Safety Net was competitively chosen for one of the six development slots in the Cleveland Indie Film Incubator this past March. Six weeks of mentoring, development, coaching, workshops and networking focused on script, pre-production, directing, auditioning, pre-visualization and best practices in production. As if that wasn't enough, we're super grateful that the sponsoring Cleveland Camera Rental also provided grants to underwrite rentals and consulting to Safety Net.
In this photograph, you see us on set at Creative House in Cleveland, all six of the winners for the Incubator. These new friends have been generous with their feedback and provided essential links at key moments to help Safety Net move forward.
This moment when George Bailey and good ol' Mary first stood in front of 320 Sycamore, that Drafty Old Granville house, the connection between the American Dream, Homeownership and the Movies became solidly linked together.
In many ways this house becomes a way that the film braids together the Individual Ideal (George Bailey's talents and sacrifice make it possible to turn this haunted house into a homey haven), the Civic Ideal (the house is rooted in George & Mary's commitment to build better houses for everybody in Bedford Falls) and the Material Ideal (that success provides the basic human needs for people's well being).
There are ways that Jerry's quest to save his house is like George's quest to save The Savings & Loan. Both of these movies invite us into the human experience of striving and losing and hoping and fearing. Especially as those emotions relate to a house.
When movies give us a storied way of thinking about problems and solutions? Our tolerance, our understanding, our empathy and our effort all expand just a little bit.