Back in November of 2015, I went to see my friend Lex speak on a panel of women entrepreneurs. A filmmaker named Nicole Franklin moderated. I had made it a habit to quiz anyone having anything to do with film about how I could make a breakthrough with Gold Rush, so I told Nicole of my struggles to interest people in producing it and she advised me to “film something,” like a trailer, if I wanted people to take me seriously. I immediately decided to film a musical dream sequence for Gold Rush. I got the music for it in January 2016 and finished writing the dialogue in March. I got the crew together over the summer, hired the cast in the fall and just before Thanksgiving, we filmed it.
So now I have this gem of a dream sequence, but I’m waiting to drop it when the time is right. The story of Gold Rush intertwines with my reality, and I felt that I should do my best to surface some of the real-life elements before I present the fiction. Hence, this blog and some op-eds I’ve begun to write, the first of which expressed my support for Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem.