PIG DEATH MACHINE

PIG DEATH MACHINE is a sci-fi/psychological horror/screwball ride, shot in the stunning wilds of New Mexico and featuring the music of industrial legend Monte Cazazza, Deerhoof, Dirty Beaches, Polvo, Early Man and Low On High. After eating undercooked, parasite-laden, pink piggy, a brainless hottie (Amy Davis) is transformed into a dangerous genius, while across town, a punky-buxom-botanist-babe (Hannah Levbarg) eats the same meaty treat and ends up endowed with the supernatural ability to "hear" her specimens. Dreams become nightmares as they choke on the sweet nectar of envy and desire.
STARRING
Amy Davis, Hannah Levbarg, Victor of Aquitaine, Tucker Bennett, Cherries Jubilee, Chivo Blanco, Jules Otis Career, Johnny Pink, Jon Moritsugu, Tetsuki Ijichi, Spoonbug Davis, Anthony Buchanan, Michael Musto, Toshio Moritsugu, Dorothy Hoshide, Alison Moritsugu, Stefen Petrik, Aaron Hoshide, Kristie Miner, Ruth Davis.

DIRECTED BY
Jon Moritsugu

WRITTEN BY Jon Moritsugu & Amy Davis
PRODUCED BY Apathy Productions
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Ruth G. Stark
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Matthew Orefice
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Todd Verow
PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Jill Carmichael
2ND UNIT DIRECTOR
Amy Davis
PRODUCTION MANAGERS
Jason de Boer, Stephen Jules Rubin
ART DIRECTOR
Vvinni Gagnepain
PROP MASTERS Jeremy Moran, GC Gonzales
2ND UNIT DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Tetsuki Ijichi
CAMERA ASSISTANT
Bud Roberts
WARDROBE STYLIST
Amy Davis
COSTUME SUPERVISOR
Sachel Mitchell
HAIR AND MAKE-UP
Tonya Wray, Steve Truitt
COCOJOY’S HAIR
Rob Parker
LIPTON’S HAIR
Laura-Jane Rivera
SOUND RECORDIST Kazumi Hayashi
EDITOR Jon Moritsugu
DIGITAL COLORIST Amy Davis
EDITORIAL CONSULTANT Don Swaynos
SOUND DESIGN Apathy Productions
MUSIC COMPOSED BY Monte Cazazza, Robert Jason, James Reich
MUSIC BY Deerhoof, Dirty Beaches, Polvo, Early Man, I Am Spoonbender, Housecoat Project, Low On High, The Dick Farm, Odynophagia, Steven Jupiter, Mr. Catfish

PIG DEATH MACHINE was shot in the New Mexico locations of Santa Fe, Galisteo, Lamy, Tesuque, Espanola, and Eldorado in July and August of 2010.

Pig Death Machine verges on the sophisticated… anyone who longs for the old, weird films of John Waters or the psychotronic freak-outs of New York’s Cinema of Transgression should be able to get their fix from Pig Death Machine.
LOS ANGELES TIMES, Mark Olsen, 8-7-2013

As scuzzy, schizoid and defiantly lo-fi as ever, punk-rock auteur Jon Moritsugu (Mod Fuck Explosion, Scumrock) proves with his Kickstarter-funded first feature in over a decade that there’s still a cinematic underground in the post-Internet world.”
LA WEEKLY, Aaron Hillis, 8-9-2013

Overflowing with eye-popping production design, eardrum-destroying rock ‘n’ roll, gross-outs aplenty and deadpan one-liners you’ll be quoting for weeks.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, Steve Dollar, 5-29-2013

Cult hero writer/director Jon Moritsugu hasn’t made a film in more than a decade. His new feature – cowritten by and starring his longtime muse and partner Amy Davis – is an exercise in garbage aesthetics not unlike Harmony Korine’s 2009 film Trash Humpers. Both directors gleefully mine the gutters and recognize the importance of their respective roles in the underground. Both seemingly LOVE to remind you that all the accepted mainstream rules about making films can and should be smashed into tiny bits, and both Moritsugu and Korine hate wimpy soundtracks, instead using the butchiest and best punk, metal and weirdo rarities they can find.
THE STRANGER, Kelly O, 1-8-2014

PIG DEATH MACHINE is one of those cinematic treasures that has enough of a zany, surreal and disturbing plot to please the most discerning John Waters fan… like watching a train wreck from inside the train.
BUFFALO RISING, Queenseyes, 1-13-2014

Pig Death Machine does have many beautiful images and a sense of self-aware humor about itself… imagine “Charly” directed by David Cronenberg.
THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER, Burl Burlingame, 10-12-2013

PIG DEATH MACHINE is a sci-fi/psychological horror/screwball ride of chaotic, day-glo fever dreams and glitter-dusted nightmares, shot in the stunning wilds of New Mexico and featuring the music of Deerhoof, Dirty Beaches, Polvo, and industrial legend Monte Cazazza (Throbbing Gristle)… From 1985, Moritsugu has been creating a body of work that is absolutely brilliant and utterly repellant.
RAFU SHIMPO, 8-14-2013

Thank god the kids are continuing the punk legacy.
PAPER MAGAZINE, Kim Hastreiter, 7-11-2013

Fantastic.
LOCAL IQ, Dan Gutierrez, 2-4-2014

One of the best films we’ve seen… hilarious, edgy, gorgeous… a standout science-fiction mystery film of IDEAS, not just spectacle.
RE/SEARCH, V. Vale, Oct. 2012

PASATIEMPO (Santa Fe), Loren Bienvenu, 12-6-2013

ALIBI (Albuquerque), Devin O’Leary, 12-4-2013

FILM BIZARRO (Sweden), Ronny Carlsson, 8-30-2013

ALIBI (Albuquerque), Devin O’Leary, 6-6-2013

KEY FRAME, Dennis Harvey, 6-4-2013

NANCY GIRL, Mandana Towhidy, 6-1-2013

HAMMER TO NAIL (interview), 5-31-2013

JACK SMITH LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
(Jon Moritsugu & Amy Davis)

2013 Chicago Underground Film Festival

JACK SARGEANT’S BEST FILMS OF 2013 sharing the honor with WHITE REINDEER (Zach Clark), SPRING BREAKERS (Harmony Korine), THE DANCE OF REALITY (Alejandro Jodorowsky), EXPOSED (Beth B.), THE CANYONS (Paul Schrader), and 3 others

ASIAN PACIFIC ARTS BEST ASIAN AMERICAN FILMS OF 2013
“Runner-up”

Artist’s Television Access, SF (work-in-progress screening)
Chicago Underground Film Festival
Spectacle Theater, NYC (1-week run w/ retrospective)
Roxie Theater, SF (1-week run w/ retrospective)
Downtown Independent, Los Angeles (2-week run w/ retrospective)
Portland Underground Film Festival
Hawaii International Film Festival
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Lausanne Film and Music Festival, Switzerland (Int’l Feature Film Competition section)
Brisbane Underground Film Festival, Australia
Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe (3-day run)
Northwest Film Forum, Seattle (1-week run)
Videofag, Toronto, Canada
PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia
Guild Theater, Albuquerque
AS220, Providence
Clinton Street Theater, Portland
The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque
B-Movie Underground and Trash Film Festival (Netherlands)