back to square one

I’ve found myself back at square one with the Tibet documentary film project. Actually to say “back” is misleading because I think we skipped over square one in the first place!

As it stands now, Andrea is moving to India next month, and the film is now 100% in my hands. One powerful lesson I’ve learned over the last few months is that it takes a tremendous amount of time to produce a documentary film – on the order of months if not years. Of these two new developments, I’ve decided to re-assess. Basically to discard any previous notions and start from the beginning.

This is more than necessary, as I was beginning to get discouraged, or at least feel overwhelmed by the complexity and enormity of the project!

Recently, I had the good fortune to meet with a professional dicumentary film editor, Kathleen Dargis. She turned me on to a book entitled “Trailer Mechanics” by Fernanda Rossi, and it is walking me through the steps to fully understand my motivations and desires for making a film. This is so important for if I’m going to dedicate the next year of my life to this project, then I better be doing it fir the right reasons, or I’ll get burned out, or worse just fail miserably!

So now I am starting to develop a concept around the values and topics that I am interested in… and then the next step will be to create a fundraisibg trailer that will demonstrate the idea to foundations and potential finders, as well ad become a tool for developing an audience for the film.

My current production schedule;

Nov-Dec -Fundraise from my immediate network while working on concept. Perhaps a few intimate evenings where I can show footage, talk about the project and get support.

Jan-Feb – Edit the trailer

March – ? apply for grants, private donors, create events. Also this will be when I will be doing additional interviews or filming to support the new film story/framework.

Stat tuned!

blog a day

Well, now that I’ve got this handy iPhone WordPress App, I might as well start blogging everyday…

so the goal here is to publish a daily trials and tribulations, deep thoughts, and big questions, while not making too many typos.

here we go!

Why is Back Online – Update

I did a little digging now that tribe is up again and here are some info & links to explain what has been going on with

From what I understand, there is a very small crew of people keeping alive right now – I’m talking 2 – 4 people if I understand it correctly. They attempted to move the physical location of from one set of computers to another, but a series of hardware and social problems have set in. Tangled wires, faulty equipment, politics, frayed nerves, rabid dogs and who knows what else.

I don’t think they succeeded in moving tribe’s servers, and the process of bringing it back online was anything but smooth, so once they got tribe plugged back in it kept crashing cause everyone was hitting it so hard trying to get back on!

Now apparently Darren Mckeeman – Operations Manager @ has resigned,
(read it here from on Darren’s twitter blog: ),

apparently because his co-worker Mark Pincus cursed at him:

Meanwhile DJ Shatter has been helping put tribe back together,

while also planning an escape route; a site for tribe refugees:

and then Shatter and his dog were attacked by a Pitbull:

and his hands are all messed up.

So its seems like its a miracle that tribe is working at all, and it is also a very real possibility that unless some brilliant, amazing, dedicated hardworking people step-up to the plate, tribe may eventually collapse under its own weight.

If you want to get in on some discussions and be in contact with Mark Pincus:

Darren Mckeeman
(and here is the official company blog: but don’t know how useful that is.)