Trophy- The Film

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  1. Philip Glass

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    So it begins.... the reviews of the documentary film I am in about Trophy Hunting. These first reviews are from the Sundance film festival. They are not at all nice to me and that is to be expected. Hollywood is full of morons! But I do need the support of hunters as I travel through this endeavor. Keep in mind even in these brief reviews there are misstatements and half truths. The film has been purchased by Orchard films and CNN so it will likely be in theaters and on cable after that. It is a very good and interesting film that will make everyone think and wish to ask questions and that was the filmmakers desire.
    More to come soon!


    - http://www.sltrib.com/home/4846184-155/sundance-review-trophy
    - http://variety.com/2017/film/reviews/trophy-review-1201961409/
    - http://www.indiewire.com/2017/01/tr...hunting-documentary-sundance-2017-1201771356/



    Regards,
    Philip

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  2. Hank2211

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    Congratulations Phillip. I've read those reviews, and I think they're actually pretty good, at least given what I'd have expected. The three you link to, at least, talk about how they are no easy answers for those who would preserve an animal's life at all costs. It looks like the reviewers had to think for a change, and while they may not have altered their views, they at least acknowledge that hunting may be a more complex issue than they originally thought.

    And as far as Genesis goes, well, I'm with you there. And so are many others.

    It's a start!
     
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    Looks your a resident movie star Philip. The reviews were not as harsh as I feared they could be. Sounds like a interesting film. Bruce
     
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    Philip - we're here for you, stay strong with whatever may come from it. I read one of the reviews through a link on Yahoo yesterday. I agree with @Hank2211 that at least it recognized the fact that there is no easy answer. Unfortunately, I felt it portrayed us as doing hunting for enjoyment only. That seemed to belittle what we do. I certainly enjoy hunting but do it for the rich experience of being in the field and interacting with wildlife in a way that is very basic. And, the end result is that more wild lands are secured for wildlife through hunting than without it.
     
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    My hat is off to you. You have taken a bold step when you placed yourself in the middle of this debate.

    I agree that the reviews are not bad considering the audience. This was played in the heart of the anti lobby. Way to go!
     
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    I think they are good reviews for the film and will get some people talking,
     
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    Hank,
    Thanks and I agree with you. The words of God in Genesis come as a shock to the Hollywood crowd. No surprise there but funny how it upsets them. I'm sure there will be more to come.
    Blessings,
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    Pheroze,
    Thanks and yes I did put myself out there on this one. I knew what I was getting myself into but my family are a bit unsettled about it. We will see how it goes. When the arrows start flying I'll need my buddies at AH to lean on!
    Blessings,
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    Very well said. Yes it is hard to get across "the heart of the hunter" in a film like this where I only get something like 25 minutes total. I do believe those that are open minded will see my heart in this. It is mentioned in one review that they could not believe (being that I must be a heartless killer) that would be vulnerable and emotional in front of the camera.
    Interesting stuff anyhow!
    Blessings,
    Philip
     
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    Charlie,
    It is funny that the reviews all say it gets people on both sides talking. This is exactly what the filmmakers wanted!
    Stay tuned....
    Blessings,
    Philip
     
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    My wife has suggested we use our social media links to circulate the reviews and use it to build awareness of the film. This will get the demand for the movie up and get the debate out there.
     
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    Well done Philip!

    Is there a trailer we can watch?
     
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    I will find out this week and post more!
    Thanks
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    Good idea and the tag line should be that here are good and bad in people but the good wins out in life and in the film.
    Regards,
    Philip
     
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    The Hollywood Reporter
    'Trophy': Film Review | Sundance 2017

    1:28 PM PST 1/21/2017 by John DeFore

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    A thought-provoker, likely to leave viewers less sure of their opinions than they were going in. TWITTER

    Shaul Schwarz ('Narco Cultura') meets hunters and preservationists in a complex doc about how to handle endangered species.
    A hunter shoots a huge rhinoceros, and within seconds a team descends on it, whipping out a power saw to remove both the beast's horns. They're the bad guys, right?

    Not so fast, says Shaul Schwarz's complex doc Trophy, which argues that this action has just bought two years of life for the animal, who was only drugged long enough to make it worthless to the poachers who would slaughter it. There's more to the story than that, and Trophy isn't as good at drawing moral conclusions as it is at laying out the difficult issues around hunting, conservationism, and trade in animal parts. But the film will be involving for those on all sides of animal-welfare debates, and could do respectable niche-theatrical business before finding a larger audience on video.

