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The next TriFilm Society social will be held on Tuesday, October 6th, starting at 5:30 PM. We look forward to seeing you there!
Last week we shared details about how socials are changing. (Read it here if you missed it). The most notable change is that the five-year run of free socials is coming to a close as the TriFilm Society evolves once again. As a result, tickets to the social on October 6th are $25 for guests and $10 for Charter Members.
Charter Members always receive steep discounts on socials, and have an opportunity to attend absolutely free in October. We’ll share more details about it with Charter Members this week via email.
We have incredibly exciting things planned for the next social. Register now to surround yourself with some of the most professional and hard-working people in the film community in Raleigh, Durham, and surrounding areas in North Carolina.
You have given us such great feedback over the years. We’re pouring all of your insights into the next iteration of the TriFilm Society. Where we go from here is incredibly exciting.
At the social, we’ll go into more details about how things are changing and what it means for you!
REMINDER: If you expressed an interest in Charter Membership – an elite group of people who are the first to experience membership – you have until this Thursday, September 10th, at midnight, to register. Please check your email for details. We look forward to welcoming you as a member!
TriFilm Society socials are changing.
Are you ready? Here are details to help you prepare.
1. Quarterly socials will no longer be free.
Socials will remain an important part of the TriFilm Society, although they will be a bit different going forward.
Registration will now require payment, comparable to professional networking events in the area. There’s a long list of reasons for the change, all of which translate into improved opportunities for you.
2. Advance registration is encouraged.
Sign up in advance to make the most of your time at each social. You’ll get information on event details, start times, photos, and follow up information. Advance registration creates a comfortably filled room filled with people you want to meet most – not a space too crowded to enjoy.
(Make sure you’re on our email list to get details about upcoming socials.)
3. New structure at socials.
Your time to meet and talk with one another is the foundation of our socials, however, we are tweaking the structure a bit to create new opportunities. We’ll outline this for you soon!
SAVE THE DATE
The next TriFilm Society social is on Tuesday, October 6th, starting at 5:30 PM. We will have a registration page live very soon. Please sign up for our email list to get more information when it is available. (You can sign up at the end of this blog post or in the side bar.)
Thank you all for the feedback you’ve shared over the past five years. We’re pouring this insight into the next iteration of the TriFilm Society to bring you greater opportunities. Stick with us as the TriFilm Society evolves once again to serve you better.
Please use the comments section below to tell us what you think and ask any questions!
A free screening of the film Raise Up: The World Is Our Gym is happening in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, August 29th, as part of a day of Health and Hip Hop. The event is a means to raise awareness about how people can control of their health and learn freestyle calisthenics. Learn more about the event here.
The TriFilm Society talked with filmmaker Rain Bennett about the movie, how he made it, and what’s next.
Tell us about your documentary.
This film is a snapshot of a cultural movement that is building and strengthening communities on every continent by people using nothing but a bar and their bodies. A freestyle version of classic calisthenics, or bodyweight exercises, started in poor areas in New York as a social movement – binding the youth and the elders of the neighborhoods together in a way nothing had before. This underground creative fitness movement has since become a global phenomenon. By utilizing social media, these neighborhoods from all over the world have now united and organized in hopes to make Street Workout the next big sport.
What made you want to make this film?
I was introduced to the “bar world” or culture like most people – on Youtube. I began using this style of training in my own fitness regimen and incorporating it into classes I was teaching. However, the true catalyst was a PSA that I produced for Shaw University featuring the Bartendaz, a workout group from Harlem. Here, I saw the true social impact this culture was having on people and how it touched the communities. My interest was more than piqued and I began to follow the story of New York’s calisthenics community.
What’s your background in film / how did you get into filmmaking?
I’ve been in filmmaking/TV/video for 10 years now. I went to school at N.C. State University and began acting in local independent films while in college. After graduating, I worked with and studied under some documentary filmmakers and then started my first company.
How was your film funded?
Raise Up was funded in a variety of ways, like many independent films. We did have a successful crowdfunding campaign (a little over 10k) on Indiegogo. That money primarily funded the travel to about 15 countries to follow the international spread of freestyle calisthenics. I sold some equity in the film, once we had built up an audience and a little reputation, for finishing the film. But, most of the money (and time, obviously) has come from me. I’ve put almost everything I’ve made into this for the past five years.
