10 Years, Man… 10 Years!
We already had one of the world’s first viral videos (a parody of an earlier viral video, appropriately enough), but we were well on our way to at least placing our toe in the exponentially-growing Internet video pool. In 2005 we started our webseries Inform Nation. Thinking that Richard Belzer’s to-be-unrealized “Comedy Express TV” channel would distribute us, we went forward with three more episodes at a time when webseries were barely a thing and when it took way too look to complete them. That said, I’m still proud of those, for the most part.
While Looking Forward continue to develop, unravel and become a number of not-a-film things (including a book), we created a couple of other Internet oddities (such as a film in which Conan O’Brien seduces a man dressed as a manatee) and became involved in an award-winning documentary about 9/11 that managed to steer away from conspiracy theory entirely, something I’m very proud of.
In 2008, I started another film - my own documentary - Lords of Soaptown, which is nearing completion at the moment. This got me and the company involved with a number of amazing interviewees, one of whom made it possible to write a pilot and a horror feature film for Jamie Kennedy. At the same time, I started writing my second book, a satirical history of the Internet.
StolenDress’s next big project came in the form of a podcast, which has given me the chance to talk to a number of my heroes and become closer to people I thought I knew through comedy. In 2012, Looking Forward was completed, wrapping up my longest project, which ended up being just as personal as it was ridiculous.
As we near completion on Lords of Soaptown, I wanted to thank all of the people who’ve given their precious time - including Ryan Penington, Ray Nowosielski, Ben Eshagpoor, Brett Schlank, Jen Smith and Dan Gomiller - and their money, in the case of Soaptown, for helping me realize my dream of making things that I find funny.
- Jason Klamm