TromaDance Film Fest screams into Williamsburg

By Matthew Perlman - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com

A toxic relationship: Lloyd Kaufman, president of Troma Entertainment, with the Toxic Avenger. Photo by Elizabeth Graham

A toxic relationship: Lloyd Kaufman, president of Troma Entertainment, with the Toxic Avenger. Photo by Elizabeth Graham


The filmmakers behind the cult “Toxic Avenger” movie franchise are bringing their popular free film festival TromaDance to Brooklyn this year. And the organizers say there may be no better place for its unique brand of gory, comedic, horror, infused with political commentary.

“There’s so many movies that mainstream companies are afraid of,” said Lloyd Kaufman, co-founder of Troma Entertainment, which has been running the festival since 1999. “We want to remind people that there are independent artists who are visionary.”

Troma films are often genre–bending and campy — combining mild eroticism, exaggerated gore, and straight slapstick humor. The TromaDance Film Festival carries on that tradition, but with films produced by independent filmmakers. It will run from June 27–28 at the Paper Box in Williamsburg, and will include 38 short films, four features, and an after-party with live music.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the original “The Toxic Avenger,” a movie about an emaciated janitor that gets transformed into a mutant do-gooder who tries to save his town from its corrupt mayor and crush crime.

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