Started years ago
as a joke puppetry project (previously
), Fish in a Sweater
has developed into a quality series of comedy shorts
featuring roommates Chestnut, Tumble, and Fish as they navigate their mostly ordinary lives. The first episode is "Joyride"
(YT link), in which Chestnut deals with a police encounter.
The Big Picture: Hollywood's creative talent wants to be on cable.
'A decade ago, a host of studios and specialty divisions were making and buying movies, but only a handful of cable and pay TV outlets commissioned original programming. But today there's a huge array of cable TV outlets making shows. In film, many specialty divisions have disappeared, and independents have merged, so the number of studio buyers has shrunk dramatically.' [more inside]
from imaginative independent Argentine animator Juan Pablo Zaramella
), a short film using pixilation
(stop motion using live actors) to tell a light
humorous story. via Colossal [more inside]
, and previously
) is an Internet celebrity who's famous for his writing
, videos on Youtube
, personal website
, and game design
. The Platform Master
is a documentary that was filmed earlier this year about his life, and is scheduled to be released this coming summer.
This one time in Edo Japan, Bashō
got together with a bunch of his rich friends from Nagoya to make up a set of interlocking poems (renku
) — 36 of them, to be exact (a format called kasen
). Then, 320 years later, the complete cycle was animated
by a diverse international team of artists. [more inside]
and Alex Craig are a tag-team of independent filmmakers probably best known for their feature film, Machotaildrop
, the fruit of having won a million dollars in a filmmaking contest held by Fuel TV. That win was on the strength of their very cool short, Harvey Spannos
. Their most recent project
features the dread "Manwolf" gang from Machotaildrop and appears to be an ad for an eponymous skate shoe model that is being released by éS. Mammas don't let your babies grow up to be Manwolfs (sic, so sic, dude.)
is an Oscar nominated Greek film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Reviews
have noted its uncomfortable
blend of family, insanity, sex, and power. In interviews, the director touches on his thoughts behind the film and its creation. (1
Harold "Herk" Harvey
, a director of educational and industrial films for the Centron Corporation
, was driving through Utah when he spotted the derelict Saltair Resort
squatting on a mudded lakebed. The sight charged him with ideas, and when he returned home he recruited his Centron colleages and an unknown method actress
to make a psychological horror movie. The atmospheric result, shot over three weeks at locations in Kansas and Utah, was 1962's Carnival of Souls
. [more inside]
Jeff Lew, the lead animator on Matrix Reloaded, has after 4 long years of 14 hour days and 7 day work weeks finally completed his masterpiece: Killer Bean Forever
. This is a momumental follow-up to the previous two
short films, which were impressive projects on their own.
, Uwe Boll took on
four of his many critics
. The "Teutonic Terror" (an amateur boxer who spent months in training for the event) so throughly savaged
his opponents that three of them became gushing fans
. Sure, he exploits an enormous German tax loophole
to make dreadful films
, but maybe he's just an industry-savvy Ed Wood
. His most recent bit of empassioned lunacy
suggests so. Hell, he has one more doctorate
in literature than I do, and even the Wired guys though one part
Children of God film to premiere September 6 on HBO.
Filmmaker Noah Thomson goes in search of the young adults who have made a life for themselves outside of the controversial Christian cult "The Children of God
] Many children of this cult have failed to thrive in the outside world and committed suicide, unable to adjust to life in a society indifferent to their abuse as children. Premieres Thursday September 6 on HBO
. Link to trailer
(sound is low). Jane Magazine has an article
on the group and Noah Thompson in its June/July issue. [link to text and PDF scans].
JP Nicholas Reilly is a theatre (that's "thee-AY-ter
") artist who takes himself very, very
seriously. Most of his knowledge of the world comes from Hollywood blockbusters. Although his previous plays have sucked big fat hairy sweaty donkey balls, his latest production - about Hitler in college - promises to be his magnum opus.
And if that doesn't convince you, there's the wikification of the world, a phone call from Ira Glass, a Wii swapped for a Super Nintendo, and the Holy Fucking Grail. Watch.
Hero Tomorrow. Superman Returns
had a budget of $260M
. So what kind of superhero film can you make for a mere $100K
? Check out Hero Tomorrow
, making its big screen debut
next week at the San Diego ComicCon
Empire Online's 50 Greatest Independent Films
I had no idea The Terminator was an independent film but they explain (a little) how they choose the movies as being made with "an independent spirit".
And if you think they got some wrong or missed the boat entirely, let 'em know
. I, for one, wholeheartedly agree with #1
, though I'm sure some of you will not.
"What did you think of Seabiscuit?" the young man added helpfully.
Even the deadpan Jarmusch laughed.
's new movie (the first feature-lenght after 1999's Ghost Dog
, is "a droll, ironic look at two of our favorite addictions"
. The black and white movie (trailer here
) has a strange (or Stranger than Paradise
?) cast: Roberto Benigni, Steven Wright, Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Cate Blanchett, Meg White, Jack White, Alfred Molina, Steve Coogan, GZA, RZA, Bill Murray, ... Jarmusch's philosophy: "When you're watching movies, the guy's girlfriend calls him, she's having something bad happening, and he says, 'I'll take a cab. I'll be right over.' Cut to him getting out of the cab. And my brain always says, what about the cab ride? The incidental thing, the thing that's not the destination?
". (more inside)