These last few weeks have been crazy. First and foremost – Little Cabbage won the short film award at the Flyway Film Festival presented by Seed&Spark!! That’s an amazing honor. We had just arrived to the awards show straight from the airport, and 10 minutes later we were brought up on stage to receive a Flyway Axe (their hand-crafted award made by a local artist). This is really great for us as we head into creating our pitch book for Electric Bleau.
Speaking of which, major headway is being made on that front. Since Electric Bleau will be my first feature film to direct, we want to make every move with sincere thought and intention. There are four big goals to achieve before the end of the year: 1. Create a badass pitch book. This is a massive undertaking that requires a lot of pre thought and strategy before diving into it. 2. Branding. We are SO EXCITED to be working with our friend Christine Walker of Verse Brand Strategy to map out elements of this film that we’ve never considered before. With her branding guidance we are establishing rules, colors/visuals, audience insight, and copy that will represent what we want to create. After we complete the process at the beginning of December we plan to launch our Facebook page and a few other marketing items. 3. Initial entertainment lawyer items. This includes forming a LLC for Electric Bleau, writing the Operating Agreement, and creating initial contracts for investors/talent/crew. We are very lucky to have Stacey Davis on our team to help with these items. 4. Start pitching to investors. More on this soon.
We’ve also informally attached a name to the project for the character of Bleau, which we will announce as soon as we can. I hope to make a connection with an established casting director here in Atlanta before moving forward on other casting decisions. It’s highly important for us to attach a few bigger names, and we want to do that with the intention of them being perfect for the part as well. With that being said, I equally want to cast talents that I already know and believe in. Good news is that there are 10+ characters with significant parts to find.
Later today James and I head to Indie Memphis, for one of the last festival screenings of Little Cabbage. It’s had a great festival run, but I’m still sad to see that part of the adventure come to an end. Hot on the trail of that will be The New Orleans Sazerac, of which we should start hearing about festivals for in December. I think this film is going to bring us to places we’ve never been before. I’m excited to see what happens. Next weekend it’s our annual trip up to the Cucalorus Film Festival, where James is heading up a cocktail program for them called Cuctails. Should be a lot of fun! I’ll share more about that on the flip side.
We also made a special trip to Portland before the Flyway Film Festival for James to take part in Portland Cocktail Week. Portland is one of my favorite places to visit, especially in the fall. One thing we always do together is take a trip up to Mt. Hood and Mirror Lake. It’s about an hour outside of the city and a beautiful drive. I have something crazy on my radar… I’m considering climbing Mt. Hood in 2017! It has a true summit that you can reach by multiple routes. If I decide to do it, then I will definitely opt for the easiest/safest one, which still has a few technical aspects (aka you need an ice pick and crampons). It’s not as wild as it might sound, but it is something you have to train for. I think that would be a very special experience for me, especially in the 2017… which contains all of my lucky numbers in one special year. 😉