This week, I got to have a fun part in The Litch, directed by James Balsalmo of Acid Bath Productions. It was a high-spirited, improvisational shoot. Coming out later this year, the film also stars Tom Sizemore, the legendary Lloyd Kaufman and fellow scream queen Genoveva Rossi. James is creative, collaborative and fun and I told our manager Matt Chassin that he was like the “Christopher Guest of horror”. This is sure to be a fun horror comedy.
Armin Nasseri of Seeking Valentina fame was also on-hand helping with our scene. It was great to have his positive energy there. I can’t wait to see it debut on the big screen later this year!
Today, I had the privilege of emailing back and forth Dr. Diane Dusick of the Inland Empire Media Academy, regarding their upcoming film festival. This year will be the third year in a row that I’ve been a judge of their student film festival.
I think student films are vitally important to the future of film making, perhaps not the individual films themselves, but the validation that young cinematic voices need to thrive in the very competitive film industry. How many times have I hears someone say, “It’s just a student film?” Often.
“It’s just a student film” negates the fact that the student has chosen a career path in film.
“It’s just a student film” negates the artistic voice of the student, even if that voice is still trying to find itself.
“It’s just a student film” lowers our expectations and does not explore the struggle all film students have in making their first works.
It’s a battle to make a film, even for a pro, even for someone who’s made hundreds. How do we create pros? How do we foster professionalism in filmmaking? Though schools, through mentoring, through sharing.
This is why I support student film.
Here’s a recap of my recent adventure to Idyllwild via PR LOG.
I was recently invited by Mogul to give their readership an insight on what life is like being an indie filmmaker in Los Angeles. It was such an honor to share some of the highlights of my experiences.
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It’s always a pleasure to talk to the guys of The Dorkening. They are true cinephiles and die-hard horror and genre film fans. Check out this recent conversation I had!
There are thousands of film festivals and thousands of short films. I have judged film competitions in the past and recently had “jury duty” for a film festival. Much of film festival submissions and judging is conducted electronically these days. I want to give you a very human perspective on what goes on when someone is watching your film. I am just one person. All festivals and festival judges are different, but I hope this helps the filmmakers out there have a little perspective.
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Being an indie film producer and submitting my work to film festivals worldwide has given me a deep appreciation of freedom of speech and assembly.
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