YAAMNY: Lloyd Kaufman '69, My Life in Independent Cinema

Lloyd Kaufman will discuss his success as the world's longest surviving, most prolific independent film maker.  He will show clips from his newest work, and share trade secrets that allowed him to produce gargantuan screen epics on microscopic budgets.  

Lloyd Kaufman '69  is a giant in the field of independent films,  having produced, directed, written and even acted in over 20 original films in 35 years at Troma Films,  the New York City based company he co-founded with Yale classmate Mike Hertz.  He works in a unique  genre combining violence, sex, political satire, horror,  humor and what film critic  Pauline Kael called "actual sweetness." Kaufman's films have had a powerful influence on American culture,  and numerous major careers in both acting ,and directing have been launched by him.  Kaufman has taught film at UCLA, Yale, in the UK and Europe,  and is the author of three best-selling books.  He has given to Western culture the iconic "Toxic Avenger," currently resurrected as a Broadway musical.  PoultryGeist, his latest  work, features gigantic mutant chickens who spring from a fried chicken franchise and devour the staff, an ominous talking hamburger, musical and dance interludes and a cameo by Lloyd himself.

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