Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Interview With Director Jeremy Lamberton

Biker Fox chronicles the story of Frank P. DeLarzelere III aka Biker Fox, Tulsa, Oklahoma's misunderstood motivational bicyclist, nature conservationist and muscle car guru. Part-documentary and part-self-help testimonial, the film navigates the uneasy relationships DeLarzelere has with both the city of Tulsa and himself, as his Biker Fox character sometimes neglects certain societal boundaries.


Jeremy Lamberton makes his feature directorial debut on Biker Fox. The film is produced by Lamberton and Todd Lincoln, writer/director of The Apparition (Warner Bros) starring Ashley Greene (Twilight) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Together, they also co-founded and co-directed the Tulsa Overground Film Festival.

I had the opportunity to chat with director Jeremy Lamberton about the genesis and development of the project.


M: How did you become involved with the BIKER FOX project?

JL: I had my first Biker Fox sighting in Tulsa out in traffic one day. I was at an intersection in a part of town I normally don't go to because it is on the other side of town from where I live and work. While sitting at the traffic light I noticed this guy on his bike weaving through traffic. He was staring at people in their cars and shaking his ass at them and smiling.  I pulled off into a parking lot next to this old bowling alley. He comes up next to my car and the first thing he says to me "Are you married?". I told him yes I was even though at the time I wasn't.


I asked him who he was and what he was up to. He explained who he was and guess he was famous in Tulsa at the time, except I didn't know it because I'm never in that part of town. He is also famous through the website he has, BikerFox.com, he is known worldwide through that.

I invited him to perform at the Tulsa Overground Film Festival, which I am co-director and co-founder with my producing partner Todd Lincoln. We have a personality come out each night and introduce the films and read the disclaimer. So he came out, did his signature front flip over the handlebars and landed on his feet. He got the crowd pumped-up and excited about the night. 

That lead to him telling me about his film hobby, how he had been for years video taping wildlife around his house and that he had stuff he'd like to show me.  I said wow that sounds interesting, I didn't really know what I was getting into. He had me over at his house and he handed over a box full mini DV high def tapes with at least 300 hours of footage. 


It was this amazing wildlife footage of rabbits, raccoons, coyotes, and possums. Then there was all this footage of him hand feeding up to 50 raccoons that lived in the woods behind his house. They would come up to his house and eat out of his hand.

I ended up watching all the footage; there were certain tapes where he would be lecturing to the camera about the benefits of fitness and a healthy diet. It kind of reminded me of the old character Jack LaLanne "the godfather of fitness", had his own juicer, a TV program and did one arm push-ups. So I would say he kind of reminds me of Jack LaLanne on cough syrup; you know, like there is something a little bit off.

I went back to him and told him the footage was amazing and I would like to see how you do this. We started shooting footage together just for fun at the beginning and that is how this project came to be.


M: What was your initial impression of Biker Fox? How did that change once you worked with him on this documentary journey?
JL: I really liked him when I first met him. He is a fun guy, full of life and spirit. The more I hung out with him the more excited I got about this project. Even just spending time with him because there is just so much going on in his life from the wildlife thing, to his message and desire for people to get healthier and exercise. Then seeing his business, he sells muscle car parts over the Internet. Seeing how he dealt with his customers was really something unexpected. They are spending a lot of money on these parts and he has so many parts. He almost has a monopoly on a lot of this stuff because he has been collecting them for so many years. There he is hanging up on his customers, insulting them to break the ice, it is just such a strange way to do business. It is also such a contrast to his message of love, life and enjoying life. There is this other side of this character; this man that is just angry and on edge, yelling at people, and breaking phones.  

The more I got to meet him seeing that he really cares genuinely for people's well being and the people around him. So of his employees and friends he was supporting financially, picking them up, taking them home after work, getting them out of trouble with the law. On the other side of that is this dark streak. 



M: You've already hinted at an answer to this, so it leads-in nicely to my next question. Why did you feel it was important to produce a documentary about Biker Fox's story?

JL: I think there is a great theme "Even in the darkest times there is still light". I think he is a very hopeful character. That is the big message. The project allowed me as a filmmaker to try and make a different type of movie. I don't consider it a documentary. It is more a hybrid of documentary, performance and psychedelia. It was almost like thinking how to produce a record, pulling different influences from different genres to make something unique. That alone was a great challenge for me.


