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April 26, 2012 10:00 AM
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Project of the Day: The Dream of the 90's is Alive in '20 Years of Madness'


"20 Years of Madness"

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"20 Years of Madness"

Tweetable Logline:

Bizarre yet lovable 90's public access TV show cast reunites after 20 years to film a new show- reconciliation, hilarity, madness ensues!

Elevator Pitch:

They were outcasts in high school- artists- weirdos- who had a very unique outlet for their creativity in high school- their very own public access television show- 30 minutes of madness. It was off the wall- out of left field- the sort of random skits, improv and videos that would go on to become youtube- and now, after 20 years apart, the guys are getting back together- some who went on to Hollywood- and others who remained in Michigan- will all be living together, collaborating together, working out past wrongs and finding new creative inspiration for a monumental new episode.
Production Team:
Director: Jeremy Royce

Producers: Jerry White, Jr., Lindsey Villarreal, Michael Newman
Cinematographer: Will Jobe

Editors: Paul Gleason & Faroukh Virani

About the Production:
"This is an immensely personal project looking back on a different period in history- a time before youtube- when launching a public access TV show was nothing short of a minor miracle. 20 years later, we're interested in examining how idealistic teenage dreams intersect with reality- and we're excited to be documenting the group's journey- how their friendships have evolved as half moved to Hollywood to pursue creative careers, how their process will change or stay the same with more film experience and how they'll attempt to bridge past differences in an effort to make the best show yet." -- Michael Newman
Current Status:
In production.
For more information and to support this project:
Kickstarter Page
Film Website

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  • Jim | July 2, 2012 2:26 PMReply

    Of course I look forward to it. Public access provided (and still provides today) a great outlet without censorship and without pressure to appeal to an audience--or conversely, without concerns of alienating audiences. And these guys are heroic, real artists without a need to dress up in an artists' costume to try to prove their point. And I love good surrealism, and anyone who has seen the series realizes that as teens, these guys were natural surrealists without any pretentiousness.

  • keyboard controllers | April 29, 2012 8:57 PMReply

    i think this is the best project ive heard of in a long time and i am really happy to see it happening. if i can help in any way please let me know.

  • FreebertMcGander | April 28, 2012 1:17 AMReply

    People like this paved the way for what modern TV is today. I truly believe that we wouldn't have our YouTube and reality TV craziness without them.

    Most of the local Public Access studios in the 90's gave way to a new generation of comedy and fun for everyone. It gave kids and adults the freedom to express themselves before the internet flooded our lives.

    I can't wait to see this film. I'm not really big into documentaries, but I think this one truly touches on an interesting subject. I'm glad to see a documentary being produced that isn't about 80's video game comebacks and large corporations feeding us too much fast food.

    Good luck guys, I can't wait to see this.

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  • curie | April 27, 2012 3:20 PMReply

    wow! what a cool and interesting project. I am curious to see how these experimental artists have evolved into adults. truly fascinating and definitely worth voting for.

  • eefum | April 27, 2012 3:04 PMReply

    I was introduced to 30mom by the website (when it had ipod videos... dunno if it still does) long after it was originally airing. It's sortof an intense mindfuck of hillarity, but moreover...

    Imagine the way that Captain Beefheart makes music. Now, imagine there's a group of whacked-out young adults with too much intelligence and not enough drugs to slow them down, and see them doing very Beefhearty stuff with video. Now, imagine that every song that backs any given part of any video segment of any episode these dudes make is BRUTALLY AWESOME.

    I really can't like them enough. Few things this underground are as timeless and brain-folding.

  • David | April 27, 2012 12:37 AMReply

    Ha love the 90s

  • John | April 26, 2012 11:09 PMReply

    Is this a movie I want to see? Um, yes. Eff yes with a side of fer sure!