You’ve Got Another Week!

THE BUNKER Movie PosterHeard from my distributor yesterday about the numbers on the premiere of The Bunker and how the film had been doing since. Good news across the board, as it turns out. The No. 1 movie on the IPTV channel? You guessed it – The Bunker. Russell was so happy he told me to go ahead and announce that Commodity is going to extend the Free viewing period for not just The Bunker, but Inside the Bunker, the Making of  documentary, for another week. So, if you haven’t had
a chance to catch the flick, the clock is ticking – but 
you’ve got 7 more days to take advantage.

To watch the film, click through to the Commodity Films Screening Room. Then you can bring up The Bunker or the documentary and start watching-on your schedule. Any time, day or night, now through November 13th at midnight. When you do, come on by and leave a comment, let us know what you thought of the flick. No, it isn’t Casablancabut for a blind director’s first effort? We’ve got some great reviews, and we’d like to hear yours.


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Currently listening to: Let the Madness Begin by Fozzy

Another Outlet Makes History

Never before had a blind filmmaker directed a feature film. There’ve been some other handicapped filmmakers, most notably Christopher Reeve, who directed from a wheelchair after his tragic accident, but.a guy who can’t see?

History was made when I succeeded in not only completing The Bunker, but in getting multiple distribution deals. We’re streaming in Europe. We’ve got deals in Asia. The film is available on DVD in the U.S. through a number of retail outlets, and now?

Now history is being made on IPTV as The Bunker premieres on Halloween night, running through November 6th, for free. Yep, you read that right. Zip. Nada. Nothing. Only thing it’ll cost you if you want that true theatre experience is some popcorn.

Visit CommodityFilms.com any time beginning on Halloween, or pick a day during the following week, and you can check out a flick that, quite literally, broke new filmmaking ground. Then, come on back and let us know what you thought. You’ve got a whole week. No excuses! 

Blind Filmmaker’s Groundbreaking Feature Secures IPTV Launch

THE BUNKER Movie PosterHistory-Making Film will Stream Worldwide via New Broadcast Outlet

(TAMPA, FL) There aren’t many blind feature film directors. In fact, there’s only Joe Monks, and his debut feature, THE BUNKER, will begin streaming in October on IPTV thanks to Tampa-based distribution company Commodity Films.

It’s an unusual success story that began when Monks, a writer and longtime comic publisher, decided to tackle the biggest challenge of his career: directing a movie. Despite the obstacles his handicap presented, as well as vocal internet naysayers, Monks raised the money to begin shooting, and embarked on a journey no filmmaker had taken before.

Enter Russell Hess, a film distributor who saw enormous potential in the envelope-pushing project, and reached out to Monks to offer his services.

“I was more than mildly intrigued when I heard a blind guy was making a movie. At first, I reacted as many would, thinking that this was some kind of stunt. Not only was I completely wrong, what Joe accomplished is far better than most amateur filmmakers I’ve seen during my career.”

After a year’s worth of discussions, the two finally met face-to-face, and sealed the deal.

“It took me a while to trust somebody after the hassles I had in production,” says Monks. “But we secured domestic distribution, foreign distribution and now the IPTV deal. Not bad for a first-timer who can’t see, huh?”

THE BUNKER premieres Halloween night, Oct. 31 on CommodityFilms.com, and will run for free through November 7th, along with a “Making of” documentary, and REDEMPTION, a TV pilot based on one of Monks’ teleplays. Just click Watch Now to enter the Commodity Films Screening Room. Monks and Hess will be promoting the launch through the 31st, when Monks will wrap the promo tour at Backstreets Sports Bar in Cape Coral, helping with their costume contest. (No, he won’t be judging.)
To schedule an interview or on-air appearance with Monks and Hess, or for more information on THE BUNKER and its creator, please contact Billy Martindale, Publicist, via e-mail at: PR@MediaSI.com

Terror, Texas Style

Image of Joseph M MonksHeya gang,

The fine folks at Texas Terror Ent have made yours truly the featured author of the month, which means that not only is there a brand-new interview up, there’s an original piece of flash fiction that’ll be available exclusively on the site for one month only. Since the interview went up a couple days into August, they’ll be extending my stay through the first week of September (which is perfect, seeing as my story is about college frat initiation gone awry). Anyway, drop in on ’em here:

Featured Author: Joseph M. Monks

and let the boss know what you think. As always, any additional questions or comments, feel free to post them there and I’ll reply as soon as possible.

