Entouraged is dedicated to Her Aim Is True’s believers
By Karen Whitehead
Audiences are not what they used to be. Far from passive consumers of the arts, these days it would be better to describe indie film fans as participants and collaborators. This is especially evident for the completion and launch of an arts documentary film like Her Aim Is True.
Bringing Jini Dellaccio’s unusual and inspiring story as a masterful photographer who documented the early rock and roll scene in the Pacific Northwest just would never have happened without a passionate “entourage” of believers. Some were really extended production crew! They drove and fed us around the region, and if need be, the film’s contributors to and from shoots. Expert printers, social media gurus and music industry reps aided us countless times. We tapped into resources generously donated by teachers, local historians, musicians, venues, radio stations, chefs, hoteliers, photographers, fundraisers, and fellow filmmakers. Volunteers “rapped” about this documentary to their networks for years, ran countless events from house parties to a Benefit concert and basically kept me sane.
To understand how this started, you have to go back to a rainy Seattle weekend in 2010 when ten minutes of rough cut footage turned a gathering into a motivated community behind my film. That sharing of some scenes we were hoping to craft into a film about Jini Dellaccio’s artistry and “rock” period was the start of a dialogue with the film’s audience – the audience present, and the audience we wanted to reach in the future. I was gambling that curiosity about Jini Dellaccio’s artistry would ignite a passionate response to follow my filmmaking journey to reveal Jini’s unusual and inspiring approach to life.
Something we were able to capture in those 10 minutes, (the essence of Jini I think, her love of life, creativity and compassion) turned out to be just enough to cultivate the production’s most loyal fans; individuals who never stopped helping quietly behind the scenes, devoting many volunteer hours to keep the production moving forward. I won’t attempt the impossible, and list here every piece of encouragement and cheerleading that sustained me in the 3 plus years of production. And I know many who have helped me prefer to remain anonymous. Between us we have joked about the “her aim is true” entourage! Unlike the traditional meaning of entourage, no one is riding any coat tails around a celebrity here. Jini was never interested in fame or self-promotion and perhaps that is why her trailblazing work has remained under the radar for decades. She was passionate about pursuing her creativity and producing fine art in her photography and she did so with love and friendship towards all the subjects of her lens, regardless of the generation gap between them.
Through the artistic process of making this film, I too have formed close ties that hopefully like Jini and the bonds she had with the bands she photographed, will be lasting. I am now looking forward to meeting our future audiences and introducing them to Jini’s remarkable archive and life in art as told in Her Aim Is True.
It has been a long road from that 2010 casual gathering around some preview scenes to the world premiere at Seattle International Film Festival this May. As director of this film I also have a weighty responsibility now not to let this spectacular community down. Our goal is that the film reaches wider audiences, from screenings at festivals and venues to a screen near you in the not too distant future. This involves another journey I hope you will join me on…