I was lucky enough to become friends with Chris a few years or so ago while tweeting about a Batman figurine and some birthday wishes. I included @ThatChrisGore in that Tweet and he responded by showing that he got a cupcake for his birthday and it was better than my present.
This is what I got:
That was the first time I had really ever gotten a celebrity to reply back to me on twitter. not only did Chris reply, he replied with a photo. That was just cool! Time passed, and I didn’t think too much about it. Then fate would have me be able to email Chris again for his awesome book “Celebrities Poop” book…. which I bought because it seemed different and interesting to me. I emailed Chris (May I call you Chris? sure… why not … this is a blog post that no one will probably read so why not?) and I asked him a few questions about podcasting as I had just changed Geektechlive.com over to video and I was not aware just how much post work there is editing a video show. I assumed I would never get a reply but within a few days we were having a pretty nice conversation about podcasting and all the work he has done since Attack of the Show with DVDuesday.
Fast forward about a year and I had scored SDCC tickets!!! yay me!!! I was going to the big show again and it only took 4 years (shaking fist at SDCC online ticketing). This time my wife and I would attend and it was her first big convention. While in line for Hall H I look up and saw this:
Yup. That is Chris standing in line for Game of Thrones panel. I thought I would tweet the photo and tag him in it. Not only did he see the tweet but he had some friends he was with hold his spot and made his way over to my wife and I. This is just how cool and nice of a guy Chris is. He didn’t know me from anyone, but he took the time to walk over and say hi and chat a bit more about podcasting and social media and the convention.
So you may be wondering why the hell am I writing all this jibber jabber. For starters, Chris is just a really nice guy who is just like the rest of us.when talking to him you feel like you are talking to one of your good friends after only a short while. He is very down to earth and in a nutshell, a nice guy. Well, before all that Attack of the Show stuff with DVDuesday he started a fanzine which became a website called FilmThreat.com . Film Threat is still considered to be the one stop shop for independent film reviews and discussions. I had been going to film threat for a while and didn’t even realize that the guy I was talking to was the actual founder of the film threat website. Film threat has been around for 30 years but now its possibly going away for good unless you pitch in and help him out! Its expensive to run a website and especially a big fat website like film threat with a ton of content spanning a very long time.
The good news is we can help him out. All you need to do is go to Kickstarter and back his project before April 22nd. He is a really nice guy trying to bring some great content back to the public. WE can do this people!
Here is the official press release for this project:
INDIE NEWS SOURCE FILM THREAT SEEKS FUNDING FOR REBOOT THROUGH KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED BY FOUNDER AND PUBLISHER CHRIS GORE
LOS ANGELES – After 30 years of being the champion for the independent film world, Film Threat is seeking a little help from its friends to go forward. Founder and publisher Chris Gore is now hosting a Kickstarter campaign that will run through April 21, with the goal of raising $125,000 to present an upgraded version of the influential film resource. The funding is crucial to the life of Film Threat. If the Kickstarter campaign misses its goal, Film Threat will shut down permanently.
Film Threat began life as a webzine in 1985 before growing into an influential magazine that offered movie lovers their first view of up-and-coming talent including Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith. The Film Threat site went online in 1996 and grew to encompass more than 80,000 reviews, interviews, essays and features that helped to launch scores of filmmakers’ careers and reshape the depth and scope of film criticism and appreciation.
“The truth is that the Film Threat website was actually supported by my television career,” said Gore on his Kickstarter page. “At the time, I was willing to spend $25,000 or more each year out of my own pocket to support the site. I believed very strongly in Film Threat’s mission to help up-and-coming indies. But, let’s be honest, I don’t have a TV career anymore. And convention appearances only go so far. So, it’s really difficult for me to ask, but right now I need your help.”
As part of the campaign, Gore will also relaunch his popular DVDuesday segment from G4’s “Attack of the Show” as a new weekly web series. Gore is also planning a new Film Threat app and a podcast network starring the site’s writers.
“Relaunching a site of this size, with this massive amount of content, is costly and I can’t afford to fund it alone this time,” Gore added. “I’ll need money for programmers, designers, and for a new server along with a budget for writers and an editorial team to keep it going. My hope is that people still have an interest in reading about challenging films made by up-and-coming filmmakers.”
More information on the Kickstarter campaign can be found online: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thatchrisgore/save-film-threat-and-bring-back-dvduesday