Greetings, readers. Let’s talk Troma. Now, I’m a fan of the Toxic Avenger and Sgt. Kabukiman, NYPD, and Poultrygeist was filmed right in my own home town. I’m not the biggest fan out there, no Troma tattoos on my flesh, but I appreciate most of their output. What I absolutely adore Troma for, though, is their commitment to independence. Troma has done wonders for bringing films to the masses that might never have been seen otherwise, and allowing entertainers such as Matt Stone and Trey Parker (of South Park fame) to get their foot in the door and build the careers they want to build.
As such, I want to talk about TROMADANCE. No, it’s not the new fancy-feet sensation that’s sweeping the nation (You’re thinking of the Toxie Shuffle), but rather an annual film festival organized by Lloyd Kaufman and Troma Entertainment, dedicated to “reel independence,” cinema produced by indie weirdos with a passion for filmmaking and a desire to tell a story.
It was brought to my attention that a subset of TROMADANCE, the TROMADANCE PRESS CONFERENCE, which will take place on November 4th, 2010, in the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel Press Room at 3 pm. At this conference, Lloyd Kaufman and a panel of celebrities will present the following:
- The Soul of Independence Award, which will be bestowed upon one young, deserving filmmaker for embodying the spirit of TromaDance!
- The first time presentation, to the media, of break-out filmmakers Astron-6 who were discovered at TromaDance 2010 and have subsequently been hired to make their first feature-length film!
- The state of independent art and filmmaking
- Why TromaDance Film Festival has moved from Park City, UT to Asbury Park, NJ
- Breaking news about the 2011 TromaDance Film Festival
- The premiere of the brand-new TromaDance PSA
All this is done in conjunction with the American Film Market, which, as I understand it, is a tradeshow for the people who get things done in regards film distribution deals, production financing, etc.
Since this is an extremely unique event, space is limited. Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Anne Koester, Troma’s Press Contact, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As someone who hopes to someday be presenting a film at Tromadance, I’m asking all of you who support independent media to support Tromadance. Show ’em some love, won’t ya?