Thursday, June 23, 2011

In The Interim

Installation of the Cross in New York City is still a few weeks away (rumor has it July 23rd has been targeted and penciled in), but preparations for this final leg of the journey continue across three continents.

Jason Smith, Director & Executive Producer of the yet-to-be-named documentary of the pilgrimage, has been slicing and splicing away in England, editing the hours upon hours of film from the first weeks of the journey. The task is daunting for all the fantastic people we've met and all the beautiful places we've seen; across the pond and over on the far side of the continent Claire Dallison of Los Angeles has been busy pitching in, adding her editing expertise to the mix. Jason is also plying his extensive professional network, lining up a few surprises for the days leading up to the installation - stay tuned to see what he pulls out of his hat...er, camera bag.

Meanwhile Jon is sweating it out in Boonton, New Jersey, working the cross into its final form and shimmer. He also reports an extremely fortuitous encounter: Les Dunham, aka the Master Car Builder, recently met with Jon to add his metal working expertise to the project. Mr. Dunham built the "Corvorado", the car used in the James Bond movie "Live and Let Die", as well as the additional car culture icons featured here. 'He gave me some secrets that have made all the difference,' Jon says. 'His help has been instrumental' during these final stages of preparation.

Finally, yours truly is back in Fukushima, Japan trying to keep abreast of developments both at home and abroad while working on moving the family to the States. For all of us, life as of late has been quite an adventure.

Be sure to check out the latest newspaper and online articles in the 'In The News' section of this blog, and if you haven't yet done so, please let your friends know about Jon and the Journey - both in the stories related here and in the photos on the St. Peter 9-11 Cross facebook page. And keep checking back for news on the installation, sure to be an emotional, historical, incredible event.