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Jackie Greene And Bill Plympton's Psychedelic Romp 'The Modern Lives' Is A Film Festival Winner

Jackie Greene And Bill Plympton's Psychedelic Romp 'The Modern Lives' Is A Film Festival Winner

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) After its world premiere in March at New York's School of Visual Arts Theatre, the cowboy poet of Americana music Jackie Greene and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, cartoonist, and "king of indie animation" Bill Plympton's 'The Modern Lives' short film has earned the Jury Award at the USA Film Festival in Dallas, TX.

Directed by Plympton, 'The Modern Lives' is soundtracked by Greene. It showcases Plympton's hand-drawn animations that touch on adult themes, relationships, and sexuality with a healthy dose of psychedelia. 'The Modern Lives' takes you on a trip through an alien-invaded Times Square to the roots of the American South through Greene's handcrafted music and his 2017 EP titled 'The Modern Lives - Vol. 1' (Blue Rose Music).

In addition to winning the Jury Award at the USA Film Festival, 'The Modern Lives' also picked up a Gold Remi Award at WorldFest in Houston, TX. To date, it has been presented at Anima Festival 2018 in Belgium, Stuttgart Trickfilm International in Germany, and Arizona International Film Festival in Tucson, AZ.

'The Modern Lives' will screen during the week of May 14, 2018 at Cannes Court Metrage/71st Festival de Cannes. Additional festival screenings are scheduled for the ASIFA-East Festival in New York starting May 20, 2018, and the Melbourne International Animation Festival in Australia in June. There will also be a theater screening on May 22nd followed by a Q&A with Bill Plympton at the Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn that is open to the public. More details and advance tickets are available here:

Since the release of his critically-acclaimed debut album Gone Wanderin', Jackie has built an endearing audience through a relentless touring schedule with the likes of BB King, Mark Knopfler, Susan Tedeschi, and Taj Mahal. He played lead guitar with The Black Crowes on their Layin' Down With #13 World Tour, recorded and toured with Trigger Hippy - his supergroup with Joan Osborne - and in the last four years performed over 300 shows of his own, all while continuing to record and release his solo work. Jackie is a frequent member of Phil Lesh & Friends, and sits in with countless other artists like Tedeschi Trucks Band, Govt Mule, Mississippi All-Stars, Amy Helm, Steve Earle, and Bob Weir. For more information and tour dates, please visit:

Born in Portland, Oregon, Bill Plympton grew up in a large family of three girls and three boys, and credits Oregon's rainy climate for nurturing his drawing skills and imagination. All his life, Plympton has been fascinated by animation. When he was fourteen, he sent Disney some of his cartoons and offered up his services as animator. He became very hot in the commercial business doing spots for such clients as Trivial Pursuit, Nutrasweet, Taco Bell, AT&T, Nike, Geico, United Airlines and Mercedes-Benz. Dubbed the "king of indie animation," Plympton earned an Academy Award nomination for his animated short film 'Your Face' in 1988, and has worked with Madonna, Kanye West, and "Weird Al" Yankovic on music videos.

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