Brainwash

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REPORT FROM BRAINWASH MOVIES, OAKLAND, CA

We are Brainwash Movies, doing the Brainwash Movie Festival. We’ve been going every year for 24 years, and are looking forward to celebrating our 25th Silver anniversary this festival season, in July. Presenting an aesthetic beyond the parameters of the everyday & the usual, we expand into the roots of the underground, experimental & just plain charming.
Our top winners last year were: 2nd Grand Prize Award to Twice Upon a Time by Vojin Vasovic and the First Prize Award to High Five the Cactus by Christopher Allan Thomas.

Our festival is a mainstay in the local, East Bay of the San Francisco Bay, CA, area. Submissions are now open on our website, directly at http://www.brainwashm.com/2019-call/, FilmfreeWay, Withoutabox and other major submission platforms online.

We’re also looking for interested individuals to participate with us.

Thank you reading this dribble.

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Hal Robins designed & drawn logo with laurels for Brainwash’s Silver 25th Anniversary Season.

Brainwash, since 1995, has delighted audiences with a selection of the bizarre, the unique, and just plain old well-made movies from independent producers all over the world. With an eye toward the abstract, the innovative and the weird, Brainwash salutes it’s 25th Silver Anniversary this 2019 season and will have a Unity Night of movies as well as a hot little Silver Anniversary Celebration. We have consistently attracted entries we curate to be able to display some of the most cutting edge cinema from up and coming directors, actors, producers and crews consistently year after year. So please send us yours this year and help us celebrate!  Click here to submit! Thank You!

 

 

 

And The 24th Annual Brainwash Award Winners!

The 2nd Grand Prize Award Winner: Twice Upon a Time – Vojin Vasovic

The First Prize Award Winner:  High-Five the Cactus– Christopher Allan Thomas

Third Prize Award: Bounty – Katarzyna Kochany

Fourth Prize: Colorado Counties: A Journey in Watercolor – Ronnie Cramer

Fifth: The Oak Tree – Ethan Jahan

The Audience Choice Award: Suck – Anthony Sneed

And! The First Ever Brainwash Awesome Achievement Award! To: Dave Reda

More online in our Awards Presentation show on the Brainwash test broadcast so tune in!

 

 

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Brainwash thanks our generous sponsors!



And many thanks to the following contributors — past, present, and future:

Founders: Shelby Toland, Dave Krzysik, Barbara Traub & Scott Arford
Exec. Producer: Duncan Maddux
2018 judges: Linda Lord, Dave Krzysik, Kamala and Shelby Toland

Special Thanks to:
Neil Kaplan, David Sutera, Mike Snook and Nimby, Amy Stabler, Dionne Stevens, Jason Gohlke, (General Partner Emeritus), Ron Baker, Simon Lang, Michael Mohr, Jalal Elhayek, Steve Mobia, Bekah Barnett, Ben the awesome fiddle and banjo player, Doug Campbell, Mark McGothigan, Gary Nakamoto, Dave Reda, Emmanuel Jonas, Steven DeCaprio, Sarah Fisher, Yvette Hochberg, Andy Kirk, D.J. Neel N. Kizmiaz, Lillian Phaeton, Bev Reiser, The Rhythmic Revolution, Hal Robins, Betty Tweedy, Jonathan Logan, Jesse Block, Ed Holmes, Vikki Vaden, Mark States, Victor Ho, John Law, The SF Cacophony Society, (we're on pgs. 230-231), Scott Beale, Rob Schmidt, J.D. Boggmann, Mr. Mystic, M2, Burning Man, Phil Shuey, Kathy Vaquilar, Annie Coulter, Mike Dingle, SomArts, Jabari Herbert, Monsa, Phil Snyder, Mark Thimijian, ALL of our moviemakers! and, in memoriam to Michael Hawk and Les Blank, whose movies live on.

Theme Music for the Festival and Big Weird Time Webisodes: Traffic Man, written by Dave Krzysik & Ed Bullins.
Performed by:
Hot Tub Man: Benny Lewis, Joe Shelby, Gaylord Birch, Nik Phelps, Joe McKinley, & Dave Krzysik. Hot Tub Man, with a different line-up, also performed Find Your Place, moviemaker Scott Bartlett's last movie.

Not To Mention The Doggie Diner Dogheads:

Chill.