Sunday, June 28, 2015

Frank Tuttle reviews The Bunny Man

What a delight to see Frank Tuttle's generous review of The Bunny Man!
Frank is a very fine writer of fantasy noir, the creator of The Markhat Chronicles (think a somewhat kinder, yet quite dangerous Sam Spade with trolls).
I have all his books and his warm reception means a lot.
Frank also wrote the script for "The Embalming", a curious tale of the undertaker's profession:
https://vimeo.com/78071809
If you like your horror with a snifter of Jim Beam, a really good score, clever editing and terrific cinematography, watch The Embalming. 

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Where does half a year go?

Busy busy -  highlights/lowlights were adapting my play "Scamoramaland" into a screenplay (submitted to the Nicholls competition), and losing over a month to a stupid injury (note to self: don't viciously sprain ankle again, it's surprisingly draining and inconvenient, everything's more annoying on crutches).

Adapting "Scamoramaland" was big fun -- once I freed myself from thinking of it in theatrical terms, it took off and became as weird as I felt like letting it be. To paraphrase myself in the play, reality is just a crutch for people without a pen.

Spent a fine weekend in LA at the Etheria film festival, where Jane Espenson received a richly-deserved Inspiration award.
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Monday, June 15, 2015

Etheria Film Night 2015 - horrifically good!

I had the pleasure of revisiting Etheria Film Night on June 13.

Etheria is a yearly festival for women who make horror, and more broadly, 'genre' films (sci-fi, fantasy, suspense). They took a film of mine in 2013 so I feel loyal and am glad to go back.

It's a great event for women filmmakers, whatever your specialty, and for men who like them! There are extra social events, and it's a morale booster to hang out with other women in film.

Once again it was beautifully organized, with screenings and red carpet event at the lovely Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. The people who pull this together - notably Stacy Pippi Hammon,  Kayley Viteo and Heidi Honeycutt, & also many volunteers and crew, do a wonderful job.

This year Jane Espenson received the inspiration award. On the way out of the theater, five different people mistook me for her; and two others the next day. I admire her, so this was nice, but in retrospect I could have had more fun just going with it!

You can follow Jane here:
https://twitter.com/@janeespenson
and through her less-active but still interesting web site:
http://janeespenson.com

You can follow me right here.
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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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