Local Indie Film Starts Production: “Hope Dances”

Hope Dances Filming in Santa Cruz
Courtesy Santa Cruz Sentinel

It’s very exciting to see this feature film I consulted on getting into production!

I did some dialog and character development and a little story consulting… now it’s finally in front of the camera! Congratulations to writer/director Andrew and all the crew!

More info: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com

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