October is always a busy month – events, work, Halloween, fall happenings, weddings… you name it, we have it going on. This week I made a short visit to Columbus, GA to see my sister Christy & her family! It’s a wonderful reality check for me to experience someone’s life that’s vastly different from my own routine. Christy’s days are full of endurance training and caring for three little ones (all under 5). When I go to her house, I feel like I enter a real home. She has all of her awesome Halloween goodies up (she is the best holiday decorator!) and her walls are full to the brim of life & love. I would call it simple joys, but it’s so much more than that. She has chosen to take her life journey with four other souls in a unique way that I so appreciate. I am also grateful that she lets me come and enjoy what she has created whenever I want. A visit with the Schrecks reminds me that there is so much more to living than deadlines and reaching the next big milestone/accomplishment. It’s about everyday love… and just being there with those you care about.

This afternoon James and I are heading to Birmingham for a quick visit, before all of the real October craziness sets in. I am hoping that some Sloss Fright Furnace is in my future this evening! I hope to also make it down to see my sister Rachel soon in Jacksonville… as I haven’t seen baby Abi-do since she was born in July! That breaks my heart. However, I can look forward to seeing her family in November for a pre-Thanksgiving family get-together, and then again for our annual family New Year’s trip. You can bet your booty that I will be giving that baby some serious love.

Next week we are going to see Little Cabbage for the first time with ALL components – sound design, score, special effects, color correction and title sequences. That was fast, huh? We have a lot of people to thank for the speed – especially Mr. Joe Walker. We have also started talking about our cast/crew/supporter private screenings for early December in Atlanta & Birmingham. If you helped us in some way along the line you can expect an invitation. James is spearheading these events, along with our dear friend Meghan! Our friends at the Cucalorus Film Fest also have something special up their sleeve for those who plan on being in attendance. That’s all I can say about that, though… :)

This coming Monday – Wednesday I will be in Rapid City, South Dakota to speak at an AAF meeting on how to use social media and crowdfunding to fuel your projects! I’ve never considered myself an expert in either medium…but I do have experiences worth sharing and I certainly know a thing or two about finding creative ways to make your passion projects come to life! Excited to meet new friends and to explore a new city.

Cucalorus!!

Cucalorus!!

The Schreck crew!

The Schreck crew!

As fall moves in like a giant overstuffed pillow, I am feeling the excitement that the last half of the year always brings. In the coming weeks Little Cabbage will continue to grow into a finished film, thanks to the many talented hands that are very busy right now sculpting it into something special. Captain Joe Walker is navigating this ship to shore with determination and fierce ambition. I know it’s in the capable care of Joe, Jim Roberson, Anderson Alden, Paul Williamson & Clint Jones (as well as James Martin, who is managing the overall schedule & creating the art/credits). It’s incredibly humbling to know that others feel equally passionate about making it the best that we can.

Since I last wrote, James and I have been lucky enough to see two rough cuts from Joe Walker – both of which were very promising on all levels! Not a viewing goes by where I don’t scream out of excitement. If you haven’t seen them already, you should check out our full behind-the-scenes photography on FB (thanks to Matthew Wong, our official photographer, and others who took the time to capture their experiences).

While we are in the post production phase, life continues to happen all around. Last weekend I got the opportunity to celebrate my dear friend Wendy Rutherford at her bachelorette weekend in Asheville, North Carolina! It was an amazing time – food, wine, fall weather, friends, laughter, chocolate…all the things that make life happy. This weekend James and I head to Louisville to celebrate one of my oldest best friends – Lee Ann Massey. She asked me to be in her wedding party… I haven’t been a bridesmaid since college (where I’m sure I reached a world record of being a bridesmaid 6 times in one year)! I am so happy for Lee Ann and can’t wait to watch her marry the love of her life. We are about to walk out the door and head that direction.

This weekend my sister Christy competes in the Augusta Half Ironman! She is such a BOSS. This will be her second Half to compete in, and she’s worked very hard to get there. I really miss my triathlon days. It’s hard to describe the joy of crossing an endurance race finish line… in fact, it’s a lot like the milestones while making a film. You go through all the same phases – the dreaming, planning, fear, confidence, moments of doubt, moments of triumph, exhaustion and hopefully success. It’s like a mini version of life, condensed into a short amount of time. I personally love the roller coaster of emotions that lead to accomplishing important life moments. You feel like you’ve really done something significant in your own timeline. Christy – you inspire me!

