We’re just about a week away from the big day – our wedding at the Gramercy Mansion in Stevenson, Maryland. This will probably be my last post before the wedding, and since we’ll be off to Bali for our honeymoon soon after that, I just wanted to pass along a link to our wedding website. We designed it to give our friends and family all the info they’d need about the event; for those of you who won’t be able to make it in person, it’ll hopefully give you a feel for what the wedding will be like. Susanne designed the artwork — a boy and a girl flying a kite — and her dad has composed a wedding suite for string quartet for us. It should be a wonderful day…. -ac
April 28, 2003
As some of you may know, Susanne and I spent the bulk of our free time over the last two years producing an independent documentary on muay thai, or Thai boxing. Susanne spent the summer of 2000 in Thailand, shooting footage of three boxers getting ready for their next fight: a 13-year-old boy who’d been fighting professionally since he was 11; an American Harvard graduate who came to Thailand to study muay thai under the legendary boxer Apidej Sit-Harun; and a 29-year-old housewife who decided to leave home and become a pro boxer, making up for the fact that women weren’t allowed to box when she was younger.
I’ve been serving as associate producer, editor and co-writer for the documentary; meanwhile, Susanne put her life savings into this project, so my contributions seem almost meagre compared to what’s she done to create this documentary. Thankfully, her hard work is beginning to pay off — The National Geographic Channel started airing the program in 140 countries around the world starting in January 2003 (though unfortunately, not the US as of yet). We also managed to get British actor Jason Statham (star of Snatch and Lock Stock Two Smoking Barrels) to narrate it for us, which was really exciting.
We still don’t know if the program will air in the US, but National Geographic hosted the US premiere on March 11, 2003 as part of its Tuesdays at Noon documentary series at Grosvenor Auditorium. It was a great event with an enthusiastic audience; now if we can only get it on TV in the US, that’d be icing on the cake.