Fuse #8

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Too Much Happens In This Town

When you live in New York you accept certain things. Cool stuff is always going on everywhere and you'll be lucky if you hear about 3% of it. And for that 3% you do know about? If you happen to attend it you'll be there with 1,000,000 other people because there are too many friggin' people in this city!

Which explains why I had not heard of this. There's this group called NY Artists Unlimited that has a vague enough name that it could really be anything from a movie theater chain to a union for NY artists. Instead, what it actually is (and I quote) is a group, "dedicated to
taking professional theatre to under-served audiences." Fair enough. I'll forgive them the British spelling of "theatre" this time. But why should you care? Well, remember when we were coming up with that list of the Worst 14 Films Made From Children's Books? It looks like those movies might have found their niche. On October 18th the International Cringe Festival is having the World's First Bad Films Festival. Sadly, no schedule is up as of yet. My hopes are very high, though.

Oh. And NY Artists Unlimited does lots of shows for kids based on children's books. There's your justification for my mentioning any of this.


At 1:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

say what?

At 1:22 PM , Blogger Greg Pincus said...

They can call it the World's First Bad Films Festival, but lonnnnnnnnng ago I attended Schlock Around the Clock in Cambridge MA (for a couple years). I can still remember Plan 9 From Outer Space, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, the Christine Jorgenson Story (which I'm sure hot man Brian Selznick has seen), various rock and roll films from the late 50s, and perhaps the best worst film ever made, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. Plus many, many more.

At 3:27 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

MST3K owes much to many of those films. I think my favorite bad film of all time, however, would have to be Mel Gibson's, "Paparazzi". Worst. Film. Ever.

At 4:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really appreciate the plug on the festival, but it's actually called the International CringeFest '09. It includes bad plays, bad musicals & bad films this year, which will be done simultaneously in two theatres: our Downeast Arts Center in the East Village and a midtown/theatre district theatre. The dates are July 20-August 9. We created the Bad Plays Festival & Bad Musicals Festival in 2005, but this is the first year we're doing a Bad Films Festival. If you go to our home page, you'll get the real deal: www.nyartists.org.
More appropriately for your blog, we are touring "Ebony Black," inspired by Snow White. Soon, "Isaiah's Dream - A Parade of Poets" will tour as well. Both go to under-served children & family audiences. The festivals have become a way to support outreach efforts.
Melba LaRose, Artistic Director
NY Artists Unlimited, Inc.


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