Speaking of people who inspire others – HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my mom!! I was able to spend it with her last week in Birmingham, which will always be one of my favorite places on earth. I got to have lunch with her, my grandmother and the Bean overlooking the city. Four generations together on a sunny day, all for my mom. While in town I also got to see Vero & Brandi – a mini reunion over veggies, wine and porch time at Casa de Loco.

This fall I want to finish script revisions on my first feature film, Electric Bleau, and also start brainstorming other babies. In the past few years I’ve become interested in scripted series, similar those found on Netflix. The way in which we watch content is in a very exciting phase right now. It might be fun to brainstorm what a non-film project would look like in our future. Another thing I want to focus on is developing multiple projects at one time. As I start to evaluate what 2015 looks like, that will be a high priority on the list.  I can’t believe it’s already time to start planning for a new year.

I should start writing more often… this post was entirely too long. My apologies. :D

My mom & grandmother <3

My mom & grandmother <3

Four generations.

Four generations.

Escape into the clouds.

Escape into the clouds.

Cilantro loves grass.

Cilantro loves grass. Photo by James Martin.

Bachelorette weekend!

Bachelorette weekend!

Heading out to Asheville in the Atlanta Movie Tours bus!

Heading out to Asheville in the Atlanta Movie Tours bus!

Post chocolate smiles.

Post chocolate smiles.

We discovered an amazing Speakeasy in Asheville called the Thirsty Monk.

We discovered an amazing Speakeasy in Asheville called the Thirsty Monk.

Exploring the Biltmore!

Exploring the Biltmore!

Just a small sample of the chocolates we at at French Broad Chocolates.

Just a small sample of the chocolates we at at French Broad Chocolates. Photo by Wendy Rutherford.

Tour at French Broad Chocolates in Asheville!

Tour at French Broad Chocolates in Asheville! Photo by Wendy Rutherford.

Cheers to Wendy!

Cheers to Wendy!

First Falcons game of 2014 with Greg & Krista!

First Falcons game of 2014 with Greg & Krista!

Joe Walker working his usual magic.

Joe Walker working his usual magic (with James on Skype!).

Happy Birthday Jamiejean916!!

Happy Birthday Jamiejean916!!

Love & limoncello.

Love & limoncello.

My apologies for not posting sooner – but I’m very proud to say that Little Cabbage is a WRAP!!! We shot last weekend (Friday – Sunday) in Atlanta with a 50% Birmingham, 49% Atlanta, & 1% Wilmington crew. :D It actually just occurred to me that each place I’ve called home in the last year was represented in some way. That’s a very special thing!! I’m especially glad that folks we’ve worked with time and time again were able to join us once more. While we had our ups and downs (way more ups), the entire shoot was a pure joy and we couldn’t have done a better job. The footage is absolutely breathtaking, while the actual story still breaking through as the hero of it all.

Independent film is just one big collaborative effort. Sure, I had a story and it always starts with that. James was there from the very beginning as a sounding board, then shared the reigns through crowdfunding and preproduction. One by one, critical folks are added to the process bringing their own form of badassery. Our magic trifecta was complete when Joe Walker agreed to be Director of Photography, as well as the editor. That’s when it started getting real for us. Actually…when all of you decided to support us in our crowdfunding campaign – that was the real green light.

Each person that touched Little Cabbage left a special mark. The chemistry of the entire team was dream-like. Our house was transformed into production office/makeup/hair/costume headquarters. I loved loved loved having that life inside every time we opened the front door!! At night it was like an adult campground, with folks on air mattresses downstairs and each room occupied. It was so much fun… I want to do it all again! THANK YOU to each and every one of you who helped make this film happen. There were also several businesses that helped in key ways, of which we will give shout-outs to very soon!

As with any film or large project, after the big wave has passed you are left in the wake with only your memories. James and I are feeling the impact of a true once-in-a-lifetime event that passed faster than we could have ever imagined. While it’s a little sad, we are so grateful for it. It only makes you want to start your next film stat! But as James likes to remind me, we need to enjoy this one for a little while first.

Little Cabbage

Little Cabbage

Lindsay makes an impact.

Lindsay makes an impact.

Playing with fire.

Playing with fire.

Wizard Joe

Wizard Joe

channing

Sneak peek.

Sneak peek.

First still frame from Little Cabbage.

First still frame from Little Cabbage.

Eleanore Pienta

Eleanore Pienta

Cheers to wrap!

Cheers to wrap!

Pianos are heavy.

Pianos are heavy.

Brandi & Jim - dream team!

Brandi & Jim – dream team!

