Howdy doo my fantasticly funk-defied friends,
I bring you news of good things that have arrived and are still yet to come.
First I am pleased to announce that the pilot episode of “A Fool’s Idea” will be screening at the amazing Coney Island Film Festival at the end of this month:
Coney Island 2010 Film Festival
Sunday, September 26, 2010 – 1pm
Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave. 2nd Floor
It’s only 6 bucks to see a bunch of awesome short films during my block of the festival!
A FOOL’S IDEA – Episode #01 “What is Clown?”
Featuring: Christopher Lueck, Deanna Fleysher, Eric Davis, Jango Edwards, Jef Johnson, John Towsen, Michael Bongar, & Zero Boy!
This episode is an introduction to the featured clowns as wells as a exploration into the idea of “clown” and what it means to the people who have dedicated their lives to the art form.
Please visit here: http://www.coneyislandfilmfestival.com/programs10/program12.htm For more details on the specific screening and the other films that while be shown along with mine.
And here: http://www.coneyislandfilmfestival.com/ for more details about the festival.
I have never been to this fest, it’s supposed to be amazing and they say it might sellout, so click here for ticket information: http://commerce.pair.com/alhadeff/coneystore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=17&products_id=142
Please click here to RSVP on the Facebook invite: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=124949564224204#!/event.php?eid=124949564224204
I would also like to showcase the complete series of 30 Videos/30 Days: CHINA
Here is a Vimeo playlist of the entire series of 28 videos:
30 Videos/30 Days:CHINA, was a project I did in collaboration with Parsons New School for Design. Every year for the past three years Parsons organizes a month long trip to China in order to collaborate with a number of different Chinese Universities. The idea of this series was to create one video for every day of the trip that some how represented the experiences of the day in a creative way. For the most part the goal was achieved and actually exceeded, some days were so long and eventful there were multiple videos made and the final amount of episodes exceeded well over 30 videos. I managed to keep up the editing for the first 15 days of the trip while in Beijing, but as the trip moved to E-Arts in Shanghai the days began to get more complex. In order to compensate for these complexities, I had to shoot more video and the shoots got longer and longer. So in the interest of getting the footage, the editing had to take a backseat. The days in China were very unpredictable and I never knew which group was doing what or which group I would be following on what days. Every day was a new challenge to overcome and a new test in the endurance of producing a massive amount of content with out an chance for pre-production or planning.
The project resulted in a webseries that chronicles the experiences and exploits of 3 groups of students from Parsons School of Design. The New Media group, whose focus was on Design and Technology, while experimenting with different devices developed by the Tsinghua engineering department. The Humanitarian group, whose focus was on developing ideas and concepts dealing with Disaster Management Capacity Building (DMCB) and Migrant Youth in collaboration with Nokia and Mercy Corp. The Sight=Site group, focused on the creation of fine art under the Exquisite Corpse model. There were also non-academic days where most of the students had the day off, except for yours truly, so I went on a few adventures to make sure that I would have some interesting footage to turn into a video for that day.
Special thanks to my friends: Xuan Zhang, James Hung, & Lan Xi, without their help this series would not of been possible.
And lastly, I would like to announce the Internet premiere of my latest short clown movie:
The Love Story
This is the story of a sweet little clown, minding his own business, trying to keep his favorite park clean. One day while sweeping up the trash, he meets a lovely lady clown that may possibly be the love of his life. Shenanigans ensue when he attempts to woo her for her affections and some uncontrollable urges prevail.
Jef Johnson (Slava’s Snow Show & Cirque du Soleil)
as both the Boy Clown & the Lady Clown
ORIGINAL SCORE BY
Brian A. Bernhard