Archive for April, 2009

World Wide Clout – YouTube

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Here it is a groove slightly transformed, just a bit of a break from the norm…


5:00 short film, 2:30 minutes of credits 🙂 – (Direct Link Here)

Here it is, the official internet release of our short film World Wide Clout. It is the third place winner in the 2009 Dogfish Head Off-Centered Film Fest. The basic criteria for the DFH Off-Centered Film Fest were: “Films which will be considered for the Off-Centered Film Fest must be no longer than five minutes in length, must include a story-line containing the concept of an underdog, and must include a reference to Dogfish Head in the script or have Dogfish Head product placement in the film.” That’s it, and we ran with it!

The basic idea behind World Wide Clout was we wanted to take both of the given criteria requirements and basically be obnoxious with them. So for the concept of an underdog we tried to make it both extremely impossible but yet still a totally probable scenario plus blow the hell up out of DFH while trying to not be full on tacky. We referenced 26 DFH beer in the film (see if you can count them all) and had mad DFH product placement, again as Sam said, “these guys had a Dogfish Head reference like every two seconds.” Exactly. So after we started drinking, and thinking, and drinking, and thinking a little bit more of what we wanted to do for the film festival we came up with almost the entire idea of World Wide Clout from start to finish in one night – it was too funny. After we were finished and looked at what we had on paper, we realized that there was a large enough of a story-arc to create a full length movie, but that wasn’t possible. So how do you wean that down to five minutes? Turn it into a preview to a movie of course! So World Wide Clout is actually a preview to a movie that doesn’t exist, you got that?

Anyway, because I know everyone will be wondering, I’ve also hunted down the second and first place winners short films here and will provide a link here so that you can check them out if you are so interested.

Second Place was a short animated commercial called “Psychedelic Dogfish Head Beer Cartoon Commercial” by Dax Norman. It clocked in at 1:09. If I remember correctly Dax said he was an art student from Florida who enters short film competitions “all the time”.

First Place was a short film/commercial just called “Dogfish Head Commercial” by Chris Rose. It clocked in at 1:58. If I remember correctly Chris is a local to Austin and is a DJ in town who actually missed the first night of the film festival (the beer tasting portion) because he was in Brooklyn, perhaps DJ-ing.

All right, well there you go, World Wide Clout for the masses. Please let me know what you think in the comments section either on this web site or on YouTube, we’d all love to hear your feedback may it be good or bad, we’re ready for it. Though this process started in January and it is now almost May this has been one of the most fun little projects I have ever gotten to work on. Big thanks once again to Erik Mitchell, Robert Desjardin, Karen Moore, Corey Bonser, and Sharon Wienckoski and everyone else who contributed there time and energies, may it be through help with the soundtrack, donations of props and equipment, or use of a filming location – with out everyone’s help listed in the credits, this would not have been possible, please watch the credits.

World Wide Clout World Premiere

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Time to talk about the money-shot, the World Wide Clout premiere!


Click here for all the pictures from our Austin, TX trip!

Saturday: Saturday was the slow day. We all sort of woke up at our own speed. I originally set an alarm so we could all get up together to grab the free breakfast at the hotel, but when the alarm went off no one budged, so I just rolled over and went back to bed. And then minutes before the breakfast was suppose to end Erik and Robert jumped out of bed and ran to go get breakfast, only to return to be lazy again. I took my time to get going, took a shower, and rolled out to get some coffee and something to eat.

While I was out I stopped and grabbed a gross breakfast sandwich from under a heat lamp at a WaWa type gas station place, I made it two bites in and the rest went out the window to the birds. I also scooped up some Starbucks coffee which I typically do not enjoy too much but found to be a nice change after the shitty hotel coffee. I also took a short drive around to check stuff out. I found a decent little liquor store that we could buy some local beer at, though the clerk suggested I go down the street to the H.E.B. if I wanted an even larger selection – OK, I won’t shop at your store. The liquor store that I found was in a funny location, it was a liquor store, gun store, and a bank all in a row – it made us laugh every time we drove by.

When I got back to the room, nothing was still going on, Erik was lost in his iPhone (Shit Pickle) and Robert was getting twitchy. There was talk of going down and hanging by the pool with some beers so that got us slightly motivated. We drove out to the H.E.B. (we pronounced it “heeb” the whole time, the the locals said the initials) to check out the beers. We had the video camera out again and were rolling through the store checking out the beers. For some reason the manager came over and told us we couldn’t film in there, and we said “OK, we were just being stupid, no problem”, and he was all “I bet you were” – damn totally got punked. Unfortunately we didn’t get that on tape, it would have been classic. We picked up three sixers, some water, and some snacks – what we really should have picked up on Thursday, but hey, better late than never.

After the H.E.B. we went back to the hotel with the intent to hang by the pool, but we all realized we wanted food and decided Mexican was what was called for. We walked from the hotel to this little Mexican place we passed a bunch of times walking back and forth to the Alamo. When we went in we were the only white people, sweet, this was probably going to be a good spot. They brought out some chips and hot-ass salsa, it had Robert sweating and we barely even had anything. We all looked at the menu for something different, but that we thought we would like. The special for the day was Barbacoa, which none of us knew what that was so we asked – beef cheek – yum, cow face. So, of course we all ordered a barbacoa taco with the rest of our food, and, in my opinion it was delicious – tender and well marinated. We also each had a huge ass plate of food that was delicious.

When finished stuffing ourselves, we talked again about possibly hanging at the pool, but when we went by the pool (very small) there was a man and his little daughter hanging there, so to be polite we chose not to go down and hang there. The funny thing is, we all got back to the room and fell out – I know it sounds really exciting and all, but between the traveling, and the trip the day before to San Antonio, and all the drinking we were all whooped-up. So after a spontaneous two hour nap we tried to get ready to go out to the Alamo Draft House again for the world premiere of our short film World Wide Clout. Getting ready involved drinking beers for some, taking showers for others, and repeated cigarette breaks.

We finally went over to the theater about 6PM for the 7PM start time. This time we ordered some DFH beers and hung at our seats waiting for the event to big. After it started, Sam from DFH was the emcee again, things got rolling in a more film and less beer oriented way. First, sort of to warm up the crowd, Sam showed a bunch of DFH short films they had made like the music video for the Pain Relievaz song “Pinchin’ Pennies” and the DFH mock-campaign against the new MADD stance called “Lupulin Madness” based roughly off of the stoner flick “Reefer Madness”. They both were hilarious. After that they showed about 12 short films from the runners-up that didn’t make the top three. Some were funny, some were a little lame, and some had a good idea with a bad translation. One was a local Austin guy who had a whole crew with him, so that was very cool for him.

After the also-rans were done, they started with the winners from third on up. So, Sam was like “where’s my Delaware crew at, come on up here!” and Erik, Robert, and I rolled up on stage to talk about the movie. Of course we had the video camera rolling, which initially Erik was shooting, but eventually I was, which was OK. Since Erik was listed as the director Sam focused his questions on him, and since Robert was the closest to Sam he answered some too, I sort of got “stuck” on camera duty which wasn’t a big deal, I just felt slightly disconnected at the time. I actually can’t wait to see the film we shot while up on stage, especially since the pictures (see the link above) from us on stage turned out a little crappy since we were so far away. Basically Sam asked us how we came up with the idea and asked Robert how long he worked with the bottle-chucks and thanked us. He also mentioned to the crowd that we had called the brewery and asked to film on the roof and he “had to say no to that” and told the crown to pay attention during our film because “these guys make a Dogfish Head reference like every two seconds” – really cool.

They actually started the film while we were still on stage, so we rushed to get back to our seats so we could watch it, again filming the whole time. The crowd reacted, with laughs mostly, at all the appropriate times so that was good. We sent in two versions of the movie with two different sets of music, one was all music we didn’t own the rights to (like Led Zeppelin) and the other was all original music (like stuff Erik wrote), they used the version with original music which was cool, but weird to hear Erik’s stuff blasted through the theater, though not as weird as actually seeing all of us full size on a movie screen – really, really weird in a really cool way. I think the movie was well received and everyone laughed and applauded. Afterward several people said to each of us separately how much they liked different parts of our movie so that was really nice. Then they showed the second and first place winners, treating them the same by calling them on stage and letting them speak. Second place was a weird psychedelic DFH beer commercial animation and first was a two minute DFH beer commercial with 25%+ archival footage from public domain, I am going to try and find a link to both and put them up. I do not want to argue with the judges, but if there was a fan favorite based on the people’s reactions in the crowd, ours appeared to be the clear winner.

