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We are Mike Rugnetta and Patrick Davison – writer’s and director’s of internet-influenced performance work.

We are looking for performers to play news anchors and personnel, of any age range, ethnicity, or gender. A diverse cast is extremely desirable, if not necessary. Performers should be comfortable speaking quickly and clearly, with authority, and giving off an air of “polish”.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED: email me, Patrick at


We are shooting a short video titled New News that combines the form of a news broadcast with the content of internet Spam. The video will be short (3 min. max) and involve 4 – 6 performers (male anchor, female anchor, female correspondent, male sportscaster, male weatherman, female interview subject).


We hope to shoot the weekend of July 24 – 26. There will be 2 rehearsals that week (none of the material need be memorized), and one day of shooting.


We have a residency and studio space at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn, near the Morgan Stop on the L. This is where rehearsals and shoots would happen.


Conceptually, we make work like this to try and point at the way in which “information culture” is changing. That means that knowing things is different than it used to be, information is distributed through new means. Combing old forms with new is a way of making this change apparent.

Technically, we are excited to be making video work, rather than documenting performance work, because it will be better suited to distribution on the web, and will therefore allow us to reach an audience of people unable or interested in coming to see live shows.

Practically, we will be releasing and screening the video as part of a night of performance work at 3rd Ward on August 13th. It will go along with 2 performance pieces and 1 other video. Additionally, the 2 videos will be freely available on the web, will be used to promote our work, and as a submission piece to short film festivals, and new media submissions. It is very likely that New News will form the basis for a Rhizome submission for internet-related art in the coming year.

Unfortunately, we cannot pay money for services rendered. We have received a small sum for our residency to pay for the technical equipment necessary to make this work, but don’t have any budget to pay people (including ourselves). We do not enjoy this fact, but it is, after all, a fact. It is also not likely, in the least, that this work will generate later revenue in the future, so if you’re interested in doing this work, then it should be for the sake of the work itself.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED: email me, Patrick at

Pasted below are a few examples of the text, to give you an idea of what we’ll be working with.


[Female Anchor]: Good evening. Thank you for joining us for tonight’s New News Broadcast, we want to get right to tonight’s top story. Permit me to introduce myself to you.

I am Desmond Eyadema, from Madrid-Spain, I will like to ask for your assistance to resolve and transfer into your account the total sum of $6.5 Million Dollars.


[Male Anchor]: Thanks Wendy. In consumer news, your email address has
been submitted to us indicating your interest in our briefing. This is not multi-level marketing! Why work for somebody else when you can become rich within 16 DAYS? Have you ever noticed people love convenience and nearly every commercial on television has a .com on in it. Well, now is your chance to capitalize on this! Ms Ames of Alabama says “I was skeptical but it worked for me!”

[Female Correspondant]: I’m here Canadian Pharmacy 0nline, Achieve Better Sexual Health with less expenses. Our goal is to be your complete solution when it comes to your medications.

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