The start of SitStaySpeakOut.org is inextricably linked to the start of A Voice for Lil Olive, the documentary film project that first brought SSSO’s founders together. But in the past few months, each venture has moved ahead in its own way. So we’d like to take this opportunity to bring SitStaySpeakOut followers to speed on the progress of the film.
Beyond reaching (and exceeding) its $85,000 Indiegogo goal this past spring, the Lil Olive team has enjoyed a number of successes. One is of a musical nature: This spring, lauded Denver singer/songwriter Danielle Ate the Sandwich and the film’s executive producer Thomas Young co-wrote and recorded a song for the documentary.
Soon after that, A Voice for Lil Olive’s trailer was nominated for a BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Award in the Best Pet Blog Video category. One of the biggest and fastest-growing names in pet media, BlogPaws this year attracted nearly 1,000 entries across all Nose-to-Nose Award categories.
The nomination also scored the Lil Olive team a little bit of star treatment at the BlogPaws Conference, in late June in Phoenix. At that event, Thomas Young, his wife Lori, and associate producer Heather Langton walked the red carpet. More importantly from a filmmaking standpoint, they also attended various lectures on social media and met influencers in the pet media world, including bestselling author and Positively Woof founder Larry Kay, who has since pledged his support of the film.
Lil Olive also had representation at the Best Friends National Conference in July in Salt Lake City. There, producer Kirsten Akens joined workshops from within various educational tracks, including one specifically on puppy mills, as part of the research she’s doing to bolster the film. She also heard from and connected with other animal advocates who shared data, best practices and more. All this will feed into the script-writing she’s doing currently.
Which brings us to the most obviously exciting news: the start of filming. As was recently posted on the A Voice for Lil Olive Facebook page, a crew has worked in studio as well as on location at a veterinary clinic and local Humane Society offices. While a documentary demands a smaller crew than, say, an action film, a solid 20 people were on set for the first day of filming. Plans are in place for additional filming this month and in September, with at least one trip planned for Los Angeles.
Indeed, things are likely to get even busier from here, with the team still targeting (and raising money for) a late 2016 or early 2017 film release. To stay in the know, follow A Voice for Lil Olive on social media and on the blog.