T’was the night before the airing of Guardians of Music.
And all through the house, not a creature was stirring…
Except for the producer, who is anxiously awaiting to show the world his finished project.
It all started September, 2013, winning the challenge grant award from Knight Foundation. It became real at that moment. I was going to make a documentary.
Looking back on the process, I don’t think I would do anything different because each new development was an enjoyment and adventure for me and I learned so much from putting this documentary together.
I invested time, sweat and heart into this project. I can never thank each of the people that donated money and their photos and film footage for me to use.
So I sit here writing this piece exactly 24 hours before my film, Guardians of Music appears on Detroit Public Television.
I feel like Zero Mostel in Mel Brooks’ The Producers in the scene where he stands at the back of the theater waiting to see the audience reaction and runs to the neighborhood pub to get a drink to calm his nerves. Now, if you saw that movie – Mel Brooks pokes fun at a movie that is intended to flop so that the producers make a truckload of cash. Thats not my goal, nevertheless, I have the same feeling of butterflys as I wait to see if my documentary is accepted by the viewers. Sure, I hope everyone likes it. The reality is that I like it and I think I have done a good job paying tribute to a generation of Detroit Armenian musicians that deserve to be honored.
This will be a memorable night for me. I have said many times, I am not a film documentary producer…but on Monday, March 16th at 9:30pm…I will be.
Wish me luck!