Shelby, Hair Lead from Beauty Shock in Birmingham. We should have been helping with that piano behind us. :)

Shelby, Hair Lead from Beauty Shock in Birmingham. We should have been helping with that piano behind us. :)

Shelby & Eleanore

Shelby & Eleanore

James made it on camera! :D

James made it on camera! :D

As most of you know by now, we did it!! We reached our fundraising goal on Seed&Spark, thanks to YOU. Thank you thank you thank you!! It’s not quite time to let loose yet…as we are officially two weeks out from when our cast & crew will be arriving in Atlanta, GA to start filming this project. That’s equally scary and exhilarating. There is so much to do, so it’s buckle down time. All good things.

Today we travel to Birmingham, AL for the Sidewalk Film Festival – literally one of my favorite times of the year! This is when we celebrate all we’ve done in the last year to the highest degree. Maybe even more importantly, this is the time of year that we celebrate film in general and all of those who create in this medium. There are several festivals close to our hearts out there, but this one is always a homecoming. If you live in Birmingham (or somewhere nearby) I hope you consider attending to see what it’s all about. A good test is to attend the opening night film, which will then lead into the biggest block party/low country boil on the Birmingham streets that you’ve ever seen. Our music video Call Me (for St. Paul and the Broken Bones) will be playing in a shorts block Saturday night at 9 at the ASFA Black Box. I hope to see you there!

Another note for Birmingham folks: I am honored to be speaking on Friday at the AAF luncheon about my experiences with crowdfunding, while also hitting on some of my favorite aspects of the Sidewalk Film Festival. Please join me.

I feel like there are so many things to share at the moment, but I’m drawing a complete blank. Every day is full of excitement of some sort, whether scary or thrilling (usually both in some capacity). I think the key word in that sentence is “full”… my life is full of wonderful. Right now full for me means satisfied with forward progress, creativity and activity. Sometimes full means overcome with quiet and time to reflect. Other times it means full with the love that surrounds you from family, friends and furry babies. I’m far from empty and refuel often on the things that keep me going. 

Thank you for having interest in my personal journey all of these years. That also energizes me beyond words. I hope I’ve shown many of you the same support you’ve shown me.

The set construction and design for Call Me (done by Jason & Andrea Richardson) is featured in a cover story and 8-page spread in this month's Fresh Style magazine!

The set construction and design for Call Me (done by Jason & Andrea Richardson) is featured in a cover story and 8-page spread in this month’s Fresh Style magazine!

Location scouting for Little Cabbage with Joe Walker.

Location scouting for Little Cabbage with Joe Walker.

AAF Luncheon

AAF Luncheon

Oakland Cemetery friends.

Oakland Cemetery friends.

I met this lovely lady at the ATL Zoo!

I met this lovely lady at the ATL Zoo!

Sidewalk 2013 Flashback

Sidewalk 2013 Flashback

Too many photo grids with Joe Walk & Paul Williamson.

Too many photo grids with Joe Walk & Paul Williamson.

Wendy is sunshine.

Wendy is sunshine.

Oh lordy… at noon today, we will have 24 hours left in our campaign!! It’s insane to think that we have 150 backers as of this very moment that have brought us to 92%. That’s a lot of people throwing love our way. Each share & donation translates into belief in us, and Little Cabbage. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Going into our Seed&Spark campaign, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Of course you hope for the best, and plan as well as you can. It’s a very vulnerable time. You risk a lot by putting yourself out there – failure being the biggest fear. It ultimately comes down to the project being worth putting everything on the line. Are you all-in, or out? The answer was always IN. No doubt about it. I was willing to fight for it until the very end. I love this story that much. I am so happy that it will be made! However, we certainly need that remaining 8%. Each cent is assigned to something very important. We hope you feel a rush of inspiration to help us out in this last stretch! We would be forever grateful. Click here to check it out. 

I wanted to share with you some folks who went above & waaaay beyond to show their support for us. First is Jonathan Fowler & Shelby McDonald, who donated $500 to see Little Cabbage come to life!! They are long-time friends, and old coworkers of mine. They just opened a new salon in Crestwood (Birmingham) called Beauty Shock. They completely renovated an old building and turned it into the perfect space for their business. Please go see them! They are also the beauty force behind the new Bravo series call Jersey Belle, handling all of the hair & makeup for the lovely ladies. They are so very talented, fun & special. Shelby will be doing all of the hair for Little Cabbage.

