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!

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.

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!

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.

Watch Fluffy and Clive the Zombie on Roku

Of all the films I had the pleasure of producing, the Fluffy trilogy and the Clive the Zombie series remain the most popular. Happy to say both of these series are not only available to watch online – they’re available on Roku!

The INC Channel was created as a hub for new, independent filmmakers as well as  long lost treasures and cult hits. It’s the ONLY channel on Roku that lets you watch Nosferatu, The House on Haunted Hill, Plan 9 from Outer Space, and… Clive the Zombie puppet. You can also find some delightfully weird and fun stuff produced by my friends Ford Windstar, Jerry Williams, George Bonilla, and more.

INC is a free to download and free to watch. It’s ad-supported, but the ads don’t stretch on near as long as they do on most free Roku channels.

In the coming months INC will also be releasing my Lunch Hour Films series and the wrestling web series, Hauss Show. They’re also already carrying a vintage wrestling program I produced with Roni Jonah, Eat Sleep Wrestle: The Golden Years.

Look for INC on Roku and download it tonight.

Do Zombies Have Civil Rights?

Someone on Facebook the other day shared a post stating that the way the world is today, if a zombie apocalypse did happen, there would be people marching in the streets demanding civil rights for the zombies.

Facebook, I was way ahead of you, six years ago.

What’s His Name?

Whatever your politics may be…

Whatever you are passionate about…

And regardless of what you think about people who hold the opposite view…

There are still some things that we all share in common.

If we look for it, we can still find common ground. Even today.

That was the purpose behind the last Righteous Insanity short film, “What’s His Name?” It’s a message that seems to be more relevant now than ever.

Share and enjoy.

Looking Back at 2016

I keep a checklist of projects on my desktop filled with short-term and long-term goals that get erased as I complete them. When a project is done, it’s deleted, which means I keep record of what’s left to be done and not what’s completed. This year, I decided to look back and, as best as I can, figure up just how much I did in the last year. Turns out I’ve been a little busy. Here, as best as I can remember it all, is what happened in 2016:

Lunch Hour Films, my unofficial short film label the last couple of years, released three shorts in 2016: Drunk Dial from Outer Space, Final Ultimatum, and I Almost Married a Man from Outer Space. An older film, ‘Til Zombies Do Us Part was accepted to the Fright Night Film Festival in November. My friend Cindy Maples also released a short film called Out of My Mind, based on the short story called “Drip Drip.” She took what I think is a mediocre short story and turned it into a shocking little horror flick that seems poised to follow in the footsteps of short film Random and rack up a ton of awards.

A desire to reduce my stress load and focus more on wrestling led to the decision this fall to step away from film making indefinitely, so Lunch Hour will not be producing anything in the coming year. That said, I will be producing a second season of Hauss Show this winter, the wrestling themed sketch comedy series I created with Marc Hauss.

My fiction output was light in 2016, with the June release of a repackaged short story collection, Robot/Girlfriend, and the ebook only release of the noir faiy tale trilogy, The Big Bad Goodnight. Three new books are currently in the works for 2017 and beyond, including Return to Cave World, a sequel to Cave World; a new edition of Demonica: Confessions of a Small Town Super-Villain; and a brand new story, Die Max Die.

Summer also saw the release of Lord Carlton: Wrestler, Artist, My Father, the biography of Lord Leslie Carlton. Carlton is a somewhat lost figure in wrestling history. He had a similar gimmick to Gorgeous George, having stolen the act from the same person George did, Lord Lansdowne. But while his life has been overshadowed by the Gorgeous One, his life story out of the ring was full of more drama and intrigue than even the Human Orchid could muster. Carlton was also a talented painter, and he spent much of his later life surviving attempts by his second wife to murder him!

Much of the year was spent working on a new Louisville wrestling history titled Louisville’s Greatest Show. Unlike its predecessor Bluegrass Brawlers, this book with focus solely on 1935-1957, the years the Allen Athletic Club reigned supreme with stars like Lou Thesz, Bill Longson, New Albany’s own Stu Gibson, and the aforementioned Gorgeous George. Louisville’s Greatest Show should be ready for release in spring of 2017.

I’ve already struck a deal for my next wrestling book, a new autobiography by a former WWF star, but I’m not ready to announce it publicly just yet. I’ll be diving in on that project full steam around March.

On top of all this, I found the time to write twenty-eight new curriculum series for Children’s Ministry Deals, contribute to Go Fish’s 2017 VBS curriculum, begin production on my first stage play in almost six years, and completely rebuild this website.

So what’s ahead for 2017? First up, I’ll be producing the play Morbidman Meets His Maker asa fundraiser for Power Ministries in New Albany, Indiana. Marc Hauss and I are also hard at work on season two of Hauss Show, and if all goes well, a second wrestling-themed sketch show will see the light of day in 2017. I expect to release at least three books with Return to Cave World, Demonica, and Louisville’s Greatest Show, and I plan to get out to a number of book signings, author fairs, and wrestling shows.

I hope all of you reading this have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Looking forward to what 2017 has to bring!