Monday, September 23, 2013

MarchFourth in China Documentary Trailer

MarchFourth in China Documentary COMING SOON! 

In April, 2013, Portland's MarchFourth Marching Band was honored to receive an official invitation to do a US State Department cultural exchange tour in China, which was sponsored jointly by the United States Embassy in Beijing, Sias International University, the Sias Foundation, and the Cultural Affairs Office of Henan's Provincial Government, in Zhengzhou. The band had performed overseas before, but this tour was bound to be different. This was Asia and a trip into rural China, where freaky foreigners like us rarely travel, let alone an 18-member rock band performance spectacle! Americans seem to love our act, but would the Chinese? Though we were somewhat confident they'd appreciate our cultural offering, we really had absolutely no idea what we were in for. This is our story...   

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

September Shindig

It's our music video release party! The video, which was filmed in at the Bossanova, features special guests Russell Bruner, the Swingtime PDX dancers, Kazum, Noah Mickens, Leapin Louie, and more! We couldn't have made the video without them! The very first screening ever will happen at the Bossanova Ballroom, followed by a MarchFourth show, plus DJ GlobalRuckus. 21+. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

MarchFourth in China: Project Status Update (9/8/13)

STATUS: Well, we've been at this editing on the project for about a month now. Lots of material to go through, lot's of stories to shape up! We've been going through the library of files looking for little vignettes, more interview material and sifting through Jake Wood's beautiful photographs. The other day, we acquired some great music material from MusicLoops. Love that service. So many great compositions on there! We found what we were looking for and a lot more. We're designing the timeline to create a film that runs in the 60 minute range to get it in the "full feature" category for film festivals. RELEASE DATE: It seems the Hollywood Theater, in Portland, is keen to have us premier the film with them. As it stands, we're looking at a December 1st date. More on that as we get closer to the "official release". We'll be sending the film to replicate hard copies for our Kickstarter donors by late October, which will be a limited run made primarily for our financial backers. The longer range plan is to release the film online and make it accessible through the band's website. FILM FESTIVAL: We're targeting SXSW as a primary film festival submission. There are other opportunities to show the film at other festivals, of course. SXSW seems to be a good fit, however. The band hasn't played the festival since March of 2011 and will not likely be back to play, barring some weird twist of fate. We like the scene in Austin, but festival itself didn't seem to yield much for us. We enjoyed ourselves at the festival, but perhaps the film can represent the band this next time around. Thanks for your patience as we get this amazing story ready for your to enjoy. It's looking really good in pieces. Can't wait to start pulling into a longer thread. Cheers!