MayDay Film Festival Schedule

If you’re headed to the MayDay Film Festival, you can catch three shorts I had a hand in creating that weekend. Here’s where and when you can find them:

Out of My Mind, directed by Cindy Maples, will be screening Friday night in Theater 1 as part of a group of shorts starting at 7 PM.

The Bowling Green Massacre and I Almost Married a Man from Outer Space will screen back to back on Saturday morning in Theater 3 at 10 AM.

Out of My Mind will also be shown Saturday at 5:30, when Cindy Maples is inducted into the MayDay Film Festival Hall of Fame!

MayDay Film Festival Official Selections

The MayDay Film Festival has become a great tradition in Evansville, Indiana. It’s been a few years since I had a film screened there, but I’m very proud to announce that I had a hand in producing four films screening at the film festival.

Two of the short films are based on short stories from the book Robot/Girlfriend. Cindy Maples’ horror short “Out of My Mind” has been tearing up the film festival scene and will screen in front of her hometown crowd. “I Almost Married a Man from Outer Space,” a short I directed and co-produced with my good friend Giavanna Signorelli, will also be shown at MayDay.

The Bowling Green Massacre,” a parody inspired by a gaffe made by a certain political figure a few months back, will make its film festival debut at MayDay. Claude D. Miles and I produced this poignant and ridiculous send up of the greatest tragedy that never happened on American soil.

Finally, my friend Giavanna’s short film “Species Survival Plan” will also be shown at MayDay. Gia and I co-write this little sci-fi comedy that captures an alien civilization’s attempt to save mankind by transplanting an unlikely “mating” pair to an intergalactic zoo.

The MayDay Film Festival takes place May 19-20 in Evansville, Indiana. For event information visit their Facebook page or the official website.

Watch my friends in “Der Vertrag”

Louisville’s film community continues to grow and impress. Below is the trailer for “Der Vertrag,” a pilot for a new series being produced by Renegade Art Productions and VilleTV Studios. Several friends and collaborators of mine are involved in this, including David Wate (an outstanding  actor currently appearing in the play “Morbidman Meets His Maker” that I am directing), long time acting favorite Denny Grinar, and the brilliant Herschel Zahnd III, who starred in the Fluffy trilogy and directed the short film Tolerance.

Oh yeah, it also stars Vernon Wells who appeared in a little foreign film called “The Road Warrior” back in the 80s. Maybe you’ve seen it.

Please give the trailer a look and pass it on. With 1000 shares in the first 24 hours, they’re off to a great start!

Upcoming Events

Jeffersonville Library Author Fair

Saturday April 8, 11 pm to 12 pm

Jeffersonville, IN

I will be signing copies of wrestling books as well as my kids books and science fiction at this local author’s event.

Heroes and Legends Fan Fest

Sunday, April 9

Ft Wayne, Indiana

Signing wrestling books at a huge fan fest featuring two wrestling programs and special guests Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Jerry Lawler, and more.

WBKI FANatic

Friday, April 14, 2 pm

Making my first appearance on this exciting new local program hosted by George Buehler to discuss Louisville’s wrestling history as well as the new book, Louisville’s Greatest Show.

A Conscientious Objector of Mars

For a long time, I only saw the flaws in this short, but as time has gone on, I’ve come to appreciate it as a fun little piece of comedy. While it still has some flaws and things I wish I’d done differently, there are two things that shine through: Tracie Justice’s nasty, evil space queen, and George Robert Bailey’s beautiful monologue.

George is one of the best actors in Louisville, and he played the monologue as straight and serious as any piece of legitimate drama he’s ever had on stage. It’s a beautifully delivered speech, and because it’s so well done – the punchline works perfectly.

Enjoy the silliness that is A Conscientious Objector of Mars.

Louisville’s Greatest Show is now available!

For 22 years, the Allen Athletic Club’s weekly wrestling show at the Columbia Gym was the place to be on Tuesday night. Promoters Heywood Allen and his successors Francis and Betty McDonogh overcame the Great Depression, the 1937 flood, a World War, and a “crooked” athletic commissioner to bring the best of the golden age of wrestling to Louisville.

