A special sneak-peek for you in celebration of July 4th

Happy 4th of July!  Today’s a fantastic day to hang with friends, watch fireworks, dance until 4am, and engage in all sorts of merriment.


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Before I head out to do just that, I wanted to share something with you. Over a year ago I made a film that should never have seen the light of day. Countless near misses with City Officials ($4000+ filming fees, mountains of permits/etc., police harassment), hours of footage accidentally and irrevocably deleted, and almost unusable sound. Add those issues to the fact that I started and shuttered a company and started full-time with Involver less than 2 months after shooting was wrapped on this film and you can see why I’d buried this as the project that was destined to remain unfinished.

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Due to some encouragement from the lead actress, and countless hours of basically pro-bono work from the film’s editor, it is actually going to get a shot at being seen. Can’t tell you how happy I am for this.

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This film was written at a dark point, a place where I was unhappy with almost everything other than my art (and even then I was mostly unhappy about that). Looking back on it from today, I think it contains a valuable message, an idea that one can cling to in hardship and float to safety on.  Your road may not be well-marked or well-understood, but you can still take it.  Remember: “highways lead to where you don’t wanna be.”

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I hope you’ll enjoy this *very rough* clip of Divergent Roads that I submit for your viewing pleasure:
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