Kia ora subscriber,
We're so pleased with the success of RIVER OF FREEDOM, which screened in 54 New Zealand cinemas over the past 10 weeks. The feedback has been wonderful! 🥰

If you have been following our social media, you will have noticed that we've been inundated with requests from people, here and abroad, wanting to watch the film at home - "Probably the best documentary I've ever seen. Very well made and every kiwi should watch it. And yes to buying it digitally or DVD so can play it to family and friends."

Well, we have an exciting announcement to share...

🎙️ We have an online distributor!!

Journeyman Pictures, a UK-based film distribution company, will be releasing our film online worldwide. Journeyman looks for "the best in factual production", priding themselves on their collection of films from "award-winning independent filmmakers".

You and your whānau everywhere can stream
RIVER OF FREEDOM online from mid-December!!!

For more than two decades, Journeyman Pictures have distributed provocative, profound and original factual content, working with the top players in the industry. They pride themselves on the longevity of the documentaries they distribute. We are thrilled to align with this supportive distribution company! They have almost 2.3 million followers, so our reach will be massive. We are encouraged and excited to bring our story of the New Zealand Convoy and Parliament protest to the rest of the world in a few weeks.

From cinemas to online release...

Just to give you a bit of an idea about why it's taking so long... The Captions take time to transcribe. Lots of time - there's almost FOUR THOUSAND of them 😵‍💫 with some captions needing translation for our international audience. Kia ora whānau, haere mai, and kotahitanga are just a few! We need to capture all the details for our deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences - cheers, boos, and don't forget all that honking! Don't get us started on the rest of the deliverables required 😬 as they say, this is definitely a Labour of Love! ❤️

We have kept the film mostly the same as what we enjoyed in the cinemas, with only a few trims and re-edits in order to expedite the release as fast as possible, and not have to sit back in edit suites and sound mix suites for another three months.

Please reach out to your international friends! And if you have any media or influencer contacts who may be interested in promoting this story? Please let them know. So many people overseas have no idea what happened to us here in New Zealand.

...then Blu-ray for you to share with friends!

We are also working as hard as we can to get this film on Blu-ray and DVD. Once we've released online, we'll be building a hard copy. Director Gaylene Barnes is looking forward to editing up some "Special Features" with magical moments from the convoy and protest days that didn't quite make it into the feature film. Some clips were very hard to lose, but we couldn't have a 6hr film (original rough cut!). Can't wait to see these extra little gems 🫶

Help support our mahi!

A huge amount of work went into finishing this documentary and getting it into cinemas. Thank you to all of our supporters! Without you, this would not have been possible.

Our box office sales have been great, and we are nearly able to pay back some deferred fees and most of our major expenses, thank goodness. If you are able to support our work, please head to ☕️ primarily to help pay for the expenses of the Blu-ray, DVD and as well a book! We have an amazing writer onboard who is writing up this story plus there is so much more to this story!

Please support our graphic artist who has designed and printed up our merch. Who wouldn't love a 🎁 bucket hat and tote bag for the summer festival season! Thanks Helen, our Joy Gypsy, @ for making these!

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Ngā mihi nui! Thanks so very much!