A Mississippi Love Story now available on demand

Last week I wrote about the premiere of  A Mississippi Love Story, a new short documentary about the lives of Eddie Outlaw and Justin McPherson Outlaw in Jackson, Mississippi, during the months surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court rulings in the DOMA and Prop 8 cases. It’s now available at Vimeo for on-demand rental and for sale. I received the notice on Friday, but saved it until this morning because I want as many people as possible to see this.

Mississippi-based film producer Robbie Fisher and Fisher Productions, LLC announced the release last week. The film introduces the viewer to Eddie and Justin, together living what might otherwise be considered an ordinary life during an extraordinary time in history. It provides a glimpse into the relationships the two have with one another, and with family, friends and their Deep South hometown. Against the backdrop of legal battles about same-sex marriage, Eddie and Justin share their personal take on what love really means.

“It was important to us, as Mississippians, to tell the story of this loving and devoted couple who are productive business people and well-liked members of the community, and who want their legal union to be recognized in their home state,” said Fisher.

The 13-minute film is available for a $1 rental fee or for purchase for $2.50. Cinematographer Lauren Cioffi spent months, beginning in March 2013, documenting the day-to-day lives of Eddie Outlaw and his partner Justin McPherson Outlaw. A second unit team captured footage in Washington, D.C. as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on California’s Proposition 8 and on the Defense of Marriage Act.

Editor Azod Abedikichi employed an upbeat and whimsical style, which included animating original illustrations by Joy Abedikichi, to capture the essence and spirit of the subjects. Composer Chris Gibbons’ simple and beautiful Red Tango reflects the energetic and optimistic disposition of Eddie and Justin.

I have contact info if you’d like to get in touch; you can also tweet to @MSlovestoryfilm or @TheEddieOutlaw

Here’s the trailer in case you missed it last week.

Project Marijuana is a film deserves to be made.

Trip Ghetaway wants to go to Colorado and make a documentary film about the legalization of marijuana. Here’s Trip. I find him persuasive, and he’s right about what it’s like to make a documentary. You can find more videos at his Indiegogo page, which he hopes will raise the money he needs to get the movie done.

You can find him on Twitter @tripghetaway. Trip and I have a few things in common. We both started out developing photos in darkrooms, we have similar views on photography and working for free, and we both have connections to Texas.

Here’s Trip’s collaborator Tisha Cruzan talking about her military experience and how legalization would improve her life.

If you agree with Trip and Tisha, please share them with your friends and consider supporting Trip’s campaign.

Now you know I must give you some opinions on our insane drug control policy.

  • Marijuana should not be treated the same way as heroine and cocaine.
  • Marijuana should be available by prescription in the U.S. to every person who has a legitimate medical need for it.
  • States should be allowed to legalize it. States that don’t want to legalize it should still be required to make it available by prescription to people who need it.
  • States that don’t want to legalize should be forced to stop locking people up just for using it. The most draconian penalty for possession we should tolerate in any state of our great union is seizure of the stash and a $5 fine that can be paid by mail like a parking ticket. I’m for full legalization myself, but, you know. Democracy.
  • I think it makes more sense for medicinal marijuana to be regulated like an over-the-counter drug; and recreational marijuana to be regulated like alcohol and tobacco; than to allow an entirely avoidable black market to persist. Black markets warp the economy and breed violence. We know how to fix this one, so let’s fix it.

I haven’t talked about indie filmmaking for awhile, so you may not realize what a soft spot in my heart I have for it. My brother-in-law has an indie documentary in post-production. When I first met him, years ago, he was my sister’s new boyfriend. He was in the early stages of shooting and high on the possibilities. Now he has more footage than he knows what to do with, and no money to pay editors. One of our early social media projects was setting up a Thunderclap to promote his Indiegogo campaign.

We tagged 20 people at a time on Facebook, made personal phone calls, and spent weekends blogging about it. I created a page to explain Thunderclap to people who’d never heard of it. We twisted arms. We managed to get enough supporters for a small Thunderclap, and the continual conversation attracted enough attention to double the amount of money we raised in the last 10 or 12 days. We did this during the first month of our blogging careers.

You can see the final Indiegogo tally, and a trailer for Sam’s movie, here.

What I’m saying is, I understand what Trip’s going through, and I want to help him. If you’d like to see this movie made, let Trip know. Tweet to @tripghetaway and @Sourcererblog with the hastag #ProjectMarijuana. Or blog about this. Or share Trip’s links on other social media.

I’d like to watch this movie one day.


Almost done.

so, less than 2 hours left on this Indiegogo campaign to raise post-production money for Rolling with Kings. We are above $4K.

Considering where we were a week ago, I would say all the talking about it we’ve done over the last week was a good idea.

Our campaign for Rolling with Kings is down to 12 hours.

This is the trailer for my friend Sam’s documentary, Rolling with Kings.

With 12 hours left on his Indiegogo fundraising campaign, this is my last chance to do him any good by blogging about his movie. If you like Elvis, or Mardi Gras, or just helping struggling indie filmmakers, please check it out and pass it along to anyone else who might be interested.