A wise man once said "follow your bliss" but I never really understood until I decided to undertake the task of making a movie. Two years, 100 people and eight investors later, I knew exactly what he meant. The 24 months of preproduction, shooting, editing, and promoting were absolutely the best times of my life.
I have all the people noted in the credits and on the various pages of this website (and probably a number not mentioned) to thank for this. It is nearly impossible to make clear to everyone involved with the project exactly how much it means to me but you have all helped me in my search to "find my bliss" and I am enormously grateful.
There were some long shooting days that the cast and crew endured without complaint. There were some tense moments and the inevitable personality clashes. There were some long nights spend in front of the computer cutting scenes and rearranging shots. There were weeks when I would average four hours of sleep a night. There was the week prior to the first screening in November which consisted of four 20 hour days, a day that lasted 24 hours followed by five hours of sleep and then another 12 hour day and I can honestly say that I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.
When I think back on this experience and the people who helped me with it, it will alway be with fondness, love and sincere appreciation.
Producing an independent film is truly a collaborative process starting with preproduction, going into casting and principal photography, and finishing up in the editing suite where the scenes are cut together, music is added, and the whole soundtrack sweetened. Nowhere is the collaboration more apparent than in the actual shooting of the movie. And not just the cast and crew. This film also required the efforts of a number of individuals and businesses who allowed us into their facilities for location shooting, provided us with services, or fed us each shooting day.
What follows is a list of the credits for the film. Please keep these people and businesses in mind when you are looking for places to dine, spend your free time, or purchase items or services.
The City of Toledo
The City of Oregon Department of Recreation
The Toledo Police Department
The Toledo Fire Department
Lucas County Emergency Medical Services
Lucas County Courthouse
The Courtroom of The Honorable James Bates
David's House Compassion (no longer in operation)
Service Spring Corporation
Boogie Records (no longer in operation)
Center for Choice
Heatherdown Rehabilitation Hospital
RESTAURANTS AND FOOD SERVICES
Rosie's Pizza on Heatherdowns Boulevard (no longer in operation)
Ralphie's Sportz Eatery in Perrysburg
The Board Room Restaurant in Downtown Toledo (no longer in operation)
The Docks at International Park in Downtown Toledo
ADVERTISING, DESIGN, MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT
Joseph G. Kraus Design
Stephenson & Taylor Advertising
House of Type (H.O.T.)
NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED BUSINESSES
Atlantic Monthly Press
The Toledo Mud Hens Organization
International Baseball League
The Ohio Film Commission - Steve Cover
WTOL TV 11
WTVG TV 13
WNWO TV 24
FOX TV 36
The Toledo Blade
The City Paper
The Metro Press
BG Sentinel Tribune
Clay High School
Eastwood High School
My parents, Bill and Dorothy Hofbauer, who provided encouragement, worry and concern. They have both passed but their spirit still lives in me and I am grateful to the creator of the universe for putting me in this world with them.
My family members - Bill Hofbauer and Patti Cruse, Larry Hofbauer and Cindy Gorby, Ann and Tim Sauls, Jim and Renee Hofbauer and all my nieces and nephews who continue to support me even this far along in this journey (and only look askance at me a couple of times a year.
Former Mayor Carleton S. Finkbeiner
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