Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Macabre Faire Film Festival

I think this will be the last festival screening for "Coming Home" (aka "The Family Way: Coming Home") before it is released next year, but I've actually been amazed at how many fests we've shown at so I'm not entirely sure that the producer didn't sneak a few more submissions in.

Duckie ("Richard") and I will be there along with Lowrie Fawley ("Sue") for the whole weekend.


Monday, December 4, 2017

Back from TBUFF

Duckie and I got back from the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival after spending three days mingling with other film-makers, watching films, and going to after-event parties.

I also ran into Lynne Hansen, who inspired me to make my t-shirt after seeing her "I Make Films Like A Girl" buttons at WIHFF this past summer.

Now I am going to go into a little bit of a rant here, but I want to make it very clear that this in no way should be seen as being against TBUFF or its organizers...

I was very thrilled that "The Family Way: Coming Home" was not only accepted into TBUFF, but also nominated for awards in three categories.  Those nominations meant that the judges felt the film was good enough in a few aspects to be put up against some film-makers that I know to be astonishingly good.

I don't usually get a lot of love from film festivals in my home state of Florida. If I don't get outright rejected, I get tossed into terrible time slots that guarantee the least amount of audience members... like before 10am or after midnight.  My promotional materials are never displayed and my films aren't mentioned in the festival promotions, even when it's a premiere.  I have no idea why I'm marginalized like this, but I am.

Last year I had my short film "The Figure" at TBUFF, and while I was completely unknown to the organizers (as far as I know), they did treat me fairly.  My film had a lot of blood in it, so it wasn't an insult to be put in a late night block with other gory horror films. I was just happy to be there.

This year I knew I wanted to do TBUFF again. I'm glad I did, because I really felt  that they went above and beyond to promote the film-makers. I imagine that having those nominations is what put "Coming Home" into the promotional video shown on opening night, but I noticed that they were displaying the posters for prety much any film that sent them promotional materials on the days the films were being shown.

The organizers, volunteers, and even founding members were friendly as usual, and I'm glad I had much more time this year to chat with them. They don't have a ton of money to work with, but they did a really good job with the opening night party and after-awards party. It may not be the biggest festival in the state, but it's nothing to sneeze at either.

There was only one big thing that really bothered me about the festival, and it has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with how it's run or the people who are running it.

It was the behavior of many of the attending film-makers.

I might have gotten really spoiled by the out-of-state festivals I've attended both as a film-maker and a fan of movies. I've only seen this sort of behavior on a large scale in Florida events.

At the beginning of a block of movies there is a much, much larger head count in the audience then there is when the last film of the block plays.  The film-makers tend to go to their block with their friends and then leave as soon as their own film has shown.  So much for the idea that a festival is a great way to see other people's work and network.  How do you know that the bloke you're talking to in the hallway is a great cinematographer if you walked out before his film started?

As a director of a film that was shown in a late night horror block, I'd like to thank the 6 people who stayed long enough to see my 16-minute movie.  However, I do have to wonder how many would have been there had mine been the last film on the block.

Then almost as an insult, a lot of those film-makers returned as the end credits of the last film rolled so they could participate in the Q&A session at the end. (Another big THANK YOU going out to the TBUFF host for asking me to talk about my film being a proof-of-concept for a feature.)

It gets worse... the exact same behavior was on display during the awards ceremony.  People stayed long enough to find out if they won in categories they were nominated for, then they couldn't leave fast enough.  I was sitting against the back wall by the door and knew to pull my legs in after each award was handed out because a crowd of people would be leaving the room.

I saw a lot of really good films that played on Thursday and Friday. I regret that I didn't see any on Saturday because I was dealing with a mild case of food poisoning that day (late night diner on Friday did me in there.) I was pleased to meet some of the people who made the films that I enjoyed... in the lobby between blocks or at the parties that were organized for socializing.

This might be more common than I know, but it still bothers me. Especially since so far I've only seen it at pretty much every festival I've attended in Florida.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Review on Predatory Moon

After getting slammed hard on Amazon, this one cheered me up a bit.  I wasn't expecting it, as my initial conversation with the reviewer was about The Family Way.

Beautiful Creatures in Florida

Friday, November 24, 2017

Investment Opportunity


Believe it or not, this is not a plea for charity donations to put toward a film project.  This is an honest-to-goodness revenue-sharing investment opportunity.


We've spent about two years putting this package together and test-marketing the story both in screenplay competitions and with the short prologue film "The Family Way: Coming Home."  After such a positive response with both, we knew that this film had to be made. But more importantly, it had to be made well.

That costs money. Lots of it.

Truth be told, we're not looking for too much when you consider that Hollywood considers anything under five million dollars to be "low budget".  And unlike a lot of Hollywood movies that I've been seeing lately, this story is strong enough not to have to be dependent on a big star or outrageous special effects to carry it. (Not that I'd not consider an offer from a big name star to be in it if he/she was willing to work for SAG-ULB rates.)

The cast we do have in place is pretty solid. (We left a few roles open to be cast after we achieve minimal financing, as many actors don't like signing on to a project that's not already financed and ready to go.)

The crew is an award-winning team. (Not just awards for "Coming Home"!) We're planning to use some pretty cutting-edge technology in the camera and audio departments.

And the location is gorgeous, and more importantly, perfect.

So we have most of the elements needed to make this movie already in place. It just needs financing... and that, dear reader, is where people like you come in.

As I mentioned before, this isn't a donation-based fundraiser.  It's a revenue-sharing investment platform. That means that if the film does well, so do the investors. 

It also means that you don't have to be wealthy in order to qualify for investment, like you would for more traditional investing.

All the information about the film and the investment offering is here:

Thursday, November 16, 2017


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.


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


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