Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of the Internet,

How are you? I am fine. It is my great pleasure to be writing you with this reminder that next week, on the day after Thanksgiving, our mutual friends from Never Not Funny will be hosting the third annual Pardcast-A-Thon to benefit the charity Smile Train. This is an event you do NOT want to miss!

Never Not Funny at SF Sketchfest
For 12 hours, beginning at 6 PM (Pacific Time) on November 25, 2011 and going until 6 AM (still Pacific Time) on November 26, 2011, hosts Jimmy Pardo, Matt Belknap, and Pat Francis will be welcoming special celebrity guests for a marathon of comedy podcasting. If you missed your chance at tickets to attend the show live at the Acme Comedy Theatre in Los Angeles, you can still watch it streaming LIVE at pardcast.com and most importantly donate to Smile Train.

Like last year, we from portroids.com will be there taking portroids of all the guests backstage. Those original portroids will be auctioned off after the event with all proceeds benefiting Smile Train. This year I will be using the Black Frame Silver Shade film from the Impossible Project for an extra cool memento (here are a couple samples of how this film looks: example 1, example 2, example 3 (see? pretty cool, right?)). We will also, once again, be creating a limited edition commemorative book featuring all the backstage portroids plus photos taken at the event by famed LA-based comedy photographer Liezl Estipona. Proceeds from the sale of the book will also all be donated to Smile Train.

While the guest list for Pardcast-A-Thon is primarily a surprise, a few names have been announced on this blog from iconvsicon.com including returning favorites Sarah Silverman, Andy Richter, and Greg Behrendt. Click through to Icon vs. Icon to see which other first-time celebrity guest has been announced.

Jimmy Pardo will be a guest on "CONAN" this Thursday (Nov 17, 2011) to promote Pardcast-A-Thon, so stay up and watch it, or record it on your DVR/TiVo/VCR and watch it. Just be sure to watch it. Also, check out the Pardo Patrol on teamcoco.com. Very funny!

Here are the portroids taken at last year's Pardcast-A-Thon (in poster form, as seen in the NNF videos hanging on the studio wall):
Pardcast-A-Thon 2010 poster: Jimmy Pardo, Matt Belknap, Pat Francis, Rob Corddry, Rich Sommer, Jesse Thorn, Sarah Silverman, Steve Agee, Danielle Fishel, Tom Dreesen, Danielle Koenig, Aimee Mann, Kevin Pollak, Andy Richter, Paul Gilmartin, Jen Kirkman, Paul F. Tompkins, Todd Levin, Graham Elwood, Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg, Paul Rust, Tami Sagher, Doug Benson, Greg Behrendt, Mike Schmidt, Dave Holmes, Eliot Hochberg, and Dan Katz

This event is so much fun and for such a great charity. Please make sure to watch/listen to it streaming live on November 25 - 26 from 6 PM to AM and donate to Smile Train! If you're in the audience, be sure to say hi to me. See you there!!


Monday, November 14, 2011

SDFF34: James Cromwell

The 34th Starz Denver Film Festival ended yesterday and like every previous year it was an incredible amount of fun. I was able to take in over a dozen films and got to do a handful of interviews. One such interview occurred on Saturday, November 12, 2011 with actor James Cromwell. You know him from everything. He has been acting on stage and screen for over 50 years (Babe, LA Confidential, Six Feet Under, W, to name a few) and has been a vocal advocate for many causes (veganism, Black Panthers, the Occupy movement, to name a few).

He was at SDFF to receive the much-deserved Mayor's Career Achievement Award and to present two of his upcoming films: "A Year In Mooring" and "The Artist".

It was an honor to get to meet him and to be granted an interview. I also took two portroids, my favorite being the black and white one using Impossible Project's Black Frame Silver Shade film (seen below).
James Cromwell at the 34th Starz Denver Film Festival

You can listen to our interview here:

Enjoy, and make sure to see his new films and all his past and future projects. You won't regret it.


Friday, November 04, 2011

SDFF34: Bench Seat

One of the greatest things about film festivals is the ability to see short films which you would otherwise not get a chance to see. I was particularly excited about one short film at this year's Starz Denver Film Festival because it was based on a play by my favorite playwright Neil LaBute. It is called "Bench Seat" and was directed by Anna Mastro.

Playwright / Screenwriter - Neil LaBute

The action of the play takes place in the front bench seat of a car overlooking a city. A couple with differing ideas of the course of their relationship discuss potential issues surrounding the possibility of a break-up. The filmed version takes on a life of it's own thanks to the vision of it's director, Anna Mastro, who fleshed out the narrative by making it a musical.
Director - Anna Mastro

The film is beautifully shot, excellently directed, and wonderfully acted by stars Cassie Scerbo and Kyle Riabko. With original songs by Teddy Geiger and Anna Mastro, lovely colorful choreographed musical interludes interlace refreshingly with the bench seat dialogue. Anna's drive and passion for the Hollywood musical shine through and her love of LaBute's writing make this film thoroughly enjoyable and something I recommend you see.

I had the chance to sit down with Anna Mastro today in the Filmmaker Lounge to discuss the short film. You can listen to that interview here:

Tonight's screening was sold out, but there are still tickets available for Shorts 3: In The Name of Love tomorrow (Nov 5, 2011) at noon. Other shorts in the program include: All in All, The Bird Spider, Clear Blue, Splitscreen: A Love Story, Time and Love, and Waiting Room.