Update From Nell

Hey everyone,

Documentary filming is going really well! We’ve been after school film either on location or in the Music Hallway almost everyday for the past three weeks. The good news is that we already have well over 3 hours of interview footage, the bad news is we still have to re-watch and edit all that footage. Each interview starts with me conducting the conversation and having the ever-lovely Muller, Max, Erin, and Cesia manning the equipment. So far all of the interviews have been crazy interesting. We started interviewing Walpole based teachers, such as Ms. Pace, Mr. Holmes, and Mr. Kim. We’ve also talked with other arts-based educators like Ms. Bishop from the Foxboro Public School system, which is known for having one of the best public music programs in Massachusetts. Hopefully scheduling an interview soon with Mr. Dan Lutz, the Director of Bands at UMass Lowell and a well known classical composer.

I wish I could disclose all the awesome details from the interview footage, but I can promise you that all the individuals involved have interesting stories to tell. Narratives that start with their first introduction to music or art as a child and ranging to their fist job in the arts and where they’re going next. Each one is filled with optimism, advice, poignant stories, and an unbelievable passion towards their professions.

I’m so lucky to be a part of this research experience, especially with a crew this awesome.


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The Berry Life

Boysenberry has been shooting for 2 weeks now and we have interviewed 10+ people. We also have been really looking at style/mood for our documentary. Its also looking like a snow storm this week, so boysenberry might get a little delayed in shooting.

Current Updates on the crew:

I have been avidly going to Starbucks (of course)

Nell: Aka Mom. She has been killin it with interviews. She also loves her mini van. She also has been rocking out to hardcore jazz music, and been taking selfies with her new “selfie-stick”

Muller: still has road rage

Cesia: still best friends with Blue Ivy Carter (photos to come of their last play date).

Erin: chillin yo. She has also just got into Lynn University (her first choice!!)


That’s about it,


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The Boys are Up and Running

Boysenberry crew is up and running! We have shooting interviews for the past two weeks, and have interviewed many great people. Interviewees have loved being a part of this project. Shooting interviews will continue through the months of January, and February. We also were able to interview some students and get their views on the current state of the arts in public schools. Boysenberry also successfully held our first crew movie night. Thats all folks!


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You’re gonna hear us roar

Hello Everyone! The Boysenberry Crew is back and ready to smack! We all had a great vacation! Max is looking bronze from all the sun in Florida. Erin got a new iPhone, finally…the iPhone 6! Nell got some real cute boots (that hurt her foot lol). Cesia is chilling and looking pretty. Muller is still having road rage! We are ready to start filming this week! Everyone is super excited for this. We are all working hard scheduling interviews and keeping you updated!! Our love for you is real! Wish us luck!


Love Yall,

Cesia Valdes

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The Boys (enberries) are back

Photo on 12-18-14 at 11.57 AM #2Hey y’all. Boysenberry is almost done with prepro! We have watched many documentaries, and our favorite so far has been 20 feet from Stardom. We’ve also sent out a lot of email to various people we would like to interview for the documentary, and there has been a lot of positive feedback! Many people have agreed to help us with our project, and a lot of people are very excited about it. We also have began to film school events, such as the winter concert rehearsal. We hope to use this footage in our film. We will begin to start shooting interviews in January, and look forward for a great year as we begin shooting the movie. We also have all started a crew synchronized swimming team, due to it being an art form Queen Nell has yet to master. She also plans to teach us her ways of how to dance like Beyonce, while keeping the class of  Meghan Trainor. She is truly all about that bass. Erin has been contributing her witty comments, and ability to imitate a fish (she is captain of our synchronized swimming team). Cesia really likes Leonardo DiCaprio. Max has been taking frequent trips to Starbucks, and France (<3 Mary). Muller still has road rage. And thats how the cookie crumbles.

-Erin Metcalfe

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Let us introduce ourselves…


“Be careful going in search of adventure – it’s ridiculously easy to find”

Let us introduce ourselves….

Nell Gordon – Director –  73rd in line for the Czechoslovakian throne, is secretly 30 years old, and loves kittens.

Max Simons – Director – likes Piña Coladas and getting lost in the rain.

Julia Muller – Director – has severe road rage, professional pun-maker, and lover of all coffees.

Erin Metcalfe – Asst. Director – Model Train Enthusiast, and won her 5th grade superlative for “Most Likely to be the next Khloe Kardashian”

Cesia Valdes – Asst. Director – Knows 9 languages (including Pig Latin, and Morse Code), and her role model is Blue Ivy Carter.

Boysenberry is proud to be the first research based documentary in the Walpole High School’s 13 year history. We are setting out to evaluate how and why visual and performing arts programs are devalued in public school systems.

Stay Golden WHS

-Max Simons and the Boysenberries

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