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Archive for November, 2010

Temporarily Hiatusing

November 19, 2010 By: Category: News

Hi people! Just wanted to let you know that Awkward Press is on temporary hiatus while my wife and I are waiting around for our baby girl to be born. We have a few exciting pieces of Awkward news on the way, the kind of news that will make you want to invest in your own copy of Awkward Two immediately. Because BIG things are happening in Awkward world, and pretty soon, that little copy of Awkward Two is going to be the most valuable thing you own. I mean, because we’re all going to be famous and that little book will be worth a lot of money, not because our corporate overlords have decided ordinary Americans may no longer own expensive things. Although that’s true also.

But what’s with all this doomsday talk? I’ve got a baby on the way! Time to put on my optimist hat! And I promise we’ll be back with A) news, B) movie challenges, and C) Faith Projects to tickle and delight your senses soon!

And here’s a sweet video by Hot Chip that I just discovered while buying shoes.

Congratulations to The Debate Society!

November 09, 2010 By: Category: Friends, Videos

We’re pleased to announce that our friends The Debate Society were just named “The Best Argument for Devised Theater” in The Village Voice‘s Best of 2010 issue! This means two things: 1) the entire city of New York agrees that the Debate Society is the coolest theater group they’ve ever seen and 2) by extension, Awkward Press is the best thing in America. So thank you to the editors of The Village Voice! We’re truly honored.

If you’d like to see The Debate Society’s work, you must hop on a plane and go to New York City. Theater is a type of entertainment that must be experienced in a live setting. That is how it works. However, if you’d like to see what kind of stuff this rascally group of rascals gets up to and cannot afford the plane ticket, you can check out the wonderful short film “grand marshal,” directed by Debate Society founder Oliver Butler and starring other Debate Society founder Paul Thureen.┬áDid I mention that the film is based on the short story by Awkward cofounder Clay McLeod Chapman and is available in the iBooks version of Awkward Two and on a special edition DVD, only from Awkwardpress.com? It is! Watch it for free below! And then buy a copy for your home collection right here!

grand marshal from Awkward Press on Vimeo.

Meet the Awkward Two Filmmakers: Tracy Dishman

November 08, 2010 By: Category: Meet the Filmmakers

Awkward Two is more than just a collection of 33 amazing microshort stories; it is also a unique experiment in instant adaptation. We asked five of our favorite independent filmmakers to create adaptations of stories from the book; the results are embedded in the iBooks version of Awkward Two and available for public consumption right now at films.awkwardpress.com. The movies will also soon be available on a special-edition DVD, only available through the Awkward Press Store.

So who are these incredible filmmakers? Let’s meet ‘em! We sent the same 7 questions to all the filmmakers. These are their answers.

Tracy Dishman

A few years ago, my wife Sarah was involved in an interesting project called Sundown Schoolhouse, which was put together by LA artist/architect Fritz Haeg. The Schoolhouse was a 12-week long program in which 12 students met every Tuesday from 8am-8pm in Haeg’s geodesic dome house to learn about and practice a variety of art disciplines with well-known, mostly LA-based artists. The Schoolhouse was a pivotal experience in our early days in Los Angeles, and through it, we met a number of our close friends.

One of the other students in the class was Tracy Dishman, a set decorator and filmmaker. When the Awkward film project came up, Sarah immediately thought that Tracy might make a great addition to our roster of directors. Tracy did not disappoint, turning in a gorgeous and moving short piece based on Lynette D’Amico’s Inappropriate Gifts. Her wonderful film can be seen after the jump.

The Interview Portion

1 – Who are you, and why are you here?
Tracy K. Dishman, cause my mama & my papa were hot for each other.

2 – What are some projects you’ve worked on in the past that you’re particularly proud of?
Silverlake Pickup, The Runaways. (more…)

Meet the Awkward Two Filmmakers: Brian Bartelt

November 05, 2010 By: Category: Meet the Filmmakers

Awkward Two is more than just a collection of 33 amazing microshort stories; it is also a unique experiment in instant adaptation. We asked five of our favorite independent filmmakers to create adaptations of stories from the book; the results are embedded in the iBooks version of Awkward Two and available for public consumption right now at films.awkwardpress.com. The movies will also soon be available on a special-edition DVD, only available through the Awkward Press Store.

So who are these incredible filmmakers? Let’s meet ‘em! We sent the same 7 questions to all the filmmakers. These are their answers.

Brian Bartelt

I met Brian Bartlet at a dinner party about six months ago. We got to talking, and it turned out he was an accomplished filmmaker and creator of the popular web series The Gnooze. When I told him about the project we were working on, Brian leapt at the chance to put his unique creative spin on Nadja Stokes’ “Egg Salad 1967.” The lovely and intriguing result can be seen after the jump.

The Interview Portion

1 – Who are you, and why are you here?
I’m a guy from Iowa that probably should have gone into science or music, but decided to make movies instead. But movies are cool because you can cram music and science into the process of making them.

2 – What are some projects you’ve worked on in the past that you’re particularly proud of?
Oh gosh… A documentary that took me to Sierra Leone — twice, but sadly still isn’t finished because the producer needs funding. The Gnooze, my long-running web series. Breakin’ Down ‘Cory in the House’ which was a little DVD piece I worked on that came out really well. And my new project, which will be in the past someday. It’s about Vikings. (more…)

Don Draper Says “What?”

November 03, 2010 By: Category: Videos

What?

Amazing Local News Fail

November 02, 2010 By: Category: Videos

Okay. I rarely see this stuff right away, but I was just checking The Huffington Post for election results, and I happened to catch this incredible clip from Channel 10 in San Diego in which everything that can goes wrong, does. I’m sure there will be a million remixes soon. You saw it here first! Or probably not, since it already has almost 200,000 hits. But a boy can dream.

(Via HuffPo.)

The Internet: Oh How We’ve Grown

November 01, 2010 By: Category: Awkwardness, Websites

I just stumbled across this page showing off a variety of corporate websites from the earliest days of the Internet. Really, not much can be said other than: awesome.