19 July 2010

5 of the Greatest People in the World, Part 16

There's a thing on Twitter called Follow Friday. Basically, you present a list of people that you recommend other people follow. It's a pretty popular idea and it makes everyone feel good. So with that in mind, I figure the least we can do for our wonderful Kickstarter backers is to give them a variant of the Follow Friday plug. So here they are, in order (well, some of them):

76. Yen Tan: Yen feature drama Ciao, was released theatrically in a bunch of cities a couple of years ago by Regent. Variety called it "A contemplative grace note". It won some awards. It even got a vote in the Muriel Awards for cinematography. He is also a pretty amazing designer, and is the guy behind all of the super cool posters that never stop coming out of Austin these days, as well as a bunch of other stuff. See, I told you he was good. Yen is currently prepping his next film.

77. Kirsten Bestor (@kirstenbestor): I'm so bad at names. I just realized that Kirsten went to the same college I did. To be fair, once I did forget my own middle name, so please don't take it personally Kirsten. Now that I've done some Facebook scanning, I think the pieces are starting to fall into place. She would have been a freshman my senior year, majoring in English. And even though I minored in English, I don't think we had any classes together (I didn't spend a lot of time on campus my final semester). I hesitate to say this, because I don't want to be wrong, but I think she was one of the roommates of a girl I was dating. At minimum, they're good friends. See, I kind of figured it out. These days, Kirsten is married, has 2 kids, and works at our old alma mater in the Cardiovascular Sciences Program (there's a Cardiovascular Sciences Program? Since when? See, this is what happens when you don't go to alumni functions.)

78. Jarrod Whaley (@jbwhaley): Mere days ago, Jarrod successfully funded The Glass Slipper, his second feature-length film, and has already begun filming. His first film, Hell is Other People premiered this last spring to sold-out shows at Cinequest, and then not-so-sold-out shows at Indies for Indies. But that's ok, because he's not bitter (right?). These days Jarrod lives in San Francisco with his girlfriend Ginger after living far too long in Chattanooga, TN. In a strange way, I feel oddly connected to Jarrod. We lived in Chattanooga at the same time (although I don't think we ever met) and now we're funding our second features at the same time. One might even think I'm stalking him. But I'm not, honest. Whoever told you that is a liar.

79. Brian Czarniecki (@briczar): Remember that play I was in that Dan Stiker directed? No? Oh. Well I'm not really sure how I ended up doing that. I'm not an actor. Oh sure, I gave a ground-breaking performance as a robot in a school play, but that was more an unwavering commitment to doing the voice than anything else. So, when Dan cast me in this play, I had no idea what the hell I was doing (or how the hell I even got there), and poor Brian was forced to play opposite me. The thing is, Brian is a really good actor, easily one of the best in Pittsburgh, and I'd put him in a damned film if he wasn't so damned busy. It would have been really easy for him to grumble about how bad I was, but he didn't. He took extra time to show me what I was doing wrong, some easy ways to do it better, stuff like that. It was immensely helpful. And when I'd suddenly add a string of profanity to my dialogue because I couldn't remember my lines, he went with it like it was in the script. A true pro.

80. Chris Cook: Chris Cook is a fine human being. Other than that, I don't know. There's a Chris Cook that's a friend of Gary King on Facebook, so that's possible, but that Kickstarter account didn't back Gary's campaign, so it seems unlikely. Chris Cook is just too common of a name to make a good guess. Even when I googled the email address listed, it came up empty. So Chris, whoever you are, thanks a bunch. And say hi. Let us know a bit about you.

Stay tuned for the rest of our backers! And, as always, you can join them!

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