After the movie session we wound up hooking up with Sam and Claus from Dogfish Head and this time we did go out. Sam’s broth-in-law, Pliney, lives in Austin so he suggested a pizza place that wasn’t too far that had OK beer. The place turned out to be almost half an hour away and there was mad traffic getting there, but the parking was free and the place was welcoming. Sam seemed genuinely grateful that we had come out to hang, it was probably a group of 15 or so, a little big to be intimate, but not so big as to be anonymous. We wound up eating some really good pizza and having some OK local beers for about two hours bullshitting with essentially Sam’s crew for the night; him and Claus, our crew, a couple other beer geeks, and some locals from the beer industry – it was pretty neat. We got a pretty decent picture of us hanging with him too, which is cool because I rarely ask to get my picture taken with people I don’t know. After the pizza and beers it was heading on 1AM and we chose to go back to the hotel to get some sleep instead of heading out to a club where a bunch of the group was going, it was actually a club where the first place winner was the DJ, go figure. When we got back to the room the intent was to go to bed, but we had just bought a bunch of beer earlier in the day and couldn’t take it with us, so we started drinking beers. Robert lasted for about two and then kind of drifted off, and Erik and I were too stupid to be smart and drank until after 3AM, fun times.

Sunday: So Sunday we woke up with the main focus of catching our flight back to Philly, always a drag and comforting to go home.


BUT, we couldn’t go out with out one last hoo-rah! So while Erik was poking around he came across something listed as a Gospel BBQ Brunch in Austin on Sundays – sounds like fun. So we made reservations for the Gospel BBQ Brunch at Stubb’s in Austin at 1PM, which was just enough time to catch our flight at 4PM. When we got to Stubb’s we had to wait to get in which was OK, but after we got in I was ready to grub. They had all sorts of BBQ and smoked meats, and grits, and biscuits and gravy, and sweet pecan pie – it was so good I had to work really hard at not gorging myself. The gospel was more bluesy, which was perfectly fine with me. Unfortunately where we were seated where we couldn’t see the stage, but we could hear the music, and we all made frequent trips to go check it out. Stubb’s was a really cool place with a really cool vibe with good BBQ, but I think I preferred the BBQ from San Antonio on Friday better – just saying.

After Stubb’s our objective turned into travel mode: fill up the tank in the Yaris rental car, return the car, and get checked in at the airport and then wait. Usually this part of the trip isn’t worth talking about, but another funny thing happened. As we pulled up in our car and started to unload we here “hey guys!”, it was Sam and Claus again – are these guys following us? So it was cool to go out seeing those guys again. It would have been really funny if we were on the same flight, Sam even started to follow us to check in and Claus had to kind of reel him it, it was too funny. Other than that it was a “normal” flight, nothing special happened, and then suddenly we were back in Philly. Thanks for reading.

(Come back soon, I have a really sneaky suspicion that you all will be watching World Wide Clout on the interwebs by the end of this weekend!)

San Antonio & DFH Beer Tasting

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

So another day another adventure, more from Texas!


Click here for all the pictures from our Austin, TX trip!

Friday: So Friday morning found us all a little groggy from traveling, but at the same time full of energy and ready to take advantage of our trip. Before we left Erik had mentioned possibly going to San Antonio to go see the Alamo. Originally Robert and I were totally not into it, but after some changes, things changed. For one, we decided to rent a car while in TX which totally broadened the possibilities of what were were able to do. For example, San Antonio was approximately an hour and a half from Austin, wouldn’t have been able to do that. After realizing we didn’t know what else we were going to do with our day and deciding to make our focus San Antonio the city and not just the Alamo, we were on our way.

