Pop culture, entertainment & all things Fresno

Will Dumb Drum swede “The Interview?”


UPDATE: Dumb Drum’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” swede is up now. Watch it here or click through to the jump.

Kase Wickman, a writer over at MTV news (the dot com site), had a novel idea for those upset with Sony for delaying or refusing to release the Seth Rogen, James Franco comedy “The Interview.”

The suggestion: Swede the film.

As we know, Fresno is arguably the Swede capital of the world (arguably, in that no one will likely contest the fact). The city has its own festival dedicated to the form.

It’s also the HQ for Dumb Drum, the guys behind all those awesome shot-for-shot trailers recreations (Wickman linked to Dumb Drum’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer in his post).

If anyone were to tackle something like this (and get the viral hyper buzz that follows), it seems like Dumb Drum would be the guys.

Both Bryan Harley and Roque Rodriguez have hinted at the possibility online. They may even have a script.

So, will Dumb Drum swede “The Interview?”

“Kinda depends on if anything new comes from Sony about distribution,” Harley says. If the company decides to release the film, they’re probably hold off on doing a swede.

If not, then there’s something to talk about.

First, the team will finish up work on its “Star Wars: Episode VII” trailer, which they’ve been teasing online with pictures like this.

That swede should be out by Wednesday, Harley says.

In the meantime, click through to the jump to see the sweded version of the trailer for “Pacific Rim.”

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Swedies: Swede Fest XIV


Fresno’s Swede Fest held its 14th installment over the weekend at the Tower Theatre and audiences were treated to some of the best entries of the festival’s run.

The close-to-30 short film parodies offer some interesting interpretations of what it means to “swede.” Some stick with the tried-and-true cardboard- and duct-tape, lo-fi aesthetic, while others embrace digital technology as a tool for the form.

While, it would be against Swede Fest ideals to judge the films, the Beehive has taken to offering its best-of-the-fest with the Swedies.

All judging for this year’s awards was done by me, based on categories I chose and my knowledge of the form. Winners receive their names in this post (and forever in Google search) and the knowledge that they left me totally inspired.

You can see all the entries at Swede Fest site.

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Call for entries: Swede Fest 14


Organizers of Fresno’s Swede Fest have opened submissions for the fourteenth edition of the low- or no-budget parody film festival, taking place 5 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Tower Theatre.

The announcement comes just in time for Halloween, which means you may have your costuming done. That’s two birds with one stone.

For consideration in the festival, films must be no longer than four minutes and suitable for all ages and entered by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 17.

Swede Fest, is an internationally known festival loosely based on Michael Gondry’s 2008 film “Be Kind Rewind,” and spawned several satellite festivals on the East Coast. A “sweded” film is a summarized recreation of a popular movie. It takes the best (and often the worst) of Hollywood and combines it with the creativity and ingenuity of the biggest film fans. The results can be epic, as in the case of Dumb Drum’s series of scene-for-scene movie-trailer recreations.

Swede Fest is free and open to all ages thanks to the generous sponsorship of Fresno Filmworks, The Tower Theatre and Geekwise Academy.

Check out previous festival submissions.

Swedies: Swede Fest XIII awards

SF13_Flyer_OL_FINALSwede Fest’s held its 13th installment last weekend at the Tower Theatre. While the semi-annual celebration of sweded films has never been keen on actual judging (it would pretty much go against everything the festival stands for), The Beehive has made it habit to hand out awards for what we see as the best of the fest.

You can see all the entries at Swede Fest site.

Winners receive their names in this post (great for the EPKs) and the knowledge that they left me (and probably the rest of the viewers) totally inspired.

And the Swedies go to:

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Godzilla ice cream


And the Oscar for best scream in a “Godzilla” promotional video goes to … Aileen Imperatrice.

She was one of a bunch of folks who showed up at the Fulton Mall a few weeks ago to help the Dumb Drum team put together a video for Legendary Pictures, the studio behind the new “Godzilla” film. The video is being used for a fan contest.

The Dumb Drum offering is on the landing page of the studio’s Godzilla Alert site. (Scroll to bottom.)

I like the “Brady Bunch” style montage near the end. That’s when you get to see Aileen, lower right corner. She really does look like Godzilla is finding a shortcut way to opening the Fulton Mall to traffic.

