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I'll be accompanying the Turnbull ACs tonight for one song at the Southgate House. It's a benefit to raise money for AVOC.
All 18 episodes of our 2007 Chicago Sketchfest series are now online...
#01 - Welcome to Chicago
Episode #02 - Energy Guys
Episode #03 - Keilly & Roeters (and Raimi)
Episode #04 - Ms. Chickaburns
Episode #05 - Emo Philips
Episode #06 - OneTwoThree
Episode #07 - Interview Style
Episode #08 - Freedumb
Episode #09 - Performance Anxiety
Episode #10 - Party Central USA
Episode #11 - Bathroom Break
Episode #12 - Triplette
Episode #13 - Guest Correspondent
Episode #14 - Now Fear This
Episode #15 - After Parties
Episode #16 - Sketchcore
Episode #17 - What do you love about the Chicago Sketchfest?
Episode #18 - Sketchubator
We also have some upcoming screenings:
Saturday, May 19 - Underneath Cincinnati
Best of 2006
The Carnegie Visual + Performing Arts Center
1028 Scott Blvd, Covington, KY
featuring screenings of Cheese Knives and Mustache of Lies
7pm, $10 advance / $12 day of show
June 2 - 2007
Cincinnati Fringe Festival
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
1120 Jackson St, Cincinnati, OH
featuring a screening of The Haircut
2pm, free with Fringe button ($2)
June 9 -
Cincinnati Fringe Festival
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
1120 Jackson St, Cincinnati, OH
featuring a screening of The Haircut
2pm, free with Fringe button ($2)
This Saturday, April 21, I'll be your DJ after performances by MOTH, The Melismatics and Stereo Deluxe.
3929 Spring Grove Ave (in Northside)
18+, 9pm, FREE
CityBeat's Best of Cincinnati 2007 issue came out today and they had this to say about my project, The Haircut...
BEST HAIRCUT: Always adventurous
Kendall Bruns cleverly and humorously documented his
efforts to find a new hairdo in his film, The Haircut,
which played at July's Lite Brite festival. The full crowd
at Lite Brite was charmed by the reality-TV-spoofing
flick - which found Bruns soliciting ideas for the cut
and then whittling entries down to a final winner -
and audience members laughed throughout.
If you're interested in seeing the 40-minute film, you'll have your chance this Friday, March 30 at the TuTu Gallery located at 1349 Main Street in downtown Cincinnati. The film will be screening on a loop during the Final Friday opening from 7-10pm. Also, for the first time, all of the entries will be on view.
Then, next Thursday, April 5th, is badonkadonk at the Northside Tavern (voted "Best Bar" by the readers of CityBeat) - I'll be your DJ playing a mix of classic, indie, pop, rock.
Finally, on Saturday, April 7th (my birthday), Bright Lights is taking the night off at alchemize (voted "Best Dance Club" by the readers of CityBeat) to present a very special guest... Girl Talk.
You should be checking the Pizza Inifinity profile on YouTube to see episodes of our behind the scenes look at the 2007 Chicago Sketchfest. In recent episodes we've interviewed Ted Raimi and Emo Philips as well as many other talented, less well-known folks.
Go to http://www.youtube.com/PizzaInfinity to see the latest.
Sorry for the lack of updates... I'm busy! There's new stuff on the shows page.
I'm heading out the door on my way to Columbus for the Mid-Ohio Con. I'll be working at the Devil's Due booth Saturday and Sunday.
I'm sure we'll be selling copies of that new Family Guy Vol. 3: Books Dont Taste Very Good that I did some colors on - also now available in a trade paperback with the all three issues.
Last night was a lot of fun - thank-you everyone for coming out!
This year for Thanksgiving I decided to make a sweet potato pie... and I made a little movie about it.
It took me a little over seven hours and it cost me just shy of $40 to make those pies.
Wednesday, November 22, is sometimes called "the biggest bar night of the year" and to celebrate, we're Bright Lighting it... on a Wednesday.
To make your night even better, we're doing a buck off all well drinks. $1.50 PBR, $2 High Life, and now a buck off your liquor-- ALL NIGHT.
