Tuesday, December 16, 2014

TV Host counts down the Top 100 Indie Filmmakers In The World


Renowned filmmaker and Television host Del Weston is known for saying it like it is, and with his new book on independent filmmaking, Weston’s tongue remains true to his nature.

The Top 100 Indie Filmmakers In The World Part 1, now available on iTunes, showcases the world’s best independent filmmakers in a way never before seen in print or otherwise. Their hopes, their dreams, their work along with links to the people who have molded them and their craft are explored and revealed.

Weston, the creator of the AOF Festival and host of Del Weston On Film, gets feverishly and entertainingly honest in the read-this-before-shooting manual.

“I found that this book was necessary to create. There is a lot of hype out there and it seems that anyone with a camera considers himself or herself to be a filmmaker. I simply don’t agree. I have been making film and television for almost 30 years. While I have spent time in the studio system, most of it has been as an independent filmmaker and producer. That means no studio, no multimillion dollar backers and no easy route to distribution. It just means hard work and careful planning.”

The Top 100 Indie Filmmakers In The World Part 1 features chats with such filmmakers as Stan Harrington, Tyler Williams, Michelle Muldoon, Aaron Kurmey, and Mark Giardino.

“The people represented in the book were culled from both my experiences as a filmmaker and those of the creator and producer of the hugely successful Action on Film International Film Festival. Each person deserves his or her place in this book. They have shown that they have what it takes to wear the badge of an artist and filmmaker.”

The success of Part 1 has paved the way for sequels, says Weston.

“There are future volumes coming. Every year moving forward we will recognize another 100 filmmakers. Our goal is to separate the wheat from the chaf and to introduce to the world some incredible people who happen to sculpt with a microphone, paint with camera lens and serenade with a screenplay. “

The Top 100 Indie Filmmakers In The World Part 1 is available on iTunes








Friday, December 12, 2014

Arnold Schwarzenegger Pumping Iron HD Giveaway


Pumping Iron, the classic documentary, is now available for download on digital HD for the first time with rarely seen content and interviews

The Entertainment Corner has one (1) Digital copy of Pumping Iron to giveaway to one lucky reader!


About Pumping Iron

Everyone knows Arnold Schwarzenegger but do you know the whole story behind the man?

From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this part-scripted, part-documentary film.

Five-time champion Arnold Schwarzenegger defends his Mr. Olympia title against Serge Nubret and the shy, young, deaf Lou Ferrigno, whose father is his coach; the ruthless champ psyches out the young lion.

Sardinian Franco Columbu competes in the lightweight class; at home in Italy he solves a tight parking problem by lifting the car into place. Joe Weider is the marketer; Mike Katz and Ken Waller go for the title of Mr. Universe. Bodybuilding and a celebrity-to-be go mainstream.

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Special Features:

· Still Pumping: Success in bodybuilding is a mental challenge as well as physical. In these newly recorded interviews, Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about the will power and focus you need to become a champion, and the mental attitude that has shaped his career.

· TheHard Science of Bodybuilding: Arnold Schwarzenegger and top bodybuilders give insights into the sport of bodybuilding and tips for building the body of your dreams.


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

AN AMERICAN TERROR - FROM UNCORK'D ENTERTAINMENT




"SLC Punk! meets House of 1000 Corpses"- Sean Decker, Dread Central


A killer Christmas title that's "Surprising, effective, and brutal"* to stuff your stocking with!


The festival favorite An American Terror, from visionary director Haylar Garcia, releases this week from Uncork'd Entertainment (DVD/VOD).


Set to be one of the most talked about films around the dinner table this holiday season, the controversial film tells of three teens, marginalized by their schoolmates, tho decide to turn their gray existence around and be noticed. To do it they come up with a macabre plan, consisting of carrying out a massacre at school. But while they’re preparing the bloodbath, they’ll run into something much darker and more perverse than their own bloody ideas.


A movie with a chronicle lifted straight from front page headlines, An American Terror leaves spectators breathless.


