Announcing XOXO Film
XOXO is exactly two weeks away! If you follow @xoxo on Twitter, you'll know that we launched our official site, updated the amazing list of attendees, and sent out registration emails to every badgeholder to get your badges/shirts printed. (If you didn't get it, check your spam filter!)
Today, we're happy to announce our lineup for XOXO Film on Saturday night, September 15, from 7pm to midnight. We're bringing some of our all-time favorite video projects to the top floor of the YU Contemporary, with the creative people behind them to talk a little about their work. Get your popcorn and Red Vines ready.
Selections from Minecraft: The Story of Mojang & Double Fine Adventure
Since 2005, Portland-based 2 Player Productions has carved out a niche for themselves documenting gamer culture, from their 2008 chiptune documentary Reformat the Planet to the acclaimed first season of Penny Arcade: The Series.
But in the last year and a half, 2PP found themselves leading two blockbuster Kickstarter projects, as the video production team behind Double Fine Adventure, Kickstarter's highest-funded videogame project, and the creators of Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, the third-most funded film of 2011 on Kickstarter.
2 Player Productions' cofounders Paul Owens and Asif Siddiky will kick off the night, debuting brand new footage from their upcoming Minecraft documentary and selections from the Double Fine Adventure episodic series previously only seen by project backers.
Indie Game: The Movie
Indie Game: The Movie is one of the most honest and agonizing films about the creative process you'll ever see. Canadian filmmakers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky followed the bearded game designers behind the critically-acclaimed Fez and Super Meat Boy as they desperately worked to finish their games, risking their lives in the process.
Funded by two Kickstarter projects, and the first feature-length film distributed on VHX and Steam, IG:TM is paving new ground for the funding and distribution of independent film. Earlier this year, it won Best Editing at Sundance, was optioned for HBO by the producer of The Social Network for a television series, and currently sits with an impressive 92% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
James and Lisanne will join us after the film to answer your questions.
Heat Vision and Jack
Before Channel 101 and Acceptable.tv, and a decade before Community, Dan Harmon got his start writing the best unaired television pilot of all time — Heat Vision and Jack.
Directed by Ben Stiller, Jack Black stars as Jack Austin, a renegade astronaut turned into the world's smartest man after being exposed to inappropriate levels of solar energy when he flew too close to the sun, turning him into the world's smartest man during the daylight. Owen Wilson voices Heat Vision, his motorcycle with the mind of Jack's unemployed roommate. It's just about the best thing ever, and Fox rejected it.
Dan Harmon will give us the behind-the-scenes story of the Internet cult classic, and hopefully, an inside look at why TV networks make the questionable decisions that they do.
Star Wars Uncut: The Director's Cut
Take the most-adored science fiction adventure of all time, split it into 472 15-second clips, and ask thousands of fans to remake their favorite segment however they see fit. The result? The Emmy award-winning (!) Star Wars Uncut, arguably the most insane and impressive fan-film of all time.
The Director's Cut takes the best version of each segment and assembles it back into a two-hour collage spanning every form of visual media — including papercraft, machinima, Claymation, Lego, hand puppets, and plenty of adorably-costumed kids and pets.
And, today, they announced Empire Uncut. Star Wars Uncut creators Casey Pugh, Jamie Wilkinson, and Chad Pugh will be on-hand to answer all your questions about both projects, and maybe even share a surprise or two.
SO EXCITED. See you there!