JUNE FILM UPDATE
This time last year, I was still in the mental planning stage Expecting Sunshine Documentary. Now, in June 2016, we have captured all the interviews, creative scenes and recreations. I have talked to so many people who have lost children and gone on to have others.
Experts and parent advocates have shared their stories. We cover topics from the desire to parent again after loss, struggles in marriage, to welcoming the new baby. Healing looks different from person to person. The stories are sobering, heart-wrenching, but also encouraging and inspiring!
My film crew and I are now in a season of post-production and editing. This is where everything is being cropped, finessed and ordered. It is a huge process!
While I wish we were through the editing, we are allowing this stage to be a focused and intense time. Our topic is too precious to rush it. We hope to wrap up in a month or so. Then we will move into another transition. Distribution! We have already received confirmation from Shaw TV in Edmonton that they will screen the film. We are also submitting to film festivals and hope to locate a big network to show Expecting Sunshine. I have my fingers crossed for somewhere like W Network, the Women’s Network. This film deserves a great network with a wide reach. Cross your fingers on that.
I will continue to post here on this blog, keeping everyone updated on our progress. For now, here are some Expecting Sunshine film stills captured over the last six months.
Here is more information about Expecting Sunshine Documentary:
The documentary film, Expecting Sunshine, brings together the poetic prose and visual incarnations of the memoir, as experienced through the innovative, sometimes surreal, sensibilities of its creator.
The film documents an actual pregnancy of Alexis Marie Chute, as she grapples with the unique challenges of having a child after the death of child. With poignant narration from the memoir, along with new revelations and interesting interviews, the documentary casts fresh light on a private and isolating experience.
The documentary contains scenes across multiple seasons, and numerous locations – from Alberta, Canada, to Sedona, Arizona. It features real-life medical appointments, artistic manifestations, thought-provoking interviews with experts and bereaved families, and a comprehensive view from conception till the actual delivery. The film successfully avoids being a bland, sterile or sentimental expose. Instead, it is a collaborative and culturally relevant work of art.
As a filmmaker, Alexis Marie brings together her unique skillset as both a visual and literary communicator. She exposes unseen emotional and psychological challenges, curating them into an artistic presentation that will live on in the minds of viewers long after.
For broadcasting and screening inquiries, or if you are a network wishing to show the film, please contact Alexis Marie Chute directly: phone 780-499-4311, email email@example.com
I have loved every second of filming Expecting Sunshine. It has been a wonderful learning experience, an excellent team collaboration, and a great opportunity to connect with bereaved families. Thank you to everyone who made it such a success!
We had our last filming date on April 30th. We captured recreations, creative b-roll, and family life after pregnancy loss.
Now, my crew and I enter the next exciting stage of the film: post production! This is where we combine all the video and still footage we have captured over the last eight months. We will combine all the visuals with the moving scores we have recorded with live musicians. Here is where we bring the vision to life.
- We plan to have the film ready for a number of the major film festival deadlines. These are coming up before summer.
- We have confirmation from Shaw TV in Edmonton that they will be airing the film. This will take place AFTER we, fingers crossed, premier the film at one or more film festivals.
- We are still searching for a major network to show the documentary. This search will continue in earnest once editing is complete.
Thank you so much for reading! And for supporting this film. Expecting Sunshine will make a huge difference for many, many people.
Alexis Marie Chute
To learn more about Expecting Sunshine book and film, please click here.
Get to know the film’s director and producer, Alexis Marie Chute.
Check-out the awesome film crew for the documentary.
Read more posts on the Expecting Sunshine blog.
Visit Expecting Sunshine’s sister blog, Wanted Chosen Planned.
Learn how you can donate to support the film by clicking here.
Yesterday was a big day of filmmaking in Sedona! It was a small crew (just Aaron and me, Alexis Marie) and we covered a lot of highway from Phoenix to Sedona, Arizona. Our shot list was long – but somehow we managed to check it all off.
We hiked Bell Mountain and filmed Aaron on the precipice of a cliff. He was wearing a full suit and tie I might add.
We climbed beneath an abandoned bridge and got dirty in the dry, cracked desert mud.
We captured creative scenes as the sun set over Cathedral Rock.
We interviewed a lovely woman named Bonnie who shared about her experience with miscarriage and infertility.
It was a busy day!
Sedona holds a very special place in my heart. It was there that I had a major epiphany in my journey of loss after Zachary died and in my struggle to “find myself” while pregnant with my next child.
The majesty of the towering red rock mountains, paired with a blanket of snow mid-March 2012, made me realize that I could hold both death and life inside of me. The paradox of lava rock and ice was profound. In that moment I was given a fresh perspective. It was a moment of personal transformation. (I have a chapter about this experience in my memoir, Expecting Sunshine)
I hope you enjoy the behind the scenes photos from our day filming in Sedona!