Interview by Film Courage with Bill Duke

Hey everyone, I am back.  I have been laying low for the last 4 1/2 months. A lot is going on with with me. I have lots of responsibilities now: I am leading a veterans mental health advocacy group, on the Board of Trustees for a veterans art center, my radio show, writing various things,  starting a new personal blog, returning to filmmaking, starting a film company, and returning and this blog.

Anyway, I am starting to watch Film Courage’s interviews again. If you are an actor, screenwriter or a filmmaker you need to watch Film Courage interviews. You will get so much out them. They have a YouTube channel and they post every week.

I have been watching an interview they recently did with the actor and director the great Bill Duke.  I think you will get  a lot out of it, so enjoy

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The Plan.

So I went on a veterans retreat over the weekend. it gave me break from everything and time to breathe.  I got clear my head and relax.  So here is what I come up with as far as the plans for as our work and the production company: In the next 30 day we will become a LLC and do all the legal things we need to do.  We are going to start our crowdfunding campaign  in about 40 days. The next 2 months I am doing all the research for my feature film, then I am going away for 10 or 14  days to write the film. In 3 months we will shoot Dumbsaints.  This gives me enough time to do director and acting prep. I also need to loose a little weight and build up in order to play Kerouac.

What I need: a Unit Production Manager. I am wearing to many hats and UPM can’t be one of them.  I just don’t have the time.  Also we are still looking for a woman to join our production company.  I want women to be involved.  So if you are in the Tampa Bay area and you want to join a serious production company is me up.  One of my main goals is to bring women into film business. They are woefully under represented.  That had to change. So  if you are a producer or director/ producer contact me. Help us create an amazing film company.

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So what has been up with me and the crew.

Hey all.  After a long hiatus I am back here to share with you what is going on with me, 11 Bang Bang and Dumbsaints. As for me I slugging away. I have an art show in May that I am working on, and I am leading a veterans’ mental health advocacy group.  I also have a radio show that I am pretty proud of.  As far as 11 Bang Bang goes, I am working on the incorporation of 11BB.  We are looking for people to invest in our production company. At least get us up and running.  We have 2 solid projects in the works, and we also want to do a web series in the near future.  This will help us break into TV which is something I really want to do.  Well all are doing a crash course in crowdfunding and social media. We each a 3 books from Seed & Sparks; which is the crowdfunding platform we will be raising money from.  I am growing my hair out so I can play Jack Kerouac.

Also I have to go to the media about my arrest and give them the facts about my arrest. I  have to get that out before the crowdfunding campaign. The record is wrong and I have to fix it.

If you want to read about the arrest go to Explanation.

I am going to be writing here a lot more. I really need to invest time in my writing. And there is a lot to write about, and not all of it is about film and art.

And one last thing, we are looking for a female filmmaker who a producer producer/director.  We want   female input to what we are doing.



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Production Company

So here is some good news: I am starting a production company with my very good friend Ken Anthony and Nil Patel.  Nil is a guy we met to discuss about him doing photography for Dumbsaints and quickly realized that Nil had to play a bigger roll. He is a smart and talented cat, who will make a huge impact. He will be responsible for marketing, distribution and branding.

Right now we have a short film called Dumbsaints and the feature film on sex trafficking and combat veteran issues. I am writing the feature and Dumbsaints was written by the very accomplished Casey Mensing whom I have known for 20 years.  Our production company  will soon be known for putting out amazing and powerful work. We are developing a 5 year plan and are very confident we will become a serious film company.

We want to find a forth partner who is a female filmmaker to join us. As you may know, I am committed to bringing and supporting female filmmakers into the business.  She needs to be an ambitious producer or producer/director  that thinks big and wants to succeed living in the Tampa Bay or Southeast area of the country.

We want to not only produce film content, but look into developing and producing long form storytelling whether it is for TV or the web.  We also may look into ventures like comic books or graphic novels, but whatever we do, we want to put great content.


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Here are some things to check out. 5 July 17 Edition part 1

Good morning. Much to do as always. If you are a producer or director you are always working, and you are always thinking new things, another book to read, another meeting to have, a podcast to watch and the list goes on.  I have a such a long list of books I need to tackle. I am getting back to work on my feature. Right now it is read read read.

Here are some links I came across that you may find useful.

 Here is Indie Wire suggestion of the best 17 movies for this year.  And from 17 must see movies of the year so far.




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18 Feb 13: Here is what actually went down. The facts behind my arrest and the film I was working on.

