January 24th, 2010

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Drunk History: Douglass & Lincoln

So this short film premiered at Sundance yesterday, and will be on HBO later this year. Zooey plays Mary Todd Lincoln, Will Ferrell is Lincoln, and Don Cheadle is Douglass. I'ts like a Zooey film reunion!

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This afternoon the guys behind the Drunk History shorts, Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner came by to talk about the two shorts they have at the festival this year. Drunk History started as an online video series where a drunk person tells a story of historical significance, and then their drunk ramblings are used as lip-sync tracks for famous actors to renact these historical scenes. At the festival, the Drunk History films tell the stories of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, and Tesla and Edison. John C Reilly, Will Ferrell, Don Cheadle, Zoe Deschanel and Crispin Glover star in the shorts, which the filmmakers told me got a good reception at their first screening this morning. Waters said that the comments were of a different variety than the stuff they normally see on YouTube, which he seemed to enjoy. The shorts will debut on HBO later this year.