How is it being distributed?
It will definitely be on a VOD site, whether it be VHX or Vimeo or something, but we are still shopping it around. My goal is to get it to as wide of an audience as possible (i.e. beyond just the people interested in fitness). We are sending it to festivals, and doing some screenings in the meantime.
How can people see the movie?
The next screening is August 29th at a free-to-the-public health event in Raleigh, N.C. We are going to do a demo of freestyle calisthenics and then show the movie to the kids in the neighborhood. Other than that, people can follow the movie’s pages online to find out the next screening and the official release date once it out!
What other projects are you working on?
I have several other projects in the works, as filmmakers must. Currently, I’m preparing to launch a podcast based off of the themes of Raise Up – community, health, family, etc. I have some documentaries and TV pilots in development, and plan to shoot a short in N.C. this fall.
If you could share one lesson learned for other filmmakers, what would it be?
Two things I’d like to share:
1. Don’t be afraid, just go for it. I like to think of the “worst case scenario” and if that scenario is NOT something like death, then stop being afraid.
2. Be organized and be diligent. Many times on Raise Up, after a long day of shooting, I’d be with my friends (from the calisthenics culture) in some awesome city across the world, and I’d get consumed and go out and party and be part of the group. There were many times in post production I’d wished I’d stayed and logged or organized my clips during those times. HOWEVER, many of those times created some of the most beautiful stories of my life. So, like everything, I suppose there is a balance.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’d also like to thank everyone for their support (and patience!) during the making of this film. Whether its a close friend showing up at some event I’m planning, or a kind comment from a stranger on Instagram, I really have only made it through because of constant little puffs of positivity into my system. Otherwise, I would have quit a long time ago.
About the Film
Raise Up is a documentary that captures the street workout world as it shifts from an underground workout regimen to a mainstream cultural movement. Starting in NYC parks, this style of extreme calisthenics is revolutionizing push-ups, pull-ups, and dips, as well as changing the way people maintain and protect the health of their communities.
What started out as a community building social tool, is quickly becoming a popular, and polarized, international sport – threatening to a loss of the authenticity of the culture. One thing that cannot be denied, is that it’s a movement that is touching people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds across the world and unifying them in a way no other sport has done before.
Will commercialization kill the culture, or will this be able to ride the line between being a commodity and a tool for social change?
Rain Bennett is an independent documentary filmmaker who creates projects focused on cultural or social issues, food, music, art and health. Operating under his brand, Flying Flounder Productions, he writes, directs, and produces strong stories that touch the heart.
Since 2012, Bennett has been traveling the world telling the stories of the rapidly emerging Street Workout culture – a freestyle version of calisthenics that emerged in the parks and playgrounds of New York City in the early 2000’s. In the form of a feature documentary, he is the first in the world to introduce this global culture that is organized in over 80 countries, participated by millions, yet still unheard of by the average citizen. Through this journey, he has given public speeches in several countries, taught children the art of Street Workout, built workout parks for orphanages in developing countries, and produced video content for North American and European clients.
Rain Bennett resides in Chapel Hill, N.C., and is touring his film, Raise Up: The World is Our Gym, around the United States throughout the fall of 2015 and internationally in 2016.
Last week we sent an email to everyone on our list about Charter Membership. Did you get it?
If you’re not on our list you can sign up using the form in the side bar, at the end of this post, or on our home page. We regularly send out information about upcoming events and opportunities. It’s a great way to stay connected.
Our Charter Membership is only available to people on the email list. The email we sent last week provided directions on how to express your interest in Charter Membership, so that you can get more information about it. There’s a deadline, too.
Respond to that email before Tuesday, August 25th, before 12:00 PM.
All you have to do is follow those directions to say you’re interested. It’s really easy!
We’ll be sharing all of the details about Charter Membership sometime this week – but only with the specific people who expressed an interest in it. We’re looking for a very special group of people to become Charter Members, which is why we’re opening membership this way.
Please respond to that email by Tuesday so we’ll know you’re interested in more details!
SAVE THE DATES! Our next socials are on October 6th and December 1st. We’ve got exciting things planned for each social, too. You don’t want to miss out. More details will be sent via email as we get closer to October.