The Ducks Have Hatched
After two years of work by many extraordinarily talented people—such as Gabriel Judet- Weinshel, George Nicholas, Cob Carlson, Bharadwaj Ramani, and Bruce Roberts, my crew in India and the amazing Paul Williams—we have finished our documentary LUCKY DUCKS. For me it has been the experience of a lifetime, both professionally and personally. Aside from all the professional talent that made if possible, my daughter and star of the film, Taylor, went the distance and allowed herself to be filmed under really difficult situations. This is not easy for anyone, and even more so when you are at that age where others’ opinions of you mean so much. But, she was a grand solider and trundled on with me across the world, asking questions and seeking answers, all the while under a microscope ourselves.
We are now waiting to hear from the grand pooba of festivals, Sundance. We are blessed to have Rena Ronson of William Morris as our sales-rep and my executive producer and manager Richard Arlook is keeping all our ducks in a row. I do need to let the duck metaphor sink…sorry. Sadly, because Sundance requires you to be a world premiere we have had to turn down a few festivals already. One of them was Aroon Shivasdani’s MAHINDRA INDO-AMERICAN ARTS COUNCIL FESTIVAL, which was better than ever this year. I was so sorry to miss out on being in it, but I got to take part in a panel and felt like a real lucky duck (last one) as we got see Danny Boyle’s masterpiece SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE at its New York Premiere. All of you go out and see it…NOW!
We did have two friends and family screenings of LD at The SoHo House in October. The response was better than I could have dreamt. You have all been so generous in your comments and feedback. I have slipped the DVD to a few other friends to see, but now it’s locked up and we just have to see where it goes.
Like any project that has consumed you for so long, I miss so many of the quotidian details of our life while we were making it. I miss the “guys”: sometimes we forget Gabe isn’t there with his camera and George with his lights and too often we wish they still were—even Taylor misses them which is really saying something. I miss heading up to Providence, Rhode Island every other week, where I edited at Tango Pix under the expert eyes of Curt Worden and Gloria Bailen. And the control freak in me misses being in charge. But, like letting go of a child when it is grown, it is time to let LUCKY DUCKS go and see how it manages to survive on its own in the big world.