(DL) – Jarrett Heather has been a dedicated lifelong "Weird Al" Yankovic fan, but when Al contacted Jarrett in November of 2014, the only back-story Al had on Jarrett was his own admiration of Jarrett's work.
Jarrett had previously produced a music video in 2010 called Shop-Vac using a form of design called kinetic typography. Al had his own vision for a music video and believed Jarrett was a fit.
Over the course of almost a year the two then collaborated on that music video exclusively for “Weird Al” to be a part of his new album Mandatory Fun.
Unless you've been living under a virtual rock, you should be one of the ten million viewers (and still climbing) that has watched Word Crimes, a parody music video of 2013's summer hit Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke.
This interview with Jarrett reveals some great trivia related to the Word Crimes video and of course Jarrett's experience with “Weird Al”.
(Lars) How did you meet “Weird Al”?
(Jarrett) Al contacted me by email last November (2013). I was just minding my own business, and then "New message from Al Yankovic" was on my screen.
(DL) – It's been a few years since Lbs the movie has been released. Since that time it has reached cult status. I would like to think my personal involvement helped kick-start the underground popularity of Carmine Famiglietti's feature film. See my original Lbs the Movie feature film review here.
What is Lbs? It's an indie film by Carmine Famiglietti about a fictional character named Paul whom is battling severe obesity to save his life. A remarkable non-fictional element is that Carmine who portrays Paul did indeed lose over 150 pounds in the filming.
I conducted an audio interview with Carmine shortly after the film's release in 2010 where he helped explain many of the subtle undertones of the story.