Thursday, 9 February 2017

Film premier: Pregnant in Portugal - Feb 22nd, 2017

Film premier of Fabrizio Federico's movie Pregnant (''the epitome of chaotic film poetry'') will be screening in Portugal on Feb 22nd in the city of Porto which will be presented by the renowned Film Panic Magazine.

'Film Panic Presents' which is a monthly program of underground cinema & experimental contemporary films continues this month and will also feature Avant Kinema's short Orphine

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Underground filmmaker Fabrizio Federico - Did you know that he....?

  • Was nicknamed Bibio by his family
  • Used to run away and look for WWII grenades in the local Italian mountains
  • Became a nude life model to fund his film 'Black Biscuit'
  • Was obsessed with ants and volcano's as a child 
  • Drove a van into an inflatable movie screen at the Tribeca Film Festival 
  • Was recruited at a party to appear in a telepathic communication's contest in the USA
  • Was a rapper in a band called NSC (New Suburban Crackers)
  • As a child he repeatedly shaved his head because he liked the hair cut of Holocaust prisoners
  • Survived a house fire at the age of five
  • Stole a chair from Aleister Crowley's notorious Boleskine House besides Loch Ness
  • Took part in a Past Regression Therapy interview where he recalled 5 past lives
  • Worked at a radio station but strapped for cash he worked as a gigolo in a nightclub called the Roxy
  • During a surprise visit to the Scientology headquarters in East Grinstead he helped a member escape by swapping clothes with them
  • His guitar teacher vanished and was put on a missing persons list but never found
  • Collapsed in Spain while filming 'Pregnant' during the desert scenes and was rescued by an old man     

Friday, 6 January 2017

Filmmaker Fabrizio Federico tours Aleister Crowley's Boleskine House

Hanging out in the notorious old pent house Boleskine.
The vibes in the place are unreal. I took a chair home, would have been a shame to see it ruined. It's like stepping into a void, especially the back room, black ooze drips from the taps and there's a sulfor scent mixed with weed in the house. Back of the house you can see the mountain scene that was used in the Song Remains the Same.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Cinema NEWS: Eccentric Charm And A Short Attention Span Brings Sparks in 'LOON'

He's a bit of an enigma, filmmaker Fabrizio Federico (aka Jett Hollywood). Take this year, he's starred in two celebrated international underground films 'The Kingdom Of Shadows' & 'In Search Of The Exile' in which he exhibits his 'primal therapy' acting technique, suffering a nervous breakdown brought on by insomnia during the shoots, followed by back to back projects in state of the nation film 'Anarchy In The UK', made on the road as his Ziggy Stardust alter-ego Jett Hollywood. The film has followed cancellations in certain movie theaters do to disputes over the film's content regarding cinema bodies.

''I just feel things are really building up after 2016, everything's about to explode, and Im not talking about Armageddon.''

His next project 'Loon' has been in pre-production, the movie has been filmed in shady locations through out the macabre country side of the Midlands. Including abandoned karate studios, ghost hunts, and at live vintage rock & roll shows. 

''It's been a really confusing year, amusing with lots of happy accidents. I've got a really warped sense of humor about how a film come's together, you cast a spell and you watch it all come true. And the guitar playing has been a blast, just being able to go mad on stage, it's like setting a stick of dynamite alight, the anticipation washes over you before you blast off! Mixing cinema and rock & roll together is a lethal ritual.''

Federico's wigged out sense of style when it come's to cinema is quite scrappy. Storing graveyard soil inside his guitar case, pouring toothpaste on actors faces and his habit of improvising whole movies based on a chosen image puts him in a class of filmmakers (Lars Von Trier, Harmony Korine, Xavier Dolan, Werner Herzog) who see the process of making a film as one of the last true adventures in modern society.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Straight-Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival - SUBMISSIONS

Straight-Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival 2017 is now open for Feature Film submissions and Music Videos. It's FREE to submit till June 3rd.
To submit your work for the 2017 Festival's consideration, simply email us a YouTube link to your Feature film (must be over 70min in length) or to your Music Video (must be for a gigging band).
Please also include your production info, bio, website and film synopsis to:

Submission Deadline is June 3rd, 2017

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

British Voodoo - The Black Art of Cinema

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. 
Call it alchemy, the occult, mysticism - Not everybody is prepared to get on their knees and bewitch the spirits into leading you artistically.

Lucifer Rising (1972)
Lilith (1964)

Pregnant (2016)
Attenberg (2010)
Animal House (1978)
Performance (1970)
Gummo (1997)

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.