LUCKY DUCKS SWIMMING ON AMAZON
Three years. Thousands of miles of travel. A hundred and eighty hours of footage. Weeks spent in the editing suite with Cob Carlson. One festival. One nomination for BEST DOC.
Frantic swimming against the tide of the newly diminished indie market, but finally we are out on DVD and for all the people who have written in and asked how to get it or see it and for all those who have not – now is your chance.
What is I think (and OK, I’m prejudiced) is special and ultimately very valuable about this DVD is along with the Lucky Ducks film we have included fifty minutes of interviews with experts. I made the executive decision that we’d use those for our bonus materials instead of funny shots of us in India or the goofy outake scenes that usually end up on DVDs, and believe me I like them and we had some great ones. But I thought this would be a much more important learning tool if we let the experts speak.
The original intent of the film did get kind of side-tracked as most docs do, but the way I could nudge it back to the original concept was in the bonus material section. So what you will get is a twenty-minute interview with adolescent therapist and best selling author Madeline Levine, who wrote The Price Of Privilege. We have ten minutes of another amazing expert and the author of Teens In Turmoil – Carol Maxym. We have the “Teen Whisperer” chiming in on how he handles problems. We have Paul Williams who along with being an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, and Golden Globe, Hall of Fame songwriter, is a recovery activist who travels the world speaking at AA and sobriety conventions. Paul speaks candidly about what parents should do in dealing with kids who are starting down that path. He also gives some important tips on how to maybe help them from even getting to that place. And then we have some unprecedented footage with James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces, who has acknowledged his own problems with addictions and tells us some of the things that might have been done to stop him and what he would do with his kids.
Finally, we have Taylor three years after the fact talking to kids about how she felt then, how the film changed her and how she feels now. And of course I can never shut me up so there is the director’s interview and a hunk of footage shot in India when I had one of my bigger epiphanies of the last decade.
So please…tell your friends. Pass this on.
Many people have asked for it. Everyone who sees it says it has truly opened their eyes to issues in their past and present. I’m not saying this because I made it; it is worth the $19.99 if only for the bonus material. But the movie is fun too!!!!
And because life being what it is and me not having a press agent for this project, I have to take out my horn and do a little blowing of my own here. So these are some of the comments from people who have seen Lucky Ducks:
“Ever since I met you I’ve had a very high opinion of your brains and ability to be outrageously funny. But Lucky Ducks surpassed everything that I might have expected. The clear-eyed honesty, lack of self regard, and irony of your film are extraordinary, as is the fundamental tenderness with which you handled both Taylor and in the little vignettes Glenn.
Also, you must be one hell of a director to have elicited that performance from Taylor.”
LOUIS BEGLEY, Author of ABOUT SCHMIDT – WAR TIME LIES
“LOVED YOUR FILM!! Benton and I both thought it was MARVELOUS.It was true and awful and sweet and loving and oh, so wrenching. Upsetting,just what it needed to be. I thought the cinematography was wonderful and your direction was SUPERB. What a TALENT you have. The many vistas and locations, our beautiful neighborhood, all the young girls and finally, Taylor was incredible. She was wonderfully shrill when yelling and yet so very still and contained and vulnerable and strong in her own way. One can feel it, feel her despair and feel you through her. And finally, you were AMAZING as an actress. One of the most stunning and touching things was that you, who are always beautiful and sexy, allowed yourself to be filmed in every way: with smeared makeup and without it, with swollen eyes, looking anxious, tired and stressed…but mostly, the shocker was that you opened yourself wide and showed us your pain, who you are and every vulnerability. TOTALLY COURAGEOUS and what a thrilling film. BRAVO and heartiest CONGRATULATIONS. Nor to foget, Glenn was extraordinary! Thank you for such a beautiful, thoughtful and true film.”
“Recovering. What an amazing experience. You really have created a fantastically raw, powerful and mesmerizing film that is going to have people arguing, searching themselves, thinking about their mothers, about their children and their rel’ships…. . What really impresed me is that it moves from being a chirpy, well-informed and intelligent investigation into spoilt Park Ave children and turns itself into a darker, more wrenchingly personal cinema verite doc about a mother and her daughter and their very complicated interaction. But you made the right choice: the shift felt true, as if in making the movie you moved deeper into yourself and realized this went beyond $5000 handbags and into much more complex areas, and the viewer goes with you.”
JONATHAN BURNHAM, Chief Editor Harper Collins
“Your movie was so honest and funny. I thought it was brilliant. Really identified.”
” What a moving experience the screening was for me. There were so many synchonicities..The film had so much wisdom to impart while being completely entertaining not a small achievment. After reexamining all my values reliving all the pain and frustration, I am left with the truth that the Mother- Daughter relationship is just overwhelming.”
SOMEONE I NEVER MET
“Congrats on a job well done…the film is fast-paced, interesting, and so very very brave…it made me go home and set limits and type up a list of chores for Luca! Very thought-provoking…”
JESSICA VELMANS FROM ABC
“Your movie is shocking and touching and upsetting and scary and brave. Thanks for sending it.”
“Your movie is extraordinary; I think you’re really brave to do such a no holds barred film; it is bound to provoke a huge amount of debate and launch 1,000 columns.”
JOANNA COLES, Editor-in-Chief of Marie-Claire
“I think everyone should see this movie, Lucky Ducks!!!”
So there you have it….
If you happen be by the newsstand today, in this month’s MARIE-CLAIRE we are featured in Abigail Pesta’s Q and A on page 101.
And on April 23 Deborah Eckerling is doing a Q and A for her writer’s website Writeononline..com