As everyone working on the Fat film knows, Phinney’s home away from home is his local Starbucks. In fact, the staff might be putting out an APB on him over the next few weeks since he’ll be on set rather than at his favorite table, typing away on his laptop with a splenda-licious iced coffee nearby.
Up until a few weeks ago, at that very Starbucks, Fat Producer Tim Baker was Mark’s part time
lover barista. In addition to their shared hometown of Medford, MA, Tim and Mark have both spent time in Los Angeles, and both have a huge love of films. Tim chose to come on board to work on Fat partly due to his sworn coffee-sealed oath to Phinney, but mostly to get to work daily in the trenches of filmmaking - as opposed to sitting in a production office somewhere on a big-budget New York, Boston or LA set with lots of amenities. Who needs amenities?
Don’t let Tim’s relative youth fool you (being of the “I don’t remember life without the internet” generation), Tim has stepped up to take on a great deal of responsibility on this production; from leading the production assistants, to helping with scheduling, and perhaps most importantly, being Mark’s alarm clock. Tim’s expertise in logistics were finely tuned not only while multi-tasking at Starbucks amidst demanding townie, yuppie, and hipster customers alike (where does Phinney fit in?), but as a film student, production intern, and producer. No stranger to film sets, Tim has worked on numerous film and television productions ranging from studio movies to student films (Tim attended Calvin College). As a film student, Tim wrote and directed as well.
When not working on the film this summer, Tim will likely join his friends in getting back to nature travelling with friends in Maine (and possibly Nova Scotia). Maybe they’ll pop in and visit with Sally?
International travel is something Tim is accustomed to – and that conveniently leads me to where good ol’ Tim fits into our “What Do A Cannes Film Festival Intern, An NBC Page, and A Nicaraguan Subversive Have in Common?” game?
Since I know you have all read our profiles of Pearl and Sally, you can deduce by process of elimination that Tim was the former (?) Nicaraguan Subversive! The story behind this subversive activity is as follows – in the Spring of 2010, Tim travelled to Nicaragua to film footage for a documentary about a plane crash in a remote indigenous village on the Rio Coco near the Nicaragua – Honduras border. The subject village was in Nicaragua’s North Atlantic Autonomous Region, home to the Walpa Siska indigenous tribe, and reportedly, the plane that crashed was carrying a HUGE shipment of cocaine from Colombia. A surprisingly even-keeled synopsis of the event and examination of the tribe’s relationship with the Nicaraguan government and speculation of a relationship with drug traffickers along the Caribbean Coast can be found here - via WikiLeaks of all places! The tribe reportedly made some money from the
cocaine manna from heaven and Tim went down to check things out.
One day, poor Tim was conducting some interviews in the indigenous area and when he was on his way back to a nearby Nicaraguan controlled area, was detained at a checkpoint. His footage (and the hard drive containing same) was confiscated by police due to his “subversive” activities. The footage was never seen again. So yeah, like I said, who needs amenities during filming? Well, at the very least, no one is going to confiscate the footage when travelling home from the Fat set, subversive though it clearly is…
Thanks so much for stepping up to help produce Fat, Tim! While we can’t make your dream of meeting the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park a reality, nor can we hook it up so that you get to live at Hogwarts, we promise to thank you in the form of copious amounts of buffalo chicken and S&S corned beef hash.