I know you are probably wondering what happens in the Reel Access office on a daily basis. Well I thought it would be good to talk about what we are currently working on and what we are thinking about. I didn’t want this to be one of those terrible faux Christmas family newsletters which talks about how well Rupert is doing at University or that Martha has a had a tough year since her skiing accident. No. I wanted this to be about the company and what goes on behind the office doors. Who we work with and why? This is an opportunity for me to talk about this stuff because sometimes you are so in the mix of things that you miss so much and having a moment to step back and look at things are important.
Jill our General Manager is working very hard (She always works very hard mind you) getting things ready for our Re-Awakening Lea Village trip on Friday which I will be going on with local residents. She has also just reminded me that tomorrow we will get paid which is always a fantastic day for many people across this great land. Martin is working on the BuggyCam 2 exhibition and the posters he has created are brilliant and exciting. (Oh dear, here comes that Christmas newsletter feeling) The first of a number of BuggyCam exhibitions takes place on Tuesday 13th November at Ward End Library. Another great thing that has happened recently is that AlCOA the local company did a clean up day here at The Pump which we filmed. I have to say I am so impressed with what ALCOA does for the area and especially the work of Bev and Sue.
At the moment Haqi Ali is here editing his feature film. I have known Haqi for many years and when he said he had self-funded a feature film and needed a place he could edit I couldn’t refuse him. Haqi is a stand up comic of some repute who loves working with community groups making films, small dramas and generally being a great guy. He comes here most days when the edit suite is free to look through footage, complain about drinking too much coffee and edit his Opus. Also Keith a local resident pops in once a week to work on his novel. He regularly updates us about his thriller which is great because having Me, Jill and Martin as a sounding board must make a difference to him. I suppose he could write at home but he has chosen to come here which is good. Giving a resident like Keith the opportunity to come here and work is what Reel Access is all about. Alex Carroll a student from Staffordshire University has made contact with me because he wants to make a film which has community involvement at its heart. A couple of meetings later and Alex is working with a group and they have lots of great ideas for a film. What strikes me is that we are just a small company but in that smallness lots of great things are happening and people want to do things.
What I am trying to say is that through the obvious hard times Hodge Hill and Birmingham are facing. There is a sense of togetherness here. The Pump and the people of Lea Village have made great strides to make this happen and I hope in someways Reel Access has done and continues to do its bit. This has given me heart about the future and although tough times lie ahead I know in places like Lea Village and Hodge Hill we can strive to truly be in it together.