New Belgium’s Inaugural Clips of Faith Beer & Film Tour Donated More Than $31,000 to Local Non-Profits in 2010

Roughly 7,000 People Enjoyed Outdoor Film Screenings and Beer Tastings

Ft. Collins, CO, October 27, 2010 – It’s a Wrap! Clips of Faith, New Belgium Brewing’s newest traveling celebration, recently concluded its fourteen-city tour with great success.  The first-year festival brought people together for an outdoor screening of collected amateur short films accompanied by some of New Belgium’s esoteric Lips of Faith beers (http://www.newbelgium.com/beer) and food from local vendors.  Total attendance topped 7,000 and Clips of Faith donated more than $31,000 to fifteen non-profits (see city-by-city breakdowns below).

“We knew this would be a fun venue to celebrate the arts of filmmaking and Belgian-style brewing,” said Christie Catania, Clips of Faith Manager at Large.  “But the opportunity to support local advocacy groups doing great things was a tremendous benefit.”

At each Clips of Faith stop, all proceeds from beer sales went to area non-profits.  People who came to the event not only helped support local organizations, but were also able to sample hard-to-find New Belgium beers and enjoy an outdoor movie night featuring the 20 best film entries.

The selected films ranged from kayaking buddies navigating grizzlies and whales on a paddling trip from Alaska to Seattle, to an absurdist spaghetti western about a flat tire (and some beer). There were visual odes to people’s love affairs with their bikes, assorted comedy shorts, and thought-provoking environmental pieces.

The creative team at New Belgium Brewing reviewed and selected the films that went on tour and picked three filmmakers to visit New Belgium for the Ft. Collins screening and Tour de Fat. Those festival honorees were:

Joseph Marcello, Tarrytown, NY – “The Trip” – In this tragi-comic stop action short, two bottles of New Belgium Lips of Faith beers visit the Big Apple but only one makes it out alive!

Kenton Hoppas, San Diego, CA – “Flat Tire” – A noirish spaghetti western shot lovingly on Super 8 film involves a bike, a flat tire and some beer.

Nicholas Cryder, Tacoma, WA – “Old Belgium/New Belgium” – A young man leaves his best friend in charge of the apartment to go on a job interview and returns to find he has lost everything due to a little creative capitalism – everything, that is, except a little nectar from the bottle.

If you are a filmmaker, or an aspiring filmmaker, and would like to be part of New Belgium’s 2011 Clips of Faith tour, entries are now being accepted at www.clipsoffaith.com. To take a look at some of the winning films from the 2010 tour, visit www.clipsoffaith.com.

Clips of Faith City-by-City Breakdown

Grand Totals

  • $31,819 – Total funds donated to the local non-profits
  • Approximately 7,220 attendees

June 16, 2010 – Madison, WI

  • $2,205 – Total funds donated to Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin
  • Approximately 450 attendees

June 25, 2010 – St. Louis, MO

  • $1,381 – Total funds donated to Trailnet.org
  • Approximately 350 attendees

July 2, 2010 – Kansas City, MO

  • $3,334 – Total funds donated to Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation
  • Approximately 500 attendees

July 7, 2010 – Missoula, MT

  • $1,869 – Total funds donated to Bike/Walk Alliance for Missoula
  • Approximately 400 attendees

July 16, 2010 – Eugene, OR

  • $1,176 – Total funds donated to Skaters for Eugene Skateparks
  • Approximately 320 attendees

July 23, 2010 – Davis, CA

  • $4,479 – Total funds donated to Davis Bicycles! & The Davis Bike Collective
  • Approximately 1,200 attendees

July 30, 2010 – Truckee, CA

  • $1,237 – Total funds donated to Truckee Trails Foundation
  • Approximately 250 attendees

August 6, 2010 – Reno, NV

  • $1,141 – Total funds donated to Reno Bike Project
  • Approximately 300 attendees

August 13, 2010 – Flagstaff, AZ

  • $2,389 – Total funds donated to Flagstaff Biking Organization
  • Approximately 550 attendees

September 3, 2010 – Nashville, TN

  • $4,732 – Total funds donated to Soundforest
  • Approximately 950 attendees

September 10, 2010 – Asheville, NC

  • $2,376 – Total funds donated to Asheville on Bikes
  • Approximately 550 attendees

September 16, 2010 – Raleigh, NC

  • $2,577 – Total funds donated to Triangle Spokes Group
  • Approximately 300 attendees

September 23, 2010 – Charleston, SC

  • $1,880 – Total funds donated to Charleston Moves
  • Approximately 550 attendees

October 1, 2010 – Athens, GA

  • $2,042 – Total funds donated to BikeAthens
  • Approximately 550 attendees

To learn more about New Belgium’s Clips of Faith series and to submit your entry for next year, go to www.clipsoffaith.com.

About New Belgium Brewing Company

New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in 1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces seven year-round beers; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Sunshine Wheat, Blue Paddle Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey, Mothership Wit and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases.  In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive programs such as employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to environmental stewardship.  For more information, visit www.newbelgium.com.

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Clips of Faith Festival Honorees at New Belgium Brewing

Clips of Faith Film Series at New Belgium Brewing

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