THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — I believe I know a thing or two about the film business — it’s brutal. If “competition” causes one to throw up their hands and exclaim “we’re toast, we’re done,” then perhaps they’re not cut out for the film business anyway.
I’m referring, of course, to indie filmmakers Erica Hayes and Madisun Leigh who are working on “iTran”, a documentary about the transgender experience. After Hayes and Leigh learned singer Janet Jackson signed on to produce a transgender doc titled “Truth,” they whined about their quote “little bitty effort” unquote being overshadowed by Jackson’s money and fame.
Hayes and Leigh, I’ve got news for you — nobody in the film business has a monopoly on topics. Likewise, if you think your film is a “little bitty effort”, perhaps it shouldn’t get made at all.
Films have to stand on their own. It does not matter how much is spent making the documentary — only the contents matter. You cannot BUY good content, you have to earn it. Therefore Hayes and Leigh, you’ve an equally good chance of coming up with an excellent film as Jackson has. True, money makes things easier to cover up the lack of compelling contents with show and flash, but if you two have what it takes to be filmmakers, you’ll pull it off.
Besides, high dollar productions have a good chance of falling apart before completed. An additional bonus: multi-million dollar turkeys are the NORM in the business. Odds are Jackson’s film will be less than satisfactory.
From the viewers point of view, we’ve two chances at seeing one hit in a medium where no-hit innings are the norm. The other thing to think about — there are likely other trans films already in production.
My advice to you two, Hayes and Leigh, forget Janet Jackson and make your damn film. And make sure you add closed captioning if you want to get a thumbs up from me.
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