Not a moment has passed since our successful kickstarter campaign that I haven't been at work on the OIL IN THE FAMILY project. I want to also apologize to those of you who expected a framed version of a print from the graphic novel. At the end of the campaign, I realized it would be a ridiculous use of the money and I hope that you will forgive my unilateral decision to not send the print. I have, instead, been hotly pursuing Executive Producers to help produce the animated and other aspects of the film, landing one and possibly a second, who will help with the further financing of the project.
As many of you know, the economy has been particularly brutal in the last two years, but, undeterred I have plowed ahead, retuning the sample reel and starting a blog which will hold all of the elements of the film and the process, including profiles of all of the members of the team, the interviews as well as the current stages of the graphic novel .
I have traveled to New Orleans several times, most recently getting aerials from our Line Producer, Kevin McCaffery which I have recently integrated into the new front end of the sample reel.
Visiting Sundance 2011, I was able to network with potential funders as well, and position the film as a desirable entity when done. We have had multiple requests from well known Festivals, major A-list agencies, and other groups very interested in our project. It IS on the radar.
In addition, our online social networking and internet presence has grown, and we are trying to develop more traffic with our outreach via a new blog I am writing, posting video and the graphic novel for a transparent access to our process. PLEASE visit our site, http://oilfilms.com spread the word, "like" us on Facebook, tweet about us on twitter and hep us develop the conversation about our role as consumers in the never-ending demand for energy.
Our website is http://oilfilms.com
Our Facebook page is here: http://www.facebook.com/oilinthefamily
And lastly, I am planning a trip to New Orleans again for the anniversary of the Spill, to interview the people previously filmed to understand their current situations. The anniversary is April 20, two days prior to Earth Day, an irony lost on no one. I hope you will come back and see us, and most importantly get the word out regarding what we are doing.