Can anyone name that quote without Googling it first? It is one of my favorite movie quotes of all time.
Since my last posting, a few big things have happened. Today is my last day with my job in Birmingham, I am leaving on great terms and starting new adventures that I am excited to share soon. All good things… some so exciting that I might jump out of my skin. With any change though there is always a little fear. However, this train is moving in the right direction.
Both cities close to my heart – Birmingham & Atlanta – went through a significant weather event this week. On Tuesday, just as I was about to catch my bus back to Atlanta, my ride to the station called to tell me that the snow falling in Birmingham was quickly turning into ice, and that cars were sliding all over the place. What was supposed to be a dusting for the Birmingham area turned into 1.5-2 inches of snow & ice right in our front yards (as a visual here is someone ice skating the streets and another sledding at almost 30 mph). The horror stories from friends across the city trying to get home that day are too many to count. I was fortunate in that I didn’t have to move at all… I was safe and sound at my parents’ house (who also hosted my friend Sarah’s family who was stuck in her office downtown – my mom & dad rock). In fact, I made the one mile walk to and from Vero’s house that day just for a little quality snow time with my girl. Atlanta also had a disaster on their hands… while they knew to expect snow, the city officials didn’t properly prepare for it and bad decisions were made. It is all too much to rehash here, and you’ve probably seen the stories a thousand times since then. These events will never be forgotten, nor the giving & courageous souls who went out of their way to make someone else’s life a little easier during that time. I finally made it back to Atlanta late last night.
Before all of the snow – James and I did a whirlwind tour of Montgomery (for a fun film fest!) and Birmingham for his birthday. Earlier that week James had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party in ATL, which was a huge hit. 🙂 Before he left Birmingham we also did a table read of our next short film. We got fantastic feedback and ideas, which I’ve already started to incorporate. My goal is to wrap up the next draft today and send off to my final round of readers. I’ve already spent a significant amount of time developing this story, and I think it will pay off. It is so important to get this right since it is the lead-in to our first feature. Thank you to everyone who has laid eyes on it already and provided such valuable insights. Our goal is to shoot in April… so we have many things to get in the works ASAP. We are starting to crew up, storyboard and cast in the coming weeks. We are not sure just yet where we will be shooting this movie, so stay tuned. We have ambitious ideas and a good story to work with. Send us plenty of good vibes as we move forward…. any and all are appreciated.
This week I was honored to be included in the Birmingham 100 project, created by the big-hearted Kenwyn Alexander. Right now it mostly lives online, but eventually will be a beautiful book and also video. Kenwyn’s hope is to capture the essence of the folks who have made an impact on Birmingham in significant ways. I was really happy and surprised when he first reached out to say I was among some of those people in his mind. Thank you for including me in this experience Kenwyn.