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Let Freedom Ring!

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Freedom of Movement

“The right to move freely in this country should be held sacrosanct. That’s what people have died for. They’ve given their limbs and their lives for this very cherished right. But it’s not being practiced. The essence of freedom is to get up in the morning and decide where you want to go, how you want to go, and when you want to go. And to protect that right, you have to use it.”
—John Sears, aka ‘Mule’

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott featured at fundraiser for the documentary

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Some photos from the musical variety show at Five Springs Farm on Earth Day to raise money for completing the feature-length MULE: Living on the Outside documentary. Thanks to all the performers, attendees, sponsors and volunteers — and special thanks to Avery Hellman (Ismay Music) and Sonoma Mountain Music Festival for putting on the event.

All the ticket sales ($1,240.00) were donated towards completing the feature-length film.

There is a still a long way to go to raise the $50,000.00 necessary to hire a full-time editor as the next step in the post production process.  Would you please take a moment to make a tax-deductible donation?

Donate at the International Documentary Association.

Thank you!

Fundraiser at a Beautiful Northern California Farm

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Celebrating Earth Day on April 22, Sonoma Mountain Music is presenting a screening and fundraiser to complete the feature-length version of the documentary, as well as a Variety Show!

It will be held in a restored redwood barn up in the hills above Petaluma, California.

As part of the show, the legendary Ramblin’ Jack Elliott will be performing — he is considered one of the nation’s legendary foundations of folk music.  Come and support the artists, and enjoy an afternoon at a Northern California farm!


MULE Short in Sonoma Int’l Film Festival

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I am very pleased to announce that the 11-minute short version of MULE: Living on the Outside has been accepted into the Sonoma International Film Festival.

This follows its premiere earlier this year at the Equus Film Festival in New York City where it won the Best Director Award for documentary shorts.

The short film features the recently completed original score donated by Canadian composer William Baird. You can hear a bit of the music at

I consider the short as a “teaser” for the feature-length version which sits idle until enough money is raised to bring an editor on board for six months. Thanks again for hanging in there with me, and Happy Spring!

Movie Poster

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When I decided to tweak the 11-minute fundraising video and turn it into a short film, my friend, Michael Ries, stepped up and donated this movie poster design. Thank you, Michael, and also a big a thanks to JC Dill for providing the portrait photo of Mule (John) which captures his visage so well! The mule string photo is one that I snapped during the first month of shooting, and Michael composited the sunset background. The image of the megalopolis is a stock shot.