Starring Jennifer Wilde (Halloween : The Night He Came Back), Graham Emmons (The Mission), and Kathryn Gould (The Highwayman). Written, directed, and edited by Haylar Garcia; produced by Sam Sleiman and Tarik Heitmann; and executive produced by Jim Brennan and Roland Salameh.

*Dread Central








Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Greg A. Sager - Kingdom Come Interview



Kingdom Come, out on DVD and VOD this month, tells of a group of strangers who wake up disoriented and soon find themselves being stalked by a supernatural force with sinister intentions. As they begin to question the coincidences that link their pasts, they soon realize that the decisions they make will seal their fates forever. We spoke to director Greg A.Sager (Devil Seed) about opening the gates to his latest, creepy Kingdom. 


Congrats on the film. Are you happy with it? Watched it with an audience?


Thank you. And yes, I am happy with it. There are always things that you wish for but it all boils down to time and money but I think that pressures you creatively and makes you decide what is important story wise and what isn’t. You have to decide to utilize those limitations positively. I was fortunate to see most of it with an audience at the Blood in the Snow film festival. Had to stay out for the start of the film because of nerves. First showing is always the most nerve racking. You spend over a year of your lives creating this thing and you do all you can do and send it out into the world and all you can do is cross your fingers and hope it finds and affects an audience.

When was the first public screening? Were you on the edge of your seat observing the audience for the duration of the night?

The BITS festival was the first public screening and It’s satisfying when the audience jumps where there suppose to jump and laugh where they should laugh…you know its working on some level. Its probably the most personally satisfying and terrifying thing for a filmmaker. I love it and hate it all at the same time.

Do you find it easy to watch your own work? I know actors don’t enjoy that.

Not really. I just do what I can to make it as good as I can but after staring at it day and night for months and months all that you see is things you maybe could have did better, differently it can drive you insane. It’s the old you can’t see the forest from the trees. You’re just too close. It’s the audience that has to judge not me. We just do our best to try and tell an interesting story.

Did you do a Hitchcock and cameo in Kingdom Come?
Let me think…actually yes. I’m actually the ECU shot of the creature, which we call ‘Gatekeepers’ who get’s the pipe in the mouth. We did that ECU insert actually long after we finished principal. I think that was all I did in this one. In our previous film ‘Devil Seed’ I did a cameo in the bar, and played the entity attacking our lead through the shower curtain. I never do cameos out of vanity it’s always necessity…or because we couldn’t get anyone else to do it.

Where can readers pick up the movie from?

The movie is available on most Cable VOD services and iTunes across the US and Canada. DVD’s are available at most online retailers including Amazon.com.





Sunday, December 7, 2014

Interview Ryan M.Andrews – Sick: Survive the Night



Sick: Survive the Night isn’t just another zombie movie, as director Ryan M.Andrews tells us.


How much of an influence was George Romero on this one?

RMA: I think anyone making a zombie film considers Romero and pulls influence or inspiration from his work, My cinematographer Michael Jari Davidson and I definitely discussed other zombie films when talking about the look and feel. And we actually pay tribute to Romero in the film with a couple shots, in his honour. But that is more, out of respect. We are huge Romero fans, but we didn’t just go and create a Romero style zombie film.


Do you remember the first zombie movie you watched?

RMA: As a little kid I saw a lot of the old classic monster movies from the 1930’s and in there I remember seeing films like White Zombie, Revolt Of The Zombies, etc. Don’t remember which one came first but my first introduction to zombies were more about the voodoo zombies. So in the late 80’s I was so happy to see Wes Craven do a voodoo zombie film with The Serpent & The Rainbow. Those films aside, it was Romero’s Holy Trinity of Night, Dawn and Day Of The Dead.


What’s your favorite zombie movie?

RMA: My absolute favourite is Romero’s Day Of The Dead. I love Savini’s makeup in that one the most but I also love the development of the characters like Dr. Frankenstein and even Bub.

But there are so many other good ones out there. Return Of The Living Dead 3 was always a favourite growing up as well. It was just pure fun.


What makes Sick: Survive the Night different from other zombie films and TV shows on release?