I've worked on two new short films in recent weeks, Bloody Mary and Let's Spin the Night Together. Read all about them at www.pizzainfinity.com. Check the shows page for some upcoming events.
I've been keeping busy the last few days doing some video with the Sundresses at their Barkinghaus recording sessions.
I've got a few things coming up though...
Saturday, Oct 14 - Bright
Alchemize, 3929 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH
the best new indie rock, dance and hip-hop with DJs Nick Spencer and Kendall Bruns
no cover, 8pm-3am, 18+
Sunday, Oct 15 - Underneath
The Historic Southgate House
24 East 3rd St., Newport, KY
featuring a screening of Mustache of Lies
$5, 8-10pm, 18+
Thursday, Oct 26 - Taft
Museum of Art College Night
Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, OH
Calling all college and university students, faculty, and staff. Show your college ID and get free admission to the Taft Museum of Art for a special evening of art making, refreshments, tours through the special exhibition and permanent collection galleries, music from DJ Kendall Bruns and fun with your peers and colleagues.
5–8pm, FREE with college ID
Pizza Infinity has finished a music video for legendary California band, White Flag.
Who is White Flag? Over the years, several musicians have joined and left White Flag. Pat Fear and Doug Graves founded the band in 1982. The band's recordings or live performances have at one time featured both Ken Stringfellow (who appears under the name Kim Crimson) and Jon Auer of the Posies, Kim Shattuck and Ronnie Barnett of the Muffs, Jeff McDonald and Steve McDonald of Redd Kross, Greg Hetson from Bad Religion, Dale Crover from the Melvins, Eric Erlandson from Hole, Javier Escovedo of legendary Los Angeles punk band The Zeros, and Rancid's Tim Armstrong to name only a few.
So we had them film themselves performing the song in California and then send us the footage...
I'm going to be helping Nick tonight with the music selections at Bright Lights.
Drink $1 PBR all night... enjoy free Guido's Pizza at last call... plus you get Sara, Sonny and Jilly behind the bar...
Bright Lights @ alchemize
3929 Spring Grove Avenue in Northside
Open at 8pm, NO COVER
$1 PBR and free Guido's Pizza @ Last Call
...and if anyone could do that Audrey Hepburn dance that'd be great too.
On September 7th, 2004 I was the guest on the Josh Flowers Show, a public access talk show hosted by... Josh Flowers. This was the first time I met Josh and after our next meeting (on the set of a local indie short film shoot) we started writing Love Me Don't Sit on Me together. In the two years since then we've completed over 90-minutes worth of short films that have been screened locally and nationally, winning some awards along the way. Many of the films can be seen on our website, www.pizzainfinity.com.
Josh posted a more detailed blog about all of this on his MySpace page but here's video from my appearance on the show...
So to celebrate, I think everyone should buy a Pizza Infinity shirt...
Pizza Infinity T-Shirts!
Featuring the Pizza Infinity logo screenprinted on 100% combed cotton American Apparel Standard American shirts. Available in two different colors - black and army green.
order online at www.pizzainfinity.com
Once again, I will be (digitally) DJing at alchemize on Thursday nights with Jag Deep - now in their new Northside location at 3929 Spring Grove Ave (used to be Preacher's). The grand opening of the new space is Wednesday, September 6th with Band of Horses! Dirtybirdz starts September 7th and repeats every Thursday night thereafter - no cover. One of the big changes is that the new venue is 18+ so bring your recently graduated from high-school friends.
In Pizza Infinity news, our short film, Utter Chaos, is being released on DVD in October. Utter Chaos is an adaptation of a short story from the Students of the Unusual, a horror anthology comic book. We won the "Best Comic to Film Adaptation" award at their film showcase which took place at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC in June. They're releasing a special issue that includes a bunch of short adaptations on DVD. They've created a trailer to promote the release.
Here's our behind the scenes look at Making Utter Chaos.
If you want a copy of of this DVD the best way is to contact your local comic book retailer NOW and request a copy of the Students of the Unusual: Extra Credit Special #1 published by 3 Boys Productions - solicited in Diamond Previews AUG06 3554. It's only $2.95 for a 48 page comic plus the DVD and this will be the first commercially released DVD that includes a Pizza Infinity film - jump on it! If you don't know where your closest comic book retailer is call 1-888-COMIC BOOK or visit www.comicshoplocator.com
OK, next... the new issue of Cincinnati CityBeat is their annual State of the Arts issue and I'm briefly mentioned. I was included in their 2003 issue as part of their Next Influentials Arts Rankings. In the current issue they revisit that list... Young Influentials Take Root in Cincinnati.
