Tomorrow I'll be boarding a plane bound for Anchorage, Alaska.
For the past three weeks I've been in talks about scoring a feature documentary film currently being edited there. It's directed by Mary Katzke whom I've worked with before on several projects but to this day have never met. That's about to change.
I got a call yesterday afternoon from Mary offering me the gig at which point she expressed her desire to have me come up to Alaska for a few days to start working on it. We had discussed this initially, so while it wasn't a complete surprise, it did throw me off guard a little having to clear out my schedule for next week and book my travel plans with less than 48 notice. As my wife said, nothing like a last minute trip to Alaska to keep you on your toes!
I couldn't be more excited. She originally asked if I'd mind coming up there...Mind? I'd consider it a perk of the job. Alaska has always been among the top three places on earth I've always wanted to visit (Vienna, Austria and New Zealand being the other two). Although I'll be there to work and won't get to see to much of Anchorage, just to be there in October breathing in the crisp cool Alaskan air for five days will be a godsend.
But the truly exciting element to this trip is the film I'm working on. It's a documentary on breast cancer survivors. I've seen about twenty minutes of it so far. When finished it should be a potent and powerful piece. I relish these opportunities to break from narrative filmmaking and involve myself with projects that transcend mere entertainment. This will be an inspirational film that could potentially change lives or offer solace, courage, or strength to many people. I've experienced this before scoring the documentaries NASCENDO NO BRASIL (2002) and THE CHILDREN'S WAR (2008) which were about the gross overuse of C-sections in Brazil and the rebel war atrocities in northern Uganda respectively.
It'll be an intimidating film but one offering an opportunity to do some great things with music.
I'll be returning from Alaska on Wednesday via an arduous red-eye flight back to Austin (including a three hour layover in Seattle at 5AM). It'll be an adventure and I can't wait to embark.