Kay Boyle Film Blog Part Two

Here is this weeks Blog Post on the origins of my film about Kay Boyle.

Origins of the film

Kay Boyle, Laurence Vail and Sharon(?) France 1930’s

I started researching American Expatriates for a documentary film in 1982. I knew people who lived outside of the US for many reasons and I thought it would make an interesting documentary especially since we were living under Reagan. (Little did I know what was to come…)

I was researching American Expatriates in Paris in the 1920’s and I kept coming across the name, Kay Boyle. I always thought I was well read but I had no idea who this woman was, so I started doing more research. (See Kay’s brief bio – http://www.angryfilmmaker.com/dangerous-kay-boyle/a-brief-biography/)

It seemed like Kay had been everywhere. Here was a person who had witnessed and written about so many major events of the 20th Century and she was virtually unknown.

I was talking to a friend of mine, a poet and playwright, and told her about Kay Boyle. She said, “Oh yeah, Kay lives in Springfield. We had her up here for one of our poetry events.” I was floored. Kay was living 100 miles away? Continue reading “Kay Boyle Film Blog Part Two”

The Return of the Kay Boyle Blog

I’m back working on the Kay Boyle film and book so I’ve decided to resurrect the blog. The last year has been crazy with too many other things going on. I’ve continued to work on both the film and book when I can but life inevitably gets in the way.

I’m going to post here once a week (most likely Thursdays) to let you all know what’s going on. The goal is to finally complete this film and it’s companion book.

So hang on I think I’m in for a rough ride.

Dangerous: Kay Boyle – The Blog

“It was in the late twenties that I went to live and work in Paris, and I was then still a French citizen (through my marriage). These two facts would seem to disqualify me as a member of the lost generation or as an expatriate. But I was there, in whatever guise, and even if a bit late.” – – Kay Boyle

 

I’ve been working on the film Dangerous: Kay Boyle for over 30 years. Not all the time mind you, I’ve had to stop to do silly things like pay the rent, have a kid, get a divorce and work on other people’s movies. I’ve also made eight short films, three features, a bunch of documentaries, and written three books. I’ve criss-crossed the US over a dozen times and put this film on the back burner so many times I’ve lost count.

The reason I’m writing this journal now is because the time has come to put this film on the front burner and keep it there until I can complete it. I’ve applied for grants, asked friends for money, begged friends for money, conned friends in to working with me for free as long as I picked up the tab for traveling, had credit cards taken away from me, rented equipment in foreign cities that I couldn’t pay for, and used way too much of my own funds to get as far as I have.

Making any film is a struggle, making this film makes me feel like I’m the Ancient Mariner and Dangerous has become my albatross.

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