Mules, Make it Happen (or else)
I've backed an IndieGoGo project this week. Gave it 42 of my hard-earned Canadian dollars. I know. I know. Why the fuck did I do that, right? I can hear you from my living room: Ben, you're always the first guy to shit on crowdsourcing (and rightfully so), why would you of all people feed the demon?
Valid question if there ever was one.
First of all, I don't always shit on crowdsourcing. I'm just saying it's full of talentless hacks begging people to let them live their creative fantasies. Paul von Stoetzel's short film project Mules is not one of these, though. I've backed it and I believe everyone of you reading this who's ever had ambitions of writing fiction should back it too. This project needs to happen because it would be good for everyone of us.
Valid question, again.
Because Ed Kurtz, the author of the short story Mules is based on, is one of us. Scratch that, he is one of the most talented among us. He's been busting his chops for years and finding some success, but this is a great opportunity for him. Paul von Stoetzel is a veteran of film festivals and will give Ed's work exposure to new audiences and who the fuck knows what can come of that? Every writer on the internet is bitching about lack of sales, but here's a seasoned director taking interest a TALENTED writer's work so how about we make it a profitable venture for him. If Mules happens, maybe Paul and other directors will start finding value in good stories and not just stories that easily sell.
If you've ever bitched about your lack of book sales on internet and God knows there's a boatload of you guys out there, you owe it to yourself to back Mules. It could be the start of something really cool.