May-December: Meet the Funkmeyers Before They were Funkmeyers!
So I was living in Brooklyn, New York, street performing in the Bedford Avenue subway station. I had gone there to face my fears and was struggling. It was scary performing in a subway where no one cared much at all and it was even scarier trying to get the courage to preach to them about consciousness transformation, which is what I wanted to do.
So it was March and New York was freezing cold. V V (Jenny was known as V V at the time) had returned to Los Angeles and I was in New York alone. VV sent out “a photo of me street performing” to some friends in “an email” and one of those people happened to be Mikki Willis, the founder of the Elevate Film Festival. Mikki came to my website at otisfunkmeyer.com and saw a video of me dancing and also a song that I had written for VV. He thought this, plus our age difference and my hair style and her new found changed life, were very interesting, and he proposed making a film about us for a small festival that he was doing at the Agape Revelations Conference.
That sounded very exciting to me, being the lover of attention that I am, and so we did it.
The film was shot and edited in only 48 hours so we didn’t have much time: basically it involved a long interview, a bit of me dancing in Hollywood, and VV and I in Silver Lake riding our bikes and going to the Farmer’s Market. But somehow, Lenny Manfred and Luis the Editor created a fabulous film that really touched people in a very deep way. May December is really the film that started the whole journey that we are now on, and ultimately led to Meet the Funkmeyers.