Finally getting to the end of the production road. We actually have screened the film twice now, once at the amazing PollyGrind Film Festival in Las Vegas, NV and also at the Boulevard Drive In Theater in Kansas City, KS. I was blown away by the reception at both events, and Dyanne Thorne and I both won awards in Vegas!!!! She won for her amazing acting talent and I won for my directing / producing!!! It was unreal! There are still a couple of small visual effects shots that we are waiting on from a company that executive producer Bryan David has working… he gave them an OCT 1st deadline, so I truly have no idea what is taking so long, but after that, the film will be 100% complete. Of course, this film can survive just fine without them, but they will enhance one or two spots that are already awesome.
I really have to say that Chad Freeman, the man who created PollyGrind, held an amazing event. We were really pleased how all the film creators in attendance really treated each other with so much respect and gave each other true support!!! It was a dream come true!
Speaking of a dream coming true…. this film, as you know, allowed me to work with many actors and actresses I absolutely love… starting with Dyanne Thorne and Howard Maurer. Dyanne is such an icon of the film world, and very loved by everyone. And the dream of working with her is now a reality for me, but also, she and Howard have become like family to me. An Aunt and Uncle I never knew I had…. we shared so much on this film, and we have truly become family. I love them dearly…. and I respect them so much. Antwoine Steele, who plays the male lead in the film, Jacob Hunt was there and it truly was a shining moment for him. It did me so much good to watch his face light up. Antwoine has worked hard over the years to end up where he is now – we have been brothers for 18 years… making numerous films together… but this one was special. For him as well as for me. And he delivered. Every member of this cast and crew delivered. And it shows. SO much passion and heart and soul went into this film… it truly has a life of it’s own.
And seeing it with an audience is the best…. I truly wanted this film to have meaning, to have a solid story and some cool twists and turns. This film was not made for the MTV generation of 2 second edits and shaky camera crap. This film was made in honor of the classics that I love. The Italian Horror of the 70s and 80s… the films of Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento, Joe D’Amato, Mario and Lamberto Bava, Luigi Cozzi, Umberto Lenzi, Ruggero Deodato… and so many more. The music reflects this fact with Fabio Frizzi being involved, creating an amazing musical soundscape for the film. This is not for people with a short attention span… it requires an audience to meet these characters, become invested in them, and take this journey WITH them. Chad said it best when he described the film as “Super Ambitious” with many twists and turns – it begins as one type of genre film and ends up being 4 at once. And that is one of the strengths – the film has real characters. Not just cardboard targets for a slasher. It has a storyline that is refreshing, original and complex…. if you want flashy, shakycam fluff with no lasting value… better move along. One other comment that really makes me feel great is that the more times you see it, the more little things you learn… the more you see and the more the details emerge. Plus, there are a ton of genre “in-jokes” in the film that you may not catch the first time… but you’ll start seeing them as you watch it again.
The music again, continues to amaze me…. so many people have come to me after the screenings and raved about the music from Fabio Frizzi, with assistance from our favorite Japanese Horror composer Toshiyuki Hiraoka. They have truly created masterworks here… some of the best of their careers thus far. Our soundtrack will be released in November via BEAT Records in Rome. It will be all over Europe and Asia, and soon in America, but you can still buy it as an import and I’ll post that info when I get it.
A civilization is as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamt by artists. Keep your heart open to dreams. For as long as there’s a dream, there is hope, and as long as there is hope, there is joy in living. Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall at last unveil. My dreams have come true, for the most part, on this film…. along with dreams comes the danger of nightmares, and I have had a few of those creep in as well… but I fought to push through the shadows and the dark times… and now the dream is a reality that I am able to share with everyone on earth.
Until next time….
Director / writer / producer / editor – and tired bastard.