RMA: We’ve created our own zombies for this. By that I mean, what made Romero’s NOTLD so big is because when it came out, people were not used to seeing these reanimated corpses indulging in cannibalism and trying to eat people’s flesh. At the same time, when 28 Days Later came out, it offered the audience something different.

So that is our big thing with Sick, we created our own zombies for this. Our zombies eat brains. It’s pop culture that zombies eat brains, but Return Of The Living Dead is really the only film to use this. So we go this route as well, but with Sick, everything is very science driven. Not only do our zombies go after your brains, but we explain why. We have created a very realistic world for zombies to exist in. And with that aspect aside, the film focuses on the living trying to survive day to day, but we approach it in a very bleak and depressing way. I think, honestly, the scariest thing about a zombie apocalypse is how pointless it would feel. Sleeping with one eye open and struggling to survive, for what, just to struggle again the next day. It’s a very dramatic horror.


Who did the make-up effects on the film? They look very effective!
RMA: Our zombies were designed by Melis Stevens. We sat down early on during pre production to create the look and she is an amazing artist. Her makeup techniques are works of art.


How important is sound in a film?

RMA: Obviously every department is very important and contributes to the quality of the end product, but sound is right up there as one of the most important. Sound makes a picture look good. Even if things don’t line up visually, the sound is what convinces you of what you are seeing. If someone gets their neck snapped or stomach ripped out, it’s the sound design that really sells it and personally I think the sound is the reason people cringe at a lot of the gore in films. Don’t get me wrong, the visual needs to be there. 100%, but without good sound, it’s not going to work.

Add on top of that, you can tell so much of the story with sound as well, so it is very important.


Is there another zombie movie in you? Sequel ideas?
RMA: Sick was written by Chris Cull and myself as a trilogy. It takes place over three different points during the zombie apocalypse, starting with Sick taking place two years after it began. As a stand alone film, Sick works to tell it’s story, but Chris and I would definitely love to tell the other two chapters as well.

I would also love to tell a voodoo zombie story. It would definitely be something way different.


Sick: Survive the Night is released in January.





Thursday, December 4, 2014

RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT - SICK: SURVIVE THE NIGHT




SICK: SURVIVE THE NIGHT  On DVD and VOD January 6


Starring Scream Queen Debbie Rochon


Midnight Releasing is proud to announce the DVD and VOD release of Sick: Survive the Night, available January 6, 2015 on DVD and VOD.


In the tradition of The Walking Dead, Sick: Survive the Night tells the story of a group of people who band together after a zombie outbreak. Debbie Rochon (Tromeo & Juliet), Christina Aceto, Richard Roy Sutton, Jennifer Polansky, and Robert Nolan star in a Ryan M.Andrews film.


Synopsis: Two years into the outbreak, the remaining people struggle day to day for survival. With the infected more active at night, three people seek shelter in an empty home, but with supplies scarce, they'll be lucky to make it out alive.



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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Semi Anthony Interview



Hot off an appearance on TVs Modern Family, Hollywood mover-and-shaker gives a ‘killer’ performance in the new horror film The Butchers.


First up, what are some of your favorite horror movies?

Rosemary's Baby, Halloween.



Do you think it’s a prerequisite that one has to be a horror movie fan to star in one?

Not really, but I do believe you have to appreciate good horror. And if you're a good actor you can bring life to any character, make it your own with your interpretation of the horror.


Who do you play in The Butchers?


JB, a modern-day serial killer who believes he is the best of the best.


How did you initially get involved in that project?

A good friend of mine writer/producer Stephen Durham brought me on board. He said he thought this role would be a good fit for me.


I believe you were involved in a behind-the-scenes capacity on the movie, too.


Not so much. When I wasn't acting, I was rehearsing and working on my fight choreography with incredible Patrick Gallaway. Him and Gary Kasper were phenomenal in bringing these characters to life giving each one their own individual fight technique.


The film is coming out on DVD and VOD. Do you believe VOD is the way of the future?


I feel it's a big part of the future. Especially for the independent filmmakers.


What have you got coming up?



I just finished shooting another film Abby Grace. It's in postproduction now. And I have the butchers 2 coming up in July. In between that I have several different TV shows that I'm up for. The future looks bright