When I was a kid, my Dad introduced me to Moron Movies. He taped a few on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson one night, and the next day, he showed them to me. They were hilarious.
Many years later I found a VHS copy of More Moron Movies for sale at Blockbuster and picked it up. It was around the same time that digital technology was making it easier for people to make movies on their own, and it was just the inspiration I needed. Len Cella showed me you didn’t need big budgets, big crews, and top flight equipment. You needed drive, imagination, and a good healthy dose of madness.
Today is Len’s 80th birthday. In honor of Len I’ve compiled and released the best of my Moron Movies inspired film series, Adam and Eve.
I still remember the first time I saw Len Cella’s work. My Dad taped a clip from The Tonight Show back in the early 80s, when Len was just starting to draw a cult following for his own series of shorts, the Moron Movies. Len wrote, starred in, edited, produced, and directed all of these low/no budget shorts himself, long before the time when iMovie and other editing software made it so easy. The two shorts I remember from that day were Cleaning Behind the Fridge (where Len simply throws a bucket of water behind the refrigerator) and How to Make a Sandwich (in which Len puts a piece of corn on the cob and a salt shaker on white bread).
Years later I found a copy of Volume 2 of the Moron Movies for sale at Blockbuster. It was around the time I started making films on my own, and it directly inspired a series of shorts I produced about Adam and Eve. A few years later, I found Len on Facebook. I contacted him and asked him to do a guest spot in the movie The Last Temptation of Fluffy. Len shot his own footage and sent it to me to include in the movie. I am eternally grateful to him for his kindness and generosity.
Len is living proof that anyone with a camera and some imagination can be a filmmaker. He’s turning 80 years old this year, and he’s making more movies than ever. If you’ve never seen him in action, give the Moron Movies a look for yourself in the clip below. You can also view a short documentary by filmmaker Simon Mercer titled King Dong on Vimeo (Contains adult language), and you can follow Len on Facebook to see even more of his films.
I have some amazing friends across Kentucky. The film community in that state is second to none, with some very talented actors, producers, writers, and directors churning out one project after another. Final Ultimatum is a recent project that features three of these friends.
Jerry Williams is a cult film hero, known the world over for his demented and inventive science fiction films. He’s one of the most popular filmmakers on the INC Channel on Roku, and he’s always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need with a film.
Roni Jonah is a former professional wrestler with a number of film credits on her resume as an actress, producer, writer, and director. She’s the rare actor who, when you hand her a script, you let her take it wherever she wants to go, knowing that in her hands, it will be better and (in this case) funnier than you imagined.
Sonny Burnette is a professor of music at Georgetown University and an outstanding actor whose talent and sense of humor knows no bounds. Look for him to appear as the president at the end of this one.
The book Robot/Girlfriend includes a short story called “Drip Drip.” It’s a story with a great premise, but one I struggled with for years. Never could think how to end it, and never was completely satisfied.
Judging from this teaser, I’d sat that director Cindy Maples, who co-produced “The Telemarketer” with me, has solved what I could never solve. Very excited to see the film version of my story, titled “Out of My Mind,” when it’s released.