J.L. CARROZZA BIOGRAPHY
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Jules L. Carrozza was born on September 21st, 1986. He first developed an interest in cinema from watching Toho monster films which he is still a lifelong fan of. He began making crude stop motion animated shorts at the age of 10 and attempted to make his first film, a slasher movie called Plastic Man: Face of Evil at the age of 14. His parents confiscated the camera after he taped himself running down the street chasing a pickup truck with a rake. But after a year the camera was returned and Carrozza resumed his projects in earnest. He first attempted to make a twisted, perverse puppet film called Agony and the Ecstasy of the Puppets loosely based on the story of Japanese prostitute and murderess Sada Abe. While this project was never completed it would be a good foreshadowing of what was to come from Carrozza with its macabre sense of humor and heavy influence from other films. Carrozza also worked on the short film The Big Toe around that time period, a horror short based on an Alvin Schwartz story in what would be Carrozza's first completed opus.
Behind the scenes of Little Red Riding Hood
After several more short films on an eclectic variety of subjects Carrozza directed what was to date his most popular work and Alison's direct ancestor: Little Red Riding Hood in 2006. The film, a twisted and postmodern spin on the Brother Grimm's famous fairy tale, was the first film to really mix Carrozza's love of fairy tales and mythology with his fascination with the darker aspects of the human experience. It captured people's attention with its unique mix of fairy tale histrionics, references to cult films and popular culture and heavy doses of macabre humor. Many of the film's memes would find their way into Alison and the film would go on to play at the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival and win an award there. Carrozza's next film in 2007 was the less successful Dream House, a horror thriller of sorts. The project was burdened with production difficulties and the end result was a disappointment to Carrozza.
Carrozza directing Alison in 2011
Carrozza first began work on a possible Alice in Wonderland film shortly after Little Red Riding Hood in 2007 as a short film. He attempted to film the project in 2008 but the actress he had cast, annoyed that it wasn't a professional film shoot, walked off set. That fall he began to retoll the concept into a more socially relevant and narratively strong feature film. Around that time he also began work on Black Sunshine: Conversations with T.F. Mou, a feature length documentary on the controversial Chinese director T.F. Mou (Man Behind the Sun). He would arduously toil on that film for over a year and Mou was quite pleased with the workprint version which was premiered in 2010. With the documentary out of the way, Carrozza began work on shooting Alison as Alison in Wonderland in 2011, intending to finish the film that year. While he could not reach that goal thanks to a myriad of production difficulties, he has continued filming into 2012 and 2013 and wound up finishing the movie in 2015. His next two projects will be a short horror film entitled Eater and a sure to be controversial feature dark comedy called Coup D'Etat.
AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF THE PUPPETS
THE BIG TOE (short, 2003)
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (short, 2006)*
DREAM HOUSE (short, 2007)
THE MAGIC FOREST (short, 2008)
BLACK SUNSHINE: CONVERSATIONS WITH T.F. MOU (feature documentary, 2010)
ALISON (feature, 2015)
FROM RED TO ALISON: FRACTURED FAIRY TALES (feature documentary, 2016)
EATER (short, 2016)
*Awarded 'Best Anything Goes' at Myrtle Beach International Film Festival, 2009
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