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December 14, 2006

Happy 50!

BY KATIE GREISIGER, PHOENIX, USA -Happy birthday, Cyndi! I hope it was a great one...miss you guys and hope all is going great! Good luck with the new year in your life and for grasping new opportunities and beginnings...we know you will!!!

September 08, 2006

Production Crew Slideshow

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August 17, 2006

Proud, Back in the USA

BY KATIE GREISIGER, GILBERT, USA - I am currently interning back in the US on an independent feature and cannot even start to imagine having to face the same difficulties that the Zambian crew is facing without the resources here. I am really proud of everyone! We all knew what a great team the crew makes and it is not suprising that you all will be able to work out any problems that come your way. The photographs from Zambia are breath taking and I am very excited to see the finished product. Good luck, crew! Everyone back in Arizona...and the US...is keeping your efforts in our thoughts.

July 20, 2006

Human Experience Through the Lens

BY KATIE GREISIGER, GILBERT, USA - There are soooo many exciting things going on in my life right now...I am looking for a new career, I have to start preparing my promotions campaign for the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival that will be in October in Tempe, Ariz., and of course working on this revolutionary project for Zambia and Mesa Community College. I like that things always seem to fall in to place...almost by accident but always for a reason. The "mistakes" and challenges in life are what make us stronger. I know I have had my fair share...but I have no regrets and always remember to look for a solution and meaning during hard times.

That is what I see in the script, BAD TIMING; the strength of the characters and the story. I think audiences of all cultures will be able to relate to the emotions and struggles of the characters. I do not think that differences in culture will necessarily take away from the human experience, rather it will remind us how being unique is what inspires creativity and learning.

I am very excited to be a part and of course SEE the film! It will be great to join an audience in a dark theatre and try and listen for their reactions or watch their eyes widen during pivotal moments. I can't imagine a better feeling knowing that I get to help teach other people about the project, Zambia and what MCC and Arizona filmmakers are able to accomplish. It is all very inspiring to take risks and be more ambitious.


July 13, 2006

Arizona Supports Zambia: Next the World

elephant.jpgBY KATIE GREISIGER, GILBERT, USA - So the title might be a little presumptuous. However, I truly believe we are making a lot of progress with gaining public support of the project.

I am so proud to receive phone calls and copies of published articles about the project from family and friends. The excitement in their voices about the projects is what tells me that all of our time has been well spent whether the funding is there for our plane ticket or not. It may seem a little cliché, but everything in life DOES happen for a reason. Every day should be a learning experience or we are just not living. This project has reminded me how short life is and how moments of enlightenment and change are few and far between. I even quit my job to continue to support the efforts and do not regret it in the least.

I have been working on securing a fundraising event for the film project. Although it will most likely not be until the end of July, it will still provide some promotional and funding support for the small but mighty crew that is trekking to Africa. Even if I am back here in the states, I know I will still have helped on a revolutionary project and am grateful for the opportunity. As a native Arizonan, I am proud that so many people have been interested and supplied hours of labor to help push the project forward.

It is no wonder to me, now, that the birth of this project was in Mesa, Ariz.

July 09, 2006

Building a Great Team

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BY KATIE GREISIGER, GILBERT, USA - Saturday, July 8, I needed some help while producing a Public Service Announcement for my work and I was lucky enough to be able to turn to some new friends from the Zambia Film Projects.

Although more wanted to help but couldn't make it, Jeniece and Mike quickly jumped for the opportunity to lend a helping hand and gain more experience on a set (although luckily only a 30 second PSA and not quite the two films we'll be shooting in three weeks). Mike was a life saver and helped with lighting and Jeniece helped and learned more about make-up for film.

The Zambian team is really learning to work together well and be supportive for one another. We are all anticipating hard work during the shoot in August but at least we will be able to rely on each other and produce the product that everyone is anticipating, and maybe even exceed expectations.

June 24, 2006

Who We Are

BY THE AFRICAN VOICE DOCUMENTARY FILM CREW, MESA, AZ, USA - The last week, we worked on a short video to give people a sense of who we are and why we're doing what we're doing. Three of the editors put together versions of varying length.

