Have you ever seen a Troma film? If ‘yes’ then you know that Troma is synonymous with truly gonzo and, some might say, inspiring, head crushing, blood gushing, boob popping, mash-up’s of horror, sci-fi and schlock comedy. If you’ve never seen a Troma film you’ve for sure seen some of Troma’s influences, like Troma protegee James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s South Park, or Quinton Tarantino’s Grindhouse. Either way, you’re in for a treat on June 29th, when we premiere Troma’s first virtual reality film experience:
Premier of Troma’s First VR Film
“Heart of Fartness: Toxie’s Toxic Twin Trauma,”
When: June 29th at 7pm
Where: IFP Media Center, 30 John Street in Dumbo
Tickets: Free, but you must rsvp here!
Here at KitSplit, we are more than just admirers of Troma. We are family. Literally. Lloyd Kaufman the President of Troma Entertainment is my dad, and his work inspired me to join up with cofounders Kristina and Ken to start KitSplit. (3 of us pictured below. Just kidding that’s not Kristina and Ken, that’s me, age 10, with my dad and sister, Charlotte Kaufman, on the set of Tromeo and Juliet). You could say that Troma is part of the reason that KitSplit exists.
If you have never seen a Troma film you might be wondering, what actually is Troma? Troma is America’s longest-running truly independent film studio. They’ve been making low budget indie films for 50 years and have spawned the geniuses listed above along with cult classics like the Toxic Avenger, Tromeo and Juliet, and most recently Return to Nuke ‘Em High Part 1 and 2.
If you HAVE seen a Troma film, you’re probably wondering, what the hell was it like growing up as the daughter the man the New York Times called “the schlock-movie impresario?” That is a blog post for another day.
The point is that my dad inspired me because he has long been an advocate for independent filmmakers. As Chairman of the Independent Film & TV Alliance, and author of the book series Make Your Own Damn Movie – he has been fighting for and encouraging generations of young, emerging filmmakers to pursue their passions and follow their dreams- even if those dreams includes crazy as hell shit that no one in hollywood would touch.
At Kitsplit we are inspired by Troma and many other forces in the film world working to democratize filmmaking and the storytelling process. That’s why we love doing what we do. We hope that by making gear rentals easier and more affordable and helping people make money renting the gear they own- we’re helping our amazing members tell their story and get their craziest dreams (or freakiest nightmares) seen on the big screen.
So come get inspired, (and who knows maybe a little grossed out or shocked or bloodied) with us and the Troma Team on June 29th for the Heart of Fartness VR experience!
About the Heart of Fartness: Troma Entertainment’s first VR experience, “Heart of Fartness: Toxie’s Toxic Twin Trauma,” a visionary 15 minute VR movie that draws inspiration from Francis Ford Coppola’s “APOCALYPSE NOW” and Joseph Conrad’s “HEART OF DARKNESS”. Shot on location in Panama, New York, New Jersey, and the San Blas Islands.
Toxie has a major midlife crisis and must travel to a mythical land called the “Heart of Fartness”, deep in the Panamanian jungle, in order to regain his place as the first Super-Human-Hero from New Jersey!
About Troma Entertainment
Established in 1974 by Yale friends Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, Troma Entertainment is arguably the longest-running independent movie studio in the world, and it’s one of the very few genuine brand names in the industry. World famous for movie classics like Kaufman’s “The Toxic Avenger”, “Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead”, “Class of Nuke ’em High”, “Tromeo & Juliet”, Trey Parker’s “Cannibal! The Musical”, and Charles Kaufman’s “Mother’s Day”, Troma’s seminal films are now being remade as big-budget mainstream productions by the likes of Brett Ratner, Richard Saperstein, and Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman. Early work of many of today’s luminaries can be found in Troma’s library of 1000 films, cartoons, TV shows and shorts. Jenna Fischer, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Costner, Fergie, Vincent D’Onofrio, Samuel L. Jackson, James Gunn and Eli Roth are just a few. Troma’s latest in house productions are “Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Volumes 1 & 2”. Follow Troma on Twitter and like their Facebook page!
About Lloyd Kaufman: President of Troma Entertainment and Creator of The Toxic Avenger
Lloyd Kaufman is co-founder, with Yale friend Michael Herz, of the 43-year-old legendary Troma Entertainment, which is arguably the longest running independent movie studio in the world. 2017 marks Kaufman’s 50th year of making feature length movies. He directed many of Troma’s feature films, including the world famous “The Toxic Avenger”, “Class of Nuke ‘Em High”, “Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD”, “Tromeo & Juliet’, and “Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead”. Kaufman has written six books on filmmaking and has presented his “Make Your Own Damn Movie” master classes globally from Oxford University to Singapore. Part one of his two-part event film, “Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1”, produced in association with STARZ, premiered in The Contenders series at New York’s Museum of Modern Art along with movies by the Coen Brothers, Martin Scorsese, and Woody Allen. Kaufman is currently finishing work on “Return to Return to Nuke ‘Em High aka Vol. 2” and preparing a Tromatized version of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and “The Toxic Avenger Part 5: Grime & Punishment”. To thank Troma fans for over 40 years of support, Kaufman and Michael Herz offer over 250 free feature length movies, cartoons, and new daily content on the Troma Movies YouTube Channel. You can also follow Lloyd on Twitter and Instagram, or check out his fan site!
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