Pop Meets the Void

Inside every musician is another musician

8 out of 10 Stars - Review by Nikola Gocić

☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼ out of 10☼

The sophomore feature for William Cusick (Welcome to Nowhere) sees him as a keen multi-hyphenate - a writer, director, editor, co-producer, co-composer and star of the (fragmented and non-linear) story about a struggling artist. While the premise is certainly not an original one, it is the unique execution that elevates the film above its counterparts. Four narrative threads, one of them being highly abstract, are tightly interwoven into a form- and genre-defying blend of deadpan dramedy, psychological fantasy and fourth-wall-breaking pseudo-documentary.

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Live Design Feature - Projection Mapping In a White Room

Live Design Magazine takes an in-depth behind the scenes look at the technology behind Pop Meet's the Voids White Room scenes. Technically complex and visually seamless - director William Cusick, animator Jon Weiss, cinematographer Bart Cortright and Projections Designer Matt Mellinger combine their expertise in these constructed set / green screen / live mapping / animation scenes. 

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Review Roundup

Some great shout-outs from Rogue Cinema and 366 Weird Movies - click the links for the full reviews. 

If Cusick had merely followed an orthodox route, his film would be dishonest and pedestrian. Cusick knows such a retreat must inspire a genre-rejecting, authentic composition, and Pop Meets The Void‘s fantasia qualities make it a startling work that validates the narrative as both immortal and relevant. History does not exist. Rather, the artistic expression is fluid. Marc sees continuity as opposed to an historical valve which shuts on and off: “Cezanne and El Greco are spiritual brothers, despite the centuries that separate them.” We can, of course, subscribe to the maxim there is nothing new under the sun, but Cusick stubbornly refuses to be fence-bound, charismatically imprinting his own process. -Alfred Eaker, 366 Weird Movies

"Pop Meets the Void” is a shimmering, colorful and vibrant look at the prison that struggling artists can find themselves trapped in.

The film is visually stunning. Whenever Walter shifts into another reality, Cusick uses animation and CGI graphics to depict the change. Backgrounds break apart, melt away in a miasma of colors and shapes and then reform into something new. The effects, which were created by Jonathan Weiss, are startling and they give the film a real emotional power.  -Philip Smolen, Rogue Cinema

The Rumpus Interview with William Cusick

"..this film blows your mind away. It’s a bit unfair to call it a “film,” though, because we’re dealing with something that is more than a film. It is more truly a “film experience” that goes on the same par with virtual reality; wonderfully immersive and fun, its blend of intelligent, sophisticated storytelling, and pure entertainment value is a rare find. Expect a lot of humor from a cast that features popular New York comedians Sarah Tollemache, Jordan Carlos, Alexis Pereira, and legendary experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison in supporting roles."

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