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The Brainwash 2016 22nd Annual Movie Festival Winners!

Announcing The 22nd Annual Brainwash Drive/In-Bike-In/Walk-In Movie Festival Winners:

The First Prize Award winner: Dance of the Neurons – Jody Oberfelder

2nd Grand Prize: High Signs – Damien Patrik

Third Prize Award: Head – Stav Levi

Fourth Prize: Clyde’s Game – William Howard

Fifth: “Ahavot Be’kitsur/Short Love – Yaron Yarkoni

The Audience Choice AND Best Feature Film Awards: Curse of the Man Who Sees UFOs – Justin Gaar/Carlos de los Rios

 

Posted on October 4, 2016 at 5:57 pm by Shelby Toland, filed under Award Winners, Top of Brain

18th Annual Festival Winners! 2012!

Who won awards?

1st Prize: Secret of Goat – Park BenchA Woman and a Man live in a cabin in the woods. They are in love. One autumn they buy a goat. Something starts happening to the Woman and Man, they begin to change… and so does their love.

2nd Grand Prize: Odokuro – Aurelio Voltaire – The skeleton of a rat-monkey comes to life in a room full of cursed objects in this Gothic tale with a sci-fi twist.  Narrated by electro-Goth, New Wave icon, Gary Numan, who did “Cars” (what could be more appropriate for a drive-in movie festival?).

3rd prize: Statue  – Olga Wilhelmine - A lonely, ‘living-statue’ street performer in the French Quarter of New Orleans tries to win the heart of a nearby street musician. Check out 219 Records for more of Olga’s many excellent projects.

4th prize: Another Dress, Another Button – Lyn Elliot –  The spare buttons have a field day on the dresser top. The spare button saver talks about why she does it, and how it makes her feel.  A stop-motion animation that explores the plight of the spare buttons: carefully saved, but never used.

5th prize: Trailer Park Jesus – Sean GerowinInspired by a true misadventure, a college student bargains his way home with a sheet of acid as he becomes stranded at a trailer park in rural Mississippi. Another remarkable award winner this year from Louisiana (the other LA). Reviews.

Audience Choice: Doctor Glamour – AndrewJonesA genius scientist contacts another dimension to save the woman he loves, summoning a flamboyant rock n’ roll superhero. (Note: Brainwash fans may remember the excellent movie “Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer“, also by Andrew Jones, from our 2010 festival).

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 2:44 am by Shelby Toland, filed under Award Winners

Bekah

Greetings Brainwashers,

Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Bekah Barnett, the Urban Minstrel, and I am really looking forward to playing for you at this year’s Brainwash Movie Festival. I find it pretty appropriate because I have been told on multiple occasions that my music tends to be cinematic in feel and scope. My songs vary widely and range from humorous and upbeat to mournful and haunting and everything in between. I even have a song that is about Amelia Earhart.

I studied Classical and Operatic Voice at Mills College (class of 2002) and also started writing songs during that time. I have been writing songs for over ten years and performing them at venues in the Bay Area such as The Freight and Salvage, The Hotel Utah, and The Bazaar Cafe. I recently completed a very successful collaborative show at The East Bay Media Center with a local cellist, and I am pretty sure I’ll be able to convince him to join me on one or more days of the festival.

People often ask me about the process of writing songs. For me, songs are like journal entries, they are just natural byproducts of my life. Each one brings to life a different moment or mood that struck me at a particular time. My style has been described as Tori Amos meets Leonard Cohen, and I have also been compared to Regina Spektor, Joni Mitchell, Fiona Apple, Laura Nero, and Dar Williams to name a few.

I am honored to be a part of the 2012 Brainwash Movie Festival, and I look forward to seeing you all there.

Best,
Bekah

“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 3:38 am by Shelby Toland, filed under Brainwash Movies

The 2012 Festival!

Brainwash Movie Festival

Brainwash Drive-in Bike-in Walk-in Movie Festival Returns, Bigger, Better, and Weirder

18th Annual Festival on 9/15, 9/21-9/23 in Oakland to feature feature and short movies, live video and entertainment, food trucks, and more

The New York Times says the Brainwash Movie Festival “pirat[es] a piece of that old Hollywood magic and challeng[es] conventions on the role of public space in the process.” (“Now Playing, a Digital Brigadoon,” 7/29/04, Chris Thompson)

“We project movies onto a tarp in West Oakland,” counters festival director Shelby Toland.

