Early '09 I noticed my neighbor's (then 15) year old Maine Coon, Spike, letting a very paranoid stray feed from his bowl. I watched this exchange from a distance on and off for months. Spike behaved kindly toward his hungry visitor. The day after Thanksgiving '09 I saw the stray show up with two tiger kittens in tow, energetic and quite wild. I alerted another neighbor (Karin) and we made plans to trap and rescue. Then they disappeared. We thought perhaps someone else had trapped them. Then they reappeared around Solstice '09 like magic, still wild, but very, very hungry. The weather had been cold, wet & fierce, so Spike (a frequent guest at my place) had brought them to my door. It took a number of feedings just to get the first pictures of the three ferals I named Mia (as in, "Momma..."), RuPaul (thought she was a pretty he initially) and Robbin (for his lightening thefts of small items from my studio.) Karin next door (with two indoor cats of her own) has been their heroine & sponsor over the past year, and thanks to her, the ferals have been spayed, vaccinated, dewormed & microchipped. All through it "Uncle Spike" (now 17 and toothless, but still spunky) has been their companion, friend and little Robbin's idol. Robbin loves Spike! RuPaul, more wary than her brother, took longer to allow physical contact, and is the clever one -- picking green plums with her teeth to use as toys. Mia, still very shy, is not nearly as paranoid & has filled out from her initially skinny physique. She loves the sun! And thanks to this "Rat Patrol" our compound is rodent free. They spend their days and nights now eating like draft ponies, getting brushed, playing, snoozing on the bed, and dragging home interesting objects: a pair of XXL men's boxers, a lady's fuzzy bathroom slipper, stuffed toys as big as they are from the nearby free box, avocado leaves & magnolia crowns and the occasional earthworm delicately brought and laid at my feet. Btw- the music I used on this video is "All Is Love" by Karen O and The Kids from the soundtrack of the very wonderful Spike Jonze film, "Where The Wild Things Are" (based on the Sendak book) and both the movie and soundtrack are fantastic (rent it!) This piece of music is so appropriate to this cat family, Mia, Spike, RuPaul and Robbin. They bring all who know them much joy!
A scene adaptation from Summer Brenner's noir novel (from the PM Press Switchblade series) on a woman trapped in a sex trafficking ring who has been promised freedom after one last job, which will entail a trip from L.A. to Oakland, CA via highway I-5. This adaptation stars Lipa and Artem Mishin. A 48 hour shoot-edit project.
Camera/Edit: Jai Jai Noire
Location sound: Dan Lieberman
Post mix & effects: Jai Jai Noire