Host Highlight: Bruce & M.J. Pappas, Minneapolis/St. Paul Premier

Bruce Pappas Welcomes Guests at his Tugg Screening in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota (

Bruce Pappas Welcomes Guests at his Tugg Screening in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota (

We have partnered with Tugg in order to give the Love Bomb community a no-cost way to host very high quality theatrical screenings in their home towns.  I love that this creates a grass roots effort to place an indi film into a main street theater that would otherwise require an enormous budget to achieve.  The film takes on it's full life when seen on a beautiful big screen with impeccable sound, and there is nothing quite like looking around and realizing you are in community with others who share your passion for bringing more love bombs to life!

Hosting a film screening through Tugg is a unique choice in that though they make it very easy to set up, it takes some tenacity on the part of the host or hostess to sell enough tickets for the event to be "confirmed" and take place.  

I am creating as many tools as I can to support our hosts & hostesses to have a successful and empowering experience at achieving their goal to host Love Bomb for their community.  I am also learning from each person as they inspire me with their unique insight and ideas along the way!

Here I highlight our very first Tugg screening host, Bruce Pappas:

Why did you decide to host a Tugg screening of Love Bomb?

My wife, Mary Jane, and I watched the trailer back in February 2013.  We were moved to tears. We contributed to the film production on three separate occasions and followed its making. When Rhea announced we could sponsor a local premier, we jumped on the chance.

What outreach did you do that that really worked to boost ticket sales and help you reach your event threshold?

We really got the best bang for our buck by sending out emails to friends. Ticket sales really picked up. I did this on two occasions.  (Note from Rhea:  the emails that he sent were written straight from the heart and really communicated his personal connection to the message and mission of the film from a vulnerable place, asking his community to support him to succeed.)

Was there anything you learned about yourself by reaching the event threshold?

I needed to trust the universe that it would happen and NOT push.

What was the most fulfilling thing about hosting the screening?

The positive comments we got from viewers. Here was the best:

Text from a viewer who brought 10 people: 

"Loved the movie and everyone did! My daughter is inspired to write a book now... "

What would you say to someone that is thinking about hosting a Tugg screening in their town?

Tugg does all the background work. It’s good to visit the theater ahead of time.  If you believe in the message of service, host a screening. It’s well worth it.

Do you want to have a transformational experience bringing Love Bomb to your community? Click here to be walked through the process and then go for it!  I'll be right here to support you! - Rhea