I love movies, all movies. I like big budget blow your face off films with overused C.G.I. and unrealistically cast characters. I like rom-coms, mostly ones written by Dave Eggers & Vendela Vida starring Maya Rudolph and the guy from The Office. I like old silent era films, westerns, horrors, thrillers and suspenseful whodunits. I like short films, long films and I have a special place in my heart for films that should have ended 20 minutes before they actually roll credits; weird I know, but it makes me laugh. But the type of cinema I find most inspiring, whether it's good, bad or mediocre has always been, independent cinema.
Independent cinema is bold. In low budget filmmaking lies new ideas, the never tried before, the taboo and avant-garde. Indie cinema has the heart and soul of the creative process. When you have to beg, borrow, and beg a little more, to create a film, even when it's bad, you have to applaud the effort.
As a no budget filmmaker myself I know how hard it can be to write something, to shoot it, edit and present your creation. This experience is much like doing a full frontal and being about 10 to 20 pounds overweight, and for some reason, when it is over, there is a swelling of pride and this crazy person inside shouting "Wow! Lets do that again." Not that I have any experience with that.
With all that said, I'm sure it is not hard to figure why it is I wanted to do the Kickstarter Video for The Lyric. Only 5 years into their existence in Fort Collins and already they have left an indelible mark, not just because of the great films The Lyric brings to Northern Colorado (although for that reason alone would be sufficient to pony up a nice chunk of change for their Kickstarter) but also for The Lyric's dedication to the community, bringing in local foods, wines, beers, bands and you may have guessed it, filmmakers.
I volunteered to do the Kickstarter Video immediately after hearing the Lyric needed help. Why? Winters Bone,The Tree of LIfe, The Kids Are All Right, Midnight in Paris, Micmacs, Melancholia, & of course Black Dynamite. This is just a short list of films that I was able to enjoy at The Lyric, some of these films I would have never been able to see on the big screen if they hadn't been shown at The Lyric.
I'd like to say thanks to all the kind folks that sat down for testimonials, I wish I could have used more but we had to scale it down for obvious reasons. Also, a BIG thank you to Danielle Ate the Sandwich for use of her song Where The Good Ones Go, love her music and I was thrilled to be able to edit with it.