Somehow I always end up crossing paths with the most interesting people while I am out jogging. Back in 2017, I was jogging in my OC neighborhood and passed by a home that had recently been sold. There was a guy diligently working in the yard with his dog nearby. Curious about the dog and wanting to welcome his family to the neighborhood I stopped to chat with the young man. Jason Michael was his name and he introduced me to his dog, a very large friendly German Shepherd named Max. It was a short conversation, and from that point on I stopped to say hi whenever I passed by, always talking about Max and Jason's latest landscaping project. His Texas sage bushes are stunning.!
A few months later, I stopped to give Max a few treats and Jason mentioned he was working on a new song about Max and my German Shepherd puppy (they played together by this point). WHAT!? He is a musician? I had no idea! We got to talking and I mentioned I was having trouble finding appropriate music for my latest indie project PATHBREAKERS. I asked if he knew any composers for cinema. Jason was very interested in the subject matter and immediately offered me access to his massive portfolio. Wow! Really? YES!
By now, maybe you all have heard the buzz about a film I directed called PATHBREAKERS. It was recently accepted to this years' The African Film Festival in the Best Documentary Short category. Everyone is asking how did this film come about? A while back during the filming of CORNERSTONE, I was approached by Sandra Washburn. Sandra, at the time, had recently started Oysters & Pearls (O&P), a mission based in Northern Uganda to provide tools and computer training to the blind and visually impaired. In 2015, she attended the launch fundraiser for CORNERSTONE and saw our film Hearts in the Himalayas. Sandra asked if her mission organization could be considered for a documentary project.
Debi Lang is a humanitarian and adventure traveler who never leaves home without her camera, well worn hiking boots and groovy headbands. .