Season 3, Episode 7 shines the spotlight mostly on our local theatre community, as it pertains to film. Anthony Cosmano who, since our sit down with him has moved out west, tells us about his latest project; a live theatre and web show called, “Mr. Happy’s Healthy Land.” We watch the main character, Dale Evans, in his attempt to escape the agony of entertaining bratty kids in crappy children’s shows. It takes women, drugs, booze, and drugs. And booze. And agony. Lots of personal agony. Anthony’s project is funded in part by a Professional Development Grant from United Arts of Central Florida and can be viewed by clicking on the logo.
Our Show Us Your Shorts film this month is a mini documentary from local filmmaker Josh Sales called,”Dog Powered Robot Labs: Unboxed.” Who or what IS a Dog Powered Robot and why do they have a lab? Should I be scared? The answer to the last question is absolutely NOT! In fact, if you read Orlando Weekly’s recent feature on DPR star, Fisher Miga, you would feel very much the opposite. In short, Dog Powered Robot is a theatrical production created and developed by Evan Miga and his company, Miga Me, based in Orlando, Florida. The performance presents a world as it might appear through a child’s imagination, using actors in cardboard robot suits to act out the child’s fantasies. As the title suggests, the star of the show is a giant blue robot with a dog in its chest serving as the power source. Our Popcorn Gallery; Producer Niel Guilarte of Wildstyle Media, Director David Kuskie and local actor, director and young man about town AJ Nickell LOVED it! Here is a small taste of that world…
On Location with ICS visited the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, the longest running Fringe Festival in the United States. Following the philosophy of the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals, Orlando Fringe is 100% unjuried, 100% uncensored, 100% accessible for artists and audiences alike, 100% of ticket sales given back to the artists. Festival Producer, Michael Marinachio, tells us what the future holds for Fringe and how filmmakers and other multimedia artists may be involved.
In fact, film was a part of at least two 2012 Fringe shows! Hi-tech/lo-tech Pomeranian powered favorite “Dog Powered Robot and the Subsequent Adventure” and “on the nOse” directed by Elena Day (Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba”), which features a multimedia modern clown show that interweaves onscreen interviews with onstage antics from clowing greats such as Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s Clown College Florida graduate (and noted film/tv actor), Bill Irwin. Incidentally, ‘on the nOSe‘ was also the recipient of not just one, but TWO United Arts of Central Florida Professional Development Grants! (Look into this filmmakers. It’s FREE money!)
Rounding out this episode is our Feature, Feature trailer from Lazan Banks. This comedy called, “The Station,” follows a radio station and DJs during their last day on the air, and the relationships changed as a result. You may notice some familiar faces in this trailer like; local actor and past Popcorn Gallery panelist Valensky Sylvain, Anthony Cosmano (Mr. Happy’s Healthy Land) and the aforementioned actor about town, AJ Nickell. On their Facebook page, you’ll even see Benedict Larmore from Rockabilly Zombie Weekend!