In 1989 Cal State Fullerton had a radio station...
That part is true, however, most of the rest of this movie is fiction. The human drama was based on events that really happened. When it was all said and done I realized that I made a lot of mistakes in trying to get a real radio station at Cal State Fullerton. I alienated most of my friends, and to this day Cal State Fullerton still does not have a broadcast radio station (they have a Internet radio station, an option that was not available back in 1989).
When I reflected on the experience, I decided to do what any self-respecting Communications student would do. I would make a movie. The real problem is that the story was too long for a short student film. Only a crazy person would launch a 3 year project to make a full-length movie (actually at just over an hour, it falls short of the required 90 minutes for a full-length movie).
This began a 3 year project where using only a Sony 8mm video camera (trivia: that camera was originally purchased by Matthew Libatique, and Christina K.Y. Storm (Lee) and myself), and about $300, a movie based on the experience was made.
Originally I hoped that it would make at least one film festival, but it didn't. The movie has a lot of problems, poor audio, poor video, inconsistent acting (mostly my myself) ect. I would be easier to just forget about the project.
However, after 3 years of shooting it (a very hard thing to do because you lose actors and have to re-shoot a lot of scenes), Marc Macaspac contacted me and offered to pay to have it edited. he paid, and Thomas Capps and I edited the project. We sent it to a few film festivals... and nothing. There was no You Tube back in those days so that was the end of the line.
Over the years my memory was that we never did actually finish editing it. Actually I planned to re-edit it after being turned down by the film festivals, and that was what I never got a chance to do. Recently, my wife and I moved and I found this copy of the completed movie.
So for all the people that worked on this project over the years, here it is. I hope you enjoy it. If anything, it is, well... complete. It was a huge undertaking and it was completed.
- Michael Washington (M. Lord-DahnMichael) - May 2011
Download an actual KSUF Broadcast featuring Matthew Libatique here: KSUF/mp3s/KSUFBroadcast_5-3-1989.mp3
Thomas J. Capps
Thomas J. Capps