Since March, we’ve been editing in earnest. Working in a humble spot deep in the heart of DUMBO NYC. The process has been fantastic, and we are very happy with how things are coming along. Our goal is to lock picture mid June.
Earlier this year STAY THEN GO was fortunate enough to be part of The Edit Center feature class in NYC. If you aren’t familiar with the Edit Center, they offer professional editing classes to some of the brightest up and coming editors in the biz. Taught by Alan Oxman (Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness) and Betsy Kagan, the class worked closely with our director, Shelli Ainsworth and was our first opportunity to really explore all our material in the hands of a group of editors with fresh ideas and creative spirit. Classic indie dramas Frozen River and Winter’s Bone went through this process – we hope to follow in their footsteps.
Since we wrapped principal photography in September, the movie is headed down the happy path of post production, one step at a time. Some of those steps are exciting: reviewing footage, planning the edit, working with our post-house (Splice), organizing production stills, thinking about music. Which we do, everyday. And some of those tasks are, well… what Producers do: polishing up accounting, paying bills, and working on the thousands of pieces of paper that go in files. But each step gets us closer to our goal of having an early cut of the film by late spring of 2013. So we couldn’t be more excited to keep this great project on its path.
Thanks to all of our wonderful backers for helping us reach our Kickstarter goal on October 19th. We had 164 backers from all over the country and as far away as Israel. While this is a small part of our overall funding it is a really meaningful part since it’s made up of so many contributions large and small. If you missed the campaign please visit our Get Involved page to learn other ways to contribute and become part of the STAY THEN GO community.
As Chris Hewitt of the Pioneer Press explains, Stay Then Go is the first film dealing with the subject of autism to be shot in Minneapolis, and for good reason: Minnesota offers a higher quality of care for people with autism than most of the country.
And though Stay Then Go is technically a fictional film, it’s based directly on the experiences of our talented writer-director Shelli Ainsworth. As the mother to a son with autism, no one is more qualified to tell this heartfelt story. Shelli attests to the care offered in Minnesota and, while “It’s not by any means great” she explains that it also allows “people with autism to stay with their families, rather than, for instance, a group home.” It goes without saying, then, that Minneapolis may have been the perfect city for filming Stay Then Go.
See what Mr. Hewitt says about the film.
In late August the veritable Bible of film industry, Variety, gave a shout out to the latest casting additions to our film Stay Then Go.
Amongst the mega-talented actors joining our film are Nicholas Bishop, co-star of ABC’s Body of Proof, and Sorel Carradine, who has a role in the upcoming The Good Doctor. Additionally, Sari Lennick (A Serious Man) and Noah Weisberg have joined the always amazing Janel Moloney and Matt Kane in Stay Then Go.
As usual, grateful for all of Variety’s coverage of our film’s progress. Take a look!
Lights often have special meaning for people with autism. This light plays a special role for the character Eddie in Stay Then Go.