In this world, and in the next

Flowers I have seen and honey I have tasted, and heard the cuckoo’s song through to the end. Now, in this world, and in the next, dear friend, I shall forever know that life was not wasted.  — Anon. (17th century Japanese poem) Virginia Lumsdaine McCutcheon December 23, 1919 – June 21, 2015

DOCUTAH invites My Shanghai

September is looking HOT. We’re thrilled to announce a new festival invitation to DOCUTAH, Sept. 2-6 in sunny St. George, Utah. This will be the 5th annual DOCUTAH, a.k.a. Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival, presented by Dixie State University.   DOCUTAH screens inside and out in the dramatic red rock venues of Southern Utah and Southern Nevada. Their motto is, “Come … More DOCUTAH invites My Shanghai

WordFest highlights “My Shanghai”

On Sunday, My Shanghai will be the focus of a seminar at the 4th Annual Ojai WordFest in beautiful Ojai, California. This awesome opportunity came at the invitation of the festival’s director, Mary Sequoia Hamilton, after she saw the film in San Luis Obispo. Thank you, Mary! Here’s the official class description: April 14, 1pm – “Writing for the … More WordFest highlights “My Shanghai”

SLOIFF Preps Premiere

We’re beyond excited. My Shanghai has been scheduled for its World Premiere screening, plus a second screening, at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival — 4:00pm Saturday, March 8, at the Downtown Cinemas, 888 Marsh St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 4:00pm Sunday, March 9, at the Galaxy Theatres, El Camino Real & California … More SLOIFF Preps Premiere

Which is why they don’t call it MattressStarter

In My Shanghai, Virginia talks about how her mother always hid money in her mattress, just in case. Thankfully, we didn’t have to do that. Another round of thanks goes to our Kickstarter funders as My Shanghai moves from production to premiere screening. A whole bunch of folks contributed $25 to $99, with our appreciation: Lee Babb  •  Laurie … More Which is why they don’t call it MattressStarter

Closing credits

As 2013 comes to a close, I’m raising my glass to everyone associated with My Shanghai. So many people have generously supported this documentary. On behalf of the My Shanghai team, I give our most sincere thanks. If you worked on the film, gave us materials to use onscreen, consulted, researched, held an umbrella over my … More Closing credits

A toast to the tango

Q: What’s got more style, the tango or champagne? A: Why choose when you can have both? Both, as in “Tango Champán” by Jonathan Geer. If you’ve visited our Facebook page in the last couple of days, you’ll know we’ve been soliciting title ideas for for the closing credits music. On request from the producers (or was it … More A toast to the tango

Like our new look?

Here’s where you’ll find all the latest goings-on with My Shanghai. We have a new format to disguise the fact that we’re still bloggy-based (sshhh!!!), so our posts don’t appear on the front page anymore. It may take a few days to get it all set, but you’ll still get to read all about what’s … More Like our new look?

Color takes flight

Where better to announce the latest addition to our crew than at 39,000 feet? Meet Vashi Nedomansky, a Los Angeles–based editor who will handle My Shanghai’s color correction and grading. Born in Czechoslovakia, Vashi defected to North America with his parents when he was five years old. “My father was a professional hockey player in the NHL and … More Color takes flight

Deep into sound

My Shanghai’s talent pool just got a lot deeper. With the success of Kickstarter, we’ve now met one of our goals: bringing a top sound editor onto the project. Meet Michael Gandsey, sound designer, re-recording mixer and owner of T2 Audio in Portland. Originally from Burbank, Michael grew up with the music and film industry in … More Deep into sound

24 and counting

At 3pm last Friday, with 24 hours and 2 minutes left on Kickstarter, I posted the first in a series of hourly thank-yous on our Facebook page. Since many of you are not on FB (for good reason, I’m sure), I’ll share them here. Thank you, 3pm Virginia McCutcheon, for being our hero, for opening the book … More 24 and counting

Cracking the K-nut

Attention screenwriters: we added a fantastic new backer reward for the Kickstarter campaign! Now, at the $1000 donation level, Joan and I will do a full evaluation of one of your screenplays. Both of us are experienced readers for competitions, and both of us have had more than a few of our own scripts torn apart by … More Cracking the K-nut