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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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#150: Graham Skipper Joins Me To Talk Southbound, An Anthology Horror

southboundHorrible Imaginings is bringing one trippy anthology film to San Diego's Digital Gym Cinema in February! It's called Southbound, and it tells the connected stories of some truly unfortunate people who find themselves in the loneliest parts of the American roadscape. There are genuine feelings of mystery, dread, and weirdness throughout this film. I really enjoyed it and decided I wanted to talk about it on the podcast. I decided to ask my good friend, actor Graham Skipper (Almost Human, The Mind's Eye, Re-Animator: The Musical), to join me on Skype for a gush session.

Full disclosure: Graham is friends with the creative team behind Southbound, but I trust his ability to remain free from bias. Besides, this is all in good fun between people who love horror film and want to share that love with all of you!

To learn more about our Southbound screenings, head over to our Events Calendar! Here are the dates:

Friday, Feb 12th: 10:00PM
Saturday, Feb 13th: 8:45PM (with filmmaker Q&A!)
Wednesday, Feb 17th: 9PM

Graham Skipper in Frank Woodward's hilarious short film "Balloon," which screened at HIFFSD 2015!

Graham Skipper in Frank Woodward's hilarious short film "Balloon," which screened at HIFFSD 2015!



#148: Tales of Halloween Q&A with John Skipp and Andrew Kasch

usJohn Skipp and Andrew Kasch, the directing duo behind the THIS MEANS WAR segment of the new Halloween celebration anthology called TALES OF HALLOWEEN, joined us for a fantastic and hilarious Q&A following our screening. It was after 1am by the time this Q&A happened, but there was no shortage of energy or thoughtfulness. And now all you in the internet world can enjoy it, too!

In this episode, we talk:
1. Capturing the unique characters behind home haunts
2. Different types of horror fans
3. The popularity of anthology horror and horror in the short form
4. The challenges and benefits of a huge collaboration like Tales of Halloween
5. How the duo started working together
6. The future of ClownTown
And More!

As of this posting, there are five more San Diego showtimes of Tales of Halloween with the short film Yummy Meat: A Halloween Carol! If you are in town get your butt to the Digital Gym Cinema to watch this with a crowd on the big screen and have some fun celebrating our favorite holiday! Here are the showtimes:

10/26 8:30 PM
10/27 5:15 PM
10/28 5:15 PM
10/28 9:15 PM
10/29 5:15 PM - 7:15 PM
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Halloween Werewolf Short Film YUMMY MEAT to join Tales of Halloween Screenings!

More Halloween fun! Celebrate our favorite holiday with the latest anthology specifically showcasing all Halloween-based stories: Tales of Halloween! And that's not all! Each screening will open with the new short film Yummy Meat: A Halloween Carol! Don't forget your costume!

Read the Dread Central set visit by Staci Layne Wilson!

yummy Showtimes:
Friday, October 23: 9:30
Saturday, October 24: 10:45 with Q&A by directors John Skipp and Andrew Kasch!
Monday, October 26: 8:30
Tuesday, October 27: 5:15 (Just Added!)
Wednesday, October 28: 5:15 (Just Added!), 9:15
Thursday, October 29: 5:15 (Just Added!)

"Yummy Meat: A Halloween Carol"
Directed by: John Fitzpatrick
Written and Co-Produced by: Sean Decker
Starring: Miracle Laurie, Lou Ferrigno Jr., Luke Albright, Lucas Jaye
Produced by: John Fitzpatrick, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Adam J. Yeend, Ryan Dillon, Brian Chandler & Jessica Chandler
Director of Photography: Nicholas Kaat
Composer: Aaron Goldstein
Premiered at Screamfest 2015 on 10/18/15

Synopsis: "Amber (Miracle Laurie), a successful dentist is alone on Halloween night waiting for her husband Jack (Luke Albright) to return from the office when a mysterious trick-or-treater comes to her door. While she's offering toothbrushes instead of candy, this trick-or-treater is after something much more deadly."

Twitter: @scaryendings


#144: TURBO KID's Trio of Directors Talk Retro Action Mayhem!

1032_1200x1200x80_turbo-kid-posterThree French Canadian directors behind the latest indie hit TURBO KID--Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell, and Fran├žois Simard--join us for a last-second podcast conversation about their retro post-apocalyptic baby. I'm rushing this one through, because I am hoping this will get people in San Diego to the Digital Gym Cinema to see it either tonight (9/5 at 9pm) or it's last night on Wednesday (9/9 at 7pm). Click here for tickets!

In this episode, we discuss:
1. Defining moments of film fandom
2. The appeal of 80s nostalgia
3. Canadian films and their proficiency at this genre
4. Over the top violence
5. The genesis of Turbo Kid
6. Balancing cartoonish elements with engrossing story
7. Casting
8. Future plans

Don't forget to share or donate to the IndieGoGo to create Turbo Kid comics, toys, and a video game!

