Kickstarter Campaign a Success! (1)
First attempt at crowdfunding was a success, with 175 backers supporting our documentary on W.S. Merwin with contributions totally almost $17,000. The campaign also came to the attention of an anonymous donor who's throwing in another $7500. So we have enough to shoot key material in France this summer.
Interesting to be directing a documentary after several years. Such a different process to let a story unfold before you, versus work from a screenplay, creating the visual architecture with your DP, working with actors, etc...
The film - entitled EVEN THOUGH THE WHOLE WORLD IS BURNING - is about renowned poet and Maui resident W.S. Merwin. I was reluctant to jump in, frankly, given the long and sometimes torturous road to documentary completion and distribution. However, once I began to spend time with William, I felt there’s a story here that needs to be told. And having worked for several months now, it's looking like we have a narrative hook; a way to create a sense of journey. We’ll follow him back to France this summer, to a farmhouse where he spent time as a young writer - a place that informed his work, his translations, his connection to the land. Learn more HERE.
Meanwhile, back in NYC, my longtime partner Diane Crespo at Cicala Filmworks is directing the film CLUTTER with many of our filmmaking family. Make it happen, people!