Troma Entertainment, the longest running truly independent film company in American history, is proud to announce the acquisition of Jay Burleson’s Tromagnificent genre-bending horror film, The Nobodies, which will have its World Premiere at the prestigious Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama – it was announced today by Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger.
In 1993, Alabama based amateur filmmaker Warren Werner shot his first feature film, Pumpkin, on VHS. With a budget of only $600, a cast of friends, family, and unknown talent, the movie premiered at the local civic center and generated an immediate backlash from the community. Rumors that Warren and his girlfriend Samantha Dixon engaged in Satanic rituals began to spread throughout town. In the months following the premiere, Warren and Samantha committed suicide. The following year, another group of filmmakers began shooting a documentary about the deaths of Warren and Samantha. The documentary project was never completed, and Pumpkin was never released. The Nobodies is Warren Werner’s Pumpkin, in it’s entirety, cut together with the remaining documentary footage of the director’s life and death.
The Nobodies will be having its World Premiere at the famous Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama on August 27th at 4:20 pm! Festival attendees will be treated to Jay Burleson’s greatest Tromasterpiece as well as Lloyd Kaufman’s Tromatic classic, The Toxic Avenger on August 27th at 6:40 pm! Find more information here: Sidewalk Film Festival
Jay Burleson is an independent filmmaker from Hartselle, Alabama, and has been described as the most prolific filmmaker in the state by Sidewalk Film Festival programmer Rachel Morgan. His faux trailer for a lost installment of the HALLOWEEN movie franchise has screened in front of the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, and also won the “Best Fake Trailer” award at the 2014 LOST Episode Fest in Toronto.
Burleson is currently in post-production on the horror/drama film UNFINISHED BUSINESS, which was co-funded on SEED&SPARK. His feature film ANATHEMA ARIENETTE premiered at the 17th annual Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama and was compared to the early work of Adam Wingard by TwitchFilm. He currently lives in Moulton, AL.
Lane Hughes started his acting career in the critically acclaimed indie film POP SKULL, which he co-wrote and co-produced in addition to playing the lead character. LA Splash raved about Hughes’ performance, stating he gave “a truly magnetic Manson vibe the entire time.” POP SKULL played to much success at the AFI and Rome Film Festivals and was distributed by Halo 8. Hughes would go on to co-star in A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and YOU’RE NEXT, which was released nationwide through Lionsgate.
He has contributed score pieces to films by Joe Swanberg and Adam Wingard, as well as various other independent productions. Hughes currently lives in his hometown of Hartselle, Alabama, where he continues to work on various creative projects.