All posts by Greg I. Hamilton

  • Chasing Ice

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    Ticket Outreach Program

    docimpact-stackCHASING ICE WON A DOC IMPACT AWARD in 2016 thanks to initiatives like the massive ‘grant ticket’ program Greg headed up in 2012 and 2013. Spanning 1,110 screenings in 78 theaters, the program used movie tickets as the incentive to build audiences. Our small team made contact with organizers of local, regional, and national groups offering access to a limited number of tickets to see the film on its premiere weekend in each theater. Each group organizer vetted the program, confirming that these were not promotional tickets with strings attached, but full-priced tickets purchased by supporters of the film and held in each guest’s name at the box office.

    Over 120 groups offered these tickets to their members and fans, with the message reaching hundreds of thousands of people in total. We asked each of our 41,746 grant ticket recipients to pay it forward by promoting the film in advance to help fill theaters for each city’s opening weekend. The effort paid off hugely with record turnouts, 13,388 emails registered (8,864 opted in for updates), and hold-overs in 77% of all theaters.

    2012 ticket outreach program

    Unsolicited testimonials from the filmmakers’ team:

    “I’ve never witnessed a better ticket management plan in my entire career! Bravo!” – Tierney Kelly, TKPR (PR Agency for Chasing Ice)

    “You should be honored for the wonderful human pace and attitude you set for the Chasing Ice team. … I still marvel at how calm and able you proved …” – Ali Fujino, Outreach Coordinator, Chasing Ice

    … plus more praise for the program from ticket recipients, venues, and the filmmaking team

    2012-13 Chasing Ice Ticket Outreach Markets:

    • Anchorage, AK (Bear Tooth) Held over
    • Berkeley, CA (The California Theatre)
    • Encino, CA (Laemmle’s Town Center 5)
    • Irvine, CA (Edwards University Town Center 6) Held over
    • Los Angeles, CA (Landmark Nuart)
    • Modesto, CA (State Theatre) Held over
    • Nevada City, CA (Nevada Theatre) Held over
    • Oakland, CA (The New Parkway) Held over
    • Pasadena, CA (Laemmle’s Playhouse 7)
    • Sacramento, CA (Crest Theatre) Held over
    • San Diego, CA (Landmark Ken Cinema)
    • San Francisco, CA (Landmark Embarcadero Ctr)
    • San Francisco, CA (Castro Theatre) Held over
    • Santa Cruz, CA (Rio Theatre) Held over
    • Santa Monica, CA (Laemmle’s Monica Film Center) Held over
    • Sonoma, CA (Sebastiani Theatre)
    • West Hollywood, CA (Sundance Sunset Cinema)
    • Boulder, CO (Boulder Theater) Held over
    • Boulder, CO (Cinemark Century Boulder) Held over
    • Denver, CO (Chez Artiste) Held over
    • Montrose, CO (Fox Theater) Held over
    • Hartford, CT (Real Art Ways) Held over
    • Hartford, CT (Cinestudio)
    • Stamford, CT (Avon Theatre Film Center) Held over
    • Washington, DC (E Street Cinema) Held over
    • Boca Raton, FL (Living Room Theatres, FAU) Held over
    • Coral Gables, FL (Cosford Cinema at University of Miami) Held over
    • Daytona, FL (Cinematique)
    • Lake Park (W. Palm Beach), FL (Mos’Art Theatre)
    • Sarasota, FL (Burns Court Cinema) Held over
    • Tampa, FL (Tampa Theatre) Held over
    • Honolulu, HI (Museum of Art, Doris Duke Theatre)
    • Champaign, IL (The Art Theatre) Held over
    • Chicago, IL (Gene Siskel Film Center, Art Institute of Chicago) Held over
    • Chicago, IL (Music Box Theatre) Held over
    • Bloomington, IN (Ryder Film Series) Held over
    • Salina, KS (Salina Art Center)
    • Cambridge, MA (Landmark Kendall Square) Held over
    • Baltimore, MD (Charles Theater) Held over
    • Brunswick, ME (Frontier Cafe & Cinema) Held over
    • Portland, ME (SPACE Gallery) Held over
    • Ann Arbor, MI (Michigan Theater) Held over
    • Okemos (E Lansing), MI (Celebration! Cinema, Studio C!) Held over
    • Kansas City, MO (Tivoli Cinemas) Held over
    • Springfield, MO (Moxie Theater) Held over
    • Minneapolis, MN (Uptown Theatre) Held over
    • Bozeman, MT (Bozeman Film Festival – at the Emerson) Held over
    • Charlotte, NC (Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5) Held over
    • Lincoln, NE (Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center)
    • Omaha, NE (Film Streams at Ruth Sokolof Theater) Held over
    • Concord, NH (Red River Theatres) Held over
    • Toms River, NJ (Traco Theater)
    • Santa Fe, NM (Cinematheque at CCA) Held over
    • Ithaca, NY (Cinemapolis) Held over
    • New York City, NY (Cinema Village) Held over
    • New York City, NY (Lincoln Center Film Society) Held over
    • New York City, NY (Symphony Space) Held over
    • Patchogue (Long Island), NY (Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center) Held over
    • Oklahoma City, OK (Museum of Art – Noble Theater)
    • Corvallis, OR (Darkside Cinema) Held over
    • Eugene, OR (Bijou Art Cinemas) Held over
    • Portland, OR (Hollywood Theatre) Held over
    • Salem, OR (Grand Theater)
    • Philadelphia, PA (Ritz at the Bourse)
    • Phoenixville, PA (The Colonial Theatre)
    • Pittsburgh, PA (Regent Square Theater) Held over
    • Knoxville, TN (Regal Downtown West Cinema 8) Held over
    • Nashville, TN (Belcourt Theatre) Held over
    • Austin, TX (Regal Arbor 8 at Great Hills) Held over
    • Park City, UT (Park City Film Series) Held over
    • Charlottesville, VA (Vinegar Hill Theatre) Held over
    • Burien, WA (Tin Theater)
    • Seattle, WA (Egyptian Theatre) Held over
    • Spokane, WA (Magic Lantern Theatre) Held over
    • Yelm, WA (Triad Theater) Held over
    • Milwaukee, WI (Oriental Theatre) Held over

