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First Generation has a new home! July 6, 2009

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We are excited to announce that First Generation has a new website where you can find the latest news about the film, the issue of college access, and how you can get involved.

Please update our web address if you are linking to our site: http://www.firstgenerationfilm.com

Thank you so much for your continued support of this project!!!

Jaye & Adam

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A Weekend in Memphis April 7, 2009

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Earlier this year one of the students in our film moved out to Memphis, so this past weekend we got on a plane and headed out to the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll to catch up with her. Being the low-budget documentary that it is, we decided to save money by doing everything ourselves. Hello, the Adam and Jaye crew.

The bleary-eyed 5am crew.

The bleary-eyed 5am crew.

Our adventure started at 4:30am on Saturday at the LAX airport where we discovered that it cost an additional $30 per bag for checked luggage. Yikes! It didn’t help that we were hauling a camera, tripod, sound gear, two hard drives, a boom mic, our personal luggage, and my laptop. We crammed as much stuff as we could into our carry-ons and prayed that security wouldn’t hassle us too much for all our film gear.

Thankfully, we didn’t get stopped at LAX, and we were finally on our way. The weekend was a whirlwind of filming every day, so we didn’t have much time for sightseeing. However, we did manage to get our fill of tasty Memphis BBQ at Corky’s on Poplar Avenue. We highly recommend it to anyone passing through! Afterward we checked out the famed Beale Street pulsating with live music and a lot of interesting characters.

Corky's BBQ

The rest of the weekend was spent filming, filming, and more filming. Adam was a champ operating both camera and sound, and I had the relatively easy job of interviewing, driving while Adam got b-roll, and then holding the boom mic when we were filming reality. We almost didn’t make our flight home on Sunday because we got caught up filming on the Tennessee highway, and then got held up by the Memphis TSA who made us unpack every single item of equipment and then had a pow wow to determine our fate. We were finally allowed to pass through and made it back to LAX in one piece.

Tennessee

Overall, it was a great weekend of filming even though it was pretty stressful having just the two of us there. But it made us super thankful for our LA-based crew, and we’re so excited our student is moving back to California in a few weeks.

Obama Acknowledges Education Crisis February 25, 2009

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In the midst of these crazy times of layoffs and scant job opportunities, I can’t help but worry about not just our current economy but the economy 10, 20 years from now which is inextricably tied to our ability to increase access to education and create a larger culture of college-going high school students. So I was really pleased and encouraged by President Obama’s address to the Congress where he expressed his goal of of making the U.S. boast the highest number of college graduates by the year 2020. I am looking forward to seeing how Obama reaches this goal, and I hope our documentary can play some part in raising awareness. To read more about Obama’s commitment to education, check out this article from the LA Times.

Snow Day! December 23, 2008

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Last week we finished up our final days of filming for 2008, and we were lucky enough to take in some awesome snowy scenery.

Snowy National Sequoia Forest

Snowy National Sequoia Forest

We were joined by our 2nd unit DP Tim Donahue.

Adam and Tim Get the Shot!

Adam and Tim Get the Shot!

Thank you for all your support in 2008! We’re on an editing hiatus until spring ’09 when we hope to have more exciting news. Happy Holidays and best wishes for a wonderful New Year!

Adam & Jaye on the set of First Generation

Adam & Jaye on the set of First Generation

Cal States Turning Away Qualified Applicants? November 20, 2008

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I just read this article in the LA Times addressing the announcement made on Monday by Cal State officials who, for the first time in history, are proposing to turn away qualified students because of a deepening state budget crisis.  Of course, this will add to the anxiety of high school seniors across California who are counting on admission to a Cal State, and it’s especially concerning for the students we are following in our documentary who are trying to be first in their families to go to a 4-yr university.

I understand that our state has an enormous deficit, but if the economic growth of California depends on educating our citizens to enter the workforce wouldn’t it make more sense not to let those qualified students fall through the cracks?

On The Road Again with a Couple of Guitar Heroes August 16, 2008

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After taking a couple months off for summer vacation, the First Gen crew was back at it again. With some Starbucks in hand and our truck jammed with gear, we were finally ready for our trek up the Grapevine.

We needed gas in the Bako…good thing we ran into Big John’s Gas ‘n’ Go!

Love the old school pump!

After filming for several hours in 100 degree heat, the boys needed a break, so we hung out for awhile in one of our student’s homes.

Maybe we’ve found our next documentary subject…

Rumble in the Bako June 12, 2008

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May was chock-full of production days.  We’re talking early mornings, 109 degree weather, dust storms, and even a near-knife rumble in the otherwise sleepy town of Bakersfield!  Crazy, but now we can say we truly risked our lives to make this documentary! And after shooting 60+ hours of footage we’ve come to some sobering realizations: it’s sad that we have forgotten nearly everything we learned in 10th grade U.S. history, we would much rather be filming than participating in those days of P.E. uniforms and grueling workouts, and we’ll never look as cool as our DP Chris Ekstein with his hat for every filming occasion.

Chris works the camera

We’re finishing up our last day of filming at high schools this week, and like the students who can barely concentrate enough to get through their final exams, we, too, are looking forward to a nice little summer hiatus. Thanks for checking in.  Until next time… J&A