One year ago at the Wild Goose Festival…

That’s when we first screened Hellbound? in public. It was an inauspicious beginning. About 40 people–and two pigs–turned up for the 11pm showing of what was billed as a “mystery item” in the schedule. It took place in a tent with fireflies occasionally flickering across the screen.

I was pretty tense seeing as it was going to be shown in standard definition instead of Blu-ray, and I wasn’t confident of the quality. More importantly, three members of my cast–Frank Schaeffer, Michael Hardin and Brian McLaren–were going to see it there for the first time. In public. So if they wanted to strangle me afterwards, they would have to seize a moment when the crowd dispersed.

Thankfully, no one felt the need to commit bodily harm against me afterwards. (Either that or they couldn’t find me in the dark.) In fact, the overall reaction was quite positive. Even the pigs issued a grunt of approval from time to time. And as it turns out, my concerns about screening it in standard def were unfounded. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise seeing as I later discovered the sound on our Blu-ray disc was out of sync.

One year later, I find myself deep into production on a documentary that I “accidentally” started filming about two months ago. Where will I be one year from today? Only the pigs know for certain…


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About Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller is an award-winning screenwriter, director and producer who has applied his craft to numerous documentaries, feature films and shorts. Recent projects include "The Chicken Manure Incident," "Hellbound?," "Drop Gun," "No Saints for Sinners," "spOILed," "Sex+Money," "With God On Our Side," "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed," "After..." and the upcoming biopic "The Divine Comedy of Thomas Merton." In addition to his work in film, Kevin has written, co-written and edited over 45 books. He lives in Kimberley, BC, Canada with his wife and four children.

  • debarca

    I remember it well, Kevin! Loved the pigs. Loved your film even more. What a great night and a perfect place for launching Hellbound! Continued blessings and success to you.

  • Mark Farmer

    They say pigs are quite intelligent. As for me, I was so tired that I walked right by the screening on the way to my tent. Though had I known the title…. Glad I got to see it over a year later in Columbus.