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Music Video: Times New Viking: No Room To Live

12 April 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Here’s an interestingly animated music video for the song “No Room to Live” by indie rock band Times New Viking. While a live-action sequence was co-directed by Pelham Jonston and Brandon Reichard, about 40 artists from Ohio were asked to contribute a few animated frames to be laid over the live action. While many artists took a rotoscoped approach to their frames, several went off and produced wholly unconnected images. The end result is a cheerful, colorful video that zips by at a breakneck pace, which is somewhat at odds to the pace of the actual song.

This video was brought to my attention by artist Michael Neno, who contributed 12 frames that start at the 1:00 mark. Michael is an old pal of mine who introduced me to world of comic book fandom way back when I was a wayward youth. Actually, Michael’s approach to creating and critiquing art »

- Mike Everleth

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2011 TromaDance: Official Selections

1 April 2011 11:51 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

On April 22-23, Asbury Park, NJ will once again be taken over by the most toxic film festival in the world! (That’s a good thing.) The 12th annual Tromadance is two days and nights filled with depraved cinematic abuses that will leave you a shattered, emotional wreck. (That’s a good thing, too.)

This year, the fest will screen three feature films, a buttload of shorts, plus two mini-retrospectives.

The features are: 1. Drew Bolduc and Dan Nelson‘s gonzo The Taint, a social satire filled with so much gore and sexual degeneracy you might want to wear a raincoat to the screening; 2. Joshua Grannell‘s horror spoof All About Evil, starring Natasha Lyonne and Cassandra Peterson about a psychotic film auteur who kills people on camera; 3. Miguel Angel Vivas’ brutal assault film Kidnapped.

Some of the short film highlights include Victoria Cook‘s triumphant return to Tromadance with Devil »

- Mike Everleth

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Features Announced for 2011 Tromadance Film Fest

24 March 2011 3:51 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

It was announced today by Tromadance Program Director Jonathan Lees that the feature film selections for the Tromadance Film Fesitval (April 22-23 in Asbury Park, NJ) will be Drew Bolduc and Dan Nelson's The Taint, Joshua Grannell's All About Evil, and the East Coast premiere of Miguel Angel Vivas' Kidnapped.

Also, TromaDance will host a special block of New shorts from Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton, who will present "Guard Dog Global Jam", "The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger", and "The Flying House". These films represent the eclectic mix of innovation and independence which makes Tromadance a truly visionary festival. You can learn more about the features and shorts at

TromaDance is the first film festival wholeheartedly devoted to filmmakers and fans. Unlike every other film festival, TromaDance does not charge filmmakers to submit their films. Entrance to all screenings is free and open to the public. »

- The Woman In Black

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Hayek and Crew Pool Best of Best For Animated Version of 'The Prophet'

8 March 2011 3:40 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

This was a piece of last week's news that we're getting to late - but is worth highlighting. It’s been reprinted 163 times, sold over 100 million copies and translated into over 40 different languages, so it comes as no surprise that, in an era of Hollywood producers scraping the bottom of the barrel for new ideas, a hugely popular book like Khalil Gibran’s masterpiece The Prophet will be adapted for the big screen. Deadline is reporting that Salma Hayek, operating under her Ventanarosa Productions banner, has partnered with Clark Peterson and Ron Senkowski to produce an animated feature based on the book of 26 poetic essays. Hayek’s producing partner, Jose Tamez, will executive produce along with William Nix and co-financing from Steve Hanson. As each essay deals with such differing topics as joy to death and religion to beauty, The Prophet will get produced along the same lines as Fantasia and Paris, »

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Salma Hayek to Produce Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet as Animated Feature?

7 March 2011 3:46 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

“And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.”

Well, sorry Kahlil Gibran, but they obviously have plans to direct your The Prophet!

Salma Hayek and her Ventanarosa Productions have teamed up with Clark Peterson and Ron Senkowski to produce an animated feature based on Gibran’s beloved book.

According to the latest reports, the intention is for different directors to helm each chapter, with “an interconnecting theme and a musical through-line.”

And we have quite interesting team on board, or, should we say that these are just expectations from this project at the moment?

“It is well to give when asked but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.”

So, here are filmmakers expected to participate so far: Sylvain Chomet (“The Triplets of Belleville”), Kunio Kato (“Tsumiki no ie”), Oscar-winner Chris Landreth (“Ryan”), Tomm Moore (“The Secret of Kells »

- Fiona

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SXSW 2011 – Announcing Midnight Features & Shorts

11 February 2011 9:00 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

SXSW Film Festival Announces Midnight Features & Shorts

Austin, TX – Today the SXSW Film Festival revealed their Midnight Features & Shorts program.

The Midnighters section of SXSW is known for premiering the work future stars of the horror genre. Filmmakers Eli Roth, and Ti West, are a few notable directors who have had their films screened during the Midnight Features.

”Our midnight programs are the bloody, beating heart of SXSW,” said SXSW Film Conference & Festival Producer Janet Pierson. “Since the beginning, midnight films have been an essential ingredient to what makes SXSW so exciting and fun, and this year’s selections are no exception.”

Out of over 3000 short films submitted, only 150 were chosen, and will screen as part of twelve overall shorts programs.

“After months of reviewing a record number of submissions, we’re tremendously happy to share the final program,” said Shorts Programmers Claudette Godfrey and Stephanie Noone, “The short films »

- Albert Art

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