It’s been almost six weeks since my last post, which is very unusual for me. A lot has happened since then so I’ll try to summarize it all up the best I can.

We lost our sweet Baby Kitty, who I’ve had for the last nine years of my life. She was one of my best friends and a dedicated companion. She loved me with all her little heart, and I loved her with all of mine. I hope I gave her the life that she deserved, as she filled mine with joy.

A few weeks after BK’s passing, we decided to adopt another baby into the family from the Atlanta Humane Society. Her name is Furenza, and she’s a wild loving spirit. She came down with some shelter funk almost immediately but she’s close to being well again. She fits in well and I’m happy to have a full house again.

We’ve been traveling a TON. I’m actually writing this from the road as we head back from the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC. As always, it was a one of a kind experience. You just can’t replicate what happens at that festival anywhere else. It’s a creative landmine. James runs the Cuctails program of which there were 12 events this year in two days, including a secret speakeasy and a filmmaker cocktail competition. I also screened Daggers, an original song/music video for my upcoming feature film Electric Bleau. Since I last wrote we’ve also been to The New Orleans Film Festival, Bend Film Festival in Oregon and Flyway Film Festival in Wisconsin. We unfortunately had to miss Indie Memphis due to unforeseen circumstances, but we heard the screening of Daggers went great.

Even though we were surrounded by love and excitement this past weekend, it did feel like we were in a bubble of sorts away from reality. The drive up was very somber as the election happened the night before. We felt so heavy and concerned. Erica Anderson from Seed&Spark and I ended up putting together a small group while at Cucalorus as a safe space for people to talk about the election. It was super helpful and therapeutic. I left with some new friends and a plan of action. It’s going to be a scary four years, especially with the team Trump is surrounding himself with. With all of that being said, I still have tremendous hope and will continue to stand up for what I believe in. I value acceptance, tolerance, and freedom to be who you are. I’m not going to live each day wishing that these four years would fly by… instead I’m going to wake up and do what I can, while focusing on myself and those that I love. I have a life to live. I have statements to make. Fights to fight. The show must go on.

As we near Thanksgiving, I have many things to be thankful for. A promising career, beautiful family, the most amazing friends, a comfortable home, three sweet furbabies, and projects/goals that make me feel alive. 2017 will be a year of climbing to the tallest peaks, both internally and externally. I have a lot to explore within myself. My favorite future game given to me this year (from Erica) was that my film projects would follow close behind the path that I blaze towards self discovery. What I give to myself will be rewarded with a clearer path to my dreams. I’ll take it.

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Baby Kitty

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Baby Kitty

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Furenza, our newest family member.

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I know sometimes my blog paints a picture of rainbows, sunshine, and eternal optimism. Some people probably wonder how can things be that good, all of the time? Well, if you look deep enough into my blog, you will certainly see times where things weren’t as shiny. In fact, it was downright dark and grim. Even now, there are struggles and obstacles. But if I’m being completely honest, things are really, really wonderful too. I also believe that what you put out into the universe comes back in some way, and the energy you create is literally the only fuel moving you forward. That includes what you put out in social media.

On another, completely random note… WTAF is going on with the astrological signs shifting? I’m gonna need Susan Miller to chime in on this one (and if she has already I’d love the link). I adore astrology, I don’t care what anyone thinks. I’m still an aquarius by definition of the new dates, but it literally shifted the charts by almost a month. Geez Louise.

I’m now finished with that feature film that I was learning on with my friend Molly, and I find myself with an open calendar again. I’ve been making a list of goals and timelines therein, which makes me all giddy inside. I’m back to graphic design and writing freelance again as my source of income. I’m also balls deep into Electric Bleau stuffs, which has never ceased to be the case. In the beginning we were told it would take time and tremendous energy to see full funding happen, and boy they weren’t kidding. However, with some major elbow grease and persistence, things are happening. Wheels are turning. She is coming to life. And I’m never going to give up. I also believe that once we have this first feature film under our belts, funding for future projects will be somewhat easier… as long as we prove ourselves to be capable. Which I have zero doubts about.

For those who helped make Little Cabbage possible a few years back, you can now watch it online! This is exciting for us, as it’s had a great festival run (including winning an award at one of our fav fests). If you could watch it, and give it a little heart on Vimeo, I’d be forever grateful. We also sent out a big Four x update via email yesterday, which you can view in your browser here.

