Hi. A lot has been happening this summer. I am happy that I am working with the National Incusion Project on their fall Capital Campaign. NIP was founded by American Idol alum Clay Aiken and he is a fun, smart and creative guy. The video shoot took us to Boston and Raleigh, NC. We are focusing on kids with special needs and how important it is to include them with typical kids in every possible way. The stories we captured are inspiring and I am looking forward to sharing the video with you in October. www.InclusionProject.com
In other work related news, I Christine Kittilstad and I have been contracted to do the award videos for the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials again. A great group, and it is always interesting to see what is happening with our American transportation system. You may remember I produced the "50th Anniversary of the Interstate Highway System" a few years back for them. Watch it here -
On the Indie film front, "Frame" continues to screen at festivals world wide. I am looking forward to its play in TN on October 10th at the "Secret City Film Festival". They will also be showing my short doc, "Melting of the Globe - Jay Manley and his Saraswati Guitar". Wow.
September 26th sees the start of Century Center Cinema's new season. I'll be screening "Globe" and "MelloDrama", two music docs that are fun, lively, and informative. More info at www.CenturyCenterCinema.com
My summer fun film, "Ben Pickle" is in post production. It's the story of a 12 year old boy who has quite an imagination. Think, "Scrubs" and "The Wonder Years" meets "The Wizard of Oz", and you'll have sort of an idea of what it's going to be like. The acting is wonderful, the script is whacked, and my friend Ish Abdelkhalek is going above and beyond with the special effects. Just wait til you see my head get whacked off for writing the script in the first place. I kid you not, that is part of the movie. Look for it to premiere on December 12th at CCCinema as the opening act before "A Christmas Story", Jean Shepard's wonderfully funny holiday classic.
While I'm filling you in on as many updates as possible in this too infrequent post, I might as well brag that Todd Tinkham, Ajit Prem and myself were awarded the "Filmmaker Award" in July's Independent Weekly Newspaper. Read it here - http://www.indyweek.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A398645
I just finished a wonderful "Artist Profile" on Jane Filer. She is incredible, and so are her paintings. You can watch the profile here -
On September 12th in Queens, NY, The Sunnyside Film Festival will screen my lovely short found footage film, "Which Way?". Great soundtrack by my dear friends Anne and Grahame.
Speaking of Anne and Grahame, they will be coming to Carrboro, NC on September 20th for the Carrboro Music Festival. www.carrboromusicfestival.com It is a day of free music all over town. 150 bands. C'mon over!
Well, that's almost everything. School is back in session and fall is sneaking in with a week of 70 degree days here in Carrboro. I hope all of you are well and being creative and happy.
Til we meet in person or online,