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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Are you a film maker, Would you like a chance for some exposure-Submit your film to Indie Traveling Cinema

Chelmsford based Massachusetts filmmakers, John Hartman of Reel Groovy Films and Zee Zarbock of Unfolding Story Pictures today announce the formation of an independent and art house film traveling cinema called Indie Traveling Cinema.

Indie Traveling Cinema will offer shows at universities, libraries, community centers, and other venues beginning late September, 2009, reaching out to those who are hungry for an alternative to Hollywood. Each show will be built around an independent or art house feature, and accompanied by shorts and trailers for upcoming shows.

The first shows will be booked in New England and feature New England films and talent. Indie Traveling Cinema is currently creating two inaugural shows--one based around the feature Bridge Crusader, and the other around the feature Reel-illusionary Zone, both by Reel Groovy Films and Unfolding Story Pictures.

Based on public interest and turnout at the inaugural shows, Indie Traveling Cinema hopes to expand throughout the country and offer a season series of four or five programs per year. This will bring indie and art house cinema to the public in a new way, and offer filmmakers a chance to get their work out to a wider audience and grow a fan base across the country.


Indie Traveling Cinema is seeking shorts and trailers from New England filmmakers for the first two programs. To be considered for participation in Indie Traveling Cinema, please email your expression of interest to zee@ziamar.com (no phone calls, please) by September 6, 2009. Include a synopsis, production information, and run time. If selected for the next round of consideration, a DVD will be requested. There will be no compensation at this time, but they hope to build that into the program pending the success of our pilot programs.

Please note that films should be positive in nature overall, to be considered for Indie Traveling Cinema. No slasher movies or movies with gratuitous violence will be included in the programming. Movies that take the audience through a dark tunnel are acceptable as long as they have a more positive balance of light.


Every show will be positive, overall, and many shows will be family friendly. No slasher movies, dark movies without a positive solution, or gratuitous violence will be included in the programming.

Shows will be in the 100-120 minute range and will be offered at a low flat rate, due upon booking. Venues will keep 100% of ticket sales or they may use the event as a fundraiser, free student activity, or the like. Customizable photoshop files and a trailer for each program will be provided for advertising purposes.

Current programming includes the features Bridge Crusader and Reel-illusionary Zone. Reeel-illusionary Zone is particularly appropriate for the Halloween time frame as its genre is playful horror. Accompanying shorts and trailers are currently being reviewed.

Bridge Crusader (85 min)

Year after year, an eclectic artist sojourns to the covered bridges of New England on his chopper to rendezvous with a mysterious woman. A shocking discovery catapults him on a desperate crusade to uncover his past in hope of freeing himself and the woman he loves. See www.bridgecrusader.com for a trailer and more information.

Reel-illusionary Zone (90 min)

All was well for a certain toy maker in Toyland until one day the toys revolt and head for the real world. Without any experiences to guide them safely, the toys must first traverse the bizarre and surreal Reel-Illusionary Zone. See www.reel-illusionaryzone.com for a trailer and more information.

To book Indie Traveling Cinema at your university, library, community center, or other venue, please email Zee at zee@ziamar.com or call 303.562.7612, for program information and availability.

For more info: Keep checking in at www.indietravelingcinema.com as the project develops.

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