Who Is Corky Quakenbush?!
by Mark Rabinowitz
The question on the minds of many since the announcement of the short
film lineup for the 1998 Sundance Film Festival is, “Who the *hell* is
Corky Quakenbush?” Why all of the curoisity? Well, Corky has *five* films
screening at the Sundance Film Festival.
One indieWIRE reader who posed the question on the filmmag.com “Road to
Park City” discussion area commented, “Now, I don’t think I have a
problem with the selection process at Sundance but, since there were
1500 shorts submitted and Corky was able to commandeer five of the mere
67 selected, I will assume that either:
a.) Corky is a damn fine filmmaker and deserves that much attention, or
b.) the name Corky Quakenbush is really a blanket pseudonym the Sundance
folks use to veil the identity of filmmakers who wish to remain
c.) this is a typographical error.”
The individual continued, “Who is Corky Quakenbush?” Well, for those who have
seen “Raging Rudolph” (which offers a Martin Scorsese-esque, Rankin/Bass’ stop
motion animation version of “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer”?), the answer may be
Quakenbush, who had his Sundance debut last year with “Davey And Son Of Goliath” is going to Park City with: “Bwisk“; “Clops” (a parody of the TV
show, “Cops“, where, among other crimes, cops arrest Santa for drunken
sleigh driving; “Furious George“; “Reinfather” (a parody of “The Godfather“,
with Rudolph as the “Capo di tutti capo”); and “Switch Your Ride“. Quakenbush
seems a bit overwhelmed by the attention. When indieWIRE reached him by phone
last night he sounded pleased that the Sundance selection staff felt good enough
about his films to program five of them, and displayed not a hint of conceit,
taking an “I guess they like my work” route. When asked why he thought he might
“get away” with submitting five films to Sundance in the first place, he said
that he was “buoyed by the success of (“Davey And Son Of Goliath”)” enough to
submit multiple entries.
Quakenbush recently finished a live-action short film for FX-Shorts, as well
as several other animated works (“Clops 2” in which Wallace — of “Wallace and
Gromit” fame — gets arrested for animal abuse). The filmmaker will have 10
of his shorts presented on the Saturday night sketch comedy show, “Mad-TV“.