The Return to PsychoPath
For years, ever since we shot the first part of PsychoPath in 2005 people have asked me, “When is the film going to be done?” Or the variation on that, which is usually accompanied with a doubtful smirk, “When are you going to finish that film?” Those that ask these questions generally haven’t worked in the documentary field. As most fans of the genre know, a film can take years to shoot, sometimes years to even find a story. Think of Harlan County U.S.A.. When the filmmakers went to shoot, the entire project was about an election in the miners union. As murders and other events started to happen, it became a film about the entire Harlan County wars. No one could predict that, and if a finish date was forced, we wouldn’t have this wonderful piece of documentary cinema today. Bottom line, it wouldn’t have been the same film. That’s where we are with Psychopath.
As much as I tried to push a finish to the film, I made no progress. It wasn’t because I couldn’t tell a story or complete something, I’d completed many projects before. It was because the story itself wasn’t complete. With the help of my friends at AboutFace Media, some maturity, and the advice of many other helpful film mentors along the way, we are headed back into those dark Oklahoma woods this fall. If you know the film, you’ll know the original footage I directed and shot myself. It was freeing coming out of the reality TV world to take a camera and run through the woods. As I’ve developed over the years, I’ve learned that it wasn’t just the camera work that kept me working as a filmmaker. I have an ability to talk to people, and to get them to talk to me. So this time around I’ll be taking a cinematographer with me, my good friend Rod Hassler. By doing this, I’ll be able to engage with people on a one on one basis, bringing a personal trust to the subjects the film that didn’t have before.5 years have passed in our story, and I am ready to finish my film. What I am asking of you is maybe you could spare a few dollars to help us fund the project. It’s hard to compete with all the Public Radio fund drives and political campaigns begging for support at the moment, I know, but think of this as an investment in the arts. Without storytelling, we have no history. I’ve set up a Kickstarter page HERE. page for contributions HERE. Kickstarter is a fund raising site for creative projects. You set a dollar goal and a date. If you make the goal by the date, then they give me the money for our project. If we don’t make it, all contributions go back to you and you aren’t charged.