POP MEETS THE VOID follows the journey of an aspiring musician as he struggles to write, record and release his first album after 15 years of toiling in obscurity. Told through a series of parallel narratives that explore varying levels of success, the film touches on the complex nature of creating in obscurity for an unknown audience and the paradoxes of success. The film's fractured narratives overlap, intertwine and never end in this surrealist comedy. Pop Meets the Void is inspired by the collapse of the music industry and the rebirth of the musician industry in the age of the Internet. The soundtrack to the film is comprised of original songs by writer/director William Cusick.
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William Cusick (writer/director/composer) directed the award-winning experimental road movie Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road) which is streaming free on NoBudge.com from Sept 17 to Oct 17. Cusick has directed short films for Pantry Boy Comedy (written by comedian Alexis Pereira, who appears in Pop Meets the Void) and music videos for artists including Susan Marshall, David Lang, Buke & Gase, Pacific Theater, and Avenarius. From 2004-2012, he created 7 highly acclaimed productions with Temporary Distortion. For the past ten years, Cusick produced, directed and designed video projections for live performances of theater, dance, opera and music featured on Broadway, Off-Broadway and internationally.
Cusick's 2013 showreel -
TaraFawn Marek (Producer) produced the award-winning Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road), as well as the short film Songs for Songs, numerous music videos and she co-produced the video content for the NYC-based experimental theater group Temporary Distortion. TaraFawn and William have worked together for over a decade on dozens of projects for stage and screen.
Jonathan Weiss (Animation & Visual Effects) created the lush and beautiful worlds of Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road) using unique and complex animation techniques. Jon has created animations and effects for a wide-range of projects, including films, online videos, advertising and video content for live performance integration. Jon and William have collaborated on projects for over 7 year together in a wide variety of mediums.
Bart Cortright (Cinematographer) was director of photography for the short film Songs for Songs with Cusick (see above), the music video I'm Gonna Die for Young Jean Lee's original music project Future Wife as well as numerous music videos and content for PigPen Theater Company and other groups in NYC.
Jeffrey Doto and Kyle Rothermel are the co-writers of the soundtrack with writer/director William Cusick. The three composers have collaborated on music projects for nearly 20 years together.
The core team of artists have collaborated for years together and created the award-winning experimental film Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road) on a micro-budget. We've been through the process of making a film, and we're excited to do it again on a longer script with greater complexity and deeper personal meaning.
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