M: OK you're really good at this because my next question is what was the biggest challenge in making the documentary?

JL: I think the biggest challenge was cutting it down to the running length of 75 minutes. I think the first edit was like four hours, which is more Biker Fox than anyone should ever watch. But you know I was just so in love with the footage and there was just so much serendipity happening. When I would watch the footage there would be these unbelievable things like a robin sitting on his shoulder while he is ranting about getting in shape, a blackbird or crow in the middle of a field coming to eat trail mix off his ass. There were things happening I just couldn't understand how it was possible, it was like magic. It came to the point where I had to make some hard cuts because there is so much of it. I think we got it down to where its the most fun ride through Biker Fox's experiences someone can get.

The other challenge would have been spending so much time with him. Dealing with the other side of the coin which is the character Frank. There is Biker Fox and then there is Frank and the line is blurred. He is definitely Frank when he is working and running his business and he can be a real asshole. Real narcissistic and just into whatever he is doing. It didn't matter if we where filming, if he was in a certain mood. He smashed several cameras during the making of the film. There were times we were pushing and screaming at each other. It was all part of it, it was all part of this big Biker Fox thing. So it was just dealing with his personality and the fact that he so eccentric, so wrapped up in his character, and his business. He tries to control everything and that would filter into the filmmaking process.

Eventually the best way to do it was to give him the cameras. So, we set up cameras all over his house on tripods with remote controls. He could just turn on the camera anytime he wanted. We did that to get more authenticity, to get to the real character. Because he so ADHD when he would turn the camera on and there was no one around he would even forget that it was rolling. We would really get him in his natural state and the results are really, really fascinating because we were finally to the true character that he is.  

M: You mentioned how you whittled it down from four hours to what it currently is. How much actual footage did you have altogether?

JL: Hundreds of hours. Just the footage he shot alone I promise you it was at least 300 hours worth of tape.

There would be just a hundred hours of him just feeding raccoons. Every night he would be recording. I love that obsession. It was like meeting a long lost brother. I live on a 500 acre ranch in Tulsa close to the woods. It has always been an influence on me, my work, how I make things and just my life experience. At the time I was setting up a video camera next to the woods by my house. I would set up a little work lamp with a spot light on this board. On the board I would put down a plate of food every night. Anything from cupcakes to a bowl of chili, to cereal, to Mexican pizza. I would let the camera roll and wait to see what kind of animals would come out of the woods to see what the would eat or if they would come out of the woods at all. And all I got was a horse after all those nights and he didn't even eat anything. So this guy and I are in the same club, this obsession of shooting a lot of footage. 


M: It has premiered at film festivals. What has the reception been so far?


JL: The reception has been fantastic. People have been really enthusiastic and excited about the movie because it is such a unique viewing experience.

M: The documentary will release on VOD soon, can you speak about where can people see it. Is it solely on VOD? 

JL: Right now it is VOD only. You can buy it on iTunes as 
April 15th. DVD release coming soon. 


Official Website: 


www.bikerfoxthemovie.com


Frank P. DeLarzelere's muscle car parts business:

www.billionsandtrillionsinc.com











Sunday, April 13, 2014

FEEL THE HEAT WHEN #EM 3 HITS REDBOX APRIL 15.




Sizzling thriller #EM3 (Eenie Meenie Miney Moe), chronicling the tense journey of a drug dealer, comes to Redbox on April 15, 2014.

It is Miami Beach, but it may well be LA, Chicago, NY, Atlanta, Dallas, or anyone’s backyard, where hustlers play and the game has no rules.

Featuring electrifying performances by the likes of Andres Dominguez, Hangover Part 3’s Oscar Torre and International Music Artist Ky-Mani Marley, #EM3 is a sexy, thrilling, and hip drama that serves as a reminder that every choice has its rewards and consequences.

When Raul (Dominguez), Miami tow truck driver with a secret car thief habit, builds a network to fence his stolen goods, his criminal franchise prospers. But, when he and his new neighbor Nikki (Belkys Galvez) spark a spur of the moment relationship, it sets off a deeper affection that begins to dismantle Raul’s finely tuned conspiracy ring. Raul on his quest for a “High Score” makes an important choice that has an unexpected outcome with never imagined consequences affecting everyone around him including the only love of his life.

