15 July 2010

5 of the Greatest People in the World, Part 14

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):

66. Julie Coffin: Ok, we're going to take a shot in the dark here. The only Julie Coffin I can find is on Facebook and she's a mutual friend of two of our backers, Aaron Tainter and Ben Kennedy (who she's currently dating...oh, so that's her last name...). And, actually, Julie came to see Blanc de Blanc during it's multiplex run. Julie lived in Denver for awhile, but now resides in Portland, Maine, where she knows lots of hip artistic types.

67. Alonso Mejia (@Alonsomex): Alonso is a very talented cinematographer who lives in Mexico City and posts pretty often in Spanish. Even though I took two years of Spanish in high school, I really can't say a damned thing. Well, that's not true. When I lived in Chattanooga my friends Antonio and Sandra taught me this: la misma mierdes todos los pinches dias (hopefully I spelled that right). Anyway, I'm trying to figure out how we can get Alonso up here to shoot this project, as I think he'd pretty much be perfect for it. Check out his reel, which kicks ass:

Demo Reel Alonso Mejía, Cinematographer 2010 from Alonso Mejia on Vimeo.

68. 42 McKinstry: When young, innocent William McKinstry came to college in the fall of 1999, he was a late change to the roster. So late, in fact, that no one had even told his RA yet to change the name on the door. He was my neighbor, and since the name on the door said "Jeff", I welcomed Jeff to the floor, then proceeded to ignore his insistence that his name wasn't Jeff (It was on the door, after all). I then told everyone on the floor to only refer to him as Jeff. By the end of the first week, he'd stopped answer to anything other than Jeff, even in class. But Jeff is a pretty boring name, so every month we changed it, and ever the team player, he went along with it, only answering to his current name. Man did his professors really hate that. After his Freshman year, we settled on Milo (for the alliteration and the Catch-22 reference), but for one month it was 42. Milo is a lover of super-elaborate pranks and was very nearly kicked out of school for them. You learn very quickly that when asked if you know about any of his activities, you should claim ignorance. He's not allowed to drink any caffeine, else he won't sleep for a week, and he's kind of like a puppy. He's also one hell of a guy.

69. Jim Emerson (@jeeemerson): There's a good chance you've heard of Jim. Jim was a film critic for the Orange County Register, edited the multimedia CD-ROM Microsoft Cinemania, was a guest writer for a time on Saturday Night Live, and co-wrote the film It's Pat: The Movie. He is currently the editor-in-chief for a little webpage called RogerEbert.com and writes the essential companion blog scanners, which is easily one of the best film blogs around. But I don't need to tell you that. He also votes for the Muriel Awards and has 2 dogs that photograph well on Facebook.

70. thraveboy (@thraveboy: Reid Gershbein is the madman behind the #2wkfilm filmmaking challenge. Basically, for some reason Reid thought it would be a good idea to shoot and edit a film in a mere 2 weeks. Yes, shoot and edit. It's an insane idea, and I'm just stupid enough to take it up. His entry in the project was The Dabbler, the Dreamer, and the Man Who Broke the World, which you can watch for free and then make a donation to support the film. Likewise with his previous feature Here. My Explosion.... Reid lives in San Francisco where he has a day job at Pixar. Check out the trailer and, like, buy a DVD:

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