Dante's Inferno

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Melding the seemingly disparate traditions of apocalyptic live-action graphic novel and charming Victoria-era toy theater, Dante’s Inferno is a subversive, darkly satirical update of the original 14th century literary classic. Retold with the use of intricately hand-drawn paper puppets and miniature sets, and without the use of CGI effects, this unusual travelogue takes viewers on a tour of hell. And what we find there, looks a lot like the modern world.

Cast

Lying Defendant, Farinata:
Tony Abatemarco

Judge Minos, Paolo, Hirohito, Copter Pilot, Spiro Agnew:
Scott Adsit

Metallica Defendant, L. Ron Hubbard, Curtis Lemay, Airport Security:
Matt Besser

Ciaccio ‘el Gordo’, Calvacanti, Stalin, Ulysses’ Crew:
Bill Chott

Charon, Phlegyas, Dick Cheney:
Mike Coleman

Virgil:
James Cromwell

Lucan, "right On" Glutton, Jim Jones, Airport Screener, Ulysses’ Naysayer:
Andrew Daly

Brunetto Latini:
John Fleck

Horace, Mr. Argenti, White Pimp, Beating Victim, Airport Security, Insider Trader #2:
Sean Forrester

Ovid, Real Estate Broker, Pope Nicholas 3rd:
Tony Hale

George Sanders, Deep Voiced Lobbyist:
Tom Hallick

George Sand, Airport P.A., Subway P.A.:
Laura Krafft

Irate Driver, Mounted Policeman, Pimp #1, Pimp #3, Airport Security:
Brandon Johnson

Dante:
Dermot Mulroney

Celia, Lobbyist Singer, Lizzie Borden:
Martha Plimpton

W.M.D. Defendant, Francesca, Marilyn Monroe, Elena Ceausescu:
Kit Pongetti

George Elliot, Greed Seductress, Barbara Bates, Penelope:
Tami Sagher

Strom Thurmond, Ulysses:
Dana Snyder

Teacher, Cleopatra, City Of Dis Intercom, Ulysses’ Usher:
Janet Varney

Mussolini, Fox Reporter, Airport Security Pursuer:
Matt Walsh

Homer, God, Officer Chiron, Southern Lobbyist, Airport Security, Caiaphas, Ulysses’ Crew, Macmud, Insider Trader #17, Nicolae Ceausescu:
Paul Zaloom

Crew

Director and Editor:
Sean Meredith

Proscenium Design:
Sandow Birk
Elyse Pignolet

Ulysses Shadow Show:
Paul Zaloom
Lynn Jeffries

Casting Director:
Laura Krafft

Gaffer:
Paul Lohr

Best Boy Electric:
Adam Peabody
Dave McGrory

Lighting Technician:
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew

Dolly Grip:
Richard Brush

Camera Operators:
Jens Piotrowski, SOC
Denis Moran

1st Assistant Camera:
David C. Negrin

2nd Assistant Camera:
Kristy Baltezore
Caddie Hon

Digital Imaging Technician:
Philip Schwartz

Lead Puppeteers:
Alison Heimstead
Lynn Jeffries

Puppeteers:
Sandow Birk
Benajah Cobb
Cesar Delgadillo
David P. Earle
Leslie Gray
Jennie Hahn
Sam Hale
Nico Lang
Visperd Madad-doust
Darius Mannino
Francisco Martinez
Sibyl O'Malley
Michael Oosterom
Darcia Dexter Negrin
Douglas N. Paasch
Beth Peterson
Elyse Pignolet
Laurie Woolery
Paul Zaloom
Michelle Zamora

