I’m back in Yellow Springs this summer for a 2-month Artist Residency, working with editor Jim Klein to turn our 25+ rough cut sequences into a MOVIE. No kidding: Jim is generously housing me for NINE weeks, and putting in long days in the studio, where we’ve already made incredible progress in our first 10 days of work.
Other attractions of this one-of-a-kind residency include exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside on my great borrowed bike, and the groovy village of Yellow Springs itself; cooking splendid meals together, and enjoying a couple of excellent local restaurants; and frequent jazz piano serenades by the multi-talented Mr. Klein.
Mostly what I’ve been learning as we work at this stage of the project is about storytelling itself–shaping character and story through editing. Not that I have just been shooting aimlessly all this time. But it has been particularly gratifying to watch the material shot over a period of 10 years, begin to fit together like a zillion-piece puzzle, to watch the essence of “characters” whom I’ve gotten to know so well over these years come into focus on the screen in 3-dimensional living color, as if Jim were translating my own perspective through his editing.
It is a strange and mysterious process, filming real people’s lives, and then crafting from that material something that feels MORE real and moving than just the uncut raw footage could ever be. Jim has been honing this craft for over forty years, and it is a pleasure and a revelation to work beside him to bring this film to life.
Jim Klein was in town for another stint of editing before Thanksgiving. At the end of his stay, we presented our work in progress at the Bisbee Film Festival. It was great to share rough sequences with an audience for the first time. Folks seemed to love the project, which was very thrilling for us! Kate drove in from New Mexico and it was very cool for Kate and Jim finally to meet in person. Both of them went to Antioch back in the day, but never quite crossed paths (as far as they can figure).
Jim returns to Tucson in March when we’ll begin focusing on the overall structure of the film, after a total of 12 weeks of concentrating on discrete scenes and sequences. We are making exciting progress!!
Thanks to our Indiegogo supporters, I was able to spend about 5 weeks in May and July working with editor Jim Klein. He’s coming back to Tucson in November to present our work in progress with me at the Bisbee Film Festival, and to squeeze in a couple more weeks of editing before the holidays. Big thanks to Mary Beth and JJ for opening your airbnb digs to Jim, and allowing us to turn your dining room into an editing suite for weeks on end!
Meanwhile, as the weather finally cools down here in the desert, I have begun the perk fulfillment process at last! Will be boxing up Kate’s lovely pottery bowls and tiles, slipping Shannon’s stylish anklets into padded envelopes, packing up CD’s and DVD’s, and getting them into the mail in the coming weeks. Hippie Vegan Chef Robert Oser will host his garden tour and gourmet cooking lesson, and Shannon will teach beading workshops. And the Ticket to Ride folks are in for a great party…
WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!! Together, hundreds of generous contributors carried this campaign across the finish line morning of May 6, with 15 hours to spare!! It has been an amazing community effort, and I am so very grateful.
And for those of you who still want to donate, you have not missed the bus!! Additional funds will help us pay for things like archival footage, and animation by Kate Brown (see link in comment below to check out Kate’s work)
Unending gratitude to everyone who has brought the project to this milestone. Now I need to get busy making plane reservations so I can resume editing with Jim–after a nice long nap!
BIG LOVE AND THANKS TO YOU ALL!!!
–Bev and the Hippie Family Values team
(AKA, One Way or Another This Darkness Got to Give.)
Thanks to everyone who came to the Hut on Easter Sunday to help us launch our fundraising campaign in style! Here’s a taste of the vibe that night, courtesy of indefatigable Tucson music videographer Frank Ramos.
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