I attended the premiere of Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 2 at the Museum of Moving Image this weekend. I was a teacher/extra somewhere in that film. Twas a great time! Being a part of any film directed by Lloyd Kaufman is a real honor. I really loved going to the premiere because it made me feel like I had a connection to the film industry and to the films I grew up with. Lloyd Kaufman, George Romero and Ridley Scott are some of my favorite directors of all time which is why when I heard the news that Romero had passed it knocked the wind out of me. George was truly an Independent filmmaker who’s films were more subversive than most remember.
I recorded my Filmmaker Diary #3 before the news of George Romero came in. Not two weeks ago I sent a package out to George Romero. It was a fan letter from me stating how much his films have effected my life. Dawn of the Dead is the greatest horror film ever made and I just wanted to thank him for making it. I was hoping to get his autograph and I included a few of my films Mark of the Beast and VHS Massacre. I thought to myself even if he just looks at the covers of the films it would be meaningful to me. The thing is, Dawn of the Dead is a lot like Blade Runner to me (Blade Runner being the best Sci-fi movie ever made). They came out with a director’s cut of both films during the VHS era. Everyone knows that cool art work with the gas mask on the side of DOD director’s cut.
I bought both films it and started watching them. I’m not sure I loved Dawn of the Dead right away but much like Blade Runner I kept coming back to both films over and over. I think that even though my knowledge of filmmaking with limited as a teenager I could detect the quality and profoundness in both films. Dawn of the Dead was an apocalyptic future and Blade Runner was dystopian. The relationship between Peter and Roger in Dead was a wonderful thing and I found it touching somehow. Whether it was when Peter had to kill Roger in DOD or when Deckard watched Roy Batty die on the roof in Blade Runner they both effected me deeply. In Dawn the zombies roaming the mall represented consumerism out of control, where as in Blade Runner the companies controlled so much of society that people or replicants actually became a product.
Romero always pushed boundaries right from the beginning by having a strong African American lead in Night of the Living Dead in 1968 but he didn’t sugar coat things and when the main character is shot in the end, it ends up being a commentary on injustice of American society toward a minority population. This happens again in Dawn of the Dead when innocent people are killed in the projects in the beginning of the film with no accountability. He was pushing boundaries under the guise of a horror film but much like Blade Runner we know they were both great dramas of about the nature of life, equality of life and how people are sometimes worse than monsters or machines. Thanks for everything George!
Tom talks about the VHS Massacre Blu-ray and other news. Listen to the podcast here! Download this episode (right click and save)
“WorldFest is in the business of validating excellence!” Ridley Scott. So great news for all you fans of VHS Massacre! Pre-order the Bluray now on Amazon! The film snagged a win from the Houston International Film Festival otherwise know as WorldFest, more details to come later. This marks the second festival win that includes “A Best Documentary” win from Miami Sci-Fi International Film Festival as well at selections at Manhattan Film Festival, New Haven Doc Fest at Yale University, Norwich Radical FF, Cinedelphia and others! This may be the closest I ever get in my career to being even remotely associated with someone like Ridley Scott but it’s cool to know he received an award at WorldFest some years back and considered it important enough to speak on it. So this is a nice pick-me-up! Thanks for the support everyone! Below is a list if titans that won their first prize at WorldFest, read below!
“Our heartiest “CONGRATULATIONS!” to you on your exceptional production, and we look forward to having you here at the 50th Annual WorldFest-Houston! We gave first honors to Spielberg, George Lucas, Ang Lee, the Coen Brothers, Randal Kleiser, Oliver Stone, Ridley Scott, David Lynch, John Lee Hancock and hundreds more with their very first film! You may well be the next Spielberg or Lucas…!”
Listen to Tom’s sign off on NYCR here!
Some folks may have noticed that we haven’t posted a new New York Cine Radio show in a while. Lucky the Tribbles and Trilobites show has been has started after a long break. We had been posting NYCR shows for over 5 years now. I personally got a lot out of it. With nearly 1,000,000 we were able to I hope help some Indie filmmakers raise some money. I was able to interview some amazing folks and we made the rather successful Amazon Prime documentary VHS Massacre about the decline of physical media! Order your Blu-ray today it’s coming out May 9th! It was called a really fantastic documentary by Aint it Cool News and Indie film king Lloyd Kaufman himself called it brilliant. It’s truly been an honor. I don’t think I’m going to stop the show altogether. I will probably post a show on occasion and I may open the door for others to host there own show on our network. Lately the idea of just talking about the latest piece of shit to come out of Hollywood is really not doing anything. For instance lately I’m fascinated by Tarkofsky films which bare no resemblance to modern films. James Richardson may post his own show and I’m going to use NYCR to give your updates on my films projects or to say something more concise. So the light at New York Cinema Radio are not off but I no longer want to make a show just to make a show. Thanks to everyone who has listened over the years.
Hey great news! Add the ZP TV channel to your Roku and watch
Everything Moves Alone and Land of College Prophets for free now!
It’s a nice feeling to have a few of my older films get picked up by ZPTV. Ken Powell helped me re-master Everything Moves Alone and Land of College Prophets last year as a matter of fact. The backyard action/adventure Land of College Prophets (Co-created by Mike Aransky and Phil Guerette) was a pretty popular title at Hollywood Video and Movie Gallery back in the day but it pre-dated any streaming services. So these were films that had a long good run in film festival and home video but since I’ve made several feature films since then I really had to move on. So Roku stations are a pretty great thing and it seems like a decent venue for us Indie filmmakers. If you get a chance have a look, LOCP is available now and EMA should be up soon!
This is filmmaker Tom Seymour’s perspective on the film Logan. A film more profound than is had to be Tom makes the case that the flm is really about the dying American Dream, family, Immigration policy and the shrinking middle-class crushed uder the weight of runnaway government and corperate facism. The films will get to you. We” be back Thursday witht he full crew too hear the gang perspective!