Sleep, Wake, Forget

If you are reading the blog posts in chronological order1 you know that I spent last weekend at Zombie Con. Had a great time, met lots of cool people, yada, yada, yada. If you have no idea what I am talking about, I suggest you go back to this post and catch up.

If you read that previous post like the good little robot-monkey butler that you are, you know that I was really happy with my spot in the vendor room. I’d like to take a moment to tell you a bit more about my neighbors to the right, Ariel Vida and Beth Berens of
Wondria Films.

They were there promoting the film
Sleep, Wake, Forget. I could tell you about the film, but why don’t you visit the website instead and hear Vida and Berens tell you about it themselves? Watch the video and come back.

No, I’m serious.
Go there now.

Now that looks seriously cool, right? You’ve got the brothers who are not only tied to each other emotionally, but through a psychic bond as well. That’s going to appeal to all of you
Supernatural fans out there, I’m sure. You know I love Guillermo del Toro so the surreal, more fantastic elements are sure to please. Set the whole thing against a post-apocalyptic, zombie-esque backdrop? Oh baby!

There are elements of this story which are completely different from anything I have read or seen before. Even if I was not already firmly in this film’s camp the fact that it is original
2 is worth my support.

On top of all of that, this movie was filmed entirely in Michigan! Hell, this movie was filmed entirely by young people from Michigan!

While we are on the topic of people, let me tell you a little bit about Ariel Vida.

Sleep, Wake, Forget is very much her baby. She wrote and directed the film. Her enthusiasm for the movie is positively infectious. Even without the screener trailer, just hearing her talk about the making of the movie is enough to get anyone excited. I am not exaggerating here. I honestly think the had the largest, most consistent crowd around her table for the duration of the convention.3

We had the opportunity to talk about a number of things during the occasional down times. She gave me advice on creating a crowd-sourcing campaign
4. We talked sci-fi and fantasy (she has excellent taste in books). She told me about making the film, suffering through some occasional setbacks, and her long range goals with respect to film-making.

By the way, did I mention she’s only 22?


To put this in perspective, Ms. Vida wrote and directed a film, while attending college and getting a degree and working multiple jobs. She has a firm grasp on what she wants to do with her life and she is actively pursuing it. When I was 22 (and for two decades after that), my life was defined in the negative. I did not know what I wanted to do, but I knew what I didn’t want to do. I had spent the better part of a decade working retail and I knew that I did not want to be that balding 45 year old guy in the short sleeved shirt and bad tie.
5 I had spent four years earning my BA in Psychology and it had not provided the answers I was looking for. I had finally figured out that I couldn’t drink any amount of SoCo without throwing up.

This is not just a purely informational post here people. As you heard in the video, they are in need of funds to cover post-production costs. They are determined to get
Sleep, Wake, Forget made and they want to make sure that the work that is done is of the highest quality. That is why they are running a Kickstarter campaign. I want each and every one of you to go over and pledge something. Right now! Make sure that this film gets made!

Wow, I can hear the questions all the way over here. “Michael,” you are all saying, “this isn’t like you at all! Usually you are more of a self-absorbed prat, not the kid of person who goes out of his way to help people he just met.”

I have three answers to that question.

The first, as you may have guessed, is “bite me.”

The second is that I was so moved by both the story told in the film and the stories told by the film makers that I was moved to make sure I told everyone I could about it. I want the people involved in the making of this movie to have great careers. Hell, I am going to be starting my own crowd-sourcing campaign in the near future, but I want to make sure you go and fund
Sleep, Wake, Forget first!

The third thing
6/7 is that I want to see this film! I don’t want to wait for years! I want to see it as soon as I possibly can. If that means I have to make sure that all of you know about it and want to see it just as badly as I do, well that’s just a bonus isn’t it? You didn’t even know that this was something you wanted. You didn’t know about the gaping hole in your lives that can only be filled by viewing this extraordinary piece of cinema. Now you do.

You’re welcome.

In all seriousness, if you haven’t clicked on the links to the
Sleep, Wake, Forget site, please do so. Any amount you can spare will help this movie get made. I don’t want to go all Sally Struthers on you, but I will.8

I know that a lot of the people who read this blog are creative types in their own rights. Please take a moment to help fund the dream of one of our own.

I appreciate it.

1 Like any good CDO patient would.

2 Try getting that from Hollywood. Smeh.

3 Thanks for the spill-over, Ariel. I’m pretty sure I ended up with a couple of sales because people were initially drawn to your table and I happened to be right there.

4 Yep. I had questions, she had answers.

5 To quote my man Lloyd:
I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that.

6 There is nooooo…third thing.

7 Yes there is: Which won’t shock anyone who read today’s NSA feed on the
Zuckerberg Project in which I announced that according to an on-line test I was a 5th level Chaotic Neutral Human Wizard.

8 For the price of a cup of coffee a day...