Thursday, November 16, 2017

Nominations



I'm really proud of the cast and crew of "The Family Way: Coming Home".  We just received three nominations from the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival where the film will be screening on December 1st.



Nicholas Trivisonno is up for Best Leading Actor for his role as the teen-aged version of "Crawford".


D. Duckie Rodriguez has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as "Richard Cultry".

 
 And the film is up for Best Horror Film.




Monday, October 23, 2017

Another festival

Just got word that "The Family Way: Coming Home" will be screening at this year's Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival.

I guess I know what I'm doing for the first weekend in December.



Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dangerous People DVD presales



I did the effects for this film and still count it as among one of my favorite projects to have worked on.

DANGEROUS PEOPLE DVD

Friday, October 6, 2017

"The Family Way: Coming Home" Festival Schedule

"Coming Home", the short prologue to "The Family Way" that I directed, is making its way through the horror film festivals now.



Some screening dates:

October (throughout the month) - Things 2 Fear Film Festival.

October 13 - Upstate NY Horror Film Festival

Oct 22 - Pop Ninja Horror Short Film Festival

Jan. 12-15 - Macabre Faire

Monday, October 2, 2017

My Directorial Debut has been released



I'll be the first to admit that it's a little weird that my first film as a director is just now coming out. I started developing Predatory Moon in October 2012, we shot it in 2013, and it's been through post-production Hell for years. And now, at long last, it's out to the public.

It's really hard to describe how I feel about the film.

On the one hand, I've done a few short films since shooting Predatory and one of the ("The Family Way: Coming Home") has been doing extremely well in festivals around the world. There's a world of difference between my first film and my latest.

A dear friend of mine once told me "Your first film is your film school. Your second film shows if you learned anything."  Truth be told, I think I accidentally took the advance course when I took on a feature-length werewolf story as a first project. I certainly may have bitten off more than I could chew on a meager budget of around $28,000.00.

Nevertheless, I am still pretty proud of this film in all its technically-incorrect and even sometimes goofy glory.

I'm proud of the cast and crew, who stuck with me through all the pains and hardships. Seriously, I made some great friends while working on this film, many who went on o work on a few other projects with me.

And I'm proud of myself for tackling this beast as a novice director. I learned an awful lot and that certainly shows in my later work.

So sit back and enjoy the show.  PREDATORY MOON





Friday, September 22, 2017

WIHFF



I'm at the Women in Horror Film Festival right now with Duckie.  This is an amazing event and a lot of really great films.  Come check it out if you're in the Atlanta area. It's going on through Sunday.

The Women in Horror Film Festival

Monday, September 18, 2017

Wow...

I just found out that I've been quoted in some book I've never heard about.

"Sexuality and New Religious Movements" (edited by J. Lewis and Henrik Bogdan)


They must have dug into some pretty deep archives to find my published essays on human sexuality.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

My festival schedule is filling up

I'm really proud of my work as a writer for The Family Way screenplay and as a director/writer for its short prologue film "Coming Home".  I'm also extremely happy that so many festivals seem to like it too.

Now that it's approaching the spooky season, I'm starting to hear from more festivals in the States.

The Family Way feature screenplay is a finalist in the Women in Horror Film Festival in Peachtree City, GA.  I'll be attending that 4-day event starting on September 21st.

Then on October 1st I'll be at the Halloween Horror Picture Show in Tampa, FL where "Coming Home" will be screening in the 11am-2pm short block.

"Coming Home" will also be screening at the Upstate NY Horror Film Festival in Rochester, NY that takes place Oct. 13-15th. I don't know what day or time block the screening is scheduled for yet, but I'm hoping to attend that festival as well.

I'm still waiting on a few more festivals to announce their selections to determine where I'll be and when for the next eight weeks or so.

This is the first time I've actually toured with a film instead of waiting for a movie I worked on to screen at a local fest. I wish I could have attended UK screenings, but there was a little problem about having yet to renew my passport that put a damper on things there. (I really should get on that soon.)

So far the worst part has been all the driving. I still maintain my belief that Miami has a three drink minimum to use its main roadways. (I've already decided to fly the friendly skies to attend any festivals that are more than 500 miles away from home.)

I've also been noticing that the organizational level and filmmaker-friendliness of the smaller festivals has been going right across the board. To date, the worst has been a festival that didn't regularly update its website and I didn't find out about the festival schedule until AFTER "Coming Home" had already screened!

Now that I'm going to be involved with some of the larger ones, I'm curious to see how smoothly they run. Right now I'm extremely impressed with the Women in Horror festival, as they seem to be bending over backwards to take care of their finalists. (Even the screenwriters like me who don't have a "face on the screen" during the event.) I'm really looking forward to getting out there this weekend, even if it is a six-hour drive!


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

"Coming Home" screening in Tampa


"The Family Way: Coming Home", the short film I directed that's been getting quite a bit of attention, is going to be screening close to home for me in October.

The Halloween Horror Picture Show film festival. The film is in the first short block (10am-2pm) on Sunday, October 1st.



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My first published novel

I had no idea that The Gallows Flower was still available anywhere.  I just found it on Amazon.

It even has a review! Apparently it coaxed someone into making his first e-book purchase.