Another couple made a HUGE impact on our project… so much so that they quite literally gave us the “green light” on Seed&Spark! You have to reach 80% in order to receive the funds you’ve raised on that crowdfunding site. We were sitting pretty at 71% when Jason & Andrea Richardson jumped in at the Associate Producer level and contributed $1,500!! It was almost too much for my heart to take. Jason & Andrea were the creative forces behind the Call Me music video for St. Paul and the Broken Bones, building & dressing the entire set. Andrea had a specific vision from the very beginning that she executed with ease. They are also excited to be building Chris Hastings’ new restaurant, Ovenbird, which will be opening this Fall at Pepper Place in Birmingham. Chris Hastings is a recent winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the South. They’ve also done amazing work for Heidi Elnora Atelier, Hearst Corporation – Country Living’s New Headquarters and many others. We are so lucky to have them on our team. For those attending Sidewalk, be on the lookout for them! Jason’s company is Richardson & Associates Construction, and Andrea’s design firm is Andrea Richardson Design, LLC.

After tomorrow I can’t wait to start blogging about the Little Cabbage filmmaking process. This weekend some of our key crew are coming to Atlanta to do some preproduction work. We are also so close to casting our other two key roles. That will be a fun announcement to make! We’ve been in full-on preproduction mode the entire time we’ve been raising money, so our lives have been very full as of late. This is the part that we really, really enjoy! I love putting the pieces together of a complex shoot. It’s a puzzle that’s been coming together for almost a year now. I have a feeling this is going to be a very important film for us.

See you again on the flip side of our campaign!! Also… if you’re interested, I wrote a fun article for Bitch Flicks that you should check out! Also, I will be speaking at the AAF Birmingham Chapter’s monthly luncheon next Friday 8/22 on my experiences with crowdfunding. Join me!

My new hair thanks to Shelby McDonald!

My new hair thanks to Shelby McDonald!

Jonathan Fowler & Shelby McDonald of Beauty Shock

Jonathan Fowler & Shelby McDonald of Beauty Shock

Jason & Andrea Richardson, Associate Producers of Little Cabbage

Jason & Andrea Richardson, Associate Producers of Little Cabbage

Set of Call Me - Built & Designed by Jason & Andrea Richardson

Set of Call Me – Built & Designed by Jason & Andrea Richardson

Jason & Andrea Richardson portfolio work.

Jason & Andrea Richardson portfolio work.

Jason & Andrea Richardson portfolio work.

Jason & Andrea Richardson portfolio work.

Jason & Andrea Richardson portfolio work.

Jason & Andrea Richardson portfolio work.

Braves games with friends!

Braves games with friends!

Friday night Braves game!

Friday night Braves game!

The Baby Kitty

The Baby Kitty

Our new friends Brendan & Kristy, from Tasmania!

Our new friends Brendan & Kristy, from Tasmania!

This past weekend I spent time with my family in Birmingham for my sister Christy’s birthday! It was a full house – there were no less than 10 people at my mom & dad’s at any given moment, and we were almost outnumbered by toddlers & small children. :) I love my nieces and nephew so much…would have only been a better weekend if my sister Rachel’s family were with us too! This morning I dropped my mom off for her journey down to Jacksonville to see them for the next 4-5 days. Abi-do, my newest niece, is almost 4 weeks old. I’m sure she is already getting growing up way too fast. I look forward to many Abi snuggles in the very near future!

We’ve been posting a lot of updates on our film Little Cabbage through our Seed&Spark campaign, for those of you interested. We have 9-ish days left in our campaign…which is both thrilling and scary!! Over the weekend we reached 59% funded (super close to 60% as I type this sentence). Wednesday will mark the “one week left zone” (ah!). :D I can’t believe it! We are proceeding full steam ahead in anticipation of reaching our goal, especially since the shoot itself is Sept 5 – 7. This month is going to zip by in the blink of an eye., and there is zero time to waste. Just as I thought, I’ve run the complete gamut of emotions so far through this campaign: fear, happiness, highs that no words can describe, worry, confidence, doubt, and immense gratitude. Never a dull moment, that’s for sure. The best feeling in the word is getting that Seed&Spark email saying that someone has supported our project! My heart explodes a little (or a lot) each time. It seriously feels like someone is reaching across the computer screening shouting – I BELIEVE IN YOU. No words can describe it. If you have donated already – thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If you haven’t yet, but plan to, equal thanks to you as well!! Here is where you can help us out and learn more about our film. We also realize not everyone will be able to give – so cheers, good vibes and shares mean the world to us too. We are buckling up our seat belts for the remaining days!

