Fall Update: VHS distribution, New Music Video Online and Festival Screenings!

It’s been a few months since my last post; during that time I was very busy with work and editing the music video, which I’m happy to say that “Little Red Riding Hood” is finished and online on both youtube and vimeo. As it says in the description the music video is inspired by the grotesque symbolism of the films like Jacob’s Ladder (1990) and Possession (1981).

And in extremely cool news: “Mass” has been released on VHS (along with 8 other short films) by Briarwood Entertainment! Part of the Magnetic Mixtape Madness Vol 2

Limited release: http://briarwood.storenvy.com/collections/75683-all-products/products/10447386-magnetic-mixtape-madness-volume-2

Also my short film, “Mass” has screened three times in the East Bay during the months of Sept and Oct for the Oakland Undergound Film Festival, East Bay Scream Film Festival and BCM Film Festival. And at ITSA Film Festival on Nov 8th in Sonora, CA.

I also wrote an article for Cine Source Magazine: http://cinesourcemagazine.com/index.php?/site/comments/rejection_does_not_dissuade_film_artist/#.VDc4OlcXMkI

And now I’m taking a break from making music videos and concentrating on writing during the Fall/Winter months. I’m focusing on writing a feature length but I’m not ruling out a short film. But my focus is film. In a few months, I’ll hopefully had made some ground on the next film. See you then.

 

July Update and “Mass” Screening

First I want to share that my short film, “Mass” will be screening at the Downtown LA Film Festival on July 12th! It will be screen along with other World of Death films. The festival choose specifically to highlight the CA based film makers from World of Death. Don’t know what World of Death is? Well that’s because I never made an announcement on my own website. I did on Facebook but not here, oh brother man. World of Death is a massive short film compilation that’s made up of entries from the ABCs of Death Part 2 online competition. There was only one winner for the ABCs of Death but Tony Wash of Scotchworthy Productions thought of the idea of giving everyone a chance to be showcased and distributed. It’s a very idea, I love the DIY aspect. Instead of waiting for a gatekeeper to let you in Tony brought together almost 200 film makers from all over the world in this compilation. There’s still a lot of work left but once there’s an update I’ll be posting the shit out of it.

World of Death on Facebook: www.facebook.com/worldofdeathfilm

“Mass” also received a really nice review/write up on Brutal As Hell. This is one of the many websites out there that support the indie community. Please check them out.
Review: www.brutalashell.com/2014/05/horror-in-short-mass-2014/

Back the the film festival screening. My short along with the other WOD films are sceening on July 12th at 11pm.

Location: Downtown Independent 251 S. Main Street, Los Angeles,CA, 90012
Tickets: http://wl.flavorus.com/event/WORLD-OF-DEATH-SHORTSHORROR/252444?afflky=DowntownFilmFestivalLA
The whole event sounds cool. Check it out. http://wl.flavorus.com/DowntownFilmFestivalLA

And finally we wrapped “Little Red Riding Hood” back on June 21st! Like all of my music videos it will take some time for my to finish editing it. Patience is key. Thank you to the entire cast and my brother for shooting it and my girlfriend for helping with props.

 

June Update

I just realized the auditions were way back in March and now it is June with half of the year gone. I just don’t like how slow the film world can be and how fast time goes by. Here’s what has been going on these past few months: I cast the music video. I helped my brother out on two film shoots for his next project. I was the squib guy on his set. Personally I think the squib shots I did in his film are my best to date. Each project I’m learning new ways to build a squib and I think I finally found one that’s reliable. I’m going to post the build on this website in the future. In the mean time here’s a trailer for my brother’s film:

La Soldadera

So this Saturday, June 14th, is going to be a busy fucking day for me and my brother. In the morning he’s shooting the final scene for La Soldadera and I’ll be there for the squib/blood work. Then later that night we shoot my project, the Little Red Riding Hood music video. There’s going to blood, vomit and some violent scenes all being shot in public in downtown Modesto! Wish us luck!

 

Little Red Riding Hood – Blue Jungle Auditions (Modesto/Berkeley)

My next project is a music video for the cover of “Little Red Riding Hood” by the LA based gothpop band Blue Jungle. The video is more like an arthouse/horror short film than a music video but regardless of labels it’s still going to be a really rad project done to the music of Blue Jungle, which recently has been very inspiring for me. Blue Jungle’s music is the main inspiration for one of the feature length films I’m currently writing. How and why their music inspired me for a feature length movie will be explained in another blog post in the future, but for now let’s focus on the music video.

