Hey Everyone, (pay no attention to grammar, spelling, etc. it's not my strongest trait)
First, thank you for the continued interest in our film The Punk Singer, the documentary on Kathleen Hanna. Knowing that there are people out there waiting to see this film has helped me more than you could imagine. Also, presser is awesome, I'm not kidding. It's definitely my preferred way of working, and if this film is anything, it's high on the presser level. I guess cuz my topic is KH or something?
I've been working on this film for over 2 years now and we have been in our FULL time editing phase for over 8 months. (I know, we said 16 weeks, that didn't happen) By full time I mean basically, we have been working morning till night almost everyday. When Bo Mehrad (my editor) and myself are not actively working on the edit we are in our PJ's getting ready to go to sleep, thinking about the edit. So much thinking.
So, last night we screened a rough cut for Kathleen, this is the first time she has seen more than a few minutes of the film. It was, well... a little nervous-ing? Let me say, Kathleen is so supportive and kind, but she is also a total perfectionist so I knew she wouldn't hold back too much in the opinion or feedback department. I count on her honesty. The screening went very, very well.
Our first rough cut was at 3 hours out of 150-175 hours of footage, we are now down to 98 minutes. I expect to keep pushing on till we are completely sure that this is the best film we can make.
On April 1st we will leave our editing home The Edit Center, who very generously extended our stay WAY beyond our agreement, so thank you to Alan Oxman and everyone at TEC you are amazing. We will be moving our edit to Brooklyn to finish over the next two months. Yay Brooklyn. Our goal right now is to have our picture locked (final story) late May.
After the picture is locked we start the color correction ,do the sound mixing, and place the graphics. We still don't have the financial backing for this (which is so hard to believe, YO EXEC PRODUCERS-What are you waiting for? don't be a fool) but nothing is going to stop us now. That's how I see it.
So I guess what you want to really know is when it will be released? Here is my best answer. We will finish the film, then hold it till late summer and start submitting it to festivals for consideration.
Lastly for the record, this is by far the most inspiring and challenging project that I have ever taken on and I'm so honored and stoked to be doing it. I'm really humbled by the process, and I feel so lucky that this is my job right now. I believe deeply in this film, I believe in the importance of Kathleen's work and her place in history. I believe in truth, love, anger and inspiration and I truly think that we will deliver on this film. (that's kind of stupid to say to so many people huh?) But, it's what I believe so there you have it.
Love & thanks,
Director of The Punk Singer, the documentary on Kathleen Hanna
Check out your EST delivery date. The first level of rewards, Postcards, have not been sent out yet. Sorry. We do not have our main image for the film yet, and that's what I want to send you. Some of the other rewards are not due yet, we will do the very best to get them to you as soon as we are done with them. EVERYONE will get their reward and more, so thank you for waiting.