Both “Red White Black & Blue” and “Lost & Found in China” have been selected to screen on Cathay Pacific flights starting this June. Here is the page from Cathay’s inflight magazine, about the films’ producer and ICEF rugby program founder Stuart Krohn.
We made it to Toronto!
Red White Black & Blue will be opening the Canadian Sport Film Festival! The festival opens on May 16th at TIFF Bell Lightbox (The Toronto International Film Festival’s 5 screen cinema complex!). The film’s producer and founder of the ICEF rugby program Stuart Krohn is travelling there to take part in a Q&A after the screening.
The Hong Kong premiere of Lost & Found in China is happening at the Asia Society on Friday, May 23rd. Please share this invite with your friends, HK rugby community members, colleagues and film buffs. The film is both entertaining and inspirational, the second in the award winning Red, White, Black & Blue series.
The Asia Society
9 Justice Dr
Before the film there will be a reception from 6:30-7:30 pm on the Asia Society Rooftop Garden and after the film a short auction in support of ICEF Rugby and the HKRFU Community Foundation.
6.30-7.30pm Rooftop Garden Reception
As the new year begins, “Lost & Found in China”, the sequel to “Red, White, Black & Blue” is complete and about to go on the festival circuit. It follows the student rugby players to China and finishes at the Hong Kong Sevens. Our crew Anton Leach, Matty Warmington and David Green traveled to China for two weeks and filmed, followed by a shoot in Los Angeles. The coach Stuart Krohn becomes a much bigger character in this film. Anton, our Field Director in China decided to dig deep into Stuart’s past during the tour and got some very intimate material. As a film maker and just as a man, the power of a physically large and vocal alpha male revealing his vulnerability in a film always affects me strongly. And because Stuart is already such a enthusiastic part of the creation of these films he dug deep into video and photo archives to build on the stories he tells of his journeys, his challenges and passions. After 6 months of on-and-off editing juggling other projects (including a baby) and some very tough feedback sessions (which as an editor working alone I value highly) we are signed off and delivered, ready for festivals this year. The film has already made Official Selection for PAFF, SLOIFF and Idyllwild Cinema Fest.
Also, Red White Black & Blue is available in DVD and online now for a donation to the ICEF Rugby club.
Wishing you all the best, and a happy new year.
James Brown. Director.
Had a great little screening, opening the Raglan Film Festival – with a welcome visit from coach Paul Nathan and some of the players from the Melville High School Rugby Team, who played against the ICEF boys when they came through Raglan. We all had a great chat before and after the screening with the rest of the audience about the film and the similarity between the ICEF rugby program and what they’ve done at Melville High School.
“Red White Black & Blue” – a film about a rugby tour of New Zealand, is now touring NZ itself. After the major Documentary Edge screenings in Auckland and Wellington, and screenings organised by Christchurch schools and Waikato University, the film is now on the Documentary Edge NZ tour starting in Gisbourne, and is also opening the Raglan Film Festival very soon.
Raglan Film Festival
“Red White Black & Blue” Opening night screening
8pm September 13th at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre
Documentary Edge NZ Tour
“Red White Black & Blue” Screening
8pm September 15th at the Dome Theatre, Gisborne
Tickets at the door
Last week, Co-Director Anton Leach and Sound Recordist David Green returned after shooting for 2 weeks in LA, as a follow up to the ICEF’s China tour – the subject of the sequel to Red White Black & Blue. So shooting is complete, I have until September to finish the edit.
For this film I am acting as a hands-off Director. I set the goals for the shoot and Anton, the Field-Director does the hard slog on the ground. Once the crew returned from China in March, I got going on an edit, narrowing down our key characters for the film. This process informed what was needed from the LA shoot, where we delve deeper with the students and they reflect on their experiences in China in contrast with their home lives in Los Angeles. We interview the parents to get insight into what makes the students tick. This was the same formula we followed with Red White Black and Blue – but this time with a longer LA shoot, following fewer characters in much greater depth with the parents who’s stories come to the fore. This time we also learn a lot more about the founder of the program Stuart Krohn and look at how his adventures in life have spurred him on to give these kids a taste of the outside world where “… their real education begins”.
While we are following some of the same students, and introducing new kids in the context of a rugby tour as part of an ongoing documentation of the ICEF program, this film will be very different from the last in a number of ways – but the the shape of the film is still emerging, I will update as it transforms into a unique film over the next couple of months.