LETTER FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF:
THE BRILLIANT BLACK HOLE

It was on my 5th consecutive day of bingeing Netflix that I completed Schitt’s Creek. I fell completely in love with the show’s witty sarcasm and I especially related to the fictional dramatic perspectives hurled by the Moira Rose character played by Catherine O’Hara. I am a Los Angeles native whose scheduled trip to visit my in-laws in Mississippi turned into being quarantined in the rural backwoods of the deep south. I was surrounded by nature with the closest neighbors about 5 acres away. My husband and Quartermain Media CEO, James Woods, Jr., was able to quickly transition back to his home state, literally. He ordered a chainsaw, a weedwacker, new boots, and took on a new persona of Farmer James within about 48-hours of realizing we would not be returning to Los Angeles anytime soon. The sounds of nature and peace of the backwoods are definitely soothing to the soul. They are simple reminders about this thing called life. Thankfully, we were safe, we were healthy, our families were good, we even landed new business while working remotely, but somehow my spirit was unsettled. Part of it was having to admit all of the hurt, trials, and tribulations that I experienced in 2019 seemed to pale in comparison to the film production industry coming to a screeching halt. Our company was so close to receiving green lights from networks that saw our potential and desire to expand beyond branded content to create broadcast worthy commercials, television, and film. At the top of March 2020, the finish line was in sight. Only two weeks later, by mid-March, there was a call to quarantine. For days I would cook and hum Whitney Houston’s Didn’t We Almost Have It all. I knew we’d have to switch gears so we began learning about remote video production in order to remix our Quartermain Media offerings. As we checked in on past and current clients I longed for the opportunity to experience the joys I associated with production.  I wanted the type of joy I saw in Farmer James’ face when he barreled his chainsaw through a hefty chunk of wood wearing his Ole Miss T-shirt and yelling out for all the trees to hear, “Yeah Baby!” 

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THE BRILLIANT BLACK HOLE