Yesterday, I wrote about Dallas Wright getting Restrepo to Little Rock, Arkansas. Dallas was able to capitalize on the good stroke of luck that Restrepo won Best Documentary at the Little Rock Film Festival,
run by the Renaud Brothers. This little Film Festival packs a punch, and each year as it grow bigger it attracts more and more films that are critically received.Here's a photo of SGT Misha Pemble Belkin and COL Bill Ostlund receiving the award for Tim & Sebastian. Word has it that Misha didn't want to let go of it!
But there are others who have done the same thing. One of them is SGT Tad Donaho Jr's sister Tonja, who wanted Restrepo
shown in their hometown of Redding CA. The closest they could find it was Sacramento, which is pretty far away. So Tonja gave the address to the Restrepo Facebook Movie page, then started a petition to show it in their city. She also contacted the local media. Click here to see an interview with her on KRCR-TV in Redding.
She was persistent. Then it hit the Redding.com site:
"SGT Donoho’s sister, Tonja Donoho of Redding, has been fighting to get this film to Redding. She has petitioned, contacted the local theater,
been interviewed by KRCR News Channel 7 and been in contact with
National Geographic Entertainment (owner of the rights to the film).
Then bingo, she hit the mark:
"After months of footwork her goal was finally reached when footage of her interview with KRCR was sent to the corporate office of Cinemark
Theaters. The film has been booked at Movies 10 on Old Alturas Road to
open Friday, August 20th."
Let's hope they're able to pack it in. Dallas visited radio stations, papers, recruiting stations, armories, the gamut of places. I'm sure the entire Donaho family is doing the same.