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Boston Indie Filmmaker, Video Artist Debut Surreal Film Showcase And
Premiere New Movie at Somerville Theatre

(Boston, MA, 6/7/10) – Indie artist, writer and filmmaker D.L.
Polonsky and video artist Mike Phelan O’Toole announce the arrival
of “D.L. Polonsky’s Non-Violent Anarchy Film Festival” to The
Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Sq, Somerville, MA), Saturday, June 19th.

In the tradition of gritty indie film, microcinema, and “mumblecore”
works, comes the latest crop of strange visual art by “Allston, MA’s
favorite son;” D.L. Polonsky.
This fresh Polonsky “career retrospective” will showcase his “Top Five
Films,” culminating in the public premiere of his latest feature,
“Murder, Money and a Dog.”
The lineup will screen at three different showtimes that day: 4:45
P.M., 6:45 P.M., and 8:45 P.M. Admission is $7.00, in support of the
artists and the arts.

Each two hour movie screening of eclectic low budget films & animation,
taking place at Somerville, MA’s historic Somerville Theatre will be
emceed by Mike Phelan O’Toole, of Polonsky’s “Murder, Money and a
Dog,” noted for his caustic wit in spoken
word performance, and the colorful pun-spouting D.L. Polonsky himself. A
lively question and answer session will follow the often dark, yet
comedic films.

Polonsky’s innovative work dates back to when he was a young boy,
crafting strange and provocative films with his brother, Gabriel. The
now-49 year old Polonsky’s rich history in local indie movies includes
a stint teaching
Super 8 filmmaking to a young Eli Roth (writer/director of “Hostel,”
star of Tarantino’s “Inglorious Bastards.”)

“We still talk of (him) often, and I have all those films.
I talk about “A Clickwork Orange” all the time, and I remember (his)
film “Face Lifts” very vividly,” writes Eli Roth.

The Somerville event will exhibit a selection of quirky modern work,
such as “Midlife
Cowboy,” wherein, a cowboy, fed up with our ubiquitous computer
culture, indulges in a little of
his own “computer hacking” by smashing a computer with an axe, as well
as older, rare gems, such as “Ersatz;” made in 1974, when D.L. was 13.
This is a an epic short film about a pulp novel writer who carries around her
dead father’s head. The showcase will also feature “Misterichard’s
Neighborhood,” a bent piece, in which a surreal
cooking show gives way to a barbeque on the grounds of a psychiatric hospital.

Finally, audiences will see the main event: O’Toole starring with breakout
charactor actor Andy Macbain, and Lawrence Hollie, in D.L. Polonsky’s
quirky and insightful “Murder, Money and Dog.” O’Toole plays Armen
Smyth, a brilliant young inventor, forced to rethink his values, in
trying to find employment in
the midst of the current recession, while Macbain’s Liam C. Griggs
attempts to evade the law, after getting caught with a gun. Meanwhile,
Hollie’s Earl Morrison attempts to cope with the obstacles of new
found wealth. The film also features many local comedians, including
Rob Crean, and Cambridge’s “Comedy Store” regulars Ahmed Bharoocha and
Tim Vargulish.

For more information on the film lineup of “D.L. Polonsky’s
Non-Violent Anarchy Film Festival,” including the premiere of the new
“Murder, Money and a Dog,” and to arrange interviews, please
contact Mike Phelan O’Toole. Please visit for
Polonsky bio. Visit for O’Toole bio.

As an Editor’s Pick, Shaula Clark, of The Boston Phoenix, proclaims
Polonsky’s “Nonviolent Anarchy” fest to include “The kind of films
that could revolutionize cinema, nonviolently or otherwise.”
Additionally, for those wanting to pin down D.L.’s style, The
Brookline Tab’s Alex Stevens winkingly suggests to “Think David Lynch,
without all the mainstream storytelling.”

“My films are created on a miniscule budget using the help and
resources of public access stations and the people who work there.
The purpose of my films, if there has to be one, is not to “uplift” or
“inspire,” but to entertain, and occasionally to point out, through a
fictional story or through parody, aspects of human behavior that are
absurd, stupid or egregiously hypocritical,” says D.L. Polonsky.

The showcase comes out of a desire from the duo to expand their live
audience, and exhibit creative efforts that may be overlooked
by more pretentious “festival” outlets, “It’s a very D.I.Y, punk
approach. We want to show people that these different works can be
unique and entertaining, and that the local personalities behind them
are just as interesting,” says O’Toole. “We’re really excited to come
out of the gate this year with a new project, and meet a new
audience; primarily, to me, collaborating in this kind of art and
putting yourself out there, has
communication at it’s heart,” says Mike Phelan O’Toole.
“The Somerville Theatre is an awesome venue too, and the folks there
have been great to us.
D.L.’s DIY flicks are so wild. He deserves to see his work up on
the big screen, live, and so do underground film fans everywhere.”

Following the 6/19/10 day-long Somerville Theatre event, a selection
of D.L.’s films
will begin playing inside the screening room of Brookline’s
state-of-the-art BATV (Brookline Access Television), starting June
24th. Visit for details.

In addition to filmmaking, Polonsky has made a name
for himself in the Allston area as the anti-Shepard Fairy, plastering
his artwork up wherever it will stick, while simultaneously having had political
portraits published in several major newspapers and magazines.
Additionally, he has had a children’s book published that he
wrote/illustrated titled “The Letter Bandits.”

Mike Phelan O’Toole is an actor, writer, and spoken word artist, who performs
at Cambridge’s ImprovBoston theatre, and has been a videographer,
advocate of collaborative media, and a purveyor of unique video art,
since 2001. In addition, he is noted for having co-founded
the multi-artist alternative film showcase series “Experimentally
ILL,” with fellow “Polonsky-verse” actor Lawrence Hollie, which has
been warmly received by Boston press and audiences.
D.L. Polonsky has been a prominent contributor to this series.
All three artists are recipients of separate awards from The
Alliance For Community Media for their creative productions, including
“Most Innovative.”

Various lineups of films under the banner of D.L. Polonsky’s
“Nonviolent Anarchy” film fest have played, at Brookline’s Coolidge
Corner Theatre, Provincetown’s Art House
Theatre, and The Cable Car Cinema in Rhode Island.