In Tolkein lore, Astron-6 is the day of The Elvish New Year. And a new year is upon us indeed...
From their first meeting at The Winnipeg Short Film Massacre, the five men instantly found themselves embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Rather than destroy eachother, the sworn enemies decided to unite - and then destroy themselves (once famous.)
Astron-6 is the brainchild of these five iconoclastic, multi-media artists who share a fascination with the mechanics of fear and laughter.
They subvert the expectations of the seasoned viewer with the nightmarish and absurd. Their imagery and recurring themes are often torn from the childhood of the irony-craving, internet savvy Generations X and Y.
Q: So... what's Astron-6? A:Astron-6 is the banner/brand we go by and it is no coincidence that "Astron" sounds a lot like "Vestron." The name is meant to evoke a certain nostalgia for obscure VHS movies of the '80s. We met at a local film festival and decided to make movies together. We all take turns writing, directing and acting. And most importantly: our movies cost nearly nothing to make. We are financed by pure, naive passion and ignorance alone.
Q: When is No Sleep No Surrender coming out? A:It's on the backburner while Matt and Adam finish The Editor. NSNS needs some fine-cutting and some sound work, but it's otherwise done.
Q: When is The Editor coming out? A:It premiered on September 11 at The Toronto International Film Festival and will become widely available in 2015.
Q: Will there be a Fireman feature film? A:Not unless you want to finance it.
Q: Where can I watch the Bio-Cop trailer? Are you gonna make it into a feature? A:It's on the Manborg DVD right after the film and there are no plans at this time to make it into a feature, but I'm sure Steve could be convinced if somebody were to offer him huge money.
Q: Why no Manborg bluray? A:Because it was shot in standard (low) definition.
Q: What camera did you shoot Father's Day on? What editing program did you use? A:Father's Day was shot on a Canon 7D and edited with Premiere Pro on an iMac.
Q: Will you read and/or produce my script? A:Nope.
Q: But if there are only five of you, why not call yourselves Astron-5? A:Ever heard of numerology you stupid idiot? Only joking. The sixth member is you - the viewer.
Q: Greypoint Films and Astron-6 Video... what's the difference? A:Greypoint Films is just what Matt and Conor called themselves before becoming part of Astron-6 Video. Think of Astron-6 as an evil umbrella corporation and Greypoint as two care-free fellas that stand under that umbrella. Does that help? No?
Then think of Greypoint as the online group that has no legal income and is thus impervious to charges of copyright infringement. Better? You can find the whole Greypoint catalogue at GreypointFilms.com
Q: How can I join Astron-6? A:You can't but we could always use free labor if you want to get your name in the credits.
Astron-6 Develops, produces, directs, develops and performs in internet content and motion pictures. We are The Rest In Genre Cinema.
(From left to right Matthew Kennedy, Adam Brooks, Conor Sweeney, Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski)
The Five Faces of Astron-6...
Matthew Kennedy BFA, Drama. Comedian, actor and cable television commercial producer. Conor Sweeney. Comedian, actor, film student and brother to Astron-6 favorite Meredith Sweeney. Adam Brooks BFA, Painting. Starving artist, and greenhouse labourer. See his work at adambrooks.net Jeremy Gillespie. Professional graphic designer in the movie biz and guitarist in the band Projektor. Resembles Tom Cruise. Steven Kostanski BA, English. Filmmaker, animator and professional special effects artist. See his work at killkostanski.com (no longer updated.)