So, it's been a few (dozen) months since I last blogged about the film, and I'll try my best to catch you up on what's all happened in the meantime.
First, most of the time since filming was spent writing, revising, re-revising and editing the book (Rough Cut: Lessons from Endangered Species), which is half of the Deconstructing Eden project.
Rough Cut is now in that glorious stage of life wherein it gets made pretty and a cool person adds their voice to writing the preface. By the late fall - POOF! - the completed book should be hitting the streets.
Around the same time, Deconstructing Eden the film will have its unveiling. There are several things in the works, but for sure it'll premiere by the end of October. Which is weird... since the film will actually be fully cut and sound tracked by the end of this month. It's going to be hard for me to keep it under my hat!
The last film I worked on, Fragile Waters, had my co-director and I scrambling literally until the due date to render a rough cut for Friday Harbor Film Fest. There was no time to breathe then. With DE, I have more time - and that means I can polish it more. Squee!
The third component of the Deconstructing Eden was about public speaking and educational presentations to include the issues in the film. That part has gone really well, too. I've been able to speak about marine mammals at several public events and as a presenter for online webinars for the past two years. The National Biodiversity Teach In events (which I've done twice) were especially gratifying because it involved thousands of students and educators from all over the world.
During the creation of DE and the book I have also spent hundreds of hours volunteering as a marine mammal stranding responder (I am now a board member for Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network). I have been working hard, hands on, to protect species that inspire me daily.
So, here's a brief timeline for this project as everything is unveiled:
The film should premiere around (likely before) October 15, 2017. Location and event info TBA
Rough Cut (the book) will hit the streets after mid October 2017, as well. I will update the book info on this site when a release date is announced.
A FREE online screening of DE will happen around Christmas. An event registration form online will need to be filled out to participate and viewership is capped at the first 20 people to register. The registration form will inserted into a blog post, sometime this fall.
From now until the film premieres I will try to blog once a week and update as needed.
In other news, I've begun a new book project. This one centers on the global issue of poaching. I spent the month of February this year in Tanzania as part of research for this story. Without giving away too many details I'm exploring the factors most responsible for illegal wildlife trafficking and poaching. To do so, I'm traveling to Africa, Asia and around North America to gain insight into difficult issues. My goal is start an honest conversation about those issues, and bring light to real causes/effects.
Saving marine mammals, research, education.... these are the cornerstones for every project I've taken on since 2011. I am grateful and thrilled to continue doing so. For me, it's the rent I pay for Life on this beautiful planet.
Award-winning filmmaker, Bestselling author and journalist.