Last August, my wife kept insisting that I cancel the auditions for our next film "Wreckage." I had been in and out of the hospital with terrible head pain and the diagnosis was meningitis. However, I was absolutely convinced that any day I would wake up symptom free and able to resume normal activity. But as the days wore on and the auditions got closer, I hadn't gotten better, I hadn't written the screenplay and I started to accept reality. This was NOT going to happen. Reluctantly, I informed the 60 or so high school students that we would not be making a film this fall. I wondered if we ever would.
As many of you may know I ended up with a really bad case of Cocci (Valley Fever) Meningitis, which is basically a fungus growing in my brain, causing a stroke, seizures and threatening to take me down. An emergency brain surgery was performed to administer anti-fungal meds straight into my brain and that turned the tide. I began a long, slow journey back to health. I'm feeling much better these days, though not 100%, so I would really appreciate your prayers for my continued healing. God has been so faithful to us and I’m thrilled that we were able to resume work on our film.
During my recovery, not only was I able to write the screenplay for Wreckage, but also to complete our new venture "Film School for Teens" which is an online curriculum for homeschool students.
Wreckage is a post apocalyptic story about a world where everyone over the age of 10 vanishes leaving children to fend for themselves. Now it is 7 years later and these kids have never seen an adult in that time. Then one day, a man wanders in to their town.
We've got an incredible cast and I'm so excited to begin production. We'll be shooting on location in Winslow Arizona in March.
Wreckage will premiere on May 10th at Harkins Norterra at the 4th Annual NXNW High School Film Festival. If you're in high school, I invite you to submit a short film to our festival and we will consider it for screening.
I give thanks to God for carrying us through this trial and I'm eager to see what the Lord has in store for me and my family. If you homeschool your kids, I highly recommend you check out our new curriculum. It's a fun and entertaining course that covers so much more than the technical aspects of filmmaking from creative writing to expressing your faith to critical thinking about the media we consume. In my opinion this is CRITICAL information in the digital age. Visit the website or call us for more information! 602-471-1995.