Thank you Austin! HARD ROAD HOME debuts at SXSW!

Thanks to everyone in Austin who came together to make the HRH World Premiere such a success! We’re so honored and happy that this film has been able to touch so many hearts and begun to make a positive difference in people’s lives. Just one example that delighted us – we received this letter via e-mail just yesterday:

Dear Josh –

I cannot thank you enough for your generosity with the tickets and the opportunity to meet you and the filmmakers. Hard Road Home is not only a great documentary, it is great film that deserves entry into any film festival in the world and wide release in theaters. It is an important film and I expect that it will be nominated for an Academy Award.

To watch this film is to personally experience, intellectually and emotionally, the reality of the lives on screen. The narrative is so seamless – that I forgot that I was watching a film at all – and felt like I was a part of what’s happening. I don’t want to see another movie for a while – for fear that these people will leave me. One more gush. I was blown away by the ending when Julio shares Alberto’s letter with Griffik. Not only was it a powerful thing for Julio to do – but a powerful thing for the filmmakers to end with. My attention was completely focused on the impact of that letter on Griffik. Did it speak to him? Did he understand why Julio read it to him? Did I have a clue as to which road Griffik would choose? When he walked down the aisle to the front of the theater – tears were streaming – actually I think squirting from my eyes and wouldn’t stop. OK really – enough about me.

On behalf of myself and all of the guests you allowed us to invite, thank you again for the amazing opportunity to experience this film. And, aside from gobs of money – which I would give if I had, please let me know if there is anything I can do to help. My congratulations to all of the Exodus team, filmmakers, Auburn [Media] and Greenhouse Pictures, and Public Private Ventures – and anyone else I may have forgotten.

Margie Becker



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  1. Sharon White on March 30, 2007 10:30 pm

    This documentary is compelling and it weaves a realistic story on a journey embarked by people who are facing the struggles of re-entry and trying to make it happen. As an ETC staff member I am still in awe of how this was put together (especially since I was involved since the inception). I am impressed! I want to thank you all for all the hard work that you put in to make our struggles a reality to the rest!

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