On June 17, 2013, the PromaxBDA conference kicked off with an Elite Party thrown by 99 Tigers, Univision and Oishi Creative. Guests took an elevator to the 15th floor Perch Restaurant in downtown LA to enjoy cocktails, tasty food offerings, and mingling galore. Then, without notice, a time portal from the future opened and everyone’s lives changed forever. Technotronic Jamface, the world’s most futuristic band from the future, stepped through the portal and made attendees hear and feel things they’d never heard or felt before. The band, consisting of Microphone J Fox (Hype Man) Francis Scott Keyboard (Keyboard, Guitar, Vocals) Charlize Theremin (Theremin, Glockenspiel) and Bongo Starr (Bongos), performed four original songs, enrapturing the crowd with a magical spell of music. Attendees reportedly said, “My life has changed forever” and “I’m going to go home and destroy all my cassette tapes because after this all other music sounds like garbage.” When their set ended, Technotronic Jamface stepped back through the time portal to their home, 18 months in the future. Will they ever be seen or heard from again? Attend the next 99 Tigers event and you’ll see for yourself. In the meantime you can see them in action here:
99 Tigers is proud to announce that comedy director/writer Todd Berger has joined our team.
Todd hails from New Orleans and has been making movies since age 11 (Dick Tracy vs. Dr. Bubbles, in which he also starred). His first feature, The Scenesters, played over 30 film festivals in 2010 and won Most Interesting Film at the Slamdance Film Festival. His feature-length documentary Don’t Eat The Baby: Adventures at post-Katrina Mardi Gras played on the final night of the 2007 New Orleans Film Festival. His most recent film, It’s A Disaster, had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival and will be released later this year. Todd works as a screenwriter and actor in Los Angeles, with scripts currently in development at MGM, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures, Jim Henson Productions, and The Disney Channel.
Here’s a review of his recent film from the Guardian:
Los Angeles Film Festival: It’s a Disaster is a triumph
Todd Berger’s comedy drama about four couples spending their last night on earth together deserves a wide audience
At the after-party for the Los Angeles Film Festival’s premiere of Todd Berger’s comedy drama It’s a Disaster at the Hotel Figeuroa, the blue drink tickets are being handed over the bar faster than you can say “not another apocalyptic couples brunch movie.” Around the pool, actor David Cross is being asked for possibly the 100th time if there’s going to an Arrested Development film. “We were supposed to shoot in the next few days,” he’d told the audience at the post-screening Q&A. “But I have yet to see a script or a contract.” So that’s that sorted. For now.
It’s a Disaster is an absolute gem of a doomsday movie about four couples who meet for brunch and find themselves in the middle of a chemical warfare attack, coping with their last few hours as best they can. Julia Stiles and America Ferrera star alongside Cross, but the project was born out of the mind of Berger, and brought to life with the help of producers Kevin Brennan, Jeff Grace and Blaise Miller, who also star. Collectively known as the comedy troup the Vacationeers (“Although we don’t really do that anymore,” says Grace), their previous movie, The Scenesters, is on its way to cult status. If there’s any justice in the world, It’s a Disaster will find an even bigger audience. “But we’re still looking for a distributor,” said Berger. “How much cash do you have on you?”
Berger says he was inspired by watching George A Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, but felt that while zombies “are kind of done,” he could write a strong piece where a group of people are contained in one small space. “I liked the idea of a bunch of people being forced to stay inside the house, because you never know when there’s going to be an earthquake or terrorist attack,” he said. He added that the cast suffered their own emotional pain as the movie was shot during the hottest two weeks in recent Californian history. “We had to turn the air-con off because it made so much noise. It was insane.”
What the world needs now is peace. Brotherhood. Great on-air promotion.
Oh, and more wild tigers.
As we ring in 2012, 99 Tigers invites you to join a seriously cool mission: to keep wild tigers from vanishing forever.
As few as 3,200 tigers are left in the wild, endangered by illegal trade and deforestation.
Leo diCaprio and the World Wildlife Fund have launched a global campaign, Save the Tigers, to turn this around. Leo’s pledged $1 million to help build political, financial and public support to double the number of wild tigers by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger.
The Kardashians are letting the fur fly, too.
“By texting TIGERS to 20222, your $10 donation will help WWF save the tiger in its vast range–from India to China, to the Russian Far East,” Khloe tweeted, spurring a flood of donations.
So hey, why not start 2012 with a roar? Join 99 Tigers, Leo and Khloe…and save a tiger today.
We saw “Friends With Benefits” last weekend. Tigers can relate. Not with having sex with your best friend, necessarily, but with flying back and forth from New York to L.A. again and again and again. We may not always find romance, but our air miles are off the hook.
99 Tigers are scattered—in NYC, Venice, Boston, Dallas, and the In-N-Out Burger on Radford in North Hollywood.
But this week, amazingly, we’re all in NYC. Glenn just wrapped shoots for Bravo’s “Most Eligible: Dallas” and CMT’s “Texas Women” in Texas. David just wrote a rack of “Family Guy” and “Conan” SPGs for TBS. Bill just dropped some “Actuality” bombs on truTV. And Brett just cut a slammin’ Carmelo Anthony tape for MSG.
So now we’re thirsty and hanging at the glamorous Bridges Bar in the New York Hilton lobby.
Yep, that’s us. Waving at you with sparkly drinks and nodding at the booth next to us, near all the other glamorous people wearing achingly chic Promax lanyards.
See you on the Intrepid Tuesday night. This year, no Zeros dive bombing the flight deck—just passing thunderstorms and the intensity of thousands speaking ardently about branding, design, and what’s new with Rep. Anthony Wiener (Dem, NY, retired).