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The Ones That Got Away

In the world of filmmaking, there are countless stories of passion, creativity, and determination. However, amidst the countless successful projects that grace our screens,

there lies a collection of unrealized visions that never saw the light of day. These unrealized film projects, like hidden gems tucked away in the shadows, often hold untapped potential and intriguing concepts that make us wonder what could have been. In this blog post, we'll delve into a couple of these tantalizing film projects that, for various reasons, never materialized.


Music is passion of mine. The art of songwriting is mysterious and mystical to me and I love delving into the work of the great musical minds. I worked with Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Gretchen Peters on music videos and promotional pieces for two of her albums. I also worked with the talented musician Tom Russell for over fifteen years, making videos and a couple of short films.

In 2009, I was approached by the National Songwriter's Association International in Nashville to make a film about the famed Bluebird Cafe. I made several trips to Nashville and produced a short sample film about the Bluebird. The NSAI was going to raise the money needed to make the film, and all I had to do was be creative. I was in heaven. Unfortunately, Nashville and the Bluebird got very popular very quickly. ABC jumped in with a hit series called Nashville which featured a fictional Bluebird Cafe and a ton of drama. Interest in my documentary waned because they were getting so much publicity from the network series that a documentary seemed unnecessary at the time. The ABC series ran for six years, and during that time I moved across the country and on to other projects. NSAI hired a producer from ABC's Nashville to make a similar documentary about the Bluebird and the rest is history. It's a good film, but I like to think mine would have been better!


Unrealized film projects are a testament to the unpredictable nature of the filmmaking industry and the myriad challenges that filmmakers face in bringing their visions to fruition. While these projects may exist only in the realm of imagination, they continue to captivate our curiosity and ignite discussions about what could have been. As we celebrate the films that did make it to the screen, let us also pay homage to the unseen gems, appreciating the creativity and ambition they embody, even in their unrealized form.



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