Fine Cut Finished
We are very excited to report that we have officially completed the fine cut of the documentary. After many, many agonizing hours of cutting, we managed to get it down to the length we originally wanted: 1 hour, 26 minutes.
A group of incredible historians, amazing filmmakers, a brilliant political scientist and a phenomenal investigative journalist provided detailed and extremely helpful feedback on various rough cuts of the documentary. It is thanks to the many hours of work they put into this project (nearly all of them without compensation) that we were able to get to this point.
Last month, Ahlam held a screening of the rough cut for a group of a dozen grad students and a few professors at her university. Only one of them had any knowledge of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict prior to the screening, so it was a good test group. Here are a few quotes from them:
In a couple weeks July, we are going to send out a chapter from the documentary to all of our Kickstarter backers. It will finally give you a taste of what the rest looks like.
The next big step is to secure licenses for the rest of the archival material. There are well over 200 archival images in the current version as well as archival film. As you know, we have worked for years to collect it all. Even people who have spent their lives studying 1948 are shocked at how many images we have in the documentary that they have never seen before. We already have rights for the vast majority of the material. But the most expensive material is still waiting for a budget. We have a few irons in the fire that we are very much hoping will pan out.
If you would like to make an additional contribution to get us over this final hurdle, we would be extremely grateful. You can make a tax-deductible donation to our fiscal sponsor, Alternate Focus at the bottom of any page.
After that, we just need to send the documentary out for all of the final polishing – audio sweetening, color correction and music scoring. Each of those can happen simultaneously and none of them take more than a few weeks, so once we hit that point, we are good to go.
Once again, thank you so so much for your patience with this project. We sincerely appreciate it. And thank you also for your encouraging notes and emails. Those really do keep us going.
Andy and Ahlam
Andy Trimlett, Director/Co-Producer
Emmy Award-winner Andy Trimlett has a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution from San Diego State University. He has a decade of experience in public television, having served as senior producer, associate producer, editor and camera operator on a wide range of productions. He has worked on PBS programs in the United States, Hungary and Austria.