Hi! That’s it. Just saying hi. And talking about upcoming projects as vaguely as possible.
It’s Bar Mitzvah time, kids. StolenDress.com is 13 years old today. This year, we celebrate a number of milestones. Our first viral video is 15, Comedy on Vinyl turns 5 and is now in the earbuds of a few million listeners at WLOR.net, Dan and Jay’s Comedy Hour will hit 100 episodes, Lords of Soaptown is coming to DVD, and we’re rolling out our most unconventional feature film, piece by piece, through November.
I’m very proud that so much has happened through this website, especially since it originally started as a place for me to put my writing and resume. I wanted it to be a gathering place for young filmmakers, but it ended up being a place where my collaborations could find an online home when they didn’t get sold to someone.
The thing I’m most thankful for, though, is that I’ve lucked into a group of writers, actors, directors and producers who have given of their time to help me get my dream projects done. When I say “given,” I really mean that. Our early projects, and a lot of them still, depend on collaborating for free to get stuff made. This includes guys like Ray Nowosielski, Ryan Penington and Damien Salimeno shooting Lords of Soaptown for free. This includes my actors, writers and directors, like Rachel Lynn, Scott Pettis, Chad Newman, Doug Wilkinson-Gray, Matt Saxe, TJ Cencula, Laura Napoli, Dan Gomiller, Allen Rueckert, Jeremy Guskin and a ton of other people who helped me struggle through figuring out the original Looking Forward for EIGHT YEARS. This includes everyone who has put together a podcast and then let me distribute their shows, like Ari Jarvis, Dan Gomiller, Mike Worden, Richard Stroffolino, Matt Saxe and Levi Weinhagen, all of whom have at one time or another put their shows under the StolenDress banner. It includes my wife, Jen, who edited my latest book, Post-Modem. Anyone who helped me shoot our first webseries, InformNation, or the short film CSI: LA, or the pilot pieces for Dan and Jay’s Community Service, or Conan O’Brien’s Romance-A-Tee, or Ho! Christmas Tree or The Million McFly March. My amazing improviser/actor/producers who are creating individual blogs for Looking Forward: 2016 are geniuses, in no small measure.
I have lucked into knowing a lot of brilliant people who I hope know that I love them and appreciate that they do such amazing hard work for me, often with less guidance than I should provide. Thank you to everyone who trusts me enough to give me their time and their immense talent.
And dammit, Chad Newman, why did you propose that I buy this URL for no reason other than a whim, and why did I stick with it?
– Jason Klamm
The trailer for Looking Forward: 2016, because it makes me happy:
I was a guest on this week’s G.N.A. Podcast, partially to promote Post-Modem and partially to be an idiot on mic for a couple of hours and drink. It was a blast. You can listen here: http://ninjapancake.com/podcasts/g-n-e30-calling-jason-klamm/
In 2012, we released the feature film Looking Forward for free, on YouTube. It took eight years to complete, and by 2012, there was more than enough footage to finally put together the story of my fictional alter ego of the same name, preparing for his run for the presidency for 2020 (and 2016). You can still watch the film for free, below.
Now, in 2016, the first campaign-eligible year of his campaign (almost, he’s eligible in July), the fictional Jason Klamm’s story continues. Only this time, it isn’t being told in a traditional way. This is the world’s first film sequel to exist as a series of video blogs by over a dozen characters in the world of the campaign. Starting in March, these video blogs will roll out, day by day, beginning with Jason’s first campaign video.
Each weekend, we’ll be posting a re-cap of the video blogs of the week, and you’ll also be able to follow the story in its entirety from the point of view of someone else, watching the campaign a bit too closely, at WatchingForward.worpdress.com.
Matt and Jason make spots 1 and 2, respectively! Check out the list of 2015 fan favorites here: http://jackiekashian.tumblr.com/post/138843995238
In July 2014, we produced the Los Angeles staging of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years. You can watch the show in its entirety, here. Directed by Brian Robert Harris and starring Michael Worden and Laura Zimmerman.
Director: Brian Robert Harris
Written by: Jason Robert Brown
Starring: Michael Worden and Laura Zimmerman
Producers: Carly Worden and Jason Klamm
I’ve updated a PEZ dispenser I made out of LEGO awhile back. This video shows you that very dispenser that I once discussed with Jackie Kashian on her podcast.
I was a guest on Brock Wilbur’s awesome “Brock Party” podcast and you can give that shit a listen now. We talk about a little bit of everything, and he was kind enough to let me talk about my silly book, too.
Listen to the episode here: http://brockparty.podbean.com/e/episode-120-brandon-scott-wolf-megan-kelly-dunn-jason-klamm/
9 AM: Selling of raffle tickets, music begins and photo booth starts up
10:00: Costume contest #1
10:30: Raffle #1
11:00: Prop Contest #1 – Bring your props, too!
11:30: Raffle #2
12:00: Trivia Contest #1
12:30: Raffle #3
1:00: Hoverboard Decorating Contest – We bring the hoverboards, you decorate them and get your picture taken with them
1:30: Raffle #4
2:30: Raffle #5
3:00: Trivia Contest #2
3:30: Minor Strut Plays Set #1
4:00: Costume / Prop Contests #2
4:30: Minor Strut Plays Set #2
5:00: Final Raffle – Movie tickets for the Noon, 10/22 premiere of the documentary Back In Time!
5:30-6:00: Closing Ceremony / Final Group Photo
Raffle tickets will be available throughout the day and are $1 each. All proceeds go to TeamFox, so the more tickets you buy, the better chance you have to win, and the more you’re giving to charity. And the Clock Tower.*
There will be limited amounts of free bottles of water and apple slices, donated kindly by Burger King. Even though the BK is under renovation, they’re STILL hosting us, because they’re awesome. When you get really hungry, stop by Pizza Rev Burbank and 20% of what you buy will go to TeamFox.
Prizes for contests will include special event-only Million McFly March Logo t-shirts, McFly Family photos, Million McFly March posters and other items.
Download a PDF of this schedule here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B18JxW8yhSMJRVRxQnZCdmNBM3M
*Not really going to the non-existent clock tower, if you were wondering.
On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, StolenDress Entertainment is bringing the world the Million McFly March. Fans of the film will gather at the first real-world location used in Back to the Future (The Burbank Burger King at 545 N Victory Blvd, Burbank, California 91502), dressed as Marty McFly, to participate in the largest gathering of McFlys in history, and to help raise money for Parkinson’s research. Let’s gather on the day Marty travels to in Back to the Future II and, instead of mourning the lack of a hoverboard, let’s celebrate the film and help some people out in the process.
**UPDATE: Two raffle winners will get tickets to the Los Angeles premiere of the Back to the Future documentary Back in Time!
**UPDATE: A number of actors from the films have offered up autographed photos for raffle, including Harry Waters, Jr (Marvin Berry!), Jeffrey Weissman (George McFly in Parts I & II!) and Donald Fullilove (Goldie Wilson!)
**UPDATE: We’ll have raffles of Back to The Future Themed Art from brilliant artists like Adam Koford, Sara Pocock and Jenny Fine
You can donate now at the official TeamFox page for the event: bit.ly/millionmcflymarch, and we’re also looking at other team events to help raise more funds. We’re open to any suggestions fans of the movies have, as well.
The Facebook event page: bit.ly/mcfly2015
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