10 July 2010

5 of the Greatest People in the World, Part 6

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):

26. Lisa McKay (@DistortedAngel): Lisa runs the blog Will Kill For Food, but more importantly she's the Executive Editor over at Blogcritics.org, a "sinister cabal of superior writers", of which I am sporadically one. She's something of a cat person (even though cats are evil) and spends most of her time in the Blogcritics film section. She was once kind enough to write about Blanc de Blanc. She called it "a well-written and well-acted mystery wrapped in a romance...watchable and engrossing, with performances and production values that belie its minuscule budget and impossible time frame." You can read the rest here.

27. Gregory Bayne (@gregorybayne): Greg is the director of several films of recent note: the upcoming Jens Pulver | Driven, a documentary about a MMA fighters's last march that is due out this fall, and Person of Interest, a "unsettling and absorbing" film about a veteran of Iraq who battles PTSD. Greg recently had a successful Kickstarter campaign to launch POI on a "off the grid tour". He'll be sharing the process with the indie film community, which will be incredibly valuable as we all try to figure out this self-distribution thing. Here's the trailer for Person of Interest. Look for it in a town near you.

28. John Cole: Or, I should say Associate Producer John Cole. John is an English Professor in Rhode Island who I know from a poker message board I post on as a remnant from the days when I played poker to pay (some of) my bills. He's a hard-core, old school cinephile who will write at length about The Passion of Joan of Arc but give you something of a blank look if you ask him about the Harry Potter movies. Recently, he was challenged to review Michael Bay's Armageddon. He didn't like it very much. A quote:

Let me say that Armageddon is not as bad as Independence Day, and why I saw Independence Day, I have no idea. Well, I never saw all of Indepence Day, but did see enough to recognize the pernicious ideology at work in it. Perhaps it sounds like I'm damning Armageddon, directed by Michael Bay, with faint praise, and rest assured, I am.

I think it's about an asteroid, Earth, and an impending collision that will make life pretty unbearable for the survivors of the evil asteroid. I forget if anyone can survive or not. Probably not. I wonder, too, why no one ever questions the utility of saving the Earth from this giant asteroid. After all, if it takes a big hunk of rock to unite the world's peoples, then maybe we are beyond saving in the first place. But, the film allows no time for this sort of philosophical speculation. Act one awaits.

29. Keith Snyder (@noteon): Keith is a novelist and a filmmaker. His last novel, The Night Men, is available for a very affordable price on Amazon, but you can also buy his other ones, still in hardcover. His films include the shorts Credo, a 9-minute opera about God and religious violence (yeah, that story again), and I Love You, I'm Sorry, and I'll Never Do It Again, a musical about two mob hitmen which I once called "Funny and serious...I think maybe Snyder is crazy. He's almost have to be. But it's the kind of insanity we need more of in indie cinema." See for youself:

I Love You, I'm Sorry, And I'll Never Do It Again from Keith Snyder on Vimeo.

30. Phil Holbrook (@Philontilt): Phil is directing the upcoming film Tilt, which is currently raising money via Kickstarter, employing one of the best crowdfunding ideas I've ever seen (more about that when we get to his collaborators.) You can check out the webpage and the blog, which has all sorts of cool stuff on it. Phil is a very key member of the indie film community, always supportive of his fellow filmmakers and the best way you can show your appreciation is to check out the Tilt campaign and throw a couple of bucks their way. You won't regret it.

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

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