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.)
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!
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.
Now that the picture edit is done, we are finishing up post-production on the movie so it can be ready for a film festival premiere early next year. (Not sure exactly where or when yet, but stay tuned ...) We've officially entered the "tweaking" stage of the process -- adjusting color, balancing dialog levels, polishing visual effects shots. To me, it is a very interesting process, but a bit like being a dental hygienist, I imagine -- trying to clean up every nook and cranny of the movie so its smile is as bright as possible. Here's one of the visual effects shots I just finished. Since we didn't exactly have the budget to send our stars to Mt. Rushmore, we shot them in front of a green screen, and swapped out the green for those four chiseled dudes you see in the background:) (This is a shot from Liberty and Nikki's campaign road trip.)
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.