Next week we are heading to the Bend Film Festival and then the following weekend to the New Orleans Film Festival, all for The New Orleans Sazerac. We basically had to pay for the flights to and from, then everything else is mostly covered (housing provided by both fests, and usually you can find free food easily). I’m lucky that I can do my job from the road, and James’ work is pretty flexible as well. So our Instagrams are about to basically blow up your feeds starting on 10/6.

A few things before I go:
-You can always read my Electric Bleau updates on the S&S blog. They go up about once a month.
-Have you liked the Electric Bleau FB page? If not, that would be a very helpful thing for us. I try to keep content fresh and flowing.
-Keep following Eldon the Bus’s progress! We are taking him on his first camping trip this weekend. He isn’t done yet, but close enough. Plus, the weather is going to be glorious.

Last note: Just know that when October 1 hits and all of the Roku/Netflix/Amazon Prime branding and programming goes into Halloween mode, that I will be dancing in my living room in pure joy.

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Daggers, the first original song for Electric Bleau, is kicking ass and taking names.

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Shadowing director Molly Coffee on the upcoming season of Fear Haus.

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Happy Birthday JamieJean916!

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Fall is on the way, I can feel it in my bones! James and I went to a corn maze opening this past Saturday, and there was almost no one there. We got a private hayride and over five miles of corn mazes all to ourselves. Besides not wearing the appropriate footwear, it was a lot of fun. (Note: Sandals are not a good choice for freshly tilled ground.)🙂

I love fall festivals, Halloween happenings, and the general spirit of football returning. I do not watch football myself, but it just feels right to see it playing on TVs everywhere we go. Everyone has an extra kick in their step as the promise of cooler weather becomes the real thing. Bring it on.

I’ve been working on a film for the past 5 weeks or so assisting my friend Molly Coffee in the art department on a project similar in size to what Electric Bleau will be. It’s been a great learning experience on many fronts. There will be a S&S post coming out soon documenting all that I’ve learned, so stay tuned for more insights.

Speaking of Electric Bleau, big steps are still being taken with forward momentum. We just finalized our PPM with Stacey Davis, which has been passed off to a few select parties/entities. Send all the posi vibes!! Our hopes are to film next spring.

The New Orleans Sazerac continues its run this fall at the New Orleans Film Festival in Louisiana and BendFilm Festival in Oregon, and hopefully a few more. We will also be making our way up to Cucalorus in November as James is heading up the Cuctails program again for the second year! It was at Cucalorus last year where we first debuted The New Orleans Sazerac as a secret screening.

In case you’re not following our bus project, you are missing out on some big things! The Eldon just got his official Georgia registration as an RV + tag. We got to stage the inside to make him look like a real home. He isn’t done quite yet, but we are getting closer and closer. You can follow him on Instagram or on the official website.

I’m hopeful that the second half of this year will hold a lot of positive career and personal milestones. The first half of 2016 has been kind. I feel like the older I get, the faster things seem to fly by. I want to be intentional in my day-to-day appreciation of small moments, of the process. I already shared on FB this week, but in case you missed there is a great article by Stacey London out on Refinery29 that you must read about women and age. It applies to everyone, really. I’m only 37, but I find that I already relate to a lot of her insights. It’s a refreshing read for those of you might find some inspiration out of it.

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A few months ago I realized something pretty awesome – that I made my first short film, Piece of Cake, ten years ago. 2006 was the year that I decided that I would write and direct my own project, after years of helping others execute their own in various capacities.

I’ve told the story before on here, but it all happened when I noticed a screenwriting class offered by Elizabeth Hunter (then Elizabeth Bradley) at WorkPlay in Birmingham, AL. I was a little hesitant in my abilities as a writer, but a few words from Elizabeth made me confident enough to give it a go. I ended the course with the screenplay for Piece of Cake, which I then went on to make with my friend Alison Britt (producer & star).

It was an ambitious first project. We hired Mo Rocca to play a lead role, and we raised a good bit of money to make the film (through old-fashioned methods, as Kickstarter formed a few years later). We mailed letters, wrote emails, scheduled face-to-face meetings, and had fundraising events. Those were different times, and in the not-so-distant past.

