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.
Lying Defendant, Farinata:
Judge Minos, Paolo, Hirohito, Copter Pilot, Spiro Agnew:
Metallica Defendant, L. Ron Hubbard, Curtis Lemay, Airport Security:
Ciaccio ‘el Gordo’, Calvacanti, Stalin, Ulysses’ Crew:
Charon, Phlegyas, Dick Cheney:
Lucan, "right On" Glutton, Jim Jones, Airport Screener, Ulysses’ Naysayer:
Horace, Mr. Argenti, White Pimp, Beating Victim, Airport Security, Insider Trader #2:
Ovid, Real Estate Broker, Pope Nicholas 3rd:
George Sanders, Deep Voiced Lobbyist:
George Sand, Airport P.A., Subway P.A.:
Irate Driver, Mounted Policeman, Pimp #1, Pimp #3, Airport Security:
Celia, Lobbyist Singer, Lizzie Borden:
W.M.D. Defendant, Francesca, Marilyn Monroe, Elena Ceausescu:
George Elliot, Greed Seductress, Barbara Bates, Penelope:
Strom Thurmond, Ulysses:
Teacher, Cleopatra, City Of Dis Intercom, Ulysses’ Usher:
Mussolini, Fox Reporter, Airport Security Pursuer:
Homer, God, Officer Chiron, Southern Lobbyist, Airport Security, Caiaphas, Ulysses’ Crew, Macmud, Insider Trader #17, Nicolae Ceausescu:
Director and Editor:
Ulysses Shadow Show:
Best Boy Electric:
Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Jens Piotrowski, SOC
1st Assistant Camera:
David C. Negrin
2nd Assistant Camera:
Digital Imaging Technician:
David P. Earle
Darcia Dexter Negrin
Douglas N. Paasch
On Set Editor:
Set Scaling by:
Additional Scenic Painting:
Make-Up for Lucifer:
On Set Photographers:
Voice Recording Engineers:
Mark Wheaton @ Catasonic
Phil Vo @ SonicPool
Final Sound Mix:
Talking House Productions, San Francisco
Digital Intermediate, Opticals & Titles:
DI Project Manager:
Neil W. Smith
HD Video Equipment:
Sim Video LA
HD Probe Lenses:
Music produced and performed by:
Music Published by:
Superhead Songs (ASCAP)
Additional Drums and Percussion:
Saxophones, Clarinet, Additional Flute:
We Are the Lobbyists
Music written and performed by:
Peter "The Baron Von" Lindberg
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.