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OCTOBER UPDATES 2022

Welcome readers from around the globe. I see new readers from Ireland, Israel and India and many more that don’t start with an ‘I’. As I’ve stated before, this year is one of the busiest for releases at CDI. It started with BESTSELLER, our dark thriller and followed with BEST YEARS GONE, a dramedy. SMOKE & MIRRORS released at the Motorcity Nightmares Fest and was just released for free to fans of CDI on their Youtube site. WATCH HERE and leave your comments – (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qcobe1eng0) Last night we gathered at the NCG Owosso, MI theatre and watched the premiere of FOR THE LOVE OF CATCH to a full house before having a fall patio afterglow at Romas. Hard cider and pizza ended the night proper. The film will start streaming on several major platforms like Amazon Prime on 10/4/2022. That brings our number to four releases with one major one to go.

SILENT NIGHT IN ALGONA – This last one is going to be epic. It brings a nearly forgotten time period back to life telling the story of true events in 1944 Iowa during WW2. We’ve been in studio weekly working with Dennis Therrian on dialog cleanup, sound design and music. Great talk with our VFX team on progress and making plans to bring all the elements together and mix. We will be having an Iowa premiere followed by likely a special NCG Owosso, MI premiere screening for our cast and crew before it rolls out into several other screens. This week we start assembling the theatrical trailer which will lean a bit more into the military and Christmas elements. I would love to get this film out to our US troops via the USO we will see.

LAST NIGHT IN OWOSSO-

To return back to last nights activities- the entire project FOR THE LOVE OF CATCH started with talks around the table at the fort. From there, a plan of action followed by the execution of the battle plan. As we filmmakers know – having the footage is only the beginning. A strong outline needs to be established with documentary films since the lack of a script. Many lessons learned as we moved towards the finish line. I’m proud of our small team on this project and I think we’ll be working on another one in our series. We’ll be returning to the table to discuss possibilities but I think we have a few great ideas already.

MISC UPDATES-

  1. Twice in two days I’ve had people bring up to me how much they enjoyed their first watch of MBF: MAN’S BEST FRIEND. Both admitted tears while watching. If you have not watched this powerful story being enjoyed by millions, please do.
  2. It’s also a great season to enjoy WILD FAITH, our family western, okay, mid-western. We’ll be announcing a new milestone at Encourage TV soon. Encourage TV is our distributors streaming platform and is just one of many. In 2020 we were estimated at over 20 million viewers and that was two years ago and before MBF and WILD FAITH traveled to NBC/Peacock. We might try to gather this data as we continue to push and get the first 8 shows in the WILD FAITH: Hastings TV series funded.
  3. We’ll be announcing officially our next funded CDI film HARSENS ISLAND REVENGE, that will shoot next year in Michigan. As a matter of fact we might be doing a location scout next weekend. We have another important creative meeting ahead of us this week. That might result in us having a very exciting announcement. This film will have CDI storytelling in the roaring 20’s.
  4. I’m well into my next writing assignment (SPIRIT LAKE MASSACRE) and I’m truly loving it. It is a harsh and brutal story set in the 1800’s Iowa. It is a real event and once again it will allow us to preserve history.
  5. I talked about viewing benchmarks and we’re reaching those all over as fans find the CDI library. The Quest Trilogy, starting with FORTY NIGHTS will be highlighted along with the other two parts CHASING THE STAR and THE CHRIST SLAYER. I would like to do a Sunday that shows all three films- maybe the Sun Theatre in Grand Ledge, MI.
  6. LOST HEART/BIGFOOT, UFO’S and JESUS is another great fall watch. On my list is to work on some new promo art. I just need to get a few other things off my list.
  7. GHOST TOWN the Movie is being prepped for a new release. Digitally enhanced and with a few special extras. This is not the only film undergoing such treatment. KNIGHT CHILLS is also being enhanced and I have to send some materials out to our Blu Ray distributor this week.
  8. Not yet being worked on but on deck is FIGURE IN THE FOREST and AN ORDINARY KILLER that will both be prepped next year for a new streaming release. For those not in the knowing FITF stars Dean Teaster and MaryJo Cuppone. AOK is a true story crime drama starring yours truly and the incredible Terence Knox. I look forward to bringing these projects to our fans.

This week had me bouncing between all my film work and some prepping for winter. I’ve been doing major trimming to the mulberry trees, actually removing one of them. I got after swinging the axe and using the saw to start filling the wood bins even more. I actually had several wood stove fires last week because it is getting cold here. The chickens egg laying has slowed but has not stopped. All the veggies have been harvested and we mostly had acorn squash. I love working in nature and with my hands. It calms the mind and allows me to ponder problems and challenges. If you are having issues calming the mind, exhaust the body out in nature. I want to thank everyone who attended the premiere showing last night. It was nice to see so many good folks. Until we meet again next week, be good to one another.

Coffee Cheers!

DJ

Fall Welcome! Gifts, Premieres, Development Updates – the Art of Visualization

I’m sipping on the hazelnut coffee on this chilly Michigan morning. Thank you to all our international friends stopping by to join us. The journey of an artist is not always easy but it is fulfilling for the heart. I had many great meetings this past week. Things have been so busy I’ve been purposely trying to stagger some of the PR announcements.

SMOKE & MIRRORS – As a gift to our #TribeCDI loyal we’ve released our short film to kick off the fall season. If you like old creepy houses, seances and ghosts – this might be of interest. It is a free watch and will also allow you to subscribe and also watch some of the other CDI behind the scenes, teasers, trailers, interviews and other fun stuff. Read about it and watch free here – https://www.prlog.org/12933702-collective-development-inc-gifts-smoke-mirrors-to-open-the-fallhalloween-season.html?fbclid=IwAR1lkaiYFTtMYzztYdZcrSABPo7QSgy9OILLH3h1w5ihU1iDn2ctPJaGFCs

You can go to the http://www.imdb.com page for this film and leave us your thoughts. We will turn it into a feature one of these winters.

