14 July 2010

5 of the Greatest People in the World, Part 13

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):

61. zahra (@fnafilms): Fellow Boston sports fan Zahra is the force behind FNA Films and the upcoming film Pissheads. Zahra is based in Gatesheeed in the UK (3 e's? Really? Is that a typo?), and I know what you're wondering: did this Red Sox and Pats fan move to the UK from Boston or is he a Brit who somehow got religion when it came to American sports? There's gotta be a story there, right? I do know one thing: Zahra would really like to join me in consoling the Steinbrenner family with the fact that at least he lived long enough to see the Red Sox win the World Series. Twice.

Pissheads Promo One from FNA Films on Vimeo.

62. Benjamin Kennedy: Ben is my oldest and best friend. We've known each other for way too long, probably longer than we've even been aware we were alive. He was going to be backer #3, but when our mutual friend Aaron beat him to it, he said the hell with it and put it off. Ben's family owns a cottage on a pond a mile from my childhood home, where I spent many, many summer days and they even shot part of Mel Gibson's A Man Without a Face. We've seen more Red Sox games together than I can count, and we were at Fenway when Mo Vaughn and Frank Thomas each hit 3 HR, and when John Rocker got a standing ovation because, well, he was probably the only person who hated New York as much as Red Sox fans. Only, the standing ovation was a sold out crowd clapping and booing at the same time (because, hey, we still think he's a horrible person). He threw 6 straight balls, none of them close, got pulled, and then got another standing ovation, this time for helping the Sox win. It was awesome. Anyway, I lived with Ben in Chattanooga, TN for a bit, and have many hundreds of times stayed up late at his place, playing Mario Kart and Risk into the wee hours of the morning. Ah...good times.

63. Daniel Stiker (@stikerd): Dan was going to give more money in exchange for me writing a rough draft of a play he's working on, but I'm having some writer's block issues on it, so I'm not sure it's going to happen before the deadline. But, you know, it's not like I'm not writing something else. Anyway, Dan's specialty is theater. He directed me in a play version of the Jerry Rubin novel DO IT! (I played David Dellinger, who was a pretty amazing guy). Dan later directed a play I wrote, on a building mid-afternoon somewhere in the world, which the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette pointed out was nearly as long as the title. But most of you will recognize Dan's work as an actor. He was the lead in L'Attente and played the villain in Blanc de Blanc. And if I can, I'll try and figure out how to work him into this film too, but it might be tricky.

64. Tiffany Lowe: Tiffany's husband Everett was the lead in my first two short films, yesterday and window shopping. No, you can't watch them. They're terrible. But they're important going forward in this way: Everett's character in window shopping is reading a book which is supposed to be the book version of yesterday. He's not all that impressed with the book, especially with the main character. That book has appeared in every one of my films since, most notably in L'Attente (see above), and when mentioned directly, is always ridiculed. Look for it in this one. It'll be somewhere. Anyway, Tiffany also went to college with us. She's a fantastic cook and has an Oscar party every year, which I am now going to take the liberty of inviting you to. She won't mind, honest. Oh, and while you're there, make sure you add "bitches" to her grocery list.

65. Martin McClellan (@hellbox): Martin is based in Seattle where he's a writer and designer. He writes a column for McSweeney's, which I did not know until just now. See, I'm learning as we go, just like you are. As you'd expect from a designer, Martin has a really cool-looking webpage and two--two!--blogs: Hellbox, where he writes about movies and such, and Spitball!, where he writes about writing. He also works for msnbc.com, but that doesn't seem to be nearly as interesting as the other stuff.

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


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