As of May 2012, my project is officially in production. We shot additional interviews in San Francisco with my Aunt Rose, Uncle Charlie, Cousin Chuck, and me. We also shot day-in-the-life footage, so my editor and I can cut scenes together and “show” more of the story. I am in the process of having the interviews transcribed, and plan to have a new work-in-progress cut to submit in the next two months.
Ray Telles has stepped on as my executive producer. He is also assisting me with the new work-in-progress cut. I met with Gemma Cubero (Ella Es El Matador), and she has agreed to join the team as my new co-producer. Gemma and I are currently establishing our working relationship, and I’m really excited to be working with her. She will work as my field producer when I am on-camera, but not when I’m off-camera. I have also been rounding out my production advisory board, and have since added filmmaker Chico Colvard (Family Affair) as a new member.We are currently prepping an extensive social media, marketing, and PR campaign for our large-scale Kickstarter fundraising campaign. I hired Chris Olenik, the person behind the most successful Kickstarter film fundraising campaign to date. The campaign will take place in July/August 2012. Our goal is to raise the money necessary to shoot the road trip portion of the film in fall 2012.