Friday, February 21, 2014

Gonzomentary is on hiatus, please subscribe to Aimless Insanity

Gonzomentary is on an indefinite halt on production. I've suspended the brand because the three of us who it takes to really create the "gonzomentary" style are currently unable to work together because life happened. Perhaps someday we will continue where we left off.

This does not mean that the Unkle Binky movie is cancelled. There is still work going into it, but not as quickly as we had hoped. It is still coming, it just may not be this year.

In the meantime, you can get the same brand of humor at Aimless Insanity.  


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Funtown Burning: The Legend of Unkle Binky

Gonzomentary.com along with Mythos Media are "proudly" announcing a new film "Funtown Burning: The Legend of Unkle Binky."

On September 12th, 2013 residents of Seaside Heights, NJ witnessed their beloved Funtown Pier burn into ash.  Upon investigation, authorities located the origin of the fire to a small shack underneath the pier. In this shack was a fireproof safe, which kept inside it secrets of the man who lived there; Unkle Binky, a performing hobo clown who had tried many times to become a star, but due to his criminal history and offensive behavior never saw his name in the spotlight.

This documentary will penetrate deep into the dark hole of Binky's elusive and confusing life, his backstory and current whereabouts, and an eerie narrative of this characters ability to possess the actors who portray him.


Gonzomentary.com & Mythos Media
present
A Documentary
by Daniel Dw
FUNTOWN BURNING
The Legend of Unkle Binky
2014


== MORE NEWS ===

Gonzomentary.com also announces the launch of our new patreon account, which will provide paying subscribers with monthly exclusive content including our short films from film festivals that were never released online, sneak peaks and behind the scenes footage from our upcoming projects, special rewards and ways you can get involved with our creation process.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

MAXiMUM IMPACT headlines PFAF

I just received word that MAXiMUM IMPACT is headlining the Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival.  This is a 10-minute short film that was produced in 21 days for the Project Twenty1 21-day film competition.  This means that it was written, shot, edited and exported in three weeks after we received the "secret element" - which is a plot device that your film needs to center around or at least refer to. This year was "cell."  Which was used 6 different ways in our film, but only mentioning it once.

SHOWTIMES AND TICKETS

Showtimes and Tickets are available at the International House Philadelphia box office and at this link.
$10 ticket, which includes 78 minutes of short films.
Premiering at International House Philadelphia, Sunday Sept. 29, 2013 at 5pm during a showcase of short films as a part of the Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival and Project Twenty1.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

MAXiMUM IMPACT: A group of "maximum humans" and a scientist take on the evil secret shadow government agency: T.H.A.Y.
Genre: Action/Comedy
Runtime: 00:09:59:11
https://www.facebook.com/MaximumImpactMovie

ABOUT THE CREATORS

Directed by and Starring Jason Heffner
Jason is a stand-up comedian, independent filmmaker and a 7-year Project Twenty1 veteran, his films include "God Said No" (2012), "Total Rewrite" (2011) and "Indiewood"
https://www.facebook.com/DroptheHATpage

Written, Co-Directed, Edited and VFX Design by Daniel Dw
Daniel is a video editor and VFX designer as his profession and a scriptwriter and independent filmmaker in his spare time. His comedy mockumentary film "Clark: A Gonzomentary" has previously received awards including "Best Actor," "Best Writing" at LA WebFest and nominated for "Best Documentary" at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark:_A_Gonzomentary

Stunt Choreography by and Starring Jae Greene

Jae is a stuntman and actor trained in various martial arts, parkour and tradition and HK style stunts. His martial arts training includes capoeira, wushu and tae kwondo. His credits include big budget blockbuster films, hit tv shows, independent features and music videos.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3239613/

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Maximum Impact ad campaign

My short film Maximum Impact is premiering at the Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival on Sept. 29th, 2013 at the International House Ibrahim Theater at 3701 Chestnut st. Philadelphia.  While there is also a blog written from the perspective of one of the protagonists, I'm also making vintage ads for some reason. 





