Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Dry Tortugas Residency application uploaded!

It is a very funny feeling to have the application uploaded after the submission date being pushed back several times.  If it had stayed the original date we were ready to submit.  all of the moving parts like the video, the podcast, Shannon's Poem and the artwork were all ready to go and just needed a deadline for me to name all the files correctly and send the documents up.  The current deadline is 5/21.  We sent up on 5/17.  I don't think it can be pushed out any further since the residency is in September and once somebody is selected in June that does not leave a lot of time to for the winning team to prepare for the adventure.

We are now in that gap time between when you hit submit on the application files and when the announcement is made on 6/15.  Nothing to be done but wait.  That's not an easy task as in reality Shannon and I have been talking about and working on the project for 15 months.  All the work, the podcast, filming video footage and planning come down to a thumbs up or a thumb down on the application.  I love the very idea of being on an island for a month to create with no internet.  We as a team are well suited to the idea and will hopefully get the chance to create a lot of great work.  It kind of reminds me of those memes you see on facebook.  Stay in this old house with no phone or internet for a month and win a million dollars.... Could you do it?  In this case there is no million dollars on the line and we are still like Hell Yeah!  where do we sign up?

So, daydreaming a little I'm going to fast forward to 6/16 and pretend we get accepted for the residency.  What would happen next.  Well, after the champagne to celebrate.  It would be onto the starting two new project plans as the first one was all about the application and laying the groundwork for the project over more than a year.  We'd build two plans.  First up would be everything that needs to be done before we go like meeting with the NPS, orientation about Loggerhead Key and the particulars of getting us and our stuff there.  Planning supplies and shopping lists, securing a satellite phone, figuring out how much money we'd need beyond the supplied stipend and doing some fundraising.  the second plan would be life on the island what we need to do for the movie and what daily life would look like as well as the year following the residency when the project would be due to be produced and shows be put on.  It's all exciting things to think about, but like I said at the beginning this is daydreaming stuff until we find out.  What I do know is there can't be a team that put as much thought or care into showing they want this residency and would do a great job.  We have been actively working on this since the day the 2019 winners were announced.

I have a feeling I'll be posting here often as the announcement day draws near.  If we are selected I want a record of my thoughts during this void period.  In the meantime I'll keep doing what I have been doing painting everyday.

Loggerhead 2020 or bust!

Carl Stoveland
The Flying Tortuga Brothers

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