Thursday, May 20, 2010

Geauxjira

Ladies and Gentlemen, with the oil leak now a month old, here is Geauxjira. Geauxjira is a brief homage to some famous scenes in Ishiro Honda's movie Gojira (1954), better known in English as Godzilla. Whereas Godzilla was created from nuclear explosions, Geauxjira is a giant crawfish spawned by leaking crude oil. On April 21st, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana. Eleven people perished in the explosion. As we made our movie, thousands of barrels of oil leaked every day on the Gulf of Mexico's floor, causing the biggest environmental disaster in our lifetime. Moreover, we're terrified about the ramifications the oil will have on our economy and lives. In making a parody there is a danger of giving the impression that we find this calamity to be funny. In fact, the opposite is true. We're angry and frightened about the uncertain impact of this disaster. Here is the movie.

If you're interested, we'd invite you to do two simple things: first donate to the Friends of the Laffitte Corridor (http://folc-nola.org/), a non-profit organization designed to convert a rail line in the heart of New Orleans into a bike path. Second, try to reduce your oil consumption. We hope you enjoy our movie.

12 Comments:

Blogger oyster said...

Applause!

Bravo!

Applause!

Bravo!

... and on and on.

3:22 AM  
Blogger Leigh C. said...

The artistry, the humor, the local guest stars...I am in awe. Yashir koach, y'all.

7:26 AM  
Anonymous dsb said...

"Geauxjira being in the form of a crawfish is for visual reasons."

Funny stuff!

8:43 AM  
Blogger GENTILLY YARD ART said...

nice shout out to b.o.c.


instant classic yall.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Maitri said...

Pure awesomeness.

8:59 AM  
Blogger oyster said...

After a second viewing, I gotta say: that's one of the best portrayals of Cajun punks that I've seen this year.

After the "visual reasons" punchline, the professor seemlessly transitions into a Blue Oyster Cult reference. Very nice.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous adrastos said...

I missed it the first time, Malaka. Be careful out there, Homannnn

3:16 PM  
Blogger judyb said...

I love it!! Thank you so much for this little bit of levity in these terrible times.

5:21 PM  
Blogger GENTILLY YARD ART said...

put some tar on mr chris's balls

http://chrismyerslickmytarballs.blogspot.com/

12:12 AM  
Blogger steve simels said...

Michael -- This is brilliant.

If you don't mind, I'm gonna post it over at the website of Box Office magazine on Monday.

http://boxofficemagazine.com

If you need to talk to me about it

ssimels@gmail.com

7:25 AM  
Blogger chrissie said...

Wonderful! This is really excellent. Kudos!

12:45 PM  
Blogger Jim Anderson said...

Ed Wood move over. Pop culture now has an answer to 'Plan Nine from Outer Space'. I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

1:49 PM  

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