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September 10, 2010, 11:46 am
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Huffington Post
The Huffington Post recently ran an article listing the top three neglected indie films, and David Russo’s The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle got the first mention. The article cites a quote from Russo: “”The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle was extremely challenging to get made due to the perceived toilet humor in the script. But in the words of a janitor in the film, when asked about his janitorial-themed artwork, he replies, ‘Yes, there’s toilet humor, but there’s also toilet sadness, toilet triumph, toilet a lot of things. That’s because I’m a janitor and this is my world.’ I can’t defend my movie any better than that.” Congrats, Dizzle team. To read the full article, click the link.

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August 17, 2010, 11:03 am
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Northwest Film Forum
The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle is one of the most buzzed about films to come out of Seattle in recent memory. It premiered at the Sundance Film festival, was raved about in the New York Times, and was one of only 12 films to be picked up for the debut of Tribeca Films. Shot entirely on location in Seattle and featuring local cast and crew, the film has received screenings across the nation, and now is the time of their homecoming! The Northwest film Forum is screening the film August 11 – 18 and director David Russo will be in attendance at all the scheduled screenings. For a schedule of screenings and to read more about the film and its Seattle connection, follow the link.

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City Arts
Seattle Director David Russo’s bizarre debut, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, won a standing ovation at Sundance, and in Aprilbecame one of twelve movies available to forty million viewers via Tribeca Films, the new indie enterprise run by ex-Sundance director Geoffrey Gilmore. “Long after I’d accepted the death of the film,” says Russo, “it somehow resurrected and seems to keep on going.” Now Russo is directing the 3-D IMAX film Mind Blast, about the Blue Man Group invading a human brain to make it work better. “I wrote it after six months of researching modern neuroscience, numerous workshops with the Blue Man Group, and with a bit of assistance from San Francisco playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb.” Russo is a former Seattle janitor, like the heroes of Dizzle, and thinks success after failure is best. “That’s a particularly cool path because it’s exactly what great art is all about — continuing to survive and inspire over the long haul. Dizzle got what it got without any media hype; it was all word of mouth. People telling people. I’m most proud of that.” Read the full article at the above link.

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May 12, 2010, 12:57 pm
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New York Times
The New York Times recently reviewed the Seattle produced film, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, which is available for Video-On-Demand and is premiering at Tribeca Cinemas in New York this week. Says the New York Times, “The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle is like Clerks reimagined by William S. Burroughs. Looking as if it were devised on acid and executed on mushrooms, this imaginative debut feature from the Seattle artist and filmmaker David Russo finds meaning in cleaning and life in dead ends… Juxtaposing white-collar callousness with brown-collar invisibility, Mr. Russo picks at society’s pecking order with inventive zeal. Throwaway jokes and eccentric visual effects propel a story that weaves faith, creation and cruddy commodes into a psychedelic riff on sex roles and class structure.” Read the full review at the above link and watch The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle on VOD on Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Cablevision, Brighthouse, Verizon FiOs, RCN and Bresan; and online from Amazon On Demand and YouTube Rentals.

March 23, 2010, 2:25 pm
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Northwest Film Forum
Tribeca Film, supported by founding partner American Express, announced the first 12 independent films to which it has acquired the rights to distribute across multiple platforms, beginning with video-on-demand and then into theatres, airlines, and hotels The films range from award-winning dramas and revealing documentaries to uproarious comedies and sports stories. five are acclaimed titles from the festival circuit, while the remaining seven will premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival at the same time their VOD runs begin. Seattle-made The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle will be distributed as part of Tribeca Film’s initial 12 titles. David Russo’s feature debut follows Dory after he is forced to take a job as a night janitor at a shady research firm, he and his cast-off coworkers are unwittingly used as guinea pigs for new products that are doing strange things to their bodies and minds. For more information, follow the above link.


Indie Memphis
Now entering its 12th year, Indie Memphis utilizes Memphis’ rich cultural history to serve as a connecting point for regional filmmakers from all corners of the country. The festival is famous for breaking legendary indie filmmakers, such as Jim Jarmusch, and this year features three Seattle films: Dear Lemon Lima, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle and the Seattle soul documentary Wheedle’s Groove. Also featured is The Mountain, the River and The Road which was shot primarily in the Northwest.

September 29, 2009, 1:11 pm
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The News TribuneLil dizzle
Things are looking up for film in the Northwest, and it’s partly thanks to the Tacoma Film Festival. Now in its fourth year, the festival organized by the Grand Cinema has taken an intensely local turn, with nearly one-third of its 132 films made by Northwest filmmakers. It’s good exposure for them, good marketing for the Grand, and a unique experience for audiences who see local surroundings and lifestyles on the big screen. The result is a festival that features 41 locally made films, with three specific to Tacoma, and 35 local filmmakers in attendance.