For those of you in Birmingham, AL, tomorrow (August 5) I will be on the Sidewalk salon Social Media Marketing panel at Rojo! It’s free – networking starts at 6 and the conversation starts at 7. Please come! Social media is an ever-changing platform and I’m happy to share my successes as well as things that I could have done better. It’s always a learning & adaptation process. I’m sure some of you have stories to tell, too. I would love to hear them.

I officially submitted Bubble to Project Greenlight last week. Turns out there isn’t as much of a social voting system as I thought there might be (which is a huge relief!). The first step is peer-to-peer review for those who sign up as judges. Then they narrow it down to the top 200 and request 2 minute bio videos. Eventually you are asked to direct/film a scene that they give you… then a winner is chosen. Only at one point in the entire process is there a call to action for votes online, and that only bumps one person up to the finals (the rest are selected internally). Of course there are probably many amazing submissions, so I will keep you all posted on our status. It’s fun to just imagine, if nothing else!

My mom in ATL on the Jackson Street Bridge.

My mom in ATL on the Jackson Street Bridge.

Little Cabbage scene rendering where Madeline receives a magical instrument.

Little Cabbage scene rendering where Madeline receives a magical instrument.

Scene rendering as Madeline & Daniel approach a house in Little Cabbage.

Scene rendering as Madeline & Daniel approach a house in Little Cabbage.

The Bean, Lucy, O'fella, Anna Banana & my mom.

The Bean, Lucy, O’fella, Anna Banana & my mom.

Finally attended my first Secret Stages - it was fantastic!

Finally attended my first Secret Stages – it was fantastic!

Me & O'fella.

Me & O’fella.

My sister Christy with her sweet family!

My sister Christy with her sweet family!

What an insane & glorious week! Fundraising for a film can be likened to a duck swimming – calm on the surface, paddling like hell under the water. And bless James Martin’s soul – because he bears the grunt of my energy. He is a champ  through & through. Our biggest goal for the week is to hit 35% (0r $3,500) by the end of Friday for Little Cabbage (ahhhh!!)…it’s a possibility, but I’m also really proud of how far we’ve come since Tuesday afternoon’s launch. The reason behind the push on the front end is simple: you are statistically more likely to succeed if you reach a certain point sooner rather than later.  If you plan to contribute, but haven’t yet, today would be a really great day to lend a hand. We also realize that a lot of people can’t afford to participate monetarily (or have other priorities) – so we are equally as grateful for shares with family and friends. We’ve discovered some of our most enthusiastic supporters that way! Every day I wake up thinking how in the helllll are we going to reach $10,000? That’s when James reminds me that we’ve done a lot of work to get to this point in our film careers – and every cent of the money we raise goes to pay for folks on our team (at a pretty big discount, I might add), food, equipment  and other necessary items to make a movie. The items go beyond what’s listed on Seed & Spark, since we raised an additional $8,000 before we even launched this campaign (for a total budget of $18,000) through personal contributions and a badass investor who signed on early in the game. There’s nothing quite like the high of someone believing in you that much. It makes you feel like you can do anything. We want to prove her, and you, right ten-fold.

If you can’t donate now, or even later (but I hope you can!), you should still sign up to follow our project on Seed & Spark or join us on our Little Cabbage Facebook page. We are going to start posting fun updates this weekend – behind the scenes pics, storyboards and a diary of sorts as we approach our shoot dates of September 5 – 7. I’ve really enjoyed using Seed & Spark so far – it’s the best film fundraising platform out there in my opinion (and I’ve done this several times!). You will find no potato salads there – just passionate filmmakers sharing their craft with the world. Just preparing our page took weeks of work – making the video, editing it, writing our bios, artist statements, introducing our crew, planning the incentives and breaking down the budget to small contributions took quite a bit of time. Once we did that we had to go through an approval process just to ensure everything was legit. We hope you get a chance to explore it and absorb what we are trying to do!

We have an awesome announcement – Eleanore Pienta has signed on to play Madeline, our main character! She is the perfect person to do it too – Eleanore is full of a creative energy that I can’t really explain… it’s sort of mad scientist mixed with artistic genius mixed with crazy goofball. Not only is she an amazing actress, she has her own choreographed dance-comedy troupe in New York City. Last year she won several awards with the indie hit See You Next Tuesday, and just this spring she starred alongside Tunde Adebimpe and Jason Schwartzman in the upcoming feature called 7 Chinese Brothers. We are SO LUCKY to have her!!

