Many heartfelt thanks are due so many who made 'The Boarder' filming happen. The multi-talented cast members totally breathed life into imperfect characters while maintaining my vision and endearing themselves to Ravenna, NE. townsfolk and to upcoming audiences: Andy Scott Harris played an amazing Carl; Leslie Stevens' sensitive portrayal of Annika, Carl's mother, left me damp on many occasions; and Carlton Wilborn's performance as Rev. Zeb Williams must surely be one of his finest moments. Newcomers Patrick J. Nicolas and McKenzie Clayton gave credence to brother and sister, Jarren and Lexi, while Eric St. John and Robert-Kingston Phillips were so believable as Officers Sullivan and Newell. I can only name the major players, but completely appreciate the unforgettable roles played by area actors. Thank you!
Of course, there would be no 'The Boarder' without the most amazing producers and crew! With amazing skill Producer Andres Barahona brought in 120 completed scenes in a significantly short time. My Co-Director Jolene Adams taught me about movie making and acting while supporting all of us with her extraordinary talents and wild sense of humor. Our Director of Photography Carmen Cabana applied her magic and sensitive eye which left every scene breathtakingly beautiful. Our multi-talented Line Producer Zac Heath filled in all the blank spaces with his good humor and calm, steady strength. And then there's the crew! Their professional determination to complete each scene perfectly was obvious from the first day, never loosing their strong focus on each task. Thank you, thank you, a thousand times, thank you!
It's important to understand that none of turning the novel 'The Boarder' into a major movie would have been possible without the generosity of the people of Ravenna. I thank ALL of you for your kindnesses from the bottom of my heart! I would also be remiss if I failed to mention the huge acts of kindnesses given by people in the area and other wonderful Nebraskans/visitors who played roles, extras, housed us in their homes, fed us, shared their businesses and many resources. It was obvious to all of us working on the project that the people of Ravenna make it an extraordinary town with incredible heart!
When the movie reaches theaters, many viewers will need to see it several times before recognizing where some scenes were shot. For example, a couple of alley's were transformed to fit the story and the “Annevar Police Substation” was filmed in the former Farris Photography Studio. With the help of amazing Prop and Art Department, the empty offices and streets were transformed into beautiful scenes that lasted only moments before being dismantled.
Some may be wondering what happens next. Carmen Cabana, also our Editor, is busy putting together the first form of the movie called the “rough cut,” and will make a trailer of many beautiful scenes. Currently it's anticipated that the movie will be completed and ready for distribution by March, 2011. That goal is possible only due to the determination and drive of the producers and crew who clearly understand the value of this fine project to families worldwide.
I'm sure you know that movie trailers are used to attract potential audiences to the movie when ready for distribution. And like other projects, it will also be used to encourage others to invest and help finance the 'Post Production' phase, the final stage where the movie is made from the raw footage that was shot. As with the Pre-Production and shooting stages, many generous investors helped us with financing and to arrive at this stage of production and nearly ready to submit 'The Boarder' to film festivals and be released to theaters worldwide.
If you or your business were inconvenience by our crew, I apologize. On a positive note, although they had little time off, the crew was fascinated by a lifestyle they'd never experienced before. I believe that many of Ravenna's guests developed an appreciation for Ravenna's warmth, focus, and closeness which they'll recognize and incorporate into their life skills for years to come.
However you view this past month of chaos, a normal state on all film shoots!, please know that without all of you and your loving influence there would be no movie. Period. Because of YOU, I anticipate 'The Boarder' will be breathtakingly beautiful and will make a statement missing from today's world about the value of our special needs children and their families and why we need to take action to save them. You made that possible!
Please feel free to stay in touch with me or the project via www.theboardermovie.com. Thank you and wishing you God's Best!