RATRIX HERO

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Ratrix Hero is a short animated film inspired by the film “The Matrix.” The Hero is a rat and is chased by agents with cat’s heads.

FUNNYFIXX NOTE: This gorgeous little film is by French animators, Raphael Hernandez and Savitri Joly-Gonfard. Their website is as awesome as this film. Check it out at http://www.ratrixhero.com

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TERRIBLE PICKLE

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One of the finalist in the 2007 Global Cool/Scenewon Climate Change Film Competition created by Dean Friedman. More on him at http://www.deanfriedman.com

FUNNYFIXX NOTE: This is a silly little film in honor of Earth Day which was this week!

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REEFER MADNESS TRIBUTE

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Reefer Madness Clip 1

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Reefer Madness Clip 2

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Reefer Madness is a cult classic. It’s a 1936 exploitation film about the dangers of smoking marijuana. In Clip 1 Bill tries marijuana for the first time. I love the maniacal laugh at the end.

In Clip 2, the blonde guy is thinking: Play it faster, Sam. And pass another marijuana cigarette, please. But wait, I’m tapping into my inner Dr. Hyde. Oh, the paranoia. The marijuana made me do it, honest judge.

Credits: Louis Gasnier, Director; Lawrence Meade, Writer (original story); Arthur Hoerl, Writer (screenplay); Paul Franklin, Writer (additional dialogue); George A. Hirliman, Producer. Starring Dorothy Short as Mary, Kenneth Craig as Bill and Lillian Miles as Blanche.

FUNNYFIXX NOTE: Too funny. Rent it if you haven’t seen it or catch it at a midnight showing at an art house.

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HUMANS! Animation for EARTH DAY

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Humans! is a 60 second global awareness PSA sensationalizing the excessive, all-consuming nature of the human being. This cute and naive Earth stands no chance against such an insatiable parasite. Witness its utter demise in a fun and sickening kind of way.

Animated film by Reza Rasoli.

FUNNYFIXX NOTE: Earth: it’s the only planet we’ve got…so far.

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THE OFFICE: Hunting

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Time: 1:27

Andy and Dwight team up again Jim in this hysterical clip.

Starring Rainn Wilson as Dwight, John Krasinski as Jim and Ed Helms as Andy.

FUNNYFIXX NOTE: Dwight and Andy are such boys, aren’t they? Although Jim tries to stay above their silliness, he always gets sucked into secret sabotage, one way or the other.

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ZAC EFRON IN SNL’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL

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Hysterical clip from April 11 episode of Saturday Night Live when Troy Bolton returns to his musical high school to tell students the truth about the real world.

FUNNYFIXX NOTE: I must admit I have not seen High School Musical. Just a few days ago I was telling a writer friend how much I loathe musicals in general. When the actors burst into song, I just want to leap onto the stage, slap them and say, “What the heck are you doing? Get real.” So High School Musical was not on the top of my must-see movie list when it was first released. But this Saturday Night Live parody makes me want to endure the pain of hearing sappy dialog sung and actors addressing the camera. Well…maybe not.

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HAPPY TAX DAY from THE LAST AUDIT

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Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of taxpayers like the words: tax audit. But if you’re honest and pay your taxes on time, you have nothing to worry about, right? Wrong. If you’re unlucky enough to get the IRS auditor from hell, Ernest Needleman, be afraid, very afraid. When Needleman comes to confiscate their café, their home, their lives…Alex and Zuzu must stop him anyway they can.

In honor of Tax Day 2009, FunnyFixx is showing all three parts of our short film, The Last Audit, produced in partnership with Short Film Machine.

Part 1 Running Time: 3:33

Part 2 Running Time: 3:51

Part 3 Running Time: 3:20

The Last Audit a production of Short Film Machine in association with Kirby Hamilton & Co., Mad Gator Films and Lindsey Films. Directed and cinematography by Kirby Hamilton. Written by Sharon Y. Cobb. Edited by Colin Williams. Music composed and performed by Shawn K. Clement. Starring William Kent as Alex, Raiko Bowman as Zuzu and Daniel Johnson as Needleman. For full credits of the talented cast and crew, click here: http://funnyfixx.com/blog/cast-and-credits-short-films/

FUNNYFIXX NOTE: Happy Tax Day, Everyone!

