An Exciting Week of Crowd Driven Screenings

Madison Scouts alumni at the Mason, OH screening on March 30, 2015

Madison Scouts alumni at the Mason, OH screening on March 30, 2015

Audience members in Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin attended screenings of our drum corps movie this past week thanks to our “Theatrical On Demand” partner Gathr Films. There were large turnouts at all the locations?and for the first time we had two screenings happening on the same night in two different locations! Our film not only inspires people by showing them a unique look inside the subculture of DCI, but it has become a great excuse for drum corps alumni to come together for a fun night out. We love seeing pictures from the screenings and how many alumni of the Madison Scouts have been at each one.

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Grantis, and David at the Canton, MI screening, on April 1, 2015

All three of these screenings were fundraising opportunities for local music ensembles. The Eau Claire, Wisconsin screening was a fundraiser for the Chippewa Falls High School band program, and the Canton, Michigan screening benefitted the Plymouth Canton drumline. We will give a portion of the ticket proceeds to both of those groups.

Halftime Magazine, which has been very supportive of our documentary film hosted a screening in Mason, OH and they turned it into a really fun event. Christine Katzman from Halftime Magazine utilized her connections and was able to secure raffle prizes from Yamaha, Music for All, and Band Shoppe. Halftime Magazine also set aside?$500 to donate to one lucky band and William Mason High School Marching Band was the winner. In order to help boost ticket sales to make sure the minimum ticket number was reached in time, Scouts’ alum and music educator, Brandon Jones made a pledge to donate $1 for every ticket sold to the Mason band program. Christine decided that the portion of the ticket proceeds should benefit the Madison Scouts Color Guard Fellowship Fund. This fund is a scholarship which helps current members of the Madison Scouts Color Guard with their tuition fees.

We would like to thank the three “Movie Captains” from these screenings for doing a terrific job of promotion. Without their hard work the ticket quotas would not have been reached and their screenings would not have happened. We were told that one of the most important tools that led them to be successful was the Facebook group that we have for “Movie Captains.” It’s a forum where you can easily ask questions to other “Movie Captains,” to us…the filmmakers, and to representatives from Gathr Films. We highly recommend that you join this group and join in the conversation if you are considering being a “Movie Captain” for a future screening. Thank you to David Lofy, Kristan Norquist-Rodwell and Christine Katzman.

Alumni at the Eau Claire, WI screening on March 30, 2015

Scouts Alumni and friends at the Eau Claire, WI screening on March 30, 2015

Be sure to check our Gathr Films Map Widget often to see where the current screenings are located and do what you can to support, and help them be successful. Whether it’s buying a ticket or just telling a friend about a screening, it all helps. We rely heavily on “word of mouth” for our project, so please do what you can to spread the word.

Thank you!

The Scouts Honor Team

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