Nearly twenty five million (25,000,000) people have watched that “Charlie the Unicorn” cartoon on YouTube. That’s an “I Love Lucy” headcount. If there were a science to getting viewers, the world of Jeff Twiller and Slushing Brooks would surpass the billion mark by comparison.
A few years back MTV revived “Beavis and Butthead”. These are brilliant characters. The show was clever, insightful and an eerily accurate account of teen life -in the late 20th Century. Are there still thousands upon thousand of disaffected teens in AC/DC t-shirts making “boner” jokes while watching music videos on cable? Maybe I’m out of touch, maybe babies born in the 90s have grown into replicas from a 20 year old world. The revival failed just as a series in 1991 which starred two flower-hair kids listening to New Riders of the Purple Sage while burning their draft cards would have failed.
Jeff Twiller, Rod Holcomb, Randy J. Johnson and their retinue occupy a cobwebbed corner of cyberspace. Movie reviews, blogs, workout videos, Facebook wars. Within the last decade social media and “nerd culture” have dominated the contemporary discourse. This painstakingly authored universe uses recent media developments -Youtube, Facebook, et cetera- as a poison pill means of delivery. The central player, Jeff Twiller, could easily be the guy you sat next to in school, or your cousin, your neighbor or even you.
This Saturday, June 6, the second edition of TWILLERAMA premieres at Videology in Brooklyn.
The animated Jeff Twiller presents a hand picked selection of short films. Joining him as co-host is his friend Rod Holcomb. In addition to films by greats like Rose Stark, Caleb Wood, Signe Baumane and not so greats like me, the evening promises guest appearances by the animated likenesses Elliot Cowan and Joe Garden and his Ford Festiva.
This is not simply a screening of animation, this is the entry point to a brilliant and finely constructed parallel reality. If justice prevailed in our reality, Jeff Twiller would be bigger than a rainbow covered unicorn and every cable network would be fighting to get him.
TWILLERAMA II • Videology • 308 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11211
June 6, 2015 • 8 PM