Lloyd Kaufman's Make Your Own Damn Movie! [5 Discs] [DVD]

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Special Features

  • Three full-length behind-the-scenes documentaries: "All the Love You Cannes" (film distribution), "The Making of Terror Firmer" and "Apocalypse Soon: The Making of Citizen Toxie"
  • Workshop deconstruction edition of "Battle of Love's Return," Lloyd's early "no budget" movie, released theatrically in 1971
  • Lessons on making your own damn: Music video, comic book, movie theatre, video store, film festival and more!


All the Love You Cannes
With the possible exception of John Waters, no one in contemporary American cinema has built a more remarkable career out of the concept of creative bad taste than the folks at Troma Team Pictures. Troma founders Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz have been offering up a dizzying blend of sex, violence, and appallingly rude humor in dozens of ultra-low budget features since they opened up shop in 1971, scoring cult successes with films like The Toxic Avenger, Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D., and Terror Firmer. Now Lloyd Kaufman and partners in crime Sean McGrath and Gabriel Friedman have made a documentary about the Cannes Film Festival, which is both the world's most prestigious international film competition and the world's biggest independent film market, where producers from around the world come to sell their wares. All the Love You Cannes offers a look at the crassly commercial (and less widely examined) side of Cannes, offering friendly advice for novice producers looking to sell their product, as well as the skinny on how Troma have been able to pitch their wildly eccentric product to theaters and video markets all over the globe. The film also offers a look at the sleazy underbelly of the Cannes festival, as well as how Troma lost their suite at the Ritz-Carlton hotel. Appropriately enough, All the Love You Cannes premiered (out of competition) at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

The Battle of Love's Return
Long before organizing Troma Pictures with Michael Herz, filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman ground out the 16-millimeter comedy Battle of Love's Return. In contrast to the later raunchy output of Troma, this highly personal piece is an innocuous tale of a born schlemiel. Kaufman himself plays the leading role of a New Jersey naif who finds himself a fish out of water in bad old New York. Lynn Lowry plays Kaufman's "Dream Girl," while the nasty Mr. Crumb is portrayed by Kaufman's father Stanley Kaufman. Battle of Love's Return can mercifully be described as amateurish, but its heart is in the right place. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Make Your Own Damn Movie!
Based on Troma President Lloyd Kaufman's 2003 book Make Your Own Damn Movie, this comprehensive lesson in producing movies outside of the mainstream studio system gives filmmakers all the tools needed to see their film through from first draft to final cut. Sometimes hilarious but always enlightening, Make Your Own Damn Movie! is a full production course that draws on Kaufman's real-life experiences as a director and producer to show how anyone can make a movie if they only put their mind to it. You don't need to be a Hollywood player in order to get a movie made, and by following Kaufman's advice on financing, production, special effects, making the most out of a limited budget, marketing, distribution, and getting your film into festivals, you'll have your movie showing on the big screen in no time. Additional advice from George A. Romero, Hershell Gordon Lewis, Stan Lee, Eli Roth, William Lustig, John Badham, and John G. Avildsen serve to inform and inspire, while a special deconstruction workshop edition of Kaufman's 1971 film The Battle of Love's Return shows aspiring filmmakers how to approach their craft with a more critical eye. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Farts of Darkness: The Making of Terror Firmer
Apocalypse Soon: The Making of Citizen Toxie

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