We made the film in the best way we knew how, and we were proud of the end piece. It’s no where near my best work, but it was my starting point. I was a professional wedding videographer at the time, so a lot of the script was based on things in my then current life. Also a fun fact – my sister Rachel played one of the bridesmaids!🙂

I ultimately don’t show it in my director’s reel nor my portfolio of work. Mostly because it doesn’t align with what I consider my style/voice to be now, plus let’s be honest, I was a real newbie at writing/directing. But I’m still very proud of it, and wouldn’t trade the experiences or lessons for anything. I tracked down some NPR interviews from that time that you can listen to here, and I’ve got some old photos from MySpace which are now on FB (aka they are teeny tiny in size). I wish I had taken better care to keep track of all the making-of and press bits. There was also an extensive behind-the-scenes documentary made by the wonderful Rebecca Sansom, but I can’t for the life of me find it. I’ll keep digging.

This is an appropriate week to reminisce about this special anniversary, as the 18th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival starts this Thursday. It was here that Piece of Cake first premiered at the Alabama Theater, and won the Audience Choice Award. I plan to do a silent cheers to mark the occasion. I look forward to seeing what the next 10 years will bring!

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I can honestly say that I was never familiar with the phrase “good in a room” until we started developing Electric Bleau. But since that time, it’s a concept that’s taken over my brain. “Good in a room” means a lot of things – your ability to pitch well, managing perception, down to being invited into the room in the first place. The room can be anywhere a critical conversation is taking place about your project – a restaurant, an office, a boardroom, or even an unexpected scenario like sitting next to a stranger on a plane. If you find yourself pitching your project to an individual who can make things happen, then you’ve found yourself in the room.

I’ve heard that Kevin Spacey started off his film career being good in a room. His friends would take him to big meetings and he would help sell the concept. This led to him finding great opportunities as an actor, of course, which is how most of us know him today. I think that’s really interesting.

Am I good in a room? I’m no Kevin Spacey, but I think I’m decent. I’m definitely getting better with practice. After having lunch with a good friend in the industry earlier this week, he said something that stuck with me – every good filmmaker knows first and foremost that it’s all a business. Is that disheartening for all of the creatives out there? I don’t think so. And he is right. If you don’t understand the business side – why people make certain decisions, why it’s important to take steps in a certain order (in a multitude of areas), why being told “no” is just a part of the process, then you probably aren’t cut out to make it. It’s not easy out there, that’s for sure. That’s also why success is so sweet when it strikes.

Things are moving along with Electric Bleau. Not to disclose too much (I have a S&S blog update coming out soon with more details) but some avenues are opening up. Most of the things on legal side are still a learning curve for me, but luckily we have wonder-woman Stacey Davis on our side. I’m so grateful for her. I will share that S&S link once it’s live.

This weekend I’m going to spend a lot of time writing – Electric Bleau updates and on another feature that we are lining up. After watching Stranger Things, which filled me and so many others with all kinds of excitement, I can say that I’m officially tempted by the idea of creating a series. I might play around with that soon too. Stranger Things was also a huge validation on the public’s interest in content inspired by the 80’s. Electric Bleau is also set in that same era, and in line with some creative thoughts that we’ve developed. It’s also pretty cool that the series was shot in Atlanta. Goes to show that you don’t need to be in LA to create successful content.

Last but not least – we shot a music video for the Seratones! It’s in post right now with the fantastic team at Moonshine. Stay tuned for that to be completed in the next month or so.

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The earth is shifting. The sky is full of possibility. Things are happening.

Today we released our first original song (and accompanying promo music video) for Electric Bleau called Daggers, which was written by the talented and lovely AJ Haynes of the Seratones! Paste Magazine kindly wrote about our collaboration last week in anticipation of this news.

Watch Daggers on Vevo. Listen on Spotify.

The recording of Daggers, and the other four original songs we captured for Electric Bleau, was a very special moment in time. As we all sat there in the Magnetic Audio recording studio, it was palpable that what we were experiencing was pure magic. It’s probably my fondest memory to date on the making of this film. Thanks to all who were a part of it.

I spend my days somewhere between the realms of overwhelm and excitement. With each day that passes, bigger opportunities come our way. I eat, breathe, and sleep Electric Bleau. We also have a few other things up our sleeve.

We are now setting our sights to film next spring. If we had stuck to our original dates, we’d be filming as I type this!! I am so happy that we’ve been given the gift of more time.

