This week I learned that my book’s documentary was selected for the Lift-Off Film Festival 2020. This is very exciting for a number of reasons. First, it will widen the awareness of my book and work, as the documentary will be screened in both the UK and Los Angeles. Second, it gives much deserved distinction to David Astudillo, who took the footage I gathered during the interviews I conducted in my research and turned them into something marvelous. Finally, it is a perfect demonstration of persistence paying off.
So much of entrepreneurship is about persistence. One of the most prolific and awarded authors of our time, Jacob Appel, has been rejected by publishers 21,000 times, while having published 215 stories and won several awards. Our work takes time and patience.
I conducted my research for Stories of Elders in 2015. It took three years to write the book, finally publishing in 2018 through Identity Publications. In between research and publishing, David approached me and stated he had interest in making my work into a documentary. Lucky for us, I had recorded footage of the interviews I’d conducted. The night of my book launch I didn’t read from the book — I screened his film, which brought the audience into my seat during interviews and told the story in an intimate manner.
Today that documentary is being used to prime the next wave of interviews with Generation Z. Their reaction to the film creates a perfect compare / contrast between the last analogue generation and the first all-tech generation.
I applied to many more film festivals than will ever accept us. That’s simply how it works. But so many authors and entrepreneurs get discouraged after only a few no’s. In April I’m teaching a free workshop in Long Beach on exactly this topic. If you’d like to develop a plan around your book, you’d better be there (virtual replay to follow — join the newsletter to find out when it lands).