Concept art from the next Rauch Brothers film
Every morning I wake up around 11 am on a futon that nearly fills up my tiny bedroom and roll over toward the curtain to see what kind of a day it is outside. Life becomes quite mushy when you work only part time because there's very little in the way of a daily schedule. Somehow, the world keeps on turning.
Mike and I are continuing to hear from festivals: Germans in the Woods, our collaboration with StoryCorps, will be playing a few good ones in July and August. First, we will be a part of Rooftop Film Festival's big event July 4th. The night will feature "Food, drinks, live music, fireworks and film...using artfully-told personal stories and carefully-crafted craziness to address the breadth of the American experience." The party will be on the pier at Solar One, right down by the East River where I'm sure the view of the fireworks will be spectacular.
Then, in August, we will be playing two great festivals: Rhode Island International Film Festival (Aug 5-10) and Palm Springs International Shortfest (Aug 21-27). Looking forward to both!
Still, the event I am looking forward to the most is this coming Monday when Mike and I will have a chance to meet the mother and son who are the subject of our next film. We were never able to meet Joseph Robertson, the soldier who shared his memory from the Battle of the Bulge for Germans in the Woods. Hopefully, meeting the subjects this time will add to our ability to tell their story. The image at the top of this post is a design for the boy. Despite how glum this image may look, it promises to be a very funny and lighthearted piece that I can't wait to animate.