Posted by: uclaextensionmusic | May 19, 2009

Punching the Clown screened at UCLA Extension’s Sneak Preview series

PUNCHING THE CLOWN is an independent comedy that combines scripted fiction with actual live performances of satirical singer-songwriter Henry Phillips. UCLA Extension will be screening the film as part of its Sneak Preview series and will include a Q&A with filmmaker, Gregori Viens. Should be hilarious!

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PUNCHING THE CLOWN

Produced & Directed by: Gregori Viens

Written by: Henry Phillips & Gregori Viens

Music by: Henry Phillips

Synopsis: Henry Phillips, a road-weary American troubadour, is down on his luck playing hell gigs in the desert. He moves to L.A. thinking he’s got nothing more to lose. It turns out he was mistaken: his reputation and his music are soon at stake, yet if he plays his cards right, it could all be grist for his darkly humorous songs.

SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2009
Audience Award
Indieroad Award

GEN ART FILM FESTIVAL 2009
Best Music Award

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL MOVIES AND MUSIC FESTIVAL 2009
Jury Award

“Punching the Clown is the best movie about comedy I’ve seen so far. Henry Phillips has an angle on comedy that is subtle and singular.”
-Sarah Silverman

“Punching the Clown is honestly the funniest movie I’ve seen in years. The songs are disconcertingly funny.”
-Moby

“Just a damn good time… Destined to become an audience favorite.”
-Eric Davis, cinematical.com

For more information on Sneak Preview and UCLA Extension’s film program, visit the UCLA Extension Film Forum blog.

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