The Full Film

Here it is. The full film. Yes, I know "recommend" is spelled wrong. I've added more since the festivals. I re-did my part, which was always my least favorite part of the film. There is also more footage of Eddie which hasn't been shared publicly before. I've decided not to release a dvd. Which I know might make a couple people upset, but I'm sharing nearly 6 years of work for free, so I'm not really worried about that. Basically in order to print and ship all the dvds would require more funds, more fundraising, and at the end of the day I just want people to see it. This is the simplest way to make the film accessible to everyone. The movie and the book both fully belong to Eddie's son who has granted me permission to share the full film. I have also handed off the primary camera used to shoot the film, the money left from the project budget, and the remaining inventory of books to the family. If you want to purchase the book it's still available on Amazon, mostly by other people selling used copies for less than it cost to print them. The best way to get a copy and see that the money goes towards the family, pick up a copy at Schuler Books in Okemos. I have been stressing out about what I was going to write here. Some grand life lesson to share with everyone. However, this isn't about my life or everything that happened leading up to the completion of this film. It's about Ed. This project is his legacy. His final big plan has come to fruition and now it's available to everyone. Thank you everyone. Thank you for everything. -q

First Award!

Dear Walterians,

Quincy here. I think it's about time for an update, eh?

We got an award! Details after the introspective ramble below if you want to skip ahead.

Introspective ramble:
Since the screenings in September I have been submitting to festivals. I'd like to say that we've been accepted to all of them, but, alas, that is not the case. The feedback I got on the film back in September was so positive that it breathed a second wind into me. I sent the film out with some minor changes. Since then, I've just been waiting... and waiting to get a non-rejection letter. There are still announcement dates to come, but I did swing for the fences admittedly.  So, no festival announcements just yet.  But there are a lot of festivals that still need to announce their selections.

I'm holding off on entries for the moment. I've decided to hand the film over to Red Lion Films to help clean up the flow a bit and fix some minor technical issues I've been struggling with. Then, back to submitting. As for DVDs and streaming, that is to be determined. I'd like to see the film at a few festivals, whether they be big or small, before I begin distribution. 

Award details:


Ed's Whale has received an award of recognition from the Impact Docs Awards! Yay! The Impact Docs is an organization that recognizes films which leave a mark surrounding a particular issue or raise awareness. In other words, films that leave, well, an impact. I'm honored by this as should everyone who helped make this weird little film a reality.

Keep flyin'!



Dear Walterians old and new,

I’ve been pretty quiet since the screenings. I think I just needed to a minute to process everything that happened while I was home.

First of all, the two nights went really well. Thank you to everyone who came out. Special thanks to Beth Clark for organizing and running all the rsvps and running things both nights. I have no idea how I could have pulled it off without her. Also, my mom, Aileen Gow, Cara Redmond, and Chris Speers for running the table. As well as Andrew Tebeau and the Red Lion team for filming the first evening. And, of course, the wonderful Jason Carlen for being the best MC a fella could ask for. Not to mention Celebration Cinemas who did a wonderful job hosting us and satisfying every little annoying request we had. Truly a great team over there.

Second, the reception of the film, in my hometown, has been so overwhelmingly positive, from his family, friends, and strangers, I can say that even if the film goes nowhere, gets into zero festivals, I know this is a film that has brought inspiration to people in Lansing. That’s what I was hoping for and something Eddie always wanted to do. Long before Walter or any documentary, Ed wanted to lift up those around him. He understood the importance of Karma. He didn’t want to succeed by stepping on others to get what he wanted. He knew that was a hollow form of success. He wanted to succeed by lifting up his whole team. He went out of his way to maintain friendships that stretched out farther than singular religious, political, musical, or cliques of any kind. He understood from a young age something most of us don’t understand until we are much older. That is that everyone, no matter the backstory, are human beings with thoughts, emotions, and complexities that make them interesting and unique. Perhaps this is why he was always encouraging others to create. He knew that everyone has something in them to contribute. If he liked you, which he most likely did (getting on his bad side took some real effort), he was one of the most encouraging and enthusiastic friends to have when it came to motivation. If you were ever in his vicinity when a new idea he liked came up, you know what I’m talking about.

On a personal note, I’ve been asked multiple times how it feels to be done. Well, I don’t know. In finishing the film, a whole new list of things has come up. Getting it out to festivals, promoting it, printing dvds, hopefully finding a distributor, maybe even a publisher, publishing a book dedicated to his other writing, potentially releasing more Walter books... phew. There is a lot to be done potentially. So I don’t feel done. I feel like it’s all just really beginning.

I have made some slight changes since the screenings. A few glitches and cuts needed to be re-worked. Overall, it won’t be that much different from what you saw at the screening. I’m pretty proud of it. I know Eddie would be geeking out about all of this, especially the film itself.

I am going to stop myself from rambling on too long. Just know that I am very happy with how the film has turned out. I hope Eddie and I gave you something that inspires you to try and do something you never thought was possible. We didn’t start out with much, and from the very beginning I had to hear about how we were reaching too far. But we did it. With all of the shortcomings, detractors, challenges, and missteps, stopping was never an option, and we did it. Ed’s Whale may not be a conventional film made in a conventional way, it may be loved by critics or completely abhorred, but we got it done and it’s good. That is something I will be proud of for the rest of my life.

Thank you to everyone and KEEP FLYIN’!,


“I’m glad he got to live the life he wanted. It was too short not too.”                                                           – Dixie Lahti, mother of Edward Lahti