Hi! Yes it’s been a while – I guess I’ve been busy! I’ve been trying to find funding for some projects, plus I moved into a better space on the waterfront in Summerside. I also travelled off to Vancouver to see how Christopher is settling in, and to have a few meetings with some potential film partners. It was awesome to spend time in my favorite city again, to see Christopher, and to chat about film and get some advice. Then I went off to Toronto to Hot Docs, an International Documentary Conference and Festival, where I enjoyed some amazing sessions and meetings with Doc Distributors and other filmmakers. I also got to spend time with my older brother Joe and his lovely wife Lynda (wow can she bake – best carrot cake I ever had!) as well as my adorable nieces Erin and Keira. Busy times!
So I have started a new Feature Doc called The Healing Place (I borrowed the title from my un-produced hockey movie), about the power of nature to heal after the loss of a child or sibling. I’ve ‘adopted’ a few new partners – Segway Greg and Tomoko Craig are helping me raise the funds to produce the film, which I believe will be a powerful tool for people who need to learn to choose the ‘light’. The only challenge right now is, of course, raising the funds. But we are working on it.
Film is definitely one of those weird and strange business models – I need to create a ‘blue ocean’ apparently, in order to harness a new power in product and marketing. I’m working on that, too. I’ve been reading a lot of business books lately, can you tell???
Anyways I started out this year feeling a little low, then my son suddenly moved back to Vancouver, which got even lower. Then I made the decision to just move on with my life and so I started this new project, which was inspired by the hole he left in my heart by moving. I thought to myself that even though I felt awful about missing him, at least he is still here on the planet. How do people who have lost loved ones continue on and survive through each day?
The other film I am working on is a short drama called Looking For Ghosts. I will tell you about it another day, as I am expected shortly at my friend Peggy’s house (the subject of my Doc) to do some filming.
I promise to be in touch soon – in the meantime, check out bendedbranchpictures.weebly.com to read about The Healing Place. We are on facebook as well.