We have news!!!
SOMEBODY PINCH ME!
Somebody pinch me! We have a final cut of the film!!! After seven years, four trips to Nepal, collecting almost 200 hours of footage, countless hours of translating and seven months of editing, we have the 92 minutes that make our film. All we have left is to finalize the sound mix, color correction, music and subtitles. If we weren’t so exhausted we would be dancing on the ceiling right now. It has been such an amazing process. I am looking forward to having the time to reflect on it. It was a joy to wrestle with the telling of this story. And, now that it is pretty much done, I already feel like the film is its own being. Kind of like, after I gave birth to my son. This was just a much longer labor.
We are preparing it to submit to festivals as I type this! YOU, yes, YOU are going to get to see this film!!!
Our story board. We stared at this a lot.
WE HAVE A NEW TITLE FOR THE FILM!
I had heard from various filmmakers and editors in the past that you really don’t know what your film is about until you are DONE! And that is exactly what happened for us. We watched the final cut after having watched so many cuts, made so many changes, SOOOO many decisions made—and finally it was clear. It is a film about a family grappling with their fate as poor rural farmers after losing their daughter who they believed would change their circumstance with her education. It is about Shanta’s family—we understand them through her AND her through them.
After a test screening, multiple rounds of feedback, soul-searching and creating a long list of possible titles that ranged from terrible to worse: We found it.
It is now:
Drawing The Tiger
If you like it now, wait till after you see the film. You will like it even more!
(If it feels weird at first, don’t worry. It did for me too. It was hard for me to let go of… The Girl Who Knew Too Much. But, trust me, Drawing The Tiger is such a good fit.)
We are going to pitch our film at the Camden International Film Festival!
We were selected, out of just five films in the United States, to take part in the Points North Pitch competition as part of the Camden International Film Festival in Camden, Maine. Everyone we know who has been to the festival raves about how sweet and fun it is. And, they have attracted a lot of great people to be part of the pitch panel: Sundance, Tribeca, POV, Al Jazeera, Hot Docs, Fledgling Fund… Really exciting folks!
So, we have been practicing out pitch. Our associate producer, Kristin, is cutting us a new trailer. It really feels like we are about to bring this baby out into the world for the first time. Wish us luck!
I am proud. I am excited. And, once I get some sleep… I am ready to take on the next chapter of this filmmaking epic journey!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for being a part of this filmmaking process. For sticking with us. I am so excited for you to see it!