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Jim McKay’s Dreams So Real

High School Confidential

IFC Films, which is releasing Our Song, stepped in with finishing funds, but McKay says he got the movie in the can for a mere $120,000. "In the middle of it you always say, I'll never put my own money into a movie again, and then when you're done you're kinda like, Well, that was a great experience, no one told me what to do." McKay delayed production for a year so he could rewrite the script to accommodate the 60-piece Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band. "A lot of times the shoot was interrupted by real-life problems. You know, you're dealing with all these kids, there's a mini-tragedy every day. It just continually put things in perspective."


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photo: Jay Muhlin
‘‘I got to a point where I was trying to create something with literally zero plot.’’

Jessica Winter reviews Our Song.

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