Thanks!

Doing it backwards.

Got a tip about a company looking for scripts based on existing work (novels, short stories, comic books, etc.). Unfortunately, while I have plenty of all of those things sitting around, I don’t have a script for a feature based on something already-published.

“Damn,” thought I, having to pass on the opportunity. “Gotta fix that.”

So, looks like I might take one of my existing scripts and turn it into a novel. Sort of doing it backwards, I know, but I love the screenplay
(it’s a bloody ’80s horror flick brought to life), and I think it’d make a
great book. Plus, heck, I don’t even have to outline the thing—it’s already a script. What better outline could I ask for?

Got a couple of short stories I have to wrap up first, but could very well be that the next book project is nailed down. Will keep you
updated as progress continues, but in the meantime, check out my new anthology, Grave Choices. It has stories collected from other books that I have the rights to again, some neat comic book stuff with the prose versions of those stories, and a bunch of brand new material, including the novella, “Morland”. More on the new writing projects soon.

Blind Filmmaker’s Anthology Tackles Hard Choices

Domestic abuse, infidelity, betrayal, gang violence among themes examined in new collection

(CAPE CORAL, FL) Joseph M. Monks knows a thing or two about packing his fiction with a punch. Recognized as a splatterpunk forerunner for his work on the underground cult comic CRY FOR DAWN, Monks’ work has been used as course material in college classrooms; he’s been a featured lecturer on writing and horror at international conventions; over 13 million copies of his stories are currently in print and he’s broken barriers previously unchallenged-the world’s first blind film director, and an award-winner at that.

Grave Choices, Monks’ third anthology, covers a myriad of current-event topics, spanning fantasy, urban decay, supernatural horror, murder-for-hire and more. The overarching theme, as the title suggests, is hard decisions, and naturally, their consequences.

“Everyone makes tough choices,” says Monks. “That’s something we all share. Sometimes, they affect you for the rest of your life, often in a bad way. Using that as the genesis for the book allowed me to explore any subject I wanted, which is what makes this one so diverse.”

Grave Choices is available on Kindle through Media Services Innovations, Inc., and will be released for Nook in the Fall.

[Media: To request a review copy, set up an interview, or for more information about Monks or his work, please e-mail publicist Billy Martindale at: pr @ mediasi . com]

Two More Videos from Joe’s First Gig

We’ve received some good feedback about Joe’s first gig. As promised, here are two more songs from Memorial Day weekend.

First is When I’m Gone, which Joe dedicated to the troops and his father. Billy Martindale knocks it out of the park!

As well, for you classic rock enthusiasts, the guys did Southern Cross, by Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Blind Film Director’s First Gig as a Musician

Blind director and writer Joseph M. Monks can’t seem to sit down. Among his most recent endeavours was picking up the guitar. Over Memorial Day weekend he took the stage at Backstreets Sports Bar.

It was a birthday present for his mother that was supposed to happen last November, but health issues forced Monks into the hospital. 

“Back in November (Black Friday, to be exact), we were going to pack the bar, sneak my Mom out for dinner, and then bring her to Backstreets, where I was going to pull this exact same stunt,” Monks said. “She’d never heard me play, except on YouTube, so this was going to be quite the surprise.”

Unfortunately, a viral infection floored Monks the week of Black Friday and put him in the hospital for a week. 

When a new date was available, Monks, along with guitarist/singer Billy Martindale and bass player John Fairfield delivered the goods to a packed bar. Monks’ mother had no idea what was going on, and spent the bulk of the time wiping tears.


Here are the first three videos from the gig.  We’ll be posting more of them in the coming weeks.