November 25, 2014
I have always enjoyed actors’ auditions and the way they pour all they’ve got into their monologues and wanted to create a film that captures the spirit of that experience by combining their monologues into a larger story. The result is a film that provides a glimpse into the audition process and questions the way we perceive dialogue, interaction, and realism in cinema. “Roma Vendetta” is dedicated to auditioning actors everywhere.
November 25, 2014
I’ve been asked numerous times why I made a film about a little known skydiver named Joan Carson.
Joan was a trailblazer and unlike any young woman I had ever met. She was a skydiver and motorcyclist when women didn’t do those things, and commanded attention when she wanted to. I was intrigued by her risk taking. I wondered why she continued to skydive after suffering two serious accidents. What drove Joan’s passion? What was the allure of skydiving? And ultimately, I wanted to know how and why she died.
I met Joan in the late 60s, attending the same high school in Redmond, Washington, and then lost contact with her for the next five years.
In 1973 I was managing a band in Seattle and they sent me to San Francisco to land them some gigs. It was there that a mutual friend had arranged for me to stay at Joan’s place. At the time she was working as a waitress in Berkeley and skydiving on weekends at various drop zones around the Bay Area. Attired in mechanics coveralls, motorcycle helmet, ski googles, patrol boots and a parachute harnessed across her back she was a conflicting puzzle of beauty and the beast as she took off down the street on her motorcycle. But it didn’t bother her — Joan was on a mission.
Joan continued to follow her passion until she died while skydiving in Montana in 1981 at the age of 30.
Upon hearing of her death, I was stunned, and wondered why Joan had continued in the sport after her injuries…It all seemed so pointless…But was it? I had to know.
I posted a note on a skydiving forum and upon learning of Joan’s accomplishments and wanderings during her short life, I was hooked. I knew then that Joan’s story was universal and more than just my own personal interest.
I hoped that making a film about Joan would answer my questions and tell her story. As it turned out, her story unfolded on its own and is presented in the same order in which it was shot. We wanted to keep it that way so audiences could experience her story the way we did. For me, “Ride The Sky” provides some answers, however it also raises new questions.
November 24, 2014
Here are some of the comments we got about Roma Vendetta following the Cast and Crew screening.
It’s looking great! I like the way the voice over helped with the story line.
It was nice to see how you put some of the montages together!
I really liked the ending credits with David and Stan talking to each other and how you put that together. Very funny and clever in my opinion!
David Ledingham – Actor
I LOVED it!! It turned out brilliant!
Michelle Lee Robbins – Actor
Just finished watching RV – wow! What a big difference! It’s – much much more tied together and so much fun to watch!
Laura Nelson – Writer
I see you added an explanation of the green screen technique in the beginning. I think that showed nicely how the process works. You can tell you’ve put a lot of effort into the project – congratulations!
Mark L Anderson – Director of Photography
November 22, 2014
We have just sent out a press release for “Roma Vendetta”. You can read it here.
October 28, 2014
“Nice film and crazy original and fun filled. The aerial shots are phenomenal and it’s a good story. This film is fascinating and sure to get the thrill seekers adrenaline going through the roof. The music is a bit distracting during the dialogue of the gentlemen sitting and telling the story and the beginning. As it progresses however the music selection simmers down and is soothing.
The organization is solid and extremely informative about everything Skydiving. Definitely a treat for any and all skydiving enthusiast! Sound quality and color is on point and the skydiving content is fantastic.” — Cleveland International Film Festival