Sunday, 12 March 2017

MAO - A mess or a modern masterpiece?

Inside the head of the boogie chilling, death rattle of underground filmmaker Fabrizio Federico's new 
'vérité music' with MAO

Fascinated with combining mysticism and on-location recordings filmmaker Fabrizio Federico's debut album 'Graveyard Music' by MAO was recorded at many notorious locations over the year such as Aleister Crowley's abandoned Boleskine house near Loch Ness, this music falls to earth as a broken star child, both mystical and beautiful, but most worryingly - cursed.

Unable or not wanting to create any solidly structured compositions, other then the skydiving 'Geronimo' and the disturbed despair of 'Witchfinger Magick' the album consists mostly of atmospheric free-form instrumentals that see Federico drift through a number of different spectral moods. From calm melancholia to intense anxiety, mirroring an unbalanced state that further adds to the haunting nature of this album.

''One song was inspired by a phone call I had from a lost friend who was going through a breakup because of their families sabotaging their relationship to the point of it being irreparable. After the phone call I drank some Ayahuasca and just played and played...''. 

Mixing desert beats and occult guitar scales, it's a dream like album of soundscapes, skits & alien experimentation sounding very much like a journey into dark emotions or an electric mass.

Depending on who's listening it's either a mess or a modern masterpiece. A magpie of international shades, his films and music have never compromised over the years ''I've never been the sort of person who can schmooze and play the game, in the long run that's just a waste of time''.

The albums centerpiece is 'Catcher In The Rye'', this schizophrenic piece spirals out of control early on, never before has a piece come so close to capturing the sound of a mental breakdown's levels of delicacy, from ecstasy to the oblivion of finally reaching bliss after surviving the nightmare. Other highlights include 'The Supernatural' which conveys Federico's guitar playing, rooted in the blues but shinning in space. Essentially a snapshot of the guitarist's mental state while recording the album (carrying graveyard soil in his guitar case, lighting black candles and recording the solos on his phone at locations such as Boleskine, Beachy Head and Manningtree) to capture and play along with these Vicodin atmospheres.  

Federico then moved to Hungary where he hit rock bottom following an accident involving boiling water. In Budapest he then started work on his upcoming film Loon. 'The films were just experiments in turning the trivial into art, I prefer everyday life experiences, mass produced feelings and sub-cultural movements, non of it matters really''.

That sweet lovable fallibility much warmer then any of the mere 'icons' is charming, but can also make him as maddening as a close friend.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Straight-Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival (2017)

FILM SUBMISSIONS: Straight-Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival (2017) 
The 2nd annual International Lo-Budget Indie film fest.
Now open for Feature Film submissions & Music Videos. 
It's FREE to submit until June 3rd. (NO SHORT-FILMS)

**All topics are welcome**
Genetic engineering, roller skating, ritual suicide, motorcycles, zen, vampirism, history, UFOlogy, rock & roll, army maneuvers, love, government corruption, Middle Eastern conflicts, bordello's, drugs, sex, kung fu, etc...

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Film premier: Pregnant in Portugal - Feb 22nd, 2017

Film premier of Fabrizio Federico's movie Pregnant (''the epitome of chaotic film poetry'') will be screening in Portugal on Feb 22nd in the city of Porto which will be presented by the renowned Film Panic Magazine.

'Film Panic Presents' which is a monthly program of underground cinema & experimental contemporary films continues this month and will also feature Avant Kinema's short Orphine

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Underground filmmaker Fabrizio Federico - Did you know that he....?

  • Was nicknamed Bibio by his family
  • Used to run away and look for WWII grenades in the local Italian mountains
  • Became a nude life model to fund his film 'Black Biscuit'
  • Was obsessed with ants and volcano's as a child 
  • Drove a van into an inflatable movie screen at the Tribeca Film Festival 
  • Was recruited at a party to appear in a telepathic communication's contest in the USA
  • Was a rapper in a band called NSC (New Suburban Crackers)
  • As a child he repeatedly shaved his head because he liked the hair cut of Holocaust prisoners
  • Survived a house fire at the age of five
  • Stole a chair from Aleister Crowley's notorious Boleskine House besides Loch Ness
  • Took part in a Past Regression Therapy interview where he recalled 5 past lives
  • Worked at a radio station but strapped for cash he worked as a gigolo in a nightclub called the Roxy
  • During a surprise visit to the Scientology headquarters in East Grinstead he helped a member escape by swapping clothes with them
  • His guitar teacher vanished and was put on a missing persons list but never found
  • Collapsed in Spain while filming 'Pregnant' during the desert scenes and was rescued by an old man     

Friday, 6 January 2017

Filmmaker Fabrizio Federico tours Aleister Crowley's Boleskine House

Hanging out in the notorious old pent house Boleskine.
The vibes in the place are unreal. I took a chair home, would have been a shame to see it ruined. It's like stepping into a void, especially the back room, black ooze drips from the taps and there's a sulfor scent mixed with weed in the house. Back of the house you can see the mountain scene that was used in the Song Remains the Same.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Cinema NEWS: Eccentric Charm And A Short Attention Span Brings Sparks in 'LOON'

He's a bit of an enigma, filmmaker Fabrizio Federico (aka Jett Hollywood). Take this year, he's starred in two celebrated international underground films 'The Kingdom Of Shadows' & 'In Search Of The Exile' in which he exhibits his 'primal therapy' acting technique, suffering a nervous breakdown brought on by insomnia during the shoots, followed by back to back projects in state of the nation film 'Anarchy In The UK', made on the road as his Ziggy Stardust alter-ego Jett Hollywood. The film has followed cancellations in certain movie theaters do to disputes over the film's content regarding cinema bodies.

''I just feel things are really building up after 2016, everything's about to explode, and Im not talking about Armageddon.''

His next project 'Loon' has been in pre-production, the movie has been filmed in shady locations through out the macabre country side of the Midlands. Including abandoned karate studios, ghost hunts, and at live vintage rock & roll shows. 

''It's been a really confusing year, amusing with lots of happy accidents. I've got a really warped sense of humor about how a film come's together, you cast a spell and you watch it all come true. And the guitar playing has been a blast, just being able to go mad on stage, it's like setting a stick of dynamite alight, the anticipation washes over you before you blast off! Mixing cinema and rock & roll together is a lethal ritual.''

Federico's wigged out sense of style when it come's to cinema is quite scrappy. Storing graveyard soil inside his guitar case, pouring toothpaste on actors faces and his habit of improvising whole movies based on a chosen image puts him in a class of filmmakers (Lars Von Trier, Harmony Korine, Xavier Dolan, Werner Herzog) who see the process of making a film as one of the last true adventures in modern society.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Straight-Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival - SUBMISSIONS

Straight-Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival 2017 is now open for Feature Film submissions and Music Videos. It's FREE to submit till June 3rd.
To submit your work for the 2017 Festival's consideration, simply email us a YouTube link to your Feature film (must be over 70min in length) or to your Music Video (must be for a gigging band).
Please also include your production info, bio, website and film synopsis to:

Submission Deadline is June 3rd, 2017