"It's easier to bone the President's wife than to get a movie made." Ray Charles.

How a cult music book became a cult music documentary, and it only took ten years.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

I've been staying superstitiously clear of blogging about this, but I have to acknowledge it somehow - so here goes. After about six months of trying, my Co-Producer got in to meet with the responsible person in the National Broadcaster. I didn't attend the meeting as she knows the guy of old and we thought it might simplify things. Anyhow, this guy loves Robert's book, loves the music and is very keen on our ideas. Of course, then he says they are short of slots and their budgets are largely committed (grit teeth, resist temptation to say "They wouldn't have been committed six months ago when you first said you'd give us a meeting you -" ...see, this is why I didn't go). But they're very interested in coming on board and should be able to give us an answer by the end of this week.

I'm trying very hard to avoid thinking about it too much. Luckily my other project, the TV drama series, has a bit going on this week (the launch of the book on which it's based). That might just distract me. Also lots of work to do preparing presentations to these investor types. Not exactly rock and roll but hell, it keeps me off the streets.

There's a benefit for RL Burnside happening in Memphis, and I'm thinking maybe we could do something here too. It pains me to think of all the posthumous tributes these guys get, and how little is done while they're still with us, with hospital bills and all that unsexy shit to deal with...
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