Saturday, August 24, 2013

Maximum Impact

While Gonzomentary is really at an indefinite hiatus since James has moved away and William is hiding in the jungle of West India ala Colonel Kurtz, I'm continuing to make comedy projects. Because that's just what I do. Gonzomentary was fun, we've collected a handful of awards and nominations, but it's time to move on.  I'm no longer going to film festivals with it because I think it's run it's course and I am completely sick of it.  If you want to watch it, it will be available through this site for a $1 purchase in the near future. Otherwise the episodic web series is free on this site, though it lacks a lot of things from the movie.

Anyway, on to the next project; Although I can't show you the full short film yet due to film festival rules, I can show you the trailer. This is the first project I've done without William or James that I actually like.  I wrote, edited, co-directed and did the effects for this film, "Maximum Impact", starring Jae Greene, Jason Heffner and Kealani Marie and directed by Jason Heffner.

It is premiering at the Project Twenty1 film festival September 26th through the 29th.  This was a 21 day film competition and the secret element required for each film to use was "cell."

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Gonzo Film Festival Experience

We're adding another laurel to our movie's resume.

Somehow we were nominated for the "Best Documentary" category, does that mean that everything was actually real? Or has this movie become sentient in some weird way and it's trolling us now?

First I want to thank the people at The Philadelphia Independent Film Festival for showing our movie and doing a really great job, and thanks to everyone who came out and supported us. Now that that's over with, I'm going to do what I do best; complain.

For a few weeks before the festival, our name was misspelled all over the place. People thought it was "Clark: A Gonzometry" and not "Gonzomentary" and that phone conversation went like this:

DUDE
"This is (so and so), can I help you?"

ME
"Yeah, the name of my movie is misspelled, it's 'Gonzomentary' not 'Gonzometry'"

DUDE
"What?"

ME
 "'GON-ZO-MENT-ARY' not 'GON-ZOM-ET-RY.' What the fuck does 'Gonzometry' mean? 'Gonzometry" isn't even a word! Why can't people spell the made up word I created correctly?"

DUDE
"I really don't know what you're talking about, gonzom-what? Who is this and what do you want?"

ME
"This is DANIEL and I made 'CLARK: A GONZOMENTARY' and it's misspelled on the schedule and websites for the film festival!"

DUDE
"Okay... so? What do you want me to do about it?"

ME
"SO? This is IMPORTANT! I want you to FIX IT!"

DUDE
"I'm sorry sir, I can't do anything about the title of your film. Please do not abuse 9-1-1."

ME
"BUT THIS IS AN EMERGENCY!"

DUDE
(hangs up)

Then to make it simpler they dropped the "Clark: A" and shortened it to "Zometry" which sounds like a film about zombies doing geometry, or zombie poetry. Either way, the concept sounds like the next logical step in zombie movies. Maybe they thought it was "Zoometry" which is the study of the sizes of animal parts, which probably should have a documentary created for education purposes.  Hmm... my gears are turning.

The night of the screening started out great. The Franklin Institute decided to enhance the entire experience last minute by closing the main entrance forcing people to go through a small side door that had no markings of an entrance that lead people on their way through a labyrinth. They also wanted to make it more fun by taking down and ripping signs directing people to the theater. So many people got lost and never surfaced to the event. An event, I want to add, that wasn't just screening our movie, but others as well, an event that the Franklin Institute never bothered to advertise unlike the other venues involved.

Shown: Hoards of eager fans and curious critics
rushed in to fill the seats of the theater
All in all the graciousness of the Franklin Institute hosting abilities really made us feel like we were being taken seriously because whenever I go watch a film I definitely expect the four things that Franklin Institute did so well to help make happen:

A) Not know where to go to find the theater the movie is playing in.
B) Have a staff that doesn't have a clue that the film is playing or that the event is happening.
C) Be directed incorrectly to the location of the theater.
D) Have to take 2 elevators, two flights of stairs, circle around to make u-turns, go down long hallways and multiple rooms to get to the theater that was hidden upstairs in a corner with no easily visible signage.

