Documentary - Man fasts 49 Days to find truth
To start, I want to assure you that this project still rolls forward, though it has evolved quite a bit. I have learned much more as both a filmmaker and a seeker and this has shifted much of the conversation of this piece.
I also want to assure you that the promised perks are still attached to this project and once completed you are still entitled to what your pledge purchased.
Since the time of shooting I flew and visited editor Bill Haugse (editor of Hoop Dreams) and got him excited about editing this together. As Bill is a consummate editor and an Oscar nominee, he came at a price... a discounted one for sure, but a price nonetheless. His offer was to the tune of $20,000. So I thought, sure, we'll surmount this hurdle just as we surmounted all others. I scraped some money out of my savings and hired him to cut a trailer to shop around in order to raise more money. At this point I should also mention the project, which owes a great debt of service to it's Cinematographer and Sound Operator, also owes them an agreed deferred amount. So in addition to raising his rate, they would be raised (first and foremost), as well. Bill cut this trailer together https://vimeo.com/54998981. And, well, I didn't like it, though admittedly some of it's merits has grown on me over time, he still didn't feel like the right fit.
Additionally, deep down, I had the nagging feeling that I wasn't exactly sure what we accomplished with this project and in regards to Neil's life. An empty confusion set in and weighed on me. I sought to get an update from Neil, but he expressed that he did not want to disclose, which confused me further. In the meantime, I was learning about personal emotional and mental maintenance that has led to deeper sense of what journeys in life truly require of us. I look back at the journey and feel that maybe the lessons learned were more secondary than primary... and truthfully, more cautionary than perhaps inspiring.
So now, I sit behind the computer editing it together myself, distilling what happened and piecing together a narrative that evolves as I evolve.
That's where we are now. I haven't forgotten about you.
More to come.
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That's right! Neil has been meditating under a tree while fasting from food for 46 days now. What an amazing transformative experience this has been. I am beside myself with excitement. I am very proud of our little project that could. Next we go into the arduous editing routine, but with excitement. In addition to throwing every last penny I have at this thing, we continue to raise money here: http://www.gofundme.com/treethefilm
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Donating. This way we can get started shooting as we continue to raise funds :) I'll make it clearer in the description
Let´s make it happen! I want to continue supporting, but am unclear about whether I´m pledging or donating on the new site.