This is a YA coming of age story and although fictionalized, Live For Today is based in part on what happened to me in high school. The story shows there is always hope and that with faith, anything is possible.
Live For Today is a faith based movie dealing with current subjects of bullies and suicide but shows that suicide is not an option and that there is always hope. The movie is being made into a full-length movie. It is being filmed, edited and directed by local students in Katy, Texas. The trailer can be seen on YouTube.
Funding for the movie is being made through the sales of my novels.
Currently students in Katy are making the story into a movie. The proceeds of the book will pay to finish the movie. The movie was filmed on a thousand dollar Canon camera. Here is a link to the trailer the students filmed, edited and made the music:youtube.com/user/LiveForTodaythemovie
Here is an article that was reported in our local newspaper.
The Making of Live For Today
An Independent Student Film
Professionals told us it was impossible. Many said such a feat could not yet be accomplished and to wait until we were ready. They all said teenagers simply could not make a movie.
K-T Films and Vague Studios filmed the movie with one camera; a camera that cost a little more than two thousand dollars. Ricardo Casco, a local seventeen year old student, filmed the movie with such a camera. The editing, thus far, has been done by Jacob Berardi, a twenty- two years old, who has been making films with friends since he was young, went to school for filmmaking, and wanted to work on small independent films that had a truly great story behind it. All of this was put together on simple at home computers. The antagonist of our story is a quarterback, Miguel Mora, who is only fourteen years old. The talent is amazing, as some of the students have written and will sing original songs for the movie. The students did the film without pay and devoted long hours to the volunteer efforts of putting together a feature length film. From the start of making this film and even till now, the one common thread our cast and crew have is heart.
Regardless of how many Hollywood representatives expressed to me time and time again that locals in the town of Katy alongside students would not be able to pull off a task of such great measures, I continued to follow my gut instinct that where there is a will, there is a way. If you give someone an opportunity to shine, the result is often times captivating.
One thing gave me an advantage over the professional types stemming from Hollywood. I had no idea what I was doing. Movie making was completely new to me and I embarked on the adventure as a new born.
We initially had money in place, but it fell through. I scrounged in everyway possible to get things done, but eventually, it became seemingly impossible. Despite these draw backs, our crew did it anyway. Our number three actress quit the day before we started shooting. The number two, three, and four male actors changed just a few days before we began filming as well.
Without the drive and determination of our lead actress, Kristin McKenzie, this movie would never have been accomplished.
The Katy students, each and every one of them, filmed with heart, desire, and determination. They made the impossible, possible; they made a movie.
The movie is a coming of age story about tragedy, losing faith, and regaining that faith. It deals with bullies, suicide, and showing that suicide is not the solution; there is always hope. It will be a movie that anyone from eight to eighty will be able to watch and enjoy.
I, among many others, am incredibly proud of the Kids from Katy, and I thank God for all He let us accomplish.