Like I said, San Antonio was approximately an hour and a half away, we made it down in about an hour and ten minutes – whoa! Our car was a little Toyota Yaris that I basically was driving 80MPH everywhere, but considering the posted speed limits were 70+ it wasn’t that far of a stretch. When we got to San Antonio it felt like everything was the Alamo something or Davey Crockett something and kind of felt cheesy, I didn’t think I was going to like this city. After we parked we figured, well, let’s go find the Alamo and start our adventure. I assumed the Alamo was going to be a big tourist attraction (which it was) that we were going to have to pay money to tour, but it was actually free, which made it nicer to me. There wasn’t much to see, but there was a decent amount of well kept landscaping which made it enjoyable to tour. Of course, with us knuckleheads, we couldn’t stop referring to Ozzy being arrested for peeing on the Alamo and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and the “where’s the basement” references. So eventually Erik had to ask the clerk at the customer service booth if the Alamo had a basement. We tried to tape it, but it didn’t work out, but the way the guy reacted we all thought he was about to tell Erik off for a second, but instead was totally like “Have you ever seen Pee Wee Herman’s movie? You can look it up on YouTube.” It was too funny.

After the Alamo we kind of be-bopped our way up and down the side streets and window shopped a little bit and briefly checked out the River Walk on our way to Tower of the Americas, which was in view from almost everywhere you went. This was a big-ass (750 feet tall) tower with a 360 degree observation deck at the top and glass elevators that ran up the outside of the tower. It looked really cool, though Erik and I were a little shady about going up, but after we got up it was cool. I think it cost like $12 bucks and you got to go up in the elevator to the observation deck and check out the city from above, it was actually really neat. There were two levels to the deck, an inside informational area, and an outside full on windy experiencing area. I think we checked things out for about 20 minutes and then went back down. Part of your admission cost also included a 4-D movie about San Antonio after the deck, though the 3-D glasses part was broken so it was 3-D. Basically what made it 4-D was it was like a regular 3-D movie (with glasses and all), but they also had moving seats and water that sprayed on you, and fog in the theater to add to the experience – think like the Disney Muppet 4-D movie at MGM if you have ever been there before. It was mostly interesting, but that’s about all.

After the Tower of the America’s experience it was time for food. We wanted true Texas BBQ so that is what the hunt was for. Oh yeah, literally days before the trip Erik bought an iPhone, dude, that thing was super-fly and a total helper in this type of scenario. For example, we just typed in BBQ in relationship to our location and it pulled up spots for us and directions – the one we chose was called the County Line BBQ and it was ri-dic-u-lous. We all grabbed a local brew and some local BBQ: Erik got the BBQ sampler, a plate full of like six different kinds of meat, Robert got ribs and corn on the cob, and I got a brisket sandwich with fries. We tried everything, and it was all bangin’, but my brisket was the bomb. After lunch we walked the River Walk back to the car so we could get back to Austin. That night we had our Dogfish Head beer and cheese tasting which was suppose to start at 8PM, it was already 4PM so we had to go because we wanted some down time before things got started again. I’m glad we went to San Antonio, it was a cool city, reminded me in parts of Washington DC.

This time, because of traffic and maybe an accident, it took us almost two hours and a half to get back to Austin, this totally messed with our timing. Plus, I had noticed that the sign at the theater yesterday said the event started at 7PM. So on our way back we called to confirm if it was 7 or 8, and of course it was 7PM. So we got back to the hotel about 6:30, freshened up quickly, and walked over to the theater to catch the 7PM beginning of the tasting. When we got to the theater they brought out our first beer which was kind of a warmer-upper beer, an 8oz of 60 Minute IPA, and told us to hang-out and relax because things weren’t going to get started until 8PM – wha, wha, what!? Damn, we lost some time there. Regardless for the beer and cheese pairing that night the idea was that they were going to show old school beer commercials from the 60’s and 70’s while we enjoyed 12 beers and 8 cheese while Sam from Dogfish Head and another gentleman representing the cheeses talked about the pairings. Let me quickly say that the Alamo Draft House is a cool movie theater. The basic concept is imagine a movie theater with every other row of seats taken out and a low bar replacing the seats. The theater has waitresses and a full menu, plus all the normal movie theater junk food, plus plus they serve beer! I thought it was a great idea. We got to try a ton of good beers and a ton of good cheeses. Basically they had it matched up as a flight of three beers to two cheese and we voted which beers we thought went best with which cheese, and in between each flight is when they would talk. I must say Sam is a natural at entertaining a crowd, truly everyone was waiting to hear what he was going to to say next. A few of the beers I can remember off the top of my head were vintage (aged 2 to 5 years) versions of D’Extra, Fort, and 120 Minute IPA – it was a fun delicious night.

