“I graduated from Berkner High School in 1997. So did Jeremy Coon. I went on to co-write a musical that all my friends in Austin saw. Jeremy Coon went on to produce Napoleon Dynamite. Our high school reunion is in two years. I know I’m better than Jeremy Coon. But in two years, I have to prove it. I have to beat Jeremy Coon.” – Rhys Southan, 2005
When I was going to film school with Rhys Southan, and we worked as editors at The Daily Texan, we always knew he’d either become a bestselling humor author, or vanish by wandering the Earth. With his latest endeavor, it looks like he’s sampling from a bit of both.
Rhys, one of the filmmakers behind the doc short Sean Connery Golf Project, has developed a new blog called, “Beat Jeremy Coon.” Who’s Jeremy Coon? Jeremy produced and edited a little film called Napoleon Dynamite. Jeremy’s also from the Dallas-area (a suburb called Richardson) but is now on the West Coast. In fact, he attended the same high school as Rhys and this high school will have its 10-year reunion very soon.
I got to know Jeremy when he submitted Napoleon Dynamite to SXSW, and then had the chance to meet him when he attended the festival for its screenings here. And we were struck by how small the world was, that we shared this mutual friend named Rhys Southan. Jeremy was a really nice and likable guy. This is what makes “Beat Jeremy Coon” all the more disturbing and amusing.
So, what is “Beat Jeremy Coon?” Check it out and see for yourself. Meanwhile, Rhys tells me he’s not sure if Jeremy knows about this yet. I’m sure someone will tell him soon, if they haven’t already.