Thursday, August 26, 2010

Poster B

Here is the 2nd (out of 3) posters that never saw the light.

This one is actually closest to what became out poster/DVD cover, in terms of colour and the locker image. Though we really liked how stark and raw (the handwritten marker) and self explanatory it was. The distributor really wanted to see "inside" the locker and stack it with VHS titles of the films we'd be celebrating and other Hughes paraphernalia.

What do you think about it?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Alternate Poster #1

Well, I can't wait anymore. Now that the film is out there I wanted to share three posters that our distributor didn't end up going with in the end. All three give the film a completely different vibe and I'll be posting them one at a time over the next two weeks.

For the first one, below, there was just something so clean and simple. The tag line described the documentary perfectly and didn't try to make it into something that it wasn't. I also liked the sprawling message on the billboard, not only because it reminded me of "Save Ferris" on the watertower, but also because it was the first question on our mind.

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Hughes Generation

Today marks the 1 year anniversary of Hughes' death.

Before the title of our documentary eerily became "Don't You Forget
About Me", it was "The Hughes Generation.".

Our belief at the genesis of the idea to make a film about Hughes, was
that he was largely behind helping an entire generation (or two)
define themselves/grow into themselves/be okay with their selves
through adolescence and beyond.

One reviewer of our film said that his death did more to cement his
importance than our documentary could ever hope to do. And he was
absolutely right. We are sorry it took his passing for people to truly
appreciate the impact he had/has.

This blog post is devoted to John Hughes, his wife and kids and
everyone who felt a connection to themselves through his movies.

Through the amount of emails and tweets we've received about people
who have enjoyed our documentary and the articles/blog postings we've
read, it's clear there IS a Hughes Generation, and nobody has
forgotten him.

Today, let's all raise our arm to John ala Bender in the final frame
of Breakfast Club, and say thanks!

Sent from my iPhone

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Today's the day

Without further adieu, today marks the day when Don't You Forget About Me gets its official US release. What took so long? We have no idea (industry politics) but we're ecstatic that the doc is finally available now for download on iTunes and in select stores on DVD.

As promised with our American debut, over the summer/fall you'll see extra cutting room floor tidbits from Kevin Smith, Andrew McCarthy and more special interviews from our film.

Lastly, did anyone read about a XXX parody of Breakfast Club being released on the anniversary of Hughes' death? We're shaking/scratching our heads.

Thank you for your patience and continued interest in our flick and, of course, Hughes. His impact his clearly unquestionable.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

It's official!

July 13, our film will FINALLY be released in U.S.A for both itunes download and DVD.

Here's the official release

Sorry it took so long...and thanks for waiting!!!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Knock, Knock

Hey avid blog readers. Without our pending U.S release (May/June - we don't know for sure yet) my plan was to upload cutting room floor interview clips with some of our key players (Kevin Smith, Jason Reitman, Andrew McCarthy etc) - but my transfer deck is broken so I can't edit and upload at the moment. But they are a'comin.

Until that day I just wanted to take a moment to explain why we went on our "get an interview with Hughes" roadtrip.

It was never our intention to be in the film. After our first year of making the film and getting nowhere with trying to get the exclusive interview with the ellusive Hughes, we simply gave up. We focused on the people who worked with him or were influenced by him. It's not just that he hasn't given "an" interview since 1999. When Time magazine wanted to do an article with him, he said no. When the Biography channel wanted to do an interview with him, he said no. When MTV was giving him an award, he didn't show up. When his old high school wanted to give him an award, he didn't accept. When they dug up an idea Hughes wrote down on a napkin in the 80s (Drillbit Taylor)and Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow wanted to meet with him, he said no.

So, why did we go?

Simply, we were naive enough to believe everyone else just didn't try hard enough. Nobody else had put their lives on hold for four years, or spent private money making a tribute to him. And nobody else went as far to knock on his door and ask him face to face.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Hughes Film

Well, we certainly heard it from a bunch of people we interviewed, a sorta legend that John had a barn/drawer/box somewhere out there, which had ideas for films, scripts, short stories and a whole bunch of stuff he either never made or didn't pursue making.

Well, it looks like it was true. Shortly after Hughes' death, his family discovered an endless amount of notes, binders, etc.

Naturally, Hollywood came-a-knocking and according to this site Paramount will be producing one of the screenplays. Apparently, It follows a rich Chicago family who lose everything and have no choice but to move out to the country.

Sounds like classic Hughes to me.

Whether this was going to be his comeback film or something he just felt wasn't up to snuff, we'll just have to wait and see. I really hope if they go through with it that they get Howard Deutch (Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful) to direct it.