Introduction

YOUR BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT FILMS NOT COMING SOON TO A THEATER NEAR YOU...This blog is dedicated to promoting the art of independent filmmaking. The films profiled here are conceived and created outside the studio system and are brought to you, the public, without the aid of a major distributor. Though they might experience a limited theatrical release, they will largely be available to wider audiences through outlets like Netflix, YouTube or by direct purchase.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Love Free or Die



Retired Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly-gay bishop consecrated within the Episcopal Church, is the focus of tonight's Community Cinema feature presentation, LOVE FREE OR DIE, a bold title that plays on the official state motto of New Hampshire, where Robinson served.  Bishop Robinson is an endearing character and an effective voice for a disenfranchised community. I was struck by his ability to articulate with a soft-spoken forthrightness that exudes compassion and confidence in the face of untold struggle.  By virtue of his personality alone, Robinson is a figure capable of breaking down barriers.

As always with Community Cinema films, I walked away from the experience with a more nuanced understanding of the full spectrum of beliefs on this debate. Here, too, "black and white" is the prevailing ideology of those on the fringes.  Many more are muddling in the "gray," caught between their humanitarian impulses and the biblical interpretations handed down to them by the religious establishment.  How are they to reconcile these conflicting forces?

LOVE FREE OR DIE shows us the path to liberation will never be found by demonizing those on either side of an issue.  We must begin by starting a dialogue. Through that discourse we may come to recognize the many colors that combine to form that gray.

Perceiving the color blends that comprise the gray areas of human existence is a daunting exercise.  Community Cinema helps us get there together!

This film will be presented tonight at 7pm in room 111 of the Academic Classroom Building on the Colorado Mesa University campus in Grand Junction.  For a listing of screenings near you, click here.

No screenings near you?  Check here for broadcast listings.

Click below to hear Gene Robinson's NPR interview:

Sunday, June 2, 2013

My Own, Personal [come to] Jesus



I keep imagining my abdomen on the other end of that hind leg kick...(shudder)

Well, here it is...my first-ever YouTube posting of some of the first footage (by means of the extremely versatile GoPro Hero 3) of my video documentation of the gentling of Takoda, the mustang who will represent Colorado's Western Slope region in the Mustang Million competition in Fort Worth this September.  Here Takoda takes his first steps on his way to becoming the ambassador for wild horses across the country and for Steadfast Steeds, the non-profit hoping to improve the plight of the nearly 50,000 horses and burros confined to BLM holding facilities.

It will be a looong haul for everyone involved... perhaps even more so for me, due to my mentally tortuous quest for perfection.  (Alas, elusive Perfection - you shall find no home here.) Navigating the ins and outs of video production has already proven a challenge in filming environments that are technically extremely unfriendly.  As if the blinding, penetrating sun at 7,000 ft isn't ENOUGH, the meteorological gods have seemed fit to beset the region with sweeping winds, as well.  Good times!

Only a few shoots in and the process has already produced untold amounts of stress, confusion and - perhaps most importantly - untold exhilaration!  Yet amid all the technical challenges, perhaps the most interesting has been feeling out my own role(s) as cameraman, sound engineer, gaffer and director while at the same time recognizing my place within the team that is pulling this together.

At any given point in time I am f(l)ailing in at least one of these.

But with every shooting hour I log I gain some new insight into the process.  Failure is, indeed, the finest educator.  Unfortunately (cue sigh).

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Final Push for WHERE THE YELLOWSTONE GOES

                       

Woke up this morning at 4:45 am to do this.  I'm just sayin.'  I've busted my ass so much for this screening my tushie is sore.  If Grand Junction doesn't show for this, I've lost all hope in humanity.  Truly, I have.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Taking it for the team...of course...OF COURSE



I'm far too obsessed about the fact that I look pregnant in this video to even concentrate on what was said.  What the...???

Hoping everyone out there in TV land heard the part about buying tickets in advance.  Let's please avoid having 100 people storm the box office 10 minutes before the show.  Pleeeeeeez.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

ME anxious about women's lib?

                       

A wonder woman on WONDER WOMEN...ok, maybe slight exaggeration there...

Join the discussion tonight in Grand Junction when PBS and ITVS present WONDER WOMEN!  THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE AMERICAN SUPERHEROINE, a lighthearted look at a serious and complex issue.  What a better way to explore the ever-evolving societal view of women's liberation than a study of the iconic comic book character and her portrayal throughout the years.

Reception starts at 6:30pm in the Academic Classroom Building at CMU at the corner of Elm and Cannell (read:  free wine and munchies).  Movie at 7pm in room 111.  Plenty of free parking!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Announcing Where the Yellowstone Goes mini-tour



Just wrapped up booking a small promotional tour for WHERE THE YELLOWSTONE GOES from director Hunter Weeks! (10MPH, Ride the Divide, Reveal the Path) Being a third wheel isn't so bad when you're working with a talented husband and wife team like Hunter and Sarah Hall.  Check the link below for screening times and locations.

Not finding your city or town on the tour route?  Click here to find out how to bring the latest from talented storyteller Hunter Weeks to your area.

Grand Junction-ites...we're the second-to-last stop on this tour!  Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 3rd and get yourselves down to the Mesa Theater and Club to meet Hunter and Sarah in person!

Three weeks to promote this thing?  The deja vu is killing me...

http://www.wheretheyellowstonegoes.com/screenings/

Monday, February 25, 2013

One more reason to love CBS Sunday Morning


CBS Sunday Morning is a ritual in our house.  Such a calming compliment to the coffee that normally jolts us into the day.  Bill Geist is always a particular favorite, but this story held a very personal interest for me.  The story of THE GHASTLY LOVE OF JOHNNY X entertainingly depicts the sheer difficulty of getting your film "out there."  

Much like the subject of one of my favorite docs, "American Movie," I give the utmost credit to any filmmaker who manages to get his/her film made and out to the public - no matter how bizarre the film's mastermind, no matter how minuscule the film's "public" might be.  

It's not enough just to get the film's name up on the marquee...it's hours of shameless peddling to passersby with someplace else to be.  To attract an audience, independent filmmakers must transform  themselves into the cinema world's version of the door-to-door salesman.

As for THE GHASTLY LOVE OF JOHNNY X, I hope it experiences a "Sunday Morning bump."  Hell, I might even have to bring this one to my town...with the right marketing, I'm sure we'd get those box office grosses up to $1000...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Calling all Jive Turkeys...

                       

Alright, I'll stop obsessing about how much better and more apt my answers could have been in this interview and actually write something...