5 Dec 2012 – Rachael Patching and Roland Kahurangi, producers of the acclaimed New Zealand short film Gone Curling, are keen to thank their supporters and update all on their film's successes.
"We wanted to touch base and let you know what is happening with our film Gone Curling and with what has been a very successful and worthwhile Pledgeme fundraising campaign for a great New Zealand short film."
Gone Curling received a special jury Mention at BANFF Mountain Film Festival in Canada and has been picked up by the festival for a world tour.
If there are any people out there in the world that you think might enjoy the film then now is their chance to see it on the big screen across the globe.
The film also received a ‘Special Mention’ from the jury at Banff!
"Gone Curling, awarded a Special Mention, was quirky, unexpected… and a heartfelt homage to a sport from times gone by. It also featured the best hats of any film we saw!"
– 2012 Jury member Cindy Witten
It was also nominated for a New Comers Award at Wild Screen in Bristol where Roland and I met with a number of distributors and are currently in contract negotiation to get the film on TV around the world, very exciting.
Next on the tour was the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York where Gone Curling was nominated for a Short Film Award. This festival had a completely different atmosphere to Wild Screen, which was high-end industry intensive. Aesthetica was a very intimate festival full of talented filmmakers working in drama, music video, experimental, thriller, horror and documentary. I made so many wonderful friends that will no doubt become my closest film making partners in the future
Roland traveled back to New Zealand for work but I am currently in Amsterdam at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam). I was selected to attend the Film Makers Academy where I am meeting with a host of talented producers, directors and not to forget the all important Sales Agents to drum up some interest in my first feature film that is in early stages of development.
IDFA Academy is the intensive four-day training program for emerging filmmakers, producers, and film students from over 40 different countries
Our aim for attending these festivals was to try and get Gone Curling seen by a global audience but more than that it has been a chance to gain a deep insight into the documentary film making industry and above all it has been such an amazing chance to develop relationships with other film makers from the far reaches of the globe which in the case of New Zealand is everywhere! This is the final festival for what has been an intense two-month festival circuit! Frankly we are overwhelmed at how much we have learnt and the level of talent and passion that exists in filmmaking and we feel inspired to keep making fantastic films.
We would like to deeply thank you for your support and belief in our work, the opportunity from Pledgeme to realise not only our vision but also the vision of so many other New Zealanders on such a variety of projects, NHNZ and the Science Communication Department at Otago University.
If any one would like to add any comments or ask any questions please contact us via Gone Curling's blog or Facebook page.
Most importantly, if pledgers have not yet received your Pledgme reward please let us know. We don’t want anything falling through the gaps!
Success for Gone Curling, funding target close
28 May 2012 – Documentary film Gone Curling, promoting New Zealand's traditional outdoor game, is receiving both critical and popular success wherever it is shown.
The PledgeMe campaign to take the film to the world has also had a massive boost and is nearly 90% of the way to its target, but producers Rachel Patching and Roland Kahurungi are not complacent.
They warn that funding is "all or nothing" – if the target is not met, none of the $18,500 raised so far is available.
Critical success has come with the film winning the "Best New Zealand short film" award at the Documentary Edge Film Festival, and "Best emerging talent" at the Reel Earth Film Festival.
And it's popular with the audience too. New Zealand Men's skip Peter de Boer commented, "Brilliant NZ short film about outdoor curling in NZ – I went to the movies to see it tonight and it is fantastic! The guys are trying to raise money to take it to the Edinburgh Film Festival so check out the PledgeMe link and dig deep!"
Filmmaker Rachel Patching said, "We need your help to push it over the line. Please encourage your friends and families to pledge their support. It is a worthwhile cause to promote New Zealand film abroad and reach broader audiences. Prizes include a trip to Naseby and a chance to curl on natural ice with the stars. You will be treated like Scottish Royalty and make life long connections with the community as we have. We know how the curlers like to celebrate so the Old Doctors Residents has kindly offered their luxury B&B for you and a friend."
"Remember that if we do not make our target [by 12 June] then we loose all the money we have raised so far."
"We still have [one] more screening of the film in Wellington and we would like as many people to come along to it as possible. So if you have friends in Wellington tell them to get along for a great wee story about a the remarkable people of Central."
The screening is at 11:30am on Saturday 2 June at Angelika at Reading Cinemas Courtenay.
Gone Curling takes our heritage to the world
23 May 2012 – The documentary film Gone Curling wants to showcase our proud curling heritage to the world.
And New Zealand's curling community can help it get there.
In the deep south of New Zealand – Central Otago is the last place in the world that still upholds the traditions of outdoor curling. At its heart is Naseby, a town of character and community, bound together by their love of curling. They hunger for hard frosts and freezing lakes but their passion for ice is now being tested.
A changing climate means that curling outdoors may soon become a thing of the past and these passionate curlers may never again be able to compete for New Zealand's oldest sporting trophy – the Baxter's Cup.
Filmakers Rachael Patching and Roland Kahurangi have been invited to screen Gone Curling at festivals in Edinburgh and in Canada, at the heart of the curling world.
The film will be promoting Otago over as it hits the international festival circuits. "We hope that countries that are proud supporters of indoor ice curling will delight in learning about the game's roots,” says director and cinematographer Rachael Patching.
But this film is not just for the keen curlers of the world. The film gently addresses climate-change issues, and the effect warming weather patterns have on small communities that rely heavily on winter for recreation when winters are too hard for working, and for the very social values that keep people bound together. The film is light-hearted and its cinematic grandeur does justice to the stunning Otago region.