Serena Ryder Interview Outtake and an update on the documentary


We’re still hard at work on the documentary with a heap of interviews wrapped and some more on the way.  An interesting part of this process are the roads you get unexpectedly led down by the people you interview and how that leads to new interviews and topics.   Everyone that we’ve interviewed have been AMAZING with a few exceptionally great interviews.  (Honestly there are 3 or 4 interviews that we could just run unedited and that’d make for a great film).

When we started this process we had a wish list of people to talk to and we’re glad to say we’ve interviewed almost all of them and are still trying to coordinate a few more.  Tour schedules, album cycles and lives in general have really changed up our timelines with some interviews taking 6 to 8 months to lock in.    A few people that we’d planned to interview have been unresponsive (after committing to the doc), disappeared in general or in one case decided that they “didn’t have anything good to say about their home town.”   So in these few cases we’re moving on but the film won’t be affected by their absence.  Like like we said we’ve talked to lots of great people and have more to go.   And we’ve already begun editing all of the interviews and are starting to work on the music that will accompany the film.

We had a January 2016 release goal that we’d picked because it aligned with the deadline for one film festival.   Since a chunk of our interviews got pushed back (band schedules) and the interview process sent us in new directions we can safely say we won’t be releasing in January 2016 but we will be releasing a few months after.    As much as we love hitting deadlines we want to make sure this is done right and that we have the time to add some more amazing people.    We’ve also had some interesting ideas about how to show and promote this film on a unique and wide scale which would bring lots of attention to this area and the music scene.  More on that as it develops.

In the meantime we wanted to show you an outtake video of Serena Ryder (note – we’ve cranked the audio on this so that you can hear Michael’s voice.  The normal interviews will only have the interviewees talking.)   In this outtake Michael tells Serena a story he’d heard about a teenage Serena performing with a cover band in Millbrook, Ontario.


What we did on our summer vacation…


With another epic summer in the record books we wanted to give you an update to let you know what we’ve been up to and what lays ahead.

The past few months had us at least 5 music festivals in the US & Canada.  In between his concert photography duties, Michael was gathering footage & B Roll for the Radius Project.  And we had a chance to sit down with a some great musicians for more one on one interviews for the documentary.

The months ahead have us coordinating and shooting more interviews and footage (getting this many musicians scheduled is akin to herding drunk overstimulated cats…but we’re getting there). And just last night we bumped into a few people we’ve been trying to pin down for interviews and got those booked. We’re already looking ahead to next summer with some tentative plans for cool ways to get this documentary shown to the world.

Overall this has been an amazing, challenging, fun, stressful, imaginative, learning, educational, exasperating and wonderful process.  Every interaction opens many new doors and at this point our biggest challenge is having too many people that we want to talk to and that want to talk to us.  Maybe a sequel or trilogy is in order…


Driving back from Bonnaroo
Driving back from Bonnaroo
Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch
Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch

The story continues….

We’re back from Bonnaroo!   This was our 7th & 5th trips to this amazing music fest and we had an amazing time as always.     Thought we’d share a photo or two that we shot along I-75 where the Radius Project was born a few years ago.  Ironically this is the same stretch of highway where our production company, Mexican Cheesus, was conceived.   It must be that great emptiness of Ohio that spawns good ideas.

We’re having a great time working on this doc.  We have a heap of interviews lined up over the coming months and have been doing a ton of research, editing previous interviews and B Roll and watching lots of docs, movies and music videos for inspiration.


Co-pilot to Detroit

Michael at the wheel on I-75
Michael at the wheel on I-75

The Radius Campaign 1st week update

We’ve had an amazing response to the launch of our social media pages and Kickstarter campaign.   Last Friday we kicked it all off with zero likes and $0 in the Kickstarter and after only one week we broke the $2,000 mark & are well on our way to our $9,500 goal.   And we’ve had more than 400 people like our Facebook page and over 250 people follow our twitter.  And just this afternoon we received our custom made guitar pedals by Tribute Audio that are available as Kickstarter rewards (but we’re keeping the 1st 3 for ourselves).


Thanks to everyone that has backed us so far and please have a look at the campaign (& share it) if you haven’t had a chance.    Kickstarter only passes the $ on to us when, and only when, we hit 100% of our goal.   Your support will make this documentary a reality!


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Launching The Radius Project

Here it is, the brand new site for The Radius Project!!!    We’d planned to house the documentary and blogs at and use his social media and the Mexican Cheesus pages to promote the doc but decided to give it it’s own unique online home and brand.  LINKS:    Facebook  Twitter  Instagram

We’ve also just launched a 30 day Kickstarter campaign that we’d LOVE you to check out!    Since this is an independent production your support and spreading the word about The Radius Project is our lifeblood!   We have some great rewards including some limited edition guitar pedals that we designed with Tribute Audio and some prints showcasing the local music scene that the Radius Project is about.

Keep checking back for production news,  photos, videos and more!

Announcing…..The Radius Project

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“So who’s from Peterborough that I would have heard of?”

This was asked of me while driving back from the Bonnaroo Music Festival a few years ago.  My traveling companion was from Toronto, hadn’t been to Peterborough and wanted to know of any famous people that had come from my hometown.  I began naming musicians, actors, writers, athletes that had been born in or moved to Peterborough, Ontario and had gone on to national or international acclaim.  Serena Ryder, Three Days Grace, Ronnie Hawkins, Sebastian Bach, Greg & Rob Wells,  I Mother Earth, Thousand Foot Krutch, Royal Wood, the Leahy Family, Neil Young….I went on and on. I didn’t think anything of it; they were just people from my hometown.  Her:  “No {expletive} way!   All of those people came from Peterborough?!?  You need to tell people about this!” The response told me there was definitely a story here.


I started making lists of the hometown people I knew about, googling others and talking to friends about my concept for a photo essay.  The first ideas were to incorporate bands, athletes, actors, hometown heroes, people that left and made the “big time.”  But the more I looked into it, the more I realized it was too many people to cover at once.   So I’d start out looking at the musicians who were born in in a radius around Peterborough or moved here,  played in the local music scene and went on to national and international acclaim.  Then I’d do subsequent essays on local bands, athletes, etc.
I started to contact my musician friends and they were in right from the start.  It was Jag Tanna from I Mother Earth who convinced me change it from a photo essay to a documentary.  I started to shoot interviews with musicians as their tour schedules and my travel schedules aligned and when I had time between my other photo/video projects.  But 2015 is the year this won’t be a side project anymore.   2015 is the year it will be finished and finally released.


In Spring of 2015 I am launching a Kickstarter for The Radius Project.   I’ve funded it entirely on my own so far and shot it with my Mexican Cheesus Production team.   There’s an amazing story to be told about the millions of albums that were sold by a small number of artists that came from the amazing music scene in a small town in Ontario.  “There is something in the water” has been said in a few interviews and I agree.  If you’re as interested as I am in seeing this story told, please support the making of “The Radius Project” and watch for the Kickstarter launch in the New Year.

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