MCAI Members Craig Bentley and Kevin Tostado have hit the festival circuit with their documentary, Under The Boardwalk, The Monopoly Story, and are now marketing the DVD. Here's their latest update:
"We are just back from our Monopoly tournament and screening of Under the Boardwalk as part of the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. Read about it in an article published in last week's Chicago Tribune! Thanks to all who came out and played in our Chicago tournament!
John Meyer, a 2003 US Competitor and avid Monopoly collector who is featured in our film, had an article written about him recently in the Lafayette Journal which I was quoted in. John came to our tournament in Chicago and served as a judge, and was also present for the Q&A following the screening. Read the article here: http://www.jconline.com/article/20101120/NEWS/11200321
For those who could not make it to our screenings, a DVD of the film is now available for purchase at MonopolyDocumentary.com/store.htm. Use coupon code "10NOVML" to save $3 off of the DVD.
We've recently updated our mailing list software, so to help us figure out the cities where our fans want us to screen the film, please click the "Update Profile" link at the bottom of this email to add your zip code and country to your subscription and make sure that the information we have for you is correct.
Monopoly Strategy Tip of the Month
Tapping into Emotional Connections While playing games of MONOPOLY, it's amazing how much you can learn about your opponents through their gameplay choices.
For example, if you find out that your opponent has a favorite property that they always love to acquire, use it against them! Make them want the property so bad, that they'd be willing to give practically anything to get it, including helping you complete a color group! Next month, I'll talk about rotating the railroads strategically.
Interesting MONOPOLY Links & Stories
- The Forbes Gallery in New York houses one of the most impressive collections of MONOPOLY sets in the world, including an early Landlord's Game, a set from the Todds who introduced Charles Darrow to the game of Monopoly, and two early Darrow Monopoly prototypes. So we were surprised to learn that the Gallery is selling its sets via auction at Sotheby's on December 17th. Got a lot of money sitting around? Take a look at these sets, of which the round Darrow board is expected to go for six figures.
On November 5th, once again the media (primarily CNN) spent the day celebrating the "birthday" of Monopoly and its 75th anniversary. CNN shot footage of the Monopoly production line, and also put together video packages of Monopoly games from all over the world, including a handmade set from a WWII ghetto. I posted some of our production stills on the CNN iReport section and one of our photos of a Charles Darrow-made set in the Forbes Gallery was the #1-viewed photo of the section, seen by over 3500 people. For CNN's story and video, go to http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/11/05/monopoly.anniversary/index.html.
- You can read the stories submitted by the "Monopoly Money Makes it Real" winners at Monopoly.com. The US winner won $20,580, the amount of money in a MONOPOLY bank.
- Phil Orbanes, who is featured prominently in our film, was just interviewed by NPR about MONOPOLY and its longevity and how it's doing during the Great Recession.
We're always looking for more investors to help raise funds for the marketing and distribution of the film, so please let me know if you or anyone you know is interested. You can really help us by forwarding this email and telling your friends and family about our website, MonopolyDocumentary.com, where they can watch trailers and find out about upcoming screenings!
Kevin Tostado, Producer/Director of Under the Boardwalk: The MONOPOLY Story
May the dice always roll in your favor.