Here’s your chance to flee from Godzilla


Come on, admit it. You have always had, tucked deep down in that place we keep our most primal movie desires, the wish to be in a crowd scene screaming your head off as you run away from Godzilla.

You’ll get that chance Sunday on the Fulton Mall. Roque Rodriguez of Fresno’s famed Dumb Drum writes:

We were contacted by Legendary Pictures (the studio behind the new “Godzilla” film opening in May) to help create a promotional video for an upcoming fan contest. We need as many people as we can get to pretend like they’re running from Godzilla on the Fulton Mall outside the Pacific Southwest Building this Sunday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. There’s no pay, but this is chance to be in a fun video that will be promoted online by Legendary Pictures.  Come prepared to run!

I wonder how Godzilla feels about opening the mall to traffic? Perhaps that’s his acting motivation for a rampage.

Call for entries: Swede Fest 13

Swede-02-01Swede Fest, the low- or no-budget parody film festival, has announced a call for submissions for Swede Fest 13, May 17 at the Tower Theatre.

You have right around two months to put an entry together before the deadline, 11:59 p.m. May 12, but the first 20 entries get screened, so there’s benefit in getting yours in early. Films must be under 4 minutes suitable for all ages. Submission is free and open to the public (film makers of all ages are encouraged).

To get a sense for the festival, here are some previous submissions.

On a side note: This year, the Swede Fest coincides with Kingsburg’s annual Swedish Festival.

SwedeFest creator tells story of “Pacific Rim” trailer

We have written before about the viral success of Dumb Drum’s “Pacific Rim” trailer swede — How it was seen by director Guillermo Del Toro, mentioned specifically in his panel at Wondercon and earned the Fresno filmmakers tickets to the film’s premiere, July 9 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Now Brodiemash, aka Roque Rodriguez, aka one of the guys behind Dumb Drum (and the Fresno Swede Fest), tells the full story, in his own words on a post over at Reddit. It’s a touching read that captures the “oh-my-God-this-isn’t-really-happening-is-it?” feeling these guys must be having. Go over and read it and maybe give it an upvote while you’re there.

Then, watch the side-by-side trailer comparison below.

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Viralling: The sweded ‘Iron Man 3′ trailer is all up in your Internets

Looks like they did it again. The “Iron Man 3″ trailer that was sweded by Fresno nerds The Dumb Drum and debuted at Sunday’s Swede Fest X at Tower Theatre, is all over the Internet. You might recall their previous efforts, particularly their sweded “Avengers” trailer, have conquered the geekiest corners of the web and racked up hundreds of thousands of YouTube views.

So far, their “Iron Man 3″ swede has been featured on the front page of Buzzfeed, YahooMTV Geek, The Superficial, First Showing, Devour, I Am BoredUproxx, iGeekTrooper,  Vulture and Slash Film, which declared it better than a Jimmy Fallon sweded trailer. This list and the vid’s view count — currently 15,000 in about a day — should continue to grow. Help that by watching the video below:

On a Swede Fest note: Organizers Bryan Harley and Roque Rodriguez say Sunday’s event, its first at Tower Theatre, drew 500 people, which is a good crowd for the Tower, which seats about 761.  Other swedes from the festival should be up today. Check

7Qs #10: Gotta Love Fresno

At least week’s launch party for, I cornered some of the site’s content creators and asked them a very pressing question. To me at least.

Starring (in order): Anthony Taylor of Nothing To Do, Nicole Giordano-Ashjian of Street Scene, Roque Rodriguez and Bryan Harley of See Saw Seen, Cindy Wathen and David Kennedy of Blend, Roger and Bo of Who Eats Brunch, Alisa Manjarrez of A La Carte and a certain mayorly lady you might recognize.

PREVIOUSLY IN 7Qs: Rogue Festival | Keith’s BoxCar Cafe | Johnny Q | Parker | Fresno Brewing Co. | Fulton 55 | Dead in 60 Years | Travis Sheridan

Welcome to the Internet, Gotta Love Fresno


A new Fresno-centric web portal for videos launched this morning. It’s called Gotta Love Fresno ( and it’s backed by Comcast. Fresno is one of six cities in which Comcast launched similar sites as part of its Project Open Voice.

