TURNING THE TABLES ON DAD or, directorial debut bossing around Lloyd Kaufman!

EXCITING NEWS! 

We turned the tables on old POPS! for the first time in the history of celluloid, WE directed and filmed DAD, LLOYD KAUFMAN in the new web series ‘RARE BIRDS of FASHION!’

Lloyd Kaufman in RARE BIRDS of FASHION

“Rare Birds of Fashion” is a new comedy web series written and directed by Lily Hayes Kaufman, about BRENDA (Jackie Zebrowski) and ALIX (Haley Rawson) two ambitious entrepreneurs who launch a plus size fashion line.  Meet Brenda:  http://goo.gl/pzSoH9
Jackie Zebrowski, Haley Rawson, Stephanie Gibson, Christopher Chwee, Anne Gottlieb, Nancy Opel, Zoë Geltman
Written & Directed by Lily Hayes Kaufman
Cinematography: Charlotte Kaufman
Created by Lily Hayes Kaufman, Jackie Schwartz
Produced by Patricia S. Kaufman
Production co: SATURDAY CANDY FILMS

This is a true family production.  Directed by one of us daughters Lily Hayes, and filmed by another one of us daughters Charlotte with a third one of us daughters Lisbeth on the still camera and the fourth one of us daughters (ahem, the beautiful WIFE! and Mother of the three daughters, Pat) Producing the whole shebang!)

so check out ‘RARE BIRDS of FASHION’

https://www.indiegogo.com/project/rare-birds-of-fashion/embedded/8208897

the day @lloydkaufman took over Instagram

Instagram was my safe zone.  It was my world I could disappear into after a long day of work where I always knew I could find comfort and solace in miniature pugs that look like ET

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or baby ducklings nestling with golden retrievers or fluffy Boo puppies snuggling with rubber duckies in a bathtub.

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And then came the day when my world was shattered.  I opened my Instagram to find the shocking news:  my dad had joined instagram and @lloydkaufman was taking it by storm, he had tagged me in a charming photo reuniting me with my long lost sister, Melvina — the resemblance is uncanny.  Goodbye puppies and fluffy kittens, life as I knew it will never be the same.   So go ahead, follow him.  Everyone else already is…

Reunited with Long Lost Melvina

Reunited with Long Lost Melvina

Toxie Teaches Bjarni Gautur about Censorship, the Environment and having a great Mom

TOXIC CRUSADER Bjarni Gautur writes about GROWING UP TOXIC on Marvel Toxic Avenger comics and Crusaders to working for LLOYD:  Life lessons learned from the Toxic Avenger about censorship, the environment and the importance of having a good mom!

My favorite Troma memory is probably when I got to meet Lloyd Kaufman for the first time. I grew up watching the Toxic Crusaders and reading the Marvel imprinted comic books (that were really censored when they were published in Sweden) and I fell in love with the great messages they were bringing forward into the cartoon medium. I loved the environmental message that the stories had as well as taking away the vanity of beauty. Most cartoons, even those who talked about the environment like Captain Planet, had things as far sighted with how the good guys looked good and the bad guys looked bad, so I can’t even talk about how awesome it was seeing hideously deformed mutants of superhuman size and strength be the good guys. With Toxie’s mom, of course. I still think more super heroes need the support of a good mom.

But I am getting off track. After a life of Toxic Crusaders in my youth, I learned of the actual Toxie movie at the age of 10, and finally got the chance to watch it 13, alongside the rest of the trilogy and I was Troma-hooked. Despite living in Iceland during my teen years, I ordered films off eBay and Amazon in order to make a Troma collection and during my first trip to the US in 2005 (for my 16th birthday) I ransacked a local Virgin (superstore) and bought their entire Troma stock of 20 movies, I would continue to do so during every trip I took to the US, fill my ratio of Troma related merchandise.

But in 2005, which was the first time I could really start building up my Troma collection, was also the time I got a letter from a Troma employee asking me if I wanted to play Toxie during the first Icelandic Independent International Film Festival. I was very lucky getting said letter because being a part of the generation that was born with the Internet, I found a way to send e-mails to everyone I wanted to talk to, despite social statuses or how big they were. Sometimes I would get replies, sometimes not. Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz and the Troma Team always answered my e-mails, even when I was 13 giving them bad plots to upcoming movies. It could have been an e-mail about me going to the bathroom but I would always get a very positive reply from Troma, telling me how awesome it was to hear from me.

