Final Ultimatum

f-u-posterI have some amazing friends across Kentucky. The film community in that state is second to none, with some very talented actors, producers, writers, and directors churning out one project after another. Final Ultimatum is a recent project that features three of these friends.

Jerry Williams is a cult film hero, known the world over for his demented and inventive science fiction films. He’s one of the most popular filmmakers on the INC Channel on Roku, and he’s always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need with a film.

Roni Jonah is a former professional wrestler with a number of film credits on her resume as an actress, producer, writer, and director. She’s the rare actor who, when you hand her a script, you let her take it wherever she wants to go, knowing that in her hands, it will be better and (in this case) funnier than you imagined.

Sonny Burnette is a professor of music at Georgetown University and an outstanding actor whose talent and sense of humor knows no bounds. Look for him to appear as the president at the end of this one.

I Almost Married a Man from Outer Space!

married-posterEarlier this week, I posted about two short films, based on stories in the book Robot/Girlfriend, that will be playing in film festivals. Today I decided to share another short film based on a Robot/Girlfriend story.

It was my pleasure to work with one of my favorite fellow writers, Giavanna Signorelli, a few months ago on two shorts. Gia and I first worked together nearly twenty years ago, when I was a youth drama leader at our church and she was just in high school. We had a blast on this shoot, and if things go the way we hope, this is just the first of many collaborations between the two of us.

Enjoy!

Two stories from Robot/Girlfriend headed to Film Festivals

robot-girlfriend-coverTwo short stories from the book Robot/Girlfriend are coming to a film festival near you!

Out of My Mind, a short directed by Cindy Maples, was honored by the Independent Horror Movie Awards. The film, based on the short story “Drip, Drip,” picked up a few awards including Best Scare, and if early reviews are any indication, this is only the beginning.

’Til Zombies Do Us Part, directed by yours truly, was accepted to my hometown film festival, Fright Night. Fright Night Film Fest has always been good to me, screening the Fluffy trilogy, the Clive the Zombie films, and The Telemarketer (starring Cindy Maples) in previous years, and I’m thrilled to be a part of one of the best horror shows in the Midwest once again.

Robot/Girlfriend is available in paperback and for Kindle on Amazon.com. Watch the trailer for the title story below, then head to Amazon to get your copy.

And please, get out and sponsor independent films like these in your area!

Space Reaper: The Legend of Trish Angel

Space ReaperLast week I posted the story behind a trilogy of short films I produced about a cute and fuzzy killer from outer space known as Fluffy. The hero of these films was a woman named Trish Angel, a born killer who, at the end of it all, decided she had more than enough of killing, even if it was just a bunch of fuzzy pink aliens. But what happened to Trish after the battle of Cleveland?

Space Reaper: The Legend of Trish Angel is a new story about the legendary Trish Angel and her old comrade in arms, Stone Brockman. A fluke accident forces Trish to come out of retirement (again) and out of a convent (again) to join Stone Brockman on a journey into outer space (yet again!).

Trish hopes this new adventure will allow her to make a new start and once and for all purge herself of the anguish she feels for annihilating an alien race, but such catharsis was never meant to be. A new alien menace awaits Trish, Stone, and their crew on this new world, and Trish must decide if she can continue on the path of peace or once again, grab a gun and save everyone’s butts.

Space Reaper is now available as a free download! Click here to download your copy now.

Have you met my friend Clive?

It’s five days until Halloween. Time to once again say, “Have you met my friend Clive?”

Here’s the story about Clive. Several years ago, I decided to make films with puppets, partly for the fun, but partly because it would allow me to shoot video late at night instead of taking time away on the weekends from my family. I was on eBay looking for some old Puppet Productions style puppets when I saw Clive.

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Clive was built by Sonny Vegas, who has made some amazing puppet creations. I didn’t put a bid on Clive because the price was out of my range that day, but the idea of making movies with a zombie puppet stuck with me.

I already had a few short film ideas involving zombies, and over the course of a month or so, I dreamed up about half a dozen. I talked to a few special effects guys about mocking up one of my puppets like Clive, but after going back to the auction link (which had ended) and seeing Clive had not sold, I contacted Sonny.

Sonny was awesome. He said yes, Clive was still available, and he gave me a price. A deal was struck, and the rest is history.

Two of Clive’s seminal films are available to watch on the INC Channel on Roku. You can also view all of Clive’s films on YouTube by clicking here.

Way to go, Cindy!

14500429_969465046509876_6792645674206112952_oA few years ago, Clive the Zombie and I met with Cindy Maples, actress, at Applebees in New Albany, Indiana, to discuss what became her first film credit as a producer, The Telemarketer. The film was a hit at film festivals and won an award at Fright Night Film Fest in Louisville.

This past weekend, Cindy Maples, actress, producer, and director, picked up two more awards for her film Random including Best Short Film Overall at Imaginarium in Louisville, Kentucky.

Cindy’s next film debuts on Tuesday, October 25 at the Bokeh Lounge in Evansville, Indiana at 8 PM. Out of My Mind was based on the short story “Drip Drip,” which you can read in the book Robot/Girlfriend. It promises to be a delightfully dark and creepy treat just in time for Halloween.

Congratulations to Cindy and the cast and crew on both films. I couldn’t be happier or more proud of Cindy.

Episode 2 of The Hauss Show is now online

Episode 2 of the new sketch show featuring professional wrestler Marc Hauss is now online. This episode features my fellow IFN Evansville member, Alyssa Rhoads as Marc’s girlfriend – or are they still together?? You’ll have to see for yourself.

The Hauss Show debuts Monday!

A new web series is coming Monday from writer/director John Cosper and professional wrestler Marc Hauss. The Hauss show is a sketch comedy series that portrays some of the trials and tribulations of being an independent wrestler.

Marc Hauss is a rising star on the independent scene from New York state who was featured in John Cosper’s book Eat Sleep Wrestle. Be sure to follow Marc and John on Youtube to see a new episode every week starting Monday.

See the trailer below: