Cannes– Ganja Blowout?– The TRUTH COMES OUT

Every year in May, Mum and Dud would fly off to the  Cannes Film Festival, leaving us in the hands of our 19 year old Austrian/French/Swedish au pair for three weeks.

We’d see them off, standing on the front steps of our house waving a solumn goodbye with  abandoned looks on our faces, and tears twinkling in our eyes.  But the minute the taxi turned the corner, we’d run inside, crank up the music, open dada’s prized Popov and Majorska collection (only the classiest vodka’s in the Kaufman houshold) and three-weeks of partying, boozing, and house trashing would begin!

All these years we thought WE, the kids were the badasses… turns out we were wrong.  Instead of slaving away at Cannes “peddling the goods” to pay for our tuition, as Daddy likes to say, Mom and Pops were partying it up with lesbo parades, all night ragers, and “ganja blowouts.”

Here’s the proof: check out this double interview of the ‘rents on MovieMaker about their 4 decades of Cannes experience:

Live from Cannes: A Tale of Two Kaufmans

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TroMOBILE- Coming soon to Comic-Con

Incredible art from genius Dennis Woodruff.    What we wouldn’t give for a joy ride in THIS:

We asked Dennis how he created this amazing vehicle, this is what he said:

I, Dennis Woodruff, was inspired to create my most challenging art kar yet, The Troma Mobile, by a dream I had. I was walking through the forest and all of a sudden I was surrounded by beautiful, scantily clad, wood nymphs and they were chanting “we need a new, car, we need a new car”. I had visions of gorgeous girls dancing around a fire in the woods and I was thinking, “how do I get that on my car” when all of a sudden Lloyd Kaufman and Toxie appeared right in front of me. Lloyd and Toxie both had glazed looks on their faces and they were whispering in unison, “make me a Troma mobile, make me a Troma mobile”. I was scared but Lloyd handed me $100 and I when I woke up I worked feverishly on the car for 93 hours until I collapsed. The rest as they say is history. I’m Dennis Woodruff and I hope to see you all at Comi-Con 2010. P.S. be looking for all the Dennis Woodruff titles being released by Troma.



Congrats to Dennis and his tromerific Chow-Chow doggie!

Congratulations Artists of Tromaville!

Congratulations to DAN SHECKLER whose Tromasterpiece TROMA IS BORN won 26.7% of the ballot with 559 votes.  Honorable mention to MITCH DOLAN, whose TROMA VS EVIL came in a close second winning 24.9%  with 521 votes.

We want to thank ALL OF THE ARTISTS for creating and contributing such amazing work!  We are truly impressed by your incredible talent.  We are touched by your dedication to Troma and telling Troma’s story!  We always knew Troma fans were talented.. .this is proof!

Huge thanks to everyone who voted and spread the word about this contest!!  We are so excited by your enthusiasm and interest in the our project!  YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!!!!

We also want to apologize for any confusion around voting in the contest.  As you know we’re on a shoe-string, pocket-money, poor student, starving artiste, melon-head crushing, budget.   So our tech is on the lower end of low.   If you have suggestions on better (and cheap) methods for polling please please let us know!


Stay tuned for info on the prizes and publication, along word on the next Tromemoir contest!!!

Lloydie’s Mutant Children ❤ All of You!

TROMEMOIR ILLUSTRATION ELECTION VOTE NOW!

Citizens of Tromaville!  It is time to cast your vote for the winner of the TROMEMOIR ILLUSTRATION COMPETITION Please check out LLOYD’S PICKS below, and then vote for YOUR favorite illustration in the poll at the bottom of the page.

You can also see a close up of individual illustrations on our TROMA FANS’ ART SUBMISSIONS page, where we have posted each illustration for you for your careful voting scrutiny.

Please bear with us, my little sissies and I are poor students (and in the middle of finals none the less, so while we aren’t working from our parent’s garage, we are working from various libraries and study rooms around campus).  If you thought Troma was low budget, you should see the Tromemoir budget — it’s on the meager pocket allowance Pops gives us.  We have been creative, and this is the best format we have come up with SO FAR! to host these types of TROMA ELECTIONS, so let’s see if it works! We’d love to hear from tech savvy fans with suggestions on how we can improve our technology (AND ON THE CHEAP!)

HERE IS THE LINK TO VOTE:



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One last submission

ERIC SHANSBY, cartoonist for the Washington Post, made this cartoon for the Tromemoir!!

Eric is the brother we never had– he knows Tom Lehrer, he wears bow ties, he tells vaudeville jokes and is a punmaster, he’s even a cartoonist at the Washington Post.   He was working on this for the last 72 hours straight.

HERE’S HOW VOTING IS GOING TO WORK

Citizens of Tomorrow, tomorrow, May 5th is ELECTION DAY!

Thank you for all the talented artwork we have received!

Tomorrow we will post a collection of Lloyd’s Picks, here in a post, on this very blog.

then YOU, Tromaville citizens will vote, also here, on this blog, for your choice for WINNER of the TROMEMOIR illustration contest WINNER and RUNNER UP!

That’s right, its up to you dear Fans, the future of the TROMEMOIR LIES IN YOUR HANDS

Next week, we will post the results!

LOVE your adoring Troma sisters

Trust Fund Babies Like Paris Hilton Finance Movies of the Future

Famed Filmmaker Geoff Tarulli is raising financing for his next movie, about our very own pops, LLOYD KAUFMAN!

” I realize pretty much everyone I know is just as broke as me, but I’m asking anyone with vocal chords to talk about this fund drive to anyone who might be able to help– you never know when you’ll be standing next to someone at a party who turns out to have a trust fund and Troma fetish….”  he tells us.

