A Great Moment

My experience at Ventura Film Society Festival 2010 was just wonderful!

This was my first festival and is a big step on the road to finishing this docu. I was apprx. three weeks editing a 37:50 min cut. It was intense work requiring my full-time attention. It’s taken me this long to get back to any kind of regular schedule. My other work was put on hold and I now am trying to catch up with neglected projects. The great thing for me is that I now feel like the feature length version is becoming a reality. I’m just a bit less than halfway there. I was cutting a new version up until two hours before screening time.

We were in the honored position of closing the festival. The festival this year featured the great director, Paul Mazursky, who showed eight of his films as a retrospective of his amazing achievement. One of his films, “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” starred the late, Robert Culp. This movie was released in September 1969, just one week before Emmett discovered his “Free Hands” tapping method. It was a groundbreaking film that questioned the sexual mores of the time and among a few other films of the time, was a key symbol at the height of the cultural revolution of the ’60s.

I may be able to post some pix and/or video clips from the event. There were still and video shooters continuously for the Q&A and performances. The idea of having Stick performances after the screening to close the festival was brilliant! It gave the audience a full immersion in the subject. The audience was very responsive and inquisitive. Lots of questions, mostly directed toward Emmett. It was a packed house, albeit a small theater. Not sure how large but I’d say 150 people.

Thanks to all who’ve given me their support on this “labor of love” project.

Under the wire

I finished a 37:50 min cut yesterday, just in time for the festival. It was extremely challenging, but it’s done now. I’m very happy with it. Of course it’s only a WIP, but  I can see the full length version more clearly now.  I will make some private screenings. Right now anyone can see it 8:20 pm Sunday at the Ventura Film Society Festival. Along with Q&A and performances by Emmett, Don Schiff and Kevin Keith all playing The Stick.

info at:  http://www.venturafilmsociety.com/about.html

EMMETT at The Ventura Film Society Festival 2010

Yes it’s official!

I’m happy to announce a special screening of a 30 minute work-in progress cut from my documentary “EMMETT” on the closing night of The Ventura Film Society Festival 2010. There will be Q&A session immediately after the screening, followed by  solo performances by Chapman Stick artists, Emmett Chapman, Don Schiff and Kevin Keith.

When: Sunday evening, March 28th 2010, 8:20pm

Where: The Ventura Film Society Festival 2010. The Elks Lodge, 11 South Ash Street, Ventura, CA 93001

More info is here: http://www.venturafilmsociety.com/about.html

You’re invited…

Huge thank you Manny

I just wanted to thank Manny Tau for setting up this wonderfully cool NEWS page.  Just brilliant work.

Screening at Raleigh Studios

Last Tuesday my new work-in-progress trailer was screened in the Mary Pickford Theater at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. It was the first large viewing, including a brief question and answer session attended by apprx. 50 industry professionals and friends.  From the Heart Productions & Carole Dean of the Roy W. Dean Film & Video Grants produced the event.

I showed a just-completed, shorter trailer that had some of the new footage I’d been shooting. The reaction was wonderful!

I’d been editing non-stop for five straight days and didn’t think I’d make it. The screening was at 6pm and my last cut was at 4:30pm. Whew!

//Dan

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Emmett - a documentary by Dan Chapman

This is a documentary about my brother, who has been a role model for me all my life. Thousands of people in many countries have also been influenced and inspired by him. This film is a window into an unusual creative community. The Stick has been used by groups like Aerosmith, King Crimson, Santana, Dave Matthews Band, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Robbie Robertson, Paula Cole, Tangerine Dream, The Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soliel, among many more from around the planet. – Dan