So if you have followed me and my work know that I was working on a film about sexual violence. The idea came to me in 2011 after watching a friend do advocacy in stopping it.  Those who followed me knew that I had teamed up with the very talented screenplay writer Semone Fournillier. She wrote a first draft for the film, and she and I we were researching the topic. I was doing research by going into chat rooms that dealt with sex, where I spoke to a lot of people: Victims and perpetrators. I reported as many predators as I could, and gave advice and websites information to survivors of sexual abuse. Website like Then I was arrested on 13 Feb 13:   Electronic solicitation of a minor and traveling to meet the child and her mom.  This is the farthest thing from the truth. As a matter of fact 10 days before I had set up a meeting with the mother and called the police to let them know that a mother was trying to find men to have sex with her daughter and that I had set up a meeting so that they could arrest her. Here is what really happened and how you can help me. Please share my story and help me clear my name. As for the film I was working on: It is now a film that deals with sex trafficking in America and combat veterans issues.

This is what happened:

So a little about me…I come from a broken family. My Mother was severely mentally ill and my Father was an alcoholic who committed suicide when I was 12. I should be a statistic, dead or in Prison, but instead I joined the army when I was 20. I became a paratrooper, Airborne Infantry 11B1P, in the 82nd Airborne Division where I, eventually, became a Team Leader. I was going to Ranger School, re-enlist, join Special Forces and make a career in the army, but in May of ‘94 I broke my back on a jump. I was medically retired in 95. In 2003, my injuries came back to haunt me and I was unable work. I fought against the VA for benefits which I deserved, creating a very difficult time for me. It was during this time that I became an alcoholic. In 2009 I went to rehab and haven’t drank since.

I am, also, a filmmaker. When I realized I was not going to go to film school, I decided to teach myself and gained the respect of the film community for being a very knowledgeable and motivated filmmaker. I was, and am, a leader in my community: I was on the Board of Directors for a film organization and on the advisory board for a local college. I now work with a group to ensure that veterans are receiving excellent mental health care at the VA, which I sympathize.

As you can see, I am a self-made man. I have cultivated myself, and have worked hard at it.  For those who have been following my work, they know I have been developing a film on sexual violence, which is now about sex trafficking. I wrote about it in my film blog, discussed it with people in the community and gave copies of the script to people close to me. This was inspired, in the summer of 2011, by the work of a friend, Marilyn Bray, who has worked tirelessly to end sexual violence. She worked at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay as a manager and has been involved with the Take Back the Night campaign.

In 2011 I teamed up with the very talented writer, who in 2014 graduated from (AFI) American Film Institute, Semone Fournillier. For research, we went to the Crisis Center to get a better understanding of sexual violence. We also read numerous articles.Semone began writing the screenplay and in May of 2012 and sent me the 1st rough draft (which I have along with the email that contains it, and is registered with the Writers Guild West.) It was good but needed work. It explored topics like underage prostitution, pedophiles, and predators who prey on children. This was heavy subject matter that needed to be addressed and looked into.

In my continuing research, I found a website which kept coming up that had chat rooms where, I discovered, both predators and victims go. There I was able to chat and interview both victims of sexual abuse and predators. For victims, I would give them information for where they could go for help based off of their zip code and would encourage them to turn in their abuser.

With predators, however, I would gain their trust and would get them to begin chatting on Yahoo messenger. There, I would get them to give details of what crimes they were committing or had in the past done. With this information, I would report them using Yahoo’s Harm or Threat to a Child Abuse page where you can report people who pose a threat to children. I would copy and paste our chats and include them in the reports. Other times, if I knew enough information, I would report them to their local or state authorities. I got very good at posing as predator and very good at getting information. I learned that you have to talk a certain way. I, also, learned to ask a lot of leading questions. This is something I did throughout this situation. Is it disturbing? Yes, but we are talking about some heinous people with serious sexual dysfunctions.

On 8 Feb, I noticed a screen name that indicated that the person was a mom in Florida and upon my reading her profile, she was a pedophile mom. I messaged her and she told me she was looking for men to have sex with her 10 year old daughter. We soon began to chat on yahoo messenger, which I used to interview people, as I mentioned before. It also allowed me to turn predators in. I then went to the website chat room, found a moderator and told him that the woman was trying to find men to have sex with her daughter. He then banned her. Soon after that she was banned, she asked if I had gotten her kicked off the site and I told her no I hadn’t. I asked her where she lived and she told me that she resided in Sarasota. As we were chatting on Yahoo, our conversations implicated her and her intentions, so, then, I went to Yahoo’s Threat and Abuse to Minors report page. I gave them all the necessary information and copied and pasted our conversation.

