1. FESTIVAL JOURNAL ENTRY #2:

    "One of the biggest challenges a filmmaker will ever have is finding an audience for their film once it's done."

    These words would haunt me long after I had retrieved "Official Rejection" from my DVD player. This quirky, real-life tale of a seemingly talented filmmaker on a near-futile crusade to get his low-budget indie flick screened, not just at America's top film festivals (Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW, Tribeca), but ANYWHERE, would be my wake up call as I readied "Voices in the Clouds" (voicesintheclouds.com) for worldwide exhibition.

    Last summer, my producers John, Chris, and I were riding high after our successful world premiere at the Aruba International Film Festival. Afterwards, through the wonders of Kickstarter (kck.st/aJZqgf), we were able to raise some well-needed money for marketing expenses. Our Withoutabox account was active, our website launched, our Facebook page on fire. Several hundred fans in a matter of weeks. Twenty submissions packets on their way to the post office. We were ready for the festival circuit. But was the circuit ready for us?

    Not so fast, partner... Guns back in your holsters.

    Top tier U.S. and Canadian festivals... fail. Festivals where we figured we might be shoe-ins... nope. There were even some that approached us and "invited" us to submit. Piece of cake, right? Think again. After much research and a few repeat viewings of "Official Rejection" (officialrejectiondocumentary.com, for those of you interested in learning the "how-to-avoids" of indie film marketing)... turns out the majority of these festivals were just not the right fit for 'Voices.' The rejection emails had flooded our inbox. There was nothing we could do to change that... other than implement a new strategy. From this point forward, we would turn our focus to finding not the "best festival", but rather the "best festival for the film".

    Several nerve-wracking months and hundreds of dollars later, we received our first acceptance letter from the San Diego Asian Film Festival (sdaff.org). At last Tony Coolidge's story was going to see the light of day in the North American continent.

    The SDAFF was well worth the wait. Simply put, it was the perfect venue for 'Voices.' Great staff, a myriad of high quality Asian-themed films, free Asian goodies to eat and drink, and one killer "swag bag". We were especially thrilled to meet C.S. Lee at the gala event, as he plays Vince Masuka on "Dexter," my favorite tv show. On our day off from the festival we even took a trip to the world-famous San Diego Zoo. I can say with certainty that a good time was had by all. Our child-like excitement would not be contained. Hey, can you blame us? We've waited a long time for this. Perseverance and patience... check! ;-)

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  2. 'Time and Music' is a short film highlighting my documentary, "Voices in the Clouds." 'Voices' is the story of an Asian-American man on a journey to his homeland of Taiwan, in search of the spirit of his late mother and a connection with his tribal heritage.

    This short also covers the birth of a photo collection (Reflections of a Disappearing World) that was produced from material shot while in Taiwan filming 'Voices': itunes.apple.com/us/book/voices-in-the-clouds/id504250288?mt=11

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  3. "Voices in the Clouds" is the inspiring story of an Asian-American who journeys to discover the spirit and heritage of his deceased mother, uncovering the wonders of an ancient tribal culture in Taiwan... a culture on the verge of vanishing forever.

    OFFICIAL SELECTIONS:
    • Aruba International Film Festival - World Premiere (June 2010)
    • Native Spirit Festival (London, Oct. 2010)
    • San Diego Asian Film Festival - North American Premiere (Oct. 2010)
    • Alexandria Film Festival (Nov. 2010)
    • Gasparilla International Film Festival (Mar. 2011)
    • Riverside International Film Festival (Apr. 2011)
    • DisOrient Asian American Film Festival (Apr. 2011)
    • CLOSING NIGHT FILM - Urban Nomad Film Festival (Taiwan, May 2011)

    AWARDS:
    • Best of Category Award for "Indigenous & Native Peoples Film" - Montana CINE International Film Festival (Oct. 2010)
    • Spirit of Place Award for "Best Use of Traditional Music" - Orlando Latin-American Film & Heritage Festival (Feb. 2011)
    • Spirit of Place Award for "Best Cultural Awareness Message" - Orlando Latin-American Film & Heritage Festival (Feb. 2011)
    • Spirit of Place Award for "Best Human Rights Message" - Orlando Latin-American Film & Heritage Festival (Feb. 2011)

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  4. "Voices in Clouds" is the story of an Asian-American man who journeys back to Taiwan in search of his late mother's spirit and a connection with his indigenous heritage. Through his eyes, the audience will become intimately familiar with a largely unknown Taiwanese tribal culture--among them the last surviving tattooed elders of the Atayal and Truku tribes... some of which are over 100 years old.

    'Voices' celebrates the importance of family, understanding one's heritage, and of cultural preservation... and it hopes to inspire the audience to carve their own path toward self-discovery.

