NEW YORK, NEW YORK, August 4, 2008 â€“Filmmaker and performance artist Fritz Donnelly has made a reputation by selling thousands of copies of his films on the streets of New York City. His cult DVD tothehills 2, a collection of his short independent films about dreamers, professionals, hustlers, and â€œpeople like you and me,â€? as Donnelly puts it, has been picked up by a dozen distributors through a discovery and distribution festival known as From Here to Awesome, and Manhattan socialites are taking note. Last week, celebrity and rock nâ€™ roll photographer Leee Black Childers, perhaps best known for being the assistant to the late Andy Warhol during the Factory days, left his own birthday party to attend â€œRead & Discuss the Articles in Playboy,â€? a party hosted by Donnelly and his girlfriend Christina Ewald at her hip Lower East Side performance space, HiChristina. Childers snapped several shots of party guests re-enacting Playboy photo shoots, and by the end of the evening, requested a copy of tothehills 2.
tothehills 2, a sequel of sorts to Donnellyâ€™s earlier tothehills, presents short films in an enterprising way. Between character-driven episodes of â€œFinancial Advice,â€? and â€œAwkward Social Situations,â€? orange and blue clones fight their way through a Kafka-inspired world, one very like our own. Many of the shorts have won acclaim at festivals such as the High Concept Low Budget Film Festival in San Francisco and the Rooftop Films Summer Series in New York.
tothehills 2 can be watched from beginning to end, or dipped into at random. The DVD also gives the option of rearranging the film. â€œItâ€™s the perfect date movie,â€? Donnelly said. â€œOne person can watch the action film, â€˜Clone Wars III,â€™ while the other person can watch the more romantic shorts like â€˜Astronautâ€™s Diaryâ€™ and â€˜Live and Maintainâ€™.â€?
Thanks to From Here to Awesome, tothehills 2 can now be seen through various distribution outlets including Amazon.com, indieFlix, Caatchi, Heretic, and Netflix at the end of the six month run.
From Here to Awesome, an open-source discovery and distribution film festival that kicked off July 26th in Los Angeles and rolls out over a six-month period with stops in New York, San Francisco, Boston and London, will showcase its 12 selected features, including tothehills 2, in all forms of distribution from theaters to living rooms to computers and mobile devices. Filmmakers retain all the rights, see direct revenue from each of the outlets and enjoy global audiences. The goal is to create a direct connection between the audience and the filmmaker.
â€œMaking art is a compulsion. Sharing art is a choice. Everything we haveâ€”our language, our clothes, our moneyâ€”weâ€™ve gotten from other people, so I believe in sharing. From Here To Awesome is a way for filmmakers to share their fans with one another. Iâ€™m a fan of fans,â€? said Donnelly.
In addition to making films, Donnelly hosts tothehills movie nights and open mics at venues such as the Glasslands in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and at HiChristina, where he presents music, films, and performance art. Donnellyâ€™s many performance personae include the Chinese Rap Sensation who raps on the subway and opens for rock bands in Mandarin Chinese with old school flow.
Look for Donnelly at HiChristina August 10-16, and then later this fall, he will be to presenting â€˜vidopediaâ€™ videos at the New Museum of Contemporary Art.
For more information on “tothehills2,” visit www.tothehills.com and also on From Here To Awesome at http://showcase.fromheretoawesome.com/2008/07/tothehills-2/.
To purchase “tothehills 2″ on Amazon.com, visit www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EZKZTW/.