Since she lived in Sarasota, I came up with a plan to get her arrested. I planned on setting up a meeting, then call the police and give them all the information needed and get her arrested. I set up a meeting for that night and finally got her address. I looked up the Sarasota Sheriffs phone number, then I told her that I was on my way to Sarasota and it would take me about an hour to get there. Right after that I called the Sarasota Sheriff’s Department. I spoke with the first deputy and told him every bit of information I had and everything that was supposed to happen, also that she was expecting me in an hour. We got off the phone and 5 minutes later another deputy called me. Once again I gave him all the information. We got off the phone and in 5 minutes another deputy called me and once again I gave him the information I had and that she was expecting me to be there in 50 minutes. He then told me that on Monday detectives would be calling me. I waited and about an hour and a half later she wrote me asking me if I was on my way. I told her no. Then, soon after that she asked me if I had called the police on her which I emphatically denied.

I was livid at the police, to say the least. I was thinking, how could they have blown this. It was so simple. But here is what I did not know, I called the police on police. Yes, I called the Sarasota Sheriff’s Department on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Later, when I called the “mom” it confirmed to the FDLE that it was me who had called the police because my number matched up with the number Sarasota Sheriffs given them. So the FDLE agents then decided to continue pretending to be a mom looking for a man to have sex with her daughter, even though I had set up a meeting with her and called the Sheriffs. I continued to pretend I was a predator, unaware of what was happening, and I played the part well. Too well.

The next day we continued to converse. She acted like she was freaked out from the police showing up, so I tried to calm her down. I even told her to delete her yahoo account knowing that our conversations were on a server somewhere. Same goes for text messages. I was trying to be as believable as I could be. I did this know that nothing would be erased and that all of her communications were saved. I was also trying to figure out how she did not get arrested, so I asked if her daughter knew how to keep secrets? What she said was chilling: she said that, she had told her daughter if she had said a word about anything, “that her happy life would go away, that she would never see her mom again, and that all of her friends would go away…no more parties, no more sleep overs and no more pretty dresses. I had asked her if she had been talking to any other men and she said she had; however, she liked the way I talked, so I continued to talk the way I did. Later, I told her that I would be down that night and for her to find a friend for her son to spend the night with. She said she would.

Instead of going down to Sarasota that night, however, I went to the Hub bar and watched a band play. By me telling her I would be down that night, she would not schedule anyone else to come to see her daughter and would stay up waiting for me. I want to make a huge point here: if I really wanted to have sex with her daughter I would have went down to Sarasota that night. Now if it was a sting, I had the perfect cover because I had called the night before. I would have been able to say, “Hey I called last night, but you did nothing. I came here tonight so I could force you to do something.” I had the PERFECT COVER. But instead I went to bar to see a band play, leaving them waiting.

Monday 11 Feb: On Friday, the Sheriff’s Deputy had told me that detectives would be calling me on Monday; which why I never called the Sheriffs back. I figured the detectives would be more competent than the deputies. So I waited and waited and waited. No call. Next day I waited and still, no call. I had decided that if they did not call by Wednesday I would get her arrested here in Tampa. They never did, so I setup a meeting for Thursday night. My plan was simple, when she was on her way I would call the police and have them waiting there for her. Then she called and said she had to cancel and that she would call me the next day. The next day she contacted me first, as she always did, and she explained to me that she did not come the night before because she did not want her daughter to miss a day of school. I thought this to be a strange answer, because here she is wanting her daughter to have sex with a grown man but did not want her to miss a day of school. This would play a part in me not thinking she was real.

Finally, on Monday 18 Feb, we decided to meet that night. Here is something I did, though, contrary to our normal conversations…I tried to talk her out of coming to Tampa and talk some sense into her. Her getting arrested and everything that would happen would be very traumatic to the daughter, so I asked the mom,” Are you absolutely sure that you want to do this? This could be very detrimental on your relationship as well as to her. Why don’t you take a day or two to think about it?”

Before I could finish she said, “No, no, no…”, she was absolutely sure. A little bit later, she mentioned her boyfriend, whose name before was Bill or Brad before, but was now Mike. A complete name change of her boyfriend. This would be one of many reasons I did not call the police that night. Not much was adding up. The biggest thing was her boyfriend’s name changing. Also, the fact that nothing had happened to her when the police showed up and that the police never followed up with me. Their detectives never connected me. Also my gut said that this was a hoax.

