Cowntdown to ‘Come Home’

It’s the first day of February, January felt both agonizingly long and surprisingly short at the same time. The preview screening (for friends and family) of Come Home, my first feature-length documentary, is in 9 days. After that screening we will still need to get a final sound mix and submit it to film festivals and broadcasters and all sorts of other little tasks before I can truly say that I’m done with this project. However, I feel that this screening is the biggest hurdle in my near future. I believe in the film, but I’m scared to show it to people who have been anticipating this project for years – particularly those features in the film who have been so generous with their time, energy, and emotions.

Ryder and me on a fishing boat in the Baie Verte harbour
Ryder and me on a fishing boat in the Baie Verte harbour

I couldn’t have made this film without my collaborators and co-producers, my husband Ryder with whom I shares shooting and interviewing duties (and who has done almost all the organizing for this screening, plus the sound editing) and my wonderful friend Aaron who was our sole video editor. I don’t know how nervous they are, but I have a special level of nervousness because I appear in the film, my face and my voice – I’ve tried to limit my own appearance in the film but I’m still there. I’ve tried to make an honest film that shares the stories of the wonderful people of Baie Verte, Newfoundland & Labrador in an engaging way. I guess I’ll know if I succeeded in a week and a half.