As far as life updates – this past weekend I went to New Orleans for the bachelorette party of one of my oldest & best friends. I wasn’t able to go the whole weekend – but I made the most of the time I was there! We had a blast…New Orleans will always be one of my favorite cities on the planet. I am so grateful I got the opportunity to share in her happiness as she hops on the roller coaster of love. On Tuesday James threw a 2 year anniversary party for the Burger Coalition in our house/backyard! Fifty-five folks partook in homemade burgers and a slew of delicious sides (including April Dominy’s famous banana pudding!). We even had the talented Sweet Auburn String Band playing into the night while folks ate spiked ice cream. People have been trying to give me credit along with James – however, he did this all by himself. He found the sponsors and planned the whole event. He did a killer job! I look forward to many more Burger Coalition anniversaries to come…but it will be hard to top that one. :)

I have a challenge for myself that I accept whole-heartedly: I will make this fundraising process fun. I will surprise myself at how creative I can be with my updates to you along the way. This will be an experience that I will be proud of in the end. I think those are realistic. I am so happy that you are joining me for the process!

The making of the burgers!

The making of the burgers!

Burger Coalition in our backyard!

Burger Coalition in our backyard!

Friends at The Burger Coalition

Friends at The Burger Coalition

Drawing The Burger Coalition Sign

Drawing The Burger Coalition Sign

Bachelorette party enjoying the pool at our hotel in NOLA!

Bachelorette party enjoying the pool at our hotel in NOLA!

Me & Jenny Faye

Me & Jenny Faye

Celebrating Lee Ann <3

Celebrating Lee Ann <3

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Few things better than roaming the French Quarter at night!

Few things better than roaming the French Quarter at night!

Bachelorette party... watch out!

Bachelorette party… watch out!

Why is New Orleans so magical?

Why is New Orleans so magical?

On Monday I became an aunt for the fifth time! Baby Abigail Rose (Abi-do) came into this world a perfect little girl with a head full of dark hair and surrounded by lots of love. Rachel was scheduled to go into labor that morning, but Abigail decided that she’d come to the party a few hours early. At about 1 or 2 a.m. Sunday night, Rachel & David went to the hospital due to her contractions being so close together. When James and I arrived the next day around 10 a.m., Rachel was already in the late stages of labor. Rachel gets some major props – because at some point her epidural stopped working, and she pushed through like a champ for several hours. My mom and her husband David John were by her side the whole time… and when they came back out to the waiting room after it was finished, you could tell that it had been a rough ride there for a while. I am so happy that everything ended up being ok in the end, and that they now have a healthy baby to bring home.  I can’t wait to see who she becomes. The evening of the birth James, my sister Christy and I all sat on the beach and watched a magnificent sunset. We each took turns predicting what Abigail would do during her lifetime, then we texted them to Rachel & David at the hospital. A damn good memory for the books.

I died my hair pink! It’s only semi-permanent, so it will wash out in the next few weeks. This was my first ever experiment with Manic Panic, and it was super easy. I already had big chunks of blond in my hair leftover from my last professional color & cut with Shelby (in freakin’ April!!!). Luckily he positioned them in a way that you can’t really tell I am 3 months behind getting my hair done. :) He knows me well. Anyway, the pink only really showed up on my blond pieces. The brown parts of my hair didn’t absorb much color at all. The end result was pretty awesome & fun. Maybe one day I will have enough guts to try out a blue or lavender shade!

I’m ready to confess – I’ve been working at a cemetery for the past few months. Not just any cemetery though… Historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta (which is also a city park)! I am filling in as a marketing/communications manager and special events support person until the role is filled permanently. That might be me, or it could be someone else. Either way, I’ve found a great home here working with some fun people & collaborating on unique projects/events. It’s been around since 1850 and several high-profile people are buried there (like Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With The Wind and Bobby Jones, founder of the Masters Tournament). It suits me well… I crave working for a cause and a place with so much personality. They also embrace me, with my new nose piercing and temporary pink hair. :) They like my ideas, enthusiasm and spirit (no pun intended). It’s an awesome place to be.

TWO BIG THINGS: We are launching our crowdfunding campaign next week for Little Cabbage!! It is finally ready to present – and I am absolutely dying to get it out there. We will be trying to raise quite a bit of money this time around – our goal is $10,000. Yes, I am having a heart attack. Those who know me well know that this is where the fear of failure lurks in the back of my mind. But I also feel strangely confident – I hope people want to see more work from me, and James as well. We’ve already raised $8,000 (for a total budget needed of $18,000) through our own personal investment, and two private investors. If you are interested in being a larger donor please contact me either through the form on this blog or on Facebook. This will be a fun & worthwhile journey, but we need supporters to make it happen. As many of you know, Little Cabbage is a prologue to a feature called Electric Bleau that I wrote this summer, which we hope to make sometime next year. Little Cabbage is its own stand-alone story though and the best short script I’ve ever written, in my opinion. It’s an important piece to my career puzzle. More soon – and if you haven’t already, please like our Four x Productions page on Facebook where we will be sharing lots of things next week!

