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Trash Cinema? Ehh, kind of…

Folks with attics and who are planning summer clear-out garage sales, lookin’ for some help. I need some junk from the late ‘70s/early ‘80s to set dress a flashback scene in a short film. Nothing of value, just…junk. Got an old, drool-stiffened Yurtle the Turtle in a toy chest in the attic the CDC wouldn’t allow a kid near now? I’ll take him. Old Matchbox car with a bent wheel? A Micronaut? G.I. Joe doll with/without all his limbs? A Coleco Electronic Quarterback game that doesn’t work because the 9 volt you left in in 1982 corroded to the point of leaving nothing behind but plastic? Score! Send it my way.

For your space-freeing efforts, you’ll get a film credit, a Thank You and shout on the web sites, and if your piece of decades-old esoterica is featured prominently? A free copy of the short.

Also, if you’re reasonably local in SW Florida, still looking for a TV set with knobs. B/W, color, doesn’t matter. 9 inch to 13 inch preferred if you’re junking it, but could probably take a 19 inch if you can’t donate it. Don’t worry if it doesn’t have the antennae or is beat up, get in touch and I’ll letcha know if we can work something out ASAP. Thanks in advance, your help is greatly appreciated.

Score! A bottle of Pameco Castor Oil that expired in 1982. Found in a family member's medicine cabinet.
Score! A bottle of Pameco Castor Oil that expired in 1982. Found in a family member’s medicine cabinet.

Not Quite Playing With A Full Deck

No, not me, although…it’s probably debatable. Changing schedules have led to some cast reshuffling, but have gotten some good recs from actors involved in THE BELIEVERS project, so beginning to reach out to some new faces, see who’s got a little free time. With ‘season’ coming to a close (meaning all the vacationers and snowbirds are heading back home), schedules free up a lot, so fingers crossed, that’ll help.

Cop scene from THE BUNKER

On the other film proj front, think Pam and I should be able to carve out a little time to go over photos she took in upstate NY to see if they fit our needs. Kinda like an audio-described photo gallery. Could be we’d just use some locations for establishing shots, but ehh, we got some good NYC establishing shots for THE BUNKER without bringing up 95% of our actors, and distribs we spoke to at AFM or who got screeners all told us they never had any idea we didn’t shoot in NYC, so think we made some good decisions about the opening credits, and using them to “sell” the idea of being in the city. (Hat tip to Terry M. West for getting me that footage, and editor Liz Smith for working in so much variety to give people that feel). Anyway, may be in the same boat here, we’ll know shortly.

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.