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CROSSING THE LINE (and making a documentary)

Promotional artwork for the documentary Crossing the Line

Most who know me know that I am a life-long movie nerd, especially horror movies… what most don’t know is that I love documentary films. When it came time for the Pima Air & Space Museum and Titan Missile Museum to chronicle their history in a pair of 30 minute TV specials I was selected for my passion for history, aviation and my longtime fascination with nuclear weapons and the Cold War. The resulting documentaries earned a combined 3 Emmy® nominations and ‘SECRETS UNDER THE DESERT’ (Titan Missile Museum) went on to win a national silver Telly® award (their highest award) as well as local, regional and national silver Addy® awards.

So now I am turning to something that I have lived around my entire life… the border.

‘CROSSING THE LINE’ a feature length documentary intended to give viewers a glimpse into life along the U.S./Mexico border. It will offer viewers around the world an unflinching look at the growing tragedy and brutal violence that surrounds residents of the southwestern borderlands. As a native of Tucson, Arizona my goal for this film is for the audience to witness the haunting beauty and brutality of the desert southwest as seen through the eyes of area residents, local law enforcement and policy makers on both sides of the line. From immigrants searching for a better life to drug cartels, human smugglers and law enforcement fighting for control and the people caught in the middle… Their stories, in their own words.

I cannot produce this film without your support. Please help get this important project off the ground by visiting the project page at KICKSTARTER and helping reach the funding goal. More details coming soon!


Into the “Goo Pit” of darkness…

Image Copyright © 2011 Wade Stai

A scene from the feature film ISAAC (2011) on which I was the Director and Cinematographer. Due to a variety of reasons I had to step away from the project last year as it was in post production. The fate of the film remains unknown. I wish the producers all the best as they continue working on this very challenging project.  I will share stories, good and bad from this film as time goes on.

Welcome to the GRINDHOUSE®

Artwork / Photography Copyright © 2011 Wade Stai for Grindhouse®

On “Black Friday” of 2011 I formally launched GRINDHOUSE® a project I have been tinkering with off and on in secret for a few years. Grindhouse combines my life-long love for “BOARDS! BABES! B-MOVIES!™” into pro quality street skateboards and all-mountain freestyle snowboards, streetwear and gear. Please take a few minutes and visit the site: http://www.grindhouseskateboards.com and “like” us on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GrindhouseSkateboards you’ll get the latest updates, offers and information! Hey, Paul Newman had salad dressing… Maynard has wine… I have killer rides.


The blog is ALIVE! — Welcome to the official page for Shadoworks Entertainment® and it’s founder, Award winning Producer / Director Wade Stai… I promise I’ll try not to be too damn boring.