I know things have been a little quiet over here lately, especially on the recipe front. The truth is, there's not much cooking going on in my kitchen these days. Yesterday, I ate a tub of coffee ice cream for dinner while scrambling to finish last-minute notes for my film editor. The day before, it was a cucumber and a bag of tortilla chips, while sitting in my underwear (it's very, very hot in Toronto). Let's just say, things have not been too glamorous or wholesome around here as of late. Between the heat, and my superhuman attempt to finish my documentary, things have been downright crazy. Like pulling all-nighters and eating whole tubs of ice cream for dinner crazy. And not being able to maintain coherent conversations with other human beings crazy. (Though I did miraculously manage to (sort of) pull off this 45-minute radio interview about GMOs with the one and only Zane Caplansky). But I'm just going with it. Whatever needs to happen to get this thing done. The exciting thing that is keeping me going right now is... it actually IS getting done!! The end is in sight!!! Hallelujah.
We are ploughing through the final editing stages right now, and the film is beginning to take shape more and more each day. It really is like watching a birth.
My editor sent me home yesterday with the daunting task of slashing 20 minutes of content from our rough cut. Ouch, so I'm having a challenging day, to put it lightly. It really, really hurts to delete entire scenes that you went out of your way to film and put together. Footage that matters to you, where people say really important and brilliant and crucial things that need to be heard... But it's true that no one really wants to sit through a 3 hour documentary right? And this process of slashing and cutting happens for every film. Especially documentary where there are often hundreds of hours of footage to cut down to just one (hopefully) coherent and compelling hour (or hour and a half in this case).
My film should be completed by October and then I will start sending it to festivals, and organizing community screenings, but also I will be sending it to all of YOU who have so generously made contributions to my Indiegogo campaign. You should be receiving your link to view the finished film online sometime in either October or November. And if I haven't thanked you yet in person from the bottom of my heart, I will do so just as soon as I can come up for air after this marathon editing bonanza.
Now, if you'd still like to make a contribution, I would be so so so grateful!! Because I only have 2 days left to my Indiegogo campaign and I'm at 70% of my minimum goal so far. So I'm hoping for a miraculous final push in these last 48 hours. This is where you go to do the deed: https://igg.me/at/modified
And if you haven't seen my trailer yet, here it is! Thank you my friends, and I'll be back with recipes soon...