And now, because of my e-mails I had sent in hopes of getting some more Troma films to Iceland (so that more people in Iceland could enjoy them), I was a candidate to help Lloyd during his trip to my hometown. I the first time I met him I think was at the screening of the first Toxic Avenger, the local cinema downtown had given the festival it’s biggest screen. I had brought a lot of friends whom I had introduced to Troma, and then suddenly while talking just how awesome this was, a small man walked in whom I had only seen in DVD intros and special features on his movies. There he was. The man who has inspired me more then even he knew.

When I was three years old. I had already decided want I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to make movies, cartoons and comic books. All featuring the same social commentary that Toxic Crusaders had. My dad told me that cartoons had environmental messages in hopes that the next generation wouldn’t be as bad as the generation before them and I felt that this was a worthy cause, teach by entertain. Kaufman was the hero when it came to this. Having obscene comedies always filled with actual good messages. Over the years, he had become one of the greatest heroes in my life.

And there he was, just walking into the theater. He came in alone, without introduction, just walked right in, something I wouldn’t expect from someone of his caliber. I felt like we were dealing with royalty, if my friend hadn’t pointed out that he just walked into the door, I wouldn’t even have noticed him.

I was the first to walk up to him, still in shock that I was actually meeting my idol, I might have actually scared him during out first initial meeting seeing that I just stared at him without saying anything. Finally I raised my hand as fast as I could so I could shake is and tried to introduce myself while stuttering and telling him how awesome he was. There were so many questions I wanted to ask him, stories I had heard about the films, little things I was curious about, but they were all arriving in my head at the same time, I didn’t know what to say. All I could say is how big of a fan I was.

Lloyd nodded, went into his man purse and pulled out a DVD for me. This would be our relationship for the next five days during the festival. I would try to conjure up some of the many questions I had about Troma, while he would tell me and my friends jokes as he would keep giving us DVD’s, very happy at the loyal fanbase that had brewed up here in Iceland and then we would walk in together to see a Troma film. Despite Lloyd introducing most of the Troma films and me being at most of the screenings. I only played Toxie once.

During the first screening of the 1984 cult classic in Iceland. Lloyd did an amazing speech on how the idea for the movie came and had a Q&A afterward, he had directed me on how I should act before we started and I tried to do it was well as possible. I didn’t want to screw anything up, but I was nervous. I had one line. A roar. I was suppose to roar when Lloyd asked me if there was anything that he forgot to mention, I did it right on que, and people laughed and clapped. The exact moment I did it I felt that I didn’t do it well enough, but everyone seemed to be happy, so I decided to join them with that emotion, wasn’t hard, seeing that I was standing next to one of the greatest directors of our time.

The next day I even got Lloyd to have a cameo in my first feature length project. A movie we were going to give to Troma the moment we were finished with it. Seeing that we did it at age 15, it was pretty good, we had a three act storyline, character development, decent gore and LLOYD KAUFMAN in a cameo. But the movie never did get a proper release, which is understandable, it was just made by some 15 year olds.

Charles Dickens once wrote something or other with the words “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” All I know is that I have never experience the ‘worst of times’ since. My days with Troma have always been my ‘best of times’. But, my favorite quote has always been in a rendition of the Bard’s most famous play, my all time favorite quote of course being “They found a peanut of DEATH!”. Great words, from the great masters of our time.

I am now living the dream in Tromaville, working with mr. Kaufman on his latest feature, The Return to the Class of Nuke ‘Em High.

Thank you guys for all the memories and inspirations.

-Bjarni Gautur 

Stay tuned for more to follow from Bjarni on his experience slaving away in Niagara, New York on RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH we hope!!

It’s Wedding Season at the Movies

Tromemoir Artist and Award winning filmmaker Onur Tukel’s RICHARD’S WEDDING opens this week at reRun Gastropub Theater
Check out the TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/38510145
RICHARD’S WEDDING is premiering in New York on June 1,
2012 and will play for one week at the ReRun Gastropub in Brooklyn.
RICHARD’S WEDDING recently premiered at the 2012 Sarasota Film
Festival where it won a special jury prize for best screenplay.

