We get to work with talented people. It's a perk. It's a privilege. Some are well established. Some are just starting out. All, though, make us better at what we do and inspire the hell out of us.
Take the fellas from Gorilla. They started their production company 10 years ago in the hopes of making a feature film together. The years go by and they become one the most venerated commercial film companies in West Michigan, but the feature film dream remains. So despite all the commercial work they can handle, they make it a priority, and somehow get "Camp Manna" made.
That's cool. That's inspiring. That is exactly what we want to celebrate.
And celebrate we did. An abandoned store front in downtown Grand Rapids became Camp Manna. We had "counselors" pick up the 400 or so movie goers and bring them the two blocks to camp. There they were greeted by lawn games, indoor camp "fires", bars complete with alcoholic slushy machines, a Wes Anderson inspired selfie-wall, and our guy Adrian Butler keeping the dance floor hot.
It was a night worthy of the hours upon hours of work and struggle that had gone into the film. The fellas at Gorilla had chased their dream and for a few hours we got to make it come to life.
(All photos courtesy of Adeshola Makinde )