Hair High, the latest feature film from independent animation guru Bill Plympton, will have a limited engagement at the Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood from April 13 through April 19. Plympton will appear in person on opening night and will create a free, original sketch for every guest.
Blending ’50s nostalgia and campy zombie action, Hair High tells the story of a small town terrorized by the corpses of a teenage couple who were murdered on prom night one year prior. The movie’s star-studded voice cast includes Dermot Mulroney (The Family Stone), Sarah Silverman (Jesus is Magic), David Carradine (Kill Bill Vol. 2), Keith Carradine (Deadwood), Justin Long (Accepted), Beverly D’Angelo (Entourage), Ed Begley Jr.(Arrested Development), Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer), Craig Bierko (Scary Movie 4) Eric Gilliland, Zak Orth (Prime), Tom Noonan (Manhunter), Simpsons creator Matt Groening and animator Don Hertzfeldt (Rejected).
Plympton wrote, directed, produced and self-financed Hair High, which had its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival and enjoyed a successful run on the festival circuit in 2005. The filmmaker has been touring the country with the movie, and the Los Angeles run will serve to qualify the pic for Oscar consideration.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Plympton is currently working on a new feature titled Idiots and Angels, which he describes as the least commercial movie he’s ever made and likens it to a David Lynch film. It will tell the story of a man who wakes up one morning to discover he has wings growing out of his back, a development that kicks off a struggle with his good side.
More information about Hair High is available at www.hairhigh.com or www.plymptoons.com. And, if you haven’t read it already, be sure to see our interview with Plympton regarding the film and upcoming projects at www.animationmagazine.net/article/5907.