Thursday, April 2, 2015

WeirdFilm II was a blast!

Weird Film at the Winery returned to Urbano Cellars and was sold out - looks like this has legs.
Aided by consumption of wine and mead, and a solid program of short horror, fantasy and otherwise Weird Films from around the world, fun was had!
There was a Q&A with filmmakers, and the winner of the Trivia Question won a poster of "Chomp", Lynne Hansen's zombie short that asks the question, how convincing do you really want your costume to be?

Many thanks to veteran sound engineer Michael "Bink" Knowles, who took a break from running big corporate shows to show us how to set up a neat and tidy sound system for our venue.

Feast your eyes on the programs from Weird Films I & II .
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Friday, March 6, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

WeirdFilm at the Winery!

WeirdFilm I was a success, so it's happening again!
WeirdFilm II is March 18 at Urbano Cellars in Berkeley, California.
Short horror and fantasy films from around the world for the discerning wine drinker.

The program: weirdfilmfest.blogspot.com

The tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/weird-film-fest-returns-tickets-15624985753



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Saturday, January 24, 2015

James Udom in Tamburlaine

In December I made my way to Theater for a New Audience in Brooklyn, where James Udom was acting in a rare production of Tamburlaine.

James is a marvelous actor who - lucky me! - played the lead role of "Freddy" in the premiere of my play Scamoramaland and is now being kept busy playing classical parts in New York City. It was  satisfying to see him on a big stage, where he deserves to be seen.

He plays the oldest son of the manic Tamburlaine, who is bent on conquering everything and everybody. Daddy loves him until he loses his taste for war.

The production uses minimal staging, and a percussionist.  It's long and grueling and absorbing, with many piercingly well-played characters and striking stage effects.

John Douglas Thompson - Tamburlaine - is an actor of huge energy,  completely convincing as a volatile warlord with the world's biggest chip on his shoulder, a man whose reality distortion field makes friends or lovers of all who submit, as long as they submit, or until he decides to throw them away. In modern society he might be called manic-depressive. In his world he's simply a force of nature.



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Friday, November 21, 2014

Loaded for bunny

Adam Reese & Jessica Chisum, real-life couple & acting powerhouse, on the set of The Bunny Man, now loping its way toward film festivals



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Friday, November 7, 2014

Feeling thankful

Ah, the crisp smell of dying leaves, the squeaking of penny loafers, the feel of books being cracked open (those low-energy-consumption, platform-independent devices you can read in the bathtub), the awesome sight of middle-aged alumni trudging toward the stadium,  seat-cushions in hand...
As Thanksgiving 2014 approaches, I feel thankful.
I finished a short film (The Bunny Man!) in collaboration with talented people, Shelter continues to find a home on screens here and abroad (Canada, Japan), Wild Book made it into a steampunk festival, and I was invited to curate a Weird Film Night at a winery!
What luck to work with such creative, cooperative people.
I have more ideas than time or money to pursue them, and am grateful for that kind of problem.
The masterful actor James Udom, who graced my play Scamoramaland in November 2013, has landed a part in an off-Broadway production of Tamburlaine.  May he get the big fat career he deserves.
Finally, I have my health, for which I'm most grateful of all.
OK, back to work.
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Friday, October 3, 2014

Bunny Man into sound post

The Bunny Man is finishing up in sound post-production, at Disher Music and Sound.
Thanks to the amazing power of EvilTone XL Pro 3.0, they are infusing the story with both menace and comedy. I'll never go to back to old EvilTone XL Pro!



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