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!
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 ready, and the release date is now set.
I will be selling and signing copies at the Pro Wrestling Freedom Show March 10, 2017 at the ArenA in Jeffersonville, Indiana, right across the river from Louisville. Books will be available for $15. The book will be on sale that same weekend on Amazon for $19.95.
Come down and see why PWF is rapidly becoming one of the most talked about promotions in the Midwest. Several great matches on the card, including Chase Owens defending his Smoky Mountain title in Jeffersonville against Matt Cage and a rematch for the PWF Title between Chip Day and Gary Jay.
Big thank you to Jimmy Feltcher for hosting the book release!
Two 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!
Christmas is coming, and if you’re wise, you’re already Christmas shopping. If you’re a shop local fan in the Louisville area, here’s where you can pick up a few of my books:
The Nerdy Planet – Owned by Ken and Myra Daniels, the promoters behind FandomFest and Fright Night Film Fest, you’ll find this little comic shop south of the Gene Snyder on Preston Highway. They’ve always got some special event going almost every weekend, whether it’s celebrating the return of The Walking Dead or celebrating Batman’s birthday. Frank Jordan: Evil Snowman and Bluegrass Brawlers are both on the shelf out there.
There are fewer and fewer independent bookstores still surviving in the Internet age. The ones that remain, however, are by and large pretty darn awesome.
Karen’s Book Barn is one such place. Located on Main Street in the historic district of LaGrange, Kentucky, Karen’s Book Barn is a little shop filled with books and bursting with character. It’s a book lover’s dream from the moment you walk inside and feel the creak of the old wooden floor beneath your feet, and the shelves are jammed with used – sometimes vintage – books of all genres.
Karen’s is now owned by a trio of book lovers including a published author and a former publisher. They are extremely friendly to independent and local authors, and their calendar is jammed with special events, book signings, and more. They also offer special editing services to authors who want to get their books ready for market at a reasonable price.
If you’re in the Louisville or Southern Indiana, Karen’s is worth a visit. And if you’re an author in the region, you need to drop in and introduce yourself.
Kudos to the owners at Karen’s Book Barn for all they do to keep reading alive, and thank you again for the opportunity to read on Sunday. Looking forward to many returns!
A 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.