Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Weird Film Fest April 2 a success

Another fine spring screening of the Weird Film Fest has come and gone!
It's always an education to curate short Strange Cinema for the fest, which has moved to comfy quarters at PianoFight theater & bar in downtown San Francisco.

This spring's program included films from Canada, France, Spain, Australia and the US of A, and a Q&A with filmmaker Devlin Clark, whose film "Heartless" - about a robot whose only friends in a hostile world are a trio of musical spheres - was full of heart.

Weird Film will return at Halloween time!

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

"Start The Invasion Without Me" on Bluestocking Tour - Philadelphia April 12

My film "Start the Invasion Without Me",  a sci-fi short about a really Bay Day in the life of an extra-terrestrial invader, is going on the Bluestocking Tour, hitting Philadelphia Thursday April 12:

Fergie's Pub
1214 Sansom Street
6 PM - 8:30 PM

... part of an evening of short films that pass the Bechdel test, hosted by Philadelphia Women in Film & Television.

Come for the beer, stay for the films - plus a Q&A with Bluestocking founder Kate Kaminski, whose festival originally screened "Start the Invasion Without Me" at the Portland mothership festival.
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Saturday, October 21, 2017

James Udom, a gift to playwrights

If there's any justice in the world (and occasionally there is), James Udom will have a long and fulfilling acting career.
Recently I've been reminded of my good fortune in meeting him.
Four years on from his stunning portrayal (really, creation of) Freddy in a first outing of my play Scamoramaland (boy, was I lucky), James has gone on to work off-Broadway and then to Yale Drama School, from which he will graduate in 2018.
Film and theater world, take note of a very fine actor!

2018 update: James is in his third and final year at Yale Drama School and has received the Princess Grace Award!

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Interview with Horror Happens Radio

Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed once again by Jay Kay of Horror Happens Radio, which he and The Beast produce out of their bunker.
Jay Kay is a real scholar and supporter of genre media of all kinds. An interview with him feels like an effortless magic carpet ride, a conversation in a bar, something you don't want to end.
Check out his link on Sound Cloud (above) to get a sense of the sheer volume and breadth of his coverage (it ain't a plug for me, that will go up on his site eventually but not yet).
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Weird Film Fest returns

Writing, writing, writing.... and meanwhile putting together another
An evening of short horror, sci-fi, fantasy and otherwise Weird films from around the world
October 24, 7:30pm
144 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

SF Olympians 2018

I've been commissioned to write a short play for the 2018 SF Olympians Festival.
My subject is Quirinus, protector of the Roman state and god of lawyers.
He wields a mighty suitcase and has a secret grudge against Orpheus.
A first draft feels coherent - there's something there - looking forward to joining the ranks of the Olympians in 2018!

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"DONE" plays at Piano Fight

Just finished a run of my short piece "DONE" as part of May's Pint-Size Plays at Piano Fight, San Francisco's gem of theater.

The wonderful people who made it happen were:
Sophie Nelson -- The Customer
Ayelet Firstenberg - The "Security" Consultant
LeeAnn Dowd - The Director (actually!)

The read-throughs at the Berkeley Rep back office space (and fantastic costume shop!) were a pleasure, and the performances were each different and excellent. 

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