Now it was time to meet up. She was continuing to pretend, so I decided to meet up, just in case I was wrong and there was in fact there was a 10 year old girl needing to be saved.

I went to meet her, however, I did not call the police and here is why:

  1. I never spoke to or seen a picture of her daughter.
  2. Her boyfriend’s name changed.
  3. The picture sent me really of her didn’t look that much like the one in her profile.
  4. The excuse about not coming up the Thursday before as well as other excuses.

However, if the daughter had been real, I had a simple plan to get the mom arrested: once we got back at my house I would call 911 and then hang up. When you do this, 911 immediately calls you back. Then I would tell the mom that it was a business call and leave the room, explain the situation and wait for the police to show up and arrest the mom thereby saving the daughter. The police had a lot to go off of, the Sarasota Sheriff call, text messages, and yahoo chat logs. I went to the meet because what if there was a 10 year old needed to be saved? Yes, it was incredibly stupid for not covering my ass by calling the police, but I did what I thought was right, and I was not trying to have sex with a little girl. But, as I said before, a big part of me thought this was a hoax.

Was I convincing? Absolutely. Once at the moms prompting, I would create situations then I would ask her what she thought of them? I wanted to know what this person was about and capable of. Also, keep in mind that I have a lot of experience dealing with these people. So I know how to talk to them. I went as far as saying I had viewed and had in my possession child pornography, which we know I did not have because they didn’t find any on my computers or from my internet records. The FDLE had forensic computer experts go through 2 computers of mine and found absolutely nothing.

Also, look at what was on my plate at the time. The year I was arrested, 2013, I had 4 shorts films to produce, one was about to start an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign and go into preproduction. I was researching 3 films. One of which was a documentary on South Sudan which I was directing and producing. For that film, I was scrambling to raise funds so that I could take my film crew up to Washington D.C. for the Jonglei Peace Conference. In addition to that, I was on the Board of Directors for a film organization, with which I also did their social media outreach and on an Advisory Board for a local college. I would work from the time I woke up until I went to bed, if I went to bed.

Why I took a plea deal.

I entered in the plea (in best interest plea deal) for a few a reason: first, jury trials are a crap shoot. I would have 6 people not 12 deciding my fate; and as we know all too well, many innocent people rot in prison because a jury got it wrong. You also do not know the pride or prejudices of the jurors, and with a charge of this nature they may have only heard the charge and nothing else. Here’s a question I considered, would the jury have been given the chance to get to know who I am? I don’t know. Would they hear the case or just the charge? I was looking down the barrel of 30 plus years in prison, if convicted. No ifs, and, or buts. There would be no second chances or best 2 out of 3. My life would have been over, and I would be marked for the rest of my life as a violent sexual offender. Considering all of this information, I listened to my council of friends, my lawyer, who would have taken this to trial, and to my best friend. I talked to people who know how our system works and have had a lot of experience with the judicial system. I do not have faith in our judicial system. I haven’t for a long time now. The system is set up to incarcerate and put as many people into that system as it can.

So, I took the plea deal and plead to a 3rd degree felony of Child Neglect with 5 years probation and is ADJUDICATED even though the DA admitted in court, before a judge, that I was innocent and did not have ill intent. So I am going to be for the rest of my life a felon and will follow me for the rest of my life. I have lost many rights and will be discriminated because of this felony. This includes my 2nd amendment rights. Again, the DA admitted in court I was innocent. That is the American Judicial System. Everyone knows I am innocent including the DA, but I will be a felon for the rest of my life. This is how messed up the American judicial system is. In America, you can be innocent but still become a felon.

If you feel this is wrong call or write the DA and let them know. Tell them how you feel and ask them to turn my felony to Non-Adjudicated: you can write the Honorable Andrew H. Warren, State Attorney, at  419 N. Pierce Street, Tampa, Florida 33602 or better yet call him at  813-272-5400 or you can contact  Contact Courtney Derry at  Her number is also 813-272- 5400.

So yes, I am innocent. I was trying to prevent child sexual abuse of a 10 year old girl, not commit it. My crime is that I went all out to try to save a little girl, but went about it the wrong way. That’s it.

Those who know me know I could never hurt a child, especially like that, but I would do whatever it took to save one. You can ask anyone who knows me about my character and who I am. There are many people that will attest to my character. I am proud of the fact that I turned in so many predators. I am also proud of the film I am developing and the work I plan to do.

