Tonight Women in Film & Television Florida will hold a quarterly meeting at the dMAC in downtown Orlando. I guess I should mention that I sit on the board of this worthy organization, not that I am simply promoting this event. Tonight's event will feature your typical networking updates, followed by a discussion with Kim Dawson, producer of Bobby Jones-Stroke of Genuis. It is Kim's story that I find interesting.
Aside from picking up a rock and scraping it on a cave wall, I still believe that film is the most democratic of art forms, not only in its creation, but in its reception/perception as well. Kim's 13-YEAR quest to secure the rights and develop the film for wide box office release without the funding support of major studios, is a true testament to the spirit of the art. During the six months we spend screening and selecting films for the festival, it is a common tale we hear again and again. "This piece represents years of my life."
I am always fascinated that someone becomes so completely obsessed with one story that they will not rest until it is heard. Kim has been in the business for nearly 30 years. Can you imagine dedicating more than a third of your entire career to one project?! I am sure some of you can. Stacy Peralta made RIDING GIANTS in eight months after the concept began in 2000. Is it any less of a film? Definitely not.
The point is that passion for a story is about as good as it gets when you're a filmmaker. And some people are willing to do anything to realize that vision, even if it means scratching it out on cave walls until you can project it to the world.