Hello students! What makes summer a special time, rather than just a scorch-y, insect-y, forest fire-y kind of time, is that for many of us, summer is inextricably connected with memories of school. It was the one time of year that was conspicuously free of school and its time-sucking assignments, save for a small list of books: the summer reading. Though rarely good, these books became powerful allies during vacation time, earning many small victories in the battle against talking to your parents. For anyone who’s been through school, a summer reading list is as much a part of “summer magic” as kissin’ at a carnival, or casting an incantation to summon the demon Tal’Esh for some summer smoochin’. Before you go getting hot and heavy with the forces of the Darkbringer, though, make sure to get through all of your assigned reading, courtesy of Therefore Productions!
The Lion, the Witch and Mr. McFitch:
Famously described as “Funny Games on paper,” this book takes the reader through an excruciatingly detailed night in the life of Michael McFitch. Mr. McFitch is a kindly old man living peacefully on his own when, for no discernible reason, a sentient lion and a powerful witch invade his home and torture him with magic and claws for approximately 900 pages. This is great summer reading for the idealist in your life who needs to be shown that the world can be a brutal and senseless place where things don’t happen for a reason.
If you like happy endings, stop reading after the part where Mr. McFitch takes advantage of a momentary distraction to rise up and strike down his torturers in righteous fury, delivering a whizz-bang payoff of action and Eastwoodsian justice. Don’t read the next chapter, where the author reveals that the whole episode was a fantasy running through Mr. McFitch’s mind in the moments before his death.
The days are getting longer, warmer, and weirder. Summer is almost here! And that means Therefore Productions is making plans to enjoy what the British call the season of Coatsgone. All this week, we’ll be sharing our summer vacation plans.
Here are my tips for some super fun summer activities that you can enjoy with your friends and family. I know my summer wouldn’t be complete without them:
If you’ve met me (Vickdang), you’ve probably heard me ramble on about one of three things: love, Jack White or LOST. This evening I was lucky enough to to hang out at the Vilcek Foundation with the creatives, editors and some of the cast of Lost! It was a truly inspiring and amazing event. Damon Lindelof’s words will stick with me forever. Here are some low-res, HOT PIXXX of the event!
Can’t get enough of LOST? Come explore an oft-overlooked side of this internationally-celebrated program – the diverse backgrounds of its cast and crew. From May 20th – June 5th, the Vilcek Foundation will exhibit the images and biographies of 20 immigrant and first-generation contributors to the riveting television show, from both on-screen and off. Featured individuals include Executive Producer Carlton Cuse, writer Melinda Hsu Taylor, actor Jorge Garcia (“Hurley”), and cinematographer John Bartley.
Hey everybody! Therefore’s in the middle of working on some exciting new videos, but meanwhile we wanted to give people the chance to see our earlier work, in case you missed out the first time. Up this week: a second look at “Dragon Tracks”:
Time for another installment of assorted stories! These ones are guaranteed to maybe cause a fright, I think.
In the house where we used to live there was a room with nothing in it except for one lightbulb that hung down from an exposed beam. We didn’t like to go in that room. Sometimes when you walked in, the lightbulb would already be on, even if you were sure you had turned it off the last time; even if nobody had been in there for months. Eventually we had to move out of that house because our electricity bill was so huge.
If you really know Therefore Productions, then you also know that we’re all huge fans of Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim and the Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!. And why wouldn’t we be? Dad jokes, explosions, gratuitous vomit, weird songs; we were hooked from the first season. I still remember Pat taking out his laptop years ago and telling me I just had to watch it.
The Awesome Show recently finished its 5th season (season Cinco if you know the joke). It’s been a pretty wild ride. Just the last episode, Man Milk, had appearances by Fred Armisen, John C. Reilly, Paul Rudd, Ben Stiller, Ted Danson, and LeVar Burton (from “the Star Trek”). You can watch Man Milk here at the Adult Swim video site.
You may have heard that Victor (Vick Dang) and Allyson (Rollerson) got married. To commemorate the event, we made a video and played it at their reception. We hope Pomplamoose doesn’t mind us using their song for love. The moving faces at the end of the video are (in order of appearance) Victor’s sister, brother-in-law, niece and father.
It’s hard to think of something that would be more appropriate for the Adorable Corner than a wedding!!!!….so I didn’t. Below is an exact depiction of Victor and Allyson’s wedding as seen through my waterfalls of joy.