It has been some time since my last post. The film has been in the hands of many able folks, through editing, color correction, sound design, and sound mix. We have been submitting to several festivals, and the film should be complete by mid-September. Then we will be entering more festivals, and crossing our fingers that we will be able to share the film and its message with a larger audience, through festivals and beyond.
In the meantime, I have been reading up on a lot of happenings in our world, on hate crimes on every level that are occurring with more and more frequency. I read a very powerful post about the latest horrifying hate crime against the Sikh community and how it is representative of all racially-motivated hate crimes on Racialicious that I think should be required reading. The post focuses on racially-based crimes, and really forces the reader to look at himself/herself.
There are other terrible crimes happening on a daily basis as well, targeting the LGBT community, women, anyone who is “different”. “Crossing the River” focuses on a hate crime perpetrated against a bi-racial family, but really it is an outcry against all hate crimes. It shows the path of one individual from following the thought patterns of those around him to finding his own inner truth of being kind to another human being, simply because it is the right thing to do.
This idea of movement from groupthink to one’s own inner compass struck a chord with me when I read the news story that inspired the film, and was the motivation for this journey of writing, fundraising, production and beyond which began almost a year ago. Thank you for being part of it.