Thanks to everyone who came to see and/or was just there and had to put up with the premiere of The Haircut last night - 400 people crowded into the ballroom at the Southgate House! Two other Pizza Infinity films are showing this weekend at Lite Brite - Exploded and Love Me, Don't Sit on Me.
It's been two years in the making but it's (finally) here - the world premiere of my haircut documentary is Friday, July 28th at the Southgate House as part of the Lite Brite Indie Pop and Film Test. The short film will be presented on a 25 foot screen in the ballroom between performances by Man Man and Danielson.
"The lighthearted, surprisingly suspenseful, sometimes insightful 36-minute film comes off like a well-oiled episode of a reality television program." - Jason Gargano, Cincinnati CityBeat
Read the entire CityBeat article - Man of the People
After the film, Josh Flowers and I will be providing video during Danielson's performance. AND we'll have Pizza Infinity shirts for sale!
We're doing dirtybirdz on Thrusday night at the Madison Theater after a performance by Voxtrot! Check out this cool poster Julie made... come dance with us!
I'm heading to California tomorrow morning for the San Diego International Comic-Con. I'll be with Devil's Due Publishing at booth #1732. Devil's Due is one of the top ten comic book companies, publishing titles that include G.I. Joe, Army of Darkness, Family Guy and Hack/Slash (being made into a film by Rogue Pictures).
Also present at the con will be Students of the Unusual (booth #5523), who will be promoting the Giant-sized Students of the Unusual Extra Credit Special #1 which includes a DVD featuring Pizza Infinity's short film, Utter Chaos, as well as some special features. I can't wait to meet these guys - it was a lot of fun making a film of one of their comics.
The Comic-Con is really a multimedia entertainment event and one of my favorite things about it is going to panels where filmmakers talk about their upcoming projects. I'm planning to see Robert Smigel (TV Funhouse, Triumph the Insult Dog), Samuel L. Jackson (Snakes on a Plane), Kevin Smith (Clerks II), Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko), Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant (Reno 911) to name a few.
If you're in San Diego for the con, come to the Devil's Due booth and say hello!
The Summer Underneath Cincinnati film series is tonight at the Southgate House and they're screening our short film, All Two of Us - PLUS they'll be showing our trailer for The Haircut - get a sneak peak at what you'll be seeing July 28th!
All Two of Us recently won "Best Picture" at Chicago's 48 Hour Film Festival. This is what CityBeat has to say about it...
"If you're into watching crazy people abuse each other (and who isn't?), then the ménage a trois of dumb, dumber and dumbest that is the film All Two of Us (pictured) might be for you. Created by the local cinema team Pizza Infinity, the short flick is a weird trip into the lives of three best friends and their psychotic adventures."
Cincinnati CityBeat, To Do List: Eclectic Images
PS - Mustache of Lies won the "Producer's Choice" award at The Best of Cincinnati's 48 Hour Film Project on Friday.
I'm pleased to report that our film, All Two of Us, won "Best Picture" at Chicago's 48 Hour Film Project. We also took home awards for "Audience Choice", "Best Use of Character" and "Best Use of Prop".
All Two of Us was a Pizza Infinity/OneTwoThree production. The short film will go on to compete on the international level.
The Best of Cincinnati's 48 Hour Film Project is this Friday and our film, Mustache of Lies, will be screened and in competition at that event...
The Best of Cincinnati's
48 Hour Film Project
The Carnegie Visual + Performing Arts Center
1028 Scott St, Covington, KY
$8, Friday, July 14 - 8pm
The 48 Hour Film Project has taken up a lot of my time over the last couple weeks. We competed and created films in two cities - Mustache of Lies in Cincinnati and All Two of Us in Chicago. All Two of Us won the "Audience Choice Award" in Chicago and will be screened at the Best of Chicago show on July 10th. There are pictures and fairly detailed accounts of what went down posted at www.pizzainfinity.com.
