The Bear filmed the first episode of its web series for Funny or Die called Documentary Subjects Wanted. It was directed by Ben Steinbauer, written by Ben Steinbauer and Jack Allison and stars Rory Scovel as a hapless documentarian trying to make uplifting portraits of horrible people. Documentary subject, Blue Collar Joe, is played by Matt Jones from Breaking Bad. Brian Huskey and Becky Feldman round out the cast, with David McMurry behind the camera. Stay tuned for the premiere on FOD later this month!
The Bear teamed up with Director Chris McInroy and the creative team at T3 to produce 3 spots for MetroPCS. We can’t say too much before they’re released, but thanks to Steve Wolf and his team at the Stunt Ranch everyone managed to leave with all ten fingers intact!
Some days you get to hang out with Richard Linklater and James Benning.
The Bear spent the last 3 days helping shoot a documentary for French TV that focuses on the relationship between Richard Linklater and James Benning. If you haven’t heard of Benning, click here. He has been redefining cinema for over 40 years.
AFS screened a few of his films and he and Linklater did Q&A’s after each. They met long ago and James Benning has been a mentor to Rick ever since.
They each have a penchant for sports and hypothesizing about life and we felt privileged to be in the presence of such cinematic giants!
Thanks also to our talented crew for making it all looks so beautiful and fun.
Not everything at SXSW has to be a huge production – we had just the right number for an intimate shoot with Reggie Watts and Elepath, the team behind the incredible new app, Keezy! It was a beautiful day in Austin, Texas – perfect bird watching conditions (see below) and holding back laughter proved quite the challenge around the positively engaging and hilarious presence that is Reggie Watts.
The Bear had an amazing opportunity to shoot with Reggie Watts yesterday.
For those unfamiliar, Wikipedia defines Reggie Watts as:
Reggie Watts (born March 23, 1972 in Stuttgart, Germany is a Seattle -based comedian and musician. His shows are mostly improvised and consist of stream of consciousness stand-up in various shifting personae, mixed with loop pedal compositions. He performs regularly on television, radio, and in live theater. His comic skills come into play in improvisational performance, as well as performance of written music.
I know this may sound obvious but he was hysterical. Basically, we were treated to five hours of stream of consciousness comedy.
One of my biggest fears is getting the giggles and having to leave the set because my laughter is ruining the audio. I’m not sure where that fear originated but during his first take I thought my time had finally come.
We were shooting a promo for an app called Keezy and after Reggie shot ~4 takes, I broke the rules, turned my cell phone off airplane mode and downloaded the app for myself. It turns out that beat boxing is most likely not my next career choice, but you know something is fun when you watch someone else play with it and then you HAVE TO HAVE IT.
I guarantee when you see the promo you will want to download the app.
Check out these photos:
The man – The myth – The mouth (and a view of the app)
Another great day for The Bear at SXSW!
These videos can show you a small taste of Reggie Watts talent.
Prince Avalanche plays again tomorrow at Topfer Theatre at ZACH at 9:00 PM.
And the SXSW festivities continue…
Left to right: Emile Hirsch, Paul Rudd, David Gordon Green
Thank you to everyone that came out to celebrate the SXSW premiere of Prince Avalanche.
The crowd was amazing, the theater was full of energy, and we got to share the experience with some of our favorite people in Austin.
Paul Rudd was amazingly charismatic through the Q&A, and Joseph Gordon Levitt was amazingly charismatic on the dance floor at the after party.
Which, I must say, the after party was phenomenal. They didn’t use just the “bare” necessities to put this shindig together.
The film moves on to The Tribeca Film Festival and the Bear moved quickly on to an upcoming shoot with Reggie Watts.
The Berlinale festival came to a close with a great win for Prince Avalanche, a movie co-produced by The Bear. David Gordon Green, the director of Prince Avalanche, took home the award for best director. Amazing festival and an amazing win! Congrats David Gordon Green and the whole crew of Prince Avalanche.
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