Feature doco More 4 Me selected for NYC International Film Festival
Press release from Buzz Corporate Communications
Creation Box Films is proud to announce that its debut feature-length documentary More 4 Me has been selected for the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) next month, with three of its five screenings to be held in front of thousands in Times Square.
Written, directed and starring Australian filmmaker Lincoln Fenner, this powerful and thought-provoking film has already been nominated for Best Documentary Feature.
NYCIFF founder Roberto Rizzo (Maid in Manhattan, 30 Rock and Law and Order) describes it as “very entertaining, very interesting, and very dynamic.”
In the face of the global financial crisis, More 4 Me follows Fenner as he travels across five continents to find out what we can’t live without. It takes viewers from the home of Hollywood actor Vincent Jerosa (Carlito’s Way, Crocodile Dundee II) to remote Cambodian villages with the leading lady of the Australian stage, Marina Prior (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables).
Fenner’s inspiration for the film came from watching footage of Cambodian kids sitting on a mud floor opening shoeboxes full of simple gifts like toothbrushes, “as if they were the only gifts they had ever received.”
“There was a reason for that. They were the only gifts they had ever received and as a father, that really got to me,” said Fenner.
“I kept reflecting on that throw away sentence we all use, ‘I can’t live without this or that’ and I wondered what those kids would say if they were asked, ‘What’s the one thing you can’t live without?’ I was sure the answer wasn’t going to be ‘my plasma TV’.”
While Fenner is rubbing shoulders with Hollywood A-listers (including Transformers’ Megan Fox) at the Opening Gala event and conducting interviews in Times Square, he is not ashamed to admit that he will be using these opportunities to blatantly promote his film and the organisations close to his heart.
“What I really want to do is make films that will positively impact our world. With 75% of the film’s profits going to the aid organisations featured in the film, I know the more people who see it, the better the outcome will be for everyone,” said Fenner.
Fenner is also in discussions with several US film distributors.
“While it’s still in its infancy, More 4 Me has seen so much success already!” said Fenner.
“Our hometown premiere attracted nearly 600 media and VIP guests. As a result of the astounding 100% positive audience feedback and media coverage, Piccadilly Cinemas offered to host a brief theatrical run. Over the 16 sessions it screened our total cinema takings were $12,000 – which is pretty impressive for a documentary!” said Fenner.
The NYCIFF runs from 18-28 August and is supported by New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg.