I’ve been working with Peter George to try to develop a sequel to the 1987 cult classic Surf Nazis Must Die hopefully with Troma but it’s pretty early in the process. I finished writing the script, Skate Nazis Must Die, a sequel involving post apocalyptic skateboard gangs in New York. It might happen, it might not but it’s been fun to try to do it. So it’s in development as they say. Peter is a very cool guy that I got to Interview on my podcast New York Cine Radio last month. Even if nothing comes from it, it’s been great to pitch the idea to Lloyd Kaufman and work with Peter.
A few weeks back Ken Powell and I got to go to Troma and work with Lloyd Kaufman and John Brennan to shoot the Blu-ray Intro for VHS Massacre. It was a lot of fun. The plot of the introduction involved us traveling back in time to stop Lloyd Kaufman from re-investing in VHS Manufacturing in the late eighties. It was a nice send off to the VHS Massacre project and I’m glad to be a part of it.
VHS MASSACRE ON THE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT AND FILM REVIEWS
We did pretty well in the festival circuit. Troma may do one last push and enter a few more festivals and awards shows, Houston Film Festival, Gotham Awards and a few others. We shall see what happens. As far as reviews we’ve done well. Ain’t it Cool called it “A Fantastic Documentary”. So far I think everyone has understood what we were going for in this doc, and that has been the most surprising to me. more reviews below!
NEW YORK CINE RADIO
On the New York Cine Radio, a podcast network that I run with my friends, James Richardson and I had the change to Interview Indie Film Guru Chris Gore, creator of Film threat Magazine and host of DVDueday on G4 TV! He’s running a Kickstarter to revive Film Threat. We talked about how you can’t review a no-budget Indie film in the same way that you review a 200 million dollars Hollywood flick. You must consider Independent film in my opinion like Minor League Baseball. You might see the best game ever in the minor league and you may see some of those players hit the big time, but you need to have different expectations because it IS more impressive to see something solid with so little resources. In any case please donate to Save Film Threat! Let’s help give Indie Filmmakers a fighting chance to get some good solid Independent media.
VHS MASSACRE FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
Norwich Radical Film Festival – Rooftop Summer Series Our Wicked Lady – Manhattan Film Festival – Cinedelphia Screening – Manhattan Film Festival – Dragon Dreaming Film Festival – Miami Film Festival WINNER! – Galley 5 Screening Series
REVIEWS AND STORIES
Things Go. Monster Kill The Troma Now original series that I created is on it’s fourth episode. Troma Entertainment is working with Film Rise so our Documentary VHS Massacre is now available for free on Amazon Prime! This is a pretty good feeling, I’ve had films on Netflix and Amazon on Demand but the fact that anyone can watch it on Prime is pretty awesome.
I just finished up taking another college course. I registered for two classes in the Fall and when those are finished, I’ll only need two more course to complete a new degree. Work goes, I can’t wait to take some time off this month and do some writing, I started working on a project that could really be great but it’s too early to really talk about.
New York Cine Radio continues to expand. We’re a network at this point with shows like New York Cine, Tribbles and Trilobites and Geek Mutiny and Bit Rot. Summer is usually slow but we seem to be maintaining a decent audience at bout 25,000 listens a month, it’s down from a few years back but it’s still solid. It tough to say if any of this will ever add up to something but at the very least I’m very excited about the Amazon Prime thing.
It’s been a busy a Month. Monster Kill, an original series that I created recently launched on Troma Now which is the streaming service for Troma Studios. Troma is of course the longest running Independent Film Studio in the U.S. and I’m really happy to be working with them. So anyway, what is Monster Kill do you ask? It’s a series in the vein of Up All Night or MonsterVision in which Louanne Louanne (Played by Maggie Champagne known for her appearances on the Amy Schumer Show) and (Super Tromette) Double Dementia host a late night, horror themed TV show in which they play terrible films like Merminators from Space, Flying Snake Attack, Night of the Infomercial or Groom of Bigfoot. The shows run about to 15 minutes and they have some fun fake movie trailers and commercials spliced in. They premiered two episodes this week and a new episode will come out every two weeks after.
I had farmed out three of the films to be directed by Oswald Barrios, Troy Bernier, Erik Swain, Girard Tecson and Ken Powell. That allowed me to direct one episode, and direct all of the actual TV Show elements with Maggie and DD. The toughest part for me was re-cutting the shorts to flow properly with in the show and then edit the show as well. We are currently working on the fifth episode now and I really get a kick out of the end results.
My documentary VHS Massacre: Cult films and the Decline of Physical Media premiered on Troma Now last Month and managed to get some really great reviews. A stellar review from Ain’t it Cool News! They called it “A really fantastic documentary.” I certainly could not have predicted that. We also received a positive reviews from Cinema Crazed, Poop Culture Podcast and Zombies in My Blog. Also recently I got word that the New Haven Documentary Film Festival will be playing VHS Massacre as an Official Selection in early June, more info to come! This is great! When Ken and I created this documentary we really had no idea of what to expect from the festival circuit, typically with any of my last films Mark of the Beast, London Betty, Land of College Prophets, I’d enter about 25-35 film festivals and we’d get into about a third of those. With VHS Massacre I just couldn’t enter that many financially, so I submitted to probably about 15 and the NHDFF actually makes our 5th film festival so far. So statically I’m running about the same one out of three official selections and I usually win at least one festival. (I have always believed that getting a feature film into a festival is much harder than a short film because of the time commitment). The cool thing is that festivals that VHS got into are all new for me. So this is the first time I’ve played at any of them and some are pretty big or well respected! So I can say that completing a feature length documentary took me to a different place and working with Troma has been really fun for me. In a way a dream fulfilled.
Miami Science Fiction Film Festival (Winner Best Doc)
Cinedelphia Film Festival (Pre-fest Screening)
Manhattan Film Festival (Official Selection)
Australia’s Dragon Dreaming Film Festival (Official Selection)
New Haven Documentary Film Festival (Official Selection)
Hey Everyone! Cinedelphia will be playing our new documentary VHS Massacre this Saturday at Viva La Video at 8pm! I hope to see you all there!
The feature length documentary I finished with Ken Powell, entitled VHS Massacre is set to come out in April though Troma Entertainment and it’s exciting because we get to screen at Cinedelphia Film festival on April second. Sign up on facebook for FREE ADMISSION! This is one of the largest film based events and Philadelphia and so I’m very happy about that. (We get to screen in a functioning video store).
The other awesome thing is that we were accepted into the Manhattan Film Festival! I had entered a bunch of film festival as I’ve done with my films over the years. I really didn’t know what to expect as far as festival selections but so far it’s looking pretty great. Four selections total, one win! This is exciting I hope some of you can make it out to one of the screenings!