Sold Out!

NThe Bunker DVDo, not me personally, although to be honest, if someone tapped me to write a Lifetime MotW about a drunk who turns his life around because he’s pestered by cherubs? Yeah, I’d write it. But no, this isn’t about anything like that. As of today, August 1st, The Bunker ltd ed of 500 is officially Sold Out on Amazon.

Pretty happy? That’s an understatement. After all, for a while there, when I was scrambling to raise the funds necessary to finish the film, there was one liar going around to my friends and bragging online that it would never happen. Well, we all see how that turned out, eh? And, while the standard edition of The Bunker (unsigned, without the first issue of the Sick ‘N Twisted comic book) is still available, we’re gonna make some changes. Starting next week, I’m going to be including Howling Wolf Records’ score CD with the DVD & “Making Of” documentary for free. Yup, we’ve reached an agreement with the estate of composer Robert Feigenblatt, and will be packaging the DVD and film score together for the first time.

As for the ltd ed DVDs. I’m a comic book guy. I know what it is to be an indie creator, going to conventions and selling cool stuff. So, the last 25 DVDs I’ve got with the comic? They’re gonna be available until they’re sold out, too, by clicking HERE.

Oh, and since I wouldn’t put you, the fans, into a tough spot by making you choose? Yeah, I’m also going to throw in the Bunker score CD for nothing.  If you want one, just click, when these’re done, that’s all, folks.

Thanks to everyone who bought a copy of The Bunker, any edition. Or came out to see it at one of the many festivals I was fortunate enough to screen it at. Or who RT’d a link, or contributed to the Kickstarter campaign, or who wrote about the film on their site. You guys all helped make this happen, and I appreciate it more than you’ll ever know.
Currently listening to: “Revenge” by MINISTRY

Just so happens.

Caitlyn JennerI teased this blog the other day on Twitter, saying that we’d had a pretty good meeting with CAA, one of the alpha-dogs in all of talent management. I mentioned that we’d been talking to the agent for one of the top 5 celebrities on the planet, and I wasn’t joking. IMO, she’s currently the top, but in some circles, they count people like President Obama as ‘celebrities’ and while I don’t (it isn’t like he’s gonna take Amazing Grace onto American Idol this season), I get it.

So, here’s the deal. A buddy and I are working together on a film project. One of the studios we want to pitch seems pretty open to just about anything horror-related, and when talking with him about this, a second property I have started to look like something we might be able to get an LOI for, if the talent I was thinking about was interested. Yes, that talent. Long shot? Hell no. More like a moon-shot.

But, what the hell, right? You don’t shoot for the moon, you’ll never even make it to the corner. So, my attorney contacted CAA and the agent in question, and got a return call.

A fast return call. Surprised? I’ll say. I didn’t even expect to hear back, but sure enough, they were willing to meet that day if it was possible. For us, it wasn’t, but still.

So, Friday, the proposal was made. And, while we got a pass on it, we didn’t get the door slammed in our faces. In fact, everything went pretty damned good, as far as I was concerned. I understand the celeb in question not necessarily wanting to be in a slasher film. Because that’s really what it is, even though I think we have a pretty good storyline. And, I’d never intended to approach this celeb about being in the film. It never occurred to me until last week, when I saw a producer’s listing, looking for LGBTU screenplays (dramas only, though, sadly.) But when the world was turned upside-down by the media’s fascination with transgender issues? And suddenly people were looking for scripts featuring a transgender character? Well, just so happens.

Yeah, we pitched Caitlyn Jenner. No BS. We knew that this probably wasn’t a property she’d be interested in. Even if we sold it to a studio, it wasn’t like it was a role she needed. Not at the moment, anyhow. But for us? Damn, we got a meeting with Caitlyn Jenner’s people, a day after making contact, and they were willing to listen, even knowing the project was a horror film. I know she’s everywhere right now, but that’s just it – being everywhere, and yet, us getting the meeting at all??? Not too shabby. And, Ms. Jenner’s people were great. As mentioned, the door wasn’t slammed in our faces. So sure, they passed on taking a role in a slasher film. To be expected, I’d say. But the fact that they were willing to consider it, and listen to the pitch?

Big step forward. At the very least, a step in the right direction is how it feels to me.

Here’s hoping we take some more in the coming weeks. I mean, you didn’t think I was sitting around with only one bullet in the gun, did you? Caitlyn Jenner or bust? Nope, not even close.

I’m not sure where the next contact will take us. But I don’t really care. So long as we’re still taking our shots when the opportunities present themselves? Then we’re still in the game. Sometimes, that’s all that matters.

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]