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What an amazing run! My last posting here in THE MOUNTAIN THIEF BLOG was last March 2010, when the film was just about to have its World Premiere in San Francisco! We had an AMAZING RUN ever since, I had been mostly updating and putting up news in our FACEBOOK PAGE, and trying to build a following for the film there. For those of you who don’t have a Facebook account here is the summary of our most amazing 2010 film festival run!

1. THE MOUNTAIN THIEF won the Special Jury Award in San Francisco in its World premiere (photo above).
2. We were selected to play in Europe, Canada and the U.S. in 12 film festivals so far— San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Los Angeles AP Film Festival, Festival De Cine Asiatica de Barcelona, Silk Screen Film Festival, NY Asian American International Film Festival, CCIIFF Lempaut, France, DC APA Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Chicago Filipino-American Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival.
3. We won 3 awards, The Special Jury Award in SFIAAFF, The Audience Award in CCIIFF in the south of France, The George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award at the DC-APA.

The film was well received in all of these cities with rave reviews, and I will be sharing soon. We are now in a position to make more impact and as I promised, we will be re-starting THE MOUNT HOPE PROJECT and we are pursuing a lot of opportunities to make more change and continue to touch lives. MORE EXCITING NEWS COMING VERY SOON, Please visit us soon! and join OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!!!


Gerry Balasta


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Special Thanks to Pamela Meredith for hosting a very SUCCESSFUL fundraising. $1,400 in total, the amount assures that Ren will have enough money for his surgery  in a couple of weeks. Anything in excess we will set aside for the other goalsPamela's fundraising of THE MOUNT HOPE PROJECT.

We had about close to 50 people who attended and I also had good feedbacks on what I hope is the FINAL CUT of the film. The feedbacks are very encouraging and the audience were touched with THE MOUNT HOPE PROJECT part of videos  which I added to the film.

I also met some amazing people who will look into doing more fundraising to help the film and THE MOUNT HOPE PROJECT.

Kinnelon High Business Club, Justine, matt and Steven donates $400. 

The Kinnelon High business club, sold recycled bottles on EARTH DAY and they raised $400, they chose to donate this funds to the MOUNT HOPE PROJECT.  Thanks to Justine, Matthew and Steven for being a part of the project. Ren is scheduled to go back at the end of May and he should have surgery within the week or the week after. after this medical procedure there maybe some extra amount left and this will be set aside as we review what else can be done for the scavenger- actors.


Work In Progress Screening            IMG_3311

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We have just received an ANONYMOUS DONATION and along with the initial donation for THE MOUNT HOPE PROJECT from Pam, we have an amount that will be enough to send money for a check up or evaluation for the two kids! This is great news as we will at least know Richard and Junior Catonjay’s medical condition.

I also got an e- mail last week from a Doctor who intends to come to Manila, sometime next year to do foot surgeries. If that pushes through and if we haven’t gotten any leads yet at that time for assistance to Junior, its good to know that we may have that option.

I’m also launching an AUDIENCE BUILDING and PROMOTION for the film and project this month. Please check back for info or simply SUBSCRIBE to this blog. Also if you are a FACEBOOK MEMBER please become a fan of the film at our FAN PAGE AT FACEBOOK OR at MYSPACE or FOLLOW US AT TWITTER.

Please post our link to your website or Facebook and MySpace accounts, it goes a long way in promoting the film, the MOUNT HOPE PROJECT and AUDIENCE BUILDING.

See you in our PAGES and hope you join us in OUR NEW CAMPAIGN this week!

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