An Open Letter Regarding The International Dragon Boats

July 14, 2011

(or:  How To Lose Complete Focus When Fundraising For Cancer)

I am a proud citizen of Windsor.  I am proud to call this my home.  I am proud to work here with my small business and proud to create my art here.  One of the things I love the most here are the dedicated people who organize some of the best charity fundraisers I have ever seen.  Now I give what I can in cash dollars to the charities I support but as a filmmaker with a loud mouth, throughout the years, I have been asked endlessly to create video promotional material for organizations.  Sometimes it’s videos to promote upcoming events, sometimes it’s video content for galas and events, but mostly it’s documenting events to make a highlight video that can live on for years afterwards.

I have been doing this for ten years and never have I claimed any of the work, equipment, time, or talent as a tax receipt.  That is not why I do it.  I do it because from high school as the geeky little Dawson’s Creekesque kid, I learned that video can bring out raw emotion, sounds and images combined together can make a message stand taller than on paper.  I do it because I feel it would be a waste of my talent to only choose projects that pay my bills.

So today, I am saddened and somewhat baffled by a series of events unfolding.  Last year, I was approached by two very wonderful women- complete strangers to be asking if I would take part in a brand new charity event they had been planning.  The Breast Ride Ever.  They kinda had my pledge at the name alone!  I had just finished up with Transition To Betterness main video commitment for the year and thought: “I’m kinda stretched with all that’s going on this summer but what’s one day, right?”.  I signed on and since that time, I’ve seen nothing but warmth and a general urge to help from both of them and the entire organization.  The 2010 Breast Ride Ever was a smashing success.  There were more motorcycle riders than they had hoped for, the weather was beautiful, and sponsors came out of nowhere to assist (always risky to support a first time charity event because you don’t know if the organizers have it in them to properly go the distance.)

One of the most amazing things that happened was the International Dragon Boats took The Breast Ride under their wing.  This included allowing The Breast Ride Ever to host their ride on the same weekend as the Dragon Boats, use the Dragon Boats home base at Riverside & Manning to have their registration tent, have their riders take part in the beautiful rose ceremony and tribute to loved ones lost, and then kick-off and end their motorcycle ride at the grounds.

My job in all of this was simple.  Bring my camera, film the day, take the footage and edit it together in a way that can be touching, thank the sponsors, and help draw attention to the event for future years of fundraising.  That I did and we posted the video online under a Youtube account I created.  You can see the video here: http://www.youtube.com/thebreastrideever .

So here’s where the silliness starts.  In that video, you hear music by four artists.  Three local:  Jody Raffoul, Rick Rock, Glen MacNeil and then The Afters.  In the video, you will also see the Dragon Boat logo modified to have a motorcycle across it.

This logo was modified with full knowledge by The Dragon Boat organizers; they even provided the original art files to The Breast Ride Ever.  The logo was used on banners, all promotional material, and websites, in addition to my video.  Heck, you can see it on all the Breast Ride Ever t-shirts the riders are wearing in the video- the point being – clearly present on the day of the ride and all marketing leading up to the event day.

The song by Glen MacNeil was written for The International Dragon Boats and I filmed it as he performed it during the rose ceremony which you can see in the above Youtube page link (song starts around 1:12 in the video).  Again, the song was provided to The Breast Ride Ever from Dragon Boat organizers on a compact disc which was then passed on to me so I could ingest it into my editing system and use it in the video to blend seamlessly with Glen’s live performance.

The video was released November 24, 2010 and was emailed around to as many people involved with The Breast Ride Ever; including members of The International Dragon Boats.  The comments and emails I received were glowing – I’m not tooting my own horn, I don’t need praise, I’m just happy to know that the video I created served its purpose and can be a heartwarming look back at something a group of Windsorites banded together to create and help fight the ongoing battle to find a cure for cancer.  That’s what it’s all about, right?  That’s what all these cancer charities should be spending their time and budget and efforts and focus on, right?  Finding a cure.  Doing their part to raise the money they can through their fundraising efforts to find a cure?  (Obviously some of the charities help cancer and patients in other ways, I’m not forgetting that fact).

So WHY the next part I’m about to explain to you is happening is beyond me.

This year, the 2011 Breast Ride Ever took place as a completely separate event from The International Dragon Boats.  In fact, the ONLY crossover this year was the fact that in order to ride along the water on our beautiful Riverside Drive, the motorcycle riders passed by the park where The Dragon Boats were taking place once again.  Actually, most of the riders honked and waved and showed their support for their fellow cancer charity- I know, I was there having my hair whipped in my eyes as I filmed from the back of a truck.

