By Alex Gaylon
I’ve been told that it has never been easy to raise money and make a documentary film. Now with this recession, it’s even more difficult, but we’re creative people and we figure out ways to raise money, work hard, and get by. I have been working on a feature-length documentary about the National Gay Flag Football League for the past year and a half or so. While we have a lot of excitement over at our film’s Facebook page (which I hope you’ll “like” if you haven’t already) and we raised some funds via kickstarter.com to get a computer and hard drives, we haven’t had much luck winning grants that would enable us to spend more time converting, watching, and finally editing the hundreds of hours of footage we’ve acquired. However, we’ve recently put together a new 5 minute trailer that we hope will help our quest for grants and fundraising.
In order to keep the ball rolling, everyone involved in the project has other jobs. I freelance as a videojournalist and have started my own small production company called Karmalize Productions. My passion is live music, so I’m doing what I can to break into the world of filming live performances. Luckily, my roommate is Head Creaghead at Creaghead & Company and she produces wonderful live events. The last video I uploaded was filmed at Heart Of Darkness, my favorite show in NYC, and features Shonali Bhowmik of Tigers and Monkeys performing with HOD’s house band, The Forgiveness . Another fun cameo appearance at HOD was Fred Armisen covering Devo with The Forgiveness.
If I’m not logging Flag Football The Movie footage, editing silly humanitarian news magazine stories, or filming live music, I’m probably blogging about live music at allthingslive.tumblr.com. I post and discuss live music videos that inspire me as well as live music videos that I’ve produced myself. There’s something for everybody, no particular genre; it’s just all live.
Thanks for reading! Now you don’t have to ask me what I’ve been up to!