    Now available on:
    - PANTAFLIX: pantaflix.com/en/movie/Voices-in-the-Clouds-watch-online-pm740397
    - GAIA: gaiamtv.com/video/voices-clouds
    - AMAZON: amzn.to/2tsIlb9
    - SNAGFILMS: snagfilms.com/films/title/voices_in_the_clouds

    OFFICIAL SELECTIONS:
    • Aruba International Film Festival - World Premiere (June 2010)
    • Native Spirit Festival London (U.K., Oct. 2010)
    • San Diego Asian Film Festival - North American Premiere (Oct. 2010)
    • Alexandria Film Festival (Nov. 2010)
    • Gasparilla International Film Festival (Mar. 2011)
    • Riverside International Film Festival (Apr. 2011)
    • DisOrient Asian American Film Festival (Apr. 2011)
    • CLOSING FILM - Urban Nomad Film Festival (Taiwan, May 2011)
    • Dreamspeakers Film Festival (Canada, June 2011)
    • Biindigaate Film Festival (Canada, Sep. 2011)
    • Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival (Oct. 2011)
    • Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival (Canada, Nov. 2011)
    • Cape Winelands Film Festival (South Africa, Mar. 2012)
    • Wairoa Maori Film Festival (New Zealand, June 2012)
    • Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival (July 2012)
    • Culture Unplugged "We Speak, Here" Online Film Festival (July-Dec 2012)

    HONORS/AWARDS:
    • Best of Category Award for "Indigenous & Native Peoples Film" - Montana CINE International Film Festival (Oct. 2010)
    • Spirit of Place Award for "Best Use of Traditional Music" - Orlando Latin-American Film & Heritage Festival (Feb. 2011)
    • Spirit of Place Award for "Best Cultural Awareness Message" - Orlando Latin-American Film & Heritage Festival (Feb. 2011)
    • Spirit of Place Award for "Best Human Rights Message" - Orlando Latin-American Film & Heritage Festival (Feb. 2011)
    • Best International Indigenous Film - Wairoa Maori Film Festival (New Zealand, June 2012)
    • Golden Drum for "Best Film" - Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival (July 2012)
    • Honorable Mention - Indigenous Filmmakers Showcase - Social Change Film Festival (Nov 2012)

    Website: voicesintheclouds.com

    Facebook page: facebook.com/voicesintheclouds

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  5. "Voices in the Clouds" is the inspiring story of an Asian-American who journeys to discover the spirit and heritage of his deceased mother, uncovering the wonders of an ancient tribal culture in Taiwan... a culture on the verge of vanishing forever.

    Now available on:
    - PANTAFLIX: pantaflix.com/en/movie/Voices-in-the-Clouds-watch-online-pm740397
    - GAIA: gaiamtv.com/video/voices-clouds
    - AMAZON: amzn.to/2tsIlb9
    - SNAGFILMS: snagfilms.com/films/title/voices_in_the_clouds

    OFFICIAL SELECTIONS:
    • Aruba International Film Festival - World Premiere (June 2010)
    • Native Spirit Festival London (U.K., Oct. 2010)
    • San Diego Asian Film Festival - North American Premiere (Oct. 2010)
    • Alexandria Film Festival (Nov. 2010)
    • Gasparilla International Film Festival (Mar. 2011)
    • Riverside International Film Festival (Apr. 2011)
    • DisOrient Asian American Film Festival (Apr. 2011)
    • CLOSING FILM - Urban Nomad Film Festival (Taiwan, May 2011)
    • Dreamspeakers Film Festival (Canada, June 2011)
    • Biindigaate Film Festival (Canada, Sep. 2011)
    • Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival (Oct. 2011)
    • Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival (Canada, Nov. 2011)
    • Cape Winelands Film Festival (South Africa, Mar. 2012)
    • Wairoa Maori Film Festival (New Zealand, June 2012)
    • Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival (July 2012)
    • Culture Unplugged "We Speak, Here" Online Film Festival (July-Dec 2012)

    AWARDS:
    • Best of Category Award for "Indigenous & Native Peoples Film" - Montana CINE International Film Festival (Oct. 2010)
    • Spirit of Place Award for "Best Use of Traditional Music" - Orlando Latin-American Film & Heritage Festival (Feb. 2011)
    • Spirit of Place Award for "Best Cultural Awareness Message" - Orlando Latin-American Film & Heritage Festival (Feb. 2011)
    • Spirit of Place Award for "Best Human Rights Message" - Orlando Latin-American Film & Heritage Festival (Feb. 2011)
    • Best International Indigenous Film - Wairoa Maori Film Festival (New Zealand, June 2012)
    • Golden Drum for "Best Film" - Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival (July 2012)
    • Honorable Mention - Indigenous Filmmakers Showcase - Social Change Film Festival (Nov 2012)

    Website: voicesintheclouds.com

    Facebook page: facebook.com/voicesintheclouds

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