The good news is that other trust fund siblings such as Paris Hilton, Ivanka & Donald Trump Jr., and the Kardashian Sisters are all sure to be digging deep into their pockets to be big supporters of Tarulli’s Troma family film.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1904476054/movies-of-the-future-with-lloyd-kaufman-a-movie-ab-0

Bryan Land, this post’s for you…

The Toxic Trio Responds to a question from another Tromatic Fan Favorite BRYAN LAND
Question from Bryan Land;

Good morning, Toxic Trifecta:

Will the torchof Troma be handed to a new generation? Will it continue as a family enterprise?

Later,

Bryan Land

Good question Bryan—while Troma will always be synonymous with Papa Lloydie, his three Toxic Tots do hope to help keep the flame alive!  We want to help our old man keep spreading the word about Troma, and keep MAKING ART!

This book is one effort to do so.  We hope that by telling our Tromatic story, and getting Troma fans and artistes involved we can spread the word of Troma, spewing out to larger audiences—Sgt. Kabukiman projectile vomit style.

We hope to use our various backgrounds and abilities to keep Troma going and expand the ways in which Troma can make films and help other independent film makers follow their(wet) dreams.

We also need pops to pay for things like good ole education, and let me tell you, Troma films ain’t gonna pay the bills, so we got to go out and get ourselves a job.    following in the footsteps of pops, we want to follow our passions, do what we love, we all share a passion for creativity, a commitment to Troma, and of course a love for our DAD!  Writing this book is pretty much our dream job.

Response to a Few Questions

I would like to use this post to respond to a few questions posed by the lovely Bill Van Orden:

1.  “Did your Mom and Dad make sure that when you were DATING anyone, that your dates were interested in YOU all as individuals, and not just THE DAUGHTERS du TROMA?”

Fortunately, i don’t think any of us have ever run into a situation where our beloveds have appeared to be more interested in our hunky green brother than our blossoming minds.

In terms of Papa Lloyd’s wisdom apropos of  dating in general, perhaps this little tidbit will sum up Papa Lloyd’s wisdom:  The summer after 6th grade when I was away at  dance camp I received a postcard from my father with the following poignant and to the point message:  “remember , those boys want only one thing… and its not your tap dancing”.  keep in mind I was only ten and any boy attending this camp probably played for the team which considers sparkly shoes and jazz fingers the cat’s meow or the pot of gold at the end of a very flamboyant rainbow.

2.  “Will we see films directed by any of YOU in the future?”

While the following clip does not qualify as a film, it was created be a toxic apple.  Its a relationship portrait completed  for a film class at my university.  Oh, what a dream it would be to make it as a filmaker in this dog eat dog world…

We’re just Kids, LLOYD’S KIDS

WHO WE ARE: We grew up in a family of six: Mom, Dad, three sisters and The Toxic Avenger, a hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength. Our dad, Lloyd Kaufman, who created Toxie, is the founding president of Troma Entertainment, the ultra-low budget genre bending movie studio.

WHAT WE ARE DOING: We, Lloyd Kaufman’s Three Daughters are writing a TROMEMOIR, with art and sidebars from the dear TROMA fans that have made it possible for Troma to exist for over 35 years of producing truly independent film.

OUR STORY: This is a typical coming of age story: cult film maker specializing in big shock, small clothing, and 35mm gore meets beautiful intelligent southern belle debutante. Cult Film maker and Intelligent Southern Belle fall in love, raise three daughters according to a strict value system of manners, morals and education while producing “art” through explosive vomit and gallons of fake blood. Yes, dear reader, we are proposing just another feel good fantastical reality based chicken Indian zombie romance historical novel.

When we were growing up, press conferences in our house, CNN, mutants, fans with Toxie tattoos on their arms, the Wall Street Journal, the Cannes Film Festivals, movie sets, interviews and articles were all part of our typical day to day. Life revolved around dad’s quest to achieve success by producing independent art. In public Lloyd Kaufman put on an intrepid rebellious act creating a fantasy world where nerdy superheroes mixed with “Tromettes” who had little clothing but big…brains. But in an alternate universe, the dad we knew at home was a very different person.

When he wasn’t dreaming up radioactive superheroes, directing full head crushing scenes, or parading up and down the Croisette at the Cannes Film Festival with a gaggle of his characters and bikini-clad ladies, our dad and our mom were serious and strict, drilling into our heads the importance of excelling in school, getting into a top college, and succeeding in our career.

But when it came to careers, dad was the poster child for pursing your passions and staying true to your vision. He refused to sell out to Hollywood, and accepted the tradeoffs that came with being the underdog. We witnessed first-hand the struggle dad went through behind the scenes to succeed. He scrambled to piece together financing for his films, he felt excluded from Hollywood, he was tormented by feeling that he wasn’t appreciated; he constantly felt that Hollywood and the big corporate conglomerate America was screwing him over and pushing him out.

Indeed our dad broke a few child labor laws, having us work 18 hours a day as “actors” – for free. He enjoyed killing us (fictionally) running us through with samurai swords or in other various gruesome ways. Whilst he was exposing us to sex, violence and explosions of fake bodily fluids, our mother made sure our dad and she made those important sacrifices in order to give us a top notch education. They also took us all around the world to ensure that our upbringing included a world view…of course a Toxie mask would travel with us so our father could take photos of Toxie at the Pyramids, Toxie in Yemen, Toxie in Machu Piccu, etc.

IN CONCLUSION The toxic avenger is our dad’s story of a 98 lb weakling nerd who after being thrown into a vat of toxic waste by bullies turns into a superhero and is accepted as the champion of the very same community that once shunned him, stole his lunch money and beat him to a pulp in the locker room. This is our story of acceptance, and this book is our dad’s vat of toxic waste.

It all boils down to the fans, so we turn it over to you!  So let us know, what do ya think?  what do we need to tell you about the real Lloyd Kaufman??