The Right Direction

A year ago, when I sat down as if writing for my life, and wrote “A Short History of Decay” in six intensely creative weeks, I could not have allowed myself to dream that the project would be at this point.  I’d had too many projects go up in flames, had written too many jobs-for-hire that I had to pretend to be passionate about (“Remember, you’re passionate about this project,” my manager once said to me before I went into a pitch meeting ).  “A Short History of Decay” was a story close to my heart, and I didn’t dare believe, didn’t dare really do anything other than put one foot in front of the other and revise, show it to friends, get notes, revise some more, show it to more friends until finally it was ready to let it out into the world.

Well, I’m just back from a heady, borderline-surreal few days in Hollywood, with a lot to report.  I flew out with my producing partner for a series of meetings with investors and actors, and honestly, it couldn’t have gone better.  I don’t want to jinx the project by naming names, but for now I’ll just say that we have attached a fantastic actor who also happens to star in a wildly popular television show, to play one of the lead roles, and we have tremendous interest from other wonderful actors to play the other roles. (I'm not teasing here.  I'll report the details at the appropriate time.)  The big agencies are behind us.  Agents are passing the script along to their clients, who are reading it quickly.  I met extraordinary people who have offered help of all kinds.  Doors just keep swinging open.  If you know me, you know that I cannot be described as an optimist, but I will say this: we are well on our way to securing the backing that will allow us to start shooting this summer.  

Many things will happen between now and then.  There’s a long way to go before I’ll be able to utter the words “...and...ACTION”. But we have momentum, and I am beginning to believe that it will happen.  When it does, I can tell you that it will be a story of a whole lot of years of perseverance, rejection, discouragement, and a loss of a sense of what was most important to me.  It’s amazing what can happen when you remember what it means to be true to yourself.

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