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Brainwash Movie Festival

For immediate release
Nov. 22, 2012

Contact: Dave Krzysik, 415-273-1545

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

18th Annual Festival on 9/15, 9/21-9/23 in Oakland featured features 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.

Continued in 2012: The 18th annual festival kicked 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, by Charlie Cline.

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).

“Brainwash had 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.”

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NEW: 2012 banner ad
NEW: 2012 banner ad
2011 Promo Image
The Brainwash Drive-in Bike-in Walk-in Movie Festival, July 2009
Brainwash logo
Brainwash logo with URL
Timelapse photo of Brainwash festival from years past (please credit Gary Nakamoto)
Brainwash Movies’ irascible and (perhaps) mythical founder, Shelby Toland, issues a directive to festivalgoers from onscreen.
Executive Producer Duncan Maddux presenting “Brainwash First Feature” award in 2009 (from behind the screen)
Repurposed trophies that are actually awarded to moviemakers
Man in derby and moustache thinks about Brainwash (no known copyright restrictions)
Stylized image of festival with logo