Babelgum announced today that Ceri Levy's Bananaz
, about virtual cartoon band Gorillaz
, has been selected to screen on the new, Flash-driven Babelgum website as the first ever global, on-line premiere on April 20th prior to the film's subsequent theatrical release via EMI including DVD and broadcast rights worldwide.
"As an independent filmmaker it's exciting to be partnering with Babelgum and EMI, two companies who are able to connect and mobilize audiences on both a local and global level, allowing us to maximize revenues in an incredibly difficult distribution environment " - Producer, Rachel Connors
"Ceri Levy's film is punchy, irreverent and exciting. It is exactly the kind of edgy content that Babelgum's audience wants to see. It also contains very positive messages to aspiring musicians, which sits in line with our commitment to nurturing new talent. Selected clips of the feature-length version are already screening on Babelgum web and mobile." - Valerio Zingarelli, CEO, Babelgum
is an un-sanitised, free-wheeling documentary film, taking down the virtual walls of Gorillaz in an intimate, honest and often hilarious account of the working relationship between Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett and their extraordinary creative process.
"I am convinced that Babelgum will prove to be the perfect platform upon which to release Bananaz
." - Director, Ceri Levy
"An unconventional film premieres in an unconventional way - when the ingredients are this good, who needs convention?" - Miles Leonard, President, Parlophone Records
From 2000 to 2006 director Ceri Levy filmed alongside the creators behind the scenes, from first drawings, animations, music and the musicians, through to the faces behind the voices of Murdoc, 2D, Noodle and Russel Hobbs. Made with the spirit of collaboration and madness that is Gorillaz, Bananaz
also has appearances from many of those who occasionally pass through this virtual band; Dennis Hopper
, De La Soul
, Ibrahim Ferrer
, Dan the Automator
, Bootie Brown and Neneh Cherry
received its first theatrical premiere at the 58th Berlin Film Festival and went on to receive cult status on the festival circuit from South by South West to Edinburgh.
will also launch a Gorillaz channel (http://www.babelgum.com/gorillazgobananaz
), featuring live concerts, videos, two new games, a fan competition and exclusive Bananaz
clips along with its four-week exclusive screening presentation of the film. Babelgum music has created a platform that allows artists to express themselves in a visually compelling way. It also allows fans to engage and explore music in a content rich environment. Bananaz
will be the first of many exclusives planned for the channel.
More About Gorillaz: In the late 1990's Jamie Hewlett met Damon Albarn and the concept of Gorillaz was born sometime after. Gorillaz released their self-titled debut album in 2001 and a second album, Demon Days followed in 2005. Their reputation for musical and visual innovation was cemented, while their ever more inventive videos and sublime live shows gathered critical praise. With global sales in excess of 12 million, Gorillaz became the most successful virtual band ever. There were awards too: Grammy's, Brits and MTV awards around the globe - a cartoon band has seemingly taken the world by storm.
More About Babelgum: Babelgum is an Internet TV platform, which combines the full-screen video quality of traditional television with the interactive capabilities of the Internet, and offers professionally produced programming on-demand to a global audience. Babelgum's editorial focus is on music, comedy, independent film, the environment and urban culture, and is supported by a series of thematic communities.
Babelgum has also launched an original mobile application in the US, UK and Italy that brings web-tailored programming to smart phones - at present iPhone 3G, iPod Touch, Nokias (N96, n95 and 6210) and G-Phones with more to come - via 3G and WiFi.
Babelgum's content partners include, amongst others, Sony BMG, EMI, Lonely Planet. the Associated Press, PBS, BBC, 3DD, VBS, Shine Limited, Gong Anime, Cinelan, IMG and Off the Fence, as well as the Seattle, DC Independent, Encounters, Rushes, Young Cuts and Renderyard Film festivals.. Founded in 2005, Babelgum is an independent and privately held company with offices in the US, U.K., Ireland, France and Italy.