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Fragments from Death Comes for Britney Spears! the musical
(HD video, 8 minutes, 2008)
Ben Greenman and Erika Yeomans team up to create a dark parody on Britney Spears and the Industry of Gossip. New Yorker Magazine editor and author Ben Greenman originally wrote the celebrity musical Fragments from Death Comes for Britney Spears! the musical for media gossip website Gawker.com. It sketched out her fragile personality, her need for attention, and the way in which the media conspires to drive her even further out of her mind. Later, after she got into more trouble, Mr. Greenman updated it for McSweeneys. In between the original and the update, the filmmaker and writer Erika Yeomans adapted the piece into a short film. Though a dark parody, the project is intended to create sympathy for Ms. Spears, and to encourage a discourse on the entire gossip industry by which celebrities are manufactured and then crushed.
Ben Greenman is the author of several works of fiction, including Superbad, Superworse, and A Circle is a Balloon and Compass Both. He is an editor at New Yorker Magazine and also contributes to a number of publications, online and off, including Moistworks.com, The New-York Ghost, McSweeneys.net, Gawker.com, and others.
Directed/Adapted by Erika Yeomans; a filmmaker and writer whose films and videos: Chubby Buddy, In Search of Bas Jan's Miraculous, The Forgery, Paging Dr. Freud; can be seen at galleries, museums and festivals in the US and Europe. Her feature directorial debut POSE DOWN (s16, 90 mins, 2007) is currently touring film festivals. More info on her can be found at myspace.com/therestofyournaturallife or myspace.com/posedownthemovie.
Writer Ben Greenman Director/Adaptor Erika Yeomans Producer/Editor Christine Giorgio Music by Hatch Featuring: Mot Filipowski, Mike Abbott, Simone Butler, Steve Jean-Baptiste, Ben Greenman, Cosmo Pfeil and Julie Strong.