I've never met local filmmaker Bunny Williams, but from watching a few of his short films, e-mailing with him and speaking briefly by phone, it's clear that he's an interesting guy.
In fact, I may have most appreciated (in a mildly disturbed kinda way) his cell phone's voicemail message that I heard one afternoon: It was a typical script about how you've reached Bunny and he's not there and you can leave a message, but then at the end, there was an odd pause, before he abruptly said, "Oh, and by the way — I'm naked."
I'm sure the first thing he hears when he picks up his messages is people fumbling for words — having been caught so off-guard — or maybe just laughing. Either way, cheers to him for surprising the hell out of me.
The reason I was in touch with Williams is because he contacted us to let us know that one of his films, Menstruel Cramps, had been accepted into this year's Tromadance Film Festival in New Jersey, which runs April 22 and 23.
Unfamiliar with it? Here's the rundown from the organization's website:
TromaDance is the first film festival wholeheartedly devoted to filmmakers and fans. Unlike every other film festival, TromaDance does not charge filmmakers to submit their films. Entrance to all screenings is free and open to the public. Also, there are no VIP reservations or preferential treatment regarding films, panels, or parties of any kind given. The organizers of TromaDance believe films are meant to be seen, especially when it comes to new filmmakers. Art - in all its forms - is for the people!
TromaDance features a range of films made independently, usually without big stars, big money and far removed from the Hollywood studio system. The official selections of TromaDance have been made with nothing more than passion, courage, integrity, and raw talent.
Everyone at TromaDance is treated as an equal. The elite and the celebrated are treated no better or worse than the experimental filmmaker or the random moviegoer off the street. Admittance to all screenings, panels, parties, and events is strictly on a first come, first served basis. If there are any VIPs at TromaDance, they are the filmmakers whose blood, sweat, and hard work are on the screen.
TromaDance is an opportunity for everyone who's ever picked up a camera to have their work seen without the compromises required by elitist cartel interference. TromaDance is proud to be the first and only film festival of the people, for the people, and by the people.