Separate why?  Well, that’s a long story of its own but we all know how it goes… sometimes people try to work together, either one or both parties don’t have as pleasant an experience they hoped for and they go their separate ways.  Except we are living in Windsor, which, if the world is two degrees of separation, then Windsor is two degrees and if you include Facebook having a stranglehold on containing us all to being each others friends, then it’s less than that… in fact, you should probably make sure the person you’re sleeping with isn’t related… it’s that small of a community.  So by living here in our lovely little gossip fueled blue collar city, rarely can people walk away from a less than pleasant working experience or artistic endeavour without having to start an all out smear campaign and do whatever they can to rain on the other party’s parade.  Again, I won’t get into full details, those can be disclosed by the people that know them the best.  That’s not the point for this letter- so let’s just leave it at accusations were made, feelings were hurt- and that in my opinion is where it should have stopped, knowing both charity events could live on as completely separate entities.

Where I come in is that The Breast Ride Ever organizers relayed to me not long ago that there may need to be revisions on last year’s video that would remove the Glen MacNeil song and all reference to the Dragon Boat logo w/ the Breast Ride Motorcycle on it.  The organizers of The International Dragon Boats have claimed it is trademarked/copyright material.  To this, I had a full belly laugh and forgot all about.   Today, I get a follow up call stating that The Breast Ride Ever has been served legal papers in the form of a cease and desist claiming once again that the video is infringing on The International Dragon Boats trademarks/copyright material.

The material they are speaking of?  You guessed it:  Glen MacNeil’s song and the altered logo.

My initial reaction?

“They can go fuck themselves!  How does this help anyone with a heart for raising funds to fight cancer and all the problems it creates for the patients and families suffering?!”

My second reaction was much more in-depth as I started thinking back to the 2010 ride.  The song was written for International Dragon Boats but was given to me to use in the video from Dragon Boat organizers.  The live video of Glen performing the song has been in the video since it was posted November 24th, 2010.  The logo was used with permission, again recapping, provided to The Breast Ride Ever and myself from Dragon Boat organizers and their graphic design master file.

So why a cease and desist now?  Also, why a cease and desist at all?

Why now?

Well, because this is where pettiness takes over and one organization wants to pee on another’s parade since they are no longer united.  Is it fear of a 2nd year organization outgrowing The Dragon Boats and competing with them as they continue to grow?  Is it a beef from one organizer to the next instead of focusing on what matters- making YOUR charity event as successful as you can.  Why get lawyers now to ask for a video to be removed when it’s a video that paints your organization in a positive light?  A video that brings attention to your cause?  It’s so ludicrous for this to even be happening.

Why at all?

Now in the corporate world, sure, snuff out your competition, go for your “enemies” at the throat… big business (insert grunting and chest thumping here)- yes, yes I get that.  We’re talking about a charity here.  Why would you go out of your way to cause problems and hold some form of a petty grudge with a charity?  They aren’t your competition!  You’re on the same team.  It’s two different approaches to the same goal.  Heck, we need five more events that take place the same weekend and target different community members to get involved and raise money for cancer.  We need more Terry Foxes and Dragon Boats and Breast Rides and secondary school Walk-A-Thons – bring them on!  Don’t pit them against one another.  HOW FUCKING STUPID, RIGHT?  So what!  You had a bad experience- suck it up and forget about it – don’t even turn an eye of attention towards the people/organization you no longer agree with.  Spend that time finding more sponsors, getting more pledges, adding another team to your races – don’t weigh down the other charity with legal matters over what amounts to pretty much squat all at the end of the day.  How gracious that The Breast Ride Ever organizers allowed you to be included in their video!  They didn’t make it exclusive, they were gracious and loved Glen’s song and loved that it was included.  That’s amazing, not a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Anyhow, here’s the other part.  I, Gavin Booth, created that video from scratch.  I filmed it, I edited it, I produced it, I added the music, the graphics.  Me, me, me.  I made this video of my own free will and my own free offering and own the copyright on all the material created by me within in the video.   The International Dragon Boats are sending the cease and desist to the wrong people.  The Breast Ride Ever did not pay me, I have not signed anything relinquishing my rights to my artistic vision in this short documentary.  So here it is:

I have no plans to remove the video, to alter the video, or to play into something as silly as this.  Both organizations have credit in the community for raising money for cancer – it’s a cause I believe in – and nothing in my video is offensive, nor is there any reason it shouldn’t remain on the Youtube page I created encouraging people to take part in future years of the event.  The altered logo was created with permission, the song was provided to me via the organizers of the Dragon Boats so to turn around NOW and actually take the time and effort to seek out legal council on this is just down right stupidity.