Listen to the Turbo Kid Talk Here:

June 25, 2015 Posted by admin in General

Turner Classic Movies, how much do I love thee?


It's like Cinematically Insane and #OldMovieWeirdo Will McKinley said, "TCM is a corporation and a for-profit corporation, but as for-profit corporations go, they're pretty good people." This is something that, as a TCM watcher, I have always felt to be true. I mean, they are on a regular cable network, but have always run their films uncut and commercial free, choosing to not only exhibit the films in the best possible formats, but also to have various TV spots about film format, film exhibition, film history, you name it. TCM was, for me and for many of my peers, a true film school. There is a lot more to all of that than profiteering, and to be sure they lose a lot of revenue by not having ads. All that said, if I had any doubts about the sincerity of TCM's mission to share and celebrate the entire spectrum of film history, those doubts were dispelled a few days ago when the good people at that fine network informed us that they would support our efforts to renovate our local independent cinema. Not only with permission to screen their network on the big screen for 24 hours, but with social media outreach and, to our incredulous joy and generosity, with the offer to match any funds we were able to raise, up to $5,000!

teen producers club

Ok, I'm getting a little ahead of myself here, but there is no understating my elation, and the fundraising has just begun. Many of you may not live in San Diego, so let me talk for a second about our Media Arts Center and their Digital Gym Cinema. I know, those names are bit esoteric (particularly the one for the cinema), so let me lay down what they do a bit. For the last 22 years, the Media Arts Center has been an integral part of a high-needs community in San Diego, offering affordable film classes, media summer camps, a Teen Producers Club, and other fantastic film, video, and other media-based community outreach programs to our city. They also are the non-profit organization behind our San Diego Latino Film Festival, which has grown significantly over the last two decades and celebrates one of the largest ethnic communities in San Diego.


The Digital Gym Cinema was created by Media Arts Center San Diego in order to answer the complete dearth of independent cinema venues in San Diego. I can't stress this enough. The closest cinemas we had before were The Ken, The Hillcrest, and the La Jolla Cinemas, but all are owned by Landmark. I don't want to badmouth Landmark at all because I think they are fantastic, but they have their own programming and leave little time for repertory and special programming. They also show films on the especially high end of what can truly be called "independent." Digital Gym Cinema gave us that venue--gave us a place where we can show very independent films with thoughtful curation and discussion. Gave us a place where we can program classic film or themed series or book signings or so many other great and enlightening events. It's a desperately needed location, but it is very expensive to maintain and, worst of all, it doesn't look at all like a cinema so most people in the city have no idea it exists! A marquee would go a long way toward giving it the cinema look and feel so people in the neighborhood can know it is even there.


The marquee is just one piece, but it is a huge one, and it is expensive. My film programming partner Beth and I are extremely passionate about film and film exhibition, and we very much need this theater to stay open. For that reason, we have decided to fundraise for the marquee. The current "Summer of Darkness' programming on TCM seemed like a great thing to fundraise in conjunction with, partly because we love films noir, but also because of how TCM has structured the festival. Every Friday they run 24 hours of films noir, veritable marathons. Hey, people run marathons all the time for pledge money--maybe we can have a marathon of films for pledge money! That's what we decided, and we just needed TCM's approval. As you've already read, they gave that approval in spades.


So what do you need to know? Well, fundraising has begun on IndieGoGo! Every dollar anyone gives will be matched by TCM up to $5000! That means a potential 10K for the theater AND that every one of your dollars will be worth 2! The actual marathon will be during July 3rd's "Summer of Darkness" event on TCM. We are locking ourselves in the theater starting at 3:30am PST on that date. We won't finish until around the following 3:30am, losing sleep and possibly sanity in the best possible way. All in the name of helping our theater. We WILL be livetweeting the whole thing using the hashtags #TCMParty and #NoirSummer. We WILL be livestreaming the whole thing, so you can watch us as we slowly lose our minds. If you live in San Diego, feel free to join us when the building is in normal operating hours, but we are specifically inviting people for the 11:30am screening of 1949's "The Bribe" and the 9:45pm screening of 1949's "The Window." Admission will be free and we will be loopy. Our sustenance will be sponsored by Pizzeria Luigi, Bread and Cie, Trails Eatery, and Lightning Brewery. We still need a coffee sponsor!

Please blog about this, podcast about this, tweet about this, and most of all--JOIN US on July 3rd! Turn on TCM and enjoy some of the greatest American films ever made! Help us get that goal! Follow me on Twitter @HIFFSD and follow Beth Accomando on Twitter at @cinebeth! Watching noir for a cause, see!