Continues in 2012: The 18th annual festival kicks off on September 15th at 8 pm with popular local food trucks, music by Bekah Barnett, urban minstrel and Head Trip, John Law & Flecher Fleudujon’s adventure doc(?) about a cruise with the Cyclecide bus hauling three Doggie Diner Dogheads across country from San Francisco to New York City, preceded by the short movie Surviving Your Bear Attack. Movies start at 9pm.

On September 21st and 22nd, food vendors will open for business and Bekah will start singing at 1357 5th St. starting at 8 pm, and each unique 90 minute show of original short movies will start at 9 pm. In addition, Sunday, 9/23 features, of course, an all-show tribute to Jesus, starting with our own Jesus Festival Trailer, followed by the short Loaded Paradise and a remarkable feature from Louisiana (the other LA) Trailer Park Jesus, movies and food only both starting at 8pm. You won’t want to miss it!

“Brainwash has a great mix of original humor, experimental art movies, innovative animation, and short live-action stories with high production values, and some new surprises in 2012,” notes 2011 festival judge Jason Gohlke. “The moviemakers are unique and skillful storytellers. You don’t want to miss Brainwash this year.”

Advance tickets will be just $10 per person per night OR $50 for a Festival Pass for Two, which gets two people into all four nights of the festival (four nights for just about the price of two). Buy advance tickets at http://www.ticketweb.com/snl/EventListings.action?orgId=16986 or at the gate for $12.

Flash your City CarShare fob or come in a City CarShare car and pay just $9 or $12 for two at the gate.

This year the festival returns to 1357 5th St (Mandela Village Arts Center), which means intrepid moviegoers can drive in, bike in, walk in, or take BART in to the festival. The movies will be projected on an outdoor screen, and the soundtrack will be available through your FM stereo (as well as played on amplifiers). “It’s a lot of fun, or my name isn’t Shelby Toland,” claims Toland. “Also, bring your favorite chair!”

For more info, visit us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/brainwash.movies and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BrainwashM.

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 1:22 am by Shelby Toland, filed under Brainwash Movies, Top of Brain

Congrats to My Friend Peter – Audience Choice 2011!

My Friend Peter still
Congratulations to the Kopera brothers, makers of the short My Friend Peter, which won the “Audience Choice Award” at this year’s festival!

Written, produced, and starring Mike Kopera, directed by Steve Kopera, and produced by Matt & John Kopera, My Friend Peter is a heartwarming and funny 11-minute short about a man and his monkey puppet. It also received one of the best audience reactions I’d ever seen in six years of Brainwash. Though we are a drive-in festival, a lot of our patrons sit outside their cars, so we are able to hear their reactions… and they were big.

To choose the Audience Choice Award, we handed out ballots as people entered the venue. Members of the audience each wrote down their ratings of each of the movies (0-5 stars), and we tallied them up this week.

My Friend Peter won decisively with an average rating of 4 2/3, but several other movies were also extremely well-received by our audience, including The Lost Samurai, 5 Minutes Each, Spirit of the Bluebird, and Earthship, which all averaged ratings of four stars or more.

Posted on September 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm by Jason Gohlke, filed under Award Winners, Our moviemakers, The Festival, Top of Brain

Thank you!

Thank you all for making the 17th Annual Brainwash Drive-in Bike-in Walk-in Movie Festival a success! It seemed like the audiences had a good time. It’s late, but I am still posting the award winners:

1st Prize: Clean is Good by Carlos Matiella
2nd Grand Prize: Earthship by David Wilson
3rd prize: Coming Soon by Raji Barbir
4th prize: 5 Minutes Each by Vojin Vasovic
5th prize: The Lost Samurai by Yuta Okamura
Executive Consultant Award: Dave Reda for My Undeadly and Horror of Our Love
Audience Choice: My Friend Peter by Mike Kopera

Congrats to our award winners and to all our moviemakers!

