Posted on Saturday July 23, 2005 by Steven Fischer
This morning Craig and I met with Diane Davison, the latest addition to the Freedom Dance team. Diane is an entertainment attorney and has agreed to be the movie’s legal representation.
Diane and I go way back. She helped me start an old company of mine, Cinema & Radio Ventures, Inc., and has represented me in other matters. Craig and Diane’s mother, Claudine Davison, have a long professional history at the Jewish Community Center. The connection and rapport between us all was one of the factors that made this decision obvious. I’ve written it before, and I’ll write it again. Not only is Diane a competent lawyer (in addition to her practice she teaches her trade at the University level), she is one of the most fun-loving attorneys I know. Like Henninger’s soda fountain kitchen, Diane’s office puts one at ease with its fun atmosphere: autographed pictures from her more prominent business relationships, an old school desk with cubby hole, Pez dispensers like you wouldn’t believe, and walls adorned with classic European advertising art. Today she was dressed in a feminine t-shirt decorated with Chinese art and a message that read: So Su Mi.
We began the begrudging (albeit necessary) part of filmmaking that I call the business of show business Unions, insurances, finances, endorsements, rights, etc, etc. The necessities of taking the project to the next level.
Thanks for your generous help, Diane! We are fortunate to have you representing Freedom Dance.
From Diane’s place Craig and I returned to his studio, recapped the meeting with Diane, and continued work on the clips Paul and I cut from Edward’s first interview. Then I was off to Nottingham where I watched a cut of John Bintz’s new comedy short…a Monty Python-style farce on spy genre films.
While with John, the Chief Engineer from the SS John Brown (a World War II Liberty ship docked in Baltimore which now serves as a floating living history museum) called in response to messages I had left. He has agreed to let us come on board and record the ship’s sounds and take reference photographs for Freedom Dance’s Ocean Voyage scene (which should happen sometime in September). This is an exciting advancement. The authenticity of the ships steam engine and hhydraulicswill give our sound track its distinction.
John and I took lunch at a nearby cafe and overall had a relaxing afternoon.