09 July 2010

5 of the Greatest People in the World, Part 5

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):

21. Amir Motlagh (@amirmotlagh): Amir's divine debute feature film Whale was the very first film we programmed in the now-defunct Indies for Indies series. It's a fantastic film, one I called " beautiful in ways I never expected. Lyrical and delightfully lo-fi." It's now available for purchase all over the place (coming soon to Netflix!). You can get it, most recently, on Indieflix. It's most definitely worth your time and money. Check out the trailer.

whale_feature film trailer_director Amir Motlagh from Amir Motlagh on Vimeo.

22. Josh Wilsey: Today is actually Josh's birthday, so everyone wish him a happy birthday! Josh and I went to the same college, where I kind of knew him as Josh Thomas' roommate. Later, we ended up in the same weekly poker game, where he quickly made a reputation for himself as someone who could, quite literally, be holding any two cards in the deck. I think I once saw him try and bluff with the 4 of hearts and the hand ranking card. He's a very dangerous person to be in a big hand with.

23. Michael Hardy (@MichaelHardy): Mike is my old Little League coach, believe it or not. We went to the same church for years and he used to manage the band Work-in-Progress, which would play shows all around Maine. When I was in high school, I was their lone roadie, which meant I would carry heavy equipment and run cables and generally try and look cool. I actually still wear the t-shirt. They would open for Christian rock acts that would come to town, so I got to meet a bunch of them. When you're a kid growing up in Waldoboro, Maine, stuff like that is incredibly cool. It was also, I guess, my first exposure to the entertainment business. Mike now lives in Virginia where he deals with technology as it relates to the government somehow.

24. Brett Butler (@SubProd): Brett Butler, of the infamous Butler Brothers, is one crazy motherfucker. He's a writer & director, along with his brother Jason, but he's probably most effective as an actor. He's enigmatic, yet magnetic, a character actor who you couldn't create if you wanted to. If you're looking for a comedic scene stealer who looks like he just wandered into the frame, Brett is your guy. Check him out in the award-winning Confusions of an Unmarried Couple and their newest project, the web series Larry & Burt's Gut Rot.

25. Samah Tokmachi (@SamahCinema): Long-time fans of my work with recognize Samah as the director of "that Rainn Wilson movie". See, his film Missing Pieces beat my film gravida by 1 vote in the Now Film Festival in LA. Currently he's working on a film called Happy Funeral, which last I heard was a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriting Lab. He has a fascinating blog, which you should read, and I think is on the verge of some very cool things. Keep an eye out for this one. In the meantime, check out Missing Pieces.

Missing Pieces - Starring Rainn Wilson of The Office - HD HVX-200 w/ a Redrock M2 35mm adapter Cinematography by Johnny Derango from Johnny Derango on Vimeo.

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

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