the movie, designed by Amanda Dine.

A draft of our new poster for the movie, designed by Amanda Dine.

Liberty's Launch: The All-American Lesbian Movie-Musical Premieres Sept. 22

Almost eight years in the making, our good old-fashioned lesbian movie-musical will premiere on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI at 8PM, for one night only!  Info on tickets and reservations will be coming soon, so please stay tuned to this page for more specifics.  For those of you who are not in Ann Arbor or environs, (yes, I am talking to you, dear Australian, Indonesian, and other International fans), we are currently working out a way for you to screen the film publicly or privately in your own communities, shortly after the Sept. 22 premiere here.  More details coming soon on how you can screen Liberty's Secret right where you live.

Jaclene Wilk and Cara AnnMarie in a scene from Liberty's Secret.

Jaclene Wilk and Cara AnnMarie in a scene from Liberty's Secret.

A SALOON SONG

Dear Friends and Fans of Liberty,

I've been so busy putting finishing touches on the movie, that I haven't posted here in a while.  Sorry about that!

Apart from a few typos in the credits and a color tweak or two, the movie is done.  We are now turning our attention giving it the best possible launch into the world.   (Kind of like sending your kid off to college -- which I am also doing this year.) While we are still waiting for word on a few film fest submissions, we do know for sure that we will be premiering the film on or before Sept 22, when have booked a theater in Ann Arbor for a big public event.  More on that in a later post.

This summer will be devoted to getting all our publicity and marketing materials ready, building up our network of partnerships, and preparing for the release.  We hope to have the movie up and available on several online platforms by Fall.  Thank you for your patience!  I know this movie has been a long time in coming.

In the meantime, here is a short clip from one of my favorite scenes/songs.  Without giving up too much of the movie's plot, I will say that it comes at an emotional low point in the story -- hence the bluesy music and unrestrained imbibing of alcohol.  Cara AnnMarie gives a terrific performance, both singing and acting.  Hope you enjoy it.  Send me or post a comment if you do!  Best, Andy

P.S.  The music sounds MUCH better with headphones than on computer or phone speakers.  So if you want to hear those bluesy bass lines ...

The Lesbian Fred and Ginger

Happy Valentine's Day from Liberty's Secret!  As I've been developing a press kit for the movie lately, I've been sifting through production stills to find the very best ones.  There are so many to choose from, but here is one of my favorites.  Maybe it had something to do with getting "married" on the third day that they knew each other, but Cara and Jacléne had an instant bond and chemistry.  I think you can see it here.  Could they become the lesbian Fred and Ginger?

JacleneAndCaraShowboat