The World’s Only Film to Expose the Empathy Deficit
Directed by Kurt Engfehr
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Sydney, Australia, Friday 12 October….
The global social change film to be directed by Kurt Engfehr, “Stand in My Shoes” has today secured an Australian and New Zealand distribution deal with Titan View, the innovative Australian distribution house responsible for the release of international smash hits “The Jammed”, “33 Postcards” and most recently, the gutsy documentary, “This is Roller Derby”.
Stand In My Shoes is a crowd-fuelled social change film that exposes what President Barack Obama has coined as the “empathy deficit” in our world. The film will examine new scientific research confirming our 24/7 technology driven culture may be creating an empathy deficient generation ill–equipped to deal with world problems, despite being increasingly connected.
Director, Kurt Engfehr leads the team of socially conscious film-makers, Anna Reeves, Elizabeth Nakano and Vivienne Somers on their journey to expose the looming crisis of an empathy lacking culture and the countermovement of “social revolutionaries” who are fighting to create a more compassionate world in the 21st century.
CEO John L Simpson said “We are thrilled to acquire the distribution rights for “Stand In My Shoes” for our domestic territory. We were immediately struck by the timeliness of this topic, the creativity, talent and strength of the film-making team, and their innovative approach with the film-making process which we see as a huge asset in capturing a worldwide audience. We see huge potential for this title and are looking forward to working with the team.”
Executive Producer and Co-Producer, Ahmed Salama (“The Tunnel”) said “We couldn’t have asked for a more ideal distribution partner. John and his team immediately understood what we wanted to do with the film and its outreach, on a global scale. It’s exciting for us to have such a forward thinking distributor on board who really gets what we want to achieve with this film.”
The distribution deal announcement comes at a critical time for the film-makers Anna Reeves, Viv Somers and Elizabeth Nakano, who are running their first crowd-funding campaign via Kickstarter to support the film, which has raised over $30K of the $50K goal. Prospective pledgers have up until October 22 2012 to secure a much sought after Executive Producer credit and Internet Movie Database (IMDB) listing.
The team will use the funds committed to develop an innovative online storytelling platform, created specifically for the film. This platform will be used to source stories from people all over the world to find examples of “empathy in action” in their local communities, of which an exclusive group will be selected by Kurt Engfehr to appear in the movie’s final cut.
Stand In My Shoes is slated for premiere in January 2014, and will have a multi-platform online release at Sundance with theatrical planned for both Australia and the US in the same year.
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