PREMIERE!

CDI’s 4th release of the year is upon us with our feature length documentary film, FOR THE LOVE OF CATCH. It is playing two shows one night only at the Owosso, NCG theatre at 6pm and 8:15pm with an afterglow at Romas restaurant next door, following the 6pm show. It will release to home video via Deskpop Entertainment on 10/4/2022 on Amazon Prime and several other streaming platforms.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?ref=search&v=1406911949800241&external_log_id=ccc4df6b-382a-499d-aa1f-4c4a65e0ba10&q=for%20the%20love%20of%20catch%20world%20premiere

This is in director/host Curran Jacobs home town of Owosso, MI and we’ll be there to meet and greet. After I would advise adding this DVD to your collection. Also feel free to go to the http://www.imdb.com page and leave your thoughts.

SILENT NIGHT IN ALGONA – We’ve been working hard to set up the premiere and following theatrical runs starting in December. We are going to have the first showing in Algona and have been working to land the right place. The local theaters would be the best showing and we’re working on that avenue after the largest seating venue was shown to be lacking in the proper equipment to screen it. We want to have a nice night for those involved and after the general public will start getting their first look.

Music and sound design is fully engaged and this week will be checking on the German subtext and VFX progress. A theatrical trailer is being worked on and should be complete mid October in time to start playing some theaters and to screen at AFM in November. So many things to pull together and luckily we have great help and support from our friends in Iowa. COMING SOON!

HARSENS ISLAND REVENGE – This is the film that I delayed PR on but you’ll get your fill soon enough. We’re meeting weekly on this next film shooting in Fall 2023. We’re planning some scouting trips and we’ll be sitting down with various keys in the coming months. It is nice to have this extra time to plan and we’ll be using it. The roaring 20’s in Michigan is about to get the CDI treatment.

SPIRIT LAKE MASSACRE – Included in the forthcoming PR is the announcement of my new script assignment. This story again focuses on a real event in 1800’s Iowa history. FADE IN – the script is underway and I’ll be completed by the years end. I’ll have a first draft before that but I like to really polish a story up. This is looking to film likely in 2023/2024 timeframe after the filming of Harsens mentioned above.

As the cold settles in, more film watching will happen. As the holiday season looms more CDI films will expand into new networks. The Quest Trilogy, MBF, Lost Heart, Wild Faith and now Bestseller, Best Years Gone…how many have you seen? A favorite? How many times have you watched it? Thank you for all the fan mail. Keep it coming. We love to hear from you, the audiences.

I can say with CDI taking a break from production to get all these films released proper – I am missing in front of the camera. Doing a few days or a week here or there might be fun but the role has to connect. I turned down a few roles this year. It is important that I connect with the character and I want the quality of the project to be there. So, my energy will be focused on finishing, pre-production, development and screenwriting. But it does have me thinking on agents and managers. I’ve had several over the years from the top agencies to the smaller boutique agency. Results and understanding you as an artists makes all the difference. We’ll see said the wise man.

I did have a good talk last week that could have me helping to produce a few new music videos. We had a few that we did this year (Vertical Bridge – Off to the Races & Deepfall – Revolution) check them out on Youtube! I still want to explore releasing LP albums on some of the soundtracks. I just bought another one yesterday at a sale – CASINO ROYALE (James Bond).

Visualization – I meditate and practice visualization of goals or guidance. One of the fun things I collect is HAI KARATE aftershave and such from the 70’s. It is what Gil Gilles splashes on his face before trying to get his Sylvia back in BEST YEARS GONE. Anyway, I’m at an estate sale where I like to seek props. I came up from a basement that was like a time capsule. I ‘felt’ something and was drawn to the back of the house. There in a bath was a brand new Hai Karate 3 piece gift pack! I need to visualize on something greater perhaps but what JOY I had. I love to visualize with fire, be it a candle or a fire in the stove. Tonight. There will be fire!

Another HUGE update was dear friend Dane who took a day and helped install a new bath floor, toilet and vanity with new sink and fixtures. We were about to do all this when Covid hit and we started to try our luck but…electricity and water are two things I don’t like to mess with. One day with a Shepherds Pie lunch and that bath got done. A foresee a little something extra special for Dane this year at Christmastime. Here is my public thanks to Dane. We all have skills and handyman is not my strongest.

I’ve got some business underway in Yuma, AZ area as the first of the CDI library is being prepped for 2023 release. Ghost Town, is being digitally enhanced and we’re prepping for a very special release with Deskpop Entertainment in the near future. But we also had several conversations about some collaborative projects to shoot once again in AZ.

Knight Chills is the other film about to be digitally enhanced for a special Blu-ray release and a streaming release again with Desktop Entertainment. FIGURE IN THE FOREST and AN ORDINARY KILLER will be on the list to enhance and re-release to new audiences.

There you have it. Some of the weeks best updates. I’m excited by the week ahead. My alumni MSU made a poor showing yesterday in football. My hope is the LIONS can pull another win today. Some more great meetings this week including friend/co-star Taylor Nichols. Come Sat of next week I’ll be watching FOR THE LOVE OF CATCH on the big screen followed by a tall Killian’s Red. But for now, coffee cheers! I’m going to get a refill and get some things done on this wonderful Sunday.

Until next week, be good to one another.

DJ

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