Tom’s update for this month. Listen here!
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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…!”
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.
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!
First of all some of you might be saying hasn’t it been New York Cine for the last four years? Yes that’s true. Well for one thing, we just got to a point where we got exhausted by explaining that cine stood for cinema and a lot of people where pronouncing it New York Sign. That be said we will still occasionally use New York Cine for short. Also we’re getting close to hitting a million listens and we wanted to revamp things a bit. We should have some pretty cool interviews in the next few weeks. Last month I went to the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival with my friend/composer/producer Tim Kulig and we spoke on a panel about creating web series and how to market them. I was able to record it for the podcast. Another thing I was able to do while I was there was get an Interview with Indie film Legend William Grefe about his amazing film career. So have a look at the new site below!
From working with a dozen live rattlesnakes on the film Stanley, directing William Shatner in Impulse, making a film with no script (Psychedelic Priest) or even shooting a feature film in seven days (Death Curse of Tartu), Indie film legend William Grefe has had one of the most Interesting film careers we’ve ever heard of. He sat down with Tom Seymour to talk about it all. William also ran the Ivan Tors’ Studio in Miami that produced such classics at Flipper and Gentle Ben but his real passion was exploitation films and he has director over a dozen throughout the years.
More about the NYCR and myself
For those who don’t know we also created a few projects with Troma. The Amazon Prime documentary VHS Massacre and the Troma Now original series Monster Kill. The Bluray will be out soon so that will be exciting. I recently I watched a film called the Greasy Strangler. It was like Wes Anderson did the set and costume design for a John Waters film written by Napoleon Dynamite. So you know, I loved it. In any case I noticed that same distributor FilmRise also put out VHS Massacre and I thought that was really cool. While I was at the Miami FF last month we screened Monster Kill and that seemed like a fitting end to the original series now available on Troma Now! More updates to come!