I’ll be heading out of Philadelphia in a short while. WiFi and time have both been in short supply, and I never did work out posting from my iPhone (though I am “tweeting” from http://twitter.com/imvegan). Having caught up on importing and backing up data acquired to date (we’re shooting on memory cards, and a specialized external hard drive when that comes back), I thought I’d take advantage of a 10 minute lull to update the site.
The interviews are going well so far, we’re getting some great footage, and the hospitality has been incredible. As much as I originally saw I’m Vegan as a way to direct a project that brings my own veganism together with my passion for filmmaking, and though I also saw that there might be some potential for these profiles to change the way people who encounter them regard veganism, what I wasn’t prepared for was how warm and generous our hosts and interviewees have been.
Of course, there are many other vegans to meet yet, and I don’t want to presume that all the experiences will be as positive as they have been so far, but looking back on this journey will clearly be more than a reflection of technical and interpersonal experiences on the road for me, Spencer, and Matthew. It will be a collection of memories of all the people we encounter, memories that enrich us, enrich the experience and elevate it above the average production. I hope that we can honor them with the work we do.
Finally, I hope that I can continue to learn from my experiences along the way to become a better vegan advocate.