More Good News!

I am extremely excited and honored to announce that Community First, A Home for the Homeless is one of 24 films selected to be in the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers for the upcoming year. Simply put: "Southern Circuit brings the best of new independent film to communities across the South”.  As part of the tour, our documentary will be screening at six different cities across the southern U.S. Their "year" starts in September, so we will be on their roster then.  For more info go to: https://www.southarts.org/touring-arts/southern-circuit/.

Festival Updates!

We had three fantastic screenings at our world premiere at SXSW and followed that up with two great screenings at The Thin Line Film Fest in Denton.  I was lucky to have several close family members and old friends attend those festivals.  It was great!

Here's what's coming up.  We have been selected to screen at the Greenwich International Film Festival in  May, the Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival in June, and the New Hope Film Festival in July.  And, we are honored to have  been chosen as one of the 37 features in the American Film Showcase for this upcoming year. Among the other films selected were Oscar winner "Free Solo" and Oscar nominated "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" and "RBG". The American Film Showcase (AFS) brings award-winning American films to audiences around the world, offering a view of American society and culture as seen by independent filmmakers. Funded by a grant from the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and produced by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts (SCA), the Showcase highlights the value of film in fostering understanding and cooperation, dialogue and debate. Working with 40-50 selected US embassies and consulates per year, AFS sends American filmmakers and film experts on 7-10 day international cultural diplomacy trips made up of screenings, masterclasses, workshops and press engagements.

SXSW Screening Schedule

Here’s the schedule for the world premiere of Community First, A Home for the Homeless:

Saturday, March 9 at 10:45 AM  at Rollins Theatre at The Long Center
Monday, March 11 at 9:00 PM  at AFS Cinema
Saturday, March 16 at 12:30 PM  at Topfer/ZACH Theatre

I certainly hope to see you there! And, we were thrilled to be included on this list from the Austin American-Statesman: “40 Films we’ve got to see at SXSW 2019”!

SXSW 2019 World Premiere

I am thrilled to announce that my documentary, Community First, A Home for the Homeless, will have its World Premiere at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival here in Austin.

They have not announced the screening schedule yet, but the film festival is between March 8 and March 16. I would be honored to have you attend. Once the screening schedule has been released, we will pass that information on.

Thanks to all of you for your interest and support. I really hope to see you at the Premiere!

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One Year Ago

Today is the one year anniversary of the successful Kickstarter funding for our documentary, Community First, A Home for the Homeless. I want to thank all of you who made a contribution!

I'm happy to say that after working on the film for a year and a half, we finished editing in July 2018 and are now entering it into film festivals. I am extremely excited about sharing this film with everybody. I will keep you informed about festivals, screenings, and Blu-rays as those details become available.

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Thanks again for your support and generosity!


Getting Closer

Just a quick note today, and great news.

We are getting so very close to being finished with editing the documentary, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. We just screened it with Alan and his team, and they loved it. We are sure you will, too.

I see some light at the end of the tunnel. Stay tuned!

Happy New Year

I hope everybody had a safe and happy holiday season. 

Now that the calendar has turned to 2018, we have almost completed the filming for Community First, A Home for the Homeless and have started the post-production process.  As I have begun reviewing the hours of footage and making my notes, I am increasing thrilled about sharing this documentary. Although this is a very slow and tedious process, it is extremely exciting.  Unfortunately, there won't be much to report for a few more weeks, so bear with us.  

Thanks again for your support and patience

For the Inn Crowd

In my opinion, one of the more unique micro-enterprises at Community First! Village is the Community Inn.

In addition to some micro homes, the Community Inn has 4 large teepees and some very distinctive “vintage” campers available for booking on a nightly basis.

"Shasta" the vintage Airstream trailer has AC, a shower, and a fully-equipped kitchenette.

"Shasta" the vintage Airstream trailer has AC, a shower, and a fully-equipped kitchenette.

They are listed on Airbnb and HomeAway, and they have quite a few bookings by people who have no idea where they are located, but simply want to stay there for the unique accommodations.

As with all of the micro-enterprises, the Community Inn is able to contract with residents of the Village to help with maintenance, housekeeping, and cooking, allowing for another way that they can make a dignified income. As Barrett, the innkeeper, says, “It’s a beautiful thing.”

How Does Your Garden Grow

First of all...

With a huge thanks to my wonderful friends, family, and other generous folks, I am proud to announce that we have received pledges reaching our $50,000 Kickstarter goal! As you all probably know by now, if we had not reached our stated goal, we would have received nothing.

Words could never adequately thank you enough for your support. I'm confident that we now have the resources to effectively take our film (once completed) across the country and make a powerful statement of hope for helping our homeless brothers and sisters with the Community First! Village as the blueprint and our documentary as the megaphone. You all are now part of our journey. Any additional pledges will go towards the stretch goals that are listed on our Kickstarter page. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Now, onto this week's video vignette.

The Genesis Gardens are another one of the micro-enterprises at Community First! Village.

Heidi, the director, and her assistant Jim lead a team of residents as they grow an amazing variety of vegetables, herbs, and fruits. They also raise chickens for their eggs, and honey bees that produce, you guessed it, honey.

All of the produce is distributed to the residents on Saturday mornings free of charge. It’s an impressive operation, and it gives several of the residents an opportunity to make a dignified income, which is one of the many secrets to the success of Community First! Village. But having a chance to work with your hands, see the fruits of your labor, and knowing that you’re providing an essential service to your neighbors gives the participants a real sense of accomplishment that can never be overstated.