SHAKESPEARE SH*TSTORM screening on Friday, April 8 at 7p.m. will include a Q and A with director Lloyd Kaufman in person. The screening will take place in the Redstone Theater inside the Museum of Moving Image in Astoria, Queens.
Kaufman assumes the role of Prospero in this adaptation of THE TEMPEST. A disgraced mad scientist seeks revenge for those who betrayed him by luring them to the strangest place on earth: Tromaville New Jersey.
The screening is part of a monthly series at the Museum of Moving Image called Disreputable Cinema. The series aims to celebrate unusual films that exemplify and challenge various notions of genre. Resistance to mainstream acceptance or approval remains part of the featured films appeal. The series is organized by guest curators Jesse Berberich and Justin Rodriguez.
Director Llyod Kaufman is the co-founder of Troma Entertainment film studio. It was founded in 1974 with business partner Michael Herz. They began distributing and producing action and comedy films. Kaufman still had bills to pay and began freelance work in Hollywood productions Rocky, Saturday Night Fever, and The Final Countdown. In 1985, Troma experienced success with the violent, dark comic superhero film The Toxic Avenger. The film has had two sequels, a fourth independent film sequel, a Saturday morning TV show, comic books and merchandise. Troma still produces, acquires and encourages independent films.
Kaufman's latest release #ShakespearesSh*tstorm, his iteration of William Shakespeare's Tempest, is a spiritual sequel to Tromeo and Juliet, the 1996 release from a downsized Troma film studio that brought success from fans and critics.