Make MARGARET available to US critics and other pertinent voting bodies
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Nicole Fox
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Sonia Freeman
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Isabelle Sugimoto
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Sarah Peters
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Angelica Greenleaf

Make MARGARET available to US critics and other pertinent voting bodies

    1. Jaime Christley
    2. Petition by

      Jaime Christley

      Jackson Heights, NY

After a protracted post-production phase, news of which seemed to spell disaster, Kenneth Lonergan's MARGARET opened quietly in New York City and Los Angeles a few months ago, after which it seemed to disappear. (In fact, many major cities in the US didn't get the opportunity to see it at all.) In that time, the film became known as a miracle - a major work of cinematic art, against the odds - to almost all of the critics and cinephiles who were able to catch it during its brief appearance. It has all the earmarks of a grassroots-supported movie phenomenon. We, the undersigned respectfully request that film critics and other pertinent voting bodies be given the opportunity to view MARGARET prior to voting in applicable awards, or compiling applicable year-end "best of" lists.

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    1. Closing the petition

      Jaime Christley
      Petition Organizer

      Hey everybody - thanks for the overwhelming participation, I didn't expect this would catch on, but glad it did. Thanks go to Mike D'Angelo - this was his idea, basically - and everybody who wrote about it, talked about it, and got involved. Our victories included raising awareness of the film, in the US and abroad, getting Fox Searchlight's attention and invaluable concessions - including additional screenings for critics in at least four US cities. Thank you, thank you, and thank you.

      The petition will close at 10 PM this evening, if you still want to make comments.

    2. News: MARGARET summary by Mike D'Angelo for the Nashville Scene

      Jaime Christley
      Petition Organizer

      Although my name's on this as Petition Organizer, it was D'Angelo's suggestion. I just took it and ran with it. (Hence I get sheepish when kind folks want to praise me for #teammargaret's efforts. It truly was a team thing.) Anyway, if you want to get the full context from inside the group rather than outside, read on.

    3. News: MARGARET (and Lonergan!) in Time Magazine

      Jaime Christley
      Petition Organizer

      So yeah...Time Magazine. They're kind of a big deal.

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. News: MARGARET petition in the Guardian

      Jaime Christley
      Petition Organizer

      Tony Paley comes out swinging! Disclaimer, we hope to convey that this petition is not intended to confront or annoy Fox Searchlight - they have released many of the really great, and daring, films of each year for some time now - but hopefully to win their support.

    6. Reviews: MARGARET in the Telegraph

      Jaime Christley
      Petition Organizer

      Tim Robey also gave it 5 stars.

    7. Reviews: MARGARET in the Telelegraph

      Jaime Christley
      Petition Organizer

      Tim Robey also gave the film 5 stars.

    8. Reviews: MARGARET in the Guardian

      Jaime Christley
      Petition Organizer

      MARGARET screened once for the press in the UK. Peter Bradshaw gave it 5 stars.

    9. In the News: Indiewire

      Jaime Christley
      Petition Organizer

      Eric Kohn of Indiewire gave us a terrific writeup. Great article - read!

    10. Blog Participation

      Jaime Christley
      Petition Organizer

      Ben Kenigsberg probably wrote the piece that planted the idea in our heads of starting our campaign (was it an Inception?). A bold, "For Your Consideration" piece on MARGARET:

    11. Blog Participation: Richard Brody

      Jaime Christley
      Petition Organizer

      An excellent mention by Richard Brody at the New Yorker:

    12. Blog Participation: Guy Lodge

      Jaime Christley
      Petition Organizer

      Another great piece, this time at HItFix:

    13. Blog Participation: Bilge Ebiri

      Jaime Christley
      Petition Organizer

      Getting the word out, about the film as well as our campaign, here's Bilge Ebiri at They Live By Night:

    14. Reached 250 signatures
    15. State of the campaign

      Jaime Christley
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to everyone for participating thus far. The petition was posted just under 90 minutes ago, and we are already at 112 signatures. Additionally, links are being shared far and wide, on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and via other media. Keep up the hard work! #TeamMargaret

    16. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • denise aldred LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      Thoughtful, intelligent film set in a post 9/11 NY malaise. Multi-layered and insightful with terrific performances. Must be seen.

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    • Nimer Rashed LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is an intelligent, insightful, original piece of work with a marvellous central performance - it deserves to be seen, examined, and celebrated.

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    • John Gromada NYACK, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      This film should be seen!

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    • Kyle Entwistle ISLE OF WIGHT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      I have waited 6 years to see the latest film by my favorite playwrite. Please Fox Searchlight, do not bury this film.

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    • John Vanderpuije LONDON, AL
      • almost 3 years ago

      Great movie. Amazing performances. Dense storytelling. Balzac would be proud. This needs to be seen.

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