September 24, 2010 – London, England

We mailed out a copy of the DVD to a group in England interested in the film and apparently customs lost it or confiscated it or something. After realizing this, we sent another copy off and apparently they liked it enough to add it to the line up 2 days before the show on Saturday, September 25. An encore performance will happen on Thursday, September 30th if you want to jet over to the UK to check it out. That means on Thursday this week “Up From the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream” will be showing in Montreal, Muskegon and London. Let’s call it our “World-wide Premiere”, what the hell. Here are a couple of links to stories about the London showings. Here and here!

September 19, 2010 – Michigan, Montreal Canada, Newark New Jersey

We’ve been busy planning a virtual blitz of showings of the film. If you want to see it up on the big screen, it is showing across Michigan in early October (see showings page for details) in Muskegon, Lansing, Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Saginaw and Jackson. Besides the theater showings, it can also be seen in festivals as it completes its festival run in Montreal Canada, Newark New Jersey, Portland Oregon and Astoria Oregon. We are hoping for a television deal soon, stay tuned for details on that. Thanks to everyone who has come out to see the film and is telling their friends and family about it.

August 6, 2010 – Newark, New Jersey

We just returned from the Newark Black Film Festival in the wonderful town of Newark, New Jersey. We met hundreds of beautiful people who came out to see us accept the Paul Robeson Award for long documentary and then a screening of our film and the other winners as well. It was a great experience and the Newark Museum is a must see, go and check it out, you won’t be disappointed. The people in Newark were amazing and the festival lived up to its reputation as the best and longest running black film festival in the country. Here is a picture of…from left to right….Rodney Schaub, James Martin, Jim Schaub and Darius Mathis.


August 3, 2010 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada

While standing in the VIP waiting area for the Daily Show with Jon Stewart (thanks Rod), we found out that we were accepted to the Montreal International Black Film Festival which runs from September 22 – October 3, 2010. We better update our passports or get one of those special Michigan drivers licenses, aye?

July 9, 2010 – Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

When it rains, it pours. We just received word that we were also accepted to the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival which runs from August 11 – 14th, 2010. We might just be hanging on the east coast in the first couple of weeks of August.

July 9, 2010 – Boston, Massachusetts

We just received word that we were accepted to the Roxbury International Film Festival in Boston, MA which runs from July 29 – August 1, 2010. We are truly honored to be a part of this festival, check out their website, it’s pretty cool. We are already figuring out how we can make the trip, pretty fun stuff.

April 23, 2010 – Chicago, Illinois

Our great friends at Artmatten Productions continue to help us promote and screen the film across the country. The Chicago premiere of the film will happen at the Chicago African Diaspora Film Festival, June 19 – 25 at Facets Cinematheque. We will definitely head down for that showing. Road trip!

April 14, 2010 – Newark, New Jersey

Exciting news, we were just informed that we won the Paul Robeson Award that will be presented at the Newark Black Film Festival, the longest running black film festival in the country…celebrating it’s 35th year. We are very honored to receive such a prestigious award and will be traveling to Newark to receive the award at a dinner and awards ceremony on August 4, 2010. It is a testament to the great team of folks who helped to make this film. We are grateful to all the sponsors who helped us including Grand Valley State University, the Michigan Humanities Council, Alcoa Howmet, The Community Foundation for Muskegon County, Harris Hospitality, JTM Associates Inc., Brighter Futures Inc., The Institute for Healing Racism, The Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, The Veterans History Project at GVSU and many individual donors. It is a testament to the powerful stories told by the stars of the film, 15 Muskegon residents who told us their stories with such passion and honesty.

April 1, 2010 – Portland, Oregon

We will be showing in the Portland African American Film Festival which runs from November 11 – 14, 2010. We look forward to this second showing in Oregon, they must be good people up there.

March 24, 2010 – Seattle, Washington

We just received the date and time of our showing at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival in Seattle, Washington. It will be shown on Saturday, April 24th at 5 pm. We are planning to go to the festival and have been invited to join in an invitation-only Filmmakers’ Roundtable from 2 – 4 pm on that same day. Alcoa Howmet, one of our most loyal and supportive sponsors is sponsoring our trip to attend this important film festival. Many thanks to Alcoa Howmet and specifically, Amy Heisser, this film would not be where it is without their incredible support.

March 11, 2010  – Berlin, Germany

We just received word that we were accepted to the “XXV. Black International Cinema Berlin/Germany 2010″ which takes place from May 4 – 8 in Berlin Germany, obviously. This is excellent news and we are thrilled that our story will be seen overseas. We have hopes that the film will be seen worldwide so that this important part of American history is remembered and appreciated. We have a line on a possible sponsor to send one of our team to Germany to represent the film. Wish us luck on that or click on the Donate tab if you would like to help.

February 27, 2010 – Cyberspace

Everyday we seem to discover more coverage of the film throughout the country and on the internet. Here is a mention on TV GUIDE’S Website as part of Cicely Tyson’s biography. Pretty cool.

February 5, 2010 – Los Angeles, California

We just received word that we will be showing at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. This is our first showing in LA. The date is May 15.

January 6, 2010 – Chicago, Illinois

We just received an invitation to “Black Harvest International Festival of Film and Video” that takes place in Chicago, Illinois in August. It will show at the Gene Siskel Film Center with the dates to be announced.