Sundance Channel Signs Up Isabella Rossellini

Sundance Channel has commissioned Isabella Rossellini to create five additional short films for her series titled “Green Porno.” There will be a total of eight films in the series. Sundance Channel had initially funded three earlier pieces which have recently been selected to premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. A selection of Rossellini’s “Green Porno” shorts will also debut at the 2008 Berlin international Film Festival.

Sundance Channel plans to premiere these shorts on mobile devices and online in spring 2008. Once they make their digital debut the “Green Porno” shorts will air as interstitial pieces on Sundance Channel.

“Green Porno” is a series of short films conceived, written by and featuring Rossellini about the sex life of insects and various creatures. The first three pieces are directed by Rossellini; the five new ones are directed by Rossellini and Jody Shapiro (producer The Saddest Music in the World and My Dad is 100 Years Old). They are produced by Rossellini, Shapiro and Rick Gilbert in association with Sundance Channel. Maximum Films International will sell all rights outside of the United States.

Laura Michalchyshyn, Executive Vice President, Programming and Creative Affairs, Sundance Channel said, “Isabella’s playful and humorous approach to this material makes these films extremely inventive, a lot of fun and very artful. This is perfect ‘green’ short-form content for Sundance Channel to spread across multiple platform offerings.”

Meant to be shown individually or as a series, the “Green Porno” films are a comical, but insightful study of the curious ways certain creatures “make love.” The inventive costumes and colorful sets contribute to the playfulness of the films. Their graphic look was specifically conceived for smaller screens such as cellular phones, computers, and various mobile devices. The insects and others featured in the first three films are Firefly, Dragon Fly, Spider, and in the next five are Bee, Praying Mantis, Worm, Snail, and Fly.

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