HEY MAN, CAN WE BORROW YOUR CAR?

A sort of minor/major part of the script of “Holy Ghost People” was the car that our hero Wayne (played by the ass kicking Brendan McCarthy) drives. Seeing as the film has many of the classic elements of a western film, this car was his steed. It was his personality and his vehicle to get our story where it needed to go. Therefore, our director Mitchell Altieri had a very specific idea about what kind of car it should be. A mid-1960’s model Ford Mustang in blue…



Posted on March 8, 2013 by

THERE’S WONDERFUL POWER IN THE BLOOD

When I last left you, it was after giving a brief tour of my brain a few days before the premiere of our film “Holy Ghost People.” Insecurity, Freudian dreams and anxiety were your ticket to my SXSW 2013 blog that will cover the premiere of our film which is this Sunday (HolyShit!HolyShit!HolyShit!)…



Posted on March 7, 2013 by

I GOT A FILM IN SXSW AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS LOUSY BLOG

Thousands submitted and most were denied. Maybe that describes you and if it does, I’m sorry. Truly. But since I’m going to SXSW as a filmmaker, I thought I’d do some blogs here to let people know how the experience goes…



Posted on March 5, 2013 by

SO THIS IS MIAMI: ADVENTURES AT BORSCHT 8

Borscht is unlike any other film festival I’ve attended. Which is to say that it is like Miami exposure therapy, part filmmaker summit, part film festival and all fun. In other words, Borscht is just that, a cinematic soup made up of all types of nonsense, with Miami as the main component…



Posted on December 19, 2012 by

SUBMISSION CINEMA: “MY NORMAL”

The first thing my new roommate said to me when I moved into my new place was, “you NEED to watch ‘My Normal’”…



Posted on September 19, 2012 by

ALL FOR ONE KIND: THREE TAKEAWAYS FROM THE “4 OF A KIND” KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

What can we as indie filmmakers and crowdfunders take away from the ups and downs of Jack Marchetti’s Kickstarter campaign for “4 of a Kind”? Plenty! Here are three bits of advice that all crowdfunders can benefit from…



Posted on August 30, 2012 by

SUBMISSION CINEMA: OF LOLITAS AND DOLLS

I’ve been fascinated by Lolita fashion since way back in the day when I would join Japanese LiveJournal communities and drool over the pretty dresses…



Posted on August 29, 2012 by

SUBMISSION CINEMA: SECRETARIES, CALL GIRLS AND GORE POLICE

I’ve been on a kick lately of watching movies relating to the BDSM lifestyle and I’ve decided that I’ve yet to come across a decent movie with an accurate portrayal of a kink lifestyle…



Posted on August 22, 2012 by

2012 NANTUCKET FILM FESTIVAL RECAP: NEW ALEXANDER PAYNE SCRIPT REVEALED, CARREY AND STILLER DISH AND DISS, AND WATCHING THE KENNEDYS WITH THE KENNEDYS

It is no surprise that the 17-year-old Nantucket Film Festival is a star-studded event, with a schedule full of notables and impressing more with panels and discussions than its film lineup of tried and tested festival circuit fair…



Posted on June 27, 2012 by

SIFF 2012: SEASONAL AFFECTIVE CINEMA, PART 5: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN

As the Seattle International Film Festival draws to a close, William Friedkin – the maverick who invented contemporary car chases and demonic horror – would seem the ideal filmmaker to conjure forth the event’s Grand Finale…



Posted on June 13, 2012 by

SIFF 2012: SEASONAL AFFECTIVE CINEMA, PART 4

The 2012 Seattle International Film Festival, a magical, mind-expanding, eye-feeding carpet ride for those fond of falling deep into moving-picture hypnosis, continues into its third amazing week…



Posted on June 7, 2012 by

SIFF 2012 – SEASONAL AFFECTIVE CINEMA, PART 3

So far, I’ve surfed through only three of the 13 theaters participating in SIFF, and already seen truly magnificent stories (“Eden”) as well as pompous drivel (“Dreams of a Life”). It’s all good, even if it’s bad…



Posted on May 30, 2012 by

SIFF 2012: SEASONAL AFFECTIVE CINEMA, PART 2: “EDEN”

Each year, there’s a SIFF movie that knocks my socks off and resonates long into the summer. For SIFF 2012, it’s “Eden,” a troubling stunner…



Posted on May 27, 2012 by

SIFF 2012: SEASONAL AFFECTIVE CINEMA

Skies are so oppressively black, it seems a strange, novel oddity when the sun actually does peek through. So why does 2012’s Seattle International Film Festival further enhance the drizzle, with so much celluloid sadness and digital despair? Forget SAD. This is Seasonal Affective Cinema…



Posted on May 23, 2012 by

2012 PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL – DAY FOUR

A sentiment echoed repeatedly throughout the night was that this was PFF’s finest year yet. With that, I absolutely concur…



Posted on April 3, 2012 by

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