Streaming closed…for now.
Dear Supporters--We've finally taken down the film from Vimeo. The positive comments we received from many of the hundreds who watched the film has been overwhelming. It's solidified my belief... Read more
Last weekend to stream Same Same But Different
The film is coming down next week. If you haven't gotten a chance, watch it. The response has been incredible and overwhelming. Thank you all so much.
Here again is... Read more
Last week to stream Same Same But Different
Dear Friends--At the end of this week Same Same But Different will no longer be available to stream on Vimeo. If you haven't gotten a chance, please make haste and... Read more
Time Running Out To Stream "Same Same But Different!"
Dear Backers--I know some of you get a lot of email and do a lot of deleting, so I want to make sure you get a chance to watch the... Read more
Ho Chi Minh's Tomb: Deryle explains why he had to make a film
Over the next couple of weeks, while Deryle and I cut a trailer, I'll be posting some of the clips we're using and giving a little background. This clip really... Read more
Same Same But Different Completed! Watch a clip.
For those of you who might have missed it, Deryle and I finished our documentary about Veterans returning to Vietnam to help the people there. As our leaders contemplate yet... Read more
Moises and Deryle Finish "Same Same But Different"
Dear Supporters--We have a fine cut of the film. We promised our producers a chance to give us feedback, so they'll be watching it and we will be tweaking things... Read more
The First Cut Is The Deepest....
We are actually on the third cut. We finished the first rough cut just before Christmas, but we figured everybody had enough on their plates just surviving the holidays. The... Read more
Mostly done mailing rewards!
Hopefully, you received your rewards in the last couple of weeks. (There is an exception for those of you receiving large prints from MOTOFOTO and/or SAMESAME FOTO. Those prints have... Read more
One More For the Road....
Local backers...one last chance to pick up your SWAG. D and I will be at Marble Brewery on Tuesday, October 2nd, from 5-8 p.m. The last event was quite nice.... Read more
LOCAL BACKER REWARDS PICK UP!!! SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 (2-5 p.m.), MARBLE BREWERY
Dear Local Backers--Please drop by Marble Brewery, 111 Marble Ave. NW, on Sunday, September 23rd between 2 and 5 p.m. Deryle and Moisés will be there handing out your rewards... Read more
Ben Thanh Market, Saigon.
We are back in the United States, but I'm sending one last little piece of video from Vietnam. Ben Thanh Market is a fantastic place in central Saigon where you... Read more
Dinner with North Vietnamese on Veteran's Day
As you may remember, through internet serendipity, Deryle made contact with a group of North Vietnamese Veterans who were on the other side of his gun during a horrific battle... Read more
Hoan Kiem Lake, 6:30 a.m.
One of the great joys of being in Hanoi is the culture of morning exercise around Hoan Kiem Lake. Before the sun heats up the day, Hanoians come out to... Read more
Ashes to ashes....
We stopped at a Veteran's cemetery near where Deryle's gun was stationed. A man burned paper to honor his uncle who is buried there. The diminutive woman is the cemetery's... Read more
If it's Monday...it must be Vietnam.
Quick update as we are headed out this morning to visit the Memory House at the battlefield known as LZ Brillo. It was a very long journey as we left... Read more
Memorial Day Comes After Independence Day
Memorial Day Haiku:
your intent noble
the reality less so
so sorry you died.
I know I know...it was just July the 4th not Memorial Day. But I... Read more
A Luoi to Da Nang
We had the good fortune to spend an evening in the town of A Luoi. While there we interviewed Suel Jones, a twice-wounded marine who has been coming back to... Read more
Truong Son Cemetery
Over 20,000 North Vietnamese soldiers buried here. This national soldiers' cemetery is near the Ho Chi Minh trail. One is struck over and over by the sacrifice these people made... Read more
"Later that dark and dreary night"
We traveled under a tropical thunderstorm that rained sideways into our coach unabated. I went to an open window between the cars and shot this footage of the thunderstorm.
