Saturday, August 27, 2011
Trust Fall - Curren$y @ Rock The Bells 2011
Edited & Photographed by CJ Wallis, @fortyfps
released via Jet Life Recordings
Just a few weeks away from a 60 day North American Tour, Curren$y breaks his ankle at 'Rock The Bells' festival in San Bernandino, CA. This event was the first time CJ Wallis had been hired to work with Curren$y & Jetlife.
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Sunday, August 7, 2011
Fresh off of the recent announcement that Dead Hooker In A Trunk had been sold to IFC, we can also announce that our YouTube documentary Please Subscribe, another co-production with the Twisted Twins, is nearly through it's final polish and now has distribution deals in place upon delivery of the film and, of course, after our 4 friends finally get to watch it. Here are a few stills in advance:
Please Subscribe follows four of the original four Youtube celebrities (David Choi, Daxflame, Tay Zonday & Happyslip) whose home made, lo-fi videos went viral and made them household names on the same level as any Hollywood star. The film explores “Celebrity 2.0” and the perks and darkness surrounding the effects of net success on their lives and the entertainment industry overall.
The film features music by Sean Hayes, The Belle Game, Tay Zonday, David Choi and the film's signature track called 'Half As Much' written and performed by Kaleena Goldsworthy of The Scarlet Ending.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Today is the former birthday of Elliott Smith whose discography is only shortly behind food and water on a list of what my body requires to function. As some of you may know, quoted from DailySwarm:
Shortly after Elliott Smith’s suicide was announced in 2003, the singer’s Los Angeles fans began to gather at Solutions, an electronics store in Silver Lake on Sunset Boulevard where Smith had once posed for the cover of his 2000 album Figure 8. The mural became a makeshift memorial, with many people writing notes, poems, and rememberances on top of the black and red painting. Ever since, the store has become a L.A. fixture, with thousands adding to the ever-changing collection of thoughts and tributes added to what became known around the world as the Elliott Smith Memorial Wall.
But [in the summer of 2007], the wall was defaced with a large graffiti tag. While many local residents were horrified by the vandalism, the tag remained a part of the Silver Lake scenery. Recently, the wall was hit yet again, with an even larger bubble-letter tag covering most of the memorial.
This latest affront to the wall inspired some local artists and Elliott Smith fans – who had already set-up a MySpace page devoted to restoring the wall – into action, and earlier this week the original mural was restored to its pristine state. The thousands of memorial tributes are gone, though the blank canvas is sure to be covered with words of love for Smith and his music again soon.We happened to be in Los Angeles with the Twisted Twins shortly after the recreation and we stopped by Solutions to briefly look at the new wall (which has been vandalized a few times since, once famously by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd.)
If you have not seen this Elliott Smith book by Autumn De Wilde, longtime friend of Elliotts and the photographer who took the original cover photo, it is an absolute required purchase and one of our favorite things easily.
The book contains hundreds of photos and candid conversations with those around him. Stories like this from the dress rehearsal the day of the Oscars broadcast where Elliott was nominated for his original song.
|LARGO OWNER MARK FLANAGAN AND AUTUMN DE WILDE, FROM THE BOOK "ELLIOTT SMITH"|
After confessing to Mark that he was terrified people would "call him out," Elliott stumbled out of Largo at 5am and re-surfaced later that night in a white suit on the Oscars singing Miss Misery.
Friday, August 5, 2011
|DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK, IN HONOR OF NOEL THINGVALL'S PODCAST "I HATE/LOVE REMAKES"|
It still hasn't fully kicked in that having Dead Hooker In A Trunk released on VOD means that now anyone at any time could be watching or posting their thoughts on the film. Some have come to our attention via the #deadhookerinatrunk hash tag that have been circulating around Twitter.
As with Assly, we will re-post reviews of the film that catch our attention. Most recently, co-host of the podcast I Hate/Love Remakes, Noel Thingvall/@NoelCT - a self-described 'Minnesotan who collects copious amounts of books, films, comics, and screenplays,' - posted an extremely impressive, thorough/thoughtful review of the film.
At one point, Noel goes on to compare Dead Hooker In A Trunk contextually to the impact and cult statuses of like-spirited films Evil Dead (1981) and Peter Jackson's Dead Alive (1992). Noel feels we have taken it one step farther and, when partially taken out of context, it makes a hell of a quote and keyword laced, Google-friendly headline!
Thursday, August 4, 2011
If working on Dead Hooker In A Trunk the last 4 years has taught us nothing else, it is the value of a title. Kristian Hanson's horror website Craptastic Horror - Where Horror Fans Go To Get Nutty is clearly no exception. Kristian is a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan and for those of you unfamiliar with the Cubs, here are the opening lines of the team's Wiki page:
and the Blackhawks championship banner is doing a good enough job at that #weareallcanucks
...The Cubs have not won the World Series in 102 years, a championship drought longer than that of any other major North American professional sports team, and are often referred to as "The Loveable Losers" because of this distinction.We mention this only to perhaps offer context or explain why Kristian hides his face during his horror reviews and records them with an endearingly foul-mouthed, condescending puppet sidekick named Assly. After hunting down a region-free DVD player and a copy of DHIAT on DVD, the horror version of the Odd Couple posted their review which - to explain it further - would only cheapen it
Monday, August 1, 2011
This clip was initially only available as a special feature on the Kickstarter Reward DVD we designed to give to the people who funded these videos. Viewers could use their DVD remotes to switch between the two available camera angles to edit their own version of the track. Now a select group of you can judge the job we did on ours!