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Anyone want to ATTEND or HOST a screening of the 1st documentary on CouchSurfing??
Posted January 23rd, 2013 - 2:02 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Hello My CS Family!

My name is Alexandra and I am the Director of "One Couch at a Time", which is the first full-length feature ever to document our amazing network of CouchSurfers (and the New Age of Sharing we are entering! Two years in the making, I can't believe that the film is finished and out there, and people actually seem to LOVE IT!

TRAILER OF THE FILM: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6KXs978mAM

What would you Share with a Stranger?
We officially premiered in Los Angeles on Jan 5th 2013 and are now gearing up to create a 1,000+ screenings in every major CouchSurfing City so we can get back to the true ethos of the CouchSurfing spirit. As CS is growing and changing, it now more important than ever to invite the new and veteran CSers to come together and remember/discover what CouchSurfing is REALLY about and what amazing possibilities arise when we share and open our lives to strangers!

The reactions are more than I could ever ask for & these screenings are so inspiring and FUN! Casey Fenton (brainchild of CS) calls this documentary "...the most authentic CouchSurfing film....energetic, authentically produced CouchSurfing film I've seen.." and thousands of CouchSurfers who have viewed this film also agree:



Not trying to brag, haha, ... I’m just trying to get amazing CouchSurfers like you interested in HOSTING A SCREENING of "One Couch at a Time" as part of our 1,000 SCREENING CS Tour! I promise it will be an inspiring and FUN evening to remember!! CouchSurfing newbies, veterans, or those "Couch-curious" folks are ALL invited!

As you can see by our past screenings, they can be in apartments, lofts, homes, beaches, rooftops, parks, or wherever you can get a portable projector and white screen (or wall). We’ve done International Drink nights where everyone brings drinks to represent their country to panel discussions! You can have 10 people or 200 people - its up to you!

Have you or anyone you know hosted a film screening before? Know anyone who has a projector or BIG TV who would want to? If you have the place or are inspired to make this night happen, please email us!

Please email me at “info@OneCouchataTime.com and we will get you a SCREENING KIT with a FREE digital download/DVD, links to posters and flyers, and anys upport/advice you need to make this an unforgettable evening! Then we will add your to our Screening Calendar & you are all set to make history with us!

List of Past & Present Screenings: http://www.onecouchatatime.com/index.php/see-film/list-of-screenings

Website: www.onecouchatatime.com
http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2013/01/16/how-to-travel-through-20-countries-with-free-room-and-board/ (** I did not choose the title, CS is not about free room and board primarily as title suggests, but the content is good).

Posted January 23rd, 2013 - 9:29 am from Athens, Greece
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Posted January 23rd, 2013 - 10:40 am from Berlin, Germany
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Posted January 23rd, 2013 - 9:15 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Actually these screenings are supposed to be FREE -- I spent 2 years making this film and I'm giving it away for FREE screenings, for those who want to host. I consider this to be in the CS spirit. So to answer your question, the idea is to make it an inspiring, positive activity ANYONE can attend. Whether its a small 10-20 person home screening -- which is really fun -- or if you find another CS with a big house to share, then more can come! These evenings are really fun, and help remind veteran to new csers about how special of a community we have and how the world is at our finger tips when we share! SO please email me at alexandraliss@gmail.com and lets brainstorm to get a wicked screening in Berlin! My CS friend, Christian is also keen to help host a screening -- and this is BERLIN (which is like the New York or Europe) Im sure we can find some hip venue to host for free (in exchange for a big crowd)!

Posted January 24th, 2013 - 10:55 pm from Berlin, Germany
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Posted January 26th, 2013 - 10:07 am from Athens, Greece
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Posted January 25th, 2013 - 9:54 am by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
Is the film genuine journalism? Does it cover the "issues" that CouchSurfing International Inc has faced along it's journey? I'd guess if it did, Casey wouldn't have endorsed it, but I'm not sure. If it does, I'd be happy to organise a screening. If it doesn't, then it's probably feel good happy pro CS propaganda, in which case, not for me...

Love & joy - Callum.

Posted January 25th, 2013 - 12:09 pm from Athens, Greece
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Posted January 26th, 2013 - 1:48 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
Hi Alex, good to see you did listen and changed the subject or at least the title of your "CouchSurfing documentary". Although I wonder if all those who gave you kickstart money for a documentary about "how people do love" are happy about the changes.

Good for you that the non-profit which used to delete your posts as commercial spam* has itself been turned into a commercial company and now endorses your business and allows you to spam groups freely.

*"Posted April 13th, 2011 - 7:51 by Alexandra Liss from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)

I fully realize
CouchSurfing is not a dating site, nor am I looking to go against that
fundamental aspect of CS. My personal mission has to do with
understanding how different cultures view/understand/incorporate love...
The locations were chosen based on where csers invited me to come and
fitting within a tight travel budget (fully paid for by my savings) as
kickstarter funded pre-post production costs, I went to as many varied
places as I could -- such as South East Asia. Yes, you make a good point
with Cambodia/Thailand -- and then you see the documentary gets a
bitter deeper and complex - to delve into cultures where survival
conflicts with this idealized concept of "love"... Then all around
Southern Africa, where bigamy is prevalent... Then up to Europe...Then
South America... still waiting on responses from CSers until the exact
itinerary is chosen, but I am looking for varied views on this mission.

As far as why some of the postings were taken down... I believe that it
was because of the mention of the kickstarter campaign - and because the
mention of money in CS is not welcomed. Simple.

Posted February 11th, 2013 - 7:49 am by from Athens, Greece (Permalink)
Times they are a-changing.

Polyglot, I have seriously started wondering if you ever sleep!!!