The Man From Dallas

The Man From Dallas
Okay, so here's the deal. I have spent all week writing on random pieces of paper, making voice memos, and finishing up Bela Tarr's 7 1/2 hour film, Santantango, when I should be putting the final touches on the new script. But something happened to me. Writer's block. It's never happened to me before, so the diagnosis went untreated all week. I was freaked out that I couldn't even type one word into Final Draft. 

 Then, on Saturday, it all came rushing in. Pieces of the puzzle I didn't know needed to be solved all came about. The script has always been "done," but the story needed something that wasn't on the page. It was in between the lines. I watched Bela Tarr's The Man From London (our movie of the month). I realized that I felt something through camera movement and well-rehearsed shots. I couldn't put my finger on it. Then I realized that's it. I had to figure out what the director was saying, what the story was saying. That film still is with me as I write this. Maybe I am rambling because I'm just feeling it now. 
  
The great thing about micro-budget filmmaking is that there is no boss, and you can't be fired. On the flip side of micro-budget filmmaking, there is no boss, and you can't be fired. So it's all on me. I'm writing this blog as I write this film. I'm grateful you're down to follow along. 
I want you to know I'm putting everything I have into this film. If you want to buckle up and be a film producer, we have a spot for you here,  https://wefunder.com/eltontoporcristo.  To be greenlit, we would only need 85 people who wanted to INVEST  $1,000. If you wanna follow along on this blog and social media/ and tell the world about this film, well, that's super too. I love you all and can't wait to make this film with you.

- Josh

Ponies & Rainbows, Not Today

Ponies & Rainbows, Not Today
Welp, this weekend was a bust. Or at least at 2:30 PM on a Sunday; it feels that way. I had plans for Friday. Plans to put the finishing touches on some things in the works plans to finish a masterclass I'm soaking up, you know...plans. But instead, on Friday evening, I answered a phone call to help a stranded Jess at the grocery store. The battery had died in her car, and remedying this incident went on into the late hours of the evening. Saturday after vigil, Jess calls me again, stranded on Mockingbird lane. This time, it's clear this isn't gonna be a quick fix, so I left what I was doing, jumped in the car to get her, and guess what... I ran out of gas on the way! Yeah. I think it's been college since I ran out of gas. So... if it ever looks like rainbows and ponies over here at casa de jordan, we have our fair share of crappy days too. 

Once I finally got to Jess, I waited for roadside assistance to tow our car to the mechanic and waited and waited until 1:30 AM until I finally figured I was not getting roadside assisted. 

This morning we got our tow, and the car is safely in the shop. 

My first-world inconvenience is frustrating because car maintenance was not what I had in mind for my weekend or fit my timeline for items I need to check off before Monday. 

And this, my friends, is wild west filmmaking.

Life happens in between the idea and the execution ALWAYS. You don't get to the celebration without the middle, and often it's messy and very human. 

Thankfully I've got John Lennon to serenade me today; I'm watching the wheels with you. 

Moral of the story. 

Keep making your masterpiece; crummy days will come and go and come again. Just keep going. I know it gets lonely out there, so if you'd like to connect or need an ear, I'd love to hear what you're working on. I'm only an email away. 

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I'll pop back next week with some updates I think you'll be excited to hear about. Until then!

- Josh

Camaraderie & Joy

Camaraderie & Joy
I've had some hard deadlines for El Tonto Por Cristo these last four days. Part of that involves a few items to secure our fiscal sponsorship with Film Independent so that El Tonto Por Cristo can receive grants from foundations, individual donors, and government agencies; an additional option requested by a few parties interested in supporting the making of this film.

This part of filmmaking hurts my brain. I'm glad it doesn't hurt Jessica's brain as much. 

We make a good team, 21 years!

During the making of This World Won't Break, Jess captured behind the scenes on her phone and put them in a reel. Watching that reel today, I realized the pain of making TWWB, that little 36-thousand-dollar film that could is faint; what I remember the most are the camaraderie and the joy. From what I hear from Jess, filmmaking is a lot like birth, painful, but you forget the pain long enough to do it all over again. 

Thanks for your eyes, ears, and support. I'll check in again on Sunday to keep you updated; everything is starting to roll.

Oh, btw, to watch Jess's reel, click here

PS. If you're interested in a tax-deductible donation towards El Tonto Por Cristo rather than an investment or in addition too, tap here. I'll let you know as soon as our fiscal sponsorship is solidified.

- Josh

The Singing Icons

The Singing Icons
Well, this is awkward.  I have not been on top of my "A " game with my Sunday email as I had promised or my Friday Film Club (exciting news about that later). No excuses on here, but preproduction for the new feature film has required all the downtime on our end so we can save on many things later down the road during shooting. The good thing about all of this is that we have final creative control over something we believe in, El Tonto Por Cristo

It's always the case. When you are making something, it's hard to find the time to sit back and enjoy other people's work that inspires you.  I have a stack of films that I am dying to watch but can't at the moment because of deadlines, campaigns (investors, not politics), research, location scouting, and at times, sleeping. To pull the curtain back, I don't write on a laptop on a new blank page. I have an idea, write things on napkins, do voice memos ( no one should ever hear these, they will lock me up), scribble in moleskins, sticky notes, and whiteboards, and then I sit down and write the script in Final Draft.  I have spent most of today watching different Orthodox monks play handmade bells and Semantrons. Jessica said maybe I should focus on some other things at hand, and she's right, but sometimes this is just how I work. 

I am excited for yall to see this film in my head.  I promise to write soon but you can always write me too, I like hearing from ya!

Much Love


 P.S.  The photo is from Andrei Rublev. The kid who makes the bell at the end. It means more now than ever. Don't tell Jess.
- Josh

The time is now.....

The time is now.....
  I am making film #2. And I'm glad you are going to be a part of it. This is an early investor opportunity that's just for you. Thanks for being  along this journey with me, it means the world. https://wefunder.com/eltontoporcristo/
- Josh
 
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