Update on 30 October: Voting has now closed but I AM BREATHING has been nominated in two more BAFTA Scotland categories today, for best single documentary and best directing.
As you may have heard already, I AM BREATHING has been nominated for a BAFTA Scotland Cineworld Audience Award.
For those of you outside the UK, the annual awards of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts are like a UK version of the Oscars. Except that this particular Audience Award gets chosen by you.
The film will be shown once again on the big screen in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen next week (all screening times here). But it's not just the audience in the cinemas that are eligible to vote.
Everyone can cast one vote online.
On the occasion of today's screenings at Parliament in Westminster and at the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival, we're proud to announce that I AM BREATHING will be available to everyone from now on.
You can watch the film as video-on-demand in our player below, anywhere in the world. Click the green arrow to access the streaming rental. You'll see a choice of
- the English version without subtitles,
- a version with full English subtitles for those who may struggle with Neil's Yorkshire mumbling, and
- a package of versions with subtitles in other languages.
We'll add subtitles in more languages as we go along, just click on the icon to see which ones are currently included.
You can watch the film right away and resume viewing up to five times over a 30-day period.
This player will also allow you to top up the rental with an optional donation to the I AM BREATHING campaign and the MND Association. (We've also made a video that explains why funds are much needed.)
This picture may look familiar to many. Just before our Global Screening Day, the MND Association had been offered advertising space all across the London Underground and railway stations in England – and they chose to promote I AM BREATHING. (Thank you to everyone who sent us photos of the billboards.)
Many of you hosted screenings, tweeted, blogged, and shared our campaign with others. A petition to get the film into more cinemas passed its target of 2,000 signatures within days, with many people suggesting cinemas we then contacted.
All this matters so much given how difficult it is for a small documentary to get onto the big screens. After more than 250 community events and festival screenings, and backed by the MNDA poster campaign and your petition, we've now been able to convince more cinemas across the UK to show the film.
The East and West Coast of the Unites States will be treated to a week-long theatrical run of I AM BREATHING!
On September 6 the film will open at the IFC Center in New York, followed by another week in Los Angeles from September 13 at Laemmle Music Hall.
We've noticed that the screenings were particularly successful when a local MND Association was involved. Therefore, this little office is now working hard to engage ALS organisations (the American equivalent of MND) to support our upcoming screenings in the US.
If you live in the US and would like to see I AM BREATHING screened in your local cinema do get in touch with suggestions. You can also support our US theatrical release by organising your own public screening. Please have a look here to see all booking options.
Feel free to spread the word and let America know we're coming!
If you are in the UK, go and buy a copy of the Daily Telegraph today, for a four-page article in the Telegraph Magazine about Neil Platt and a certain film that was made about him.
The D-Word, a worldwide online community of documentary professionals, has come on board as a partner for worldwide screenings of I AM BREATHING on 21 June.
In a unique collaborative distribution project, members of The D-Word are working with the team behind I AM BREATHING to organise events in more than 50 different places. This boost comes in addition to countless screenings already being planned by supporters of the film and MND/ALS groups for a Global Screening Day.
Founded in 1999, The D-Word is home to more than 10,000 members in some 120 countries. Driven by a spirit of camaraderie, it has become the leading online community to discuss all aspects of documentary filmmaking.
Press release: Kinosmith to distribute I AM BREATHING and FUTURE MY LOVE in Canada
Bloor Cinema will feature I AM BREATHING on film's Global Screening Day, June 21, in aid of ALS Canada
Toronto – Kinosmith picks up I AM BREATHING which has been dubbed "one of the year's most moving films" (The Hollywood Reporter) and just saw its Canadian premiere at Hot Docs, North America's largest documentary festival. The film by Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon centres around 34-year-old Neil Platt, diagnosed with terminal ALS (also known as MND or Lou Gehrig's disease), and his wife and baby son. Audiences from Russia to the United States have been stunned by its honesty and relatability.
Robin Smith, CEO of Kinosmith, said: "The film floored me when I first saw it, and I'm so pleased we can preview the film at the Bloor Cinema in aid of ALS Canada on the film's Global Screening Day on June 21 to further the awareness of this devastating disease. The release is slated for later in the summer."
Press release: I AM BREATHING will mark MND/ALS Global Awareness Day on 21 June, launching with its UK premiere at EIFF on 20 June.
Critically-acclaimed feature documentary I AM BREATHING will raise money and awareness for Global Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Day on 21 June 2013 through a global screening day, launching with the UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival the previous day (20 June). Scottish Documentary Institute and the Motor Neurone Disease Association will collaborate to promote awareness and raise funds with cinema and community screenings of the film all over the world on 21 June. Participating so far are the Balkans, Australia, USA, Canada, Denmark, The Netherlands, Russia, and India.
Starting today, on the anniversary of Neil Platt's death, we're re-publishing his original blog posts chronicling his struggle against Motor Neurone Disease (as seen in I AM BREATHING). We're going to share them over 100 days in the run-up to 21 June 2013, the Global Awareness Day for MND/ALS which is also our day for worldwide screenings of the film.
In the meantime, I AM BREATHING keeps touring film festivals, playing at ZagrebDox this Tuesday, having its North American premiere at True/False this Thursday, and showing at Tempo in Stockholm next week. Please keep spreading the word.
The North American Premiere of I AM BREATHING will take place at the highly regarded True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri.
Image: Stephen Bybee for True/False
Running from 28 February to 3 March, this festival "highlights innovative work with a cinematic scope, creative takes on contemporary currents, and most of all work that provokes dialogue about its subject and the documentary form itself." Sounds like a great fit!