The screening last month was a big success! The room at the Bay Area Video Coalition was packed full of people who watched some of my early comedy and film projects before we got to the main event of the African stories.
Featured that evening were stories about the Mazingira Monkey Project, UniquEco Designs, the Boomu Women's Group and Habitat for Humanity. People in the audience were a big help filling out a brief (I thought) survey to help me figure out how to make the stories better.
On top of that, as a group, we ordered 30 toys from the Mazingira Monkey Project - which is somewhere between 3 and 6 months worth of work for Juma and his wife!
The next day was spent with the director of the documentary film "Dream" and yet another film crew running around San Francisco and answering questions . I'm getting quite used to having microphones taped to my shirt, strapped to my leg or clipped to my pants.
All good to know, you think to yourselves, but what's this about San Diego?
Everyone from the cast of this documentary film is being flown to San Diego tomorrow as a combination "thank you for being in our film" and one last opportunity to film. It will be the first time any of us have met each other and I'm looking forward to finding out who these other people are and what their dreams are all about.
After that, the idea is... finish the film by the end of the summer, have a premier in San Francisco (and other cities where they have cast members), then take it on the film festival circuit and ultimately get in on television! I will certainly let everyone know when the movie will be showing in SF so that if you're local - or close enough - you can attend.
I'll check in again when I return from San Diego. It's also my goal to get some of the videos posted on the internet before the month is over so, as always... stay tuned.