It’s incomprehensible. It’s full of people with strange tongues and Wikipedia fixations. It contains underground troll gangs, inappropriate sexual material, and crazed bloggers. I’m going to go out on a limb and declare 001 Trolling the first great cult movie of 2017. It won’t be out until May 4, but for now you can watch this trailer and let your eyeballs explode.
Here’s the official plot summary of 001 Trolling:
Odyn, an unfulfilled aspiring rapper languishes as a security guard in Oakland Ca. By night he adopts the catfish proxy of a famous rapper in chat rooms to seduce girls as his girlfriend sleeps. Little does he know that his activity is being monitored by Richard Nullman of the world-renowned Internet trolling organization The Grid Gang (consisting of Richard and his two agoraphobic polyamourous lovers). Odyn is scouted, the planet is trolled, relationships explode, and the secret which unites them… could destroy them.
It’s the latest low-budget movie from Collage Fossil Films, based in Oakland, California. Collage Fossil’s previous flick, the hilariously bizarro Cosplay Fetish Battle Drones, was a naughty parody of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers that got the company in some trouble with overreaching IP lawyers in 2014. After YouTube took trailers of the movie down for infringement, the group fought back (with some help from the EFF) and now the trailer is back on YouTube because parody is fair use. I’ve been following the group’s work since that time, and I’m glad to see they’ve turned their powers of mania to an exploration of online troll heroes.
But are they really heroes or something more complicated?
Filmmaker Gregg Golding, writer and director of 001 Trolling, told Ars via e-mail:
While the characters aren’t directly heroic, they operate not unlike the schlemiel character archetype in Yiddish folklore… usually a comic character whose actions lead to his/her inevitable downfall, but also stands as a form of resistance to social and cultural values and norms.
It’s these brief flashes of light that I feel make the experience rewarding as the flames fan… Although it COULD all be one giant troll???!!!! Time will tell.
In our current climate, I feel the film does touch on the conflict/danger surrounding both unleashing and controlling the Internet id. Sort of A Clockwork Orange, if Alex instead impersonated Lil B in chatrooms and faked Wayne Knight’s death on PR Web. That, and it’s a surreal riff on Hackers (1994), of course. I’m sure this movie will successfully unify the country! Trust me. 001 Trolling Trumps Hate. Ha ha ha.
If you want to understand more, you can watch the teaser trailer for 001 Trolling, too. It gives you a little more backstory on (anti)hero Odyn. Also, while you’re waiting for this cinematic masterpiece to be beamed directly into your cerebral cortex on May 4, why not check out Collage Fossil Films’ other fine works, too?
Listing image by Collage Fossil Films