Posted on September 11, 2011 at 1:56 am by Jason Gohlke, filed under Award Winners, Brainwash Movies, The Festival, Top of Brain

Video: More work!

It’s Friday night (Saturday morning, by now). Dave and Simon are doing physical labor, and I am documenting it thusly:

Posted on September 3, 2011 at 12:15 am by Jason Gohlke, filed under Brainwash Movies, The Festival, Trailers
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Video: That’s dedication.

Okay, here’s what Dave and I were doing at midnight last night to bring you, the Brainwash Drive-in Bike-in Walk-in Movie Festival patron, the best possible drive-in film experience possible.

By the way, this new, thicker vinyl screen is a significant upgrade from last year. Last year we added a new projector and FM transmitter, which worked great! The sound and picture are as clear as Crystal Gravy. Check out last year’s blog entry for details.

Aaaand, I added descriptions of all the movies, so now you can (kind of) understand what you’re getting into!

Posted on September 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm by Jason Gohlke, filed under Brainwash Movies, The Festival, Trailers
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Brainwash loves animation

As long as Brainwash has been around, animated shorts have been a major component of the festival. Following in the footsteps of such illustrious titles as Thought Bubble, Scrimshander, Boxcartoon, The Collection, and far more than I can name here (or, for that matter, remember), several very special, very distinct, and very original animated shorts are part of the program on September 9th and 10th.

Animation is a perfect medium for allegory, fables, and metaphors. Animation makes it a lot easier to portray animals and inanimate objects doing human things, or other really far-out ideas, than live action. Five Minutes Each, screening September 9th, is a classic allegorical tale. The plight of the artist, as some of Brainwash’s moviemakers are well aware, is a constant struggle to achieve even five minutes in the sun for their unique and individual ideas. Fascinatingly, Five Minutes Each uses the pattern of planned obsolescence of technology as a metaphor for the creative process. Here’s a “Making of” video:

More animated shorts are featured after the jump: Read More »

Posted on August 30, 2011 at 9:43 am by Jason Gohlke, filed under Brainwash Movies, Our moviemakers, The Festival, Trailers
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“How to Make it in Filmmaking”

Like Gideon Verite, How to Make it in Filmmaking is a movie that will be shown at Brainwash about… well, filmmaking.

There are, however, many differences. How to Make it in Filmmaking (check out the movie site here) is a 59-minute documentary by Shanna Maurizi about a real movie director, while Gideon Verite is a fanciful 19-minute short about a guy who plays a guy who plays a movie director.

The subject of How to Make it in Filmmaking, director Ari Taub, spent ten years making a period-accurate war movie in three languages, on a shoestring budget (or less), in order to get noticed by Hollywood. Shanna’s presentation of Ari’s guerrilla filmmaking style really resonated with us, since we are a kind of guerrilla film festival ourselves. We’re showing Shanna’s movie this Saturday night, 9/3, on the opening night of the festival.

Here’s a trailer:

Speaking of guerrilla filmmaking, prior to that, we are showing the pilot episode of “Big Weird Time,” a show about a certain drive-in bike-in walk-in movie festival and the short films that are featured in it. It is a curiosity that arguably should never have seen the light of day. (Luckily, we filmed it and are showing it at night, so no problem there.) It is also an extremely good excuse to show a couple of our favorites from the 2010 festival, Goodnight Harvey (3rd prize in 2010) and The Horror of Our Love (4th prize). Don’t miss it – buy tickets today!

Posted on August 28, 2011 at 10:11 pm by Jason Gohlke, filed under Big Weird Time, Brainwash Movies, Our moviemakers, The Festival, Trailers

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Founders: Shelby Toland, Dave Krzysik, Barbara Traub & Scott Arford
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Special Thanks to:
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, John Law, The SF Cacophony Society, (we're on pgs. 230-231), Scott Beale, Rob Schmidt, J.D. Boggmann, M2, Burning Man, Phil Shuey, Kathy Vaquilar, Annie Coulter, Mike Dingle, SomArts, 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.

Not To Mention The Doggie Diner Dogheads: