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Rod Webber is an American musician, filmmaker and actor. Though, in his early music career he shared the stage with anti-folk acts Daniel Johnston (The Devil and Daniel Johnston) and Kimya Dawson, (former Moldy Peaches) [1] Webber is probably best known for his improvisational films and documentaries, many of which were created using Webber's personal manifesto which is sited in various publications about the filmmaker.[2] Webber has twice directed former mumblecore,[3][4][5] actress Greta Gerwig, first in his film I Thought You Finally Completely Lost It, and next in Northern Comfort, both shot primarily in a three-day shooting frenzy. Webber has also collaborated frequently (three times) with Doug 'Tiny The Terrible' Tunstall, an outsider politician, WWE wrestler [6] and the subject of Webber's documentary A Man Among Giants.[7] In addition to his filmmaking, Webber has released several successful musical endeavors.

Contents

1 Career
2 Other works
3 Trivia
4 Filmography as director, cinematographer, composer
5 Discography
6 Awards
7 References
8 External links

Career

At 21,[8] Rod Webber began climbing the college music charts with Burned My Feet On Meat Street.[9][10] Webber followed up Burned My Feet with The You I Knew, featuring the lead track " Blue Hour".[11] According to The Boston Globe, he began a courtship with major labels like Columbia, Arista, and Universal Records, but ultimately stuck to his indie roots, and continues to release records without the help of a major.[12]

In 2005, Webber began directing Monkfish starring Lloyd Kaufman,[13] and Tiny The Terrible, which debuted May 11, 2005 at The Paradise Rock Club in Boston.[14] Webber followed up Monkfish with A Man Among Giants,[15] a documentary in which Webber trails Monkfish star Doug 'Tiny' Tunstall AKA Tiny The Terrible in his quest to unseat James E. Doyle, the Mayor of Pawtucket Rhode Island.[16] After Tunstall was arrested in 2009 for creating a disturbance in a courtroom, Webber bailed him out of jail. Tunstall was subsequently committed to a prison mental hospital, resulting in a year-long effort by Webber to have him released. Unsuccessful in helping Tiny's case through legal channels, Webber released a new feature-length documentary, American Psych Ward about Tunstall's unlawful imprisonment. After 4 days of packed screenings, Tunstall was released.[17]

Webber's effort to have Tunstall released from prison indefinitely postponed the release of Northern Comfort, which he had shot with indie 'mumblecore' queen Greta Gerwig the previous year. The film was delayed until May 28, 2010, by which time, Gerwig had gone on to her mainstream acting career with titles such as Greenberg starring Ben Stiller. Despite the delay, Northern Comfort met with favorable reviews. According to the Boston Globe, Webber and Gerwig create "ornery sparks",[18] and The Weekly Dig called him the "Anti-James Cameron" as a result.[19]

Next, Webber began filming Milkweed, a drama starring Webber and Ali Bell who helped him to produce Psych Ward, the year before. Again, despite Webber's speedy filming technique, the film was delayed to promote the release of My America, a politically charged drama which was shot in the spring of 2010 after the production of Milkweed began. The Boston Globe called the film, "a shocking drama on the subject of racism." [20] Time Out Boston described My America as "chilling." [21]

According to IMDB, Webber Milkweed is scheduled for release later this year, and also stars Mark Wahlberg's eldest brother, Arthur.[22]
Other works

Is the creator of UtopiaLand (2010), a new animated series.

Created and organized a traveling event called "Circus of the Shattered Monkey" featuring live music, poetry, and sometimes films. The event was also known by its French name "Cirque Du Singe Brisé." [23]

Trivia

Rod's version of "Syd Barrett Blues" is the original version released in 2004, and came out a year before The Black Angels (band) "Syd Barrett Blues," which takes the concept of Webber's ode to Barrett in the vein of Barrett's tribute to Bob Dylan, "Bob Dylan Blues." [24]

When starting out, was caught making one of his films without a permit. He was forced to shut down his production for use of a plastic toy pistol, and decided to instead release Burned My Feet On Meat Street.[25]

For a brief stretch in 2004, Webber wrote songs for his friend Michael Swasey, the host of The Swasey Show at WFNX.

In 2007, Webber helped to document fellow Bostonians The Dropkick Murphys for their The Meanest of Times DVD.[26]

A longtime resident of Boston, Webber's 20-minute documentary of Brian McNamee shot in Everett, MA helped to break news on the Pro-Baseball steroid scandal [27] in 2008, and was posted by The Boston Herald on their website March 27 of that year.

Webber has written, arranged and produced music for a handful of musicals and other theater productions. In 1998 he wrote the music for David Hanbury's Talking To Maybe, and co-wrote a number of songs for Personal Instrument in 2000, also by David Hanbury. He worked as music producer for cousin Jake Oliver's Viva Los Bastarditos.[28]

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