Couple views series as ‘collective win’
Dave and Morgan Hansow of Grand Junction left an impression on Brad Parks. They just didn’t know it.
Five years ago, Parks was one of only six people who braved rainy and cold weather in Austin, Texas, to come to a screening of the documentary “Moving On” that starred the Hansow family and featured stories of hope from Uganda.
The Hansows showed the film during a convention for directors of film festivals.
Parks was so moved by the film years ago that when he became chief executive officer of the Hollywood Film Festival this past July, he wanted to fly Dave and Morgan to Hollywood so they could premiere their latest project in front of crowds at the ArcLight Hollywood theater.
In September, Dave and Morgan walked the red carpet and screened parts of Episode 1 and 2 of Season 2 of “The Find,” the original series they created for their online TV channel LGHtv.
“The response was incredible,” Dave said.
As enjoyable as the experience was in Hollywood — and potentially important because of festival connections to foreign investors or distributors — the Hansows are excited to show Season 2 of “The Find” in its entirety in a world premiere event at 7 p.m. Friday at the Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction.
All six episodes of “The Find: Nicaragua” will be shown as a thank you to the many local contributors who helped the Hansows reach their $75,000 goal in a summer Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to pay for the project.
The reaction when the Hansows found out the campaign was successful is part of the first episode to be shown Friday.
After Season 1 of the “The Find: India,” the Hansows decided to increase their budget for Season 2 to hire an extra crew member for sound and add extra days to edit.
Dave said more than 100,000 people have viewed “The Find: India” on LGHtv, and an unknown number have seen the series through distribution in the United Kingdom and Australia.
In Season 2 of “The Find,” Dave and Morgan, along with their children, Asher and Jaydn, flew to Nicaragua to tell six different stories of people bringing hope to communities in need.
Brad Corrigan, a member of indie band Dispatch and founder of nonprofit Love Light & Melody, was their connection for the season and will travel to Grand Junction to play at Friday’s premiere.
“It’s a collective win for so many people who have made this a reality,” Morgan said of Season 2 of “The Find.”
Tickets to the premiere are $10 and doors open at 6 p.m.
Tickets to the After Party are $35 and include admission to the screening.
The After Party will feature an open bar with beer and wine, music from Corrigan, live mural painting and a filmmaker question-and-anwer session.
Director/editor Jesse Schluntz and audio/cinematographer Wade Yamaguchi will attend, but cinematographer Matt Katsolis is working on another project.
Visit http://www.lgh.tv to purchase tickets, view Season 1 of “The Find” and get the LGHtv podcast.
Tickets, if remaining, also will be available at the door.