We're very excited to announce soundtrack for Liberty's Secret, featuring 10 original songs, will be available on July 4, 2017. (This was a project that we had to put on the back burner while the movie was on its festival run.) If you want to be the first on your block to own the soundtrack, you can pre-order now on Amazon or iTunes. We are also in the process of manufacturing a CD that will include all of the lyrics and a few choice photos, if you happen prefer discs -- or want to sing along. (The CD will be available on cdbaby.com, but probably not until the end of July.) Following the release on iTunes and Amazon, the soundtrack will be playing on streaming services like Spotify. If you do buy the album, please consider leaving us a review and a rating. (Reviews are HUGE help to spreading word about the movie/music.)
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.)
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 Amazon, VimeoOnDemand, 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
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!
Shots from Liberty's Secret that ended up on the cutting room floor -- which was probably covered with newspaper.Read More
Like many in the U.S., our team at Liberty's Secret was shocked by last week's election results. Since most of us come from the industrial Midwest (the Rust Belt), we do understand the economic pain and frustration that is out there. But some of the hateful rhetoric that issued from the Trump campaign -- and the violent attacks on immigrants and minorities that have taken place since the election -- is truly alarming. Liberty's Secret is a movie about inclusion and pluralism. It's about the power of love to bring people together -- even when they might disagree on politics, culture, or religion. And above all it's about Liberty (literally and figuratively), and the freedom that everyone should have to love whomever they love, and to be whoever they want to be. So maybe our movie is something that our country (world) will need in the coming years, more than ever. (I'm very happy to report that, so far, the movie has been viewed in 23 different countries!) Anyway, if you haven't seen the movie, and you are feeling like you need a little positive uplift this week, it's now available online at VimeoOnDemand. If you do watch, and you like it, please tell your friends.
After our exciting premiere at the Michigan Theater last month, we had a great time introducing the film to audiences at two queer film festivals in Germany, Homochrom and Pride Pictures. The crowds were very enthusiastic (lots of laughter at the absurdity of American politics), and we got a glowing review in the German lesbian entertainment publication, Phenomenelle. (If you don't read German, you can get the gist of it from Google Translate.) This week, we are heading off to California for two screenings at the Ojai Film Festival, Nov. 4 and 11. If you are in the area, please come by. (Only 75 miles from L.A!) Cara, Jacléne and I (Andy) will be attending the Nov. 4 (8PM) screening and doing a Q&A session afterwards. We'll also be screening at the East Lansing Film Festival on Nov. 5, for all of you Michiganders who couldn't make it to the premiere. And if you can't make it to any of the screenings, the movie is now available for pre-order at VimeoOnDemand. Pre-order before Nov. 4, enter coupon code "LS" and you can purchase the movie for just $4.99 (That's 50% off the usual price.) You won't be charged until the movie is released on Nov. 4, and you will own the movie for life!
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:
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.
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.
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 ...