I’m only auditioning for the female lead. There are a few male roles but they do not require an audition and I will handle/approach locals once the female role is cast because without the female lead there is no video.

Female Lead: Age 18-35, any race, The role is NOT a cutesy/sexy scream queen type. The role is emotionally brutal and raw. The character is dealing with the duality of her personality and her dark fantasies. Her fantasies blend into reality and this causes her to crumble. I need a fearless actress for the role that’s not scared to look weak, damaged or sadistic. Suggestive sexual themes. Dedication to the project and respect for the craft of indie/low budget film making is a must!

No pay gig. I’m holding auditions in two different locations this time because if I cast someone in the East Bay and they are not willing to travel to Modesto then I will travel up there to shoot. If I cast in Modesto I will shoot in Modesto. If you do need help with your travel expenses (to any location whether Modesto or East Bay) then we can definitely negotiate payment/compensation.

The audition time is very short, I want quality actresses not quantity to show up at the audition. So please contact me if you are serious in attending. Head shots are not required but preferred. Resumes are not needed. Experience not needed but preferred.

Send me an email for the scene you will be performing at the audition and any other questions.

Matt: alwayswrongfilm@gmail.com

Modesto Audition:

Date: Saturday, March 22nd
From 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: Center Stage Conservatory 948 11th St. Lower Level Suite 1 (on J & 11th) Modesto, CA.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1444379882465617/

Berkeley Audition:

Date: Saturday, March 29
From 1:00pm-3:00pm
Location: The PlayGround PlaySpace 3286 Adeline Street #4 (off Alcatraz) Berkeley, CA.
Just three blocks from Ashby BART.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1414046962183204/

The song:

 

Mass Screening and Interview on Creepy KOFY Movie Time

My short film, “Mass” will be screening on San Francisco TV show: Creepy KOFY Movie Time and I’m shooting an interview! Air date TBA.

**UPDATE: Air date is March 29th. The feature being shown on that episode will be “Night of the Blood Beast.”

But first some house cleaning:
-We didn’t become a finalist on the ABCs of Death part 2 competition
-We didn’t win the Scream Factory’s Mini Movie Massacre
-And the Tenacious Dreams Film Festival, which “Mass” was set to screen at, has been postponed to Spring 2014. Which sucks that it’s a long wait, but I think it will be better overall. More time to promote the festival and it’s far away from the holidays.

So anyways, this week I’m heading to San Francisco for a quick interview which will air, along with “Mass” on KOFY TV’s Creepy KOFY Movie Time, which is a late night tv show inspired by horror/shlock TV shows from the past (Elvira) that screens public domain horror movies and is hosted by No Name & Balrok. They also have many Cave Girls (dancers and models for the show) who are there to spice things up. The new season just started and you can tune in every Saturday at 11pm on KOFY TV20-Cable13.

Official website: www.kofytv.com/creepy-movie/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CreepyKOFYMovie
They post their shows online: www.kofytv.com/creepy-movie/archive/

They feature bands, film makers, musicians, dancers and I’m sure much more. It’s a really rad idea and they have good production value. I’m thankful for the opportunity to have my short film screen on their show and look forward to meeting them and checking out their setup. I hope in the future they open their show up to local indie film makers more. I hope to see original full feature length films broadcast on their show and not just public domain films which they currently focus on. I’ll post updates on my facebook.

 

2014 – Production Update on the New Film

I just wanted to post a small update on the new film I’m working on. It’s taking awhile to write because I’ve been racking my brain on all the little details and the development of the characters.

One thing I can say for sure about the project is that it will not be a genre piece like The Can-Cannibals trailer was, it is not an homage, it is not self-aware nor is it “retro.” This decision is not because I don’t like retro movies/concepts it is because I already did it with The Can-Cannibals and I don’t want to feel stuck in a single genre; and if I feel like it I’ll return to that formula when it’s appropriate. Though originally it was inspired by genre cinema: slasher films and giallo films (Italian murder mysterious which had early traits of the American slasher films from the 80s) it is has now grown into a new beast and is not restricted by the tropes or “rules” of a slaher movie. My film shares same basic traits of a slasher: mysterious killer who uses mostly knives to kill their victim, and a somewhat high body count, but how I turn that into something new/different is the challenge.

