Over the past few years, literary works by Tao Lin have gained increasing popularity, drawing thousands of fans to the unique worlds created in Richard Yates, Eeeee Eee Eeee, and Shoplifting from American Apparel. When Lin’s novella was released on Melville House, director Pirooz Kalayeh entered negotiations with the author and publisher to bring the project to the silver screen. Initially planning on a lavish budget with producer Mark Parsia (Co-producer, THE HUMAN WAR), the economic downturn catalyzed a new approach to the film that would utilize both documentary and narrative techniques to highlight writers within the virtual world (Noah Cicero, Brad Warner, Bebe Zeva, Jordan Castro, and Tao Lin) and incorporate new media and animation techniques to reflect the novella’s nuances alongside the current economic challenges of creating independent cinema.
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My friend James Roehl is acting in/producing this amazing-looking movie soon-to-be made movie. Previously on this site, James has allowed me to broadcast his incredible radio plays Space Nites & Randalph, Geoey, & Tommy. Anything he touches is golden, so help him out.
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At 6 minutes long, watching this entire film felt like an enormous task simply because I was on youtube. I’m so used to skipping between clips and such, but this short film about peculiar requests made by visitors to the Getty Images collection got me hooked. It’s a whimsical neo-animation adventure that plays in the sandbox of magical realism, alternative history, and historical memory. It ought to win some awards, or perhaps it has. Here’s some info:
Short and Sweet has teamed up with Getty Images to launch a film challenge with a twist.
Getty Images approached producer Basil Stephens and Short and Sweet founder Julia Stephenson with the idea of setting up a film competition which would make use of images in Getty’s Hulton Archive. Stephenson drew from her in-depth knowledge of the short film arena to suggest a selection of talented filmmakers.
After picking out ten up-and-coming directors, she gave them the opportunity to pitch. Four of the filmmakers made it on to the shortlist and got the chance to realise their ideas. They were given three months to create their films.
And here’s one that did not win, but is equally worth your time…