Recent Press and Praise

Aug 30, 2009

New Festivals Announced! Nov. 6-8 in Colorado Springs


Hip Hip Hooray! SMILE 'TIL IT HURTS has been officially selected to screen at the 22nd annual Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, scheduled for November 6-8, 2009. We are extremely excited about screening our documentary on Up With People at the longest running women's film festival in the world. Up With People is headquartered in Denver, Colorado so we hope many UWP alumni will have the opportunity to come to this festival. Stay tuned and we'll announce screening times as soon as possible. In the meantime you can check out general information at the RMWFF website at

I can't wait to travel to the high county again!


Aug 21, 2009

FirstGlance Film Festival, Philadelphia--Oct 24 @ 5pm


Our screening at the FirstGlance Film Festival will be held on:



If you are in the area, please join the fun and participate in the captivating dialogue.
It will be a night to remember. Come learn about youthful idealism and what images and ideals we sell to the rest of the world. You'll never think of the "melting pot" in the same way....or, maybe you will!

"Up, up with people, you meet 'em wherever they go!
Up Up With People, there the best kind of folk we know!
If more people were for people, all people everywhere,
There'd be a lot less people to worry about
And a lot more people who care!"

News, press and praise during our Oscar qualifying run!

What a couple of amazing weeks in LA and NYC screening SMILE 'TIL IT HURTS for our Oscar qualifying run at DocuWeeks. The ArcLight Hollywood is a stunning movie experience, and we had sold out shows at the IFP Center in NYC. The Q&As and continued discussion in the hallways of both venues after each screening were vibrant and thought-provoking! The energetic dialogue would not let up among the handful of Up With People alumni who attended, as well as numerous non-UWP viewers.

I hope you check out the clips and news at A big thank you goes out to everyone at DocuWeeks for making these screenings possible. It was a privilege and honor to be counted among such great films screening at DocuWeeks and to meet the dedicated staff at IDA.

We've gotten amazing press in the process. You can check out all the new press and praise, and click on all the links posted on the blog. Please tell your friends!!

And don't forget to Google search the film title in quotes: "Smile 'Til It Hurts". The last time I did it logged 358,000 results!!!! How cool is that?!

Now that we've finished our Oscar qualifying run at DocuWeeks, I have to complete an application for the Little Golden Man. It's due next week. If you've gone through the process and have a thought, or if you just want to send big hugs and greetings, please post a comment!

We are also thrilled to announce that the IFP has recommended SMILE 'TIL IT HURTS for a Gotham Award!!! Let's hope we get nominated! Please send your well-wishes and good karma in that direction too!

I hope to post news from additional film festivals we hope to attend before the year's end. Our next confirmed award-winning film festival is FirstGlance in Philadelphia, PA on October 22-25, 2009. You can check out the announcement at:

We start our foreign launch in October too.

Thanks to all and stay tuned!

Aug 13, 2009

Interview on Leonard Lopate Show!

Hi friends,
There is a lot of news to report! I've posted recent press and praise coming off our fabulous screenings in LA and NYC as our qualifying Oscar run ends at the IFC Center in NYC tonight. You can find those on the blog. Also, here is an interview from the Leonard Lopate show:
Next week we should have some of our Q&A's posted too!
Stay tuned!