Also I want to say is to expect this film to be dark. The subject matter is dark, every character is damaged and/or has a painful past which comes into play in the present. At times the film is psycho-sexual, it’s depraved, depressing and (hopefully) really good. There’s still humor to be found in the film but more like a Cohen brother’s way of humor where characters are just funny because of who they are as people.

Right now there are about 12 central characters and most of them are female, though I may trim it a bit. The age range is pretty wide, but a majority of the characters are young (20-30). And it will be open to all races/ethnicities once auditions and casting begins. I really hope to at least finish writing it in the 1st quarter of 2014.

I will say there are two main films I’m (currently) taking influence from and if you know these films you’ll get a good understanding of the overall tone I’m going for and how far I want to take my film. Hopefully I’ll have more news sooner rather than later. Happy New Year!

Blue Velvet:

Audition:

 

Cinco De Mayo out now on home video!

My brother and his girlfriend’s horror feature film, “Cinco De Mayo” is out now on DVD!

Paul and Angie are the boyfriend/girlfriend film making duo of A & P Productions.

It is distributed by an new indie distro Slasher // Video

Website: www.slashervideo.com

Available on Amazon

There’s a lot of cool special features including audio commentary with cast and crew, Q and A with cast and crew and an early short film by A and P Productions “The Mexican Connection.”

Trailer:

 

Alt Cover

 

Alt back cover

 

 

2nd Annual Tenacious Dreams Film Festival – Mass Screening

Great news! My short film “Mass” has been accepted into it’s first film festival: The 2nd Annual Tenacious Dreams Film Festival in my hometown Modesto, CA. Last year my brother’s film Cinco De Mayo was screened and won the audience award.

The festival will be held at The State Theatre 1307 J Street, Modesto, CA. “Mass” is part of program two and there will be two screenings that day at 3pm and 7pm. It’s $10 to attend one screening. I’ll update with a link to purchase tickets, but tickets can be bought on the day of the event at the theatre.

Update: It was just announced my brother is now actually on the jury. So this will be interesting.

And tickets can now be purchased at the State Theatre website: http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/222

and at brown paper tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/529649

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/588723917842350/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar

There will be two short film programs, with awards being given for Jury Select and Audience Favorite. Awards Ceremony and VIP after party will be at Concetta Restaurant, one block west of the theater.

YOUTHANASIA (feature film) screening and “Redemption” seminar 10 am – 12:00 pm

Program One 1 pm and 5 pm

Program Two 3 pm and 7 pm

Awards Ceremony and VIP After Party 9 pm – 11 pm

Tickets for each event (Feature screening and seminar, Program One and Program Two) are $10 each. All day passes (excluding After Party) are $25 each. Awards Ceremony/After Party are available only to filmmakers, festival jury, and VIP ticket holders. VIP tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets for $40, which is good for all events. Screening tickets are available at the State Theatre box office.

Scream Factory’s Mini Movie Massacre

My short film “Mass” is back on youtube but part of Scream Factory‘s Mini Movie Massacre. Scream Factory is a new and really cool distribution company (sub-company of Shout Factory). They do awesome collector edition releases of cult, horror and exploitation films. I’m really looking forward to their release of Night of the Demons (Feb. 2014)

So my film was accepted into their online film competition and is uploaded on their youtube channel. To vote just simply hit the youtube “like” button.

Direct link to my film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiVzOebQzBg

Youtube playlist with all the other filmmakers entries:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFqOtVuPNuSiwRz3NBLKMvvcjlpeipfrn

More info about the competition (taken from the official website):

The two awards categories are:

Audience Award – Viewers will be able to cast their votes in the form of YouTube video likes, indicating their favorite submissions.  The votes will be tallied on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 9:00 AM PST, and the video with the most likes will be declared the winner.

Judges Pick Award – Video content is reviewed by a selected panel of Scream Factory judges and then one is voted on as their favorite.

Winners of each will be announced on December 2, 2013 via Scream Factory’s official website and social media channels. The Audience Award and The Judges Pick Award Grand Prize Winners will both receive a $250.00 Scream Factory catalog shopping spree.