Trailor: RICHARD’s WEDDING

Where??? All the cool kids are in the know about the hip venue the ReRun Gastropub, but in case you are  an lut of towner looking for aome culture here’s the address:
Ticket Info:
When???
Date and Times:

Tix here: http://richardswedding.eventbrite.com/

You want more?
Onur Tukel (Writer/Director/Actor, “Tuna”) is a writer, director,
author and illustrator who recently co‐starred in the feature film
Septien (Michael Tully, 2011) released by IFC Films/Sundance Selects.
Tukel created 65 pastel and ink drawings for the film, which were
exhibited at the Pennington Gallery in New York in July 2011. His
first children’s book Little Friends was released by Marshall
Cavendish in the spring of 2012. Tukel also stars in Red Flag (Alex
Karpovsky, 2012) which premiere at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival
in June.  Along with Richard’s Wedding, Tukel has directed the feature
films House of Pancakes, Sergio Lapel’s Drawing Blood,
Ding‐a‐ling‐LESS and Sergio Lapel’s The Pigs.
Onur Tukel’s MOST IMPORTANT Film Contribution to humanity: Writer/Director, Troma’s SERGIO LAPEL’S DRAWING BLOOD

Toxie visits ancient Roman Ruins in Tunisia and frightens small children

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The family vacation is going great! We’ve been on the road since we got to Tunisia, traveling from the island of Djerba in the south to the desert town of Douz, checked out Sidi Bouzid where the Arab Spring started, and visites many incredible ruins as impressive as the structures you would expect in Italy!

We are slowed down because at every stop toxie makes an appearance, and a scene. People gather around, stare, sometimes they love it, love toxie, love the entertainment, sometimes small children are frightened

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Troma and YouTube give us something to be THANKFUL for

STEP ASIDE DISNEY, TROMA AND YOUTUBE STRIKE A DEAL
FOR MOVIE RENTALS:
THANKSGIVING ONCE AGAIN HAS MEANING
November 23, New York, NY – Greetings from Tromaville! Troma Entertainment has made a deal with YouTube to provide Troma movies for rental available immediately. The Troma Team has gone through great lengths to ensure a tranche of Troma films are made available for your viewing pleasure Thanksgiving weekend.  Rentals are for a 48 hour period during which you have unlimited replays, and start at just $0.99.  The following is the list of titles currently available along with their links, with many more to follow.

 

-Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jVhcfiVDAw
-Maniac Nurses Find Ecstasy:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1TFbH1WWqo
-Zombie Werewolves Attack!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbc7jRNxSaE 
-Not Another B Movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOang1eDjjM 
-Eve’s Beach Fantasy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLxnN5rKd6s
-Hemo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SweI6DH99fQ
-Holocaust 2050: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwc77qK2URU
-The Sexy Workout: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-_yMb5zdMU
-Spaceman!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEOGBzsCJ80 
-Killing Twice:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsY6YZJ6gmQ
Established in 1974 by Yale friends Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, Troma Entertainment is one of the longest running independent movie studios in United States’ history and one of the best-known names in the industry. World famous for movie classics like Kaufman’s The Toxic Avenger, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead,  Class of Nuke’em High, Mother’s Day, and Tromeo and Juliet, Troma’s seminal films are now being remade as big budget mainstream productions by the likes of Brett Ratner, Richard Saperstein, Akiva Goldsman, and Steven Pink.  Among today’s stars whose early work can be found in Troma’s 800+ film library are Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Jenna Fischer, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Costner, Fergie, Vincent D’Onofrio and Samuel L. Jackson. Visit Troma athttp://www.troma.comhttp://www.lloydkaufman.com, and http://www.twitter.com/lloydkaufman.

Lloyd Kaufman on Lloyd’s Kids on Lloyd Kaufman via Twitter

 

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@Tromemoir U mean Reheasal Time-“reversal time” is my entire career!
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@lloydkaufman oops rehersal, reversal, potato, tomato – I guess got the artiste gene from you… creative spelling.