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Making a Robot Popstar featured on TheCGBros

Teenage Popstar GirlWe are very happy to announce our behind-the-scenes VFX featurette for the Teenage Popstar Girl music video by Whisperado, “Making a Robot Popstar” is featured on The CGBros Channel. TheCGBros are well-known curators of inspirational examples in professional CGI/Digital art creation from around the world. They feature VFX videos from some of the top films in the industry, so we honored to be in such good company!

You can watch the video on CGBros here.

The Business of Reality: How Reality TV Is Harming Wildlife by Daniel Azarian

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The Business of Reality: How Reality TV Is Harming Wildlife

What if wildlife documentaries began to resemble The Real Housewives of New Jersey? Increasingly, they do – and it’s causing irreparable damage.  Filmmaker Daniel Azarian’s article in Blogcritics about the wildlife reality show trend.   Read the article here.

Official Selection – Thunder Bay Int’l Film Festival


“A Day in the Life of Lolita the Performing Orca”, featuring Dr Ingrid N. Visser, produced by Underdog Entertainment for the Orca Network, will be screening as an official selection at the 2015 Thunder Bay International Film Festival. The documentary short follows Dr. Visser as she visits an orca named Lolita, who has been living in the smallest orca tank in the world for the past 44 years.

The festival runs January 21 – 25, 2015 in Alpena Michigan. In partnership with the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival, this unique festival showcases some of the most impressive ocean and Great Lakes-inspired films from around the world. ‘A Day in the Life of Lolita will screen Sunday, January 25, 2015 @ 1pm at the Sanctuary Theater.

‘A Day in the Life of Lolita’ has screened internationally at some of the top wildlife festivals in the world as an official selection including The International Wildlife Festival in Montana, The San Francisco Int’l Ocean Film Festival, The Green Screen Int’l Wildlife Film Festival in Germany, The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival and Big Apple Film Festival in New York City and received the distinction of Honorable Mention at the 2014 Blue Ocean Film Festival.

For more information on the Thunder Bay Int’l Film Festival, please click here. You can also download a PDF film schedule from the festival here.

For more information on Lolita and her proposed retirement plan, please visit www.OrcaNetwork.org

Official Selection at Big Apple Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas

Big Apple Film Festival Lolita Orca“A Day in the Life of Lolita the Performing Orca” featuring world renowned orca biologist Dr. Ingrid N. Visser will screen at the 2014 Big Apple Film Festival in New York City. The documentary short, produced by Underdog Entertainment for the Orca Network, follows Dr. Visser as she visits the Miami Seaquarium where an orca named Lolita has been living in the smallest orca tank in the world for the past 44 years. This film, produced on behalf of the Washington-based Orca Network, documents Dr. Visser’s visit as well as her thoughts and scientific observations concerning Lolita’s current living conditions.

The Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF), presented by the Big Apple Film Society, takes place annually at the world famous Tribeca Cinemas in the heart of the New York City. Named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s top “25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee” and “One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals”, BAFF is dedicated to showcasing and promoting the highest quality films from the New York City independent film community, as well as additional specially selected films from across the country and around the world. Notable honorary guests and award recipients have included Cuba Gooding Jr., Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Spurlock, Alan Cumming, Haley Joel Osment and others. The festival will take place November 5th – 9th, 2014 at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. “A Day in the Life of Lolita” will screen on November 6 at 8:15pm. Tickets go on sale on October 15, 2014. Visit www.BigAppleFilmFestival.com for more information.

Read our official press release here.

 

A Day in the Life of Lolita will make International Premiere in Germany

“A Day in the Life of Lolita the Performing Orca”, featuring Dr Ingrid N. Visser, produced by Underdog Entertainment for the Orca Network, will be making its international premiere as an official selection for best short film at the Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival.

