In the quest for subject matter for their first film project, Cattle
Productions looked close to home. Approximately five blocks away from home.
Living down the road from Grauman's Chinese Theater, Paul noticed a
phenomenon unique to Hollywood, CA: panhandlers dressed up as superheroes
who seem to make a decent living. Their lives were a natural choice for
some kind of screenplay adaptation, until Paul & Rob looked deeper into the
superhero lookalikes and realized that they deserved a documentary.
Upon completion of a ten minute short called "Superheroes: We Work For
Tips", the Paul & Rob knew the rest of the world would be as fascinated by
these people as they were. So CP submitted the film to the Fifth Annual
TromaDance Film Festival, as well as the Universal Studios Employee Film
A few months later, the group was packing their bags (and housepets)
into the car and were off to Salt Lake City, UT for thrills, chills, danger,
Troma & Mormon Country excitement! The Superheroes short was an official
selection of Tromadance and the little film premiered on the big screen at
Brewvies in SLC. How did hobnobbing with the likes of Troma superstars the
Toxic Avenger, Lloyd Kaufman, Purple Pam and Sgt. Kabukiman, N.Y.P.D. effect
the gang at CP? They were truly Tromatized!
Returning to LA, the gang discovered that they had also been selected by
the Universal Studios Festival. Attending the festival, the entire staff of
Cattle Productions watched with great pride as Paul Preston accepted the
award for Best Documentary Film. Suddenly, this was the little film that
The short cut of "Superheroes" soon found another life on the world wide
web where it has been adopted by ifilm and debuted in the top ten.
"Superheroes" ranks among the most popular short films on ifilm.com. It can
be seen at www.ifilm.com.