When I last blogged, I had just arrived in NYC for a three-month stay to finish my film's research and to make the film's fundraising trailer.
Almost a month later now, the trailer is coming along very nicely, with a "premiere" date of Dec. 9 when I will show it to a small group (100 people or so) at the Manhattan home of Thomas' brother Ted. Thomas' latest 3-CD set, NEVER LET ME GO, will be celebrated, and the Thomas Chapin film project will be officially launched with the viewing of the trailer.
After that, I will be on my way to Hartford, Connecticut to do a few media interviews with two NPR radio stations and two Hartford newspapers. This will kick off a media campaign for the film. Why Hartford? Some of Thomas' biggest fans were/are there; Thomas was a native son of Connecticut. And it was the last place he performed -- some 500+plus fans attended, before he pass away just 12 days later in February of 1998. It seems fitting to go to Hartford first to to there and talk with the media about the film, and to be there, on Dec. 11, the day of the official release of the NEVER LET ME GO.
Whenever Thomas could take a break from touring or playing, he'd come home to Manchester, CT where his parents lived, to walk in the woods he so loved,
My sister Terri, Thomas' widow, will be traveling with me to Hartford, and we'll do as Thomas did, ....drop in on Thomas' media friends to begin the all-important media "blitz" to build awareness about the film project. The other strategy here is to make the project "real" to foundations, grantors and other possible funders in Connecticut. Nothing like an NPR radio interview or a few newspaper stories to say to these folks, "See, it's real and worthy of your support."
Two critical questions that will surely come up during the interviews with the NPR folks and the newspapers, WHY ALL THE FUSS ABOUT THOMAS CHAPIN? and WHAT'S THE HURRY? Importance and urgency. Two inescapable words that will always be at the forefront when talking about funding this film. They are so important that I have created an FAQ page for this website that addresses these questions. I hope you will go and read about why I am making a fuss about some guy who died 15 years ago.
He wasn't just some guy. When he died, his obit was in the NY Times and the International Tribune Herald, and NPR jazz programs across the country paid tribute. He was SOMEBODY that many do not know, and someone that should be known and not be forgotten. My film will unfold the whys.