May 15, 2015 by Todd Lillethun
ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN
Ohio native and former Chicagoan James Flynn has recently met his Kickstarter goal of $15,000 for completion funds toward his doc about Indie rock sensation 12 Rods, titled ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN. Starting out in Oxford, Ohio, 12 Rods earned critical acclaim on their early self-released albums, including a rave 10/10 review from Pitchfork, and was the first U.S. band to be signed to U.K.-based V2 records before their untimely split in 2004. Since many music critics anticipated 12 Rods to eventually make good on their incredible early buzz, LA-based Flynn says the question that has haunted this band (like so many others) is why did those expectations never materialize into something more? Flynn captured the 12 Rods reunion, rehearsals and sold-out concert at First Avenue in Minneapolis back in January, and hopes to be shooting follow-up coverage and interviews over the summer pending the outcome of his campaign. Click here for more details.
A CRY FROM THE HEART
Chicago writer/director Emily Railsback will be leaving for the republic of Georgia this month to shoot A CRY FROM THE HEART, a documentary about the ancient winemaking traditions in Georgia with Chicago sommelier Jeremy Quinn. They will be following 9 different winemakers over the course of the harvest season, and explore the unique connection between the culture and the land which dates back 8,000 years. Over 500 varietals of grapes are found in Georgia, a country considered by many to be the birthplace of wine, and many of the wines in these regions have never been bottled. Emily was inspired to make the film after her own trip to Georgia, and hopes to revitalize interest in these historic regions where winemaking traditions have been passed down through families for generations. She will be taking two local producers, and hiring a Georgian crew and translator for large portions of production, which she anticipates wrapping in November.
Earlier this spring George Desort wrapped production on his latest documentary about the interconnected lives of wolves and moose on Isle Royale in Lake Superior. Wolves were introduced to the island in the 1950’s after an ice bridge allowed them to migrate to the mainland, and as the top predator, they were able to bring the exploding moose population under control. Although their numbers have fluctuated over time, today there only three wolves left on the island, the moose population is exploding, and the entire ecosystem is at risk of collapse. Desort’s documentary is the third film he’s made on the island, and perhaps his most ambitious: he has followed three biologists working there for over 10 years, including 9 years for their winter study. Arriving from Ely, MN in a four-seater deHavilland Beaver airplane each January, the team sets up camp for 6 weeks to continue what has become the longest predator-prey study in the world. George plans on finishing post-production in fall 2015.
Todd Lillethun is a freelance producer and editor at Flicker Effects and student advisor at Northwestern University's MFA program for Documentary Media.