And that's totally fine.
I'm not even on a set today. I'm going to go down to Santa Monica and hang out with Dustin Pearlman and his couch will be the final AYWR couch. Simple as that.
But I think what gets lost a lot in talking about AYWR is how important the community has been in quite literally keeping this thing afloat. Ultimately, this is your project and a document of how you collectively operate. I'm just the guy going from place to place to see it first-hand.
So on this, the final day, I think it'd be better to hear from you. AYWR kind of lives on Twitter, so I'd love if you could tweet your reaction to the end of AYWR--good, bad, whatever. I'll collect as many as I can and add them to the bottom of this post.
Without you, AYWR doesn't work. Without you, it's nothing.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. It's been a hell of a year.
I also think AYWR has showed that it's not as hard as people think to help others make their films - and for them to help you. #AYWRfeb18— Marty Lang (@marty_lang) February 18, 2012
But mostly, AYWR has conditioned me to accept random texts/phone calls from Lucas - and to keep my spare bedroom open. :) #AYWRfeb18— Marty Lang (@marty_lang) February 18, 2012
If I am ever forced to trade or sell my futon for food, I will use the fact that "Lucas McNelly slept here" to try to get more $. #AYWRFeb18— CaptainAwkwardDotCom (@CAwkward) February 18, 2012
I can't wait to see Lucas' IMDB page and all the credits therein! #AYWRfeb18— Paul Osborne (@PaulMakesMovies) February 18, 2012
Congrats to Lucas McNelly for wrapping #AYWRfeb18. Happy that FM was part of it. Was cool to watch the way it bobbed and weaved.— Scott Macaulay (@FilmmakerMag) February 18, 2012
Sorta don't believe Lucas McNelly is already done with #AYWRfeb18. Where did my own year go?— David Lowery (@davidlowery) February 18, 2012
We've had an incredibly honest look at the realities behind independent film, which will reveal more as information is collated. #AYWRfeb18— Leilani Holmes (@momentsoffilm) February 18, 2012
also, I have a T-shirt with a Sasquatch on it that I wear at least once a week no matter what the weather's like. #AYWRfeb18— Curt Hendley (@chendle) February 18, 2012
Filmmaker Lucas McNelly is spending a year on the road, volunteering on indie film projects around the country, documenting the process and the exploring the idea of a mobile creative professional. You can see more from A Year Without Rent at the webpage. His feature-length debut is now available to rent on VOD. Follow him on Twitter: @lmcnelly.