I’m putting together a night of short films made by professional comedians in San Francisco and we’re calling the event Say Hello To My Little Funny! I’m really excited as it will be the first time we’re screening my film Interview Date in San Francisco. The films included have played at Sundance, South By Southwest, Raindance, and over 70 other festivals between them. Here’s the info:
Landmark Opera Plaza Cinemas
Thursday, April 11th, 7:30 p.m.
601 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
Many of the filmmakers will be there for the screening to answer questions and sign things. Here’s some more info about all the films you’ll see that night!
Thugs, the Musical - A mockumentary short film about a struggling, delusional and very ‘non-urban’ black actor, Michael Gardner, his doomed musical production, and the misfit group of actors he’s assembled as his cast. Thugs, The Musical features performances by David Alan Grier (‘Chocolate News,’ ‘In Living Color’), Margaret Cho (‘Drop Dead Diva’), Rachel True (‘Half & Half,’ ‘The Craft’), Baron Vaughn (‘Fairly Legal’) and Prodigal Sunn from the Wu Tang Clan. Thugs has played at over 10 film festivals, winning awards like Best Comedy at the Montgomery Film Festival and Audience Favorite at the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival. The film was written and stars San Francisco comedian Kevin Avery, formerly of Siskel & Negro fame and now a writer for the TV show Totally Biased on FX.
Successful Alcoholics - A co-dependent couple drowning in booze and yet still clinging to well-paying jobs. It premiered at Sundance and played at over 30 other film festivals including South by Southwest. It stars Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls, Party Down, New Girl) and T.J. Miller (She’s Out of My League, Unstoppable, Cloverfield). T.J. Miller, who continues to do stand-up around the country despite a successful movie career, wrote the film.
Interview Date - A classic case of mistaken identity where a blind date gets mixed with a job interview, leaving everyone at the right place at the right time with the wrong person. The film has played at over 20 film festivals around the country and was eligible for an Academy Award after being nominated for Best International Short Film at the prestigious Raindance Film Festival in London. The film was written, produced, and directed by Mike Lemcke and Grant Lyon, two local favorite comedians.
Lucifer’s Crewcut - The rise and demise of a death-metal barbershop quartet. The film, from the minds of comedians Sal Calanni and Robert Selander, is currently on the film festival circuit. It stars such comedy legends as Maria Bamford, Arj Barker, Robert Hawkins; music legends like Jello Biafra and G.W.A.R.; and was produced by San Francisco company Purebred Productions.
John’s Wrath – When the famous film composer, John Williams, becomes an Internet sensation for the wrong reason, he takes drastic measures to compose himself. The writer/star of the film, Sammy Wegent, is the creator of the successful web series Everybody’s A Comedian.
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