    That rhino operation is run by one of the film's main subjects, John Hume, whose Buffalo Dream Ranch in South Africa, home to 1,500 rhinos, tries to breed 200 new ones each year. Hume claims that his goal is to reestablish the endangered species (we're told that 500,000 rhinos roamed the earth in 1900, down to 30,000 today), keeping them safe from poachers hoping to sell their horns. (More valuable by weight than gold or heroin, the horn is believed in much of the world to have aphrodisiac and other medical properties.)

    Only late in the film do we see how reviled Hume is by many animal-rights activists. In the debate between these two camps, the film leaves viewers to ask for themselves whether Hume's professed goal is just a high-minded justification for his real motivation, to make tens of millions of dollars off the horn he has harvested.

    We're left to read between the lines on other fronts as well. Schwarz spends lots of time with a Texas sheep rancher named Philip Glass, a lifelong hunter who talks of his deep love and respect for the animals he kills. Some of the things Glass says (about the Bible's declaration that humans should "have dominion" over animals; about the "fools" who believe in evolution) will push the buttons of many urban lefties, making it impossible to see any good in him.

    But reflexively damning him will keep viewers from the more fascinating task of plumbing his psyche: Glass is clearly a man with sincere moral beliefs, and one who understands the natural world in a first-hand way few of his critics could match. Hunting has been part of his life, though, since long before he was capable of moral reasoning: When he speaks of how his stern-sounding father drilled hunting into him, or recalls his first experience of killing a beautiful redbird, a generous viewer may feel for him, marveling at the way love for animals can be perverted into this desire to possess them.

    Other hunters seen here are easier to condemn, paying exorbitant amounts to shoot magnificent beasts in cages. But the film is short on unambiguous good or bad guys. Chris Moore, for instance, leads a vigorous anti-poaching campaign in Zimbabwe, trying to protect elephants. But Schwarz again withholds information for dramatic effect, revealing only near the end that Moore works with hunters, earning fees from them that support his squad's larger conservation efforts. "It just comes back to control" of the number of animals killed, he says, arguing that "poachers will shoot every last one" of the country's animals if they can, while hunting outfits obey the limits governments set.

    That may be true. Still, it makes one queasy to see this white man lead raids on impoverished villages, threatening local black poachers with violence, while working with the rich white foreigners who visit Zimbabwe hoping to take back new decorations for their McMansions. There's too much moral ambiguity here for one doc to make sense of it all, but Trophy certainly offers much to think about.


    Distributors: The Orchard, CNN

    Production companies: Impact Partners, Pulse Films, Reel Peak Films, The Long Run

    Director: Shaul Schwarz

    Producers: Lauren Haber, Julia Nottingham

    Executive producers: Sharon Chang, Lilly Hartley, Jeffrey Tarrant, Maxyne Franklin, Kate Townsend, Victoria Steventon, Lars Knudsen, Tom Hardy, Dean Baker, Dan Cogan, Thomas Benski, Lucas Ochoa

    Directors of photography: Christina Clusiau, Shaul Schwarz

    Editors: Halil Efrat, Jay Arthur Sterrenberg

    Composers: Jeremy Turner, Erick Lee

    Venue: Sundance Film Festival (U.S. Documentary Competition)

    Sales: Submarine, UTA



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    IndieWire gives it an "A" grade and Sundance review gives it 3.5 out of 4 stars, that shows it was well made and worth watching. Better than most of the drivel that comes from the film industry. The commentary within in the reviews is mostly neutral, surprisingly. The Hollywood Reporter talks about white men leading raids on camps and shooting beasts in cages, that sounds a little over the top although, I haven't seen the film. Keep us informed on where we can see the film. Thank you for representing the hunting community in an honest and positive way.
     
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    Philip was the Title chosen to copy a previously produced negative (anti Grizzly Bear Hunting) film of the same title?
    (I doubt it, just wondered.)
     
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    I am not sure. I believe it was a original thought. I'll ask next week and get back to you.
    I know it is hard to know much from reviews in place of watching the film. I hope to get the trailer from them soon so y'all can get a better idea of its content.
    Regards,
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    Early days, but that's a heck of a score!

    I am really quite surprised - but very pleased - that this movie, given the subject matter, has not been sh*t upon from great heights. Maybe some people are more thoughtful than we might think?

    Let's see if I'm speaking too soon!
     
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