A few weeks ago a documentary called Freedom Riders aired on PBS. It’s a strong piece about a milestone event in the American civil rights struggle and I recommend it highly. I was struck by a song in it called, “I’m On My Way”, by Barbara Dane. Her voice is amazing; very rich and strong, and the song has a real power that persists to this day.
Halfway between departing for Munich and running the slow-motion oatmeal gauntlet of trying to get financing for my three new scripts, I was unexpectedly inspired to do a re-mix of the song. I wanted a friend of mine to hear it and tried to post it on YouTube only to discover you need images with the audio in order to post.
So, I put this little video together. The footage is stuff I’ve shot over the years with a compact digital video camera someone slipped into my coat pocket after an interview at Sundance in 2006.
I don’t know, maybe it’s just my frame of mind these days but setting out and actually making something is incredibly satisfying. Especially when it doesn’t entail begging for money or writing a letter to the star of the most recent ComicBookActionHero film because getting him to say yes might greenlantern your film.
I know I’m an idiot for even thinking that making a “real” film could be a fraction as enjoyable as this but here it is, my first home music video.