700 fans on the ‘April Grace’ Facebook page! Wow, it seems like only yesterday we were hurriedly changing the name from ‘April Riley’ (turns out she’s a teenage pornstar…come to think of it, we should have approached her to do a cameo…). Down at the production office in New Jersey (aka my parents’ house), we used to have a shot of tequila for every 100 fans, but since we unfortunately can’t all be together right now I promised to leak another still from the movie for each 100 fans until the trailer comes out. So here it is lads and lasses, enjoy. . . . . . . . . . . . Justin explaining to Penny why he was to write a poem for ‘April Grace’.
While footage is converted from the raw RED files to editable Quicktime clips we have been hard at work with music supervisor Samira Winter (Emerson College, 2012) who’s bringing together the musical feeling of the film. We’re pretty set on having a score and a soundtrack, because what teenage romantic comedy is complete without a kickass soundtrack? We’re tracking down how to get the rights to some of the bigger artists we’re interested in, like the Ramones and Spoon, but we’ve also gotten permission to use a Fleet Foxes song for festival use, so send in your suggestions! State Radio is also on our want-list for the soundtrack, and seeing as writer George Murray is a great-great-great-great-great-great descendant of the namesake of one of their songs, “The History of Benjamin Darling Part 1,”and as they live in the same town as we do (Cambridge Mass) we hope they’ll be pretty agreeable. We’ll also be using songs from local independent artists Flairgun (www.soundcloud.com/flairgun), June Bloom (http://forestryrecords.com/), and hopefully Such is Life (https:// www.facebook.com/pages/Such-Is-Life/192658174094925) so give these guys a listen! When I’m not working on ‘April Grace,’ I’m trying to track down work in any shape or size like an emaciated vulture for Zandrak Productions and juggling that with my activism. Some of you may know of Troy Davis who was killed by the state of Georgia last week (State Radio actually had a great song called “State of George” about Troy that you can listen to here: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/ x8bcct_state-radio-state-of-georgia_news). He was an African-American convicted of shooting a white police officer twenty years ago. He was sentenced to the death penalty. Since then, 7 of 9 witnesses have rescinded . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Protest outside the penitentiary Troy was held at. their original testament against Troy, but the judge refuses to overturn the case despite no physical weapon nor any shred of murder evidence. Amnesty International fought to keep Troy from facing this unjust end, yet on September 21st 2011 Troy was executed via lethal injection. There’s little room for justice amidst all the prejudice and loopholes, but it still begs the question of whether or not we should have the death penalty at all… On a lighter note, I was on the radio with the THC Show on www.UNregularradio.com last weekend talking about drug policy reform at Emerson College and the greater Boston area, including the concert DVD we’re making for the 22nd Annual Boston Freedom Rally, so give it a listen here: http:// www.mikecann.net/2011/09/emerson-college-refuses-to-recognize.html That’s all for now folks, see you next week with a guest post from cinematographer Shane Seibel.