1) I've never argued more in my life, or witnessed more crazy arguments, than with the friends of mine who are working on this film. We are all passionate and dramatic people, with a flare for being stubborn and a know-it-all. What a test to our friendship! I cannot thank them enough for their ability to stay in there with me and complete this film! Hopefully, when it's all wrapped up pretty in a nice DVD, we'll still call each other friends. Seriously though, they are awesome people. We've shared some hilarious moments and have been able to experience this incredible opportunity and journey together.
|Tea at the Empress Hotel, Victoria British Columbia|
3) I am learning that it's hard for the creative and brilliant people working on this film to stick to deadlines when I keep sending changes AND they're working for just the hope that they will one day get paid. (hard to understand) But, the good news is that A Fishy Tale is slowly coming together and there is a building confidence that it will be done very soon. Despite the million changes I keep sending the editor and basically being a bit neurotic and overbearing - progress is being made! Here is a true statement, "If I CAN MAKE A DOCUMENTARY, so can you!"
4) I have had more sleepless nights than I can count stressing over this project. It has consumed me! My poor husband has dealt with every emotion from me - sobbing, venting, anger, elation, impatience, and depression. I cannot wait until it is over. Neither can he. Neither can my team. We're all going to find the biggest bottle of champagne ever made and toast to surviving it all and making an awesome documentary!
|Picketing in Washington D.C. against NOAA|
|Jerry Vantrease and I discussing the importance of wild salmon to Alaska|
We are a LONG WAY from being able to farm fish responsibly - not even close to doing it in a sustainable way, despite the crazy advertisements we see coming from the fish farm marketing campaigns. As long as they are farming in the ocean and as long as they are feeding fish toxins, we're not only killing our wild salmon and the entire ecosystem surrounding the fish farms, but we are slowly killing ourselves.
|Grossing out over the fish farms|
You can help my fight by calling your Congressman to help support Alaska Congressman Don Young's Bill HR 574 - To prohibit the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce from authorizing commercial finfish aquaculture operations in the Exclusive Economic Zone except in accordance with a law authorizing such action.
And, of course, you can always donate to the cause and help me finish this film and pay the folks who so desperately need paid! :)