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)