Sorry for the lack of posting. Brutal ongoing health issue, and yesterday lost a good friend: died in his sleep, age forty. Great guy, a Native American Gentle Giant. Sorely missed doesn't even begin to begin.
When I did the premiere of 'Uncle Bennie Is Coming Home From Prison' in February he ended up with the Blue-Ray from the theater (fitting: he used to work as a theatre projectionist). And he kept it. And watched it at home, over and over; it is still in his player. R.I.P. Morris....
Uncle Bennie Is Coming Home From Prison Limited Run Private Show. So: thinking of Morris, here it is.
It is entered in several 'fun' Film Festivals -- hoping for the 'future Cult Classic vote -- but many of those decisions are not made until October. Don't feel like waiting that long for a Sneak Peak.
So: Independent Film. This is TRULY an Independent Film. No crew, no time, no budget (except for about $600 in props and bar tabs). Not what gets called an 'Independent Film' now, where you have half-a-million dollars from a Studio or Producer that wants a 'small film'. Closer in spirit to Seventies John Waters: just point the only camera and do it...
Flawed? Hell yeah. All kinds of decisions based on the limitations. But the important question to me is: Is It Funny?
I was very lucky to have talented friends who sacrificed their Time and Effort to make this happen. But: rather than just drink and talk about it, WE DID IT...
Is it 'obscene'? It depends. Explicit dialog, surely. But there is no nudity, and -- more Important -- there is no Meanness. So many films have the stock character you're meant to dislike, who serves to prevent the Protagonist from getting success: the standard device of the Romantic Comedy, basically. I find that trope artificial and boring, so I simply did away with it. Just follow the characters: the only things tripping themselves up is themselves...
For those who are not interested in seeing it, here are a few lines people will soon be quoting in everyday situations, just so you are in the loop:
"I'd cut off her panties with those little children's scissors. You remember the ones?"
"Yeah, I thought she was in there a long time. I just thought she had a bad case of the shits. It happens to women, too, you know."
"Does baby like the bubbles?"
"I already thought of that. That's why I shave my junk."
"He wears the brim low to disguise the beady rapist eyes."
"I got a fucking swastika tattoo on my shoulder!"
"You want to hot-wire a car tonight, Uncle Bennie? We could shoplift beer and candy from the Seven-Eleven just like old times, then drive around and look at girls."
"You 'dry' boys NEVER get it!"
"Daddy loves the peanut butter..."
"Two limes, bro!"
"Sometimes I think we are kinda gay, we just don't sleep with each other. And we like to have sex with women. Rather than sucking men's cocks."
"I don't know: it smells a little funky to me."
"Because chicks dig candles and shit."
"Prison Sex. I want good hard Prison Sex."
Stuff like that. If that scares you off, then it is probably good to be scared off. Otherwise: that's what you're getting into...
I am Laslo.