On Set Editor:
Christian Anthony

Set Scaling by:
Alicia Meredith

Suicide Note:
Christian Anthony

Additional Scenic Painting:
Gregg Gibbs

Make-Up for Lucifer:
Jeff Farley

Make-Up Assistant:
Elena Arlotti

On Set Photographers:
Bryan Wiley
Alicia Meredith

Production Assistants:
David Earle
Cesar Delgadillo

Security:
Mr. Jenkins

Truck Driver:
Pablo Delgadillo

Dramaturgical Assistance:
Lynn Jeffries

Sound Design:
Alan Porzio

Voice Recording Engineers:
Mark Wheaton @ Catasonic
Phil Vo @ SonicPool

Final Sound Mix:
Talking House Productions, San Francisco

Re-recording Mixer:
Dave Nelson

Supervising Engineer:
Peter Krawiec

Mix Engineer:
Miik Dinko

Digital Intermediate, Opticals & Titles:
HOLLYWOOD-DI

DI Artist:
David Miazga

DI Supervisor:
Tyler Hawes

DI Project Manager:
Neil W. Smith

HD Video Equipment:
Sim Video LA

HD Probe Lenses:
Innovision Optics

Music produced and performed by:
Mark McAdam

Music Published by:
Superhead Songs (ASCAP)
©2006

« Additional Musicians »

Violin:
Adam Crystal

Additional Drums and Percussion:
Aaron Kant

Cello:
Dermot Mulroney

Saxophones, Clarinet, Additional Flute:
John Natchez

Vocals:
Kit Pongetti

Song

Title:
We Are the Lobbyists

Words by:
Paul Zaloom
Mark McAdam

Music written and performed by:
Mark McAdam

Sung by:
Martha Plimpton
Eric Gilliland
Peter "The Baron Von" Lindberg
Mark McAdam

Biographies

« Sandow Birk »

Raised on the beaches of Southern California and currently living and working in Los Angeles, Sandow Birk is a product of California culture. With an emphasis on social issues, frequent themes of his past work have included daily life in L.A.’s barrios, inner city violence, graffiti, various political issues, surfing, and skateboarding. His work has been shown extensively throughout the U.S. He was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, and a Fulbright Fellow to Rio de Janeiro for 1997. In 1999 he was awarded a Getty Fellowship for painting. Birk’s epic, pseudo-historical series of the The Great War of the Californias, in which Los Angeles and San Francisco wage all out war for control of the Golden State, was featured at the Laguna Art Museum in 2000. His latest project, a rewriting (with co-author Marcus Sanders) and illustrating of Dante’s The Divine Comedy set in contemporary urban America has culminated in three books, currently out from Chronicle Books: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. An exhibition of the project was organized by the San Jose Museum of Art in 2005.

« James Cromwell »

James Cromwell received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar© nomination for his memorable performance as Farmer Hoggett in the smash-hit, Babe. Cromwell’s recent motion picture work includes The Longest Yard, I, Robot, The Green Mile, Snow Falling on Cedars and L.A. Confidential. He plays Prince Philip in The Queen and George Bush senior in W. Born in Los Angeles, Cromwell grew up in New York and Waterford, Connecticut, and studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University (then Carnegie Tech).

« Mark McAdam »

Mark McAdam is a songwriter and musician from the other side of the musical tracks. He lives in a roomful of second-hand instruments on Manhattan’s Lower East Side where he eats and sleeps. McAdam used to front the seminal Los Angeles junk rock band Sumack before setting out on his own with a solo debut, Boy Wonder, in 2003. His next record, Cavalcade, comes out in spring 2006 on March Records. He has contributed and composed music for many films including God Grew Tired of Us (Sundance Grand Jury and Audience Awards for Best Documentary 2006) plus television shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Weeds, and Malcolm in the Middle.

« Sean Meredith »

Born and raised in New Jersey, Sean Meredith studied film at Emerson College in Boston. His senior film won the school’s Evvy Award for Best 16mm Film. After toiling away the years as a vintage dishware expert, he has finished directing his first feature film, http://dekku.nofatclips.com/2009/09/dantes-inferno-movie-trailer.html'>Dante’s Inferno. He directed and produced the 2003 film 'In Smog and Thunder: The Great War of the Californias. After premiering at Slamdance in 2003, the California Civil War mockumentary went on to play at twenty film festivals. It was released on DVD in 2004 and had it’s broadcast premiere in 2005.

