Brendan and I are exactly four years and four days apart. I always loved the symmetry of those numbers, like we are really twins separated by a math problem.
All too often we’re also separated by thousand of miles. But despite the fact that we haven’t lived in the same city in almost 15 years, we almost always see each other right around our birthdays. One particularly memorable year I was able to catch B on his 21st birthday while on tour with Cats, in Stockton, CA of all places. We loaded a bunch of dancers into my car and managed to triple the crowd at the local bar with one car load.
This year we threw ourselves an early birthday party by shooting Cologne together in March. After months, really years, of preparation we shot for four days in multiple locations around New York City. We didn’t sleep much, but we truly had the time of our lives.
About three-quarters of the way through the first day on set I was watching Brendan dance across the white cyc and tears came to my eyes. Our grown up selves are living the dreams we had as kids. While my brother spent his growing up years on stage I chose to spend mine behind the camera. I literally spent hours watching him rehearse and filming with our Dad’s video camera. It hit me in that little studio Brooklyn that everything in our lives had led us right to this moment.
Of course, none of this would be possible without your generosity. We are so humbly grateful for everyone who has supported the making of Cologne with their time, money, expertise… filmmaking is truly a collective art.
And we still need your support… we need to raise more funds now to help us hire an editor to cut the film & to license the all-important Dolly Parton music. I can think of no better birthday present to Brendan then helping to fund this next phase of production.
Thank you for making our dreams come true.
Happy Birthday Brendan!