Posts Tagged ‘Peter’

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


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


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


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.


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 ( 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