« Dermot Mulroney »

Dermot Mulroney worked on David Fincher’s Zodiac. Early in his career he co-starred in Tom DiCillo’s satirical look at the world of independent filmmaking, Living In Oblivion, opposite Steve Buscemi and Catherine Keener. Mulroney co-produced the film, which won awards at both the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals. Another early standout performance was his role in Longtime Companion. Hes since co-starred with Jack Nicholson in 'About Schmidt, with Diane Keaton in The Family Stone, and in Nicole Holofceners 'Lovely & Amazing. His former band, The Low and Sweet Orchestra released one highly regarded album that captured the band’s mixture of American rockabilly and Irish folk rock. He currently plays in The Cranky George Trio with his brother Kieran Mulroney and Pogues accordionist James Fearnley.

« Michael Negrin »

As the son of an accomplished cinematographer, Sol Negrin, young Michael Negrin had the opportunity to visit film sets starting at age eight. In 1984-85 he shot several videos for Billy Joel. Later he photographed Time After Time for Cindy Lauper, which earned an American Music Video Award for Michael and for the director Eddie Griles. In 1987, Negrin shot his first feature, an indie project starring Shelly Winters, titled Touch of a Stranger. He photographed the pilot for Charmed for the WB starring Shannon Doherty. Negrin shot a feature in New Orleans just before Hurricane Katrina, Local Color starring Ray Liotta, Armin Mueller Stahl and Ron Pearlman.

« Elyse Pignolet »

Born and raised in Oakland, California, Elyse attended San Francisco State University and Long Beach State University as an art major before hoofing it to Spain. She lived in Madrid and Barcelona studying Spanish and art in 2001, then returned to college as a ceramics major in California. Widely traveled, she has exhibited her work in several shows in the Los Angeles area. She has collaborated on several public art projects with artist Tom Barter and others, including work on the L.A. MTA Metro Orange Line and on the new Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Station in East Los Angeles. She is currently persuing a BFA in Ceramic Arts at the University of California at Long Beach. She has had a passing interest in puppets since she met Paul Zaloom.

« Paul Zaloom »

Called "one of the most original and talented political satirists working in the theater" by the New York Times, Paul Zaloom is an OBIE-winning puppeteer and performance artist who has written, designed and performed 12 solo spectacles, including Fruit of Zaloom, Sick But True, and his latest, The Mother of All Enemies. His highly idiosyncratic work utilizes techniques such as overhead projection, government document expose, picture performance, and hand, rod, shadow, found object, and dummy puppets. Since 1992, Zaloom has appeared on the Emmy winning TV show "Beakman’s World" as Beakman, the wacky scientist who answers viewers’ questions about science, nature, and the world around us; he also tours the stage show, Beakman Live! Zaloom co-wrote and narrated an official selection at the 2003 Slamdance Film Fest, In Smog and Thunder. He’s played innumerable venues: Kennedy Center; Lincoln Center; Walker Arts Center; American Repertory Theater; L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art; King Tut’s Wah-Wah Hut; hundreds of others in the U.S. and internationally. His awards include: a Village Voice OBIE; an American Theater Wing Design Award; New York Dance and Performance Award (the "Bessie"); L.A. Weekly Critics’ Award; 4 Citations of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry from UNIMA-USA. GRANTS: Guggenheim Fellowship, COLA Fellowship, 4 National Endowment for the Arts grants, 4 Henson Foundation grants, others.

« Dante Aligheri »

Born in Florence, Italy, Dante was a poet and politician who is generally credited with “creating” – or standardizing – the Italian language through the popularity of his writings. At age nine, he met Beatrice Portinari – a chance occurrence that had a profound effect on his life, as she came to embody pure Love in his work. Involved in the politics of his day, he was exiled for life from Florence at age 36 and never returned, dying in Ravenna at age 56.

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