It was exactly one year ago that we wrapped up The Last Glimmer shoot, and now it’s finished. Many people have been asking me “where’s the film?” It’s true, it took a lot longer than I anticipated. In my previous post, I elaborated on how the delays were stemming from my own insecurities about the project. However, a lot of the time was also spent earning more money to pay for it. The fundraiser covered about half of the total budget. I can now definitely check “be a starving artist” off my bucket list.
In order to have both the time and money to finish, I spent most of 2015 without a permanent residence, crashing on a number of comfortable and less-comfortable spare beds. I have always been a mover, but as one ages, it feels increasingly unsettling to wake up and not remember where the light switch is. There are tremendous advantages though. Living like a vagrant is like film editing: you keep only that which propels the story forward. And when you keep only what’s necessary, the necessary things feel more valuable. There were many pairs of rarely worn shoes that needed to go.
NYC housing is an income-sucker whether you live in a penthouse or a closet, so I also sold my car, which was another blessing in disguise. I sold it to a young single mom who lives in my (semi-permanent) apartment building. Every day, instead of worrying about parking tickets and fresh dents, I walk out of my apartment and see the “Baby on board” sticker in the rear window of a car that I used to drive about three times a year just to go to the beach. When I run into her and her precocious toddler, she always thanks me for not selling her a lemon. It feels good.
Of course I also worked at all the random, oddball jobs I get hired to do: filming school plays; writing travel guide copy for a tourist app; producing editorial content for a large children’s publisher; and aggregating news for an urban planning magazine. Then I started full-time on a feature documentary and had to squeeze the finishing touches of my own film in on the weekends. It’s been a whirlwind year, but I’m proud to say I have finished it. About 50% of the final budget came from crowd-funded sources and 50% from yours truly.
Film festivals like to preserve a sense of exclusivity and often require that the films they show have no previous public exhibition. So for that reason, until I’ve made my best effort at festival screenings, the movie is available only for contributors with a password. It is meant to be watched on a theatrical screen anyways. I shudder to think about all the hard work we put into color and picture and sound quality only to have it viewed on an iPad. Please – I beg you – don’t watch it on your phone!