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Rabbit Fever Premiere at Heartland Film Festival

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

I never thought I’d say this, but this Hare has finally caught up with the Tortoise and finished the race!  After more than 8 years in the making, Rabbit Fever is finally having its World Premiere at the 2010 Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis!

The goal of the Heartland Film Festival is to honor “beautifully made films that celebrate the positive aspects of life.”  Seeing as how Rabbit Fever is a very positive, family-oriented film, it truly is a perfect fit for the festival.  Also, our last stop when filming Rabbit Fever was at the ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Association) National Convention in Indy back in 2005.  So, going back to premiere Rabbit Fever there will symbolically bring everything full circle,  especially for the teens in the film who are now in the process of graduating college!

Kudos to Scott, Jeff, Chris and Sara at Remedy Editorial and Colorist Genius Gary Coates who have been a tremendous help in getting the film prime for theatrical exhibition (see photos below). Thanks to them, Rabbit Fever will be projected digitally in all its mastered glory on HDCam at the AMC Castleton Square 14 in Indianapolis on Sunday, October 17th at 5:30pm.  Advance tickets and additional screening times are available by clicking here.

Previous Heartland award winner recipients include: Steven Spielberg, Dakota Fanning, Ellen Burstyn and Rob Reiner and films such as Blindside and Dreamer.

WORLD PREMIERE OF RABBIT FEVER
(Official Heartland Film Festival Selection)
Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 5:30pm
AMC Castleton Square 14
6020 E. 82nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46231
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EVENT INFO:
Everyone is invited! Celebrate Halloween early – don some bunny ears and join us for the Exclusive World Premiere event of Rabbit Fever at the 2010 Heartland Film Festival! Each ticket holder will receive bunny ears to wear and get their photo taken with the entire theater audience for a grand “bunny” portrait. Director Amy Do and members of the Cast are scheduled to be in attendance for a Q&A after the Premiere screening on October 17.
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ADDITIONAL SCREENINGS:

Monday, October 18, 2010 at 4:00pm
AMC Showplace Indianapolis 17
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Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 4:45pm
Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 12:45pm
AMC Castleton Square 14
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The making of the ‘Rabbit Fever’ movie poster

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

As many of you know, Ignatz-award winning cartoonist Jeffrey Brown illustrated the movie poster for Rabbit Fever. Since I live in California and he lives in Chicago, we basically communicated back and forth through e-mail regarding the look and feel of the design and he even watched footage of the film over the Internet. While I usually enjoy meeting face-to-face with people that I collaborate with, you’d be surprised with how much work I was able to accomplish with the rest of my crew and cast members this way. It’s really amazing how much of the filmmaking process can take place online!

At any rate, I still wanted to meet Jeff, not only to thank him in person for the wonderful work that he did on the poster, but also because I’m a big fan of his autobiographical graphic novels. Luckily, I was able to meet Jeff last January when he flew in from Chicago to make an appearance at Indy Euphoria, a toy & comic convention located in Sacramento, CA. Not only is Jeff a swell guy, but he also agreed to sit down for a video interview about the making of the Rabbit Fever poster!

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Jeff released a new mini comic book entitled “Process” that’s about…well…the PROCESS of drawing and writing his comic books. I picked up one for myself at the Sacramento convention and it’s GREAT – full of behind-the-scenes insight and self-deprecating humor. But, the REALLY cool thing about this comic book is that it comes with original artwork – scraps that never made it to the final stages and pages ripped right out of Jeff’s sketchbooks! Right now, it’s only available to purchase at comic conventions and book signings wherever Jeff appears, however, one lucky reader can WIN a copy of “Process” along with a Rabbit Fever poster by sharing the link to the YouTube video of Jeff’s interview on Twitter! To be eligible, please include the hashtag: #RabbitFever in your tweet so that we can find you. Alternatively, if you’re only interested in winning the movie poster alone, share the link to the official Rabbit Fever movie trailer. The winners will be announced by Monday, March 29th, 2010 on Rabbit Fever’s Facebook Fan Page and Twitter (@RabbitFever) page.


Jeffrey Brown’s Mini Comic, “Process”


Please note: Each copy of “Process” comes with its own unique set of original scraps/artwork. What you see here is just an example.

For more information on Jeffrey Brown’s books, hop to his official website at www.jeffreybrowncomics.com.

To purchase an official Rabbit Fever poster, visit our Online Store.

Thanks for watching and supporting the film!

Featured story in Rabbits USA, available at Petco & Petsmart

Friday, January 15th, 2010

I had the pleasure of meeting with Marylou Zarbock, Editor of Rabbits USA, last October at the ARBA National Convention. She not only watched Rabbit Fever, but she also wrote a great story on it that’s featured prominently in the magazine. You can pickup a copy at your local bookstore, Petco, Petsmart and select pet shops. Thanks again, Marylou! Interest in the project just keeps on growing and this will make more rabbit people aware of the film!

