How 'South Park' influenced TromaDance Film Festival
Posted on August 14, 2015
The creation myth of the TromaDance Film Festival in Brooklyn this weekend is that it was started in 1999, when "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were treated rudely at Sundance.
This 16th annual edition features: "Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 2," about teenagers fighting mutant bullies; and "Clinger," starring scream-queen Debbie Rochon.
Troma chief Lloyd Kaufman, best known for creating "The Toxic Avenger," says "Clinger" is "a Hitchcockian and Raimi-ish combination of hilarity and horror all rolled up into the most entertaining cinematic enchilada you will see this year."
Pictures from the 2015 TromaDance Festival!
Posted on August 13, 2015
TromaDance will be screening Skinner's This Horror Most Unreal
Posted on July 13, 2015
The Troma Team is thrilled to announce that "This Horror Most Unreal" is an official TD selection. Directed by acclaimed artist Skinner and Max Minor, the film is "an animated silent black & white cavalcade of forgotten evil. Venture to realms of frightening new realities, rife with dangers unknown to mortal man."
The film will headline TromaDance's Animated Block on July 25th. The Troma Team will be announcing it's official features next week.
NEW FILMS ADDED: Rodney Ascher's The Nightmare, Luke Hyams' X Moor, and Michael Steves' Clinger
Posted on July 7, 2015
The Nightmare (USA) "shows a truth more frightening than fiction," warns The Guardian, and has been hailed by critics since premiering at this year's Sundance and South by Southwest film festivals.
Written and directed by Luke Hyams, X Moor was described by TromaDance founder, Lloyd Kaufman, as "the most frightening and surprising movie that TromaDance has ever presented. I'm still having nightmares and they ain't the Rodney Asher's kind."
Kaufman, also goes on to say that Clinger directed by Michael Steves, "is a Hitchcockian and Raimi-ish combination of hilarity and horror all rolled up into the most entertaining cinematic enchilada you will seen this year." The film features the queen of independent cinema, Debbie Rochon.
Georgia and Matt ravel to the remote English Exmoor to capture footage of legendary panthers that are said to roam the moor. When the couple is joined by animal tracker Fox, they realize they are not the only people in the wilderness, and that they might be the hunted ones...from the producer of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
Fern Petersen has her life turned upside down when her overly affectionate boyfriend, Robert Klingher, dies in an embarrassing accident. When Robert returns from the dead as a love-sick ghost, he plots to kill Fern so they can be together forever.
The TromaDance Selection Committee will also be announcing a "Secret Selection" in the coming days. Final arrangements are being made to secure this surprise. Kaufman stated "this year TromaDance is unspooling the very best movies in our 16th year of history. Just the fact that TromaDance can 'unspool' digital films is further proof of how this festival is amazing."
TromaDance After Party Announced!: July 25th - The Paper Box NYC
Posted on June 30, 2015
Troma Entertainment announced it's TromaDance 2015 after-party lineup today with the release of an official event poster. The infamous TromaDance afterparty, hailed as "The weirdest and best show Williamsburg has seen in a long while," features a thrilling performance from four NYC-native bands: Unicorn Smack, The Sweet Things, Bootblacks and Gowanus Mutant Kommandos. The afterparty, scheduled to begin at 10pm on July 25th, is primed to be the most exciting celebration in the festival's 16 year history.
The Drunkin' Rock n' Roll of The Sweet Things.
The Brooklyn based, post punk Bootblacks.
Short Movies Final Selections To Be Announced Monday, June 15!
Posted on June 15, 2015
The 16th Annual Tromadance Film Festival acceptance committee will announce this Monday, June 15th, the list of short films that will be playing at Paperbox Theater big screen during this year edition.
The titles have been selected from more than 400 submissions from all over the world and represent the finest of independent filmmaking.
Feature Film selections will be announced few days later.
The 2016 edition of Tromadance will be held in the Paperbox Theater in Brooklyn, NY, on June 24th and 25th. As always Tromadance is completely FREE. Submission fee FREE. Admission FREE. Red carpet FREE. The only film festival from the people, of the people and by the people.
Also enjoy the official #SaveNukeEmHigh Music Video
FrightPix Presents: TROMADANCE 2015 at The Paper Box, NYC - July 24-25!
Posted on May 15, 2015
The Troma Team is proud to announce that the 16th ALL FREE Tromadance Film Festival will take place on July 24 and 25, 2015, at The Paper Box in Brooklyn, NY. As they have for 16 years, true cinephiles can shed their stressful workaday troubles and celebrate, en masse, the wonder that is genuine independent cinema!
The Toxic Avenger polishes his garments for Tromadance's night premiere.
According to Wikipedia "The idea for TromaDance was developed by Troma president Lloyd Kaufman, who got the idea from South Park co-creator Trey Parker (whose debut film, Cannibal! The Musical, was distributed by Troma). Feeling that Sundance had become too "Hollywood" by charging film-makers high fees to entry his movies, showing multi-million-dollar "independent" movies and practicing an elitist structure and film selection process, Parker urged Kaufman to create his own film festival that was the direct independent opposite of Sundance, one that was completely FREE! and focused on independently produced film that was made without the Hollywood system in order to give first-time filmmakers a chance at getting their work seen.