The festival runs September 4 – 8, 2014 in Eckernförde Germany on the Baltic coast. There will be selected films from around the world including Germany, Ireland, Japan, France and the UK among others.  Last year’s 2013 festival honored esteemed natural history filmmaker Sir David Attenborough by presenting him with the Heinz Sielman Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Green Screen is the largest annual wildlife film festival in Europe and has established itself as an international meeting place for natural history filmmakers, attracting over 14,000 visitors last year alone.

For more information of the festival, please click here. Click here for a list of the officially selected nominated films.

Official Selection at the International Wildlife Film Festival

The documentary short, A Day in the Life of Lolita the Performing Orca featuring Dr Ingrid N. Visser directed by Daniel Azarian is an official selection at the prestigious International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana.   The film will be screening with acclaimed films by Werner Herzog, (who will also speak at the festival) and Journey To South Pacific narrated by Cate Blanchett.

The festival runs April 12 – 19, 2014 at the Roxy Theater in Missoula Montana, with our film screening Thursday, April 17 at 3pm. For more information on the festival click here.

The International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF) has produced an annual wildlife themed film festival each year since 1977, making it the first and longest running event of its kind.   IWFF’s mission is to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature through excellence in film, television and other media.

Held annually at the Roxy Theater in Missoula, Montana and attracting over 12,000 attendees, it is a juried event that lasts eight days and involves the world’s top wildlife filmmakers, producers, scientists and conservation leaders.

Official Selection at the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival

The documentary short “A Day in the Life of Lolita the Performing Orca, featuring Dr Ingrid N. Visser” produced for the Orca Network has been accepted and is an official selection at the 2014 San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival.  The festival runs from March 6 – 9, 2013 in San Francisco.  “A Day in the Life of Lolita” will screen on Saturday, March 8 at 4pm during program 7.  For more information on the screening and the festival, please click here

Popstar Wins Best Int’l Music Video at London Independent Film Festival

We are honored to announce that “Teenage Popstar Girl,” the music video we produced for the band Whisperado, has won Best International Music Video at the 2013 London Independent Film Festival (LIFF).

The 12-day festival showcases filmmaking from the UK and around the world.  Time Out Magazine called LIFF a “treasure trove of undiscovered cinematic gems” and “one of Europe’s top indie film fests.” Recent winners of their Champion awards have included Michael Figgis, Bob Hoskins and the British Film Institute.  For more information, visit www.LondonIndependent.org

Hailed as “bubblegum social satire” by Blogcritics and “a great take on modern pop culture” by the award-winning radio program, Following the Nerd, Teenage Popstar Girl is featured on AOL Music and recently won at the Robot Film Festival.

The subversive video follows an awkward tween who worships an impossibly perfect popstar – only to discover that her idol isn’t what she seems.  According to director Azarian, it’s a satiric account of the way in which singers and celebrities are pre-packaged and mass-marketed like plastic dolls.

“It’s a cautionary tale,” he explained. “A young girl gets manipulated and seduced by a manufactured icon.”

The video stars actress Mary O’Rourke (Something Borrowed, Gossip Girl), who will also star in the upcoming Infinitely Polar Bear with Zoe Saldana and Mark Ruffalo.   Popstar also features a cameo by actress Tara Langella as the sinister record executive.

You can read the details here.

Underdog Entertainment featured in The Huffington Post

Read about “Free Morgan,” the public service announcement (PSA) produced by Underdog Entertainment on the Huffington Post here.  The  article tackles SeaWorld’s IPO and the ethics of investing, including the Free Morgan PSA’s take on keeping orcas captive. Produced for the Free Morgan Foundation, the PSA raises awareness for Morgan the Orca, held captive at a marine park in Spain.  For more information on Morgan, visit www.FreeMorgan.org

Teenage Popstar Girl Accepted at London Independent Film Festival

 

Underdog Entertainment is super excited to announce the music video for Whisperado’s Teenage Popstar Girl has been accepted at the 2013 London Independent Film Festival (LIFF).  The festival runs from April 11 – 21, 2013 in London.   Teenage Popstar Girl will screen on Saturday, April 20 at 5:30pm during the music video block.  Please visit www.LondonIndependent.com for more information.