Lloyd Kaufman: ?We won?t be making a cent for my wife?s retirement fund?
Sitges Fòrum brought the great Lloyd Kaufman, director and co-founder, along with Michael Herz, of Troma Entertainment, the influential independent movie production company.
The master class began with the screening Poultry in Motion: Truth Is Stranger Than Chicken, the how-it-was-made of his new movie Poultrygeist: Night Of The Chicken Dead. The film, that runs almost as long as the movie, shows its entire shooting process and immerses us in the fantastic world of Troma. The film is honest and shows how the zaniest sequences were made (with blood and guts, excrements and bizarre sex), and the arguments between crew members.
Kaufman, with his great sense for show, made the entire audience laugh. The North American Filmmaker explained that the budget for his movie is "0.5% that of all the shit that you see in the US and Europe, movies that you instantly forget about. I think it's obscene they can do that when there are so many people starving in the world".
The director explained how he got introduced to the film world; "I started to see films by Buñuel, Chaplin, John Ford, and to believe in the premise that the artist must control his or her work 100%".
He also commented that big names like Samuel L. Jackson, Oliver Stone or the creators of South Park started out at Troma and that others like Tarantino "have always supported us". On numerous occasions, the filmmaker thanks their fans for their support and explained that he wants to start distribution outside the US, where the movie has been very well received. He also added, "people are really liking it, but we won't be making a cent off of it for my wife's retirement fund".