We’re very close to wrapping up shooting, three years in the making! Who would have imagined that this project would go on that long. With much still to be done before we can truly call it a wrap, we now have a 90-minute rough cut that we’re extremely excited about.
Next week we head up to Vermont for the last road trip.
Deej and I hosting Professor Kirk Curnutt from Alabama, with Prof Goldleaf from Pace. Walter, also from Pace, took the photograph.
I’m appearing next week in New York at Rockwood Music Hall 2, World Cafe in Philly and FTC in Fairfield. I’ll be playing original songs and reading an excerpt from my novel: My Year as a Clown — which incidentally was chosen by Amazon this month to be part of their Kindle Big Deals.
Thursday, November 13 @ 6:30 Rockwood Music Hall 2, New York City
Friday, November 14 @ 8:00 World Cafe Upstairs, Philadelphia
Saturday, November 15 @ 8:00 Stage One, Fairfield Theatre Company, Fairfield, CT
I will also be appearing at the Ridgefield Library on Thursday, November 20 @ 7 to talk about the documentary I’m making with Deej Webb.
Here’s a clip I took with my iPhone while in the studio with legendary drummer Omar Hakim:
Just got this photo from the day of filming at the Fitzgerald home in Westport.
I’m pleased to announce that I’m one of this year’s Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest winners for my short story, Twelve Miles — 48 Stops.
This is gratifying because F. Scott Fitzgerald was so closely associated with this publication. As many of you know, I’m working on a film about his time in my home town of Westport, CT. Getting published by the Saturday Evening Post as I’m knee deep in Fitzgerald footage feels karmic, as if there’s some sort of Mojo happening.
The title represents the distance traveled by a young African-American girl to work each day to the A&P where she works at a cash register. The idea came from shopping at my local Stop & Shop where most of the workers, black, come by bus from Bridgeport–most of the customers are white and live in Westport. It took years to find a way to write this story without it feeling preachy or contrived.
An early version bounced around for years, and then after seeing the documentary film Ten Feet From Stardom, I figured out what needed doing.
Davida, the young girl in the story, was inspired by a remarkable woman who I used to work with. She showed her kids my story, using it to start the discussion on how things were when she was growing up. I can think of no better impact for a story.
And so as 2013 comes to an end, I’m very grateful for all the good things that happened this year.
Thanks so much for visiting and reading. Happy Holidays.