Recap: St. Patrick’s Day is a Kickstarter Boost for “Guys Reading Poems”

Posted By Hunter Lee Hughes on Mar 19, 2014 | 0 comments


St. Patrick’s Day brought plenty of reasons to celebrate this year, as the cast of “Guys Reading Poems” gathered to draw attention to the film, recruit new backers and celebrate those of you who’ve already backed the project. Here’s a recap for those of our backers not able to make it out to Los Angeles for the event at ‘The Addiction Bistro,’ an incredibly yummy restaurant whose sausages, pastas, green s’mores and friendly service made the evening a culinary, as well as crowdfunding, success.

“Guys Reading Poems” star Alexander Dreymon (“American Horror Story”) was on hand to mix and mingle with the crowd as well as speak about the importance of independent cinema.

Alexander Dreymon thanks our backers at 'The Addiction Bistro' Photo by: Michael J Douglass
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Alexander Dreymon thanks our backers at ‘The Addiction Bistro’ Photo by: Michael J Douglass

Comedian Natasha Pearl Hansen reminded the ladies in the audience that it’s important for women to support men pursuing a noble cause.

Natasha Pearl Hansen at 'The Addiction Bistro' Photo by Michael J Douglass
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Natasha Pearl Hansen at ‘The Addiction Bistro’ Photo by Michael J Douglass

Poetry began to meet cinema when film actor Justin Schwan met poet Steven Reigns, whose work was interpreted in “Guys Reading Poems” under the direction of Hunter Lee Hughes.

From left: Justin Schwan, Steven Reigns, Hunter Lee Hughes at 'The Addiction Bistro' Photo by Michael J Douglass
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From left: Justin Schwan, Steven Reigns, Hunter Lee Hughes at ‘The Addiction Bistro’ Photo by Michael J Douglass

Rex Lee (“Entourage”) even stopped by to give some of our cast a little encouragement.

From left: Gopal Divan, Blake Sheldon, Sammy Dean Kusler, Rex Lee at 'The Addiction Bistro' Photo by Michael J. Douglass
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From left: Gopal Divan, Blake Sheldon, Sammy Dean Kusler, Rex Lee at ‘The Addiction Bistro’ Photo by Michael J. Douglass

Actors Vincent Montuel and Alexander Dreymon found our success finding new backers a pretty good reason to smile.

From left: Alexander Dreymon, Vincent Montuel outside 'The Addiction Bistro' Photo by Michael J Douglass
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From left: Alexander Dreymon, Vincent Montuel outside ‘The Addiction Bistro’ Photo by Michael J Douglass

Our wonderful photographer Michael J. Douglass told our cast guys to “look serious” so we obliged…maybe a little TOO much.

From left: Blake Sheldon, Gopal Divan, Alexander Dreymon, Hunter Lee Hughes, Jerod Meagher, Justin Schwan, Vincent Montuel outside 'The Addiction Bistro' Photo by: Michael J Douglass
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From left: Blake Sheldon, Gopal Divan, Alexander Dreymon, Hunter Lee Hughes, Jerod Meagher, Justin Schwan, Vincent Montuel outside ‘The Addiction Bistro’ Photo by: Michael J Douglass

And finally, our last “guy” Jason Fracaro, also one of our producers, made it to the event after a long day of responsibilities, just in time to pose with costume designer Shpetim Zero and fellow actor Jerod Meagher.

From left: Shpetim Zero, Jason Fracaro, Jerod Meagher at 'The Addiction Bistro' Photo by: Michael J. Douglass
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From left: Shpetim Zero, Jason Fracaro, Jerod Meagher at ‘The Addiction Bistro’ Photo by: Michael J. Douglass

A huge thank you to ALL the new backers who made our event so successful, whether you attended in person or from a distance. Our new backers are:

Backers

100. Andrew Boyle

101. Cody Bayne

102. Corey Rieger

103. Nicholas Kimutis

104. Bill Bailey

105. Zach Noe Towers

106. Colt Meagher

107. John Physioc

108. Steven Stanley

109. Kathi

110. Betty Sanders

111. Alessandro Piersimoni

112. Randy Vasquez

113. Chuck Coleman

114. Desi Slavcakes

115. Zack Ament

116. Phil Rodriguez

117. Steven Braund

118. Milan Dandwani

119. Gloria Bradbury

120. Julie Levine

121. Sean U’ren

122. Laree’ Griffith

Remember, if you enjoy these photos please click the “Like” heart at the top of this update. That’s one of the best ways to expose other Kickstarter users to our project. In fact, you can go back and “like” ANY of the updates you’ve enjoyed so far.

Also…let’s get to 200 backers by the end of the week. How can we do that? Simple. Each of you reaches out to one person – just one person – and encourages them to back the project at any level. At this point, you’re an army – 122 strong. All it takes is one email, one phone call, maybe even just one text message from each of you to double our ranks. Let’s do it!

In poets we trust,

Hunter Lee Hughes

Director, “Guys Reading Poems”

Guys Reading Poems banner image with seven gentlemen dressed in suits shot in black and white. Each of the men are displayed in their own slim pannel.
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Photography by Jason Fracaro

 

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