Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Going Underground ** The Devils Filmmaker // Fabrizio Federico

When filmmaker Fabrizio Federico takes to his battered camcorder he is stepping into another world. The British born movie-maker directs with such exuberance it seems as if he and the camera are bound together by a magic spell. 

Federico moved to Italy when he was five years old after surviving a house fire, after which the gifted child soon took to painting and learning guitar at an early age. By the age of fifteen he had become a teen prodigy at guitar and art, appearing live at many jazz and classical venues including the prestigious Boston Hatch Shell in the USA, where he moved lived for ten years. Here he discovered underground cinema. This talented and complex ace with a wicked sense of humor has become a symbol for DIY revolt. Driven and self taught Federico is a visual-maestro with a globe trotting streak, having already filmed in Spain, Cuba, Hungary, France, Poland, Germany, Bermuda and Morocco. All his works are self financed by banks instead of producers or film studios. 

His raw style includes the complete disposal of scripts, actors or any other cinema norm. His debut film Black Biscuit (2012) became notorious. Confrontations would ensure at the mere mention of the movie between exuberant cinema fans, both rigid and spirited, young and old on internet film forums, in vitriolic reviews, even on radio and at public appearances. Especially over the merits of cult and experimental cinema and its integrity in mainstream cinema and media coverage value, a phenomenon very similar to the French New Wave or Dogme 95 era.  

By the time his next feature Pregnant (2015) was released his reputation for being a possessed talent created problems and controversy in rigid mainstream film institutions. During Pregnant's pre-production arson charge surfaced which coincided with his ill health and isolation around this time. By this time he had created a Ziggy Stardust alter-ego called Jett Hollywood (a filmmaker from Mars) who was responsible for the films The Evolution Of The Earth Angel and later Anarchy In The UK. Jett Hollywood committed cinema suicide.

In 2016 Federico ran the first Straight Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival, which incorporated experimental filmmakers from across the world. His films have been called psychedelic, nightmarish and angelic, all executed with a Peter Pan sense of wonder. He has even been called ''the devils filmmaker''. His PINK8 film manifesto even caused his films to be banned from Universities after it was discovered that film groups were screening his films on campus. 

Here is a look at some of his works:


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Cinema News: Anarchy in the UK - Fabrizio Federico interview

The documentary Anarchy In The UK is the missing link that pulls all of the excitement, magic and controversies from the past few years of the UK's Indie cinema scene together for viewers to walk away inspired. Maverick filmmaker Fabrizio Federico traveled all across the UK to compile the statements of todays outspoken filmmakers, organizations and fans.

Federico created a Ziggy Stardust alter-ego called Jett Hollywood who promised to create two films and then commit cinema suicide. This is his second film from the school of scumbag college.

''Making the movie was a real challenge because there arent many filmmakers left out there who arent afraid to tell it like it is. Everyone seems to be media trained these days and doesn't want to offend anyone. I was just looking for the truth, and the message I got from everyone is basically become a god onto yourself and find your king superstar swagger.''

The film focuses on the years 2010 to 2016 as a new generation got brutally tangled up in the governments mess of the UK Film Council Cuts & the London tuition fee riots. Refusing to lie down these filmmakers & cult cinema groups decided to sabotage and eradicate cinemas morals. Taking to the streets to shoot guerrilla-style movies and creating a generation gap in the film industry.

With an irreverent sneer in his eyes and smile of someone who just ate the royal canary. The blood of a pirate and a poet. Federico cuts a ball of energy that is both disarming and barbed, you could easily get cut. But if he sense's truth in you, its a celebration. ''We dont need the government to make films, if anything they've done us all a favor, we dont need their censorship dogmas, all we wanna do is have a good time making our films, showing them to mad crowds and giving the industry the finger in the process. Simple really and we're winning.''

The films linchpin theme is lawlessness, and its point runs deep throughout the documentary, the whole ''misrule cinema'' aspect is to go out and embrace the punk attitude of saying fuck it im gonna go for it at all costs while Im still alive.
''Without a doubt meeting all these like minded people made me feel like this wasnt just some  lone cinema suicide mission, we're all in this together, to create beautiful insane films that are different but true to our vision, without having to follow any rules, I'd found my sweet spot. If the boring people disapprove then fuck them, I mean that because these movies arent for you. ''


Saturday, 16 April 2016

Anarchy In The UK - Full Movie (2016)

The new documentary by director Jett Hollywood examines today's rise of the UK's underground cinema movement that involves a mish mash of broken bones, surrealism, and punk DIY hysteria. The film relives the era (2010-2016) of the 'Misrule Cinema Movement' which exploded after the government abolished the UK's Film Council and the blanket frustration manifested its self at the London student tuition fee riots and with the Occupy protests. This period of social revolution and unrest gave birth to a new wave of pent-up creative energy and determined filmmakers along with Independent cinema groups started shaking the film industries rigid cage by building their own cinemas or staging guerrilla-style movie screenings throughout the country. The sign of the times created a generation gap in the film industry. This is their story.