The 48 Hour Film Project begins at 7pm tonight. Josh and I have put together a strong team this year - we have a crew! I'm going to try to have the webcam going for a lot of the time when we're at my apartment planning, writing and editing - we'll see how long that lasts.
There are many many variables that make the 48 Hour Film Project a lot of fun and completely unpredictable but one thing we know already is when you can see the results. The films will all be screened at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center next week. We're team Pizza Infinity in Group C.
Our group's films will be screened at 6:15pm on Wednesday, June 14th and again on Friday, June 16th at 9pm. Admission is $6. Please come and see our film and vote vote vote for us (they do an audience choice award). Josh and I will be at the screening on Wednesday but will miss the Friday one since we'll be in Chicago doing the 48 Hour Project all over again with OneTwoThree. Isn't that just the stupidest thing you've ever heard?
movie in 2,880 minutes
Thanks to everyone who came to the screening last night! The film got a good reaction and the Greenwich is a really cool looking place - giant fish tank! Plus, they had free pizza which Josh and I have deluded ourselves into believing was a nod to us. It's happening again tonight so make it if you can...
The 2006 Cincinnati Fringe Festival is happening right now and our short film, Love Me, Don't Sit on Me, is going to be presented in the Celluloid Fringe screenings at the Greenwich on Monday and Tuesday night.
Fringe, June 5th & 6th, 8 p.m.
The Greenwich, 2442 Gilbert Ave
$12 / $10 with Fringe Festival button
festival passes also available
Cincinnati CityBeat - To Do List: Celluloid Fringe
There's been some recent Fringe Festival press. Check out this article from the Cincinnati Enquirer.
I'm not sure where the "three short films" bit came from. We're going to be showing Love Me, Don't Sit on Me - just as good as three short films.
Wanna see what it was like to film with cows and babies on set?
watch Making Utter Chaos - Quicktime(10.4 MB), Vimeo, YouTube
OK, so I reported that we were done editing Utter Chaos a few days ago but we changed our minds at the last minute and reshot some footage last week. Big improvements were made. NOW it's finished. Your first chance to see it will be at Heroes Convention Charlotte in North Carolina on June 30th. some pictures from the second day of shooting have been posted at at www.pizzainfinity.com.
A few more details about the 2006 Cincinnati Fringe Festival have been revealed. Love Me, Don't Sit on Me will be screened on June 5th and 6th at The Greenwich. More info has been posted on the shows page.
Many of you may know that my filmmaking collaborator, Josh Flowers, is in a sketch comedy troupe called Damn Handsome Men. They were even on the cover(!) of CiN Weekly a few weeks back. Also in the group are Richard Alcorn, Aaron Maas, Erin Schaur and Scott Spaulding - names you should recognize from their many contributions to our films. They have a show tonight at Union Station (which used to be Crush which used to be Plush) in downtown Cincinnati. Show starts at 7pm? 825 Main St.
1 - Some pictures from when I went to the DC Comedy Fest are posted at www.onetwothreecomedy.com
2 - We're done editing Utter Chaos - there are some pics posted at www.pizzainfinity.com
3 - Check out this Hey Clip Fan Site if you were confused about our last Making the Cut
We've been officially notified that Love Me, Don't Sit on Me has been accepted to the 2006 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. The festival runs from May 31 through June 11. This will be the third year for the fest which features experimental work in a variety of media including theatre, dance, music, poetry, visual art, film and everything between and beyond.
AND look for The Haircut to premiere on July 28th - details to come!
Things I learned recently... if you want to make a short film in a short period of time, you can have cows in it or you can have a babies in it but you should never try to have BOTH at the same time.
Tuesday, Josh and I filmed a short called Utter Chaos featuring Paul Kreft, Stirling Maas and Steve Groh. It's based on a short story by Terry Cronin, from his anthology comic book, Students of the Unusual.
pictures, etc, etc at www.pizzainfinity.com
From today's Press Release...
In the recently opened Mission: Impossible III, Tom Cruise runs around with a bomb planted inside his head. Cincinnati filmmakers Kendall Bruns and Josh Flowers already explored this territory nearly a year ago in their award winning comedic short film, Exploded.
