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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!!!

Inviting you to JOIN OUR EFFORTS AND ADVENTURES!!!!

Gerry Balasta

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The time has finally come! We Present To You, The WORLD PREMIERE of THE MOUNTAIN THIEF in San Francisco, March 11-21, 2010. The film is in COMPETITION in the Narrative Section of the prestigious 28th Annual San Francisco International Asian- American Film Festival, the biggest film showcase of its kind. Link below for screening times, synopsis and trailer. Looking forward to seeing you all in San Francisco!

http://filmguide.festival.asianamericanmedia.org/tixSYS/2010/filmguide/Director/AZ/NARRA/ALL/ALL/

NEW TRAILER BELOW. Please share, forward and post to your social networks, THANKS!

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Ren’s story of hope continues— Ren’s cast was taken off and he can now WALK!
Meet Ren and see his improbable journey for getting surgery for his club-foot deformity. See how our film THE MOUNTAIN THIEF is touching lives, through people who heard about our story. Watch the trailer of this narrative film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WneDxT…

The film is almost finished! Visit our website: http://www.mountainthief.com/

Join us in FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Mou… Join us in our efforts to inspire chage!

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Ren’s story of hope continues— 6 weeks after surgery, Ren went back to the hospital to take the pin off his operated leg.

Ren’s improbable journey for getting surgery for his club-foot deformity. See how our film THE MOUNTAIN THIEF is touching lives, through people who heard about our story. Watch the trailer of this narrative film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WneDxT… 

The film is almost finished! Visit our website:http://www.mountainthief.com/ 

Join us in FACEBOOK:http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Mou… Join us in our efforts to inspire change!

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Ren and see his improbable journey for getting surgery for his club-foot deformity. See how our film THE MOUNTAIN THIEF is touching lives, though people who heard about our story. Watch the trailer of this narrative film:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WneDxT…

The film is almost finished! Visit our website:http://www.mountainthief.com/

Join us in FACEBOOK:http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Mou…

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Ren I just got the word today, that Ren just had a successful surgery to correct his club-foot deformity. He is scheduled to go home in a couple of days. We would like to THANK EVERYONE involved in the MOUNT HOPE PROJECT,to  all the supporters and donors for the cause and the film, each of  one you had helped us touch the life of this child.   PICTURES and VIDEOS will be uploaded as soon as get them.  We’re also getting ready to do the SOUND MIX and the SOUND DESIGN of the film, partly from the amount raised from the fundraising in Boonton, Kinnelon and Indie go-go! THANKS EVERYONE— More on this later.  A few more supporters had shown interest in doing more fundraising, and share their talents to help us reach our goals. Updates to follow.

 

Above is the file photo of Ren (new pictures to follow)

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Electric Lotus Tatoo /Jae Connor raises $1,480,( includes a $500 donation from Mike), a supporter of the project.

Thank you so much for the support and contribution last 05-29-08 in Boonton, NJ, especially Jae and Mike C. for their generosity. Jae, the owner of Lotus Tatoo

and boutique and his entire staff was so generous in their time and support. There were about 120 people who attended the fundraising event and everyone was touched when they

found out about the project, kids and the scavenger actors.  THE MOUNT HOPE PROJECT is deeply grateful for everyone for being a part of our project.

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Boonton, NJ fundraising.
 

 

 

 

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The staff of Lotus TATTOO.

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