After the beer and cheese night we had talked about getting into something else. We had arrived at the theater at about 7PM by the time it was finished it was almost midnight, so like five hours long, we weren’t too buzzed and feeling twitchy. Erik and Robert had talked to Sam and Claus from DFH while on smoke and pee breaks and there was talk of going out with them, but when the night was over they were done. We tried to go back to Hooters since it was close and they had tater-tot-nachos (sounds so good!), but they closed at 12AM. So we asked someone out front where we could go to buy beer and we were informed everywhere stopped selling beer to-go (even the gas stations) at 12AM (though they start selling beer at 6AM!?), but that there was a near by bar called Pluckers that they suggested, so Pluckers it was.

Pluckers was like a cross between a busy TGI Fridays and a local college bar, kind of a weird vibe, but it worked, plus we were the only ones sitting at the bar so that made our lives easier. We had two bartenders that we were bull shitting with and they were pretty funny adding some local flavor. I’m pretty sure we video taped most of the time there so there should be some funny stuff coming out of it, let alone the one-liners we’re still quoting (“I was on acid, and I still saw it” – Duece). We also were introduced to one of the most awful shots I have ever tried, Rumple Mints and Dr. Pepper – like poopy-breath blown with liquid-fire-ass freshness, ugh. Pluckers was weird, but Pluckers was fun. After the bar we basically rolled back to the hotel and called it a night.

(Originally I was going to do the whole trip as one post, now I think I am going to break out each day separately.)

Austin, TX

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Hopefully this whole trip will seem funny to someone besides me, but I’ll tell you what, Austin, TX was a fun-ass trip!


Click here for all the pictures from our Austin, TX trip!

I’ll kinda try and go through each day without it being too boring or stupid. So, as part of the prize for coming in Third Place in the Dogfish Head Off-Centered Film Competition was a flight for one to Austin, TX to see the “world premiere” of out short film, World Wide Clout, plus three days two nights in a hotel, plus some spending cash. So, we took the spending cash and bought two more plane tickets so all three of us, Erik, Robert, and myself, could go down. We started pricing out tickets for the flight and realized it was actually cheaper for us to leave a day early and pay for an extra night at the hotel then it was to pay for all three of to go down on the original day. So we turned a Friday to Sunday trip into a Thursday to Sunday trip, sweet!

Thursday: So Thursday started WAY early for me. We had a 6AM flight to Austin, which meant we should be at the airport like 4AMish, which meant I was getting up like 3AMish, which meant I should be going to bed like 9PMish the night before, which meant I really went to bed like 12AM – so I got about 3 hours sleep before the trip began – did you follow me there? Fortunately the beginning of the trip went off without a hitch: made it to the airport on time, the flights were easy and lazy (about 5 hours of flying, 6 hours with layovers), and no one appeared to stress too hard which can happen with lack of sleep and traveling. So essentially we arrived in Austin, TX at out hotel around 1PM, too early to check in, but late enough for some lunch. Our hotel was near a Hooters and we were beat, so that was stop number one. We were all out of it, kind of just staring at each other and being like “I don’t believe we’re in Texas right now”, while everyone in the restaurant was kind of just staring at us and looking like “Those guys aren’t from Texas” – it was surreal. Anyway, we drank a couple beers, had a sandwich, some wings, and some fried pickles. The fried pickles were the thing that sticks out, tasty but way salty.

