Did you forget I had a blog? Me too, apparently. Life has been going non-stop with work and writing and concerts and putting on Nekkid Armadilla Summerfest, which was a rousing success and a hell of a lot of fun.
But this post is about something else. If you didn’t know, I also write screenplays, and last year, my longtime friend Adrian Cervantes asked if I had a script that he would be able to shoot for not a lot of money. I said, “Of course.” and sent him what was then titled Bumbershoot & the Squash Blossom Queen, which I had started writing in 2009 when I was living on the road out of hotels at the time.
The script isn’t anything groundbreaking, but I suppose nothing really is anymore. It’s a story about tragedy and loss, about growing up too quickly and not fitting in, about not knowing what you want out of life and at the same time, knowing exactly what you want. I’m proud of the script. Adrian helped me shape it up and then he started showing it to people, including Kevin Tostado, who had produced a documentary on Monopoly called Under the Boardwalk. (If you didn’t see it when it was permanently lodged on the Netflix Most Popular last year, you should find it and watch it now.) Once Kevin got on board, it went from a project that we had talked about filming for $50,000 (which was an unfathomable amount) to a film that would have a budget with seven figures.
It’s weird because it feels like we started this so long ago, but then things happen in little bursts that make it seem like it’s all going so quickly. That’s kind of what happened over the weekend. Here’s the deal, when I get a new follower on Twitter, I will check them out because I’m curious of it’s a real person or whatever, so I got a new follower and their last tweet was a retweet of a conversation Kevin and I were having, very vaguely, about the film getting listed on Slated.
Naturally, I wanted to see why this person had retweeted that so I started stalking a little and found they were carrying on a conversation with other fans of the actress slated to be one of the leads. One thing led to another and I soon realized there was a bit of a buzz growing about the project amongst fans of the actors we had cast.
There have been a lot of surreal moments in the last year or so because of this story I wrote about a simple kid who believe he was unremarkable until he figured out that everyone has their chance to shine and they just have to take it. Granted, we’re still not in the clear. There are still funds to be raised and deals to be made and a million details to be ironed out, but it’s these moments that make me realize that the people in this film truly are a projection of me, never quite fitting in but still finding a way to make myself heard in the end.
It’s been a good ride so far. I don’t think it’s over yet. Hopefully, I’ll have more news soon. Until then, I’ll keep looking at the IMDB page, the Slated profile and all the fansites, keeping the faith that it all works out in the end. Just like a movie.