Film poster

Film poster

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Calvin; New Intern; Production Night; PROGRESS!

Tim & Calvin
Calvin Runji has been visiting us! It is great to have him on board again. He came to Colorado to meet us when we first started shooting footage, then joined me in Maine and us both in Washington, DC. What a great former student and now friend--and assistant! This week he's helped us with numerous things.
Anne with new intern, Gerrad
 We also have a new intern from the Art Institute, Gerrad.  He started helping us this week. Here you see him in our makeshift dining room (since we turned our actual dining room into a production set).
Tim & Calvin in makeshift dining room
"Dining room"
We set up lights for two shoots: footage (interviews with Anne & Tim, and earlier, actually, with Calvin) and photos.

Calvin was a great assistant, being the interviewer and also interviewee, as well as camera man and photographer.

Gerrad was very helpful with equipment check out, pick up and delivery, as well as lighting.

Fun to be in production (as always) after the tedium of so many post-production tasks!
Calvin, Tim, & Gerrad, setting up lights

Production prep

More lighting work

Anne, prep for being interviewed

Some of the books used for film script

Tim & Calvin, prepping for Tim's interview

Tim, being interviewed

Tim in interview

Tim & Calvin, studio

Monday, April 15, 2013

Visual Updates! (and a recap) Anne & Tim

Omar, our colorist
Working with Omar
Color magic!
With sound specialist Eric Johnson
Tim doing a white balance with extender

Composer Lisa in our backyard

Anne & Tim, Dallas

With Lisa & Stan

Recording Enayat on flute ("Ney")
Flute adds another level to our soundtrack

Monalisa Toosi Daniels, helping!

Assembling our CD Monologues project 
Melody Toosi, helping with preparing mailing envelopes

More updates, as we get closer to completion!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Composer shines; audience swoons

Deby Elliot introducing evening
 On Saturday night, our composer, Lisa Haese Smith, again wowed an audience with her music, and the young Arman Maddella played an awesome violin. We presented a few clips of the film; people had great questions, and many bought CDs, pre-ordered DVDs, and gave donations toward the film's completion!

Roland Maddela saying prayer
Bahram Jalalizadeh speaking as executive producer 
Truly, we are surrounded by people eager to see our film released!  And now, the work ahead is clear. It just must be finished. 

Arman, playing violin with Lisa

Arman & Lisa, performing 

Anne & Tim, speaking 
Stan,  on the technical aspects of music production 

Lisa & Stan, speaking

Telling stories . . . 

Will Anne ever let Tim speak? 

Yes, occasionally
Lisa, looking adorable

Rohan & Sara Jalalizadeh with Anne & Lisa
Arman & violin
Anne & Lisa, informal

Tim, Anne, Lisa, Stan
Three "graces"?  (Sara joins us) 

Marilyn, Jennifer, & Richard, enjoying reception