Do you ever have a “feeling” about something? You don’t know exactly what it is, but there’s something about the whole thing that makes you take a leap of faith. And when you try to explain it logically, even though you can make some pretty good arguments in its favor, you just can’t capture the entirety of what moved you in the first place.
I’ve backed 28 Kickstarter projects over the past couple of years – everything from film to food to fashion and several things in between. Some of them were no-brainers, like the Veronica Mars Movie, where there was essentially no risk. If the project succeeded, my pledge got me exactly what I wanted – more of the characters I’d grown to love and a couple of nifty bonuses to boot. Other projects offered me useful technology or mouth-watering edibles for a reasonable monetary commitment. I supported whatever inspired me, to varying extents, whenever something caught my eye.
So, why did I choose to make my largest pledge ever this past week to support the distribution of an independent film that I haven’t even seen? I’m not entirely sure, to be honest. But I had a “feeling.”
The film, Beside Still Waters, was written and directed by Chris Lowell, an actor and photographer whose work I admire. In fact, Chris’ work as a photographer probably has as much weight in my decision as anything. His thought-provoking images speak to his ability to tell a story and serve to showcase his creative eye. The cast he assembled includes some of my favorite up-and-coming actors – Ryan Eggold, Brett Dalton, and Beck Bennett. I knew as soon as I saw the project that I was going to support it to some degree, but after watching the trailer, I had that “feeling.” It was the feeling that this film was something special, something that I wanted to be part of, and something that I wanted to have a hand in sharing with others.
You know that feeling when you believe in something and you’re not entirely sure why? All you know is that it strikes a chord somewhere inside of you? Yeah. There’s nothing like it.
The Veronica Mars Movie Payoff
The film was everything I had hoped for.
I had to drive eight hours roundtrip yesterday to see Veronica Mars on the big screen. I got to the big-city multiplex well over an hour early for the matinee screening. (What can I say? I was motivated.) When they finally started letting folks into the theater, the crowd filtered in pretty steadily after the first 20 of us passed eagerly through the doors. Within 10 minutes, there were about 100 people seated. I thought that was a pretty respectable number for a Saturday afternoon, but people kept coming. By the time the previews started, the theater was PACKED. Only the first couple of rows, waaaaaay down in front had empty seats.
The movie itself elicited applause when it began and then again when it ended. In between, there was everything from laughter and sighs to tears and audible gasps. I even heard a cry of “Noooo!” at one particularly explosive moment. The film was everything it needed to be. Rob Thomas achieved a delicate balance – weaving all of the “warm and playful” with plenty of “dark and gripping.” I can’t wait to see the movie again. And I’m desperately hoping for more.
Was it the greatest film I’ve ever seen? Of course not. But it was, without question, one of the most incredible theatrical experiences I’ve ever had. We were a family in that room. We were Marshmallows. I’m not an outgoing person, but I honestly felt that I could go up to any single person in that theater and be able to strike up a conversation. We had a connection, a shared history that average moviegoers don’t, and it was remarkable.
Rob Thomas wrote us a love letter and the cast delivered. The Kickstarter swag was great, but the feeling I got in the theater yesterday? That alone was worth the money.
We used to be friends… but now we’re family.
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