Make sure I can get in the door

The summer is the time of the year many organizations that fund and support documentary filmmakers hold their workshops and retreats. This often happens in wonderful settings like the Berkshire Mountains or other rural locations.

Crip Camp is gaining support and attention that is truly remarkable. Chances are that Nicole Newnham Malarkey and I will be invited to gatherings like this.

My 61 years of anxiety about access for Mr. Wheelchair has just made my heart pound and the worry of disappointment that I still experience in trying to be a documentary filmmaker is on high alert right now.

S0, here’s a plea, request, head’s up for all of the wonderful people I’ve met over the years and will be meeting in the next few years:

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT I CAN PARTICIPATE. I NEED YOUR WORKSHOPS AND RETREATS. I HAVE TO HAVE THE ACCESS TO LEARN AND TO NETWORK. AND- I HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF EXPERIENCE THAT I’LL BE ABLE TO SHARE AS I’VE BEEN WORKING IN AUDIO POST FOR DOCUMENTARIES FOR OVER 20 YEARS.

It is a 2 way street. I want to make sure that I can get in the door and anyone that knows me and my body of work can tell you that I am a wonderful, talented teacher. How many sound mixers become filmmakers? How valuable will my experience be to my fellow filmmakers?