Friday, 8 April 2016

INTERVIEW with filmmaker Nic Collins

What does your film express about today’s generation?

The big thing is how lonely and confused we are. We're always looking for that god-like being who will come and save us from ourselves. We revere cruel and narcissistic behavior and view earnestness and sincerity as naive. We are trying so hard not to live within our reality and escape into the screen around us.

What social circumstances lead you to make your new film?

Women in film are always represented as damsels and victims so we also wanted confront that idea and flip it on its head. So many honest people getting taken advantage of by a con man who pretends to be holy or represent some higher authority so we wanted to address that too with Mouth of Dog. Tinder being this cold miserably cold new way of meeting people to fuck really terrifies me too so we created an app called Bendr for the show. The big thing is taking Snake who represents a new born baby but also an alien baby who is thrown into the void and forced to make sense of it all. It was like "how would we have to explain all this shit to an alien?" When you try to explain or justify our societal norms you realize how dangerous and sad a lot of it. 

What do you think about the PINK8 Manifesto & Punk Cinema?

It's the only way!! Without the DIY culture of Chicago's underground art scene YOTS would have been very difficult to make. One thing that always infuriates me is someone saying that they can't make art because it costs too much. WELL THEN FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE IT WITH NOTHING. Im just so used to having no budget and having to pool resources and fund my own stuff I don't know how else to do it. I want filmmaking to feel like I'm playing with my friends and DIY/Punk cinema allows me to do so!

Whats next for you?

I'm making a movie about Martin Shkreli right now that's very close to being done. Also developing a paranormal sci film about an exorcist. I have some exciting music video projects coming up so that'll be fun to pour some weird ideas into! My next thing is probably going to be something more grounded and deals with the human condition and how loneliness leads us to regretful, sometimes painful decisions. Love movies, I guess but you know the messy sloppy bits of love. 

Straight Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival - Underground Cinema Word Wide

Independent underground film-maker Fabrizio Federico has joined forces with San Antonio video artist/music video director Laura Grace Robles to stage an innovative free week-long, online, independent film festival.

From today, 30 experimental and low-budget feature films and music videos -billed as anti-art art films, punk cinema, acid films and junk films - will be exclusively available online for the first-ever Straight Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival.
Supported by Punk London, the festival aims to support avant-garde filmmakers worldwide whose projects struggle to reach the regular film festival circuit and over 100 films and music videos were submitted to the organizers from all over the world.  

Fabrizio, who originates from the UK and went on to travel the world, living in Italy and America after surviving a house fire at 5 years old, says an appeal was put out for spontaneous and rebellious films which embodying an anarchic Punk Cinema ethos the test the limits and boundaries of institutionalized filmmaking.
“I think the future of cinema lies on You Tube and online viewing,” he says. “We want to challenge the conventional industry and give independent creative film makers a platform.
His present works include Black Biscuit (2012) and Pregnant (2015) and he is presently working on a documentary about the new generation of Underground Filmmaker here in the UK.. He also the accidental founder of the scandalous PINK8 film manifesto - a springboard for new filmmakers to create their own micro-budget opus.
The Straight Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival runs from today to April 7. The festival is advised for 18 year-olds and over and can be viewed at 

Thursday, 31 March 2016

INTERVIEW with filmmaker Birthday Gurl

What does your film express about today's generation? 
Nigga Booty Nights is about how  stereotype is more important than race and how the unborn stereotype is getting recognized for modern day slavery.

What social circumstances lead you to make your new film?

When I first saw the propaganda film behind the American holocaust I thought my life was over so I thought why not challenge my belief systems by making a film in the after math of this depression.

What do you think about the PINK8 Manifesto & Punk Cinema?

I think its the perfect movement for unhealthy films, junk film, anti art art film and revolutionary for guerrilla DIY film makers all around the world.

Whats next for you?
I’m going to focus on my completing my screenplays  and work on my music.