WhoWeAreSm.jpg SHAWN DOWNS put together the Who We Are in Two Minutes movie. Shawn recently graduated from Arcadia High School and will be going to the LA Film School upon his return from Zambia. Shawn is an excellent cinematographer, gaffer and all-round crew member. Shawn had a short film in the PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL 2006. I'd count on seeing great things from him in the future.

WhoWeAreMed.jpg LINDSEY BLACK crafted the Who We Are in Five Minutes. Lindsey graduated from Mesa Community College. She has made numerous short films and is looking to build a career in the independent film industry. Lindsey enjoys acting, editing and producing. Already a Sundance veteran, Lindsey is looking forward the 2007 festival. She learned a great deal about networking at the last festival from actor, Adam Scarimbolo.

WhoWeAreLong.jpg MICHAEL MONTESA completed the Who We Are in 17 Minutes. Another Sundance veteran with a commitment to work in the independent film world, Mike is a respiratory therapist by vocation and photographer/cinematographer by avocation. Mike has won several awards at the annual Mesa Community College Art Show. In addition to being a great on-set photographer, Mike loves designing movie poster and DVD case covers. His designs are terrific.

June 22, 2006

Greater Than We Imagined

BY KATIE GREISIGER, GILBERT, USA - During one of our last meetings we spoke into the camera about why we wanted to help on this project and what impact it will have on the future, not only for our careers and aspirations locally, but for Zambia. I had not realized the impact on Zambia until the words left my mouth, "We are going to help a COUNTRY." This is a realization that is greater than I could have ever imagined and I am even more honored to be a part of this revolutionary experience.

It is so hard to completely rationalize the impact until we actually travel to Zambia. I feel sometimes that Africa, Europe and other "far away lands" are almost imaginary because of my lack of experience with travel. I know limited information about these places and cultures and realize that is why it is hard for others to understand the problems that some cultures face on a daily bases: genocide, starvation, epidemics. We watch these familiar news stories on television and come to accept them as ordinary and other people's problems; these social issues are not felt as our own because we are not affected in the same ways. For example, as Americans we cannot fully understand the struggle of youth illnesses and deaths in some countries, it is assumed that children will grow up to be adults with little worry about living past age one or three.

The lack of understanding of these world-wide issues is what motivates me the most to help with BAD TIMING and VOICE OF AN AFRICAN NATION. I know that these projects will motivate others to take action and help other nations. And, in what better way than through indpendent film can we bring other cultures and the issues they face to the world? We are going to make a difference.

May 20, 2006

Katie Greisiger - Publicist

katie.jpg BY KATIE GREISIGER, GILBERT, USA - About five months ago I graduated from college and found myself asking a lot of questions about the future and what I thought I pictured myself doing. I knew I was searching for insight and fulfillment in life and wanted to learn about different people and discover new things. Too bad traveling after college is expensive when you're paying back student loans and normally Phoenix isn't the most abundant home of insightful agenda or news.

Until now.

Participating on the Zambia film projects is inspiring, thrilling, a lot of work but well worth the lack of sleep (or a weekend :) I developed a strong interest in indi film a few years back and have volunteered on film festival staff for over three years now. Knowing that media is a strong antidote to our somewhat lack of public education in our country, I understand the importance of giving the citizens of Zambia a voice in our mainstream culture through indi film.

The first indi film produced in Zambia, BAD TIMING, and the documentary recording its journey, THE VOICE OF AN AFRICAN NATION, are building a strong relationship between two cultures: and the catallyst was Mesa Community College. This is what makes my job on the project worthwhile. Helping gain publicity and press for this project will be a new discovery for myself as I am teaching others. I know that everyone on the team has the passion and dedication needed for those great feature news stories and their excitement and interest are reason enough to volunteer. Not to mention, our collaboration and efforts will help strengthen and build a young flim industry in Zambia. We will be teachers in Zambia but we will also be students learning and appreciating the strong connections that we will make along this journey.

My blog, along with the rest of the Zambia team, will detail the path towards the completion of the first documented film in Zambia and the documentary about the making of that film.

Maybe Phoenix just got a little more interesting.