"what do you dream of...then where do you go from there?"
[Originally published Sept 14, 2015, but updated by request for #FilmmakerFriday and since we're in talks again. Could "Influence", my first #indiefilm have a re-release or sequel? We shall see...]
[Images from INFLUENCE film. Akasha Garnier and Sherece Lamke.]
When I started my quest as a writer I wrote a screenplay in Minneapolis, Coen Brothers country. We produced it with the help of my radio, TV and musician friends. It ended up being my swan song the first time I moved away from my hometown. I played Tabitha. When writing the role, I never considered playing the part. Tabitha was my polar opposite as an introvert, diving in head first to Uptown Minneapolis' Gothic/"Darksider" scene. She was an unhappy creature of the night and I was a brunette for the first time. She was looking for a way out and I was exploring my way in.
I moved to Marina del Rey, CA and continued my loved affair with the City of Angels for 3 years. These were my starving artist years as I biked to teach swimming classes and worked out 3 hours a day to get as close as possible to my starlet body. "Influence" played at a French film festival, and negotiated with HBO for a sequel. I believed it was our springboard to The American Dream.
I was able to tour with some outstanding bands and learn about indie film.
We had been fueled by dreams of Sundance and music directors getting feature film deals; I feasted on ambition and fasted with oatmeal.
As many indie stories unfold, we never made any money on this.
But this adventure was my intro to Marina del Rey, a corner stone of my main character's back story.
Today enough has come apart and together again that I'm drawn back to storytelling, travel and indie film. This time I have a storied marketing background in tow as I head again in the direction of my dream.
I write about my indie film career and the production of INFLUENCE as I was moving from Minneapolis to #LA. Read about this compelling journey from starving artist to branding expert and mentorship in Secrets to Shine Through the Noise.
Voila, INFLUENCE: A Gothic coming-of-age story. And my MPLS swan song...
(Written by Akasha Garnier and Sherece Lamke, directed by Sherece Lamke, produced by and starring Akasha Garnier. We were in talks with HBO earlier when I had few negotiation skills. Now after Light bulb moments, lessons in #ShineThroughtheNoise and renewed interest, we could see both as films or series.)