One person who couldn't get through the maze asked me later if this "movie screening" was just a prank I was pulling to add to the mystique and faux myth of Gonzomentary. So I would again just like to thank the Franklin Institute for being so unique in the way they host what one of them called "less important" events.

Apparently an "important" event was a bunch of snobby rich people viewing show cars for a benefit for victims of cerebral palsy. Even though people with cerebral palsy can't usually drive - but they can watch movies. Therefore I feel that Clark: A Gonzomentary has done much more to benefit people with cerebral palsy than this "United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia" group could ever do or has done.

We don't have many pictures from the event, because it was so uncomfortable for us to watch that we ran out as soon as we could. But to the right is a picture of me frantically helping the P.I.F.F. crew make "breadcrumb" posters to help people through the labyrinth which the employees at Franklin kept tearing down.

The projector was unfortunately pretty dark, so many scenes ended up being a black screen with blobs. Afterward Clark mentioned to the crowd that this was acting and he is not the same person as shown in the film, regardless of the fact that the night before he belligerently threw pizza on my floor and wandered off into the street at 3am screaming obscenities and woke up on Tito's outdoor steps the next day an hour before the movie started.

The idea that he was acting was negated however when we were nominated for "Best Documentary" which validates that everything you see in the movie was fact and true. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise, even though at another festival we were awarded "Outstanding Lead Actor" and nominated for "Outstanding Writing."  It's both reality and fiction, which sometimes the reality is fake and the fiction is real and the real is ... fabricated but the fabrications are like, true... sometimes... maybe. Kinda. I don't know anymore. I'm tired of talking about it. Leave me alone.

 We didn't win Best Documentary, but received an Honorable Mention, which I believe is either runner up or second runner up. Whichever, I'll take it, but I have no idea how this happened. I watched the movie and thought it was garbage. Seriously. I hate Clark. I hate Gonzomentary. I'm not being hard on myself. I am speaking objectively, it is a shitty movie, and the point was to make people believe a shitty movie was good or clever by attrition from authority.  I guess it's working, but it gives me the hunger to do something actually good and artistic, so I am. Look for "Zometry" in theaters next year.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Get tickets to Clark

If you happened to have not listened the 36 times I told you this last month, the full length movie, CLARK: A GONZOMENTARY is showing at the PHILADELPHIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL at the FRANKLIN INSTITUTE on FRIDAY JUNE 28TH at 5PM

We are pretty excited about this, so excited in fact, that I decided to photoshop some images expressing our excitement. (more below)

This is a fairly big deal, being that we were selected among thousands of entries from all over the world, and just 1 of 5 entries that are local to Philadelphia.  We will also maybe do the q&a panel afterward depending on whether we're feeling social or not. So attend, hang out, support local story telling and come to the after party with us.


>Facebook Event






but make sure you purchase the "individual ticket" and choose the following options:

Stop clicking... that is a screenshot. Go to the link.





Anyway, back to our excitement: 







Tuesday, June 11, 2013

New Trailers for PIFF


Trailer 1 of 5: "The Art Manager" explores J.C. and the trail of tears that he leaves behind him.



Trailer 2 of 5: "The Actor" explores Dave/Tito and the dichotomy of his character.



Trailer 3 of 5: "The Director" explores Daniel's explanation on the movie itself.




Trailer 4 of 5: "The Artist" explores the hidden importance of art and life.


Trailer 5 of 5: Main Trailer

Sunday, June 2, 2013

A Gonzomentary Truly Realized

Watch the trailer for the movie that critics have called "a gonzomentary truly realized"
(and due to the fact I made up that word I'm glad we were able to realize the word that I made up.) 

