The folks behind the release of Birdemic: Shock and Terror were kind enough to provide us with this exclusive clip of Birdemic director James Nguyen’s appearance on a Bay Area public access show. It’s a little slower than our normal guy-getting-hit-in-the-crotch-with-fish videos, but mother of God, it’s like a Tim & Eric sketch come to life. Nguyen’s awkwardness and Bonnie Steiger’s I’m-talking-to-a-two-year-old-right-now style are a match made in heavan. Some of the highlights:
(2:10) Bonnie Steiger: You call yourself a romantic thriller filmmaker.
James Nguyen: Birdemic is very much a romantic thriller. The first 30 minutes is very romantic, there’s a lot of foreshadowing, a lot of of what’s yet to come. Very foreboding.
(3:07) James Nguyen: The American Humane Society contact me after they watch the trailer, and they asked me, ‘Were there any birds harmed during production in any way?” And I told them, that even though the dark bird looked pretty real, they were all digital character.
Bonnie Steiger: But that’s almost a compliment to your filmmaking skill for them to even ask you that.
(3:47) James Nguyen: What Birdemic has is a great storyline: there’s two questions, okay? One, why did the dark birds attack? And second, will the two protagonists, will they live or die?
It’s important to keep in mind that they’re still talking about Birdemic, and that by “foreshadowing” he must mean “really long shots of nothing in particular where nothing much happens.” And that by ” look pretty real,” he meant this. Chodin famously got to review the movie when it came to L.A., and if you live in the NYC area, you’re in luck, because there’s a midnight showing this Friday at the IFC Center and tickets are still available. If you’re anything like me, you don’t want to miss the movie that Chodin called, “Like taking an egg yolk sh*t in a pair of scuba goggles and then wearing it around for an hour and a half.”