LOVE IN REVIEW: Family, above all else. / by Love You Back Productions

We're back, again!  We have a revised format.  Week in Review is now a monthly blog post, affectionately titled—"Love in Review."

On the heels of that announcement comes a much more substantial announcement.  On April 23, 2018, Love You Back Productions experienced the most incredible honor.  We screened our documentary for an entirely filled theater at the culmination event for the New Orleans Tricentennial Story Incubators!  The "Corner Store" documentary is now officially titled— "The Place To Be." 

"The Place To Be" screened as 1 of 5 films in the New Orleans Tricentennial Story Incubator Program.  It was a family affair.  Family, friends, cast members and crew gathered.  Food and drinks were served.  Smiles beamed bright on everyone.  Julia got to sit in a director's chair.  Folks loved our film.  

 This is my family.  An unorthodox family, at that. - Julia  Pictured from the left— Zensuke Omi (Associate Producer of "The Place To Be"); Weenta Girmay (Producer of "The Place To Be"); and Julia Elizabeth Evans (Director of "The Place To Be").   

This is my family.  An unorthodox family, at that. - Julia  Pictured from the left— Zensuke Omi (Associate Producer of "The Place To Be"); Weenta Girmay (Producer of "The Place To Be"); and Julia Elizabeth Evans (Director of "The Place To Be").   

 Our cast and crew!! From the left— Daniel Turner (Sound Design & Master),  Weenta, Julia, Larry Washington ("Mr. Larry," Main Character), Dustin (featured in documentary), Carmen (interviewed and featured in documentary), Anuraag Pendyal (Score Composer)

Our cast and crew!! From the left— Daniel Turner (Sound Design & Master),  Weenta, Julia, Larry Washington ("Mr. Larry," Main Character), Dustin (featured in documentary), Carmen (interviewed and featured in documentary), Anuraag Pendyal (Score Composer)

 Julia and Carmen giddy before the screening.  Photo by Weenta Girmay, April 23, 2018.

Julia and Carmen giddy before the screening.  Photo by Weenta Girmay, April 23, 2018.

 Neighbor and dear friend, Ira congratulates our Associate Producer with a big smooch. Photo by Weenta Girmay, April 23, 2018.

Neighbor and dear friend, Ira congratulates our Associate Producer with a big smooch. Photo by Weenta Girmay, April 23, 2018.

The strongest motif realized in our film, "The Place To Be," a story about one corner store in New Orleans, is family.   

Following the screening, Katie Williams of Film New Orleans conducted a director Q&A (which Weenta documented, so well).  Katie Williams asked me (Julia), "having documented so many corner stores for so long, how did you choose what footage to include in the final documentary?"  [Note: that is a paraphrased version of Katie's original question.]

The strongest motif realized in our film, "The Place To Be," a story about one corner store in New Orleans, is family.  Back in March 2018, during feedback sessions for the film, Julia's twin brother, Robert Evans, explained: "your documentary illustrates how the idea of family can be stretched to accommodate more unorthodox interpretations."  So, we went with that.  

Therefore, to answer Katie's question, the theme of family guided our decision-making process for the documentary's visuals.  

Now, you all are probably wondering, how and when can I see "The Place To Be?"  At least, I hope you are. :)  We have one more round of edits to complete to finish the film.  It will be available to all our Kickstarter supporters by the end of June! :

Woohoo!  Hold you breath.  We love you, all!  Stay tuned for next month's, "Love in Review."

Sincerely,

Julia Elizabeth Evans