Look, I am not here to beat up on the District Attorney. They have a very tough job, and they do a great job. I understand that. They have to go and bear witness to some of the worst offenses that our society commits. I have a lot of respect for them and what they do, which is to protect our society, but they are beholden to the system that is the American judicial system. They admit on record several times either through words or deeds that  I am innocent, yet I they stick me with a felony and probation. It doesn’t make sense. And let’s be honest with ourselves, I should have never been charged. The judicial system is designed to create felons

So what have I been and will be doing? I never stopped being a filmmaker, nor a creator of content. Like I said, I am developing my film on sex trafficking and combat veteran’s issues. This is a very personal film to me. I also am developing my own series that will be shot in the Tampa Bay area. I love this city and want to see the best out of it. I have long term goals here in Tampa, like bringing film financiers to this area so that the Tampa Bay film industry can grow and become a powerhouse in filmmaking, TV and content. I also will be starting my film production company. If you want to be involved contact me and let me know. I could use all the help I can get.

I, also, want to start a serious film society like San Francisco, Minneapolis and New York City has. Tampa needs and deserves one and it is disservice not to have one. It will celebrate cinema and filmmakers. Filmmakers like Akira Kurosawa, Francis Ford Coppola, Sergio Leone and Mike Nichols. It will teach media literacy to both students and adults. And it will have programs to help talented upcoming filmmakers. I will again take up a leadership role in Tampa. As I was did before my arrest I believe there are talented people in this area and that the Bay Area can become much bigger than what it is now, but it is going to take leadership to make that happen. I also have been doing activism for veterans and to end sex trafficking. I have been involved with a veteran’s group that deals with mental health issues. I also will be involved in ending sex trafficking and sexual violence. Also, with what I have learned I realize just how important aftercare for victims is. I would like to see what I can do as far as bringing awareness of aftercare and to help setup and finance facilities and programs. These issues are important to me and I plan to work on these subjects.

If you wish to contact my attorney Jorge Chalela or 727-415- 4286

And if you wish to contact me email at


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Hey I am back.

Hi. So after almost five and half months away I am coming back to this blog and my work.  A lot is going on. One thing is I will explain what happened 4 years ago. It has everything to do with the film I am making on sexual violence.  So that will be interesting. That will be put out either today or tomorrow.  After that I will be writing a lot because there is so much to talk about. I am starting a production company with Ken Anthony. I have 2 films I am working on.  I will go into what I want the company to be.  I want to start a real film society here in Tampa: One that celebrates, educates and promotes cinema. There are a lot of organizations that are there for the purpose of getting films made; which is great, but they are not film societies.



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Screenwriting Quote #202 (Jordan Peele)

Check it out.

Screenwriting from Iowa

“I’m the kind of guy who wants to know the entire movie before I write it.”
Screenwriter Jordan Peele (Get Out)
Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast

P.S. Peele also said on that podcast that while he wrote the first draft of Get Out in 2 1/2—3 months, the idea had been kicking around in his head for five years. “Follow the fun,” is his bonus writing advice.

P.P.S. Just to point out how different writers are, Stephen King says that the story comes to him as he writes his novels. He’s the first reader as well as the writer. That’s the exact opposite method that Jordan Peele used. “Different strokes for different folks.”

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The week ahead. 23 Jan 2017

WOW.  I am super excited about this week ahead. Life is good. I am shedding the distractions out of my life and becoming much more focused.  So I am looking to the week ahead and sharing plans with you. I think you should plan out your week. It gives you a map. My problem has always been staying on that map.  But much is changing with me and in good ways.  I went to see a dance performance yesterday and it had a profound effect on me. It reminded me what I was like before 2003. In 03 my injury from the military came back and I was unable to work. I had to fight the VA  and pretty much lost my mind and forgot who I was.  I remember yesterday what I was like and what my life was like, and I want that life back.

So this week here is what is going to be happening: I need to finish the Alternative ending to a short film I am producing and acting in called Dumb Saints. I know I haven’t mentioned this film before but I will share it with you all soon. I need to finish the by book Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd and then knock out about 2 more books for research for my feature. Rachel’s book has been a great source of information of sex trafficking in America and tells of her own experience. If you care about the issue of sex trafficking you should seriously read it. I am half way done with it and it has opened my eyes even more than they were.  I have to finish up a blog post I have for this blog on Florida film incentives and the Koch brothers. Those assholes. I got the Screenwriters Bible by David Trotter to read.  It is a large book to read, that will probably will two weeks.  I also want to knock out a screenplay. I am going to start reading screenplays on a regular basis.

I also need to see what steps I need to take to get the film society up and running. I am looking for a lawyer who would like to volunteer their services so that we can create a 501 c3 non-profit organization. We also will be looking for donors to help us start the society. I really feel strongly about having a film society here in Tampa. Something that becomes a cultural treasure in this great city.


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The year ahead 2017.

So I been thinking about what I want to accomplish year. This past year was not my been my strongest. I feel I failed in many ways. The film I am developing got put on hold, I was not committed to this blog like I should, I did not get my production company up and running and didn’t make much art. So I am not happy with myself.

That being said I want the this year to be amazing. Make the year a new start for me. I have given some thought to what I want to do and here is what I have so far: Grow personally. I am starting to work on improving me. My Health, my work and my personal life. I have started to get into Robin Sharma on how to become the best me I possible can be. I think that it doesn’t hurt to get into self improvement. God knows I need too.

This blog: Yes I used to write in this blog often, but have gotten away from it. I want to build this blog back up and turn it into a leading film blog. I want to share my journey as a filmmaker, artist and as a creative. Then there is giving you readers information you can use out there. Things I find. I also am going to have guest writers like Ken Anthony help provide content.  I will be shooting for over 200 post this. Ambitious yes., but I think you’ll all get a lot out of it. A few years ago Ted Hope had Hope for Film blog. I got so much out of it and learned a lot. I want to do the same thing with this blog for you.

Production Company: This is the year I officially start my production company. That means making it a legal entity. People will go around claiming they have a production company yet it is not a legal company; which means they do not really have a production company. Filmmaking is a business as well as an art form. When I think about projects I am thinking in two art forms: the art of telling a story visually and the art of business. It is important that you think this way. It helps give you realistic picture of what you can do when making your film.

Film Projects: Right now I have two film project: one is a short about a writer that is having an existential crisis who talks to the ghost of Jack Kerouac and my film dealing with sexual violence in the form of sex trafficking and combat veterans issues.  I took a long break from this project. I am now coming back to it. I have to finish researching it and then write. I will have a first draft in 4 months. After rewrites, I will then package the film and start looking for investors. I want to start shooting this film at around the end of this year. Now for the short, the goal is to shoot it in May. This gives us enough time to raise capital to shoot it, do perproduction and then shoot it. I will also be playing Jack Kerouac. I have already started to grow my hair out for the role and reading up on Jack. We will be submitting this film to Sundance, SXSW, TriBecca and TIFF. We have that kind of confidence in this film to submit it into those film festivals. We have a great screenplay and talented people working on it. One of them is Ken Anthony who will be a producer.

Advocacy: Another thing I will be doing is advocacy work. One of the reasons I am a filmmaker is that it allows me to talk about issues I care about. One of those issues is sexual violence. Now on 2011 I started on the feature, and I got very much side tracked, which I will be going into in the near future, and now I am back to working on it. Now the issue has evolved to sex trafficking which is  rape for profit and I get to discuss it. Same goes for combat veterans issues. We have been at war and it has taken its toll on many who fought in it. I already do veterans mental health advocacy work here in Tampa, and this film helps me further that discussion to even a larger crowd.

Film Society: Tampa needs a true film society. We have organizations that have film society in there name, yet they do not act like a real film society. They are more like AV clubs with a membership fee, they are not cultural institutions which film societies are suppose to be: They do not have programs that teach media literacy. They do not serve the public interest but only their own. Which is fine, but they are not true film societies.  This will be a 501 c3 non-profit organization. It will bring cinema appreciation to the people of the Bay Area. We will start programs that teach media literacy to children in schools.  We will celebrate cinema as a community. It will showcase filmmakers like Kurosawa, Hitchcock, Kubrick, Ford Coppola, Sergio Leone, Scorsese, Allen and many more.  It will have programs for filmmakers. It will celebrate independent cinema.

Become the Master of my Craft: I am going to learn and become an expert in filmmaking.
This is something I think we all should do. I have numerous books on filmmaking at every level. is your friend. I have gotten many books on filmmaking from thriftbooks and and have been diving into them.  I want to know as much as I possible can for a few reasons: One to avert disaster, if you know how do something the right way you will be likely to make costly mistakes. Another reason is it helps you be a  better leader. If you have knowledge in a certain, you can speak and lead with authority. You can help other and give guidance. Most of all be helpful to others, and it is also about being a professional. Professionals know their craft and know it well. And of course it betters my chances of success.

I am looking for an editor. I think it would benefit me greatly.

And soon I am going to explain the events of February 2013 that had much to do with my film.

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