Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas from Gen-Y Films and may your New Year be head and shoulders above the last. Muhahahahahahaaha!

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Black Sunshine: Conversations with T.F. Mou DVD promo is all done and hopefully will give you a good idea of what to expect come early next year.

The special features will be quite extensive, an entire second disc jammed with two and a half hours worth. There will about around half hour's worth of deleted scenes and unused interview clips for starters. As I compiled enough to make a two and a half hour film if I wanted to be more self indulgent, there was a lot of stuff that was cut or unused but I think is pretty interesting. There also will be a revealing look at the night of the premiere and my edit of the entire Life in a Day shoot as seen on YouTube edited together into one piece. Also included will be old 2008 short Conversations with T.F. Mou of course and the "Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude" video made with friend Pei-yeh Tsai. Also included, like The Big Toe was on my Two Short Films disc, is my Aquatic Observations short from 2003. The first two "AO" (as I used to call them) shorts will be cut together into one film.

One interesting feature that will be on the disc I have barely mentioned are a pair of ephemeral shorts I discovered via the glorious public domain world of archive.org while editing Black Sunshine. The first is Experiments in the Revival of Organisms and is about a bunch of experiments conducted on freshly dead dogs involving revival from the dead, the creepiest bit is a scene where a dog's severed head is kept alive (did a drawing of it here). The authenticity of this documentary short is disputed but the experiments did actually take place at some point, what is depicted in the film could be a staged reenactment, but the film on the whole is a deeply unsettling experience with a stark tone and Eraserhead-like black and white images. Also on the disc is a short called My Japan, an anti-Japanese propaganda piece made late during the war in early 1945 to promote the buying of war bonds. Resorting to the racist "whites as Asians" caricatures Hollywood pop culture was not above at the time, it depicts what is allegedly the "true point of view of the Japanese" and indeed, is something of a grotesque exaggeration of the truth.

As promised, I will also be doing a slight redo of Two Shorts Films with an added Easter egg (imagine exaggerated puppet moaning in your head and you'll get the idea) and the Little Red Riding Hood making of stuff redone as well as added menus. This and the Black Sunshine disc set will be discounted if you buy them together. The Black Sunshine: T.F. Mou set will cost $15 for the normal version and $25 for the special "limited collector's edition" signed by T.F. Mou and me which there will only be two dozen units of.

In other news, once again, donate to Alison in Wonderland on Kickstarter using the widget on the right if you can. I am not making a big long promo video after all. Sadly the footage came out a little blurry because I used autofocus and I don't feel like shooting it again and working so hard on a video that may not even pay off. It's probably a good idea anyways as the big long 10 minute presentation I was planning on making may be off-putting for more casual viewers anyways. I will be making a shorter, soundbytier video in the next week or so.

Monday, December 06, 2010

A couple minor updates. First off, another reminder to, if you possibly can, donate to Alison in Wonderland on Kickstarter (the widget on the right)! 10 days in and no money yet!


I have renamed my home video label, formerly titled Ephemeral DVD (after the "ephemeral film" genre which I like). It is now called Metacomet Video after the real life doomed Wampanoag Chief and Horror Colony supporting character better known as King Phillip. The logo has been redesigned as seen above.

I will be shooting the Black Sunshine: Conversations with T.F. Mou DVD promo and Alison in Wonderland fundraiser video soon.

Also for anyone living in Plymouth, Massachusetts or nearby, starting tomorrow, there will much J.L. Carrozza related material airing on PACTV Channel 13 including the first ever airing of Black Sunshine: Conversations with T.F. Mou. It will be aired both in its entirety and in two parts. They will be re-aired several times in the subsequent weeks, same time, same channel.
Two Short Films by J.L. Carrozza-  Tuesday 12/07/2010 at 10:30 pm
Black Sunshine: Conversations with T.F. Mou- Thursday 12/09/2010 at 11:00 pm
Black Sunshine: Conversations with T.F. Mou (Part I)- Friday 12/10/2010 at 10:30 pm
Black Sunshine: Conversations with T.F. Mou (Part II)- Saturday 12/11/2010 at 10:30 pm

The version of Black Sunshine shown on PACTV is the censored "R" level version. All the nudity has been optically obscured (a real pain in the butt) and the worst of the violence has been obscured with freeze frames. I know, but the Vatican's orders.. Actually, I got in a heapin' helpin' of trouble years ago for airing the Shaw Brothers cult flick The Killer Snakes and have since been a little bit on the careful/paranoid side. You can air whatever you want but people can also flood the station with angry complaints as much as they want. I'd rather avoid that.