Re: [Videolib] An American Opera on DVD with Reviews

From: jwoo <jwoo@cca.edu>
Date: Tue Dec 08 2009 - 17:05:23 PST

aren't announcements like this supposed to be on Videonews?

On Dec 8, 2009, at 8:23 AM, Tom McPhee MSMP wrote:

> Dear Friends,
>
>
>
> I am pleased to announce the availability of the multi award-
> winning documentary feature, An American Opera - The Greatest Pet
> Rescue Ever! for acquisition by library, education and institution
> catalogs with special end of year incentives from specialty film
> and TV producer & distributor, Man Smiling Moving Pictures.
>
>
>
> An American Opera - The Greatest Pet Rescue Ever! is a visceral,
> operatic vision of what happened to the people of New Orleans who
> were forced to evacuate without their beloved pets and the
> volunteers who came from all over the world to help.
>
>
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> Follow the story magically crafted by Director Tom McPhee, of the
> pets, vets, owners, officials, rescuers and adopters of animals as
> they work through the chaos to do what is right only to discover
> not everyone is working toward the same goal!
>
>
>
> An American Opera - The Greatest Pet Rescue Ever! has now screened
> at 26 film festivals on 4 continents winning 5 awards as well as
> being presented in more than 40 cities across North America during
> 2009 as part of the Rescue Party Tour.
>
>
>
> “…this film touchingly depicts the unique bond between humans and
> their best friends. But unlike the other films, this DVD also
> highlights the conflict between animal welfare organizations and
> government animal control agencies that occasionally demonstrate
> lack of concern and worse regarding saving these helpless
> creatures.” “…this film is recommended …especially pet owners.”
>
> The Library Journal Review, November 15, 2009
>
>
>
> The price for this title is as follows (all prices listed are US
> funds):
>
> *No PPR = $59 + $10 shipping.
>
> *1 year of PPR = **$100 + $10 sh. PPR is thru 12-2010 –
> will eclipse 5/yr of Katrina. (This is a correction to the
> shipping cost listed in LJ. 11-15-09)
>
> *Unlimited PPR = **$150 + $10 sh. PPR is in perpetuity.
>
>
>
> What you receive - please notice the special year end incentive
> info below:
>
>
>
> 2 copies of the multi award-winning An American Opera - The
> Greatest Pet Rescue Ever! on DVD with bonus content; The Genesis of
> An American Opera, 2 theatrical trailers and in depth scene selection.
>
> 1 x signed small 11” x 18” An American Opera poster for archive
> with the DVD.
>
> 1 x unsigned large 24” x 38” An American Opera poster for use in
> promoting the title for the catalog.
>
> 1 x copy of a national Dog Magazine – either The American Dog or
> Modern Dog.
>
> 1 x 10 or 20 minute promo video entitled, The Genesis of An
> American Opera, which can be used for promoting the title as part
> of your catalog – you will have local broadcast rights (community
> access type) and Man Smiling Moving Pictures will customize the end
> credit to reflect your institution and how to view this item in
> your catalog – this is a very powerful marketing component that
> will only be available to orders on this title received before
> 12-31-09.
>
> *This title is considered a permanent purchase – which means, you
> pay for it once and you will never have to pay for it again, even
> if you need it on different media in the future. You are paying
> for the title not the media when you purchase a title from Man
> Smiling Moving Pictures.
>
> **You can earn a $10 discount for either PPR purchase when you send
> back to Man Smiling Moving Pictures any used DVD plastic Amray
> cases, this one time discount is limited to 100 used cases. It is
> our understanding that many libraries use other means to display
> their catalog and therefore have many used DVD cases that need to
> be recycled.
>
> ***This title has a money back guarantee, if for any reason it’s
> not all that and a ‘bag of chips’ (figure of speech – not literal
> as there are no chips in this order), Man Smiling Moving Pictures
> will refund your money including shipping charges both ways – no
> questions asked.
>
> Please read this ever growing list of what others have to say about
> An American Opera - The Greatest Pet Rescue Ever!
>
>
>
> “Powerful!”
>
> “Tom McPhee hits a home run with “An American Opera”… a documentary
> that is so moving and so powerful…” “Complimented by a
> supercharged soundtrack, McPhee does a fabulous job of staying
> “zoomed out” to give us the big picture while systematically
> “zooming in” his film to the small, but impactful personal stories
> that came out of the disaster…” “this movie is emotionally
> gripping, and weeks later, the stirring emotions and difficult
> images are still with me…” “this truly is the greatest pet rescue
> ever…. and one of the best documentaries I have seen in years…” …
> a film that pet lovers will cherish and everyone can be proud of.
> I understand why it has won awards at so many film festivals… and
> it deserves to win more!!”
>
> “9 out of 10 STARS”
>
> Aaron Lafferty – WOOD 8 TV Grand Rapids, MI - July 2, 2009
>
> “Perhaps the biggest legacy this film will leave is the need to
> make a difference it imparts to those who view it. As I watched the
> film with my wife, we asked ourselves why we hadn't gone to help in
> New Orleans and what we could have done. More importantly, it
> galvanized us to take a look at our own community to see what
> differences we could make closer to home.”
> “…McPhee uses the plight of the animals to examine the larger
> picture of government bureaucracy, federal mismanagement, and the
> hope that good people bring to horrible situations. We can only
> hope to learn from such a disaster so that procedures are put in
> place to prevent tragedy from striking again.”