Excerpt: What do you get when you combine more than 150 hours of filming, multiple visits to 11 states, more than 38,000 miles of travel via plane or car, and film footage of more than 64,000 rabbits and interviews with numerous rabbit enthusiasts? You get a documentary entitled Rabbit Fever! At least that’s what you get when you’re director, writer and producer Amy Do. But that’s only part of the story behind how the film Rabbit Fever got made.

Do caught the “rabbit bug” as a child when she owned Dutch rabbits. Years later when she was in film school at USC, she chose rabbit showing as the subject of a film short for a class. That decision took her on an eight-year journey that will be fully realized when the full-length documentary Rabbit Fever enters the film fest circuit. It already had a preview screening as a work-in-progress at the San Francisco Documentary Film Festival in October 2009 and was also previewed at the American Rabbit Breeders’ Association annual show and convention in November 2009.

For the full article, pick up the 2010 issue of Rabbits USA (page 82) at your local Petco or Petsmart!

Where else is Rabbit Fever spreading? Head on over to our Press page to find out.

Rabbits USA – As an indispensable resource for first-time pet owners, Rabbits USA is packed with all the basics to educate beginners on the importance of good rabbit care.

Roxie Theatre in San Francisco Infected with Rabbit Fever

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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During our Work-in-Progress Screening, we infected the legendary Roxie Theater with Rabbit Fever in the Mission District of San Francisco on Sunday, October 25th at 7pm.

To see the entire photo album on Flickr, click here.

Photo by Paul To (www.filteredbypaul.com).

San Francisco lists Rabbit Fever as #1 Movie To See

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

“Director Amy Do’s endearingly amusing feature-length debut follows the annual competition at the National American Rabbit Convention, where more than 20,000 rabbits and their adorably quirky breeders gather to celebrate their common passion. Adults vie for the “Best in Show” title, while teenage attendees contend for “Rabbit King” and “Rabbit Queen” honors. If that makes Rabbit Fever sound like something Christopher Guest might have dreamed up for one of his mockumentaries, that’s not far off the mark, though Do, an avowed fan of the competition, clearly has a real affection for her subjects that’s sometimes missing from Guest’s razor-sharp barbs.”

-Written by Rossiter Drake.

See full article here.

Rabbit Fever receives early buzz on USA Today

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Over the last 2 weeks, Rabbit Fever has received a little bit of early press coverage – most notably a “Cool Movie Alert” write-up on USA Today’s pop culture blog written by Whitney Matheson.

Eye for Film from the U.K. does a Q&A with Director Amy Do regarding her background and the making of the film.

Director Amy Do also gets a mention under “Women and Documentary in the News” on Documentary Site.

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Rabbit Fever buttons at Comic-Con, San Diego, CA

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

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For fans attending Comic-Con in San Diego, CA – spread the Rabbit Fever! Comics artist Jeffrey Brown – illustrator of Rabbit Fever’s poster artwork – will be freely offering sweet-looking 1″ Rabbit Fever buttons at the Top Shelf Comix booth today and tomorrow (Booth #1721). Show your love for rabbits and support the film…and did I mention that yellow looks REALLY good on you? :)

Also, if you haven’t already figured it out, I’m a pretty big fan of Jeffrey Brown’s autobiographical comics. Check out his website at www.jeffreybrowncomics.com.

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Have what it takes to be Rabbit King or Queen?

Friday, July 24th, 2009

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During my long journey of documenting footage for Rabbit Fever, I was very fortunate to have met and worked with so many bright, young adults who participated in the Youth Royalty Contests at the ARBA National Rabbit Convention year after year. If you know anything about the film, you would know that it extensively covers the process of what a person has to go through in order to win the title of National Rabbit King or Queen – it’s no easy feat!

With that said, I invite you to take a spin around the spiffy newly designed website and search for a little “Easter Egg” (hidden link) that I’ve included (it’s not that hard) in order to find a SAMPLE of one of the difficult royalty contests.

Photography by Kate Kunath

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

It was a happy coincidence that I discovered talented photographer Kate Kunath’s work. Something about the expressions that she captured in her portraits really intrigued me. The funny thing is, she was actually at the National American Rabbit Breeders Convention in Rhode Island in 2004 – one of the same years that my crew came out to shoot. I knew I wanted her to be a part of Rabbit Fever somehow, so I was happy that she agreed to help me take some publicity stills for the film. To learn more about Kate, read her Q&A with Feature Shoot here. She also has more amazing work on her website.

Note: The photos below are actually separate from the stills that Kate has captured for Rabbit Fever. She took these portraits for her own portfolio and interest in the rabbit showing hobby. This is just an example of some of her amazing work!

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Photo Credit: Kate Kunath