Hello! Here’s a brief update on where we are. Unfortunately, attempts to land a couple more celebs have gone nowhere. We’re not giving up, but it’s obvious we can’t keep waiting forever for the possibility of an interview. We are moving on to our last two key interviews, which we are in the process of lining up schedules. These interviews will be the last of those “required” to allow completion of the film, with or without any further celebrities chiming in. As a result, editing is in a bit of a holding pattern, as much could change based on the outcome of what our last two folks have to say.
We’ve also been doing quite a bit of research into photos and television mentions of MAD – this has been quite fun. It is interesting to note that MAD’s rise in popularity was in lockstep with the rise of television. And yet, for as much lambasting as MAD carried out against the boob tube – MAD has had a long history of making interesting appearances on it. We’ve been able to locate some great historical footage and order “screeners” – temporary cuts of the broadcasts that we can edit into the film to see how much licensing will be necessary. From Dave Garroway reading MAD #26 live on the Today show in 1956 to CBS visiting MAD in 1978 – some real gems have turned up. We have several other known moments of television MAD-ness, the challenge is finding what still may exist.
If there are any Today show or Mike Douglas fanatics out there – we’re looking for the 8/30/1976 episode of the Today show – which happens to be the day Tom Brokaw debuted as a host of the show. Oddly enough, NBC does not have that episode. On 9/23/1977 Mike Douglas interviewed Al Feldstein – so if anyone has access to something like that, we’d love to hear from you!
We continue applying for grants from various film-centric sources of funding – keep the fingers crossed as those letters of acceptance/denial will be arriving soon.
Let’s hope for great things for all of us in 2016!