|Actors Rob Salerno and Trevor Ketcheson in 'Tri-Curious'|
I wrote the short script in the summer and went about producing it this fall. I recruited two great Toronto actors - Trevor Ketcheson and Rob Salerno - to play a young gay couple about to embark on their first threesome together when one of them has a last minute anxiety attack and wants to cancel. The script is a comedy that explores issues around relationships, monogamy and sexual experimentation in a thoughtful, light, and hopefully amusing way.
Once a friend of mine, Nico Stagias, came on board as cinematographer (and graciously offered his own equipment for the shoot), the film was a go. We shot most of it on October 24th, with a couple more scenes shot a couple of weeks later.
I've been diligently editing it since and I'm 99% finished the final picture cut. After this, my composer will produce a musical score and a post production house in Toronto will give the film a polished colour correction and great sound mixing.
All of this is coming out of my own pocket. In the early new year, I'll be launching a crowd funding campaign, likely on Indiegogo, to raise some money to help with these costs. Despite all of the gracious volunteer help I've received, not to mention taking on the roles of writer, director, and film editor myself, I've still expended $1,300 to date. That doesn't include the significant costs of the final sound mixing and colour correction.
I'm hoping for a nice film festival run in 2016. I've already sent it as a work-in-progress to 10 film festivals. My fingers will be crossed in the coming months.
Thus, I've had little time to blog lately.
But in addition to my busy schedule, I'm also feeling a huge amount of political contentment these days. The election of Justin Trudeau's Liberals has eased my longstanding sense of anger.
When I hear "Prime Minister Trudeau" on the news these days, I smile and cherish it. We now have a Prime Minister who believes in diversity and espouses a political program that is progressive. The move to stop bombing innocent Muslims in the Middle East (along with the rare ISIS leader), coupled with the government's decision to prioritize the entry of 25,000 Syrian refugees, sends a strong anti-racist message to Muslims around the world. Trudeau's plan is far more effective for beating ISIS than the conservative options of constant bombardment and xenophobia.
In addition, we have a plethora of other progressive advancements on the horizon, such as cleaning up our environment, working cooperatively with First Nations, promoting innovation, enhancing the CPP, decreasing middle class taxes, and even legalizing cannabis.
These days, I find myself with little inspiration to blog because I'm so contented. It illustrates clearly to me that much of my previous motivations for writing on this site came from a place of anger. Many blog posts were attempts to deal with that anger and frustration through creative communication. If nothing else, this blog gave me a place to vent and be heard.
The Harper government represented one of the most regressive and damaging in our country's history: Harper's hostility to LGBT people's rights, his willingness to undermine all international efforts to fight climate change, his bizarre ideological obsessions, his hatred of public service, his hostility to science and basic facts, provided much inspiration for my words here.
But now that the great villain's gone, the relief is overwhelmingly awesome. Sure, there will be issues here and there over which I'll disagree with the new regime. But overall, the values underlining the new government make me proud to be Canadian. We are in good hands moving forward and, for the first time in 10 years, the progressive views of the majority of Canadians are reflected in our national government's program.
The dark days are over and sunny ways are here again! Thus, I feel quite contented to get on with my life, to focus on the people I love and the tasks I love. My film will be released in 2016 and hopefully more after that. I will blog much less frequently as I continue to roll out 'Tri-Curious.' Although you can definitely expect posts about that film and its progress, not to mention other films I love (plus of course political issues close to my heart.)
I'm done with anger. The politics of contentment are upon me. It's nice to have my country back.