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A scavenger finds a body in the swamp. Moss is set on fire. The horror of being alive dissolves into a loving embrace. BULLFROGS is a transgressive re-telling of the damsel-in-distress story that veers into the absurd and macabre as it depicts a sacred land filled with both wonder and sacrificial offerings.

This dark fairy tale is a relic of Southern filmmaking from the 1990s. Originally filmed in glorious black & white 16mm, deep in the Louisiana swamp, BULLFROGS was a weekend experiment that never received a proper soundtrack and was eventually forgotten. Years later, as cinema became dominated by a clean, pixel-perfect aesthetic, Joseph decided that he wanted to preserve his old grainy and scratchy movie. He unearthed the footage and worked with composer Curtis Heath to give the film an original score. Heath put together a vintage chamber ensemble consisting of woodwinds, strings, an organ, and sound design elements provided by a waterphone, a coach's whistle, and wood blocks. What began as a project in the spirit of a 48-hour film challenge was finally completed after twenty years.

PAUL SOILEAU is a New York-based performance artist best known for his alter egos CHRISTEENE, a sexually infused sewer of live rap and vile shamelessness, and cabaret crooning Rebecca Havemeyer, an ageless bastard heiress of the boozy bygone Hollywood years.

LLYEWYN MÁIRE is an Ireland-based genderqueer artist who creates work through live art/performance activism, sound, movement, visual media, cooking and gastrOcCulture.

CURTIS GLENN HEATH is a Fort Worth-based composer, known for his work on the films “1985,” “America's Parking Lot, Pit Stop,” “Ain't Them Bodies Saints,” “Old Man & the Gun,” “Hellion,” “Sir Doug & the Texas Cosmic Groove,” and “J.R. Bob Dobbs and the Church of the Subgenus.” He holds a Masters Degree in Music Composition from the University of Chichester in the U.K., and has toured and recorded with the bands The Theater Fire and Howling Hex.

  • Brent Joseph
    Holdout, A Loud Color
  • Brent Joseph
  • Llyewyn Máire
  • Paul Soileau
    Key Cast
    Out of Sight, Fourplay: San Francisco
  • Llyewyn Máire
    Key Cast
  • Curtis Heath
    Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Hellion, 1985
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  • Genres:
    Fantasy, Horror, Romance, LGBTQ
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 14, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
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Director Biography - Brent Joseph

Brent Joseph is an award-winning writer, director & editor whose work runs the gamut from highly-stylized imaginary worlds to social issue documentaries. His most recent film, BEIRUT ON THE BAYOU (New Orleans Film Festival 2019) tells the story of Brent’s Lebanese family who worked as peddlers in South Louisiana’s Cajun communities during the early 20th century. It reveals a little-known chapter of early Arab-American immigration to the U.S. In HOLDOUT and A LOUD COLOR, Brent created two unique portraits of his hometown of New Orleans, as residents grappled with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The films played at over twenty festivals, museums and universities from Los Angeles to Paris (AFI, Full Frame, Rooftop Films, Slamdance and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University).

Brent’s fiction work includes, BULLFROGS, a black & white 16mm film, shot deep in the Louisiana swamp, that grapples with the power of sacred spaces and MIRZA THE MIRACULOUS, a story about phony prophets told with kaleidoscopic lo-fi-visuals. The film includes a cosmos constructed out of abstract paintings by artist Iva Gueorguieva as well as an analog electronic score by organist and inventor, Quintron. Both films premiered at the New Orleans Film Fest. BULLFROGS also screened at NewFest, NYC’s oldest and largest LGBTQ film festival.

As an editor, Brent learned his craft in the cutting rooms of David Fincher, Larry Clark, Seth Rogen and many independent filmmakers before collaborating on several movies: QUEEN OF PARADIS (Jury award for Excellence in Documentary Feature Editing, Ashland Film Festival), MTV's TRUE LIFE: I’M LIVING IN IRAQ (Edward R. Murrow award for Best TV Network News Documentary), FIVE TIME CHAMPION (SXSW) and SHELL SHOCKED (PBS World, co-writer).

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