Halloween Treats I

Things are coming up, and I am actually getting pretty excited, for a guy who hasn’t gotten a real costume together more than a day early in three years.

In the spirit of the rapidly approaching NJFA Halloween Spectacular, here are a few things I have been finding fun around this time of the year:

*Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness 3

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This one is pretty straightforward: one review/recap of a classic horror movie a day for the whole month of October. They’re done by the same guy who does the Angry Video Game Nerd videos, but not in the same character. Even if you’re predisposed to not really be into it, consider checking it out. He usually speaks pretty intelligently about this stuff, adding in a lot of historical insight and information about how the films were made. I’ve been a long time fan, but I think even newcomers would be up for a three-minute video a day. Check it out.

*Dead Man’s Bones – s/t

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Halloween seems to be a more acceptable holiday to base your band around than any other. As far as not being totally goofy (I am look at you, Transiberian orchestra), at least.

What I’m really trying to say here is this: Ryan Gosling (The Notebook, Half Nelson, Lars and the Real Girl) has a band called Dead Man’s Bones that is surprisingly pretty cool for a Halloween-folk band led by mid-level heartthrob. It’s pretty perfect for this time of year. I actually only sat down and listened to it start to finish today, but I foresee it getting a lot of play as October wears on. It has some awesome artwork, too.

There’s a good few songs on the MySpace (linked above). Here’s one of my personal favorite tracks, conveniently located only one click away:

Dead Man’s Bones – My Body’s a Zombie for You

If you don’t like it, you might not be much fun. Just sayin’.

*Atlas Sound – Two Halloween Dances & Coffin Trick

Last year, Deerhunter frontman/ultra-prolific songster Atlas Sound (real name Bradford Cox) release three Halloween tracks between these two releases (a virtual 7’’ and a digital single). These are a little less listening friendly that Dead Man’s Bones, but one or two of them have found their way onto a Halloween playlist thing I’ve had brewing. If I end up happy enough with it, maybe I’ll put it up here for download a bit closer to Halloween. We will see!

For now, here’s links to the Atlas Sound stuff:

Atlas Sound – Two Halloween Dances (virtual 7’’)

Atlas Sound – Coffin Trick (digital single)

Both have pretty nice original art, too, if you like pictures that make you think of Halloween in the 1990s. I mean, I like that, at least.

This is part one of (hopefully) several. More soon.

Anyway, if any of this stuff seems cool, feel free to drop off a comment.

Peter // NJFA

Film school rant: What ever happened to entertainment?

Good evening, I’m Molly and I’m one of several programming directors in NJFA. This is my first ever blog entry. Just so you know, I’m an undergraduate student and I study English and cinema studies. Also, I occasionally mumble my way through some French classes.

So far, today has been a rather filmy day for me. I had a few film classes, and a screening of “Bicycle Thieves.” After spending my day discussing Vertov, Eisenstein, and Italian neo-realism, I was obviously desperate for entertainment. I am now watching “Ghostbusters.”

In three years of studying film at the college level, I’ve realized that a lot of my professors and fellow students are just plain snobs. I don’t think I’ve ever studied a film that fared well at the box office, and why not? It’s not like a film’s quality and its popularity are inversely proportional. Say what you want about Diablo Cody, “Juno” was a wonderfully-written cultural phenomenon. Why doesn’t anyone mention it in film class? And no one can argue that Quentin Tarantino is a fantastic director, yet he’s never come up in one of my classes.

Also, you’d think that after the death of John Hughes this summer, at least one of my film professors would have mentioned “The Breakfast Club” or “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” both of which are classics. Teen movies are entertaining and full of social commentary, but apparently none of my film professors has ever heard of the genre. I’m sick of studying movies that I can barely sit through without falling asleep.

I hope that through NJFA, we can bring to light some high-quality, interesting, and most importantly, ENTERTAINING movies that not everyone would normally see. A movie can be smart and appealing at the same time, and there’s nothing wrong with comedy. Hopefully my professors will realize that before I graduate next May. Meanwhile, I’ll be watching the highest-grossing indie movie ever, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” and taking notes.

Wall of Trailer Trash

I just got back from meeting with fellow event coordinator Aislinn Tomchak, where we finalized some last details regarding the shooting of the Trailer Trash original content I alluded to last post.

Phrases like “we can just film some tomato ooze” and “I have all sorts of windows; big ones, ones with screens, etc.,” were used, which is definitely indicative of something. Something good, even.

And check out this exciting, small promotional image I took. This stuff is really real.

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If you guys could take this and get the entire internet talking about it like Radiohead did in the last three days, that would be great!

Peter // NJFA

Hey Guys, I’m Blogging, Or, The Internet, They Call It Blogging

Hi, NJFA blog readers. Current population: Maybe three.

My name is Peter Van Brunt, one of a few event coordinators for the New Jersey Film Alliance. Which basically has me helping out as much as I can and going to a bunch of meetings. Which is good. Also, I write the newsletter. And now I’m writing this for the blog.

As far as actual news goes, I’m currently working on writing some short, original…things, to be played during our upcoming Trailer Trash event. I don’t want to give too much away yet, but most people have seemed at least vaguely amused at what we’ve come up with so far.

I think we have some good ideas!

Obviously tangential content: This blog was originally, maybe, going to be about how I saw (500) Days of Summer. Except then I didn’t see the movie and instead did nothing nearly as relevant. So, here it is, a total shell of what it could have been.

Also, maybe follow me on Twitter (http://twitter.com/petervanbrunt) if you would like to know what I’m up to, but barely since I’m sure it’s overly cryptic. By percentage, it’s about 50% when I’m waiting in a parking lot, 25% what unhealthy thing I’m currently eating, and 25% posting music items that you probably won’t trust me about.

Peter // NJFA

The New Jersey Film Alliance Official Blog

This will be the official blog of the New Jersey Film Alliance (NJFA). We will use this site to update members and the general public about what we are working on, events that we have held or went to, and general film & media goings on.

Our Mission

The New Jersey Film Alliance is dedicated to exposing the vibrant arts community of New Jersey to diverse forms of film, video and media. Through its programs the NJFA seeks to discover, support and inspire independent artists and audiences. We aim to educate the community about both the creative and artistic merits of independent and international film but also about the creation of these pieces as well.

Who We Are

The New Jersey Film Alliance was formed in 2009 to provide a unique and specialized experience, encourage growth in individuals, and ensure the existence of film and video in our culture. We are a diverse group of artists, industry insiders, educators and media consumers, the creators of the NJFA strive to create a unified arts community throughout NJ. Based out of Freehold NJ, we actively seek out unique film opportunities, both in screenings and productions. Our programs involved both the seasoned film fan as well as filmmakers of all levels.

Please feel free to visit us at http://www.njfa.com and we’ll be posting more, soon!