If you think that Glen MacNeil is unhappy about his song and image being used in the video from the 2010 Breast Ride Ever – you’re mistaken.  If fact, here’s an email from Glen stating quite the opposite.

From: Glen MacNeil <****************@facebookmail.com>
To: Nikki Campeau <**********@yahoo.com>
Sent: Sat, December 11, 2010 11:46:04 AM
Subject: Re: [The Breast Ride Ever] Please share this video and join us on Saturday,…

Glen MacNeil commented on your post in The Breast Ride Ever.

Glen MacNeil

11:46am Dec 11

Great job on the video. It was a nice surprise to hear my song as part of your wonderful cause. All the best in 2011…

That email says to me that he’s happy to have been part of it, maybe even flattered his song was included and its reach was expanded beyond JUST the Dragon Boats in 2010.  He even sends his best to The Breast Ride Ever for their 2011 event.  What a gentleman.  So the issue doesn’t lie with the artist (whom I presume still retains the publishing rights to the music).  If anything, you would think a local talent like Glen would be happy to be alongside an internationally known band such as the Afters.  Now, Glen didn’t write the song to find fame for himself or new fans but hey, I can’t imagine anyone crying over more people discovering their music… especially not at a ratio of roughly 30:1 (800+ views on the Youtube video with his song included versus the 33 plays of the song on Glen’s Myspace page).

As for The Breast Ride Ever removing the video from their website.  I’m not a lawyer but I’m pretty sure as they are not hosting the video on their site and it’s simply a link from a Youtube video, they retain the right to include whatever video link they would like.  Again – the letter is sent to the wrong organization.

If the Dragon Boats can logically explain to me what about the video I created is offensive or causing an issue for their ongoing fundraising, I might be inclined to remove it.  I do warn though that I have a video camera on my hip like a cowboy has a gun in holster, so I can’t promise I wouldn’t want to make said conversation public.  Until then, I think it’s gonna stay right where it is.  I’ll ask my personal trainer for additional neck muscle exercises to do at home, that way I’m fully prepared for the head shaking I will do if I’m served with a letter next.  Wouldn’t want to have to counter-sue for whiplash or anything.

So the summary:  anyone willing to put time and effort into the fight against cancer is an amazing spirit and any tool used to promote those efforts (especially when it’s free and people are promoting you and not even charging you) is fantastic.  Focus on the charity efforts and not the petty on-goings between organizations you may or may not have had a falling out with.

Cheers,

GMB

To the rest of you- I know I haven’t updated my blog in a long time… I’m terrible for not wanting to write unless I have something to say – just consider yourselves lucky that I realize not everything I think and feel is blog worthy.


The Closest I’ll Ever Get To An Oscar?

September 7, 2010

Well my silly, unnecessary and self-indulgent countdown is over. Today is the day. We released the news. What news you ask? Well, it was this very press release to be exact:

HOLLYWOOD COMES TO WINDSOR (NO… Really)!

Cheerleader Brings Producer Behind Oscar Winning Film “Capote” To Essex County

Windsor, ON August, 2010 – Producer Rob Merilees of Foundation Features (Capote, Just Friends, Snow Walker) is set to produce a film in and around Windsor / Essex County in 2011 titled “Cheer For Your Life – From The Diary Of Lori Lang”. The film was written and is to be directed by Windsor native Gavin Michael Booth.

Merilees on working with Booth, “I am truly excited to be a part of “Lori Lang”. It is one of the most original concepts I have seen for a long while. I am pleased to be working with Gavin, and I’m very confident in his talent to pull off such an innovative production.”

“Cheer For Your Life” will first receive a Canada-wide theatrical release with an international release to follow. The distributor signed with Windsor’s Mimetic Entertainment in February of this year.

Booth along with Brendan Byrne (partners at Mimetic Entertainment) are excited to continue their support for the local arts community by using a cast and crew composed almost, if not entirely, of Windsor area talent.

