13 July 2010

5 of the Greatest People in the World, Part 11

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):

51. Heather Kafka (@heatherkafka): Heather is an acclaimed actress who has made me promise not to go all crazy talking about her, so I won't. But we compromised with this: Heather is the lead in the Sundance favorite Lovers of Hate, a film LA Weekly called "...the most exciting American indie I've seen in a while." IFC picked it up, so you should be able to see it either in a theater near you, on the DVD, or onDemand, depending on various factors. LOH also includes the work of at least 2 other backers: David Lowery, who did the cinematography, and Adam Donaghey, who co-produced. It was exec-produced by the Duplass Brothers. Check out the trailer.

52. Mike Day (@Mauk2678): Mike and I graduated from the same private high school (Coastal Christian School), albeit years apart. I think his older sister was in my brother's class. As a result, my memories of Mike are pretty vague (I'm getting old. I'm starting to forget stuff.), so I really know him better via Facebook than real life. He's a rarity in CCS alumni, a kindred liberal spirit who backs Obama and gay marriage and all sorts of things that the Religious Right freaks out over. There aren't very many of us, so we've gotta stick together.

53. William Speruzzi: William is the author of This Savage Art, a blog billed as "a steady diet of obsessive cinema and screenwriting in the dark." He doesn't update it all that often, same with his Tumblr page Red Meat & Black Coffee, but when he does, it's totally worth it. He wrote and directed the 18 minute film The Face of the Earth, which you can watch here and get on DVD here. He lives in Brooklyn, where he cheers for the Yankees. Considering what happened earlier today, I'll give him a pass on that.

54. The Annapolis Pretentious Film Society (@PretentiousFilm): Let's say you're a filmmaker and you've got a really cool feature you want to start showing at venues around the country. What to do? Where to go? Well, the venue at the top of your wish list isn't in LA or NYC, it's in Annapolis. The Annapolis Pretentious Film Society, curated by Pericles and Lisa DeLucia Lewnes, is one of the best screening series in the country. They bring in a wide variety of thought-provoking films to an inquisitive and engaged audience and they treat their filmmakers like royalty. You can't go wrong with APFS, either as a filmmaker or a viewer. In fact, making this film good enough to screen at APFS is one of our top goals. Check out fellow backer Gary King at APFS:

55. Pericles Lewnes (@loopmovie): The man behind APFS, Pericles Lewnes shot to cult fame in the 80's when he directed the Troma classic Redneck Zombies, which was, for a time, the answer to a Trivial Pursuit question. Pericles has worked with Ang Lee and Ted Hope, used to be a NYC cab driver (I can personally attest to the fact that he can still navigate NYC like a cabbie), and now lives in Annapolis with his wife Lisa. He is, quite possibly, the nicest person in the indie film community. In 2007 he made his second feature, the Lynchian mind fuck LOOP, a film about fear and chaos in the aftermath of 9/11. It's one of the most interesting and compelling films around. I promise you've never seen anything like it. It's something of a masterpiece.

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