Now for the first time, author John Cosper (Bluegrass Brawlers) presents the full story of “That Gang of Allen’s,” the wrestlers, referees, announcers, and others who made Tuesday Louisville’s favorite night of the week. This is the story of the true golden age of wrestling, when men and women wore their Sunday best to see hometown heroes like Blacksmith Pedigo, Kid Scotty Williams, Stu Gibson, Mel Meiners, Sgt. Buck Moore, and “The Black Panther” Jim Mitchell mix it up with Lou Thesz, Gorgeous George, the French Angel, Buddy Rogers, Freddie Blassie, Johnny Valentine, Mildred Burke, Mae Young, Bobo Brazil, and Ginger the Wrestling Bear.

From mud matches to masked men; from Wild Bill Cantrell to Wild Bill Longson; from live TV to live alligators, the Allen Athletic Club was Louisville’s Greatest Show. This is the story of Louisville’s first great wrestling promotion and the families that made wrestling a vital part of the city they loved.

Louisville’s Greatest Show is now available on Amazon.com!

The Bowling Green Massacre

I’m not into politics on social media. I don’t post about politics, and I tend to block a lot of political sources, liberal and conservative, on Facebook. I am, however, an opportunist when it comes to comedy, and when I saw my politically active friend Claude D. Miles retweeting everything to do with the Bowling Green Massacre a few weeks back, I knew we had to make a movie.

The film below was put together in four weeks. It’s a collaboration between two third party supporters on opposite ends of the spectrum with a mutual disdain for corruption. It’s a reminder that we can find common ground with people who disagree with us, and – brace yourselves for this one – get along without having to agree on everything. It’s also getting lots of raves for being ridiculously funny – which was really the main point.

Please like and share so that no one will ever forget. Remember Bowling Green. Viva la France!

Rick McGee’s Space-Rover Returns

A few years ago, Rick McGee lent his amazing talents to my first illustrated children’s book, Frank Jordan: Evil Snowman. Shortly after Frank Jordan’s release, Rick released his own original creation, Space Rover. Today, Rick launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring Space-Rover back for round two!

“The cosmic canine returns in Book 2 as an old nemesis strikes back. This time, Space-Rover will need new friends to help him win the battle and save the day. Featuring new planets and characters, Space-Rover and the Prickly Planet is a fun adventure that continues the astronaut dog’s trek across the galaxy. Full-color, 32-pages, with fun characters your kids will enjoy and remember.”

This is Rick’s fourth Kickstarter project, and all three of his past campaigns reached their goal. Space-Rover was a huge hit with my kids, and Rick has some fantastic incentives available.

Please visit Space-Rover and the Prickly Planet on Kickstarter and pledge your support today!

Special Guest Star Len Cella

I still remember the first time I saw Len Cella’s work. My Dad taped a clip from The Tonight Show back in the early 80s, when Len was just starting to draw a cult following for his own series of shorts, the Moron Movies. Len wrote, starred in, edited, produced, and directed all of these low/no budget shorts himself, long before the time when iMovie and other editing software made it so easy. The two shorts I remember from that day were Cleaning Behind the Fridge (where Len simply throws a bucket of water behind the refrigerator) and How to Make a Sandwich (in which Len puts a piece of corn on the cob and a salt shaker on white bread).

Years later I found a copy of Volume 2 of the Moron Movies for sale at Blockbuster. It was around the time I started making films on my own, and it directly inspired a series of shorts I produced about Adam and Eve. A few years later, I found Len on Facebook. I contacted him and asked him to do a guest spot in the movie The Last Temptation of Fluffy. Len shot his own footage and sent it to me to include in the movie. I am eternally grateful to him for his kindness and generosity.

Len is living proof that anyone with a camera and some imagination can be a filmmaker. He’s turning 80 years old this year, and he’s making more movies than ever. If you’ve never seen him in action, give the Moron Movies a look for yourself in the clip below. You can also view a short documentary by filmmaker Simon Mercer titled King Dong on Vimeo (Contains adult language), and you can follow Len on Facebook to see even more of his films.