Dear friends, It's been almost a year since we launched Run While You Can's Kickstarter campaign and began a long journey into the world of documentary filmmaking. To celebrate the anniversary, I wanted to share with you some news:
We sent out the first wave of rewards to our Kickstarter donors who gave between $10 and $50 in February. For those of you who gave $75+, your rewards are coming! We haven’t forgotten you, (how could we??) we just can't make things like posters and DVDs until the film is finished. Technical details.
Speaking of finishing the film…we’ve had some drama lately: the hard drive containing all of our footage was stolen from my apartment by an LA-based burglar. Kudos to him. Fortunately, we had a back-up hidden away elsewhere, and we are persevering!
We're heading back to Washington soon to grab a little more footage of the gorgeous snow-covered mountains there. We'll be sure to take plenty of photos. I wonder how it will feel to return a year later…maybe we'll squeeze in a visit to Leavenworth for some schnitzel?
Everyone on the RWYC crew is busy with films and projects. I am currently serving as associate producer on a new feature film STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS by fellow Rhode Islander and talented director, Sam Fleischner. Sam developed the screenplay from this 2009 New York Times article about a young boy with Autism who ran away from home and lived on the NYC subway. I hope you'll take a minute to check it out, share with friends, and support a very worthy project.
The road to Mexico was long indeed, but we're still traveling the road to completing Run While You Can, so stay with us. Keep checking in with the blog, Facebook, and Twitter. We're updating them all the time, and we love hearing from you!
As always, thanks for making this all possible.
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Exciting news! Many of you have asked when you’re going to get a peek at the work in progress, and until now we’ve been very coy. BUT WE’RE FINALLY READY to share.
In the past few months we’ve been from LA to NYC to MA and back conducting follow-up interviews, and have spent countless hours in the editing room laying the groundwork for Run While You Can: A Documentary Film. Expect more updates this spring as we get closer to finishing!
In the meantime, we’ve put together something for all our supporters - a quick glimpse at what’s to come. Click here to watch. We hope you’ll like it and share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and email – we need all the support we can get!
As ever, thank you. And Happy spring!
PS - Don't forget to make a $40 tax-deductible donation here, and we'll send you a stylish yet functional RWYC t-shirt!
Final days of Run While You Can:
Jim and Lucy arrive
Sam and Lucy get to talk
With the cameras rolling
Mother and Son embrace
That prankster, Brian Williams, introduced Run While You Can's segment on NBC Nightly News this evening. The spot features footage from our documentary, including clips from Sam's finish at the southern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail at the Mexican border. Catch it here if you missed it live!
A big thank you to our aerial cinematographers, brothers Ivan and Jonas Marcinko, who drove down to Mexico from Idaho to shoot Sam's PCT finish! Using miniature, remote-controlled helicopters that they designed and built themselves, Ivan and Jonas get the most beautiful footage from up way up in the sky. To see their reel and their beautiful photography, click on the video above.