“Touching Home” with Ricardo Gale
Patience. That’s the moral of this story. If you believe in what you are doing, sometimes seemingly impossible dreams come true. Ricardo Jacques Gale was introduced to Logan and Noah Miller by an assistant director who he had worked with on an number of independent features. Gale had about 20 cinematography credits. The Miller twins were first-time filmmakers.
“Touching Home” is an autobiographical story about twins brothers who play baseball in school, but fail in a quest to make it in the major leagues. Their father is a recovering alcoholic. The twins go to work with him in a quarry. Gale was intrigued by the story, and was impressed by the Miller brothers who planned to co-direct and act in the film. Despite the modest budget, they decided to produce “Touching Home” in 35 mm anamorphic format.
“I suggested that would enable us to shoot close-ups with a more intimate look that would evoke a more emotional response,” Gale says.
The project shifted into gear, when a friend of the Miller brothers was drafted by the Colorado Rockies. They arranged to shoot film for five days during Spring training in Arizona. When four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris received an award at the San Francisco Film Festival, the Miller brothers arranged to show him a two minute clip and gave him the script. Around a week later, Harris said he was onboard to play the father.
They produced the film in around a month, including 12 days with Harris.
Gale added various painterly touches. For instance, he put a piece of a particular type of nylon stocking behind the lens while shooting a flashback baseball scene.
“It desaturated the images, and made that scene feel more distant,” he explains.
“Touching Home” premiered at around a dozen film festivals in 2008 and 2009. The non-profit California Film Institute, in San Rafeal, recently announced that it has organized the CFI Releasing division to bring worthy independent feature films to the cinema marketplace. Touching Home is the first film they are distributing.
Stay tuned for future news about where and when you can see it.