:In a Motorcycle Club

The Empire City Motorcycle Club has been around for 50 years, and this is the very first documentary that's ever been made about them. The ECMC has never opened its doors to a journalist or documentarian before, and the exclusive footage obtained for this episode is the first to be taken of the club. Meet the extraordinary men that make up this historic LGBT group, and watch me take my very first motorcycle ride--all the way to Jersey!  

 The amazing music that I was lucky enough to find for the soundtrack was composed by the artists listed below. I found them all on the Free Music Archive at www.FreeMusicArchive.org, so you can go there and search their names to find their music, or you can visit their individual websites. They are all seriously talented, so please check them all out and download all of their stuff! 

Waylon Thornton: http://waylonthornton.tumblr.com

Halloween: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Halloween/

  Monk Turner: http://monkturner.bandcamp.com/

Kevin MacLeod: http://incompetech.com/  

Fhernando:  http://fhernando.com/


Gary has become a Pledge, which means he's on track to become a full member by January. The club has also acquired another new pledge named Darryl. Both Darryl and Gary have to prove their dedication to the club over the next 3 months by answering to their Pledge Master. The Pledge Master is appointed by the President whenever there are new Pledges, and this year, Chaz has appointed Evil Ed to usher the new Pledges into the club. 

The ECMC asked me to mention that the Road Captain is also responsible for checking each member's license, registration, insurance annually to ensure that all members are abiding by the law.  

: In the Dish Pit

This is a documentary about a dishwasher. Not a machine, a person who works as a dishwasher in a restaurant in New York City. He is actually the inspiration for this whole series. 

I'm not sure exactly when I realized that I sort of casually assumed that all dishwashers must be unhappy, but as soon as it hit me, I thought it was crazy that I had worked in the hospitality industry for so long without ever really examining that clearly oversimplified view. The more I thought about it, the more I realized how pervasive that idea was. I recalled conversations with friends wherein things like "Man, it was the worst week ever. But I could be washing dishes or something, so I guess it could be worse," were said. I also recalled being threatened with "a life of washing dishes" by people who wanted me to do well in school, as if it were a terrible consequence. So what does "a life of washing dishes" really look like? Angel Cruz will tell you all about it, because he's living that life, and (spoiler alert!) it turns out he's pretty darn happy about it. 

**The awesome soundtrack was composed by the incomparable Monk Turner. The song is entitled "Kind Katie," from his album "Instrumental Friends," and you can find more of his music at: http://monkturner.bandcamp.com/

I also was going to use music by the two artists listed below. I ended up simplifying my soundtrack down to one composer, but I think they are both awesome and wanted to credit them anyway for inspiring me. Go check them out! 

Jason Shaw: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/

Gilicuddy: http://gillicuddy.bandcamp.com/ 

Thanks to Matthew Callahan for being the most awesome husband ever and without whom this project would never have gotten off the ground.