 

In Loving Memory – Sept/Oct Blog

The finalists were announced today for the ABCS of Death part 2 short film competition and my film was not chosen. Which is fine and was expected. A big reason we didn’t get as many views/likes as I had hoped was because I didn’t promote as much as I should have. Also the night before we shot M is for Mass I was making a prop/cutting it. I was cutting down and I used to much pressure and the blade came down on my left index finger, above the knuckle. I was doing this late at night at about 11pm and the cut was deep enough that I had to go to the ER with my girlfriend. I got stitches, which by the way did hurt, and when we left it was around 2-2:30am. The shoot on Saturday was at 3pm but I need to do errands before hand so that sucked.

Then that same night our cat Marilyn wasn’t feeling well and he peed the bed; since June 2013 he was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. Then on my way to the location to shoot it starts to rain, hard. Out of all the days in September, in Summer it fucking rains. Thankfully we were shooting inside, but it was still an annoyance. The shoot went really well though.

In between I had gotten an official email saying my short film The Can-Cannibals had been accepted to a film festival, so I promoted it and planned on attending the festival, but then I get a second email saying it wasn’t accepted. Luckily mutual friends was helping to organize the festival and found out that the person in charge thought my film would be selected so she prematurely sent out an official email before the schedule was official. If it wasn’t for my friends co-organizing the festival then would I had never received an email informing me it wasn’t being shown? Would I have showed up like a fucking idiot and sat there just waiting for my film to pop up on the screen? The woman sent me an apology, again after my friends intervened. They even did their best to make up for the embarrassment and confusion by having it screen before the festival started, but I never found out if it was part of the official selection or not.

So I edited M is for Mass, put it up on youtube/abcs of death entry page and since then we were taking care of our cat Marilyn. He eventually passed on 10/20 and it brought extreme sadness into our lives, still does. My girlfriend wrote a loving memorial for him and you can read it at her blog: http://www.missmuffcake.com/2013/11/memories-and-love-for-best-kitty-ever.html

217237_10150166439271378_566101377_7250558_2084102_nMy girlfriend had Marilyn for 16 years and out of those 16 years I was in his life for 7 and a half. He was an awesome cat, he had one of the most defined personalities in a cat I’ve ever seen. He loved weird foods like avocado, spaghetti noodles, vegan mac and cheese, and much more. When we would come home, I would open the door and he’d hop down from his perch, or where ever he was and greet us at the door, like a dog. He didn’t just treat us like we were the ones that provided food, he truly loved us and especially Kendy (my girlfriend). He was a fighter, he hung in there to be with us for as long as he could. His will was strong, his medical conditions were holding him back and I know if he could he’d still be here right now. I want to write more but there’s so much to write but it hurts to write. He was king of the castle. We miss him. We have his ashes. And my girlfriend made an altar for him on Dias De Los Muertos. We love him.

But once he passed I did not give a shit about some online competition. I couldn’t promote my own film. But with one last effort I wrote an email to our local newspaper asking if they can simply promote not only my film but two other Modesto film marker’s who had entered into this worldwide competition. I even sent them messages/tweets on twitter, but got absolute nothing in return. They did not respond to my email, and they couldn’t even take the time to press the “re-tweet” button on twitter. Fucking bullshit. Where I live, Modesto, they do not give a shit about film let alone indie film. Art in this town is geared toward children and the elderly, and for whatever fucking reason they choose to ignore the 18-35 year old demographic. But even when we do have younger business owners/artists they want the community to support them but they don’t support the community back. I had a local cafe tell me he didn’t want to put up a flyer because his independent business was, “all about the coffee.” His establishment still exists in some form but he’s no longer the owner.

With all that shit, my love for film making has not dissipated, it is not gone! I have already entered Mass into another online competition and I am looking into film festivals. My short was made to be self-contained in a 3 minute format so I’m keeping it the same. I only added two things: One was an extra slightly longer shot of the actor Colton bleeding from his head and the other thing I added was credits. So it’s still the same movie. But I’m probably taking it off youtube while I enter festivals. It will come back online eventually. Though I went on about negatives, it’s because film/art is so important to me and I’m very passionate about it. And I get passionate when art is mishandled, ignored or abused; in one way or another.

I’m also working on a new script. This blog has gone on too long, so I’ll save details about the new script for later.

Sadness and anger was my September and October, but we’re living and I can keep going on.

Take care,
Matt