I haven’t been working on All’s Well and Fair much lately besides applying for grants… oh, and then receiving some rejections, which always dampens my enthusiasm of continuing work on that very project a little bit. I know you should never admit any of this, but let’s be real: rejections happen and they suck and they make you feel like maybe your work and your project aren’t good enough. But then I always realize that I just don’t have time to dwell on any of those doubts, because, you know, I’ve got to keep working on the film. So for the next week or so I’ll put All God’s Children on hold again and focus on finalizing the latest cut of All’s Well and Fair.

Brandon and Tessa in Brooklyn
May 2008

But what I really wanted to write about is that Tessa Drais came to visit in Brooklyn. She’s the oldest of the kids in All’s Well and Fair. When we filmed for the first time, she was only 7. Now she’s 19, in college, lives with her boyfriend, Brandon, and comes to visit without mom Rachel. It was really fun hanging out with her all grown up and meeting her friends. I’m excited about finishing the film in the near future so we can all watch it together. Although to them it might feel more like watching home movies. It must be so weird to be in a personal documentary.

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