This holiday weekend is going to be just what the doctor ordered. I’m looking forward to detaching a bit from the business side of things. We will be heading to Pine Mountain with my family to celebrate the 4th, as well as four birthdays in my immediate family. I want to hike, swim, relax, and laugh.

July is going to be another whirlwind month. We have a secret shoot that’s still under wraps, Sazerac will play at Tales of the Cocktail in NOLA, and some dear friends are coming in from LA to spend almost a week with us. On top of that, some significant film developments are underway. Lots of work to be done, and lots of fun to be had.

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In the last 30 days, I’ve attended two major events that were widely seen as potential terrorist targets – the Cannes Film Festival and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Did the thought cross my mind that we were putting ourselves in harm’s way by attending? Sure. Acts of violence have been in the back of my mind no matter how far I try to push them out.

Then Orlando happened. James and I heard the news while at Bonnaroo, and we sat and watched the coverage on one of the only TVs in the nearby area. We were devastated, just like so many others. Our hearts hurt for our LGBTQ friends who were already living in fear.

Everyone’s Facebook feed has been full of confusion, anger, and infighting. I wish we had an easy answer as to prevent this in the future. I’m hopeful for realistic and rational solutions to come soon. One thing did strike me more than others as I repeatedly saw it popping up in comments and posts – that we live in a godless society, which is the root of our problems. That we as a society are failing because we don’t agree on a Christian belief system. That if someone has a religion or faith that you don’t approve of, then they must be a flawed, terrible person. I love my kind friends who believe in organized religion, and I love my beautiful friends who don’t believe in a higher power or structured system, too. Their capacity to love and show compassion are equal. My friends who are atheist, agnostic, or otherwise have proven to be a peaceful people. If you have a problem with this “godless” society, then you have a problem with me. I respect your beliefs as long as they don’t infringe upon my rights to believe what I choose in my heart, and as long as you are kind. You will never change my mind, and I know I will never change yours. If we can both be cool with that and not point fingers, then I’m happy to live in a society of acceptance and tolerance. If you aren’t able to emotionally handle this, then I’m also content to part ways. But know that every time you blame a person who doesn’t “believe in God” as being a part of the larger problem, then YOU are the problem.

I am so happy to be back home. We got in yesterday evening to an air conditioned house and animals that were happy to greet us. Bonnaroo was wonderful, with exception of news out of Orlando of course. No words can ever describe what the Bonnaroo experience is truly like unless you attend yourself. It’s not for everyone… in fact, it’s probably not attractive to most. What I love about it is the ability to escape the real world for a chunk of time, and enjoy an existence that can only be created under such rare circumstances. Everyone is full of peace, love and joy. Happiness abounds. So does the heat. I also enjoy the survival aspect to it all. Making it through a 99 degree day with a smile on your face is an art. We’ve mastered it somewhat. Sometimes while I am there I question my sanity, but all I know is that the second we drive out of the farm I immediately miss it. My soul needs the spirit of Bonnaroo.

Today I’m hitting the ground running on all the priorities in our world. Electric Bleau’s path is becoming clearer. Other smaller projects are boiling to the surface. Opportunities are knocking. Game face on.

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We went to the Cannes Film Festival. What does that mean, what was it like, how do we feel? Here’s how it all went down.

We had a fun pre trip to Paris and Cassis before our grand adventure to Cannes. While wonderful, I’d be lying if I said that our minds weren’t already at the film festival. It was kind of like pretending that a major life event wasn’t looming in the very near future. We were full of anticipation. So let’s jump straight to the big event!

We arrived by train around 2 p.m. to Cannes on May 15th and met Vero and Clint at the station who had arrived just 30 minutes before us. Vero’s film Bottomless was also an official selection of the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, so we had two projects to celebrate. Seeing them was a big turning point in the trip for us.

The four of us traveled immediately to our apartment rental about a 15 minute bus ride away in La Bocca. We were VERY fortunate to find a place so close that was affordable for us. Turns out the property owners are from Birmingham, and Vero is 100% responsible for us finding that spot. I won’t say how much it was, but it was about half the amount of the discounted filmmaker hotel. Not only that, but the apartment was so amazing!!! It had two bedrooms, a big living room/kitchen, and a wrap-around porch where we had breakfast al fresco every morning.

On the way to the apartment via bus is when we got the first glimpse of the festival. We saw a huge red sign covering the front of a building marking the central area. White tents and red (well, more like orange) carpets covered the sidewalks. We got a surge of adrenaline for what was to come.

