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Groundbreaking Documentary ***NEED HELP***

Nathan D.
user 6763444
Seattle, WA
Post #: 18
Hi folks!!!

It's been awhile since I have seen you all. Hope all is well.
I live down in Puyallup but work in Renton now for Microsoft
so hopefully it's easier for me to start attending meetings.
I just started volunteering to help juvenile offenders and
also with Big Brothers Big Sisters, both as a mentor. This
on top of working full time has made my hobbies take
a backseat unfortunately...

After spending the last couple years post UW graduation trying
to find work in media/film to no avail, I have decided to pursue
a Master's in International Relations in Europe next year. Does
anyone have any insight on this? Has anyone lived/worked/
studied overseas as a US citzen? My dream is to be able
to penatrate the market more concretely this way. To
work in a media capacity with the likes of the UN, Human
Rights Watch, Amnesty International, PBS FRONTLINE WORLD,
etc....

So, onto what my subject heading for this post is about. I
recently found my biological father through a half sister on
Facebook who I have yet to meet in person. I found
out he lives in Cabo Mexico. I have yet to contact him
and haven't seen him since I was 3. Acording to my mom,
they parted ways on good terms. Ron, my biological father,
did everything from acting, working for the federal reserve,
to financing time shares which he apparently still does now,
at age 70+. I would like to make a documentary about my
journey to set out and meet him. A road trip, from Seattle
to Cabo. Or, if too dangerous, from Seattle to San Diego,
and a flight on to Cabo from there. I want to chronical
my life from inception to now. Which in it of itself was
story worthy as I was born at 26 weeks weighing 1.4 lbs.
in Bismarck, ND.

I am looking for a couple experienced and reliable film makers
who would only need a budget for food and travel. I have a Sony
High Def, 40GB, hard disk drive camcorder. A 500 GB ext hard drive and a
Gateway laptop (Windows 7, AMD Phenom II Triple Core 2.10 GHz
processor with 4 GB of DDR3 memory and a 500 GB internal hard drive).
I imagine we'd each need a budget of about $3000 and I am looking
to set and do this come May/June of next year.

Who would be interested in this? Who has experience with documentary film
making? I would need some more equipment for lighting/sound and
someone who can edit the project and has FCP experience. I cannot
provide monetary compensation but I believe if this film is done right
and if I can have a team of around me of 2-3 people who help mold
the creative process that this film could be entered into every major
film festival at feature length and we could gain some major exposure
and maybe a ticket into the industry. I have connections at KIRO, KING 5,
KBTC-TACOMA (PBS AFFILIATE) as I interned at each station. I am hoping
we could get them to air part, or all of it; at least stream it on their
websites as an initial release. Then hopefully submit it to SIFF, NW Film Forum,
Tacoma Film Festival and then on to Sundance and Cannes =D

Not to mention it would be an amazing time roadtripping and seeing new
sights, meeting new people!!!! Does anyone speak Spanish? I speak
a little...I imagine we wouldn't need more than a month to undertake
the trip and a couple months afterward for editing. We could have it ready
in time for all the film festivals in the fall.

Please let me know if you would be interested in participating, and even if
not, providing any advice and/or related stories would be helpful as well.

You can all find me on Facebook or LinkedIN in to connect as well.
I can exchange numbers with those that message me directly.

Cheers,

Nathan
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