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.)
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:
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?
We were in the University of Michigan recording studios last week, recording Jaclene's final vocals for Liberty's big love song. She did a terrific job. The result is heartfelt, beautiful, and devastating.
In celebration of the Supreme Court decision on Marriage Equality yesterday, here's an excerpt from Liberty's wedding, the last scene in the movie. (I figured you already knew how the movie ends.) If you would like to see the entire wedding scene, please join our mailing list on the home page, and we will send you a link. Enjoy.
After several months of editing, I have finished a rough cut of the entire film. It clocks in at 1hr and 38 minutes. Just about the perfect length once I trim a few things, and put in a montage or two. Next steps are to record the rest of the music, finalize the edit, and begin work on editing the sound and tweaking the color. Hoping to have the film ready for submission to film festivals by September.
There were two wonderful stories about the movie this week. Fellow Michigander (by coincidence), Dana Piccoli, wrote a great story for afterellen.com, focussing on the ways that the film connects to the present political situation here Michigan -- particularly as it relates to LGBT and women's rights.
And Melanie Barker wrote a really nice piece in Curve magazine, encouraging people to help out with our Indiegogo fundraising campaign. Here is that link:
Here's a clip from one of my favorite scenes, a revival meeting in Liberty's hometown church. A song and dance for saints and sinners alike. Hilarious performances by Caroline Helton (church lady), Ellie Todd (stripper), and Chris Lutkin (reverend).