Regarding Mimetic’s history and future, Booth has this to say, “We’ve worked our way through four no-to-low budget films entirely shot here in my home community. I’m thrilled that as we take the next step in the professional industry, we will continue to stick to our guns and bring production opportunities to Windsor.”

Byrne adds, “Here I’ve been biting my tongue for months and am now proud to announce that Hollywood is indeed coming to Windsor. Impossible? Not in our back yard? I’ve heard it all before and simply put…if you believe in something long enough and have the patience and perseverance to see it through, all good things are possible- even in Windsor.”

“Cheer For Your Life” is part one in a trilogy of films planned that revolve around the titular character Lori Lang, a high school cheerleader, continuously finding herself in situations that force her into saving the world. Think Indiana Jones with pom-poms. The producers are investigating the possibility of shooting the film in 3D to heighten the audiences’ experience.

Although filming is still over six months away, Mimetic is accepting resumes and headshots from local actors and crew persons who would be interested in participating in the film’s production. Send information to:diaryoflorilang@gmail.com

To learn more about “Cheer For Your Life”, contact Gavin Michael Booth at gavinmichaelbooth@gmail.com or 519.560.1673.

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So that, I felt, was big news for 1) my filmmaking career and company and 2) the local Windsor film scene.

Speaking on part of the latter, I had an interesting discussion with another local filmmaker over the weekend. It occurred to me for the first time just how much I believe in developing a Windsor film scene. There is so much infighting here that works against the community. Many times I’ve been behind publicity stunts that have driven myself to become the opposition in some of that infighting… but the intention has always been there to provide more opportunity for filmmakers here and to get more of them to stick around instead of moving to Toronto on Vancouver or out of country. It’s always been my belief and small growing plan that if more filmmakers took a little bit of time to develop a film community, an organization for the little guy, that more filmmakers could work and live here. No, not everyone will be able to make a living off their film without having corporate video work or another job altogether… but eventually, it could happen. I’m hoping that keeping this new film project local instead of taking it elsewhere will be a big opportunity to point a little bit brighter of a spotlight on the talent in this city.

I love this city. I love so much about it. Imagine a film that starred Windsor actors, was crewed by the creative folks that are your friends and neighbours, and featured locations from right here in the city (and the surrounding county, let’s not forget that whenever I reference Windsor, I mean Essex County). Now imagine that film playing in theatres across Canada and on screens internationally around the globe. That’s something I’ve been imagining for a long time. There have been such close calls to that happening… there have been slivers of it… near misses (or as I think of them, HUGE victories regardless of not winning the Gold medal). This is something I think can be a perfect example that IT CAN BE DONE HERE.

Today ends my tolerance for anyone who says things cannot be done here or that Windsor is just some shitty city where dreams die. I won’t have it or hear it from anyone. Is it difficult? Has this climb to even this point for Mimetic and the people working on this film been damned near impossible? Absolutely. Many have quit along the way. Heck, I’ve almost thrown in the towel a few times. We’ve failed miserably several times trying to launch larger films. We’ve got films sitting on shelves that we can’t find a distribution home for. Fail, fail, fail… but like any good fight, you get up and try again and lookie here… we’ve done the “impossibe”… and guess what.. NEXT time it will be a little easier… and a little easier the time after that and then who knows… maybe 10 films a year could be shooting here? It’s certainly not IMPOSSIBLE.

There is a lot of talk about a film office never coming to town. “Never” is too broad. There would have to be a real need for it- which doesn’t exist yet. There have been a couple half-witted attempts at proposals for it, but that’s jumping to step 72 instead of carefully and fully developing steps 1-71. There needs to be a lot more attention on growing it from within. Domestic car sales mean an auto industry, local groceries mean a farming industry… so the more ways that filmmakers in Windsor have support to make their films, have them screened, and find ways to earn profit from their ventures – especially at the local level – would provide them the opportunity to get to another film and another and then eventually get name talent or name producers attached. If their experience in Windsor was a positive one, then heck, they might even rally to shoot that production here instead of fleeing the country as fast as they can.

WIFF this year is doing something great. Including local film. Now, it’s no secret that with their 48 Hour Film Festival for local filmmakers and now the local component of the main festival screening 2 locally selected films, that I think their selection process and judging methods leave something to be desired (and before I get chewed out again – this is my blog and my opinion, so don’t take it as bible truth!). Ok, so I take issue with some of it, but WIFF’s heart is finally in the right place the last few years. Kudos. That’s why I did my F.U. WINDSOR FESTIVAL – to bring attention that a Windsor Film Festival should include local components. So WIFF is growing and including local. This will be MASSIVE for local filmmakers to get exposure, find packed audiences, etc., which is great.

