I wouldn't call myself a film market pro, but I did kind of feel like one.
Four years ago I jumped in the deep end and nervously attended American Film Market, the world's largest film market for buying and selling independently-produced films. This year, I returned still humble, but more confident and capable. I worked the temporary offices of the market, I dispensed advice to first-timers and briefly had screenwriters lining up to tell me about their scripts.
Sometimes I feel like I'm walking a tightrope, other times it feels like I'm looking for the end of the corn maze while trying to muzzle the panic. It's been more than four months since I was jettisoned by The Sacramento Bee as a cost-saving measure. While it's given me the time and freedom to devote myself full-time towards producing my feature-length documentary film "Do the Dance," I'd be lying if didn't admit to experiencing fear along the way. But fear is a good thing. F
I've been to Los Angeles before, but mostly as a tourist.
This time: I was a filmmaker.
With Los Angeles native Damen Quincy Hayes navigating and pointing out sights of personal history along the way, we spent a week first producing a mid-project teaser of our documentary "Do the Dance" with our editor Edo Brizio and then meeting a major distribution company.
I had concerns about stacking the meeting so close to the editing, but we decided this would be more efficient and
Team 'Do the Dance' is happy to announce we're headed to Los Angeles in mid-July for a meeting with a distribution company.
We know its just a meeting, but its proof we're on the right track with our project. Our task now -- turn one meeting into five.
We won't say the company's name but we are very excited. The goal isn't to sell the project, but to show industry players where we're at an establish relationships.
We're also working to secure A-list talent to be face and
My transition to full-time filmmaker was supposed to start with cake. Me standing before the newsroom, waxing poetic about the noble mission of journalism. Applause. Hugs. Freeport Bakery Fruit Tart. My film account freshly flush, I’d kiss The Sacramento Bee goodbye. Maybe I’d even write some insider film blog for The Bee as I poured full-time into my documentary “Do the Dance.” For those new to this blog, I’m Ed Fletcher a now former reporter for The Sacramento Bee. I didn’t
“How did you get such amazing interviews and performance footage?” Asks Cindy from Albuquerque, one of a dozen questions I field during the Q & A session after “Do The Dance” screening before an enthralled audience.
“A lot of luck,” I say.
The crowd laughs.
(End of flash forward) Like most productions, luck played a role in helping our team return from our Portland trip with footage that exceeded our expectations. Skill and friends in the right places also
Burlesque Legend Dusty Summers is as nimble with her words as she is with her feet. She’s direct, opinionated, and seasoned with a sass decades in the making.
Interviewing Summers was one of the highlights of our documentary team’s recent trip to Las Vegas and the Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend event June 1-4. During the trip we also visited Lacy’s Lounge, a more traditional strip club, but one that emphasizes performance over transactions.
Documentary “Do the Dance” uses
Concluding a grueling 48-hour race to finish, the Perpetual F film team turned in their 6-minute short film ‘Grand Forks’ Sunday night.
The project is one of more than a dozen that were shot and edited in between Friday and Sunday evenings as part of the Sacramento International Film Festival’s 48-hour film challenge.
The projects will screen at the festival on April 23.
‘Grand Forks’ is a creative adaptation of real event from the early 1970s. In the film, downtown Colfa