The 2008 romantic eco-thriller Birdemic: Shock and Terror was and continues to be a favorite around the Cinedelphia offices. If you’re unfamiliar, imagine a low-budget tribute to The Birds that recalls the production qualities of The Room though Birdemic writer/director James Nguyen’s work is far more endearing than that of the self-aggrandizing Tommy Wiseau.
So James has completed a sequel to the modern cult favorite titled Birdemic 2: The Resurrection (featuring return characters!), and I’m proud to announce that I’ve been speaking with producer Jeff Gross about hosting the Philadelphia Premiere at PhilaMOCA this December. It’ll happen, and it’ll be special, but in the meantime the Birdemic 2 gang are currently trying to raise funds to take care of post-production costs as well as the noble burden of self-distribution.
“I’m really excited to be handling distribution for Birdemic 2,” said producer Jeff Gross. “We’re going to release it theatrically to all cities demanding it, including PhilaMOCA where we’ll premiere it exclusively for the Philly market. The film was funded, produced, and will be released on a completely independent level in order to keep James’ sincere, honest, and non-ironic vision as pure as possible. There are hard post-production costs that add to the initial budget, thus we need your support and donations to make it a reality and get it out in theaters by year’s end. We’re so close!”
Jeff went on to explain how signing a distribution deal will likely interfere with the director’s final cut of the film and will also bump the film’s release to 2013, not to mention likely eliminate the chance that it will screen in Philadelphia. So get on it, Cinedelphians! Support truly worthwhile independent cinema! Donate here, the incentives are many: http://www.indiegogo.com/thisisbirdemic
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.