In the modern world of social media, it has never been easier to support your fellow artists. Twitter is the perfect example: if you like an article or blog post, tweet it so others can retweet it.
As such, the literary community has never been more connected, and the underlying principle this that we can assist each other without detracting from our own work. Someone else’s project does not negate your story. As author Sarah Manguso put it: “Bringing great work to the world is your job, whether you or someone else created it.”
That’s why I’m pleased to share with you “The Second Rat,” a short film based on the sci-fi short story of the same name. It was originally published in On Spec Magazine in 2002, and was written by science fiction author, and co-host of WIRED Magazine’s Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast, David Barr Kirtley. The film version was written for the screen and will be directed and produced by Dustin M. Thomas.
THE STORY: A man named Todd Rawlins, who is inflicted with a genetic disease that will kill him prematurely, discovers that he can rewind time to any point in his past. When it seems like all his problems are solved, he discovers that he is being hunted to the death by the only man that knows the time traveler’s secret. The hunter’s name is Ian Kyle… The Second Rat.
Both David and Dustin are friends of mine from our MFA days. Since I know what they’re capable of, I’m happy to support two accomplished and talented writers.
“The Second Rat” Kickstarter campaign launched today, July 1, and ends on August 5, 2012. They’re trying to raise funds to cover the cost of the special effects necessary to make a quality film. I’ve already submitted my backing, but rather than have me tell you more about the project, I’ll let David and Dustin take it from here.