Exploded, created as part of last July's 48 Hour Film Project, begins with the main character waking to discover a bomb has been planted inside his head. The same plot point was hinted in some of the Mission: Impossible III trailers but it wasn't until Kendall Bruns watched the film that it really became apparent.
Bruns says, "I cant believe it. Especially considering how we came up with the idea." The 48 Hour Film Project is an international festival and competition where teams have only 48 hours to write, film and edit a 4-7 minute film. Teams randomly draw a genre at the start of the allotted time. "Our genre was Action/Adventure and we tried to think of the most ridiculous idea possible. The fact that what we came up with has now coincidentally been used as a major plot point in what is sure to be one of the years biggest movies is pretty ironic. We spoofed the movie before it even came out... by accident," explains Bruns.
Flowers is equally surprised saying, "I mean come on, a bomb in the head? You wouldn't even see that in a Bond movie. Instead of just shooting the guy you perform surgery and implant a bomb in his head? Their version isn't even a comedy!"
Be sure to come to the Southgate House this Sunday to see Love Me, Don't Sit on Me presented as part of the Spring Underneath Cincinnati. In the meantime, you can now watch Cheese Knives online in Quicktime(10.4 MB) and on YouTube.
DC was a bunch of fun - thanks for asking.
W a-s-h i-n-g t-o-n, baby, DC!
I'm leaving tomorrow for Washington, DC and the DC Comedy Fest! I'll be traveling with Chicago sketch comedy group, OneTwoThree, who will be performing on Friday and Saturday night. I'll be the one with the video camera. Details below...
Friday, April 7th @ Flashpoint
Mead Theatre Lab, 916 G Street, NW, Washington, DC
9PM: OneTwoThree, Uphill Both Ways & Fearsome
Saturday, April 8th @ The Comedy
Ballston Mall, Third Floor, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA
7PM: OneTwoThree & Fearsome
If you live in the area come to the shows and say hello!
I've been voted "Best Local Artist" by the readers of CityBeat in their annual Best of Cincinnati issue. Thanks! If you're wondering what I've been up to you should come to the Southgate House on April 16 for Underneath Cincinnati. They're going to be screening our short film, Love Me, Don't Sit on Me. We'll also be premiering The Haircut this Summer.
The Best of Cincinnati issue came out yesterday and you can find it out on the street and around town. They also mention the 48 Hour Film Project and the 80s Pop Rocks show.
Alchemize won two awards, "Best Bar/Nightclub" and "Best Dance Club". Sooo... come to alchemize tonight and celebrate with me at dirtybirdz - Jag Deep and I play music every Thursday for your dancing pleasure. Music starts at 10pm, there's no cover and they have PBR drafts for only $1 each from 10-11:30 and Sparks are $3.50.
1122 Walnut Street
Underneath Cincinnati Best of 2005 is this Friday, 7pm at The Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, OH. They'll be screening our short film, Exploded, which won the "Audience Choice Award" at the Fall Underneath Cincinnati. Details can be found on the shows page. You can read an article from CityBeat about the show here.
You should really be checking www.pizzainfinity.com for updates about The Haircut. We have the first four episodes of Making The Cut posted so far...
You've probably been wondering what Josh and I have been keeping ourselves busy with since we finished Love Me, Don't Sit on Me. Well, I've mentioned on here that we're editing The Haircut and we've decided to give everyone a little bit of a peek at what we're doing by posting some little web-isode making-of thingies. They're all the rage. Check out the first installment at www.pizzainfinity.com.
Tonight and Thursdays hereafter, I will be joining Jag Deep in presenting, for your dancing pleasure... music. How's my grammar?
Upstairs at Alchemize
Anything danceable goes.
A little bit of everything.
Cheese Knives won the "Audience Choice Award" at last week's Underneath Cincinnati screening. Thanks for voting for us. This means we're guaranteed inclusion in the Underneath Cincinnati Best of 2006 which will be... in February 2007. But you don't have to wait until then to see one of our films on a big screen because the Underneath Cincinnati Best of 2005 will be held February 24, 2006 at the Contemporary Arts Center and our film, Exploded, will be screened that evening.