Much like YouTube, anybody can upload content to Gotta Love Fresno. Unlike YouTube, the folks behind Gotta Love Fresno invested in our local Internet community, commissioning new, original shows from some faces you’re probably familiar with. (Because it needs to be said: Kudos to Comcast to shelling out some money and getting behind some proven voices, instead of just recycling content.)

Gotta Love Fresno has three clip-style shows that’ll have new episodes weekly:

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Fres-Know: Anybody seen our car?


WEIRD NEWS: Airborne car lands on Fresno rooftop at 1 a.m. [The Bee]

VIRAL FRESNO: Story, subsequently, has landed all over the web. [CBS News]

LISTEN TO THIS: Locals The Quiet Americans get love from Filter Mag. [Filter]

DID YOU KNOW? Local chocolatier creates for Target, Fresh & Easy. [The Bee]

VOTE: For Dusty Buns Bistro Bus in online food truck contest. [Eat St.]

YAY FRESNO: Chaffee Zoo’s 2011 attendance breaks 1989 record. [The Bee]

HAPPENING: A marathon built around Robertito’s locations? [Dead in 60 Years]

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: DSW, Carter’s opening in Fresno in July. [The Bee]

COOL PICS: No snow = ice-skating in Yosemite. [The Bee]

WATCH THIS: Side-by-side of DumbDrum’s “Dark Knight Rises” swede. [YouTube]

THIS TOO: An evening with the Fresno Swing Dance club. [Kyle Lowe]

[photo: CBS News via CBS 47]

Frebby Awards: videos & winners

The Fresno interwebs patted itself on the back last night at the second annual Frebby Awards, held at Fulton 55.

I’m proud to say that I was among the winners for my work here on The Beehive, so thanks to everybody who reads all my “information.” As a whole, the Fresno blogosphere was well represented among the winners. Here’s the list:

There’s a long list of honorable mentions you can see at The Daily Dues. Congrats to everyone.

Now that all that award stuff is out of the way, I need to say something about the videos. They were great — my favorite part of the Frebbys. The wonderful intro video (see above) was made by Windsong Productions and stars Frebby host Zara Arboleda of CBS 47. Each category had an intro video, created by folks like Dumb Drum and Dead in 60 Years — and those were quite entertaining. Some of them are below for your enjoyment.

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Taco Bell’s Doritos Loco taco: A blogger taste-test panel

Our post last week on Taco Bell’s Doritos Loco taco — which Fresno is currently a test market for — proved one thing: People definitely have opinions on this dusty orange taco concoction. So we knew what our next step had to be: assemble a panel of taste-testers from the local blogging community and put the whole thing on video.

Brodiemash from Dumb Drum, Alisa from Taste Fresno, Alex from The Daily Dues and Beehiver Heather McLane sampled and sounded off on Taco Bell’s latest junk-food mash-up while The Bee’s Craig Kohlruss did the camera work.

Here ya go:

Anybody else tried it since last week and have an opinion to offer?

PREVIOUSLY: So, Fresyes, what’s the verdict on this Taco Bell/Doritos taco?

The Cross Streets guys go on a Mayorly quest

You enjoy the Cross Streets video series. I enjoy the Cross Streets video series. And apparently, Mayor Ashley Swearengin enjoys Cross Streets too.

As part of her State of the City event today, Swearengin recruited the Cross Streets guys to help her capture the current pulse of the city. I won’t give away too much, but I will encourage you to watch until the very end.

Three afterthoughts: It’s nice to see City Hall tapping into the blogosphere (more on that later), the Mayor is a pretty good actress and we need more of Mr. Fitness on the Fresno Internets immediately.

Cross Streets: Herndon & Blackstone

The Cross Streets guys are back with a new installment of their funny web series — this time exploring the ugly eyecare building, drive-thru Domino’s and hobo ninjas that you’ll find at the corner of Herndon and Blackstone. Warning: Language NSFW.