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THE DOG

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Time: 2:24

Life’s a beach, especially to this dog.

This is a short film by my friend, Maury Covington, Jr. It will be shown in the FMPTA (Florida Motion Picture and Television Association) Short Attention Span Film Festival Brigade Extravaganza along with several others. Yes, the name of the fest is longer than most of the short films showing. If you’re in the Northeast Florida area, the mini fest is scheduled for tonight (April 14), 7-9 p.m., at Jacksonville University, 2800 University Boulevard North, Phillips Fine Arts Building, Room P19 and is open to the public. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

FUNNYFIXX NOTE: I love happy films. The Dog is a simple narrative about Maury’s walk to the beach with his dog. I identify strongly since I used to live in Atlantic Beach and walk my little dog, Carrie, on the beach every day. Usually we’d meet our dog walkers’ club about dawn and walk for 45 minutes or so. Didn’t matter about the weather. We’d be there. It was a fab way to start the day.

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WAINY DAYS #2, The Date & Romance Novels

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Beauty (Shelly) and The Geek’s (David) first date and sparks fly. But a dark reminder of Shelly’s past becomes all too present.

Wainy Days was created by David Wain, is written and directed by David Wain and producer by Jonathan Stern. This webisode stars David Wain, Elizabeth Banks, Mather Zickel and Josh Charles. Theme by Craig Wedren and music score by Charles Gansa.

FUNNYFIXX NOTE: Last week the New York Times reported that “In a recession, what people want is a happy ending.” The article went on to say that Harlequin romance novel fourth-quarter earnings were up 32 percent over the same period last year. Click here to read the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/08/books/08roma.html

So today’s video is a romantic comedy. Maybe David’s date didn’t have a happy ending this time…but there’s always hope, right? To see more of Wainy Days
http://www.mydamnchannel.com/Wainy_Days/Season_1/1Shelly_388.aspx

If you want to add romance into your lives, how about a little escapist reading? My two friends, Laura Castoro and Sandra Kitt, write romance novels for a living. I urge you to buy their books and look for happy endings.

Love on the Line by Laura Castoro

For All We Know by Sandra Kitt

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EASTER BUNNY SUPERHERO, Part 2

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The Easter Bunny, weary of being taken for granted and getting no respect, applies for Super Hero Class A. But when the Super Hero Commission learns of Bunny’s not so perfect past, his application for super hero status is in jeopardy. The film’s story is that of an underdog, or under-bunny, in this case.

Easter Bunny Superhero is a 7-minute short film produced by Team Psycho Film Binge
for Jacksonville, Florida’s 2007 48 Hour Film Project. It won 7 awards in the competition: Best of Jacksonville (top award), Audience Award (Group A), Best Acting (Ensemble), Best Cinematography (Kirby Hamilton), Best Costume (Suzy Freeman),
Best Screenplay (Sharon Y. Cobb) and Best Use of Character.

The film also won a bronze 2008 Telly Award and will be shown in A World of Shorts presented by CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival and the National Film Board of Canada on April 15, 2009.

The short was directed by Dan Solomon and produced by Danny Quitter, Psycho Film Binge team leader. For a full list of credits, click here: http://funnyfixx.com/blog/cast-and-credits-short-films/

FUNNYFIXX NOTE: If your town hosts a 48 Hour Film Project competition and you haven’t been on a team…to write, shoot, direct, act, produce, crew, edit, compose music, do makeup, create costumes or sets or anything to get the short film made in 48 hours…do yourself a gigantic favor and jump in!! It’s a total adrenaline rush to be on a team of 5 or 50 frantically working toward one common goal—make a 7-minute film in 2 days.

I was lucky enough to get drafted by a long-time friend, Danny Quitter, to write a script for their team during the first year of Jacksonville, Florida’s plunge into the weekend filmmaking madness. The experience proved I didn’t need to wait for Hollywood to buy my scripts, I…with help of a few friends…could make films.

Easter Bunny Superhero was the launching pad for all the short films, webisodes and videos I’ve made since then, almost 90 total now…with the help of a lot of friends. Three cheers for our side!

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