On the film side
So what has happened since our last update in early April? We have been and are madly pulling the film “story” chunks together and filling in any missing linking items. The film is in post production being made ready for Sunday June 17, Father’s Day. As you can imagine we are pretty excited to see the progression. This week we were in South Florida talking with two heavy weights [metaphorical of course] in the fishing/fly fishing fraternity Flip Pallot and Mark Sosin. These two individuals were influenced personally by Joe an for sure by Joe’s impact on fly fishing, especially in saltwater, in general. We are so grateful to have their involvement in this important historical project. There has never been a biography of any kind on Joe. From his notes left behind we do know that he had intended to write his story some day. He died in 1972 when Mike was 13 and I was wee lad of 4. So 46 years later we finally are on the precipice of Joe’s & Mary’s story being told. Think he would be pretty excited… well sort of. Lefty once told us that of all the people he knew Joe was the least who would want his story told, but his was the most important to tell. Lefty was a huge driver and spark in getting this story told. We sure do miss him and so sad he will not be with us to see the unveiling on primetime of his mentor and second father Joe Brooks.
On the distribution side
We are pretty excited to announce we have signed a deal with Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network to premier the film on Father’s Day June 17, 2018. This is incredible and it’s going to be amazing.
You know, this journey for Mike and me is nearly at a close, yet it has been very special. Two brothers with an idea to both honour their great uncle and by extension bring immense joy to our 84 year old father. This is so cool and we are so proud to be able to have this opportunity. Joe was like a second father to my dad and to be able to in a sense bring him back to life through film is so very special to Mike and me, our family and of course my dad.
Mike and I thank everyone for their interest over the years in our endeavours to make this documentary about Joe and Mary.