Fringe Website 2.0

Barring some freak technological blip, you are reading this latest article on our new website, the hot bed of our future web-based adventures. Welcome!

The site is currently relatively bling-free, which is intentional. Strolling through the gamut of international Fringe websites is a fun exercise. Generally, they convey something of a chaos inherent in the perceived psyche of Fringe festivals. This is a good idea as design conveys emotion and context, and this chaos fits well within the Fringe atmosphere.

We have slightly different aims in our web-world and that is to muster and communicate with the resources to bring this festival successfully home. The Internets is central to our awareness and promotion startegeries. You may have already noticed that the “blog” element of our to-date web presence is front-and-center. Communication is king, and best served on a clear and concise dinner plate.

That said, we have plans to further develop our web presence from a design and content perspective. So, I suppose a little bling is forthcoming.

We have added some more data on the festival itself and what is vies to achieve. First on the menu of future features is a comment engine followed by a newsletter. We will also be unveiling the “alpha” version of our submissions website, which will power the great democratic initiative of the Hollywood Fringe festival.

So welcome! The old fringe site is dead, long live the new fringe site.

Ben


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The Fringe is on Facebook

For all you Facebook folks out there, here is some news: You can now become a fan of the Hollywood Fringe Festival on everyone’s favorite social networking website.

Simply click here …and become a “fan” of the Fringe.

Make sure to pass around the link to all your friends by “sharing” the page.

Ben


A Fringe Documentary?

I spoke with my cousin Bryce Wagoner last week about an idea we have been kicking around for a couple years now: A documentary on the creation of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Bryce is a good guy to have on-board: His documentary just received funding and it’s starting production with Oxymoron Entertainment and the producers of Entourage, Punked, American Psycho, and the Emmy Nominated The Flight that Fought Back.

The idea for a documentary first emerged as we started production on our last endeavor: The Hatchery Festival . Theatre/Arts festivals are such bizarre creatures and attract such a freakish array of characters, how could it not translate to film? Note that I use the term “freakish” with all love, respect, and self identification.

Bryce and I (along with Dave McKeever, the Producing Director for the Fringe) are just now beginning to bounce around some serious ideas that, so far, sound pretty entertaining.

The production of the Fringe itself would be the major through line…along the way, we may:

  • Adventure through the history of past Fringes and why they matter
  • Field trip to Scotland, Minneapolis, and/or Tortonto to see Fringe in action
  • Interview various theatrical luminaries in the land of Fringe
  • Follow artists as they create, develop, and produce their Fringe projects
  • ..and of, course, lots of footage of Fringe week and all the madness therein

Of course, we would set the Hollywood community on center stage; presenting the modern Hollywood as a fascinating and unique place complimenting its role as the spiritual capital of the entertainment world.
As my cousin says, the best thing about shooting a documentary are the unknown gems you film…the wild characters that stand out. I imagine we will be pretty open to new experiences (that’s the story of this Festival thus far).

In a few paragraphs, that’s the general idea. Looking forward to making some real progress on this particular project…very excited to see where it goes.


Emily Selden & Firefly Sky Productions

In our ongoing insiders’ peek at the good people joining the production of Los Angeles’ first Fringe Festival, I would like to introduce you to Emily Selden.

Here’s a greetings direct from Emily:


Emily Ann Selden dreams of the time when southern California will have a fringe festival to call it’s own- that time is now. With a wealth of theater and business experience she is excited to partner her Westwood based company, Firefly Sky Productions, with Hatchery Arts.

She began her theater career by winning “drama member of the year”, propelling her into college with a scholarship culminating in the completion of a Bachelors in Acting and a Masters in Production Management both in Theater Arts at Humboldt State University. Fulfilling an internship with Dell’ Arte International School of Theater in Blue Lake, CA, she taught K-12 students in their “Education through Art” program- expanding the program and realizing a passion for “Commedia”. As a veteran of Renaissance Faire she is also a fan of “Environmental Theatre”. More recently, at Victor Valley College in Victorville, CA she served as Theater Faculty while working as Talent Manager for two clients.

As an accomplished producer she has managed the American College Theater Festival, Reggae on the River, and the Humboldt International Film Festival, among others. With her passion for the arts, theater, education and their ability to change the world she looks forward to a wonderfully creative collaboration with Hollywood Fringe.


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