Trey Parker, Lloyd Kaufman and Matt Stone right before the threesome that conceived TROMADANCE.
Troma's annual two day film festival, Tromadance, has grown into an event that filmmakers and fans come from all over this big blue marble to attend. Since its early beginnings as a DIY grassroots alternative in Park City, Utah, TromaDance has never charged filmmakers to submit their work. All TromaDance screenings are free of charge. With the festival's strict "No VIP Policy", celebrities and fans are treated equally, including admission to the now legendary closing party.
Toxie escorts filmmakers James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Ti West (The House of the Devil), and Queens World Film Festival director Katha Cato, during one of Tromadance's acclaimed panels.
Last June, TromaDance made the jump from Asbury Park, New Jersey to landmark The Paper Box in Brooklyn, NY. It was by far the most successful year in the festival's history. Both days saw The Paper Box packed to capacity from open to close and on into the night. The Brooklyn Vegan dubbed the Tromadance Afterparty: "The weirdest and best show Williamsburg has seen in a long while." Now, in 2015, Tromadance is poised to surpass last year's success but still keep the spotlight on independent filmmaking across the globe.
Troma fans celebrate independent art and ALL FREE Film Festivals at Brooklyn's The Paperbox during Tromadance 2014.
Tromadance 2015 is brought to you by FrightPix, one of the most popular streaming services exclusively dedicated to horror films. Offering horror films completely for free, Frightpix is a proud supporter of independent horror productions. The service is available on Roku, Xbox 360, the web and mobile devices and offers a broad choice of hundreds of horror movies, including a selection of Troma's most popular classics such as the Toxic Avenger, The Seduction of Dr. Fugazzi, Class of Nuke 'Em High, Tromeo and Juliet, Bigfoot, A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell and many more. Frightpix will be present at Tromadance 2015.
The Troma Team is working hard to complete the final selection of finest films from all over the globe that will be showed at the 16th annual tromadance Film Festival. Stay tuned at Tromadance official webpage and the Tromadance's official Facebook for updates and further information.
To learn more about FrightPix, the Official Sponsor of Tromadance 2015 please visit frightpix.com
The Paper Box is located at 17 Meadow St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
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The 15th Annual TromaDance 2014 in New York City re-cap!
Posted on August 25, 2014
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Thank YOU for making the 15th Annual TromaDance Film Festival the Best TromaDance Yet!
Posted on July 3, 2014
Horror! Comedy! Suspense! Music! Science!! The 15th Annual TromaDance Film Festival had everything the most rabid cinephile, pickiest independent film connoisseur, or die hard Troma fan could ask for. In spades. What it had most though was support from across the world over for truly independent art!
The Paper Box, a New York city art compound, hosted the two day festival allowing attendees ample space to enjoy the films as well as the creative atmosphere in which they could roam and network. Sgt. KabukiM'am NYPD and one festival-goer enjoy the beautiful New York weather outside in the courtyard of the Paper Box.
With TromaDance being the festival that premiered films like Human Centipede and the Taint, this year's films had a lot to live up to and they did not disappoint. Drew Bolduc's Science Team received a standing ovation and Troma fans ate up PopcornFlix's Evil Feed. Director Chrzu came all the way from Finland for the World Premiere of his film "NightSatan & the Loops of Doom" and we're sure the crowd's reaction made the many miles he traveled all worth it.
NewGrounds.Com animator Emily Youcis got up close and personal with TromaDance attendees participating in an interactive Q & A session moderated by Master of Ceremonies, Lloyd Kaufman after giving an exclusive sneak peak at her upcoming Alfred Alfer feature film.
The Netherlands, Mannequin Pussy, Dawn of Humans, and Hellbent Hooker (pictured below) unleashed alcohol soaked, New York City Rock n' Roll war-dances all over the TromaDance stage in front of a full capacity crowd. Literally. The Troma merch tables had to be put away to fit any more people into the building!
*Photo by Noisey
Not only were fans walking away with Raffled Prizes like this brand new camera from one of our sponsors Lomography...
But we were also presented with some pretty Fan-Toxic Fan Art!
Also at TromaDance, our friends at Grey Matter Art unveiled this Brand New, Limited Edition "Toxic Avenger" screen-printed film poster designed by Godmachine!
We will have a limited number of these at our next stop this weekend, SuperCon! See you in Miami!
We would like to thank all of the filmmakers, PopcornFlix, Drafthouse Films, our sponsors PopChips, Forbidden Planet, Lomography, the PIT, HorrorBoobs, Dub Pies, Grey Matter Art, performers SylvaDean and Me, Murderfist, Hellbent Hooker, Mannequin Pussy, the Netherlands, Dawn of Humans, and everyone who attended and made the 15th Annual TromaDance our BEST one yet!