Clark: A Gonzomentary will premier Friday June 28th, 2013, 5pm EST at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia PA. 
Tickets available at www.philadelphiaindependentfilmfestival.com






Friday, May 31, 2013

Officially an official selection @ Philadelphia Independent Film Festival



Clark: A Gonzomentary, a movie that just seems to grow and from which I can't escape, has been officially selected to screen at the 6th annual Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, June 26th - 30th, 2013.

I've been told it is only one of five productions selected from the 400+ Philadelphia productions that were submitted. Since we all live in Philadelphia, J.C. and Clark may just be able to attend as long as they can get over their fears of leaving their home and wake up before 5pm. I on the other hand, am hesitant to commit to going because I despise this movie with every thread and fiber of my being.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

That thing we made was selected to a thing.

We made that thing and it's now gonna be seen at this thing, at a place, in about 30 days. 
More detailed things coming soon at an upcoming time sometime.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Abu Ghraib, Pornography, and Gonzomentary


The torture? A more serious blow to the US than the 9-11 attacks. Except the blow was not inflicted by terrorists but by American citizens.
Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo.


    It may be a surprise, but comedy often masks both deep and dark subjects. For a moment I'd like to peel off those layers of absurdity and silliness, and consider these things seriously. The following is from the book The Immanence of Myth (Weaponized), which allowed for Clark: A Gonzomentary to be shown in a number of college-level courses on these topics, along with this chapter. It is, nevertheless, not for the faint of heart. Proceed with caution.

    Several months after the atrocities at Abu Ghraib were first reported, a porn was produced based on the events that took place there. Some of the copy accompanying the video reads: “I'm sure you've seen the news where they had those prisoners on top of the box with electrodes and a hood on the person's face, and if they fell off they would get a zap? Well we did just that. We put her up on the box with the electrodes on her fingers and hood on her head and did everything imaginable to her in her jail cell.” I worked for a year and a half for a film rental, distribution and marketing company that kept itself afloat mostly through the porn titles. I saw material like this, and material far “worse,” every day. Rape porn based on real events, films based on cases of necrophilia and cannibalism, also based on true stories. These sold like mad, so much so that they required the least marketing design to help sell them. I want to focus on this one title but it is the tip of an iceberg.
    This particular title got me thinking about the psychology of vicariousness, which seems to underlie much of the “evil” perpetrated through passive rather than active participation, often revealed through art-forms that confront us with our cultural “dark side.” In this case, the revelation was embodied in the form of pornography, a simulacra based on actual rape and abuse, which itself doubtless didn't have the self awareness to recognize the power of its inadvertent satire. I’m not talking about the “dark side” from Star Wars. So-called evil rarely identifies itself as such, nor is it a real natural state. Much as faith and hope are psychological states which don't refer to anything empirical until they have, through their presence, rendered an empirical effect through our action. Through such “evil” we come face to face with the dark side of the moon, psychologically, which is never revealed to us unless if we ourselves go there. As Nietzsche rightfully recognized, this is not a safe exploration. You can’t do it entirely from behind a windshield; the “abysses we look into also look back into us.”

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

William Clark: Winner

William Clark: WINNER
We are proud to announce that LA Web Fest has recognized William Clark as an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy/Mockumentary web series. A much deserving award for all of William's hard work trying to convince people that this was acting. Congratulations to him and me, because as the director and producer, it's really because of me that he won that award, so arguably it's actually kind of just my award. So I would like to thank myself for being the brilliant filmmaker as the guide and vessel through which I successfully puppeteered a non-actor who wasn't acting to win an acting award.

Update: 2 months later I received this cheaply printed and poorly designed award on cheap paper mounted in a bent up cheap folder that was purchased from Staples.  And we deserve it.


Monday, April 8, 2013

The Perfect Sandwich


Max Velocity dedicates his life to find the secret combination of ingredients to discover what will ultimately become known as: The Perfect Sandwich

 

Hard Water: The H2O Conspiracy


In a world where the government controlled the minds of their citizens by injecting fluoride in the water supply, Elijah Wormwood discovers that it might not be the fluoride, but the water itself.