I will remember the lives we shared together. I will remember the jokes, the funny pictures, the outrages, the moments we longed for change.
And I remember how things used to be.
When we made my first movie (ANGORA RANCH) everything was a challenge, from the casting process to the film’s distribution. It took nearly a year after the film’s completion before it was listed on IMDb (Internet Movie Database). It was a struggle for acceptance, a struggle to prove the work we were doing meant something to somebody.
Sunday evening I submitted FORGOTTEN HERO to IMDb as a new listing. By Monday afternoon the film was on the site. Today I added the cast to the listing, some of whom are receiving their first credit with IMDb. It is amazing how much difference experience and a track record makes, how many challenges are less daunting.
Thanks to Kate Young at KEY Talent Management in Eugene, Oregon this was the easiest film I’ve ever cast. In one afternoon I met 30 talented performers, none of whom I’d ever seen before, and six hours later I had the team that will make FORGOTTEN HERO unforgettable.
And this film is coming together so quickly and hassle-free I am simply amazed. Doors to locations are being unlocked, time schedules are aligning, equipment is being loaned and shipped. Paul Fleck, the former marketing executive at Paramount Pictures, is handling the film’s distribution publicity and marketing.
This will be the fastest film I’ve ever produced. I didn’t even have the idea for this movie before Christmas. In six weeks we begin filming.
I’m making this movie because I want to remember this time in our life – five years after the financial crash – and the resiliency to survive. I want to remember the gorgeous mountains, the snows, the lingering rain, and roaring waterfalls. I want to remember the people, who open their hearts without expecting anything in return, simply because they want to share their stories.
This year I’ll continue documenting stories in JACK’S COFFEE TALK, while creating the fictional tale of FORGOTTEN HERO. What I learn from the people interviewed in JACK’S COFFEE TALK inspires the FORGOTTEN HERO feature film. This story could never be told by someone who hasn’t lived here or doesn’t understand this life. My greatest hope is FORGOTTEN HERO will lure you into a world that feels undeniably real.
We would like a few things that will help us make the movie: Gas money, hot food in the middle of a cold and wet day, a few external hard drives to house the film’s footage. And I would like Patrick Henderson’s help on set, recording sound and helping me keep everything prepared for shooting.
I will make a movie for you if you can help make the movie for me. The best way to help right now is on this IndieGoGo campaign.
No one will ever forget FORGOTTEN HERO.
Because you’ll make this movie happen, I will always remember you.