Some more good news! Going the Distance was awarded the prize for Best Short Documentary last weekend at the First Glance Film Festival in Philadelphia!
Things have been exceptionally busy for me lately. Last week I attended my first Boston Film Fatales meeting, where we were each asked to share something good relating our work/art. My share was how proud I am that in addition to working full-time and being a new mom, I am plugging away at two short film projects and making slow (but steady) progress with both. It wasn't until I said that out loud that I realized how much I really do have on my plate at the moment! Sometimes it feels like too much. But I know how important each of those parts are to me, and that the key is trying to strike a balance. I often think of Suprabha, from my film The Spirit of a Runner, and how she said that she never set out to run 3,100 miles, but rather approached her journey one mile - even one step, sometimes - at a time. So I'm trying to channel her at the moment. Also Bill Murray (baby steps...) ;-)
Anyway, I've been working on one of the projects - which unfortunately I can't divulge much about for now - for over five years. I would place it in a "rough cut" state still, but I am getting much, much closer to figuring out how to finish it, and I anticipate that will happen sometime this spring. I am very excited about this film, but since I really don't want to say anything more just yet, I'll shut up about it for now.
The other project I've been chipping away at is a short film about my Uncle Bob's WWII story, which is summarized nicely in this article from the New York Daily News. Also, here's a mini-tribute I wrote about Bob last Veteran's Day:
"I want to take a moment to give a shout out to my favorite vet, my Uncle Bob, who – at the age of 19 – became a WWII POW, losing his leg in the process. I don’t know a single person with a more optimistic, hopeful, and grateful outlook than this man, who understands full-well the preciousness of life. Bob has spent a lot of his time working with wounded vets at Walter Reed hospital, and now at age 90, he continues to attend weekly meetings with fellow WWII POWs. Bob is a staunch liberal and has spoken up about the horrors of war. Something I’ve learned from my uncle is that supporting our troops and being anti-war are not incompatible views, nor are they partisan issues. I’m tired of the rhetoric that paints a different picture. As grateful as I am to Bob for his service, I’m equally grateful for how he has spoken up on these issues and reminded those around him how truly terrible war is."