I can’t believe Halloween 2014 is already behind us! I made my way over to the Indie Memphis Film Festival over the weekend where I met up with several filmmakers friends for a few days of fun. And it was absolutely freezing!!! I caught a few features that really inspired me – their programming is always spot on. I also sat in on some fascinating panels/talks that really fueled my fire. Next year will be even better I’m sure – and fingers crossed that we will be able to attend with Little Cabbage!
Today James and I head a few hours north to the mountains to write and create. My mom & dad were kind enough to let us use some cabin credits, and they will be joining us as well in their RV down the way. During my 8 hour bus ride to Memphis (ack!) I came up with a really solid concept that I’d like to develop for a series and/or film. It’s very me – while allowing the opportunity to explore a decade that I really love and write about a lifestyle that lends itself to all sorts of changing circumstances. It also incorporates an idea I’ve had in the past, which I mentioned in my last blog post. I am also going to officially reopen my Electric Bleau script and devise a game plan to polish it up for presentation. I honesty don’t know what my next big project will be yet, but I have a feeling it’s soon to reveal itself.
This week I had the amazing privilege of interviewing Ms. Lillian Deakins Timberlake (along with my work wife Hella Pamela), first cousin of the late Margaret Mitchell (author of Gone with the Wind) with Oakland Cemetery for their new series called Living Links. The amazing guys at Mixed Bag Media helped us capture this magical moment on film forever. I knew it would be special, but little did we know how wonderful it would be. When we first walked in the door of her 1916 home, she was just coming down in her little wooden elevator. It was the best entrance! When the doors opened, this beautiful smile greeted us that never left her face for the next two hours. She talked all about her 92 years on this earth, her family, her cousin Margaret, and a lot about how Gone with the Wind impacted their lives. When the video is finished next week, I will be sure to share a link. I’m not in it at all… just off-screen asking questions trying not to geek out.
I realized that last month marked my one year anniversary in Atlanta – isn’t that crazy? Just when you think time is flying by… all you really need to do is think about where you were exactly one year ago today. We’ve done two big productions (Call Me and Little Cabbage), I did a three-month creative residency in Wilmington, I’ve moved to Atlanta to live with James, we’ve added a cat and a dog to our family, and a niece and a nephew were welcomed. Not to mention countless other things if I really sat down and thought about it. Yet, it seems time is slipping through my finger tips. Maybe that’s an illusion of my own making – and honestly I think it might be. We fit every ounce of happiness, joy and experience we can into our days. I really miss living in Birmingham for a multitude of reasons, but I think Atlanta is where I am supposed to be right now…and she treats me very well! Happy to have these two southern cities to call home.