Lastly – I will be going for Project Greenlight at the end of the month. They haven’t revealed all of the details yet, but seems like you submit a 3 minute short film (Bubble!) and then a voting system happens on social media. I have a small shot, but a shot none-the-less… so I am going for it! Project Greenlight is Executive Produced by Ben Affleck & Matt Damon (and a host of others that you can read about here). Here is a quick description of what the competition is, which will air on HBO:

Project Greenlight is a documentary series on HBO – executive-produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck — that takes a revealing, uncensored look at the challenges facing a first-time director. The show begins with a digital competition, and will follow the winner from pre-production and casting through principal photography and post-production. Equipped with a Hollywood-vetted script and surrounded by a team of industry professionals, the fledging director must learn to cope with pressure from the studio and producers, surviving on-set politics and leading a veteran cast and crew, while trying to deliver a viable movie – on schedule and on budget.

So, please bear with me for the month of July & August as I go for these very important things in my life. I could really use your support & good vibes, and if I can ever return the favor just let me know. Here we go!

Pink hair. :)

Pink hair. :)

A new family.

A new family.

Sunset on Jacksonville Beach.

Sunset on Jacksonville Beach.

James & I had a cold - extra cautious around baby Abi-do.

James & I had a cold – extra cautious around baby Abi-do.

Miss Abigail Rose.

Miss Abigail Rose.

Happy birthday Robbie!!

Happy birthday Robbie!!

Jason Dominy knows how to cook some butt.

Jason Dominy knows how to cook some butt.

Sisters!

Sisters!

My mom & Owen.

My mom & Owen.

Owen loves James.

Owen loves James.

Evening on the beach with James & Christy.

Evening on the beach with James & Christy.

Home-bound on the bus!

Home-bound on the bus!

Happy!

Happy!

Battle of the beach bodies.

Battle of the beach bodies.

o'Fella!

o’Fella!

James by the sea.

James by the sea.

I feel like I’ve fallen off of the social media planet… which is mostly true, but in just a week or two’s time you are gonna wish I was back in my cave!! Our Little Cabbage crowdfunding campaign launches next week (hopefully, pending approval by Seed & Spark) and we’ve been busting butt to make it just right. The cool thing about crowdfunding is that it makes you trim the fat, forces you to analyze what you really need. We’ve cut a secondary story line that was unnecessary, which knocked off a few pages and a day’s worth of production. It also lowered our overall budget enough to help us feel like our goal to raise is reasonable/doable. This will be the biggest film I’ve ever done, in every sense. I am thankful for James and the few others who have advised me along the way to be open to pushing dates and being flexible on all fronts. We’ve certainly needed to be. In the end the effort will be worth it. This is going to be a crazy film!

Many other fun things have been happening in my world – I’ve gotten the opportunity to help write a TV concept, I’m doing some fun work for a non-profit here in ATL that I really enjoy, and another writing project is in the beginning stages for a feature (that a dear, talented friend will direct). The “Call Me” music video for St. Paul and the Broken Bones has surpassed 100,000 combined views on Vevo & YouTube (woohoo!) and some rumblings are still happening around that. A national magazine might be doing a story on the set construction & design done by Jason & Andrea Richardson, which is so deserved. If so that will come out in September or October. We should also be hearing back soon from some early festival submissions that take music videos. Fingers and toes and legs and arms crossed.

In other life news, my sister Rachel and her husband David will be welcoming their first baby into the world any day now! She is scheduled to be induced on Monday, July 7th, but anything can happen before then. They will be wonderful parents, and I can’t wait to meet that sweet little girl. Birthdays happen in bunches in my family. My dad & red-headed niece Lucy both just celebrated theirs, as well as my “adopted” niece Lauren, then Rachel will have one on July 4th. Now we can add baby Abigail to the batch. :)

I recently got to spend a weekend with some old friends that I really miss. We went tubing down the Cahaba (there isn’t another experience like it in this world) and had fancy drinks & oysters at a favorite restaurant in Birmingham. I laughed so much in that 48 hours – just what my soul needed. Good news for me I get to see them again in just a few weeks!