WIFF has also held a few filmmaker sit downs to discuss ways to improve the local Windsor film scenes.  Mostly talk and little to no action. Where’s the website built we talked about? What happened to having a filmmaker night and fundraiser for that website? Feels like wasted breath and good pats on the back that there is care and help coming but then nothing. Maybe I missed something? Those meetings should have continued. There should already be a website… follow ups should be done by now… since WIFF told us they are basically the voice and authority on Windsor film. Once again… it’s every man for himself instead of continuing to organize. So if it’s up to us… it’s gonna be up to us.  I hope there are more WIFF sit downs and there are ways WIFF continues to develop what I felt were some excellent ideas around that last table meeting.

There needs to be a real-world filmmaker education for the people here. Advanced film at the University doesn’t teach enough on the business end of film. Having all the talent and the fanciest camera in the world doesn’t do shit all for a filmmaker when he realizes he’s gonna need a business plan, networking skills, an education in tax credits and grant applications. There needs to be free seminars, invited guest speakers, and maybe even city support to helping the local filmmakers learn the way films are made elsewhere in Canada.

These are just a few tiny examples. The http://www.watchwindsor.com project is going to be adding some real incentives and assistance for the local film scene soon. I’m happy to continue growing that slowly. So there are a lot of steps before Windsor could EVER be like Detroit’s film scene. Proximity alone can’t do it. I just hate hearing that it’s impossible. I’m sure people in Calgary or Winnipeg or maybe even Toronto and Halifax or Kentucky or New Orleans thought the same thing prior to having major productions in town and film offices. Yes, it takes work and research and government support… but like most change, it will be the little people, the citizens and artists rallying together, to make it work.

So that’s why I want to film here. I live here. I like working here. I do love it here. I’ll never make a film outside of here until I’m forced to be elsewhere. I’m always happy to advise filmmakers younger than me with their projects. I get emails and coffee-talk requests all the time and never turn them down. Everyone that is in film here should do whatever they can to help their neighbour. The one thing I’ve learned from my hot-headed younger years is there should be no competition at the local level. It should be the spirit of helping anyone and everyone get their projects made because it just betters the filmmaking scene for yourself. I’ve learned to have less shock tactics and… well, a little more tact in my approach. I keep getting told to not say anything, the city is too small, I’ve burned bridges… but fuck that. 100% fuck that. Even if my opinion only matters to me, it’s getting stated. Chances are if someone doesn’t like that one opinion or subject from me and that’s enough to have a bridge burned… well, it wasn’t a river I was going to be crossing for much longer anyhow. I never understood how having a different opinion meant people had to be enemies.

Anyhoo, I have to get up and do some of that day job stuff I talked about earlier so I’m cutting this short.

Conclusions:

1) Get off your ass and make your movie and help others make their movies.

2) If there is to be an official policy or filmmaking aid for Windsor filmmakers, it’s going to have to be the filmmakers here organizing and having an official voice in the city. So who wants to start that and lead that and convince the infighting to stop? Heavy handed job but even if there’s venom between camps, it’s going to be necessary. You think Ford, GM, Chrysler always love each other at CAW meetings? Fuck no… but they do it for the greater good. Anyone in this city should know the benefits of rallying together despite difference.

3) Keeping productions local and trying to bring more here.

4) Finding an audience and complete media/news support in order to get the word out to people when there are local films to be seen. I mean this beyond selling out a few thousand seats at Lakeshore or the Capitol Theatre. We can do better and find ways to make sure more local citizens attend these events.

Meh, the list will go on forever.

I propose a sit down for the Windsor filmmakers again. Organized by Windsor filmmakers. It’s still warm enough for a BBQ in my backyard. I’m sure Tom at Phog would host us anytime. There are enough Tim Hortons to choose from. Anyone with me? If you’re not, then you don’t have a right to bitch about all the things you don’t have in a film community here because you aren’t on board to make anything change.

I suppose I should say a few things here. Mimetic Entertainment collaborators on “Cheer For Your Life”. Today marks the OFFICIAL kick-off. I know we’ve been brimming with excitement and keeping it under wraps since February for portions of today’s news has been difficult but it’s arrived. Let’s get ready to work hard and make a fantastic movie. I believe we can. We will do it. No question there. Some of you have become my best friends and allies. Whatever I can do to make your filmmaking experience better, I want to know about it. I’m there. You’ve all helped me so much, through so much red tape and the unavoidable mountains of professional film that I’m indebted. Forever. I believe you all… WE all… hold a key to the beginning of a new chapter in local Windsor film. Be proud! It’s technically history, no?

