On Friday, VEVO launched “Tim Timebomb’s RockNRoll Theater,” an original series created by musical wunderkind and Grammy Award-winning producer Tim Armstrong, and directed by Mirror Films’ Kevin Kerslake. An homage to the classic American Musical, “Tim Timebomb’s RockNRoll Theater” centers on Armstrong as a punk rock version of Rod Serling, who hosts each episode starring special guest actors and top musical artists.
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Premiering exclusively on VEVO, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, “Tim Timebomb’s RockNRoll Theater” features brilliant songs written by Armstrong paired with lively dance numbers that are married with narratives that cross over many genres, and all of it lined with scintillating, dark edges. “Doing a show centered on musical theatre isn’t really a stretch for me,” says Armstrong. “For 25 years, I’ve been making music and collaborating with friends, been involved in hundreds of videos, and it’s really just a direct extension of my world.”
“Dante,” the pilot episode of “RockNRoll Theater” brings “Inferno,” Dante Alighieri’s 14th Century epic poem, roaring into the 21st Century with a fresh take on greed and corporate corruption. The episode stars AFI frontman Davey Havok, guitarist and vocalist Lars Frederiksen of Rancid, and actor Robert David Hall, known for his extensive work on “CSI.” “Tim Timebomb’s RockNRoll Theater” marks the first scripted piece of original programming featured on VEVO, enriching the platform’s catalogue of 45,000 premium music videos and live concerts.
“When it came time to hire a director, we immediately thought of Kevin Kerslake,” says Armstrong’s producing partner David Robertson. “Having worked with him on a couple of Rancid videos, he was already in the family, but he brings so much experience to the table that it was an easy call to tap him for the job.”
“Tim’s idea for an anthology series that was a cross between ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ makes your mind just explode with the possibilities,” explains Director Kevin Kerslake. “Just as ‘The Twilight Zone’ examined social and psychological issues from adventurous angles, this show explores similar themes, but we give it a little more throttle.” A lot more throttle, actually. “RockNRoll Theater” is a foot-to-the-floor romp through prime musical real estate. “Tim is a musical genius, adept at so many styles, and the man can turn a phrase – his lyrics are a combination of street thug, beat poet, and hopeless romantic. Plus, his work ethic is just insane! This is without question the coolest project I’ve ever done in my life,” beams Kerslake.
“Kevin’s range and diversity as a Director never ceases to amaze me,” adds Mirror Films’ Owner/Executive Producer Eric Barrett. “This latest work with Tim Armstrong for VEVO is a throwback to musicals of a bygone era. Couple this with his just-released ‘Electric Daisy Carnival’ feature doc – two genres that are very current in today’s youth culture – and you can see that it’s been a very busy year.”
In addition to working with Director/DP Kerslake, Armstrong teamed up with choreographer Michael Rooney, known for his multiple MTV Video Music awards, including Spike Jonze’s Fatboy Slim “Weapon Of Choice” music video starring Christopher Walken, and esteemed casting director Mary Vernieu (“Black Swan,” “Sin City,” “The Wrestler”).
Future episodes to come on VEVO.
Bio: Director Kevin Kerslake:
After appearing in a couple Warren Miller films in his early teens, Kevin Kerslake embarked on a path to emulate Miller and his other childhood hero, Bruce (“Endless Summer”) Brown, making surf, skate and ski/snowboard films throughout his hormonal years. Kerslake then became one of a handful of directors responsible for forging the visual identity of the MTV generation, directing award-winning music videos for such bands as Nirvana, Green Day, R.E.M., the Rolling Stones, Smashing Pumpkins, Rise Against and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Kerslake dominated the leading-edge of pop culture, directing core culture films and documentaries, notably “Nirvana: Live! Tonight! Sold Out!,” “The Ramones: We're Outta Here!,” and a long-running film series for electronic music giants Insomniac Events, as well as more mainstream fare, such as “Fallen,” one of ABC Family's highest-rated miniseries, and Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi series “The Visitor.” Kerslake's trendsetting visual style resonates in his commercial work for clients AT&T, AXE Body Spray, Sony Playstation, Sprite, Coca-Cola, DC Shoes, Kohler, Puma, and Nike.
This past summer, Kerslake’s documentary feature “Electric Daisy Carnival Experience” played in movie theaters nationwide. This cinematic tour de force documents the most prestigious electronic music festival on the planet, and features an all-star line-up of the world’s top DJs. The film is coming out on BluRay and DVD November 7th. Kerslake has just begun editing the next installment in the Electric Daisy Carnival series, and has recently completed a graphic novel. He is currently attached to direct J.G. Ballard’s “Running Wild,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Rosamund Pike.
About Mirror Films: Mirror Films is a creative collective of award-winning film directors, each bringing a unique sensibility to the screen. The distinctive and memorable work that Mirror Films produces is reflected in repeated commercial campaigns for top brands such as Anheuser Busch, Dove, Toyota, Target and Sony. Mirror Films’ directors are well versed in the integrated media landscape, with a portfolio of work that extends into digital entertainment and new media. Mirror is a streamlined and efficient production company -- small enough to brainstorm one-on-one, yet large enough to tap global resources.
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