MUFFIN MAN FILM
Portland, OR - December
9 - December 12, 2004
There are "underground" film
festivals, and then there's P.U.F.F. - The
Portland Underground Film Festival,
arguably one of the smallest and most interesting film festivals
going. "What does it mean, exactly, to be an 'underground'
film?" asks Marc Mohan, reporter for
The Oregonian. "The adjective
conjures images of earnest artistic endeavor, intent on subverting
the dominant paradigm or at least challenging some basic principles
of narrative, cinema or both."
"The most professional-looking
feature on display this weekend," Marc goes on to say, "will
be Seattleite Jessica Eisner's Muffin Man, a humorous
satire on American overconsumption. It's gross-out humor, often
at the expense of fat people, but with a potent underlying message."
Des Moines, IA - September
29 - October 2, 2004
Wild Rose Film Festival is
described as "A Celebration of Independent Film and Video
Production" - and the producers of Muffin Man were
celebrating mightily when they were nominated for a record six
awards: Best Director of a Feature Film, Best Production
Design, Best Costumes and Make-Up, Best Visual
Effects, Best Feature Film, and Best Debut Film.
Says James Serpento, Production Manager of the festival, "Personally,
I find the film most interesting at a stylistic level; I appreciate
its links to Brecht, Anouilh, John Waters. It's a daffy, energetic
mix." He goes on to say, "I like its audacity, I think
many of the performances are charming - especially that of Michelle
Porras, and there was obvious hard work put into creating the
IL - October 1 - 3, 2004
The Galesburg Civic Art Center
selected Muffin Man for the 2004
Black Earth Film Festival,
showing at the beautiful Orpheum Theater in Historic Galesburg,
Illinois. This small festival has attracted an increasing
amount of attention with it's selection of "off beat" movies
- and Muffin Man is as off beat as they come!
Frederick, MD - September
17 - 19, 2004
Muffin Man was awarded
two Judges Awards at the
Frederick Festival of Film!
The judges have given Muffin Man the Outstanding Stylistic
Achievement Award and Outstanding Overall Achievement
Award, the highest award in the festival. "Muffin Man's
overall score was 52 out of 60 points and came very close to
winning the other 3 categories as well," said TJ Grable, Logistics
Director at the Frederick Festival of Film.
The Frederick Festival of
Film was created in 2002 as a subsidiary of the Frederick Festival
of the Arts, with a mission is to promote film, video and digital
independent moviemaking in the greater Frederick and mid-Atlantic
region. The Festival organizers are independent filmmakers,
multi-media professionals, actors, and film aficionados. The
Frederick Festival of the Arts is an established regional arts
event that attracts 20,000 visitors each year, which got off
to an impressive start in 2002. The Frederick Festival of Film
is proud to include Muffin Man in it's 2004 lineup!
GA - August 25 - 31, 2004
Pickle Tub Productions has
been notified that Muffin Man will be featured at the
Atlanta Underground Film Festival
(AUFF). AUFF is "on a mission to expose and promote the many
innovative yet underrepresented film/video artists who continuously
break the boundaries of self expression. These artists yearn
for a voice in a market which is typically saturated with commercial
entertainment designed for the masses". Wow, sounds like
a perfect fit for Muffin Man! We're packing up our bags,
and heading south!
Oak Ridge, TN - June 24-27,
Secret City Film Festival founder
Keith McDaniel has included Muffin Man in the festival
lineup, to be held at the American Museum of Science and Energy
June 24th through the 27th. The festival takes it's name
from the city in which it is being held - Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Oak Ridge was one of America's secret cities in the 1940s and
was instrumental in developing the atomic bomb for the Manhattan
Project of the US government. Today, Oak Ridge is one of the
world's leading scientific research and technology centers.
The film festival will take place the same weekend as the city's
Secret City Festival which will include a variety of activities
MI - June 4-6, 2004
The Greater Flint Arts
Council in Flint Michigan held three screenings of Muffin
Man at the
Flint Film Festival, June 4th
through 6th in Flint, Michigan. During the festival there
were screenings of the entries, special speakers, and seminars.
"We have been planning this festival for approximately nine
months, and the Arts Council is excited to work with Mott Community
College and film makers," stated Greg Fiedler, Executive Director
of the Greater Flint Arts Council, "It was truly an educational
experience for people attending the event."
"You've got a polarizing
movie there, don't you?", said Stephen "Max" Vincent, Program
Director. "Among the folks that I talked to about Muffin
Man, there were no 'undecided'. They either really loved
it, or found it disgusting. Probably divided around 50-50.
It was easily the most controversial movie in the competition,
but we were very happy to have it."
"I'll be very surprised if
you don't find distribution for Muffin Man, provided you find
a company that is used to 'edgier' material," added Max.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa - April
Muffin Man was accepted
as an "official selection" at the
Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival,
and we are happy to announce that the judging panel awarded
Muffin Man the coveted "Eddy Award" for first place in
the category of Master Narrative Feature. "We all
really loved the movie," said festival co-founder Scott Chrisman,
"I think we've probably watched it ten times at least, and we
keep seeing little details that we had missed before."
Aspen, CO - March 3, 2004
Muffin Man Executive
Producer David Workman was invited to be a guest speaker at
U.S. Comedy Arts Festival,
sponsored by HBO. Workman's talk, "The Last Pixel Show:
Windows Media 9 in Digital Cinema" used Muffin Man as
a case study to illustrate the cost benefits and quality of
digital cinema. The talk covered capture and encoding
issues, as well as HD playback, multi-channel audio, Digital
Rights Management, and took an in-depth look at the equipment
requirements and costs associated with transitioning movie theaters
from film to digital projection. "It's amazing," said
longtime film buff and technical director of the HBO Comedy
Fest, Jon Busch, "the best looking image in the whole festival
is coming off a damn computer!"