Later that day we ventured back to the festival campus and took in our first up-close experience. Fancy people. Fancy yachts. Insane, but warranted, security. Beautiful sights. Film everything, everywhere. Our first destination was the American Pavilion where our screening would take place in a few days. The pavilions line the coast where the festival campus is located, and a lot of countries are represented there. The American Pavilion is known for hosting some of the best parties, panels, and screenings (including the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase).

After we entered the American Pavilion, we saw seven people that we knew immediately. One of those was Eliza Hajek of SAGindie who proved to be a great friend over the next five days. This was her 10th year at the festival and she was a wealth of information. We loved hanging out with her. She also got us an invitation to the official Sundance party at Cannes, which basically blew our minds.

Our first Cannes Film Festival experience was one of learning and trial and error. It’s really, really, really hard to get into screenings that have the red carpet. There are basically levels of credential importance, and we were not near the top. But on the flip side, WE HAD A CREDENTIAL to the Cannes Film Festival!! Wow. There were plenty of people who would have given an arm just to have access to what we did.

It’s easy to judge the success of your trip by how many meetings you had, how many important people that you met, what parties you were invited to, and what high-profile screenings you were able to attend. And while we had a few of each of these, we mostly spent our days exploring and just getting to know our surroundings. When I say that learning the ropes to how things work around there is complicated, that would be the understatement of the year. Even people who have been to the festival for years and years don’t quite understand the system. If we get the opportunity to go back, I would do a few things differently. It’s really important to have a plan and agenda before you go. What are your goals? If you think that you can figure it out on the fly while you’re there, good luck. If you are a filmmaker, this is basically a work trip with a lot of fun mixed in. Plan big, keep expectations low. Enjoy every minute regardless of where you land.

The Emerging Filmmaker Showcase was so very special. It was an intimate experience with about 150 people in attendance. We were able to serve Sazeracs beforehand and attendees sipped on it while they watched the film, which was first in the lineup. We won’t soon forget it. Bottomless screened about halfway through the block to rave reviews. We also learned that I am the first producer in their 19 year history to have two films in the block within the same year.

Without our trip sponsors, we surely wouldn’t have been able to make this experience possible. Major, major shout-outs to Airbnb, Bourbon Columbia, Lucid Absinthe, and a few dear friends for making our first trip to the Cannes Film Festival a reality for us. Be sure to check out all of the images from our trip on Instagram here: @iamjamesmartin @thejenwestquest

We finished everything up with a few nights in Amsterdam. It was the perfect cap to a whirlwind two weeks. I adore that city. I love the bike culture, the architecture, and the general attitude. I can’t wait to return when we have more time to explore.

Now that we are back stateside, we are hitting the ground running. Electric Bleau is generating some activity and we have a few more smaller projects up our sleeve. We also have the pitch/lookbook complete for James’ cocktail series on city drinks. I’m ready to make some big things happen.

 

James and I are in full “we’re going to Cannes” mode trying to nail down final details and work before we take off next Monday (ah!). This trip is being made possible by some great partners – Airbnb, Lucid Absinthe, and Bourbon Columbia.  As I wrote in my last post, Airbnb invited us to participate in their “Live there.” campaign (which just so happened to have a focus in France) and in exchange for posting our experiences daily on social they’ve helped with our flights and some Airbnb housing credits. Lucid Absinthe and Bourbon Columbia are proudly displaying their logos on cups that will be serving the Sazerac during two tasting events in the American Pavilion, which is also a huge help with funding our trip. A million thanks to these great companies! Be sure to follow me and James on Instagram for play-by-plays: @thejenwestquest and @iamjamesmartin. We will be posting A LOT.

We will be in Paris from May 9 – 13, Cassis from 13 – 15, Cannes 15 – 20, then finally Amsterdam 20 – 23.

We are all set with Electric Bleau pitch materials, as well as for a new project that we’ve started developing called The City Cocktail Series. It’s an expansion on The New Orleans Sazerac with an additional five cocktail profiles all under the umbrella of a unique city in the United States. James has been working hard on the lookbook and it’s finally all ready to go. A series like this could potentially find a home in all sorts of ways – streaming, TV, web, etc. It’s fun to have two very different projects to pitch, both equally strong and thought out.

