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
And thick and fast they came at last, And more, and more, and more-- "The Walrus & The Carpenter", Lewis Carrol
Back in the day, 1976, it was the height of the Studio 54 (New York) and the Phoenix (Chicago), disco era. Former porn-star turned chanteuse, Andrea True broke out a dance-floor hit entitled “More, More, More”. This came into mind while holding a pre-production meeting in the bowels of a disco-cum-restaurant on Chicago’s north side. Indeed, I once DJ’d at the very spot we held our table-top meeting. Our get-together was held on the former dance floor. So, what prompted me to recall “More, More, More”? Beside myself as the producer, the night’s meeting involved our film’s director, screenwriter, line producer and star. Most of the evening involved detailed analyses of interpreting various roles, script notes, the costuming, hair, wigs, make-up, casting calls and locations. This was clearly the realm of the creatives. And, it became clear to me that my position as producer was becoming more (more, more) of the rain-maker…as in – Get the MONEY. My input on the creative end was both fading and separating. The lines were drawn last night and my marching orders for the month ahead crystallized in my mind. April will be the 10% solution.