First & Shields | Fresno & G | The Belmont Loop | Willow & Friant |
Kings Canyon & Peach | Fresno & Belmont | Divisadero & Fulton

Fres-Know: We’re already sweating

WATCH THIS: Awesome 8-bit promo for Dumb Drum’s Gettogether #6 [Dumb Drum]

NEWS: Just go back to sleep. It’s going to be at least 108 today [The Bee]

NEWS: City unveils a new website to follow local crime [The Bee]

GOOD READ: Get to know Fresno-based yarn company Anzula [Fresno Famous]

BLOGGINGS: Bill McEwen asks Fresnans to help clean up; they get angry. [News Blog]

LISTEN TO THIS: New “View Looks Good …” podcast w/ Fierce Creatures [TVLGFHF]

BLOGGINGS: Buy a “Save the Fulton Mall” shirt … or just argue about it. [The Fresnan]

WATCH THIS: “Frebby Faces” vid series debuts. First up: Hundred10. [Paprika Studios]

MADNESS: The man, the myth, the legend — Populus [Fresno Famous]

WANTED: Horse-hitching posts in Fresno. Yes, for real. [Archop]

You helped Fresno Urban Sound Experience, now here’s your bounty

Last week, I challenged people to donate to Fresno Urban Sound Experience’s Kickstarter fundraiser. Thus far, I’m thrilled with the outpouring of support from local people who are willing to toss down some cash to help local music.

As a whole, people have donated $1,725, a good chunk of the festival’s $2,500 goal. Personally, I’ve got 13 donors who applied for my incentive program, totaling $700. You guys all rock! (Reminder: You gotta send me your donation confirmation to get your gift).

Here’s the first wave of rewards for donors. I haven’t gotten to everybody yet, but please be patient. More are coming soon. And if you want to donate, you can get something fun too!

For the people who donated $20+ — Brodiemash, Jason Farris and Craig Kohlruss.

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Cross Streets: Divisadero & Fulton

The guys from The Dumb Drum are back with another installment of their most hilarious Cross Streets series, in which they examine various local intersections. For this one, they head downtown to Divisadero and Fulton. I had an actual LOL moment in this one.

First & Shields | Fresno & G | The Belmont Loop | Willow & Friant |
Kings Canyon & Peach | Fresno & Belmont

The Great Fresno Tweetup 2: The Update


We’re only a couple days away from The Great Fresno Tweetup 2, and we at The Beehive are pretty psyched for Thursday’s event with the Fresno Grizzlies.

If you’ve never been to a Tweetup before, it’s basically just a real-life meeting of Twitter users. We’ll all gather in one area of the ballpark and watch Thursday’s Grizzlies game. There are specially discounted $5 tickets that include your first beer (it’s Thirsty Thursday!). But you have to RSVP with The Grizzlies on Twitter to get the special ticket price.

If you’re more into trying to win tickets, there’s a little bit of that happening too.

On more important note: The Tweetup starts at 6 p.m., when the gates open and the beer sales start. So get there early and avoid the $1 beer lines. You also want to make sure you don’t miss @ImJmi throwing out the first pitch.

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Cross Streets: Kings Canyon & Peach

Here’s the latest, hilarious installment of Cross Streets, by the Dumb Drum guys. Hands down, it’s the best video series on the Fresno Internets. This time, they head out to my ‘hood: Sunnyside. Oh, and remember they got their Swede Fest coming up this weekend.

Not mentioned: I heard there’s gonna be a Wing Stop over there soon. That’s worth a man-hug, methinks.

First & Shields | Fresno & G | The Belmont Loop | Willow & Friant

Five Things You Should Do This Weekend

Enjoy yourselves, Fresno. I’ll be outta town.

Tired of Top 40 club nights? Give Meatball Magic a try. Tonight is actually its five-year anniversary (congrats!) of playing indie, electro, new wave and more bi-weekly at The Red Lantern. If that’s not a good enough reason, how often do you party at Belmont and Maple?


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Cross Streets: Fresno & G

The Dumb Drum’s “Cross Streets” video series is back with a second hilarious installment. There is a lot of amazing stuff happeing around the Fresno blogsophere right now, and these videos rank right near the top. I like this new one so much, I’m making a rare Saturday post. Enjoy. (Warning: Language NSFW)

I don’t think we posted the first “Cross Streets” video about First & Shields, so here it is:

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