The Brainwash Movie Festival is a back-breaking labor of love, but its underground, irreverent vibe offers abundant opportunities for free-wheeling fun (or at least the appearance of such). I wrote and designed all of the pieces below, with input from festival founder and general partner Dave Krzysik:
Festival program: distributed at the event, with an "Audience Choice" ballot that attendees turn in each night of the festival.
2010 festival program: I was particularly proud of how this image turned out and where it came from. The system I came up to program three different nights of original programming ended up being visually interesting, so I used this image on the inside of the program and on t-shirts. (Each slip of paper with a movie's name on it is sized in proportion to its runtime and color-coded according to very loose categories.)
Brainwash awards prizes to the best movies as selected by the judges, and as elected by the audience. Members of the audience receive copies of this survey in their programs; their responses are averaged to find the winner of the Audience Choice award.
Here's the 2011 print ad that appeared in the East Bay Express. The text related to actual movies that were shown at the 2011 festival. I was happy that (purely coincidentally) it appeared on the same page as a large picture of Miranda July.
We print various versions of the festival flier cheaply and distribute them widely. I have been designing these since 2004 with a limited time budget.
In 2005, we released a "best of" DVD; here's the cover I designed.
4/2009: I redesigned the festival website and produced it in WordPress. The main objectives were humble — mostly I wanted to make it easier to update and maintain, and it is significantly cleaner and more appealing than the prior version of the site. Visit the site.
9/2011: A version of this image was on screen each night of the festival before and after the show, usually accompanied with music, while we set up and took down the festival. (Photograph by Gary Nakamoto.) View a larger version.
These banner ads ran on the East Bay Express website (actual size).