Called “wilder and crazier than anything you might have imagined” by the Miami Herald, #EM3 combines a sizzling, sweat-inducing story that plays to the beat of some of today’s hottest artists, including Thirstin Howl the 3rd, Otto Von Schirach, Mayday and Miami Beat Wave.






Monday, April 7, 2014

URGENT ASSIST/ CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT



With less than 60 hours to go on their Kickstarter campaign, and only 10k off reaching his 50k goal, director Ron Newcomb has announced some of the newly-signed cast for his highly-anticipated action-adventure-fantasy film THE RANGERS.

Josh Murray (“Killing Lincoln”, TVs “Revolution”), Sebrina Scott (“Halloween Homecoming”), John Wells (“Bad Blood : Hatfields & McCoys”), and Justin Moe (“Rise of the Fellowship”) have all boarded the cast of the Lord of the Rings-esque epic.

Murray will play Lt. Tailis, a veteran who been around since the Fallen Age where many of the elven kind were wiped out, as elves do not replenish as man does. Lt. Tailis was also there during the brief but violent Borderland Wars between the Wood Elves and the Humans. His unit now patrols the borders and ensure their lands are kept free of outsiders.

Scott plays Sabine, part-human part-elf, Wells plays the villain Prince Korlan Magan.

To see that the film makes it Kickstarter goal, click here and donate – you have less than 60 hours to do so!

KICKSTARTER PAGE: www.kickstarter.com/projects/498178287/the-rangers


Sunday, April 6, 2014

What if your script is chosen? Could you be so Lucky?

Imagine you are a filmmaker, you have a finished script in hand. Your script was just selected as one of two winning scripts in part of a contest. Your prize is to have full production of your script. So what is the catch? You have only eight hours to shoot your film. The pace is accelerated, you need to be expedient, organized and definitely inventive.  

Filmmaker Jacob Bilinski and writer Todd Martin where faced with exactly such a challenge when their script for Lucky was selected as part of the "Unscripted: An Indie Film Xperience” in Owensboro, Kentucky. 


Lucky is short horror film with an unexpected supernatural twist. Staci (Louisa Torres) is a young student who finds herself the target of a serial killer named Clay portrayed by Dillon Schueller. Perhaps Staci's research topic on the supernatural and luck alludes to what is about to transpire. Little does Clay clue into the possibility that Staci just might not be the easiest target he could have selected as his intended victim. 

It is astounding what, Bilinski, Martin and their team accomplished in such a limited span of time. Both actors give effective performances and are to be praised as well. Further adding to the reason for my being impressed is the fact that Lucky has visual effects as well and was not just thematically and dialogue driven.


Jacob Bilinski has a number of films to his credit including Foxxy Madonna vs The Black Death (2006), Shade of Grey (2009), Obsolescence (2011), Perceiving Reality (2011), Bloody Hooker Bang Bang: A Love Story (2012), The Book of Dallas (2012) and he is currently working on finishing up his latest feature film, Three Tears on Bloodstained Flesh.


Check out, Lucky







Monday, March 31, 2014

FAN Q&A WITH "RANGERS" DIRECTOR RON NEWCOMB!




In the lead-up to production on his new fantasy adventure The Rangers, filmmaker Ron Newcomb (Rise of the Fellowship) is hosting a Twitter Q+A on Tuesday.

Fans can tweet questions to Newcomb @therangersfilm
The Rangers, Newcomb's follow-up to the Top 40 rental hit Rise of the Fellowship, is mid-way through a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter. It is currently 50% financed.



''The Rangers'' Synopsis : Lt. Wolf and his Wolf Pack, an elite unit of Rangers, uncover a long-forgotten peril of ancient evil reawakening in this epic fantasy.



TWITTER Q+A "THE RANGERS"

WHEN : TUESDAY NOON PST/3:00 PM EST

DURATION : 2 HOURS

WHERE : HTTP://WWW.TWITTER.COM/THERANGERSFILM











Saturday, March 29, 2014

NEW POSTER REVEALED FOR "CURSE OF THE DRAGON SLAYER

In the tradition of Game of Thrones, comes from Curse of the Dragon Slayer from Phase 4 Films. 

Danielle Chuchran (Body of Proof), Richard McWilliams, Paul D. Hunt and James C. Morris star in a David Lyde film. Synopsis: Keltus, a knight of the ruling Order is on the trail of the Shadow Cabal -- a group of Orc cultists. When his leads run cold, he must team up with an elf bounty hunter, Nemyt, and an infamous orc raider, Kullimon, to infiltrate the Shadow and try to thwart their evilpurpose -- to unleash the God of the Undead.




CURSE OF THE DRAGON SLAYER, due on DVD and Blu-ray June 10th.




Cooked Star Shaun Mazoka Reveals Latest Details About The Series



How did you find out about the series and auditioned for it?  


I found out about Cooked when Joel Boyce contacted me through Facebook telling me that he had seen some of the work I did with a couple of directors from my hometown (Gavin Michael Booth and Steve Shilson) and he wanted to see if I was interested in auditioning. I was really impressed by his professionalism, and I liked the concept of the show, so I told Joel I’d like to audition. He had also mentioned two other actors that I’ve worked with many times, friends of mine from Windsor, Ontario, Mike Lepera and Brent Bondy had also expressed interest in auditioning, so I was happy about that. I specifically remember the professionalism though. I think that’s what hooked me! 


What Cooked is about?

Cooked is a show about a group of friends that all work at a restaurant in Windsor called The Dominion House, or “The DH”, and a majority of our shooting is being done at the actual Dominion House in Windsor. So it was only appropriate to hold the very first meeting for all cast and crew at the Dominion House, seeing as it holds a pretty important significance to the series. The series actually revolves around my character, Dave, who is one of the cooks at the restaurant. Right off the bat, I was happy to learn that I’d be working alongside Brent Bondy as Patrick – one of the other cooks at the DH, and Mike Lepera as Tony – the restaurant manager; both great actors that I’ve had the pleasure of working and training with before.

But here comes the slightly bizarre part – and I say this with complete honesty – I have a very strong sense of family with the cast and crew of this show. I’ve become very close with everyone on set, and I think we’ve all grown into a very REAL reflection of the “family” theme that is prevalent in Cooked. I feel like we have a tight group that all really cares about the project and the potential it holds. Every day on set, ESPECIALLY when we’re shooting DH scenes, is a true pleasure. It’s almost like that place has secret powers or something…


The crew at The D.H. is cooking up laughs and drama.


Tell us more about Cooked and the characters.

Cooked is a TV/Web-based series revolving around a rowdy group of friends who work together in a restaurant. Joel Boyce pitched it to me as Workaholics/Waiting meets Rescue Me. The series is sort of focused on my character, Dave, as he deals with varying life issues and working/goofing off with his best friends and all the shenanigans they get into. The show has a lot of laughs. Most days on set I have sore abs from laughing so hard. I think it’s really forming my six-pack! But there are some pretty real moments on the show as well – with almost every character. Lots of drama and lots of comedy. Joel is a brilliant writer. His style is very genuine and I absolutely admire that about him because it makes my job SO much easier! I find Dave is a character I relate to on many levels and I believe that every member of the cast feels that way as well about their own characters, and it’ll really pop on screen to see these people come to life. 


Where people can see Cooked?

The pilot episode is basically a double episode. It will likely have a running time of 90-120 minutes, so the producers want to premiere it as a film at Lakeshore Cinemas in Tecumseh, Ontario. Once it’s had a solid run in the theatre, they plan to break the episode into 2 parts, and release it online through sites such as YouTube, and Vimeo. I don’t really know when this is supposed to happen yet. We are still in the middle of shooting!


How does Cooked connects with people?

This show is genuine. The cast is genuine. The location is genuine.

It’s all real. I like real because it sends messages. Real helps people deal. Real is entertaining. Nobody is here to get rich. We all love what we do, we all have an amazing time working together, and I think the end product will be something really special because everyone cares about the project, and everyone can relate to one of these wacky/real characters in one way or another. I hope everyone feels like they can be a part of our family when they watch the show.

Whether that sounds corny or not, I hope our show is welcoming and I hope it offers a comedic escape, but also hope to anyone struggling the way some of these characters might be struggling.


Fans can keep up with Cooked on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/1nEFTDg and on Twitter at @CookedSeries.


Some of the "staff" at The D.H. (L-R)-Dave (Shaun Mazoka), Pope (Joel Bishop), Alec (Christian Pinard), Patrick (Brent Bondy) and Carmen (Nico Cabral in foreground)