|One Year of Movement
This month The Movement turns one year old. Unless, that is, you count the incubation period of pre-production, filming, a new character coming on board, more filming, crafting the footage into a different story than I had planned, half a year of editing, and the many forms of magic and mystery that are called post-production. After two full years of all that, the movie was born in October of 2011.
I'm reflecting on all this because I'm in the thick of writing the book that will go deeper into the story of The Movement. It's for everyone who wanted to know more about blind skier Mike May, Paralympian Chris Waddell who summited Kilimanjaro, the amazing story of Traci Taylor's life against all odds, spirited wheelchair competitor Jim Martinson, tireless adaptive ski instructor Matt Feeney, and all the others.
The book is coming. The film is done, but has exciting news ahead. And a few other projects are in the hopper for me. Please read on— and stay in touch so I know what's moving in your world. Cheers,
Writing the Book: The Movement
I'm currently holed up writing the book that will share our film's title. It's refreshing to delve back into the many hours of interviews I conducted while making the film. There are dozens of hours of unused footage and startling conversations that I couldn't fit in the finished film. I know people will want to read this stuff because they've asked for it after seeing the film: uncovering what makes a hero, exploring why movement is so important to all humans, revealing how a blind man can actually ski 65 miles an hour ... I'm actively courting a literary agent right now and chipping away at the initial writing and research. Stay tuned for updates.
I Work With Your Words, Too. Did you know that I've already published one book, Living Richly, which I co-authored back in 2010? Over the past seven years I've also edited two different blogs, coaching and polishing the work of 19 writers. If you've got a writing project that could use some help, please let me know. Variety is good for me (love to put that liberal arts degree to use) so holler if you're thinking of writing a book, a blog, a screenplay, a 6-volume series of pre-modernist apocalypse-themed nature haiku, or whatever floats your boat.
Eligible for an Oscar®
We have completed all applications and eligibility requirements and are officially in consideration for the 85th Academy Awards®. Our category is short documentary, which fellow Colorado College alum Daniel Junge just won with his film Saving Face. Before the end of December we should hear whether we've been selected for the "short list," from which final nominees are eventually chosen for February's Oscar® ceremony. Keep your fingers crossed for The Movement: One Man Joins an Uprising!
Featured Client: Beyond Trauma
For over a year now I've been editing this blog for the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute. These passionate healers work worldwide: one-on-one with clients or as teams responding to massive traumas like the earthquake in Haiti, the Japan tsunami, or the abysmal conditions in the DRC. Check out the blog for uplifting stories of healing. Want a blog of your own? I designed and manage the back-end programming of this one as well as coaching each writer and serving as editor.
5 Awards So Far
I'm thrilled to report that, since last dispatch, The Movement
won Best Documentary and Best Editing
at the Breck film fest. It was also nominated in seven short film categories for the Maverick Awards
. It won Best Soundtrack
thanks to these songs:
U2, Beautiful Day
Foo Fighters, My Hero
k.d. lang, Just Keep Me Moving
How to See The Movement:
• All Frontier Airlines airbus flights in November, reaching more than 1 million travelers!
• Nov 8-9 Napa Valley Festival
• DVD will release soon: watch for updates at facebook.com/MakeAHero
This winter I have new articles publishing in Steamboat Magazine
plus Steamboat Living
. I'll also be returning as the substitute writer for the mountain's StraightTalk blog
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Thank you for reading!