Over the last month, I've traveled all over the US, visiting family and friends. Throughout, I've been telling everyone about this documentary, and gotten some incredible feedback. After all the conversations, my biggest issue is figuring out how to frame this film. The Rio Grande faces a variety of threats. What exactly should the story be about? The border wall? The threats? The people who love the river? All of these? I'm currently writing a rough script to try and answer these questions.
When I've talked to people, I've been surprised by how many people don't think the wall is a serious issue. Since I spend roughly an hour or more every day reading the news and doing research on the wall, I'm pretty well informed, but I guess there's just so much else troubling stuff that people are getting overwhelmed. Part of me wonders if that's the point.
But to keep everyone updated: bidding just opened on the wall, and they're due in April. This is a bit surreal, because I can't find any specifications online about what exactly these bids are supposed to be doing. Are they bidding for a concrete wall or a fence? Where exactly will the wall go? In the meantime, it's hard to tell whether Congress will approve funding, but I'm extremely concerned still.
I was also lucky enough to interview Pete Levin (who was on the trip). In the craziness of the interviews we set up, we totally forgot to interview each other. But luckily, I got to stop by his new place in Minneapolis and hear his thoughts on the Rio Grande and why we need to care about it.
Now, after all my traveling, I've settled down in Seattle to get fully into the editing process. I can't wait!