Nice to see the uplifting story of our short film, In My Brother’s Shoes, get recognized. We are very pleased.
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Today is a day to reflect and give thanks. I am thankful for a lot…the best wife and soul mate a human could hope for…a few real friends…my health…good health-care for my wife (no thanks to the empty suit who fancies himself the leader of our people)…meaning and purpose in my life. And, a small ability to help others.
Tonight I am able to help out one of my best friends. That is putting a smile on my face. Since I’ve gotten back to a bit of introspection, I try to give thanks to the Big Man upstairs every week also. With the aggressive changes and forward thinking adjustments I’ve made in my life, both in my work and my outlook, 2015 could prove to be a big year in getting my film projects in play. This will benefit all the people I care about the most. Which are those mentioned in the first paragraph. I have no turkeys…with my team, we soar with eagles. #InMyBrothersShoes #AnitaTheMovie #LuciaMauro
A few years ago, fate connected me to a true story about a woman, that few have ever heard about. So profound was the story that I began to research the possibility of making it into a film. Having never produced a feature film before, it was indeed an undertaking. However, when I set my mind to something, I do it. For me, for most of us, it is about seeing one’s goal and getting there. I’ve run thirteen marathons (completed 11). Marathoning teaches you something.
I have been blessed with exceptional friends and business colleagues who know me and my abilities. They listened to my story and offered to invest time and money to help me put this project together. I did, however, know my strengths and shortcomings. Like the fact that I can not sustain a 10 minute mile pace for 26.2 miles, I knew I could not raise a 7-15 million dollar budget as a first time producer. But, I could raise between 3-5 mil. And coupled with my excellent negotiating skills, I’d be able to produce a 5 million dollar film that looked like it had a 10 mil budget. So, the matrix I was working in was to create a great product on the cheap. This would take time.
Ahh,,,time. Speed, or the lack of it. It has been said, time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted. So, forty-eight months into the development process I’ve juggled some significant health issues (with the associated costs), terminated a key player of my creative team, replaced that person with a high-profile, industry recognized up-and-comer, and continued to move the entire project forward.
Quality and price. My commitment to this project and all the people involved in it.
Is multiculturalism something we’re trying to escape from? It seems to me the success of Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife. the Bletchley Circle,
Doc Martin, Keeping Up Appearances, As Time Goes By and other British imports may be attributed to the fact that the stories evolve around a group of people who are similar in background, ethnicity, and values . The introduction of the black character Jack (Ross) in last season’s Downton Abbey was an obvious, awkward, retro-fit to pull in black viewers. However, it seems presumtuous that in the name of political-correctness or “diversity” to think black audiences can ‘t see through this anachronistic plot twist. In the past 15 years theater audiences have been forced to suspend their disbelief with the concept of color-blind casting. I would much prefer to see an honest Spike Lee or Tyler Perry offering than the black actors that were cast in the chorus line of the Producer’s production number ‘Springtime for Hitler’. I mean really?!
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum……
….well, not to me exactly…to my wife, Lucia. While she was on a location scouting trip for our film Anita and, oh heck, I’ll just let her tell the story in her own words…
“In June 2009, I was standing in front of the obelisk in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, waiting to meet a film colleague. Amid the bustle of clergy, locals, travelers on pilgrimage and endless photo-snapping tourists, a somewhat husky young American man in his thirties leaned against the railing near me. We struck up a conversation, and I noticed that he was sweating profusely in the humidity. He also happened to be wearing a pair of boots that didn’t fit him properly and were practically torn to shreds – as if he had walked halfway around the world in them. When I asked what brought him to Rome, he pointed to his shoes and said, ‘My younger brother…he was a Marine. He got killed in Iraq…a roadside bomb.’ The young man, smiling and out of breath but with tears in his eyes, went on to explain that his brother always wanted to come to Rome but never had the chance. So the man standing before me took it upon himself to fulfill that dream. He put on his brother’s boots, which were too tight, and vowed not to take them off until he visited all the sights that his sibling would have wanted to see in and around Rome. I was so moved by this encounter, I felt compelled to share this man’s story. This short film, In My Brother’s Shoes, is a tribute to all the service men and women, and their loved ones, who embark on a path of sacrifice and hope.” – Lucia Mauro
Giuseppe Garibaldi in his Red Shirt, iconic poncho and wearing his late-wife’s green scarf.