Super-duper comic book movieperson and all-around fandom favorite Joss Whedon has a bone to pick with you indie movie lovers. Enough is enough! It’s time for the little guy to stop beating up the big guy. Whedon’s mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore!
Well, sorta! You see, when it comes to comedy fans and comic book nerds, betwixt the two lies a bit of an overlap. So it’s no surprise that super-duper funnyperson Mike Birbiglia teamed up with Whedon to make sure the world knows about his little film that could, Sleepwalk With Me. Based off the highly successful (and supremely hilarious) play and book of the same name, Sleepwalk is taking the steps it needs to maximize the movie’s attention in the most earnest and hilarious ways possible. Take this tweet from Birbiglia himself this afternoon:
This sonafabitch Joss Whedon is trying to boycott my movie. youtu.be/pj6_020FFXU Not on my watch, Whedon. I will take you down.
— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) August 14, 2012
It all started when Whedon noticed things were starting to slow down for his Avengers juggernaut. He got worried about the place major blockbusters have in the cinematic landscape; threatened by the honest and familiar hilarity of smaller films, and decided to take a stand against indie films everywhere. But where to start a campaign such as this? Why with the darlingest of them all (as it is produced by Ira Glass of This American Life/NPR fame), naturally! So he took off against Sleepwalk, lambasting it in public in the video below. But, you see, the movie is only playing in a few theaters–how can one properly boycott a movie with such a small potential audience? You can’t do it very effectively, naturally. So Whedon called out to his fans to demand the movie be brought to MORE movie theaters so that it could be boycotted properly. Ready for your marching orders? See below:
For those of you unaware of the film, check out its full trailer below to see what all the fuss is about. Oh, and don’t forget to boycott it once you get it into a theater near you.
We love a little comedic jousting, but what do you think of Whedon’s proposal? Will you be seeing Sleepwalk With Me? Let us know in the comments.
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