Monday, February 13, 2012

Lend a Puppet a Hand

So, I may have mentioned once or twice that I have three beautiful, clever, and talented children.  And I may have mentioned that one of them is a puppeteer/filmaker, or possibly a filmaker/puppeteer-it's hard to keep these hyphens straight. That would be Number One Son, Brendan.

Anyway, one weekend not long ago, Brendan got the idea to make a short film for entry into the Virgin Radio Fake Film Festival and he gathered together a few of his friends and shot this:

Requiem for A Dream in 60 Seconds (With Puppets)

This is Darren Aronofsky's disturbing story of drug addiction and it's impact on four interconnected people, compacted into a 60-second highlight clip, featuring puppets instead of the original cast of Jared Leto, Marlon Wayans, Jennifer Conelly, and Ellen Burstyn.  Even if you haven't seen the original film, you can pretty much follow its story in this short video.  If you have seen the original, this is almost more disturbing. And/or hilarious.

Brendan's film has made it into the top 24 and is eligible for the grand prize of $10,000 and the People's Choice prize of $1,000.  It would be awesome if you could take a moment and go to Virgin Radio's website and scroll down to the bottom of the page to submit your vote for Requiem for a Dream.  And, while you're there, take a minute or two (or twenty-three) to watch some of the other films entered, too.

But vote for this one, okay?

'cuz a puppet could use a hand every now and then.


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  2. ALMOST as disturbing as Nicki Minaj's performance at the Grammy's...but I voted for it anyway ;)!

    And yes, your Number One Son is VERY talented...he must have inherited those jeans from his mother ;).