Gary is one of our primary protagonists in Wrestling For Jesus. This is a rough cut that introduces Gary in the film.
I thought it might be nice to hear why a recent backer of Wrestling for Jesus chose to support the project.
Q. Why did you decide to support Wrestling For Jesus
A. We’ve been excited about this project since we first heard about it from Nate a couple of years ago. It’s been a privilege to have the opportunity to see the lives of those connected with it, as well as the direction of the project change over the years. When Nate made it possible to be connected to it in a more formal way, we were excited to have bragging rights to something so cool. We also know that we will never be one of those wealthy “patron of the arts” type people who have their portraits painted while wearing the family jewels and standing in front of a 6 foot mantel, so being able to support an artistic endeavor that is within our means was also very satisfying for us.
Q. You told me that you decided you were going to support WFJ as soon as you read about it. Why did it take awhile to actually back the project?
A. Although we knew right away that we would support WFJ, I have to admit it took like 3 posts on Nate’s blog/facebook for me to actually sit down and do it. Mainly, whenever I was sitting down at my computer, I didn’t have my wallet handy. When I realized that I could do it all through Amazon without even having to have my wallet (b/c they already have everything securely on file w/ them), I was like, “man, this is soooo easy!”
Q. Why do you think projects like WFJ are important? Why not just watch more reality shows on TV?
A. Reality TV is not about relationships and making connections. It’s about guilty pleasures, escapism, and gossip. Sure, some of the programs out there make it so that you are really “rooting” for that person to get their own restaurant (and now there is even one about who the next “top New York Artist” is going to be), but most of the shows out there are about people who are extremes. Like email or the internet, the impersonal nature of a reality tv show allows people to say or do things they would never say or do otherwise. A project like WFJ is personal. Nate has a relationship with the subjects – he has built trust and has been let in. He is our bridge between people with whom we would otherwise not have a relationship. His art, the voice he has and uses, makes an interaction possible between the audience and the subject. A connection can happen. An exchange occurs, and both parties and the artist have the opportunity to be transformed, to be made better.
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(This post is an update to the Wrestling For Jesus Kickstarter page. Make sure you head over there and check things out. Support the project.)
I’ve had some great conversations and meetings over the last couple of weeks.
TC Johnstone, a filmmaker from Austin, has agreed to help work on Wrestling for Jesus as a producer. TC and I (Nate) met over the last several days and talked (amongst other things) about the narrative arc of Wrestling for Jesus and how best to develop it.
TC is a very skilled story teller, so I am really excited to have him on board the project. His expertise will really help this not just be a documentary about some interesting guys in South Carolina, but rather a fully formed story. You can read more about TC at his website.
We are also in talks with an editor / colorist to help with finishing the look and with another Fourth Line Films collaborator, Gregory Tanacea, to handle the audio mix.
We’ve still got our eyes open for a composer to tackle the soundtrack.
Remember to spread the word. Let’s get this project made.