Sometimes more than one opportunity presents themselves at the same time and you just have to buckle down and get sh*t done. I feel like I am in that mode right now. Climbing the ladder, and trying my best to enjoy the view along the way. When I look down I see how far I’ve come, when I look out I appreciate all the new things I can see, and when I look up I see nothing but stars.

Tubing with old friends!

Tubing with old friends!

Little Cabbage crowdfunding video in process!

Little Cabbage crowdfunding video in progress!

Grant Park farmer's market goodies.

Grant Park farmer’s market goodies.

Azza is 1 year old! James got her a catnip mouse.

Azza is 1 year old! James got her a catnip mouse.

Let’s get to the good stuff right off the bat:

Top 5 Bonnaroo Moments
1. Watching a huge Buzz Lightyear balloon fly high into the sky during Elton John as he played Rocket Man. This isn’t just any Buzz Lightyear though… this space dude has been soaring above the crowds at Bonnaroo for years (as someone’s personal totem). I always look for him wherever I go. Combine that with the exhaustion of the last show of four days straight of music…and suddenly your eyes get misty as you salute this helium hero floating to his final fate.
2. Experiencing St. Paul and the Broken Bones live out a dream. Paul told the crowd of thousands screaming them on that he’d been a volunteer at Bonnaroo for several years just to be a part of his favorite festival. His dream all along was to finally attend one year as a performer – which happened this past Friday, June 13th. Their set was full of energy and magic. Paul cried happy tears of appreciation about halfway through, in turn making me (and I’m sure many others) cry as well. What a special thing to witness.
3. There was a double rainbow on the first full day! Who can’t get excited about that? :)
4. Riding the ferris wheel with James during The Naked and Famous.
5. Relaxing on our partially deflated inflatable love seat on a hot, steamy Saturday afternoon. Half of our bodies were on the cheap carpet we bought for our “living room” space, and the other half was sprawled out on the cushions. I am sure we looked ridiculous… and happy.

To sum up our experience, VIP camping is 100% worth the extra cash. Main reason: the bathrooms are in air-conditioned trailers. You also get all sorts of VIP access to stages, cool areas, multiple entrances, free showers, guaranteed close access to Centeroo and even free food/beer on special nights. We will never do general admission again. (Ever!) Once again I failed to make it up late any night. That makes me tremendously sad because you can hear the crazy sets happening until the wee hours of the morning from your tent. I am just too exhausted from the sun, walking all day and heat to make it past 11 p.m. This is a major fail for me. I wonder how people do it… b/c it is way to hot to be sleeping all day in your tent. I suppose they probably have extracurricular enhancements to help. :D If you ever attend Bonnaroo – remember to make priorities, don’t try to do everything every day. It’s impossible. All in all, it was a damn good year and we can’t wait to go back in 2015. (Pro tip: get an inflatable chair!)

This week’s focus is to get our crowd funding campaign ready for Little Cabbage!! We are doing something very special for our pitch video and we can’t wait to share it. While we’ve raised quite a bit offline through a few investors (that we so appreciate), we will have a decent amount left to raise. If you are interested in becoming a larger investor, please let me or James know! We plan to launch July 1st on Seed & Spark if all goes according to plan. It will be a 30 day long campaign full of fun & nail-biting (on our part). Little Cabbage is a prequel short film to our first feature-length planned for 2015. It’s an important step for us – and very different from anything we’ve done before. If you can spare a few dollars, we would be forever grateful. Each of us will also be investing quite a bit to make this happen. If you don’t back your own project – who will?

There are several other exciting things brewing behind the scenes, still in the very early stages. Sometimes I wonder how we even juggle it all… but that’s what you do when you want to make things happen. It’s impossible to predict what will unfold six months down the road, but it is possible to dream and hope. I’m pretty good at that part.

James watching The Naked & Famous from the ferris wheel.

James watching The Naked & Famous from the ferris wheel.

Rudy Huxtable

Rudy Huxtable

Living room + inflatable love seat.

Living room + inflatable love seat.

Our tent.

Our tent.

Our campsite flag. :)

Our campsite flag. :)

Sunset over the What Stage. Photo by James

Sunset over the What Stage. Photo by James

Happiness! Photo by James

Happiness! Photo by James

Rainbow over VIP camping.

Rainbow over VIP camping.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones performing at Bonnaroo!

St. Paul and the Broken Bones performing at Bonnaroo!

Happy campers.

Happy campers.

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