“We have to shoot this guy!
People need to know about him!”
- How did this project start?
The project started after we released a doc called “Drummer Wanted“, the story of Dean Zimmer, a physically challenged drummer. I take Dean to the NAMM show every year and he speaks on behalf of physically and mentally challenged musicians internationally, through a group called Cando Musos. That’s where I met Mark and he blew my mind.
He was a rock star and I knew it by the way he played the guitar, the way he held himself and the way he commanded the room. I called Ross immediately and said, “We have to shoot this guy! People need to know about him!”. He, like Dean is an incredibly inspiring human being. After all, that’s the whole reason for these videos. Ross and I continue to hear how these videos have made people all over the world think about who they are and what is possible.
- How did the production go?
We shot this in Santee and San Diego in California where Mark resides. The weather was brutally hot! We shot the interviews in his house, in his living room where the air conditioner was located. All the driving and busking was at night which was still close to 100 degrees [38°C] and sweltering.
We didn’t have much time to spend on it because of costs and other obligations so we try to finish shooting in a few days. Ross and I do these videos completely out of pocket and when completed, we give them all the rights to the videos to do as they wish.