He’s focused and working hard to get his life on track. He was so hyped about Then There Was Joe that we decided to film some behind the scenes stuff that we will share very soon.
Our next video diary features the "real" Joe and will be sent to our email list. To see it when it drops, and to view all our past episodes instantly, please click here and add your name. There will be laughter and perhaps some tears.
What’s crazy is that this film has essentially mirrored our family’s journey with my brother’s arrest. If you want to know the details of what happened specifically, you can read about it here. And FYI, me linking to this article is totally cool with Jamie. When the news broke, our family received literally hundreds of messages so...this whole thing is not a secret by any means.
When we went into production, Jamie went on the run. When we ran out of money during post-production (did I ever tell y’all that?) he went to prison. He was stuck in jail and I was stuck in post (totally not the same, but go with me here!). And when we finally got the money we needed to continue, Jamie was selected to be a part of a work release program, which allows him to live in a group home while he works a full time job, helping him transition back into socieity. When I finally saw him, Jamie -- and the movie -- had a clear path forward. And he is thriving. When my brother puts his mind to something, he can accomplish anything. Here is a letter that Jamie wrote, which the Arkansas Community of Corrections featured on their facebook page.
He gives me hope in the future.
I’ve always believed that movies can change lives. Fortunately, “Joe” has done nothing but bring our family closer together. I sincerely can’t wait to share it with you. Until then, please go hug someone and tell someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time that you love them. Life is too brief for grudges.