Today I woke up and watched a video on youtube on the Red Bull championships in Japan. Looking back at my film "The Bboy Connection" really has me wondering if my film will ever get the respect and support. Looking where I am today and seeing that I have sacrificed my entire adult life for my film has me creating a new strategy of how to get the film completed. With countless producers and investors who talk the talk and never follow through I can no longer wait on their support or help for the final completion of my film. People have been waiting for years to see my film and characters in the film are tired of waiting and some are still patient and excited. Some in the film have passed away and some are MIA. They want to see the film and many request from around the world. Film festivals have invited my film every year when they hear about it. My film was accepted into the Slamdance film festival in 2004 & Sundance called me and said they were interested as well. They all say the same thing "Get your finishing funds and every thing cleared." That was back in 2004 and here it is 2010 going on 2011 and I'm still in the same shoes with no support except for the community patiently waiting.
I still get phone calls and emails from producers who never follow through and only to get ideas from my film and run off with their resources and succeed creating related events.
It leaves me no choice but to set a date for March 1st 2011 in San Francisco and have a free screening fundraiser. I sat here in my little studio where I also sleep and realized I have so much material to offer. Over 1000 hrs of footage in hip-hop archives I have filmed over the last 20 years. My paintings and sketches I rarely show people. My boombox collection and my photography of photos I have never posted online. My new plan is to take all of this and have it all in one gallery. Print large prints of my good photos and display at least 20 of my canvas paintings. Multi TVs playing random videos of my work that I have not posted online. This is what people would see while they are walking into the gallery to the back where my film "The Bboy Connection" will be screened.
Hopefully people would donate and make offers on the paintings and photos that will be for sale.
We can never give up on our dreams and goals because there is always a solution and sometimes it has been in your face and it takes a long time to open your eyes. Instead of being upset with all the thieves, & flaky producers that love to talk the game, I have to use what I have and offer everything in one package. They say art is an expression. I am currently expression everything I feel about life, past present and future all into my art. This is more than just my film. This is my future and passion for my love as a visual artist.
Beto "Mooncricket" Lopez