Quite a... Read more
Updates a little backed up. The day after that glorious dinner, D and I jumped on the train from Hanoi to Hue. If you know me you know I love... Read more
The capital is a constant buzz of activity. We enjoyed every minute, but the most extraordinary event came as a result of a minor internet miracle. A young man arranged... Read more
Kickstarter to Vietnam--Same Same But Different
Walked a lot of Oakland since yesterday. Lot of it thinking about what this process taught me.
Lot's good people still out there.
Lot's of you thought enough about what we're up... Read more
25 K in 25 Day!
We would kiss everyone of you if we could. Thank you for your confidence, support, and love. The funny part? Now the Work begins. ps--Overfunding is encouraged. Sorry, inertia dictates....
Running ragged...12 hours to go!
Deryle and I feel a little bit like this bike I photographed in Saigon. Perhaps ending your kickstarter campaign as you leave the country is not such a good idea.... Read more
On our way to Vietnam!
36 hours left in the campaign! Getting closer, but not there yet. Sending this on my phone. Can't include photo. The footage of Deryle used inthe promo was all shot... Read more
Into the Curve
We've reached 73% of our goal of raising $25,000, a splendid achievement made possible by 144 of your generous contributions.
Two national websites and a local paper have featured Same... Read more
Many hands make light the load.
Many people today are tired of war. Many people want to express that sentiment. This film gives voice to that feeling, a feeling that crosses the aisles of politics,... Read more
ONE WEEK LEFT!
You might be concerned about the progress of the project. Or you may have forgotten why you are receiving these updates! One week left and we're just cresting 60%. But... Read more
Write up in The Alibi....
Same Same, But Different
Returning to Vietnam
I was in the garden planting onions in my underpants when my... Read more
We just finished cutting a new video that will give a better idea of our direction. It'll hit the site tomorrow, but we're giving you all a sneak preview. Hope... Read more
"Dream" by Marc Ouellette, 2011, oil on canvas, 60" x 60". Hanging at Farina in Albuquerque.
Meet one of your fellow backers, Marc Ouellette. Maybe there is some destiny involved here. As I mentioned in the last update, my dear friend hung his paintings as we... Read more
A little sad to take down the prints from Farina. No tangible results (sales), but hope the exposure aggregates. The good news is Marc Ouellette's paintings went up when ours... Read more
Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
Rachel Maddow is undoubtedly something of a liberal lightning rod, but I have a feeling that this book is going to find a wide audience. And, oddly enough, there are... Read more
The United States dropped more bombs on South Vietnam than were dropped during World War II in Asia and Europe! Many of these bombs continue to wreak havoc in the... Read more
Good Radio Show!
We spent an hour last night on Putney's Blues Hour. Putney has been a great supporter of ours (including backing this project) since we did Dangerous Highway, which by... Read more
Vietnam Veterans Of America Profiles SameSame But Different
We're excited! Not only have you generously pledged over $8000 to date, but a national website profiled the film today.
Thanks again to all of you and thanks to the... Read more
SAMESAMEFOTO UPDATE: "AMPUTEE" GETS PULLED.
Deryle's print titled "Amputee" was taken down at Scalo's because some people found it "shocking." Granted the gallery is in a restaurant and, granted the image is shocking, but it's... Read more
Check out prints at Scalo
Here are a couple of images from the SAMESAMEFOTO show hanging at Scalo's in Albuquerque. If you're in town, check them out. All the photos can be seen at samesamebutdifferentfilm.com.... Read more
Moving toward 30%!
Thanks to your generous donations we are moving rapidly toward the 30% mark. As I have mentioned before, this is an important benchmark because 90% of projects that make it... Read more
10% + on Day One!
Hey Everybody--Thanks to your generosity we topped 10% on the first day. That's huge! Next we're shooting for 30% (90% of campaigns that reach 30% make it all the way).... Read more
On March 19, 2012, we officially launch the Same Same But Different Campaign. Within seconds we get our first hit. Thanks, Sheryl!