Welcome to the final episode of RoadStrip! What a journey this project has been. It was born a few months after Project GoGo Boy
was shot and released. And here we are a few days after the Grabby Awards -- Project GoGo Boy
was the most nominated DVD of the year, and WON Best Director, Best Newcomer, Steamworks Fan Favorite Movie, and Best Movie of the Year!
All of our lives have been changed and affected by our working together and the wonderful loving reception we have received from our members, fans, and affiliates, for which none of this would be possible. So allow me to say THANK YOU -- without your continued support we could not make these films (now I sound like a PBS fund drive)!
One of my favorite things about RoadStrip and Project GoGo Boy
is getting questions asking what's real and not real. Everyone thinks they know for sure. Some -- if not all -- moments are "scripted" meaning I know where I would like the story and action to go or the general mood of the film. Both Max and Jake bring themselves to each take and moment by BEING themselves -- they are the paint and I am the brush. Together, we can create anything -- all things are possible. And that is the overall theme of my work, especially this final part in particular. To date, this has been one of my favorite films to shoot -- both Max, Jake, and RJ allowed me to push them into areas that were WAY out of their comfort zones. And in turn, they did the same for me -- challenging my limits, my creativity, my relationships -- and in the end, I'm so blessed and grateful for the RoadStrip they made me take as well. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for being so open and for creating a film that I hope, with your help, will live well beyond the bounds of our site!
Finally, I want to thank two very special people responsible for the success of this film.
Cilantro Che Guevara has been the "creative" editor for each of the episodes. He has brought an energy and style to this film that enhanced it beyond my expectations. Some say that films are "directed" during the editing process, and I can assure you this is the case with RoadStrip. My shooting style combined with the way I write and script my projects is erratic, marauding, and impulsive (in fact, I was still shooting parts of this episode last week based on one of my dreams)! But Cilantro exceeded at the challenge and not only did a great job, but also brought so much of his own creativity and style. Keep an eye on him and you can see more of his work here
. Follow him at @SillyCilantro
The other person I'd like to thank is my partner in crime, love, and life, RJ Sebastian. He is my eye, always wanting "the shot" to be better, always challenging me when I needed it, and quick to give me reality checks when they were past due. My work is not possible without him. So thanks, Scobos -- I love you! AND he is no won the twitter box so y'all can folllow him at @RJ_SebastianNYC
Now on to the RoadStrip finale! All I can say is -- what you see may not always be what it seems.
Live Always & Be Nice,
It's been a wild trip for Max and Jake -- filled with laughs, fights, hook-ups, new friends, and new experiences. In the beginning, they were two young stars who had just gotten their big break. And after embarking in their RV cross-county from New York to LA, conquering Palm Springs, porn awards shows, and one intense "Bangover," it's time to head back to New York as completely different people.
But not before they make one last stop! To reflect on all the craziness, Max and Jake decide to camp out at Joshua Tree National Park. And although they're friendly with each other at this point, there are still some underlying jealousy issues between them that neither one can figure out how to resolve.
Then Jake tells Max about a magical Y-shaped cactus he researched online containing aloe that can cause hallucinations if absorbed into the body, allowing you to "see whatever you're meant to see." With a little detective work, the two find the Y and immediately start tripping on it. Through the Y, some meditation, and a dream that's a little too real, all their issues seem to work themselves out. But are they ready to go back to New York?