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Took a Break.
Built a Greenhouse.
Now Back to Making Films.

Me, my partner Mariama, and Ben the dog posing in front of the greenhouse we built this summer out of repurposed windows.

In the last newsletter I looked back at the latest 12 releases at Campfire Stories. In this one I’ll tell you about what’s coming up ahead.

As you may know I’m currently working on a full length documentary on the theme of Transition. Transition, as in ”Transitioning into a New Way of Seeing Ourselves in the World”. Or perhaps, ”The Great Transitioning that’s Already Happening, whether We’re Ready for it or Not”.

The film has taken me all over Sweden, from Skåne in the south, to Ångermanland in the north, where I’ve visited several inspiring change makers and their beautiful projects. I’ve been at it for about a year now, collecting stories from 15 different sources. The time frame for filming these projects is coming to an end in a few weeks. At that point I’ll begin editing and post production. If all goes according to plan, the film will be ready around March or April of next year.

From the point of view of doing work in gift economy and relying on donations to keep your ship moving, I wouldn’t recommend working with such long time windows. You’re much better off working in shorter formats, to keep being able to release films throughout the year. Nevertheless, this is the route I seem to be on. Slow cooking.

One thing that really helps me get by during this marathon is the monthly support via Patreon, where, at the time of this writing, 59 beautiful souls are combining for a monthly $360 payday. This may seem like a small amount, but for me it’s a significant portion of what keeps me able to do this full time.

If you’ve ever thought of checking out my Patreon page, I’d invite you to revisit that thought. Yes, it’s probably annoying to fill out the form and do the whole credit card thing. And no, you won’t really get anything you’re not already getting.

But your support, even a $1 or $2 donation, will definitely shine a light on my path through the coming weeks and months, while darkness falls on the Swedish landscape outside the editing room window.

With all of my heart, thank you!

Mattias Olsson