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Anyone want to host a FREE CS documentary MEET-up? First full-length feature documentary on CouchSurfing!
Posted January 22nd, 2013 - 8:50 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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmJTZFuILKo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsp1WtZtDj4


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 22nd, 2013 - 11:13 am by from Camisano Vicentino, Italy (Permalink)
WOW Fantastic!!! Good on you Alexandra.... I watched and followed most of your links, Loved the Energy! If this won't be an awesome awakening to get people globally connected, as you've already connected with others world wide on this project.

What a wonderful gift to understand that we are all one people, one family, the grand nation of humanity, at every point on Earth, that our job is to learn and teach that there is no Them and Us... but ALL of us in this together on this wonderful journey called life.

;-) I'm counting on you and your international generation and those who come after, to set this crazy greedy world back where it belongs, for a future we all deserve. Now wouldn't that be just a dandy kind of revolution..... revelation?

Cheers!

Posted January 22nd, 2013 - 1:20 pm from Norrkoping, Sweden
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Posted January 22nd, 2013 - 1:35 pm by from Camisano Vicentino, Italy (Permalink)
Well I wasn't really here in groups a year ago. Sigh, so she did the same thing last year?

Posted January 22nd, 2013 - 1:37 pm from Norrkoping, Sweden
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Posted January 22nd, 2013 - 2:10 pm by from Camisano Vicentino, Italy (Permalink)
Ok Anna Lena.... I'll take your word for it, but I have no problem with the idea or that it's even basically for youngsters... I mean what's wrong with that.. unless they start asking for money?

I think it's cool couchsurfers got together to network themselves into a documentary. Somebodies thesis maybe?

But whatever, I can see it didn't go over with the 50+.

Posted January 22nd, 2013 - 11:42 pm from Sydney, Australia
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Posted January 23rd, 2013 - 12:14 am from Norrkoping, Sweden
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Posted January 22nd, 2013 - 1:37 pm by from New York, United States (Permalink)
Hey, Anna Lena long time no hear!

I amd not so enthusiastic either. I would much rather couch surf than watch a movie about couchsurfing. I would never host an evening and have my friends and family watch a young American couch surfer. Sounds kind of self indungent.

Judy

Posted January 23rd, 2013 - 1:28 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Wow, tough crowd :)

As someone who was touched by the ethos of CouchSurfing 5 years ago, and a filmmaker, I set off over a year ago to attempt to make a documentary that captured the CS spirit. Definitely a learning experience... Mistakes were made, I was going through a challenging time and it is no easy feat trying to persevere and actually make something meaningful and authentic. WE are not perfect -- however, I learned VERY quickly with the help of so many incredible, positive surfers who chose to mentor and guide ((rather than belittle *ahem* and put down someone trying to create something positive - before even seeing the finished product)) and now two years later, the film is complete and ready to share :)

What has come out of this time, is a 87 minute full length feature film that has been screened in multiple cities and is about to get screened in over 1,000 CS cities globally -- with a really warm and kind reaction! People actually like it and are inspired-- and not one person who has seen it has considered it self-indulgent in the least, ahem, Anna Lena -- but a story of many CouchSurfers of all ages and backgrounds brought together when people are willing to share their lives and experiences.

REVIEWS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsp1WtZtDj4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmJTZFuILKo

I totally understand being protective of CS, skeptical of such a documentary, but I ask that before you criticize it, just give it a chance and watch it! If, then, you hate it and think its terrible, Im fine with that.. but I ask before you bad mouth it, that you simple watch it. I am curious to know what you think.. because if I can win you guys over, I am confident, I can win anyone over :) haha I say that in jest.

But seriously, I am happy to send a Digital Download to anyone who wants to view it for FREE -- and if you like it, all I ask is that you share it FOR FREE by hosting a screening with your group of friends. We are also selling digital copies online for $5 -- it is only to try to recoup some of the costs it took to make this film. A team of over 70 dedicated couchSurfers (100% couchsurfer made) came together to make this film.

At risk of sounding 'self indulgent", I genuinely am proud to share the result with all of you!




Posted January 23rd, 2013 - 1:37 am from Norrkoping, Sweden
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Posted January 23rd, 2013 - 1:40 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Al-ca, I am more than happy to send you a free digital download or a streaming link you can watch right now. I just need an email to send the link too.

Posted January 23rd, 2013 - 1:42 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Wow, tough crowd :)

As someone who was touched by the ethos of CouchSurfing 5 years ago, and a filmmaker, I set off over a year ago to attempt to make a documentary that captured the CS spirit. Definitely a learning experience... Mistakes were made, I was going through a challenging time and it is no easy feat trying to persevere and actually make something meaningful and authentic. WE are not perfect -- however, I learned VERY quickly with the help of so many incredible, positive surfers who chose to mentor and guide ((rather than belittle *ahem* and put down someone trying to create something positive - before even seeing the finished product)) and now two years later, the film is complete and ready to share :)

What has come out of this time, is a 87 minute full length feature film that has been screened in multiple cities and is about to get screened in over 1,000 CS cities globally -- with a really warm and kind reaction! People actually like it and are inspired-- and not one person who has seen it has considered it self-indulgent in the least, ahem, Anna Lena -- but a story of many CouchSurfers of all ages and backgrounds brought together when people are willing to share their lives and experiences.

REVIEWS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsp1WtZtDj4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmJTZFuILKo

I totally understand being protective of CS, skeptical of such a documentary, but I ask that before you criticize it, just give it a chance and watch it! If, then, you hate it and think its terrible, Im fine with that.. but I ask before you bad mouth it, that you simple watch it. I am curious to know what you think.. because if I can win you guys over, I am confident, I can win anyone over :) haha I say that in jest.

