Just over a year ago We Scream was an idea looking for an audience. Adriana and I are still amazed at the enthusiasm and support we have received for this project. Things have come a long way in the last year. We have interviewed dozens of ice cream truck drivers and paletero and have driven all over California in search of them.
We have also encountered a surprising number of obstacles along the way. There are many stories that we want to tell but can't. Of the dozens of people we have spoken with, very few are willing to share their stories on camera. Just last week I spoke with a Columbian born driver who said he would talk with us, but only off camera. His reason? He has an engineering degree and a small family. He said that he did not want his family to see him driving an ice cream truck.
This kind of situation has been echoed a number of times as filming has continued. Adriana and I are not filmmakers, per se. I am a composer and musician and my wife is a writer and cook. We jumped into this project because no one else had. When we began raising money through Kickstarter we had only an hour of footage. We Scream was not a polished film that needed money to finish; we hadn't even started. Once funds were raised we paid for our video camera, software, and gas. And some ice cream.
We made a decision early on that we would not provide any voice over or commentary for We Scream. Our approach has been greatly inspired by Errol Morris' film Vernon, Florida: point the camera at interesting people and let them talk.
So, have are still filming! We have an interview scheduled with a paletero named Ruben tomorrow afternoon at a park near our house in Long Beach. We began our interview with him last week and our camera's battery ran out. Ruben has a very important perspective and we wanted to meet with him again. He also happens to carry some of our favorite paleta flavors.