On March 19, 2010 we began production on a feature film. Today, August 28th, 2012 that films will become available for anyone who wants to watch it. Along the way we’ve screened at film festivals on both coasts and the heartland, had some memorable family and friend shows, and were acquired for domestic distribution by Lionsgate, one of the leading film distributors in the world.
A handful of us were there in the Spring of 2009 when this project began as a failed “web show.” Those of us who were can go about our day today with a smile on our face knowing that never in our wildest dreams would we have guessed that the project would have gotten this far. The fact that we stuck together after a failure like that is a testament to our strong friendships, and more importantly our belief in one another and our mutual desires to entertain.
Between the Spring of 2009 and March 19th, 2010 the rest of you joined this project. Most of us were wide-eyed, young, and hungry. We slept on couches in odd climates, were away from loved ones for extended periods of time, lost jobs, ended relationships, devoured empty calories, and lived off of pots of Greg’s incredibly strong make of Dunkin Donuts coffee. At times we wanted our “grapes chilled,” at times we became emotional with one another, and many of us even doubted the project. But here we are today, and I think it was all worth it.
Moving forward with my career, if I take anything away from my experiences on The Newest Pledge it will be that if you push yourself and truly love the people around you, any goal can be achieved. I devoted the past three plus years of my life to the concept of “fraternity pledges baby.” That’s absurd. Along the way I’ve lost money, loved ones, and material possessions, but today that concept reaches the world, my goal has been accomplished, and I’m satisfied.
Most importantly I have this: the opportunity to tell those loved ones that our goal has been accomplished. We now have a movie with our names on it. For the next year, hopefully for the rest of our lives, not a second will go by where someone isn’t watching our film somewhere on this planet.
Be proud today. You’ve now accomplished something that at some point everyone dreams of doing. It was an honor to work with each and every one of you.
Here’s to the future.
Jason Michael Brescia
August 28, 2012 2:02 A.M EST