What’s new with Wheedle’s Groove

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This just in from Wheedle’s Groove director Jennifer Maas (ok, it came last week, but it’s a busy time around here!):

Wheedle’s Groove wouldn’t exist without the Film Forum. Michael hooked me up with the Red Bull Music Academy — they needed a trailer for a music doc to go on their application cd-rom. I made one for my then non-existent movie. Then Michael urged me to apply for a grant. I got it and applied for a bigger grant. After an internship with Rob Devor through the Film Forum, he agreed to Executive Produce the film and helped me get Sean Kirby to DP. I met Lynn Shelton when she needed a volunteer to film casting for her movie. She rooted for me on the grant board and because of Rob, Sean, and Lynn, I got it. And of course NWFF was my fiscal sponsor. Dave Hanagan was the gaffer on my first (and second to last) 16mm shoot shoot for the film. While I was volunteering at the NWFF office, I met Ben Kasulke, who was working at The Film Company there in the back. He became my DP after Sean Kirby moved to New York. Last year, Michelle Witten and I connected at a women’s film night organized by Nora. She came on as an editor the next day and spent the next 11 months in my basement with me trying to find a story in 8 million hours of footage. We finally found a story and Michelle is now the Producer. Peter and I had countless discussions along the way, and he warned me that this film was going to have to be pretty damned good for all how long he had to wait to see it. I sat on pins and needles waiting for him to give me feedback after I gave him a DVD screener. He came back with thoughtful discussion and amazing advice that enriched the film tremendously. A month back Lyall, without actually seeing the film, told me definitively, “Jennifer, your film is done.” I finally realized that it was. Honestly, sometimes I didn’t want to be making this film, but wanting to justify all that love and encouragement was a huge motivating factor for me. And now it’s freaking finished. And I made a movie. And I’m going to Memphis. And I couldn’t be happier.

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