We finally checked in after lunch and relaxed a little. I think we talked about what we were going to do and then we all fell asleep without discussing it. By the time we woke up it was starting to get dark. We talked a little bit about whether we wanted to stay in and chill or go out and do something – going out won over, though we all really just wanted to chill, but why stay in and eat pizza when you can do that any night, we may never be in Austin, TX again! A couple people had told us about a bridge in the city that over a million bats lived underneath, and supposedly at dusk all the bats came out and it was supposed to be crazy. It sounded a little weird, but that was about our speed. We finally made it down to the bridge; there was a barge in the water with a bunch of people, a deck at a restaurant with a bunch of people, a ledge near the water with a bunch of people – we were definitely in the right spot. We waited, and waited, and waited until it was almost dark – I think I saw like 20 bats, for real. A lot of people said it may have been too early in the year, but it was lame.

After the bats we went to 6th Street which is suppose to be the big party/hang-out spot. We walked up and down 6th Street once, it was very . . . college-ish, dirty, fake . . . I don’t know, I wasn’t picking up on the vibe. Basically it was like: bar, blues bar, souvenir shop, bar, blues bar, tattoo parlor, bar, blues bar, pizza spot, and so on and so forth – very not where I was at. On the way into town we passed the Ginger Man bar which I had heard good things about on BeerAdvocate and Robert had heard good things from Garrett, so we figured we’d give it a shot, it was only a couple blocks away. The Ginger Man was MUCH more our pace and mentally where we were at. It had about 50 taps plus a nice bottle selection, room at the bar, no live band, open air seating in the back, and darts. We tried a few different beers and we all kind of agreed on this rye beer that was on cask as the fan favorite. So we grabbed a couple casks, a set of darts from the bartender, and picked our own music off the jukebox – very cool. Later we went out back and enjoyed another beer in the nice weather of early April in TX, pretty sweet. After the Ginger Man we cruised through a jazz bar briefly and then I think we just went back to the hotel and fell out, Erik and Robert sharing a queen bed and me on a pull out couch.

(Originally I was going to do the whole trip as one post, now I think I am going to break out each day separately.)

Way Too Long

Monday, April 20th, 2009

It has been WAY TOO LONG since my last post, I apologize.


I have a TON of stuff I want to talk about regarding out short film, World Wide Clout, but I’m going to try not to vomit all the information at once and instead try to spread it out over the next couple of days so everyone can enjoy it. So since we have gotten back from our Austin trip for the film festival I have been sick, 14 days as of today. I am finally on antibiotics (a Z-pack) and will hopefully find my way to health soon. That’s part of the reason for the lack of posts, I also have been training for my annual Half Marathon run that Robert and I do with the Trail Dawgs. Training for a half marathon while totally sick with a sinus infection do not go together, take it from me. And with all the lovely rain we’ve been getting, let’s just say it has been optimal training conditions all the way around. Plus, there have been some technical difficulties with getting thing all lined up with post-film production.

But, no more excuses, time for more information! Obviously, as I have all ready stated, Erik, Robert, and myself came in Third Place in the 2009 Dogfish Head Short Film Competition with our short film World Wide Clout. Many, many thanks go out to all that helped in their own way, but especially Shay, Karen, and Corey for their help in front of and behind the the camera. The whole experience has been surreal; from coming up with the idea, to realizing we were actually going to do it, to spending way to much time on a five minute film, to waiting, to winning, to Austin, to now – all of it. In preparation to the big internet premiere which appears to be lined up for this week, I am going to release droplets of information and see where their ripples carry us. Below is a post to a photo album of mostly pre-production/behind the scenes type stuff from our film. It’ll give you a rough idea of what some of our costumes looked like and some of the locations we filmed. Later I’ll post a photo album to pictures from our Austin, TX trip for the film festival and talk all about that. And finally I’ll make sure I post (and probably email too) the link to the film itself – too funny.

World Wide Clout – Pre-Production & Behind the Scenes Snapshots

OK, last time, recap from the beginning about the film: Post #1, Post #2, Post #3, Post #4, Post #5 – And what someone else may be saying here at, April 2009.

Oh, and since this is a homebrew website, I have also been up to a little bit of brewing stuff too – I brewed a new batch of a Pale Ale (33% Wheat), transferred some beer to kegs and secondaries, saw the movie Beer Wars, yelled at myself about hops, and have set up a couple trades too. More on all of that later, this week: film stuff!