Throw me a rope…
Well, what a week that was!
I threw a little dream out into the world and started a reality!
Thank you to everyone online and off who have been so enthusiastic and supportive. Two great quotes from two great friends were amongst the comments and I love both of them (quotes and friends!):
Make voyages! Attempt them, there’s nothing else.
–Tennesee Williams from my inspirational friend Mel Gow
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe from my wonderful friend Hills
Now to make it happen…
Thank you to Swirly Girl -Christine Mason Miller for suggesting I set up a Kickstarter project. I’ve been receiving Kickstarter newsletters for months – there are so many inspiring projects to get involved in – soon we’ll be one of them! And please take a look at Swirly‘s site – it is delightful to the eye, with some gorgeous artwork right from the heart.
When we were travelling together as a family, there were two distinct groups of people; fellow travellers… fantastic families like the Chavances; the Turnham-Chalmers; the Clarksons; Toby and Leesa, (Toby‘s Men in Coats act is very funny!)
…and then there were the people who lived in the places we visited – Ilaria, Mauro and Guido and Tonino who looked after us so well in Milan; Gian Lucca who took such care of us in Rome; Oben who made us so welcome and gave us such a fantastic tour of Istanbul; Franco and Nicoletta, who took us all around Venice, and became very special friends (we sang at their Venetian wedding!)
And she and Franco have just had a baby… and he’s called Santiago! We can’t wait to meet him!
It made such a huge difference experiencing those cities with “locals”, and being shown around someone’s home patch is one of the aspects of our US trip that I’m most excited about. Within hours of the blog going public thanks to Mel in the UK and her extended network of American friends, and Hills in California who shared my blog amongst her friends, we already have a network of “welcomes” on the East and West coast.
Also an old friend of Joe’s, Simon Clark, based in Seattle has offered us all kinds of support – equipment to screen in unusual places – contacts all down the West coast with possible Canadian links… thrilling stuff.
Charlie Spickler, in New York, filmmaker and friend for many years, has given me a wealth of info to pursue in terms of who to approach state by state… he’s also offered to make a documentary of the trip – which is a real honour and a huge bonus to us!
In Charlie’s opinion we may have trouble wooing independent cinemas to screen an unknown film – just too much of a risk.
If this does proves to be the case, I think we should pursue less conventional venues… and I think we might just be finding our USP! Screening in surprising places! If we can travel with screen, projector and sound, we can hold movie parties anywhere we can make dark!
Unless events dictate otherwise, we would be looking to spend July and August on the road, hopefully in a single vehicle, RV or otherwise. I’d love the children to be there for the 4th July.
ON THE HOME FRONT…
we seem to be enjoying the most magical of Indian summers – the air, the sky, the autumn colours take my breath away, and I find it hard not to smile all the time!
Also Joe has given me his Canon G9 camera, so that I can take photos for the blog – I’m loving it. I’m surrounded by good photographers – Joe, Luke, Harry and Beth all have a real photographic eye … for me, what I see is just always so much more exciting than what I photograph, and so I’ve backed away and left it to the others.
Well all that is about to change!
Thank you for reading… until next time…