Monday, December 17, 2007

Alaska Film Fest

The Anchorage International Film Festival -- held annually in mid-December -- bills itself as "Films Worth Freezing For" but man, what a warm audience of belly-laughers. And, after the Q&A, when we asked if any kids wanted to come on stage to jump, about 30 kids were up there within 5 seconds.

The Juneau Jumpers journeyed to meet up with us -- they performed after the screening and also hosted an awesome free, public jump rope workshop the following day. It looked like they got some kids hooked on starting new teams--we see fantastic potential. They were also interviewed for a feature story on Alaska Public Radio (link soon) -- hopefully Isabella got props for her Guinness World Record of 151,036 jumps in 24 hrs!

All in all, an amazing trip -- euphoriant landscapes, fantastic food, adventure, great people, games. Can't wait to return...hopefully to make another documentary.

Lt top to Rt bottom: Glaciers • LA->AL posse • Juneau Jumpers workshop • Juneau Jumpers interviewed for Alaska Public Radio • tragic News headline • JUMP! Co-filmmaker/editor Scott with Miss Teen Alaska Courtney Carroll • Reindeer

Saturday, December 8, 2007

anchorage news

JUMP! was the pick of the day today in the Anchorage Daily News. "Don't Miss It!" Click below to see a feature article about documentaries, including JUMP!, from last week's ADN.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

JUMP! wins Audience Award

We are soo happy to have won the Santa Fe Film Festival Audience Choice Award! This is our first award -- we're grateful and proud...this validation means a lot to us and we hope it will help us to share the film with more people. Tremendous thanks to the film-goers for giving us this honor and to the programmers for including us in the line-up!

Both of our screenings sold-out and two new American Heart Association jump rope clubs from Albuquerque did pre-show performances -- the Red Hot Peppers from Manzano Day School and New Mexico Synergy, which includes jumpers from 5 area schools. Soon, Nick, one of the stars of JUMP! from the Texas team Razz Ma Tazz, will be making a trek to NM to help these jumpers improve their skills and no doubt sign some autographs...he's got some serious fans. Neither team has been to a major competition before but now they are all fired up!

Most likely, we'll do a limited theatrical run in Sta Fe sometime in early 2008. If anyone is interested, please sign up for our mailing list here to receive updates.

Factoid: Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the USA.

drive from Chimayo to Santa Fe • jumpers from New Mexico Synergy bounce on a pogo stick while jumping rope • Marina Goldavskaya, honored with a lifetime achievement award • Santa Fe Film Fest exec dir Jon Bowman & JUMP! prod/dir Helen

thanks to Linda Lyn Carfagno for the fab picture of Marina