Clapboard Jungle is a beautiful tale of resilience and perseverance in dream hunting. Bridging the gap between the exhilarating blood, sweat and tears of the initial creative process and the often elusive progression of getting green lit to go to production, answering the evasive, “now what?” This documentary absolutely oozes heart and soul as indie filmmaker Justin McConnell takes us on a very personal five year journey through the lowest lows, open and raw, hitting roadblock after roadblock from script to script to screen. With the help of industry giants like Guillermo Del Toro, Mick Garris, Gigi Guerrero and more, we get a peek behind the curtain into the business side of the industry.
Justin, if this film is your love letter to the industry and the craft you love so much, then this is a love letter and a message of appreciation for you sharing this journey with all of us. You are a beacon. A lighthouse in the distance, broadcasting the message “keep going, you are so close”. It is indeed a jungle out there, but examples like Justin McConnell’s- on the brink but seemingly always just out of reach- provide a rough road map through the clapboard jungle and show us that yes… the seemingly impossible is in fact possible, if you are willing to make it happen.