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):
16. Nate Custer (does not twat): We went to college together and I have incriminating photos of Nate from back when his hair was curly and shoulder-length. He looked like Mufasa or something. Nate is also a damned fine guitarist and a terrible actor. He was in my very first short film, yesterday, which was pretty awful. I somehow talked Nate into being in it, and he wasn't good. But the dailies were funny to watch.
17. Steve Carlson (@LCosgrove): A lot of you will recognize Steve as the new head of the Muriel Awards, which is quite simply the greatest film award ever to be named after a guinea pig. It's also a pretty tough award to win, seeing as the voters aren't really all that concerned with echoing the wishes of all the other awards. I've been a proud Muriel voter since the beginning, and if this film ever managed to win one, it would be beyond awesome.
18. Levi Stahl: Levi is the drummer for the band Super Teen Levi Squad (ok, so that's not their name, but that's what I call them), and is a pretty cool guy, considering he's a Republican. Ok, ok. So that was a low blow. Levi and I went to college together. He was two years behind me, so I didn't know him that well, but he used to hang out at my apartment a lot and play poker until all hours of the night. Once we did shots of whiskey every time we saw the 3 of clubs. He has a kid now, who from what facebook tells me, is much smarter than Levi is. Oh, and Levi made a short film once that included an homage to one of mine. To this day it's the best professional compliment I've ever gotten.
19. Jeff Purser (@jeffpurser): Jeff, who was long ago nicknamed "Beef" by acclaimed musician Jerome Wincek, is actually joining the Peace Corps very soon and headed to Uganda. I'm not really sure why exactly, but I'm meeting him for a beer in Hallowell tonight, so it'll probably come up (side note: if you're near The Liberal Cup, stop on by). We once spent an evening in Cleveland hanging out with Relient K (before they got signed) and Sixpence None the Richer. It was kind of weird. Check out Jeff's webpage, which has a focus on "searching for sustainable solutions to eradicate extreme poverty". That, of course, is more important than eradicating indie film poverty, but Jeff works toward both.
20. Sheri Candler (@shericandler): So if you're a film persona reading this and you aren't following Sheri, I'm going to have to ask you to leave. It's nothing personal. You just need to go. Sheri's blog is, along with Ted Hope's, one of the must-read resources for indie film people on the web. She's extremely generous with her time and ideas on Twitter, always willing to engage you in discussion, and gives valuable feedback. The idea for the UP COUNTRY novella stemmed from a discussion with her. Like I said, a must-follow.
Stay tuned for the rest of our backers! And, as always, you can join them!