I remembered what I left off my prior post… we had an amazing write-up from MovieMaker on the making of Call Me! Thank you to our friend Andy for calling it his favorite music video of 2014! He caught our screening at the Cucalorus Film Festival last November. Goes to show that even if it’s online, it’s important to submit music video work to a few festivals too. Thanks to Cucalorus as well for screening our work, and allowing us to open for I Believe in Unicorns.

This past weekend I attended the Ozark Foothills Film Festival with my dear friends Robyn and Jon. They premiered their new short film Nirvana there, a fest that’s close to their heart. Little Cabbage screened in the same block, which was a huge honor. Nirvana is a very special film as it’s written from Jon’s unique perspective of having lung cancer. It’s even more significant because Robyn plays the main character who is inflicted with this disease. I read an early version of the script sometime last year… and have been eagerly awaiting seeing it on screen ever since. It was just as beautiful as I hoped it would be. On top of that extraordinary experience I got to spend hours upon hours of one-on-one time with them both over the weekend. I love them so much. Conversations with them are like talking to kindred spirits. You should follow them on their journeys through Robyn’s blog! She’s a great writer.

Big news on the Electric Bleau front! It’s now in the trusted hands of a few select others for feedback/notes. I’m scared, and excited. I’ve been working on it for so long… so it’s hard to know where it falls in the grand scheme of actually being finished. Notes can be overwhelming for me, because notes inevitably mean edits and rewrites. The obvious positive side to that is that with each draft it becomes better and better. I don’t know if I’ve posted it yet, but here is my official logline:

An African-American punk rocker from New Orleans in the late 1970’s is given a cursed musical instrument that’s been wreaking havoc on her family for generations.

Ah! There is A LOT of music in this film. My hope is to collaborate with a respected musician on the character of Bleau and the music that she writes. I have someone specific in mind, but not sure how realistic that it is at this very moment. I am about to start working on more casting options, as I feel that process is soon to be upon us. For those that don’t know, our short film Little Cabbage is a prologue story to Electric Bleau, with the harmonica being the shared element.

James is 5 pounds away from his weight-loss goal! I am getting closer, too. I think by this time in May I will be done. We’ve been going strong for over four months now! I think maintaining is going to be a different story for me this time long-term. With James as a health partner, we can keep each other in check. We have a solid plan moving forward.

May is going to be a very special month. Two of my best friends will be getting married (separately, haha) – Vero & Brandi. I will be performing the ceremony at Vero & Clint’s wedding (I’m over the moon!), and I will be in attendance for Brandi & Jim’s in Key West. Both have found wonderful partners. I couldn’t be happier for them both. ❤ You can also read Vero’s engagement story here. 

Little Cabbage at the Chattanooga Film Festival.

Little Cabbage at the Chattanooga Film Festival.

Little Cabbage at the Ozark Foothills Film Festival!

Little Cabbage at the Ozark Foothills Film Festival.

Brunch stop in Memphis on the way home from Arkansas to see our friend Brighid!

Brunch stop in Memphis on the way home from Arkansas to see our friend Brighid!

James on Lookout Mountain. :)

James on Lookout Mountain. 🙂

James taking flight on a swinging bridge.

James taking flight on a swinging bridge.

James and me with our friends Brian & Chris at the Chattanooga Film Festival!

James and me with our friends Brian & Chris at the Chattanooga Film Festival!

Chattanooga Film Festival!

Chattanooga Film Festival!

Elevator shot.

Elevator shot.

See Rock City y'all.

See Rock City y’all.

Me, Jon, Robyn, Judy & Bill at the Ozark Foothills Film Festival!

Me, Jon, Robyn, Judy & Bob at the Ozark Foothills Film Festival!