Very satisfied feeling hangin' with the best. Left to right Don Schiff, Greg Howard, me, Tony Levin and Gene Perry.

A very satisfied feeling hangin’ with the best after the screening. Left to right Don Schiff, Greg Howard, me, Tony Levin and Gene Perry.

The big news this summer was a 42 minute work-in-progress screening to a receptive audience at the American Jewish University for Free Hands Academy.

The healthy community that has grown around this new way of playing music is the very definition of grassroots – growing from the root upwards. There is nowhere else where I’ve experienced this kind of community phenomenon more strongly than at the Free Hands Academy this August.

Ten years ago, I started making this documentary by just jumping in, with a simple faith in the project and its subject, but nearly no funding. Of course I do feel a lot of pressure to finish it now. Editing is in process on the twenty hours we shot at the AJU and some highlights will be posted as soon as possible, starting with The State Of The Stick conference that took place on Saturday 8/16 with eight great players – Gene Perry, Greg Howard, Gary Jibilian, Steve Adelson, Emmett Chapman, Don Schiff, Dale Ladoucear and Bob Culbertson.