Update : Screenings, Oscars 10-March-2006

Newport Beach, Big Sky, Oscars, River Run, and New Zealand...

Disarm has been accepted into the prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival, which takes place in Newport Beach, California from 20-30 April 2006. We’ll advise of the exact screening date as soon as we have it.

We’re very pleased to announce that Disarm was a FINALIST in the documentary category at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Montana last month (the incredible Favela Rising won). Disarm director Brian Liu attended, did media interviews, spoke on a panel, and reports our film received a lot of hype and interest. Some photos he took are attached and on the website. One shows the exterior of the beautiful Wilma Theatre in freezing downtown Missoula where all the screenings were held. The other is of Brian, legendary filmmaker Les Blank, festival director Damon Ristau, and festival programmer Doug Hawes-Davis. We are grateful to them for their tireless organizing and kind hospitality.

Congratulations to Disarm’s sound editor Katy Wood, whose work on King Kong earned two Oscars at the 2006 Academy Awards (sound mix and sound editing)!!! Katy spent much of 2005 in New Zealand working on King Kong at Peter Jackson’s gorgeous Park Road Post studios, where she generously squeezed in time and space to do Disarm’s final sound edit. Her Oscar credits also include several received for her work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Katy has since returned to DC.

Later this month Disarm director Brian Liu will participate in the River Run International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina from March 16-19. Disarm is scheduled to screen there on Saturday 18 March at 1.30pm.

We also have dates for the New Zealand screenings in the touring World Cinema Showcase: Christchurch (22 & 23 March), Dunedin (5 & 6 April), Wellington (17 & 18 April), and Auckland (4, 5 & 7 May). For screening times, venues, and more information check out our Screenings page.

That’s what we have for March. Please get in touch is you’re interested in helping screen Disarm – we want our film to be seen by as many people as possible!