Kickstarter of the Month: Best Friends Forever
Well, I may have taken a month off but now I’m back with a vengeance for the latest installment of Kickstarter of the Month. After doing a little searching on the site I came up with this gem: Best Friends Forever.
From their Kickstarter page: ”BEST FRIENDS FOREVER is a dark comedy and sci-fi horror film, combining equal parts buddy film, road trip and nuclear apocalypse story, but with girls. Harriet, the perpetual but unsuccessful optimist, has finally figured out how to take her passion for comics and turn it into a responsible life. But when she and Reba, her seemingly devil-may-care best friend, hit the road to Austin, TX, an impending nuclear apocalypse endangers the best-laid plans and even the best of friendships.”
You may remember Ms. Grant from her stint on Heroes (a fact which originally drew me to this project), but she is much more than that. I spent a good deal of time watching the videos on their Kickstarter page (which can be found here) and I have to admit that this woman has a bit of spunk that only her partner Ms. Miao can match. If this is the kind of energy they put in to promoting their project, than one can only imagine how much passion they put into the actual final product.
I don’t normally get into the male vs. female debate (I prefer to let the end product speak for itself), but I do appreciate when others have a stance that they defend adamantly. That is something the Ms. Grant and Ms Miao are doing here with their movie. It is fairly well documented that there are few female directors/producers/screenwriters who are successful in the business right now. But that landscape is changing, especially when you look at the success of Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) and Kristin Wiig (Bridesmaids). The success of those films and others like it in recent years is opening the door for movies like Best Friends Forever so that the end product is allowed to speak for itself and we are not robbed of great filmmaking.