You’ve got to hand it to a filmmaker so tenacious, focused and crazy that after Sundance ’09 rejects him, he shows up anyway and drags the strip shouting “See my movie!”… which ends up selling in spite of it all.
Meet James Nguyen, an ultra-low-budget auteur who, over the course of four long years, wrote, directed, shot and… well, everything’d Birdemic. Like Alfred Hitcock’s The Birds, but infinitely crappier “awesomer”, Birdemic is best described by the film’s official synopsis:
A platoon of eagles and vultures attack the residents of a small town. Many people died. It’s not known what caused the flying menace to attack. Two people managed to fight back, but will they survive BIRDEMIC?
No clue! But, unlike many of its accepted Sundance brethren, Birdemic‘s has survived to see the light of day thanks to indie studio Severin, who after seeing Nguyen driving his blood/bird/homemade sign plastered minivan prowling the streets of Park City, acquired the rights back in August of 2009.
Enter 2010, where Birdemic is scheduled for two drunken screenings– one in Austin on March 2 and the other in LA on February 27– before hitting DVD and subsequently carving a beloved niche in both home theaters and cinema’s hallowed halls.
In the mean time, prepare your socks. They’re going to be knocked clean off when you witness the Birdemic trailer below: