THE LOT Update #4 - That's a WRAP! Post-Production here we come!

Lot Family,

After a break from the online world due to our many Facebook posts and emails in relation to our Kickstarter Campaign and Indiewire contests, it's time to reach out and update everyone on where we are!

The big news that I am very excited to share is that we are WRAPPED on our principal production of The Lot! We filmed over 6 days this summer, losing 2 of the original 6 days to rain, but completing those 2 days one week later! The film was a whirlwind to say the least but we could never have done it without your generous support and contributions! We had over 40 amazing volunteers on our crew over our 6 days of production, 6 principal cast members and over 15 neighborhood children who participated in the project! It was truly an amazing experience seeing the team work together and put in very long hours over many days and nights to tell this story. 

Baakir Tyehimba, who the story is based on, said he saw the community involvement reach a level he hadn't seen since he originally tried to build the park seven years ago.  Pretty strong words for a little idea that all of you helped bring to life.

Our post-production team is now hard at work on completing the film! Our editor is cutting as I type this update. We are hoping to have our New Orleans premiere in the coming months for all our amazing Kickstarter backers! (Don't worry we will be sure to let you know well in advance the final date so those who live out of town can make arrangements to attend!)

In case you missed our exciting news over July, we were voted Indiewire's Project of the Day, Week and then Month for July! Amazing for a small little New Orleans film to win such a large national contest. If you voted, thank you, we couldn't have done it without you!

I will be updating our website,, with pictures, interviews, clips and articles as we move forward with the film. Right now we have a number of great cast and crew interviews under the Media tab. Also a great interview with Baakir as he explains the true story of what happened seven years ago, the same story that inspired me to make this film.

If you received an email today about a address and email, please get that filled out and returned so we can send out your awesome rewards in the coming months!

Thank you again for helping tell this story!

Russell Blanchard

Some of our great neighborhood kids from The Lot with one of our leads, Navoj Decay (with bike) who played Sonny.

Some of our great neighborhood kids from The Lot with one of our leads, Navoj Decay (with bike) who played Sonny.