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#153: Love, Loss, and Grief with "Nina Forever" Directors The Blaine Brothers (No Spoilers)

nina forever posterSince the provocative promotional images first hit the internet, the new film Nina Forever has been garnering attention from the festival circuit and genre fans alike. Love, loss, grief, and the inability to move on are emotional extremes that most of us have had to deal with, and Nina Forever explores those extremes in the best way possible: with fanciful and bloody supernatural fiction!

I am very happy to give it a few days on the big screen in San Diego at Digital Gym Cinema starting on March 4th, and so invited the film's directors to join me on the official podcast to talk about the thoughts they had while making the film, and what they hope the audience takes away from it.

Despite a California/UK time difference that left me sleepy and them hungover, directors Chris and Ben Blaine delivered a lively conversation that was funny, insightful, and just a delight to listen to. We do speak about some ideas inherent in the film, but manage to avoid spoiling it for those of you who haven't seen it! But DO remember to join us at our San Diego screenings on March 4th, 5th, and 8th!

In the podcast, we discuss:
1. The differences between cinema and at-home film experiences
2. Blending genre elements without diluting the potency of the story
3. Young, immature love and its hold on people
4. Blood, viscera, and story
5. Sex and Death and more!

Check out the Nina Forever Facebook page and follow Ben and Chris on Twitter @blainebrothers

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#152: Not Just A Black Vampire Movie--Graveyard Shift Sisters Joins Me to Talk Ganja and Hess

ganja and hess posterIn 1973, African American director Bill Gunn was tasked with making the next Blacula. Instead, he gifted the world with the strangest rumination on identity, addiction, and religion that we are just beginning to appreciate. Starring Duane Jones, who gave a revolutionary performance in George A. Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and the magnetic Marelene Clark, who demand attention from every frame of celluloid, GANJA AND HESS manages to subvert every convention, every rule, and every expectation that audiences had for not only horror films, but for black cinema and the depiction of black people on the big screen.

After about a week of screenings in 1973, the producers pulled the film, chopped almost 40 minutes from its running time, attempted to reshape it into a more standard exploitation film, and threw their new amalgamation onto the Drive-in circuit with Bill Gunn's name removed from the credits.

Gunn's original vision wasn't realized again until almost a decade after his death when it was reassembled in 1998 for a special DVD release. To this day, GANJA AND HESS remains an elusive and fascinating cinematic experience that can only be full understood with full immersion. We are bringing this film to the big screen at The Museum of Photographic Arts on February 20th of this year and sincerely hope to introduce some new eyes to a rare opportunity have that immersion.

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Joining me on this episode to discuss the film, its cultural importance, and our attempts to understand our own, sometimes differing takeaways from its esoteric structure, is Ashlee Blackwell. Ashlee is the founder of a great horror blog called Graveyard Shift Sisters, which examines the presence and representation of women of color in horror--on screen and on the page. What follows is a fascinating conversation that was sometimes difficult to have because GANJA AND HESS is just so damn strange and interesting. I hope you enjoy our spoiler-free discussion and, if you are near San Diego, hope you join me to view the film on a big screen with full surround sound the way film was meant to be seen!

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#151: Director Pablo Absento and her "Shi"

talk wit pabloPablo Absento showed her atmospheric horror short film Shi at the 2015 Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, as well as film festivals all over the world, and that got the notice of none other than Fangoria. Now, all of you can watch this film and see what all the buzz is about in 8 terrifying minutes because Fangoria is hosting the full film on their website for free!
If you want to watch it before listening to this episodes, spend eight minutes here (don't forget to click "subscribe" while you are there):

In this episode, Pablo and I talk (and sometimes get hilariously derailed with):

1. how my car helped her get her first experience in an American ER
2. Dennys
3. Experiencing Horrible Imaginings Film Festival
4. Getting "Shi" on Fangoria
5. Mixing personal experiences with folklore for storytelling inspiration
6. Indie filmmaking and some of the trials of getting seen
7. Too many laughs with a good friend
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Listen to the Episode HERE: