So, I am visiting my folks in Durham, NC, for thanksgiving. The table looks pretty much the same. Mom makes all our favorites, Classic turkey, corn pudding, stuffing, roots, butter beans, cranberry, smoked cured country ham, frozen fruit salad w pomegranate sauce , gravy, asparagus in cheese sauce, .... champagne...ect.
This Year: I'm thankful for my family, friends, and the amazing meal my mother made. I miss my wonderful girlfriend, who is at home with her family, and my sister who is in Belgium. We miss you Sarah.
Watching the usual Bond marathon... not sure how the two got paired, but Bond and Thanksgiving have become synonymous.
We are working very hard at our current IndieGoGo.com (Complete Corners) campaign. After we worked so hard to get our second film shot we discovered things were worse than we thought in the books. Basically we lost one producer about two weeks before film for very unprofessional reasons. Then our lead actress had (for lack of medical understanding) 2 heart attacks. A young girl she will be ok, but we ended up re-shooting about a week and a half of filming, putting us two weeks behind. By the time we had shot our last shot we had gone over budget significantly. Thank God for the generosity of our investors and my business partner Sam Spragins. We were able to get the film shot but our company has a budget gap for next year which has me pretty stressed out. Honestly, I know myself and I will sit and edit this film alone for years if I have to. The film will be finished. But I am extremely stressed because our plans for next year also include an expansion of the company. We had plans in motion to be able to higher on as many as ten people. I was very excited to be doing something that was helping my local economy, and film community. I see so many people filled with potential and talent, just waiting for something like this to open.... Of course don't assume this means have given up or that it isn't still moving forward. There are many options on the table in front of us, and which we pick up and move forward on all just depends... Also we have been working hard on trying to get people involved in The Western Carolina Film Co-Op. Currently only a FaceBook group, we have other plans to assist in the growth of such community efforts.
Finally, I want to say that I am very thrilled. Just thrilled. Life is good. Easy? No. Certain? No. Hell some times its just a regular fucking disaster. But the past year has been a dream come true. I have been making my living doing what I love, and paying the bills with your art is all anyone can ask for. I have no idea what will happen next year but I cant wait to find out. I am thrilled with my own stories, which seem to only get better, or so people seem to be telling me. We are planning my first art show next year, my painting rarely see the light of day.
And most of all, if you go to our web site (www.DownPoorPictures.com) and check out where it says CONTACTS, you will notice that the list of people is growing. These are people who are working with us now. They work for free when we need them, and they are the first people we will be bringing on with salaries asap. I am thrilled that we were able to pay some of our crew on our last set, knowing how hard it is to get paying film work in NC, this is something I absolutely relish. I can't imagine anyone wanting to be successful in their own industry and that desire not being paired with the desire to help ones own community.
Well, enough is enough. I am ranting... and it is 3:20 am.
Congratulations to my friend Parker, hope you and the new wife have a long happy life. To Jasmine and Ben, you guys are gonna be awesome parents! I look forward to seeing the Kaufman wedding! HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING everyone. Take care of yourselves and remember to take care of your loved ones.
Jack T. Eagen
Story Teller by any media necessary.