But seriously, I am happy to send a Digital Download to anyone who wants to view it for FREE -- and if you like it, all I ask is that you share it FOR FREE by hosting a screening with your group of friends. We are also selling digital copies online for $5 -- it is only to try to recoup some of the costs it took to make this film. A team of over 70 dedicated couchSurfers (100% couchsurfer made) came together to make this film.

At risk of sounding 'self indulgent", I genuinely am proud to share the result with all of you!




Posted January 23rd, 2013 - 5:06 am from Walla Walla, United States
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Posted January 23rd, 2013 - 5:18 am by from Camisano Vicentino, Italy (Permalink)
Ahhh good for you Kris.... I'm glad someone else doesn't feel the need to Kabosh a young persons' endeavors ... if you don't have that enthusiasm when you're young... then when?

Posted January 23rd, 2013 - 7:40 am from Norrkoping, Sweden
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Posted January 23rd, 2013 - 5:12 am by from Camisano Vicentino, Italy (Permalink)
Hmmm.... it does seem that we are all a bit jaded, wouldn't you say?

Projects do take time and expense, film costs money, organization is complex, especially if you are relying on other couch surfers who are spread out hither and yon... then directing and editing torturous, if one is passionate about the project.

I can't see where putting the kid down because she was networking and feeling out enthusiasm for the project a year or two ago, and then announcing the finished product.... could possibly be wrong?! Films don't happen overnight.

I say more power to her!

Posted January 23rd, 2013 - 7:50 pm from Invercargill, New Zealand
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Posted January 24th, 2013 - 5:38 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
That sounds really cool. In the film, there are a bunch of "CS Tips" that are learned along the way - so you might enjoy that section. If you send an email to alexandraliss@gmail.com, I will be happy to send you a copy of the film.
Cheers!

Posted January 23rd, 2013 - 8:25 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
@ J Carl -

That's really cool! I would love to see it, if you remember her name...

If anyone of you want to see this 90 minute documentary for free, I am happy to send you all a LINK for free, to check it out! I just need to know your email to send it.

Its funny because in a jaded way, I think it was posting in this group 1 year ago when I first started the project that influenced it to be better... When I first started, I was going through a break up, and that definitely influenced my choices and video blogs, etc-- Although I was really hurt to read criticism and concern towards the direction I was going, I will say, it woke me up and urged me as a Director, to focus on CS and look through a broader lens.

So in a backhanded way, thanks! I think the film is that much better because of it... so check it out and let me know what you think! (after you watch it)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6KXs978mAM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8wheSNqcn8

Thanks!

Posted January 23rd, 2013 - 8:38 pm by from Bangor, United States (Permalink)
Alexandra,

Bangor, ME and the neighboring university town of Orono, ME are definitely CS towns. I wonder if it would be possible to coordinate a local showing with River City Cinema (http://rivercitycinema.org/). If you want to contact them, get in touch with Kathy Tenga-Gonzales and tell her I (Susan Kaye) am making the introduction. I'd be happy to help get a crowd in the audience for the showing.

Susan

Posted January 24th, 2013 - 5:37 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Wow, Susan, that would be amazing!

Maybe my email 'alexandraliss@gmail.com" would help with the introduction?

I would be happy to send you a free digital download so you can view the film as well! (Make sure you like it, haha).

Thanks so much, I'm touched :)

Posted January 24th, 2013 - 5:40 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
... Although, I am actually looking for CSers, who have seen the film, and are inspired to coordinate CS activities around it -- free, of course, for anyone who wants to view... but the film is an Ode to CouchSuring and meant to inspire and be shared... since I do not live in that town I would also be looking for someone to host it...

Posted January 24th, 2013 - 6:09 pm by from Bangor, United States (Permalink)
Digital download? Yes!

susanrkaye@aol.com

Posted January 27th, 2013 - 11:35 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Sent! Did you get it?

Posted January 31st, 2013 - 1:46 am from Portland, United States
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Posted February 1st, 2013 - 10:06 pm by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Thanks, Cadence!

You can host a screening in your city if you like, or check out where the screenings are here: www.onecouchatatime.com!


Posted February 3rd, 2013 - 7:42 am from Portland, United States
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Posted February 3rd, 2013 - 8:06 am from Norwich, England
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Posted February 6th, 2013 - 8:53 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)
Hi Tina,

Thanks for the response... yes, couchsurfing is just a planet in this galaxy of what is possible when we share :) I didnt' want to give too much away, but that is the crux and realization of the film...

I wouldn't say the film has so much of "party atmosphere', however - as a 28 year old (the average age for couchSurfers apparently) my trip was lively and varied... and as you said, since you turned me down while I came through, that could have been you in the film to add your own perspective/energy to the film.. truth is, each experience was unplanned.. the script wrote itself really... so what you saw is just what happened; an idea of what is possible ... and I did my best to get a wide variety of people, and it played out serendipitously as it did...

If you end up hosting a screening, please make sure you follow the directions/guidance here www.onecouchatatime.com (under "host a screening" as SOUND is very important, so maybe a pub is not ideal after all. We are trying to get transcribers as well, but that is expensive and with a film with no budget, we do what we can do :)

Lastly, I got this email, from a 66-year old surfer a few days ago:




Thanks again for taking the time to view it!

If anyone else wants to support us so we can fund things like transcription (and we have incurred a huge debt making this film) you can purchase a digital download on the website as well :) Much appreciated!

Posted February 6th, 2013 - 9:00 am from Rotterdam, Netherlands
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