Taking Trash Seriously: Nouveaux Pictures and Cine-Excess create new DVD label
|Brunel University’s School of Arts Cult Film Archive, via its Cine-Excess project, has been given the rights to the archive of some of the 300 movies owned by the legendary B-movie producer and film director Roger Corman. The university’s intention to “take trash seriously” in an academic respect and to release the films from the Corman archive on DVD has led to the university’s lecturer in Film and TV Studies and director of Cine-Excess, Xavier Mendik, seeking out the services of the prestigious London-based art film outlet, Nouveaux Pictures, as a joint distributor of its forthcoming titles.
Cine-Excess was originally established in 2007 by the Cult Film Archive at Brunel University as a high profile annual conference and film festival aimed at bringing together leading international scholars and critics with global cult filmmakers for a series of plenary talks, filmmaker interviews and UK theatrical premieres of up and coming cult releases.
The aim of theÂ Nouveaux Pictures/Cine-ExcessÂ label is to bring the very best examples of cult cinema to both the commercial consumer and to the cult film studies educational sector. Extra features on the label’s releases will include university academics discussing the films.
The first DVD release from Nouveaux Pictures/Cine-Excess will beÂ VIVA, the debut full-length feature by LA-based artist and filmmaker Anna Biller (The Hypnotist; A Visit From The Incubus). Future releases will include the Corman-directedÂ NOT OF THIS EARTHÂ andÂ ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERSÂ and Ron Howard’s directorial debut feature,Â GRAND THEFT AUTO, along with such well-known cult cinema titles asÂ SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE, BIG BAD MAMA, DEATH SPORT, THE CRY BABY KILLERÂ starring Jack Nicholson, plus Dick Maas’Â AMSTERDAMNEDÂ and a special edition of Dario Argento’s classic,Â SUSPIRIA.