Releasing your movie to the world is both exciting and terrifying. You hope that everyone will see what you tried to accomplish, that they’ll appreciate all the work that went into it, and and that they’ll catch all the little nuances that make it shine. But it’s scary worrying that they’ll come in with preconceived ideas and be disappointed when it’s not what they were expecting. And even worse, that they’ll discover all the flaws that you know are there, but you’re hoping no one else notices. Most importantly, you desire for your movie to make a difference, to impact lives, to maybe even change the world in some small way.
With Summer of ’67, our release was scarier than usual. We made it for the world, not the church. We marketed it as a Vietnam War love story rather than a faith-based film.
We know the faith film world. We understand the rules and the audience. We’re comfortable there. But jumping out into the indie world? It’s like wading around in the kiddie pool or dipping our feet in the shallow edge of the regular swimming pool, compared to jumping into the deep waters of the ocean without a life jacket, waiting for the sharks to start circling around us. Not that the faith world is all smooth swimming, mind you. In fact, sadly to say, Christians are often the very worst critics. But at least we were in our comfort zone there.
All this to say, last Monday Summer of ’67 released on Amazon Prime in 67 English speaking countries! We were nervous, and honestly weren’t very hopeful about the response, but the response has been amazing! We’ve had our wonderful, loyal fans who have watched the movie and shared their words of encouragement. We’ve also had many who are not part of our expected demographic who’ve watched it and enjoyed it as well. We’ve had 41 reviews so far, and only 2 didn’t like it, and one of those had a number of good things to say about the movie. So, not too bad!
Thanks to the views and reviews we’ve received thus far, we’re slowly working our way up the lists so that we show up when people search. Right now we’re at the top of the list for movies released this past week and #5 for movies released this past month. Can you believe it?
But we won’t always be a new release, so we need to show up in the overall lists. We need your help to make this happen.
- If you’ve got Amazon Prime, please hop on over and give us a watch.
- If you don’t have Amazon Prime, you can pay to rent or watch.
- If you’ve already seen it, you can watch it again.
- If you’ve already seen it, you can write a review. (You can leave a review without watching it on Amazon Prime as long as you have an Amazon account.)
- To leave a review, go to the movie page then scroll down to the bottom of the reviews where you’ll see a “Write a customer review” button.
- When you write a review, be sure to be specific rather than vague. Include things you think other people should know about.
- It’s ok to not like things about the movie. We won’t break from criticism, and it keeps the reviews real. No movie is perfect.
- Click the “helpful” button on reviews that you think express the movie and would be helpful to others.
- You can even interact with reviews and begin a discussion about what you liked/disliked about the movie.
- Encourage others you know to view and review the movie.
- Encourage others you know who’ve already seen the movie to post a review.
- Share Summer of ’67 Facebook memes to help spread the word about the release.
- Most importantly, you can pray for the movie, that it will reach those who need it.
Each of these actions helps bring Summer of ’67 to a larger audience, to others who could benefit from its redemptive message of hope.
Our goal is to hit 100 reviews by the end of this month, which means we’ve got just one week to get 59 reviews.
No small task, but we know that each of those views and reviews gets us further into the world and helps us reach audiences that might never otherwise hear of God’s amazing love for us through life’s most difficult trials. We can’t do it alone, but together, we can make it happen. Thank you all for your love and support!