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Pre-Heat Your Television: ÂCake BoyÂ Coming June 21 On Kung Fu Films To A DVD Player Close to You
(PRWEB) April eight, 2005
Appear out Iron ChefÂ here comes Cake Boy. His tribulations and triumphs are depicted in this extremely anticipated DVD function film, coming to a retailer near you June 21 from Kung Fu Films.
Directed by Joe Escalante (bassist of The Vandals and producer of ÂThat Darn PunkÂ and ÂFear of a Punk PlanetÂ), written and starring Warren Fitzgerald (guitarist of The Vandals) and shot on 16mm and 35mm film, CAKE BOY is a punk rock comedy road trip that will make you think in miracles (except with respect to the girl in the wheelchair, she really stays there).
You wonÂt have to shop for the soundtrack either, simply because itÂs cost-free. It comes with the DVD, featuring songs from the film by No Use For A Name, the Vandals, Yellowcard, The Bronx, Jackson, Audio Karate, Piebald, Useless ID, Hunter Revenge and Ozma.
What most probably represents one of the last D.I.Y. characteristics that will ever be shot on film at the dawn of the digital age, CAKE BOY is the second in the series of capabilities created by Kung Fu Films, the film division of international independent record label Kung Fu Records. The very first was 2001Âs ÂThat Darn Punk.Â Kung Fu FilmsÂ mission is straightforward: serve the fans, not festivals or massive screens.
As Joe explains, ÂI wanted to make films the way punk records were created when I first began in the music enterprise, D.I.Y. When I saw ÂNapoleon Dynamite,Â even so, I realized there may well be an audience for a quirky film like this beyond the fans of the punk rock music in it.Â
CAKE BOY was shot on nights and weekends, without a crew. ÂThe editing consumed me for a year,Â says Joe. ÂI learned how to shoot from Jeff Richardson, the director of ÂThat Darn Punk.Â I taught myself to edit so I could finish that film (he got sick of it) and save our label some income on music videos, then I went straight into CAKE BOY. It was formerly entitled ÂSelwyn’s Nuts.Â It took more than two years to shoot, since along the way I had to make stuff that created income, so I produced about 15 or so concert DVDs that paid the bills. The final price range of the film came in at just beneath $ 30,000.Â
The story focuses on Selwyn Hillis (Warren Fitzgerald), a beat down erotic cake baker with grandiose culinary ambitions and an abusive girlfriend, played by Pam Gidley, whoÂs appeared in ÂCSI: Crime Scene InvestigationÂ and cult preferred ÂCherry 2000.Â HeÂs forced to leave town in a hurry, so he grabs a quick job as a roadie for punk rockers No Use For A Name.
On the road with the band, Selwyn learns a entire new which means of the word abuse and ultimately gets unceremoniously dumped in the middle of nowhere without his shoes. Encouraged by his hot new handicapped girlfriend (Sheila Platte), Selwyn goes for the baking gold in an ÂIron ChefÂ style showdown with the Master Baker of France, Pierre Kiniche.
Lending a hand with unique appearances are Fitzgerald and EscalanteÂs close friends Kyle Gass (Tenacious D), Bob Odenkirk (ÂMr. ShowÂ), Patton Oswalt (ÂKing of QueensÂ), Brian Posehn (ÂJust Shoot MeÂ) and Scott Aukerman (ÂMr. Show).
ÂWe could have loaded this thing up with large Hollywood cameos,Â says Joe, Âbecause we certainly have the connections, but that is an angle I am uncomfortable with. Warren wrote some parts for some of his pals like Brian Posehn and Kyle Gass. After they started out talking about the film, people like Bob Odenkirk and Patton Oswalt were really asking to be in the film. We did not seek that out. People heard it was fun and they wanted to be a part of it. All the men and women in the film are somehow or yet another connected with the Vandals in some way. Stan Freese, who plays Carl Betting, is our drummerÂs dad. He’s a great actor. He’s been on ÂHee HawÂ for Christ’s sake!Â
ÂTo shoot an individual like Bob Odenkirk,Â he continues, ÂI try to make it as straightforward as possible. I shot it in the parking lot of the Sunset Gower Studios where he has an workplace. It was a car scene and that is exactly where his automobile was anyway. He had a blast. He could not get more than how ghetto our operation was. He loved it. That is exactly where shooting on film produced a difference. He knew how challenging that was in relation to tape, so he had respect for us. We weren’t just aiming a camcorder at him.Â
Additional capabilities on the DVD include a ÂMaking of Cake BoyÂ featurette, subtitles in English and Japanese, deleted scenes (with commentary) and a commentary track by Joe Escalante and Warren Fitzgerald.
JoeÂs inspiration behind Cake Boy comes from the groundbreaking operate of the late Morris Engel, who passed away March five. His pivotal 1953 film ÂLittle FugitiveÂ won the Silver Lion at the Venice International Film Festival, was nominated for an Academy Award for ÂBest ScreenplayÂ and in 1997 was included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. The film foreshadowed the French New Wave and independent filmmaking by such directors as Quentin Tarantino.
ÂMy favorite film of all time is a Morris Engel film known as ÂThe Tiny Fugitive,ÂÂ says Joe. ÂThis is the type of movie IÂve usually wanted to make. I have considering that learned that Engel inspired the French New Wave era of films, but I did not know that at the time. I only knew that you could inform this film was a labor of really like and he did not care about Hollywood or something like that. The guy and his wife just had a story to tell so they started out shooting. By listening to the commentary track on the laser disc for ÂEl MariachiÂ and reading a film making book by Robert Rodriguez, I had a feeling I could do this, so I did it.Â
More films are on the horizon for Warren and Joe. ÂWarren has written three or four other scripts that are truly excellent,Â Joe proudly proclaims, Âand I have an agent that has attached me as a director to a couple other scripts he is purchasing around. Two of them are bullfight films. That would be cool, but mainly I hope my next film requires a true schedule as an alternative of this nights and weekends thing. I could almost certainly get employed to getting a crew as well.Â
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