I moved back in 2012 because I knew there were a bunch of dedicated people in the local film industry, but I never expected to be leading a couple of my very own documentaries. First I worked on Game Knights, which will be premiering 6pm on June 7th at ACC as part of PrairieCon (admission is free, donations for PrairieCon accepted at the door!) and now my very own Patchworks 2 segment!
The best part about making documentaries is that you get to explore the setting in a lot more detail than you would in your normal day to day lives. I have met so many interesting new people while making these documentaries and I’m so glad that I’m getting to tell the tale of Lisa Vasconceles in my Patchworks piece.
Travelling with her and the kids as they go and spread song and creativity to rural schools that might not have access to the same cultural resources a city might be able to offer was an absolutely amazing experience. Hearing that little school gym just absolutely fill with their voices, and seeing the kids in the audience get into it and start singing along was so uplifting. These kids are just having a blast and it can’t help but put a smile on your face.
I can’t wait to see what they are capable of on May 8th when I go to see Alice in Wonderland. I’ll be there with Nate, a local legend in the film business, to capture the magic and the joy. We saw some of the rehearsals the other day and it was looking fantastic. This show will be a hit, if for no other reason than it is bringing the kids participating in it so much joy.
So thanks Brandon for allowing me to document these moments and I hope I am able to do it justice when it reaches the airwaves on MTS TV Stories from Home. It has been a blast so far and I can’t wait to see who I’ll meet next and how the stories of this city continue to unravel.