Have you noticed that each year seems to go by faster? Apparently there are scientific explanations as to why it feels that way. One explanation is based on our experiences and how often we repeat them. Think back to when you were a kid and list all the “firsts” you experienced. First time you rode a bike. First time you drove a car. First time you flew on a plane. Like many experiences in life, they are repeated. Again and again. The psychologists say all our firsts are so exciting that we make incredibly vivid and lasting memories of each. As the years go on, and we repeat each experience over and over, they don’t make the same impression they did when we were younger. Everything becomes a fleeting and fast series of every day motions. Maybe some of this relates to how 2018 showed up so abruptly.
Here it is and I am reflecting a little on 2017, as most people do. My second year retired from Genex. My second year as a filmmaker.
I don’t miss my old job anymore but I do miss some of the people and have done my best to stay in touch with them. So far it’s working and I like to imagine they will always be a part of my life.
I love my new “job.” I am getting better at it. I have made a few mistakes along the way and have enjoyed learning to correct them. My film is now in the rough cut stages, very rough cut! I screened it with people in or related to the film world recently and received very positive and crucial feedback. It was nerve-racking watching them watch what we had cobbled together. I wanted them to like it but I also wanted someone to talk honestly with me about the rough spots, and they did. What a great group of individuals.
Now we are working on those rough spots for the second rough cut. Hopefully soon we will be ready to find some comfort in a final cut and begin to plan for final processes including color correction, sound correction and music scoring. I try not to think too far ahead regarding distribution but those discussions are looming. I am staying focused right now on completion and shushing the little voices in my head screaming, “who is going to buy this??” I am not sure where it will end up but it has been a true labor of love and a learning experience I never thought I would experience.
I think about next film opportunities often. I have a couple of ideas and I think they are good ones. I have met and talked with a number of experienced film directors from around the country and have learned so much from them. I wouldn’t mind tagging along with a couple of them as they make their films, Each person has a different approach and seeing that in action is how I learn best. I will let you know how all that pans out.
So here I am in January of 2018 reflecting. 2017 was a good year. Aside from a pesky case of chronic Lyme Disease I am ok. My family is healthy. My grandsons, almost 13, 9 and 7 are active and funny and I am so lucky to live near them. John and I went to Venice and the Austrian Alps this summer which was amazing. Then I topped off my birthday week seeing the total eclipse of the sun in Ravenna, Nebraska. Whoever thinks that is a non-event, not worth traveling for, hasn’t done it. It was John’s dream and I tagged along and was blown away by the experience. I will do that again if I can!
My partnership with Expressway Productions in Philadelphia is strong. We had a good year together. We are both feeling positive about the film and excited to make it to the finish line. We ended the year at Expressway’s 7th annual holiday party. The theme was The Magnificent Seven (Western). John and I are now proud owners of some pretty cool western gear. If we go to Shyamaween later this year you will be able to pick us out in the crowd pretty easily.
The Philadelphia Inquirer did an interview and gave the film some press. Thank you PI!
Outside of my personal sphere it has been a pretty troublesome year. Disturbing politics, fake news, #MeToo, fires, earthquakes and hurricanes have taken their toll.
At this writing, over 100 days since the hurricane, about a third of the population in Puerto Rico is still without power. Try to imagine that. I know of people who lost property in the CA fires. I know of people who lost their homes and cars in Houston. When I hear people complaining about the weather being too cold or the inconvenience of a snowy day or week all I can think about is how lucky we are to be where we are and to recognize that inconvenience is nothing compared to what so many people are going through.
So long 2017. You were hard on a lot of people. I hope that 2018 will be a kinder and more gentle year for everyone. I wish you good health and lots of laughter as we make our way through 2018.
Thank you for sticking with me and The Beyond Sixty Project. It means a whole lot to me.
Peace and Love,