Well Dang! Productions would not exist without the generosity of one man: Mike “Mikey” Beck.
But early this morning, he passed away in hospice care after voluntarily forgoing dialysis.
A friend of (everyone, but specifically) my parents, he saw our first crazy film, Tapeworm (fetish) in 2003, shortly after we had completed it. Word got back to me, and next thing I knew, he was quoting lines back to me (specifically “Well Dang!”) and offering to fund a run of DVDs for us to sell. That was a big deal for us!
A few months later, Joe, Chad, and I were excitedly selling DVDs at screenings, at school, and door-to-door in our own neighborhoods in order to raise funds for our next project, The Human Elbow. Mike was in on all of it, screening it frequently himself, and talking with me on the phone about the camera upgrade we needed for future films; but he was also pretty excited about being in the next film:
And as Sheriff Cash Milligan Tribute Band after that:
He not only hammed it up for both The Human Elbow and Milligan Tribute Band, he was also generously funded DVD pressings of both. And he staged a table reading of the script for Kirk Mannican’s Liberty Mug in Summer 2006, where he was giddy to reprise the role of Sheriff Cash:
As we moved away from home for life beyond college, we fell out of such deep synchronization, but we were able to get him back in the original short film that launched our series The Girl from Carolina:
Mike Beck believed in us and supported us from the very beginning, was always excited and eager to help out (even though we were just high school students with a dream), and single-handedly showed us the earwormy potential of the two words “Well Dang!” He will be missed, but never forgotten.
Especially not with the existence of his timeless performance of “How to Treat a Woman” from Milligan Tribute Band:
Rest in peace, Mikey!