Lloyd Kaufman: TROMA and the Importance of Net Neutrality

I’m ecstatic to have beloved filmmaker LLOYD KAUFMAN on this episode! He’s the co-founder of TROMA, the longest running independent studio in the entire galaxy (thus discovered).

Hit movies like the Class of Nuke’em High and The Toxic Avenger put Lloyd and TROMA on the map in the 1980s and into the VHS machines of many a high school sleepover. This was followed up by successful sequels, including Poultrygeist, Surf Nazis Must Die, Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D, Tromeo & Juliet, and most recently, the Nuke’em High reboots:

Return to Nuke’em High Volume 1: (Probably NSFW)

and Return to Return to Nuke’em High aka Vol. 2 


Many of the movies are available online FOR FREE at the TROMA Youtube channel!

So you’ll either LOVE these films or hate them. If you’re a big B movie film fan like me and you like Mystery Science Theatre or Mr. Lobo, then I’m guessing you already know about Troma.

You can watch new releases of Troma films over at TROMA NOW: http://watch.troma.com/!

Lloyd also wrote several books on how to make truly independent movies!


And it’s the challenges of making TRULY independent cinema that Lloyd will speak PASSIONATELY about during our conversation. We’ll be talking about how TROMA is truly the rebels against the evil Death Stars of the large studios and film festivals who are now under the thumb of the ruling corporate class. We’ll learn about what the death of Net Neutrality will do to Troma and other independent content creators out there too.

TROMA Audioclips Used (In Order)

TROMA FEATURETTE: http://bit.ly/2xp3dCO

CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH TRAILER (1986): http://bit.ly/2y7o7Fc

Poultrygeist: Night Of The Chicken Dead!: http://bit.ly/2fUrFkj

The Toxic Avenger: http://bit.ly/2y2xIvf

Troma’s War: http://bit.ly/2xqnMdp

Poultrygeist: Night Of The Chicken Dead!: http://bit.ly/2fUrFkj

RETURN TO RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH aka VOL. 2: http://bit.ly/2hXUQaj

Poultrygeist: Night Of The Chicken Dead!: http://bit.ly/2fUrFkj

Links Mentioned:

Of course, you can see everything Troma at http://troma.com.

You can learn about Net Neutrality at: https://www.eff.org/issues/net-neutrality

Thanks so much to Tim Chizmar for putting me in touch with Lloyd (http://timchizmar.com)

Thanks to the Fantastic Plastics for the theme music.

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