Electric Bleau is moving along great. My original hope was to film this summer, which was a very ambitious goal to have (but could have been possible). That window is no longer an option, but I’m honestly kind of relieved. I still feel very strongly that we will film this year, and if nothing else, find full funding. 2016 will be the year that Electric Bleau gets the green light. I know it in my bones. There are many benefits to waiting too, even if we had found funding in time. With every passing month the project becomes stronger by way of team, marketing, opportunities and script. In this development phase we are really getting to make a stamp on the world while putting it on the radar of some big folks. Basically we are getting a grand opportunity to set it up for success by giving it a little more time.

James and I are really excited to spend our time in Cannes with Vero and Clint. Vero’s film Bottomless was also a selection of the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase (that I also produced), which just makes the whole thing even more extraordinary. We will be sharing a flat that’s about a 28 minute walk from the Cannes Film Festival (aka a great distance to walk off cheese and wine in). It also looks promising that our dear friend Jeff Hallman will also be in attendance from Germany, as he is one of our stars in The New Orleans Sazerac.

Someone gave us some great advice – don’t put too many expectations for professional meetings on our Cannes experience. It’s going to be a busy trip with a million people all around, and we should just be grateful that we are there. We should enjoy every second of just being at Cannes. If we score a few meetings, then that’s the cherry on top. If nothing else we plan to network the shit out of it.

Other things in life – families are good, pets are happy, house is wonderful and Eldon the Bus is almost a real live boy. I am so looking forward to when we can travel around in the Eldon… I just feel like it’s going to be a new layer of freedom. We are going to start introducing him to the cats soon so they can become comfortable with being on it. Cilantro already loves being on the bus. I’m really happy that we decided to take this project on. Cheers to James for leading the charge!

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Things are moving. Life is happening. Dreams that I’ve been working most of my adult life towards are starting to become realized. The birth of my first feature film. Success of shorts that I had a big hand in making. A home that I love. I know that I am lucky. I also know that I’ve worked really, really hard to start seeing things come to full bloom.

Yesterday we were able to announce the acceptance of The New Orleans Sazerac into the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the American Pavilion, as part of the Cannes Film Festival. It is described as a “festival within the festival.” Another film I produced, Bottomless, was also accepted into the same program. They are only screening ten films this year in this category. The odds of this happening, twice in the same year, are very slim. Congrats to James and Vero!

The first question we’ve been getting, after a congrats, is – won’t this be a super expensive trip? Yes, it indeed will be. Luckily, the second that we found out about TNOS acceptance, we approached Airbnb about a potential collaboration and it just so happened to align with their new “Live there.” campaign. In exchange for regular social media posts on our end documenting our experience and trip, they are covering our flights and providing some housing credits. This will be so very helpful. It doesn’t cover all of our expenses, but it’s a great start. We also have some other ideas for sponsorship that align with the screenings that we have out in the universe, and if that comes through then most of our trip should be taken care of. Vero is working on her own efforts to get overseas with Bottomless. If you feel so inspired, you can help her voyage to Cannes here.

With this acceptance all of us receive official Cannes Film Festival credentials. We don’t know yet what color, but we will have them nonetheless. While we are there James and I plan to pitch a series expansion based on The New Orleans Sazerac, and I of course will be talking the hell out of Electric Bleau. Hopefully our funding will be in place by then, but if not, there is no better time or place to make big things happen.

Speaking of Electric Bleau, we recorded five original songs at Magnetic Audio in Birmingham and filmed a promo music video last month with AJ Haynes of the Seratones. MAGIC. These songs alone warrant a major success on the making of this film, which was made possible by funds from our development campaign. We haven’t decided yet how to release the piece that we filmed… but some big creative ideas are simmering. More than likely it will be released in late April or early May as part of a campaign we are putting together.

Last but not least, The New Orleans Sazerac won big at the Atlanta Film Festival, taking home the WonderRoot Audience Choice Award and Best Crowdfunded Film Award (along with Eat White Dirt) presented by Seed&Spark.

Eldon the Bus is on his way as well. We are bartering with some local suppliers and artists to build out various parts. James got all of the electric done (a big deal!) last month, so all that remains is building the top deck and woodwork on the interior. Then of course painting, decorating and registering it as an RV. Then we will be hitting the road!!

That’s it for now. I’ll definitely write again before we head to Cannes next month to give all the information necessary to follow us along on the trip.

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