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Podcast Like It's 1999

Jun 12, 2019

Did you know that in 1999 there was a machine invented called the “Random Sundance Movie Generator?”

That’s right! For a fraction of what a screenwriter cost, this machine spit out a complete Sundance movie script in seconds. 

Take, for instance, “Happy, Texas.” No human could have come up with this seemingly unrelated combination of elements:

Unlikely Lead Actors: Jeremy Northam, Steve Zahn

Genre: Low-Stakes Heist 

Flyover Country Setting: Rural, Texas Town, Present Day (But make it feel like 1983)

Quirky Complication: Children’s beauty pageant  

Far-fetched Cover Story: Characters pose as a gay couple

Expected Price Tag at Sundance: $500k (or $10 million if you can get Harvey Weinstein to a screening). 

So join Phil and Kenny as they discuss the Random Sundance Movie Generator’s magnum opus, “Happy, Texas” and the film festival it was created for.