This is that list of most of the businesses I mailed letters to back in February, seeking donations to feed my cast and crew, before I decided to finance that aspect myself. Before SGS called me last month, I only heard from three of them, and they all turned me down.
Business contacted by letter as of Feb. 23:
Mama Mimi’s Take and Bake Pizza
Wendy’s International Inc. (sent letter of rejection back to me in my self-addressed stamped envelope)
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Starbucks Coffee Co.
Tim Horton’s headquarters
Cup O’ Joe Coffee
Qdoba Mexican Grill
Press Grill Ltd.
Jeni’s Ice Creams
White Castle Headquarters
Noodles and Co.
Wal-Mart Supercenter (called me the day after receiving my letter to reject me… at least they were prompt)
Surly Girl Saloon (YES)
Giant Eagle: Corporate Headquarters
Donatos Pizza (e-mailed me a rejection, blaming the bad economy and increased requests for donations)
There were also at least three or four “Return to Senders“ in the batch, and those sure didn’t help my overall costs, either. This is just a reminder of my film’s biggest failure so far. The silver lining? Among these letters were the ones I sent to the three restaurants I had hoped to film at, and the awesome restaurant scene that will appear in my movie as a result totally makes up for the lost dollars in postage wasted on these guys.