    Greg is continuing this work, evolving each new program to adapt to changing viewer habits, the increasingly fragmented entertainment landscape, and the outreach goals of each new film he partners with. Read more about his ticket outreach programs or contact Greg to put him to work for your film.

  • Wellbeing + Strategy

    • Greg edited this leader-to-leader blog for 4 years

      Editor & writer coach for 4 years

    • Greg edited this leader-to-leader blog for 4 years

      Official blog of Wisdom Works

    • Greg edited this leader-to-leader blog for 4 years

      Worked with 7 different writers

    • Greg edited this leader-to-leader blog for 4 years

      A leader-to- leader blog by performance coaches

    A Leader to Leader Conversation

    Editor and writer coach, official blog of Wisdom Works, 2009-2012

    GREG COACHED SEVEN DIFFERENT writers and edited this blog for four years. Formerly known as “Lead, Perform, Sustain,” the blog addresses issues of wellbeing and sustainability for leaders at both the personal and organizational level.

  • When a Movie Really Moves People

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      Feature article, Steamboat Magazine

    Published in Steamboat Magazine‘s 50th Anniversary Edition

    Steamboat Magazine 50th AnniversarySteamboat film writer & director inspired by adaptive sports

    CONTRIBUTORS – Greg I. Hamilton’s film writing/directing debut, “The Movement,” was selected for Sundance and 20 other festivals, winning five awards to date. His article, p. 60, shares the inspiration behind the film, a story which spans six decades. Hamilton’s writing has been published in the Huffington Post, Warren Miller’s SnoWorld magazine, Frontier Airlines’ Wild Blue Yonder, and Park City Magazine. He spent 10 years with Warren Miller Films and holds an anthropology degree he says he uses every day – particularly at the bar. He lives and writes in Steamboat Springs and is currently finishing a book about “The Movement.”

    IN JANUARY 2010 right here on my home slopes of Steamboat I saw a blind snowboarder. Facing his instructor, arm-in-arm, the two of them looked like dancers waltzing down the mountain. Moments later later a paraplegic caught air in the half-pipe, much to his instructor’s chagrin. It was like something out of a dream. … Read full article at SteamboatMagazine.com

  • Just the Right Amount of Distraction

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      Feature Essay, Winter 2012-13

    How a local author/filmmaker tries to stay on task in Steamboat

    Published in Steamboat Living magazine
    Just the Right Amount of Distraction
    THAT DAMN WINDOW. If I lean back I can see the top of the gondola from my desk. Staring out on a day like this, it’s anyone’s guess what my mind is gathering: Inspiration? Or excuses why this latest project can wait while I pursue a little “outdoor research”? Often it’s both. Sometimes good excuses lead to the best inspiration. … click to read at SteamboatToday.com

  • 3Track: Anthony Robles Learns to Ski

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      Produced by Greg I. Hamilton

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      8 minute documentary film

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      Starring Anthony Robles & Bill Bowness

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    Produced by Greg I. Hamilton for MakeAHero.org & Strong Current Productions

    ANTHONY: I WAS BORN MISSING MY LEG. They couldn’t explain it, said it was just a rare thing that happened. I’m not going to let it hold me back in my life.

    “I have no idea how I’m going to learn how to ski.”

    My name is Anthony Robles, I’m from Arizona—Mesa. I went to college at Arizona State, wrestled for U.S.A. Went on as a walk-on, finished out as a full-ride. It was my passion for nine years, it was my life. I was a national champion back in March, March 2011. …

    This 8-minute film is not currently available to view.

  • “Defying Gravity & Odds”

    Cinequest TV appearance

    Brent Cannon interviews Greg during Cinequest

    NBC Bay Area

    Brent Cannon reporting
    Run time 6:10 click here (or image above) to watch

    NBC BAY AREA’S BRENT CANNON sits down with director Greg I. Hamilton. His new film features 5 disabled skiers and their stories of personal triumph. The movie will be shown as part of the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose.

  • “The Movement at Boulder International Film Festival 2012”

    Boulder Community Media

    Egija Hartmane-Salem reporting
    Run time 9:09 click above (or here) to view

    NARRATED BY ROBERT REDFORD and Boulder’s Warren Miller, this incredible documentary was made by a man who knows how to make films with heart-stopping, high-risk action— Kurt Miller. Having directed 36 ski films while he was the head of Warren Miller Entertainment, Kurt now turns his talents towards adaptive sport skiing, telling the amazing stories of athletes with disabilities who have defined this sport. We meet Jim Martinson, a Paralympic Gold Medalist who invented … read more at YouTube