It's always odd to stumble across a group of people talking about you. I experienced the cyber version of that yesterday when I came upon a Spout.com podcast where four twenty-something, regular kind of guys chat for 8 minutes after seeing 51 Birch Street. Luckily, they had some entertaining AND educational things to say. I definitely give it three-and-a-half stars.
Spout.com will be hosting a sneak preview screening of 51 Birch in Grand Rapids, Michigan (where many Spouters apparently spout from) on September 28 at the UICA Theater. Then we'll be doing an online forum over the course of a few days on a topic near and dear to my heart - namely, online marketing. Among other things, we'll explore how to use social networking spaces like MySpace, IndieLoop and, um, Spout.com to help spread the good word about your underdog film. And, let me tell you, getting a personal documentary about your parents' marriage into the theatrical marketplace doesn't get much more underdog. Anyway, whether you live near Grand Rapids or not, you can come join the fun.
Thanks to the ever-vigilant net trouper, outreacher and underdog rooter, Linda Morgenstern, for turning me on to the BlogPulse Conversation Tracker software. Naturally, the damned link led me down many twisting and turning paths at a moment when I had absolutely no time whatsoever even to journey from point A to B. But, then, in this cyber age, that's one of life's great pleasures, too.