Zombies Go National

asset 4.2 chuck faceVoting is now open for the national finals of the 2009 Film Race.  The winners of 24 Hour Film Races from 20 cities (in the U.S. AND Canada) compete for $40,000 in prizes.

If you have a chance, why not vote for The Never Did Do Blues, our winning entry in the Chicago Film Race?  Its a rollicking animated zombie musical, done by folks who still know what thats supposed to mean.  You can Vote Here.

rather easy being green

Here we are using our new green screen to shoot promos for the Improvised Star Trek, a new comedy playing at the iO Theatre Saturdays at midnight(watch your back Improvised Shakespeare). Every week is a new episode from a new crew in the Star Trek universe. Very Clever’s Christopher Rathjen is a cast member, and we’ll have some complete videos ready for mass consumption soon.

Image via Irene, another cast member, and a fine Starfleet officer.

Very Clever at Bughouse


Be aware: Very Clever has submitted a film to Bughouse’s Movie Night. The details are above, and if you’re a filmmaker yourself submissions are still open. Come by Thursday Dec. 3 for some shorts, some beers, and a raffle.

Another Race Run

If you follow our tweets you’ll know that this weekend Very Clever was participating again Film Racing’s Nationwide 100 Hour Grand Prix. Keep checking here to find out when you can view the product of our efforts. I’ll just say there was an organ.

Very Clever has previously entered the Grand Prix. Our 2008 entry The Flip Side received an Honorable Mention, and 2007′s Hope Hath No Halflife was awarded First Runner Up.

HRVC Update

Organizing For America has announced the winner of the Health Reform Video Challenge. Unfortunately Very Clever’s submission was not the final winner, but we honored to have been a finalist. The Health Reform Video Challenge received almost one thousand entries, and the Finalists garnered almost 4 millions views on YouTube. We’d like thank to everyone who voted for us, and hope Health Care Reform will be a reality soon.

And hey, we made the montage!

Health Reform Video voting open until 11/6

Just a reminder that voting is open on Organizing For America’s Health Reform Video Challenge until November 6th.  Check out the videos, rate them, and tell your friends and family to do the same! Very Clever’s video is : “Is This Really the Way it Should Work?

Zombies Win!

We’re proud to announce that Very Clever’s The Never Did Do Blues has been named Best Film of the 2009 Chicago Film Race.  The film was also awarded Best Writing, Best Original Music Score[tie], and Best Sound Design[tie].  The Never Did Do Blues now moves on to the national competition where it will compete with the winners of every citywide Film Race of 2009.  You can see the full list of the Chicago winners here.

Vote for Very Clever Health Care Reform


As you saw below, Very Clever produced a short video for Organizing for America’s Health Care Reform Video Challenge.  We’re happy to announce that our video we’re one of the 20 Finalists!  You can check out our video and the other great finalists here.  You can also rate your favorite videos, and the winner will be aired to promote Health Care Reform. Your vote only counts is you rate all twenty videos, so set aside 10 minutes to vote for your favorite.  And if your favorite happened to be ours, that’s be great. Though not as great as comprehensive Health Care Reform.

Credit where it’s due


Now’s probably a good time for a few thank yous regarding our Finalist video.  The first is to Linda Orr, who I deny burger care to in this video, for being in our project on very short notice. The second is Vincent Lacey, who collaborated with us on the idea but was sadly unavailable to flip burgers the day we shot.  Finally is Budacki’s Drive-In for letting us shoot there.  I was lucky enough to live up the street from Budacki’s a few years back, and this project was a great excuse to get back there and have one of their delicious burgers.  If you find yourself in Ravenswood craving something tasty, check them out.  Hopefully everyone who helped us out will be paid in Health Care Reform.

The wages of Film Racing

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…is having to ask people to vote for your film. Doesn’t roll off the tongue, does it?

Regardless, the top films from the 2009 Chicago Film Race are online, and voting is open for the online audience award.  Vote Here, if you’re so inclined, for our animated zombie musical The Never Did Blues.

Update:Voting Closed. Thanks!

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