Thank You for Making the Indiegogo Campaign a Success!


These generous folks supported A Life’s Work during the recent Indiegogo campaign and are now part of Team Awesome.  They each deserve a post of their own, but I’m afraid this will have to do. For now!

awesome_004If you missed the crowdFUNding extravaganza, you can still become part of Team Awesome by going to the A Life’s Work project profile on the  New York Foundation for the Arts website page. Your gift is 100% tax-deductible and since NYFA controls how the money is disbursed, you can be sure it  will be spent on the film. (Read about NYFA and ALW’s relationship.)

Donate Now!

Okay, thank you to:

Bill Gonzalez, Forrest Wynne, Anne Stephenson, Karen O’Reilly, dfalk37, Cecelia Specht, Gayatri Martin, Dana Eugene Creasy, Ray Magee, Sherri Paris, Kathy Leichter, David Hartman, ecooney, cwood329, Robin Stratton, Anonymous, Manuel Olmedo, Aimee Madsen, Anonymous, James McNutt, Roberta Kowald, Gretchen Knudsen, Rob Elder, David Mayne, Ron Erickson, Will Georgantas, Jen Jorczak, Barbara Frank, ejewett, Kathy McGuire, AT Audio, Pola Rapaport, Greg Lichtenberg, Susan Robinson, Tony Tadey, Daria Price, Andrew Moore, Tara L. Masih, Anonymous, Anonymous, Rita Flores, Roberto Westbrook, thewrightcaroline, Dorothy Robinson, Danielle Futselaar, Julia Ridley Smith, Sarah Verasco, Randon Billings Noble, Niall David, Mary Toepfer Dolce, Lori DeFuso, selbe, Maura McEvoy, Wayne Olsen, Alison Victor, whatisart, Robert Featherstone, Jeff Jackson, Cornelius Sailer, Anonymous, David Licata (not me, the glass artist), Jessica Cowan, Amma Appiah, Kristine McInvaille, Louis Dallara, John Copenhaver, Kimberly Wendell, Laini Nemett, William Bailey, atk2, Beverly Sky, Cliff Garstang, David Cerchio, josiahmail, Laine Valentino, Lisa Heslop, Meredith Miller, corolla150, Charles Graeber, arcodesign, Diane Martin, jplhaupt, Renee Ashley, Laura Powers, Lora Vatalaro, Jeanne Larsen, Rob Venusti, Diane Kelly, Harth, Adriana Gatto, Steven Petrow, Rachel Cantor, Paulette Livers, John Metzdorf, Anonymous, Barbara Campisi, Alison Gibson, Alison Gibson, Marianne Yoshioka, Pola Rapaport, Lauren Taylor, Anonymous, Lisa Carey, Frances Bartkowski, Y.W. Chung, Robert and Mary Darden, aliceag, Stacey Derasmo, Scot Siegel, themehope, Jessica Lipps, Kyu Nakama, Jayne Marek, Brendan Hay, sciencewomansociety , Lucinda Bliss, James Carnahan, Paul Outlaw, Kimberly Johnson, Anonymous, J. Walter Hawkes, Kristin Licata, James McNutt, jahamad88, clof101, Charles Smith, Doug DeFeo, Evan Losow, Steve & Martha Oates, Cassandra Malatak, Rosario Strano, Bob Marovich, Linda Carlson, Faye C, Ed Kelle, Anonymous, Duane Kelly, Karen Bell, Mike Guarino, Judy Fox, David Lewis, Pedro Ponce, Anonymous, Kathryne Leak, Kate McGraw, Indrani Nayar-Gall, Megan McNamer, Joshua Zeman, John Egan, Edwin Stepp, Irene Westcott, Robert Gatto, Paul Lucas, Thomas Bachman, thedavidmiller, crackiecat, Anonymous, Laurie Marsden, Harry Goldstein, Leah Dimond, CM Burroughs, Jill Tarter, Kathryn Schwille, Louis Dallara, leamcox, William Heffner, Paula Whyman, Tina Schumann, Anonymous, Marcie Lenke, Jessica Rosner, Anna Licata, D.W. Young,  bb2316, John Martin, Meryl Meisler, George Kosmides, Daria Price, Judith Pratt, Judith Jones, Jack & Helen Axcelson, Jamie & Jennifer Newton, Marianne Petit, Wolfgang Held, Pete Pazmino, Benna Golubtchik, sgrace1122, Carmen Cormier, Jane W. Deschner, Charles Williamson, Jr., Jennifer Chen, Rob Licht, Ahmad Jarara, Roland Tec, Larry Dark, Heather Kabel, Anonymous, William Swearson, Corey Todaro, Stone Harbor Films – Judith Vogelsang, John R Yearley, danicanov, Audrey Ward.

I may (or may not) write something about my crowdfunding experience. If I do, you’ll see it here first.

And here are the video thank yous wherein I probably mispronounce your name. I’m sorry.

Thank You!

Bride of Thank You!

Son of Thank You!

Return of the Son of Thank You!

Thank You: The Final Countdown!

Art Films and Documentaries

1. Art Films

Many years ago I gave a screenplay to a producer, a friend of a friend who had then just partnered with another producer known for making some pretty fantastic, critically acclaimed, NYC-based independent feature films. His response to the script was, “It’s good, but it’s an art film. I don’t want to make an art film.”

Art film wannabe?
Art film wannabe?

What he meant was he wanted to make a film that would make a lot of money, like Titanic-money.

This was disheartening for two reasons.

A: I never thought Wigs by Coco could make Titanic-money — nothing I do will make Titanic-money. But this script is entertaining and, I believe, could be made cheaply, could find an audience, and could turn a profit. The problem is the Titanic-profit some producer types want to make.

B: Art Film. Like “art” was some kind of dirty word. And like  “art film” and profit were mutually exclusive. Again, the disconnect between me and the producer who rolls his eyes and tsks at the mention of “art film” is based on our perceptions of monetary success.

2. Documentaries

I recently took a gig as a crowdfunding consultant for a wonderful documentary called Humble Beauty: Skid Row Artists. I’m getting paid for my time and effort, but I’m not going to get rich. It’s a film whose message I believe in — the curative powers of art, the hidden lives of marginalized people, the ubiquity of art — and I’m honored that the filmmakers believe in my abilities.

No sane person thinks a documentary is going to make them rich. Some manage to make a paycheck from their work, others, like me, most of the time, don’t. Generally, people get involved with documentaries because they believe the stories are important and because they believe film is the way to tell these stories.

And this is probably why I no longer write screenplays.


Humble Beauty is a documentary about how art can help homeless and mentally ill people recover and renew their lives. It’s the powerful true story about how painting transformed the lives of talented, mentally ill homeless men and women in the worst area of LA, the homeless capital of America. Humble Beauty is an inspiring, empowering, and illuminating film that has aired on KCET, public TV in LA, and has been offered national distribution on PBS stations. The film is going the crowdfunding route to raise money for re-editing for time requirements, broadcast insurance, music rights, promotional materials, and other  necessary expenses.    

Click to visit the Indiegogo page.