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.)
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.
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.
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).
After 21 days of shooting, Liberty's Secret has finished principle photography. The shoot was a lot of fun, and the footage looks great. Now I head into the editing room to begin putting it all together.