Get your pom-poms ready!

GMB

gavinmichaelbooth@gmail.com


D Is For Domination (The Worldly Kind)

July 16, 2010

I can’t (and don’t want to) say too much but there was a major announcement yesterday that’s make the rounds in the media and well… it involves little ol’ me.

We have a new film in development.  I mentioned it recently in a previous blog – it’s gearing up – I have a wonderfully talented team of Windsor area folks working on all the paperwork and getting the early stages together – we are shooting it here in Windsor – but the potential for this film just grew leaps and bounds.  The film when distributed will be released by D-Films in Canada… and now… well… read this article from the Globe and Mail to see what’s up.

It’s also in Screendaily and Deadline.

World Domination baby!  I couldn’t be more excited.  Having distribution locked before shooting is a filmmaking dream come true.  See you make the film usually out of your own pocket and then you hope to God that someone out there wants to buy it.  It’s painful, full of rejection worse than any date gone wrong, and next to impossible.  There are far more films made each year than potential slots to screen them all.. plus your film has to be REALLY GOOD.  Even my first few films that are just starting to find distribution has taken 4+ years!!!!  It’s not fun at all.  So the IDEAL is to know in advance of making the film where it is going to go.  The way we landed distribution wasn’t even trying for it.  Since February my life and career have been changing faster than I can keep up.

So ya, the public opinion of Mel Gibson might have changed… but Holy Moses do I have to respect what he and his passion for cinema now mean for me!

Now just wait for our next announcement about WHO is producing this film… it’s possibly even bigger news than this and chances are you’ve seen AT LEAST one of his films in a theater before!

If you have questions don’t ask.  I can’t answer them… not yet.

Casting?  Soon.

The Project? A horror film (something I never thought I’d direct but here I am!)

Can You Be Involved? Most likely but have to wait til we put out a call

Am I bouncing with excitement?  Abso-fucking-lutely!

Talk soon,

GMB
gavinmichaelbooth@gmail.com

P.S. – Since day one I said I would work towards getting Windsor on the map as a place to make films.  There are LOTS of great films that have been made and are being made since I caught wind of a small filmmaker’s movement here and decided to plant an anchor.  For all of those out there that have every said it isn’t possible to make movies here or to get “Hollywood” movies to be made here… how to put this… hmmmm…  how about FUCK YOU!  It’s here and it’s happening and there are far more ways you could get behind people trying to do something outside of the box than to slag them for their “hopeless dreams”.  Anyone out there telling someone else they can’t achieve their dreams should just shut their pie-hole and move along.   ANYTHING is possible if you work at it.  I’m a SCHMUCK and I’m doing it… if you have real talent and real drive – you’ll get yours.  You’ll get your dreams in your hands… even right here in Windsor.


Screenplays & Screenings

April 23, 2010

I’m sitting in a movie theater at the Palace Cinema downtown Windsor right now. This afternoon is a series of short films being screened that were created by University of Windsor students. Many of them I know, some have helped on Mimetic projects over the last year or so. I’m always proud of emering talent here in Windsor. It truly is the day that anyone with a camera and a computer can make a film. Short films are the perfect format to experiment with story ideas and themes. All of these films use local talent, crew, and locations. It’s a real testimate that even without a legit film industry here you can create films and television here if you put your mind to it and use your resources.

I’m particularly proud of Daniella Bumbacco, Catrina Franzoi (who is loud and in charge behind me right now), and Jessica Pillar. These three have been great help to Mimetic and I’ve had a chance to watch them grow as film creators. Super talented and full of energy and have what it takes to make sacrifices that many young people don’t realize is necessary to live your dreams.

Earlier today I met with a great local writer, another emerging talent, who’s screenplay I’m optioning. By tomorrow the paper work should be done and i’ll be pursuing distribution and funding to produce this film and possible add my own directing slate in the not too distant future. I’m very excited for this script and see a buttload of potential for it. Official announcement soon.

Ok the theater is packing up, it’s great to see so many people supporting local films! Remember you can always check: www.watchwinsor.c

GMB
gavinmichaelbooth@gmail.com