BY ALEC HART, NEW YORK CITY, USA - Tonight, I walked over to the East Hudson River to catch the end of the Macy's Fireworks display for Independence Day. The smell of burned sulphur was strong in the air. The loud booming of the fireworks echoed in the concrete canyons. You could see the reflection of the explosions in the glass.
Tomorrow, I start logging the footage for the documentary, VOICE OF AN AFRICAN NATION. Recording began in early February in Mesa, Arizona. Cinematography will continue until BAD T!MING, the first Zambian feature, wraps. The deadline for the Sundance Film Festival is generally the first week in October. Since the films wrap on September 3rd in Zambia, it will be a miracle to get the rough cut ready in time for the 2007 festival.
Initially, I was planning on going to Zambia as part of the crew. Now, I think I can be more useful by staying in the states and working on the edit. We're still working out how to get the back-ups safely back to the U.S. during the shoot. We tried uploading a file on a server here and having it downloaded there but the connection was too slow. Tomorrow, I have to check into FEDEX.