Survey on Cyprus premiered on October 5, 2006 in the Burtness Lab Theater in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Later that year it took the prize for Best Documentary at the Forx Film Festival in Grand Forks, North Dakota The documentary has been shown in Morris, Minnesota, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Indiana, Pennsylvania. There are also plans for broadcasting the documentary on several PBS stations. The documentary, which runs 28 minutes in length, is designed for broadcast and classroom use. Its short length and abundant extras (including in-depth interviews with both the filmmaker and the archaeologists, photographs, computer animantions, as well as the amusing outtakes) allows for it to be embedded within a classroom, and it is well-suited to work alongside material available at the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project's website.
Partial financial support for the "Survey on Cyprus" was provided through the Office of Instructional Development at the University of North Dakota. We are currently seeking backers for a feature length documentary and have begun to make plans for additional work next summer in conjunction with the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological
From the PatrowVisual Website:
Survey on Cyprus is Patrowvisual’s first documentary and it was produced in cooperation with the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project, the Larnaka District Archaeological Museum, and the British Ministry of Defense. In the fall of 2003, there were brief development discussions to do a documentary on mental health in Minneapolis, but when budget discussions fell through, interests turned toward If I Had It, a short comedy that took Best Picture at the Champlain Park Film Festival in 2004. The idea to try shooting another documentary was later suggested at the University of North Dakota in October, 2004.
Although the initial cut of Survey on Cyprus was completed as early as the winter of 2005, post-production delays in narration and music prolonged the project’s completion. During the wait, however, several improvements were made to the film, and a great many special features were added onto the DVD. On 4 July 2006, Brian Giovanni completed work on the documentary score, and four days later the final film was ready for viewing.
There is talk of returning to Cyprus for a feature-length shoot as early as June, 2007. Dr. Caraher, who co-produced the documentary and serves as a key member of the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project, suggested the new date during a Saturday morning phone call. Originally, the next shoot was planned for 2008, and anything earlier will be contingent on raising a budget and securing a crew.
Patrowvisual is beginning to market the product, not only by approaching broadcasters with the current documentary, but also by preparing a promotional short in Los Angeles titled Return of Anubis. A scholarly article on film and archaeology will also begin taking shape next Saturday. It is hoped that these items will help raise awareness about survey archaeology, not only in the classroom or in TV living rooms, but also with potential backers in the private and educational sectors.