Thanks to everyone who has helped with the film over the years. Shooting began in 2003 and I have shot over 350 hours of tape. We now have a 90 minute rough cut of the film that has entertained and inspired audiences.
2009 was a time of reflection for me - on January 19th we had a screening of a work-in-progress of Trail of Feathers at Anthology Film Archives after which I decided to take a break from the two years of editing. That night he Missile Dick Chicks had what might be their final performance - concluding in the takining off of their wigs and missile dicks.
The end of the Bush administration and a new set of political considerations has meant reconsidering the goals and potential of the film. I look forward to raising the funds to step back into the editing room with fresh eyes to make the film a strong and timeless story about the impact, process and inner motivation of a group of committed and creative activists.
In April the International Women's Film Festival in Seoul screened the film which was a big hit in the activist women's community there. Unfortunately on the same day a very sad tragedy hit the Missile Dick Chick family- Haideen Anderson's husband Tom Kennedy- a brilliant art car artist who partnered with the Missile Dick Chicks in the summer of 2008 in a grand tour in his Missile Truck, was killed in a swimming accident in the Pacific Ocean. Our heart goes out to Haideen and everyone else in Tom's very large community.
I hope to honor Tom's spirit, and inspire audience with a new cut of the film that will reach a wider audience and be a reflection back into the Bush administration- a time that many of us have wanted to forget. I think the lessons learned then will become increasingly important in our changing world, and I appreciate your help in sharing this fascinating and provocative sliver of the American experience.
All my best for a peaceful 2010,
New York City
The Missile Dick Chicks Take on America A Musical Documentary
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- Frustrated by an America silenced by fear and betrayed by its own government, a group of women artists and activists from New York City travel the country to provoke dialogue about war, greed and abuses of power. Trail of Feathers is a call for creative action, a psychological portrait of trauma, and a window onto US culture during the Bush administration. Shot and Directed by Randi Cecchine Edited by Jill Woodward