Lonelygirl15: The Brian Flemming Emails

Posted by: Jon Fine on August 30, 2006

Excerpts from an email exchange with faux-documentarian Brian Flemming.

These emails went back and forth this Monday afternoon, after a number of comment-board-commenters (followed later by, um, blogs affiliated with the New York Times and BusinessWeek) outlined interesting coincidences/potential ties that Flemming may have to lonelygirl15. (Brian weighed in on this , in a very engaging and entertaining fashion, on his most recent blog post.)

Brian Flemming: no, it’s not me

Jon Fine: Not to be difficult about this or anything, but if you were involved with lonelygirl15 and didn’t feel now was the right time to go public, would you admit it?

BF: no. [But] i would just fail to respond.

seriously. I don’t lie to reporters, ever. I have too many journalist friends not to understand what a serious deal that would be.

Lest this seem a bit pious or Clintonesque, Mr. Flemming convinced me he was serious when he then suggested in some detail what punishment I might inflict upon him were he lying about this. For reasons of taste and non-violence, I will not disclose these specifics beyond noting this suggestion concluded

with this email as evidence, no court would convict you.

More Flemming:

man, is it hard to deny something like this. funny. i have no idea how to be shermanesque about it. everything i could say would also be what i’d say if i were trying to fool people. curse you, lg15!

seriously. you can [reference to previously suggested punishment] if i’m lying to you.

JF: I am totally saving this email, but mostly because it’s hilarious.

As the blog post says, people have talked about having talks with some sort of quasi-production team/company invovled with lg15. But [I] have hit a brick wall in trying to figure out names.

Commenter on my blog suggests annie kehoe looks like bree.

BF:

no, definitely not annie, who is a friend.

she’s a fine actress, but she’s about 6 feet tall and just looks very different from Bree.

I’m gonna feel bad criticizing them if it turns out to be some young upstart theater troupe or something. it’s really impressive what they’ve pulled off if they aren’t experienced professionals.

I totally agree with him on that point.

Flemming’s parting request:

if you ever talk to the real bree, will you let her know i’m serious about reading her for danielle?

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Reader Comments

Ted

August 30, 2006 03:50 PM

I am mystified by the whole fascination. These videos are boring and uninteresting.

milowent

August 31, 2006 01:50 AM

Mr. Fine - The Flemming theory was absolutely ridiculous from the start. the lg15forum is adrift with conspiracy theories -- someone named "cassie" is mentioned in the last video, and there's a huge unbelievable thread based on that.

What about this talent agency signing thing you wrote about a few days ago? What's the deal on that? We know that Bree & DB are in california now.

Jon Fine

September 1, 2006 04:08 PM

Milowent:

I, for one, eagerly await the "Cassie" plot twist--and the notion that made it a stealth marketing vehicle for Cassie the performer got a giggle out of me.

My column this week (go to http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_37/b4000039.htm) has, unfortunately, everything I know thus far and as explicit as I can make it, given promises of anonymity it sometimes requires to get people to talk. I've yet to find out if Bree and Daniel have already (presumably quietly) signed up with an agency, although people are interested and the hunt goes on.

Jon

publiceye

September 4, 2006 11:51 PM

Happy Labor day! Today's vlog was the real setup to the story arc. She's getting ready for some sort of religious ceremony??!!! Well there's no cute purple puppet here is there? There's considerable debate to the 10-12-06 (Alister Crowley's Birthday) cookie rating video as to the timing of the climax.

So it's revealed itself up as truly a fake, the only remaining mystery is who's behind it - and what the heck are they selling? Movies? Video Games? Satanism?

Some has gone so far to suggest a Blair Witch ending - where she goes to the religious ceremony and drops off the face of the earth. NICE WRITING!

The real question is - why hasn't one of her real high school classmates ratted her out by now?

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