THE LAST FALL starts principal photography next week. Starring Lance Gross and Nicole Beharie. Really excited about that. Once again, I'm Producing AND Line Producing, it's a bit grueling, but *shrug* whaddya gonna do?
Check out ARTICLE HERE that was on IndieWire.
DYSFUNCTIONAL FRIENDS, the film we shot last year, is screening at ABFF this weekend in Miami. I have mixed feelings on that project. That film put me through hell...LITERALLY! Dealing with trifling folks. Still proud of the work and the film. Came out great...so I hear. I still haven't seen it. Will save that story for another day.
Picked another project back up that had been on the back burner for awhile. ROAD TO STURGIS about a female motorcycle rider and her trip to the infamous Sturgis Rally. Going out there one week after wrapping The Last Fall.
I don't think I will be doing a lot of riding seeing as if I'm TERRIFIED of motorcycles, but....I gotta face my fears right?? But that will be an interesting trip. We will be meeting with a few vendors and targeting potential investors. *crossed fingers*
We finally got our casting director attached to TEARS OF A CLOWN. The fabulous AISHA COLEY. She has casted Secret Life of Bees, Roll Bounce, Middle of Nowhere and soooooo many more. After everything dies back down from the Last Fall, then I can get back on that. Pretty much told everyone that I will be filming for 3 weeks. Have to reach back out to my contact in Bolingbrook and let him know what's going on. Don't want him to lose interest, plus he has access to our money ppl!
Also, read a FANTASTIC script by one of the REEL Ladies Members and whooooooaaaaaa is all I can say. Excited to be on that project. I signed a nondisclosure agreement on that one, so can't go into too much detail! But its going to be GREAT.
Wheels are spinning for another feature, touching on the topic of eugenics. Been doing some research and I am amazed at the history behind it. So after Tears of a Clown, I will be diving into another drama, hard hitting, tough topic. Will be a period piece though. What in the world am I thinking?? But it's a great story. And I'm all about the story.
Read Spike Lee's book on Do The Right Thing. It's like a journal and you follow along while he goes on his filmmaker journey making the movie. IF I had the time, would like to do something like that, it's what I intended with this blog. We'll see how it goes!
Going to look at our location for the football field for THE LAST FALL. These guys don't believe in answering the phones, so gotta hike up there. It's off of LaBrea and Rodeo. Didn't even know this place was over there. Looks great.
We had to do an emergency hire of a location company, we lost our scout last week. Her husband sent an email saying she lost her sight all of a sudden and has been in the hospital. Sad thing, but now we are kinda tight. So had to hit up a spot that I stumbled upon on craigslist. She said she can have the rest of our locations to us by tonight and WE NEED A LOT!! LOL
The director/writer, Matthew Cherry, says he wrote this to be an indie film BUT there are tons of locations. For future reference to all my writers with a low budget film, try to keep locations to a MINIMUM! LOL! Don't make things harder than need be.
So concentrating on locations today and contracts and insurance certificates. We have to add all of our vendors to insurance and our locked in locations to insurance. Just in case anything goes wrong, anything breaks, we will be covered. And I've had my fair share of insurance debacles on indie films that were trying to cut corners. Unnecessary hassle!
Making a bunch of phone calls and I have no good reception over here, and my phone keeps dropping calls so going over to fellow producer, Scott Hebert's house. Plus we need to brainstorm on set logistics and pick ups and drop offs, etc...
FIVE DAYS LEFT!!