The impressive university tour that multi-award winning film, SMUGGLED, is currently in the midst of has had lots of Angelenos getting smuggled and now even more will have a chance to watch this moving film that tells the story of a 9 year-old boy and his mother being smuggled into the U.S. beneath a tour bus. Its appropriate that the film should receive such a warm response in the Greater L.A. area since the film was shot in the area and has received a warm response from festivals and universities in the area as well.
Latino-American Writer/Director Ramon Hamilton has enjoyed having the opportunity to share this film with audiences. Now, he's making his film available for free to anyone and everyone who sends an email requesting a digital copy - details can be found at: http://www.getsmuggled.com/#!free/c1x7y.
It is a way for Hamilton and his company, Think Ten Media Group, to say thank you to everyone who has supported the film and to allow more people to "get smuggled." He is particularly grateful for the Los Angeles festival scene and indie film community as L.A.-Area film festivals were the first to take notice and highlight the film, which premiered at the Riverside International Film Festival and won the Founders' Award there, one of 5 festival awards and 15 selections, which also included winning Best Feature at the Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival held in East L.A.
"At both Riverside and Reel Rasquache, we got the first glimpse of the type of response the film could get from audiences," explains Hamilton. "We began to see the true value of the film, particularly its ability to humanize the issue of immigration for audiences. That's why we want to make the film as accessible as possible."
Since its VOD and DVD release in the middle of this year, Think Ten Media Group has launched a university tour and has seen a lot of interest in the Greater Los Angeles Area. In October, the film screened at Whittier College, Pitzer College and Cal State-San Bernardino, and on November 21st it will screen at the SCVi Charter School in Santa Clarita, just 30 miles north of Hollywood. All of the screenings have been free, as is the upcoming Nov. 21st event. Plus, Hamilton will be showing the film at Cal State LA in January of 2014. The November and January events offer opportunities for Angelenos to see the film in a theatrical setting with the filmmaker, who ABC/Univision highlighted stating, "Ramon Hamilton is on a mission to change how Americans think about immigration..."
To stay updated on all upcoming events and to learn more about the project, its endorsements and other media attention, please visit www.getsmuggled.com, or follow the film on Facebook.
Jennifer Fischer is an indie film producer and writer, who writes regularly for SCVNews and jennifischer.blogspot.com, and has been featured by The Film Annex. She also produces and writes narrative films and books for Think Ten Media Group. Author's website Email the author