Five years ago today, a small gathering of people snuggled down on a plush sofa in my Mother’s living room and watched the fruits of our combined labor of love come to life. We were small in number, but we were mighty in passion. “No Lost Cause” was the film, and it was created on a budget of $7,000 (4K of which was buying the computer to edit the film on).
We watched ourselves and as we did, we laughed, we cried, and we had all the feels. When the film came to an end, we did a brief interview with the cast & crew talking about how we felt about the film and the future.
Two words, and yet so much possibility.
How could we know that that evening was just the beginning. How could we imagine that our little film, in our little town, and on our little, tiny, minuscule budget, would win awards in film festivals, leading to us meeting our distributor, leading to the film being sold internationally, leading to it being seen in over 37 countries around the world?
Here is part of a blurb I posted on the one year anniversary of that viewing:
“Today, we are nearly finished with our second film, and looking forward to the fall when NLC is released world-wide through our distributor. God has done some truly remarkable things in our lives, and I stand humbled and in awe of His constant provision and love. Thank you, dear friends, for believing in us and supporting us.”
That second film, “The Hepburn Girls,” was created with another small group of people, and it would lead me to meeting the people who would reignite my dormant passion for theatre.
In turn, those people would form a third, small but mighty group with a giant passion and a dream to create a community theatre in a rural county.
This same group would work and work and work, and then “Beauty and the Beast” would happen, and we would have a show less than a year after our theatre’s conception that would pull in over 400 people per performance.
And then we would win multiple awards for that show.
How could I possibly have known all of that sitting on a couch in a living room five years ago.
But it did.
Every bit of it happened because of that first film. Because of that first moment of saying, “Why Not? Why can’t we do this?”
Tonight, we are screening the second film at the place where my two loves converged.
You should come. Not because you know me, or know the film. I’m no one special. I’m not more gifted or more intelligent than anyone else. I’m not extraordinary. I live with anxiety and fear just about every day of my life.
I just don’t let that fear and anxiety stop me.
You should come because when a group of people come together to support each other and their dreams, things happen. Magic happens. Perhaps seeing our dreams come to life will inspire you to pursue one of yours.
Who knows if this could be the genesis of your “Five years ago today…” story.
What a wonderful possibility!
“The Hepburn Girls”
Henry County High School Auditorium
New Castle, KY
Tickets available at the box office.