> “FilmGuru's Rating : 10 out of 10 STARS.”
> Kevin Wohler - FilmGuru.com
>
> “The film is fast and tight, showing several dramatic rescue
> attempts and following the perspective of the animal volunteers as
> they encounter challenges.”
> “Chilling events begin to unfold as the filmmaker experiences the
> true chaos…”
> “Heroes emerge… and these people give the film a sense of hope.”
> “The film refuses to pass judgment on the New Orleans pet owners
> and implores the viewer to extend the same consideration.” “…this
> film is a must-see factual grounding.”
> Darren Schwindaman - The Jackson Free Press
>
> “An EXCELLENT film that touched on every emotion I have within, An
> American Opera effected me deeply”
> “This film was so very informative and REAL, not masked by actors,
> it showed real people from all over, coming together to make a
> difference in the lives of animals during a crisis. It showed me
> that I, myself can make a difference. Thank you, Tom McPhee, for
> opening my eyes and making me realize that something CAN be done.
> Because of your film, I will be volunteering my time for disaster
> relief.”
>
> “10 out of 10 STARS!”
> Lisa Carpenter - Internet Movie Database, July 31, 2009
>
>
>
> “A wonderful, important film!” “I loved this film!” “Tom McPhee
> presents this sensitive subject matter in a very non-sensational
> way, covering all the bases…” “I thoroughly enjoyed the music used
> in the film. Not only is it engaging, it helps tell the story…”
> “More than anything else, this wonderful film is a call to action
> for all pet owners to make sure that they're prepared to include
> the four-legged, slithery or feathered members of their families in
> their emergency preparedness plans, and to make sure their
> communities are planning for pets, too.”
> "An American Opera" is a film I can wholeheartedly recommend to
> anyone who cares about animals and their welfare... It's a great
> movie, and an important historical document.”
>
> “10 out of 10 STARS!”
> Bob Eccles - WEMU Radio, July 30, 2009
>
>
> “An American Opera" is not just a documentary; it is a
> juxtaposition of different documentaries blended into one…” "An
> American Opera" is a stunning piece of citizen journalism. Tom
> McPhee carries on the torch once lit by John Huston during his days
> as a documentary filmmaker during World War II as he examines a
> world not so often told by today's 24-hour media circus. Get ready
> to be shocked and inspired by "An American Opera."
> “8 out of 10 STARS”
> David Stewart - IMDB.com, August 4, 2009
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>
>
> “… a tribute and an honest inquiry, into the human-animal
> relationship and how delicate that bond really is…” “An American
> Opera takes us right into the middle of things and doesn’t let us
> look away…”
> Sarah Ledbetter - WKNO Radio, Memphis, TN
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> I have got to say it was the most moving, sad, happy, proud,
> desperate film I have ever seen.
>
> This has also gotten me even more REVED up to help more in the future.
>
> Lisa Heaton – Richmond, VA, ADRATI Animal Rescue, November, 2009
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> Strong, emotional stuff - and An American Opera justifiably has won
> “Best Documentary” prizes at multiple film festivals.
>
> Boston University Cinematheque, October, 2009
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>
>
> We love it when a film from our Alumni gets a whole new life. Such
> is the case with An American Opera, a love letter on film for many
> Animal Defense Leagues and Prevention for Animal Cruelty
> associations. An American Opera was a Programmers’ and Audience
> favorite at ReelHeART and won a documentary category award.
>
> Shannonn Kelly - Executive Director ReelheART Film Festival
> Toronto, July, 2009
>
>
>
> Technical Information:
>
> Format: NTSC DVD-R
> Number of discs: 1
> DVD Release Date: November 2009
> Run Time: 77 minutes (plus 25 minutes of special features
> including, The Genesis of An American Opera)
> Closed Caption: No
>
> Rating: N/A
>
> For more information click here: www.anamericanopera.com, and here:
> www.rescuepartytour.com
>
>
>
> To order a copy of An American Opera - The Greatest Pet Rescue Ever!
>
>
>
> Make checks or PO’s payable to:
>
> Man Smiling Moving Pictures
>
>
>
> And send to:
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> Attn: Tom McPhee
>
> 32 North Washington
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> Suite 7
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> Ypsilanti, MI 48197
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>
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> I will accept PO’s to deliver product now with payment not required
> until the 1st qtr of 2010 and that applies to the broadcast promo
> as well.
>
>
>
> Happy Holidays & Cheers to You,
>
>
>
> Tom McPhee
>
> Producer Director
>
> 310.734.6886 LA
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> 646.546.5640 NY
>
> Man Smiling Moving Pictures
>
> www.rescuepartytour.com
>
> www.anamericanopera.com
>
> www.mansmilingmovingpictures.com
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>
>
> Look for Man Smiling Moving Pictures’ new websites to roll out at
> the beginning of the 1st qtr 2010 with online shopping carts and
> credit card capability.
>
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> acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current
> and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions.
> It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool
> for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between
> libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and
> distributors.

VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.
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