tagged w/ M Dot Strange
Sunday Aug 17th
111 Minna Gallery
If you would like to secure a space at DIY DAYS SF please register!
Tiffany Shlain - The Tribe, founder of the Moxie Institute
Caveh Zahedi - I’m a Sex Addict
Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer - Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea
Jason Harris - Mekanism
Brian Chirls - Three Eyed Labs
Jerry Paffendorf - Wello Horld
Skot Leach - Lost Zombie
Arin Crumley - Four Eyed Monsters
Lance Weiler - Head Trauma, The Last Broadcast
M dot Strange - We Are the Strange
Saskia Wilson-Brown - Current TV
Alex Afterman - Heretic Films
Slava Rubin - indiegogo
Scilla Andreen - IndieFlix
Tom Hicks - Caachi
Sara Pollack - youTube
Many more to be added so check back
SAN FRANCISCO Sunday Aug 17th 111 Minna Gallery If you would like to secure a... more
M dot Strange is a mixed media animator from San Jose, Ca. He recently singlehandedly completed an 88 minute animated film entitled “We are the Strange” which made its world premiere in January of this year at the Sundance Film Festival. A reviewer that saw the film M dot made in his bedroom with 9 PC’s over the course of 3 years said “it looked like something Hollywood would make for 70 million” He has recently been featured in the NY Times, ABC World News , Wired.com and his youtube videos have been viewed over a million times.M dot Strange is a mixed media animator from San Jose, Ca. He recently singlehandedly... more
There’s been much discussion about the democratization of the tools but what’s really involved in taking your film from a concept to something an audience will pay to see? How can you fight your way through the clutter and what are the pitfalls to avoid when you decide to go it on your own?
Mark Stolaroff (producer and founder of the No Budget Film School)
Arin Crumley (Four Eyed Monsters)
Ondi Timoner (DiG, Join Us, We Live in Public)
M dot Strange (We Are the Strange)
Hunter Weeks (10 MPH and 10 YARDS)There’s been much discussion about the democratization of the tools but... more
We Are the Strange focuses on "two diametrically opposed outcasts" as they "fight for survival in a sinister fantasy world." These two outcasts are an abused woman named Blue who has a mysterious degenerative disease and a living doll named eMMM.
The two meet in the Forest of Still Life, where Blue follows eMMM to Stopmo City on a search for his ideal ice cream parlor. Upon arriving in Stopmo City, they are caught in the middle of a fierce battle between bizarre monsters, making their progress difficult. Thankfully, a hero named Rain appears and easily destroys every monster that faces him. Blue meets Rain before he partakes in an "impossible battle against the source of all that is evil in Stopmo City." During the battle, Rain, along with Ori are crushed by Him after Rain states he wants to avenge his son. When the outlook seems grim, a fist made of aluminum foil breaks through the ground and starts the final showdown between good and evil. Six alternate soundtracks (+author's commentary), including soundtrack by Noise Inc. are available on the DVD. The music used in We Are the Strange Trailer has been made by chiptune artist YERZMYEY/AY-RIDERS (a cover of t.A.T.u.'s "30 minut") using ZX Spectrum computer.
M dot Strange has stated that he wishes to release the film on the Internet rather than in theaters as he will be able to retain all rights to his work, and any profits made thereafter (DVD sales, merchandise, etc). On July 16, 2006, in an interview, he said he was "trying to finish it in time to make the Sundance film festival". In an e-mail sent to suscribers on the film's mailing list October 26, 2006, he stated that "The film will be done in 2 months and will hopefully premiere at a fancy_pants festival in January...". According to M. dot Strange's blog he received a call from Sundance saying that We Are the Strange would premiere as part of the Midnight Movie Program at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The film was released August 2007.
The film has since been released on torrent sites with a Youtube video from M Dot Strange proclaiming this as a "torrentrical release" (a play on theatrical and torrent) that has helped increase his audience and, in turn, DVD sales.We Are the Strange focuses on "two diametrically opposed outcasts" as they... more
Phew. Arab film, UK contingent, Shooting People, IndieGoGo, several geniusses (genii?) including Ben Cerveny & Current's own Robin Sloan, M Dot Strange, Lance Weiler, the BSide folks, Brett from Wholphin, Timo Vuorensola (Star Wreck!) and a magic trick!
And that doesn't include the night's adventures.
Viva SXSW. Phew. Arab film, UK contingent, Shooting People, IndieGoGo, several geniusses (genii?)... more
Current TV has partnered up with 'From Here to Awesome', a new discovery and distribution festival launching in April, 08 @ venues across the globe (seriously... we're talking France, UK, Israel, Australia, Mexico, Canada and the US here).
Here's what they say:
Have you made a film you think the world should see? FROM HERE TO AWESOME is a discovery and distribution festival that might be the perfect system to get your film blasted to audiences in theaters, living rooms, online and via mobile phones.
All filmmakers are welcome to be a part of the festival. There are NO submission fees, and filmmakers retain their rights while receiving revenue directly from the distribution outlets. A wide range of major promotional partners and distribution platforms are on board. All we need now is your film. Please submit ASAP to give the festival?s audience time to vote your film into the April Showcase.
FHTA was founded by DIY filmmaking pioneers Lance Weiler (The Last Broadcast, Head Trauma), Arin Crumley (Four Eyed Monsters) and M dot Strange (We Are The Strange).Current TV has partnered up with 'From Here to Awesome', a new discovery and... more