It has been a year since our documentary short, Cecil & Carl, premiered at the InsideOut Toronto Film Festival in Canada. Little did we know then that it would go on to play on more than 35 large screens all over the world and win 5 awards in 4 different countries. 🙂 We are very proud of our baby! 🙂
Celebrate our birthday with us! If you have seen the film, please share your thoughts, questions, and photos using the hashtag #cecil&carl.
In honor of this big anniversary, here are a few behind-the-scenes pics:
Nederland is a small town in the mountains of Colorado where Cecil used to live and loved visiting with Carl. Because of Carl’s health, it had been years since either of them had been there, as it is about a 45 minute bus ride from home.
Several months after the original interviews with Cecil were recorded, we realized we still didn’t have all the footage we needed to make a film, so we suggested that we take a trip there together.
What started out as a gorgeous sunny day in Denver quickly turned into a below-freezing afternoon in Nederland. None of us were dressed for the weather and we were all completely miserable after 5 minutes of being outside. We worried that the trip had been a big mistake, but as documentary film-makers know well, sometimes mistakes turn into the best opportunities…
We ended up running to the first shelter we could find, which happened to be the beautiful, wooden, and brightly lit Black Forest restaurant. The owner of the place, Bill, was a fan of old films – he had even been an extra in a major production once, as the photos on the walls revealed – so he was more than happy to let us shoot there. He sat down and the three of them exchanged memories of what the town had looked like some 50 years ago. Because of the crap weather, the place was nearly empty, so he allowed Cecil and Carl to smoke inside rather than have them endure the freezing snow. And that is how we got some of our favorite footage for the documentary. 🙂