My wife Michelle’s best high school friend—actually best friend, period—is this hot chick named Laura Gabbert (sorry, she already has a hot husband and two hot kids). Laura is an independent film maker whose credits include the documentary Sunset Story, which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival and the Sundance Competition feature Getting to Know You. She is currently at work on the film adaptation of the Joyce Carol Oats novel Starr Bright Will Be With You Soon.
Anyway, shortly after I sold No Impact Man idea as a book to Farrar, Straus, Giroux, Michelle had dinner with Laura and her also hot friends Eden Wurmfeld (producer of Kissing Jessica Stein, Puccini for Beginners, and co-producer with Laura on Sunset Story) and Justin Schein (co-owner of Shadow Box Films). While they ate tapas and woopped it up, I was suffering incredible knee pain on a week long Zen meditation retreat.
Michelle got to telling the three of them about No Impact Man--the book--and Laura, Eden and Justin decided it should also be a documentary. Well, crippled and sensitive from too much meditation, I hated the idea at first, but the idea grew on me. And now, when I’m not in the Writer’s Room writing, or trying to figure out how to get from A to B without using mechanized transport, or shopping for food that was grown within 250 miles, I’m being followed around by a film crew, and so is Michelle.
Clips from the footage will soon be available on this blog. The movie, like the book, will come out in 2009, and meanwhile, we’re looking for investors in No Impact Man, the movie. Want to invest in our ecological thriller? Contact me here.