“Chasing the Sun” has been a whirlwind adventure and, like any adventure, it’s been a roller coaster of emotions. Lately there’s been a deep sense of satisfaction at the process moving to the next stage. We hit another milestone recently with our cast & crew screening in LA. While nothing can beat the feeling of our premiere in Key West with Trop Rock fans and musicians in the audience, sharing the film on the big screen with the folks who put it together was a special moment.
Making a movie is like creating the pieces of a puzzle. Editing a film is putting that puzzle together. Oftentimes the crew and actors toil in creating those pieces and don’t see the final image of the puzzle until years later. “Chasing the Sun” is no exception to that. While it’s always nice to get laughs in a comedy audience, it’s also fun when we’re all collectively laughing at memories of our shared experience making the film. Since we shot five endings to the film, some of the cast didn’t even know the fate of their characters, and where they ended up! It’s certainly quite a unique perspective.
The LA screening is just one of many screenings around the country that we’ll be doing this year, and it signifies the closing of one chapter and the start of another (or more appropriately, “the draining of one Piña Colada and the pouring of another”).
As such, it’s now time to turn our attention to the wide release of the film. I’m excited to announce that our film will be available digitally live on all Amazon Platforms on Tuesday, April 23rd. So far, we’ve been focused primarily on selling our DVD to the true fans of the Trop Rock genre. Now we’re gearing up to release to the wider world. It’s always been my intention to make a film that works both for fans of the genre and for those who don’t know anything about the music. Whether you are a fan of the tropical lifestyle, Jimmy Buffett, or just fun inspirational movies in general, a wide release will let any and everyone connect to the film.
We’ve thought a lot about the best first digital step. We considered iTunes, Google Play, and a host of other platforms but we decided that the best first step is to release on Amazon. A movie bought on the Amazon platform is available for both Android and iOS devices, and a great many people find their Home movie watching content by using Amazon’s Fire TV.
On a personal level, I’m beyond excited that in a few weeks I’ll be able to raise your Fire TV remote control and say, “Alexa, play Chasing the Sun.” That brings a big smile to my face.
All of us – the director, cast, crew, and the entire team who put this film together – want to thank you for following our journey. Here’s to April 23rd!