Brainwash Movie Fest and Shooting Begins on Trap, Neuter, Kill!

So this past weekend on July 20th my faux grindhouse short The Can-Cannibals screened at 19th annual Brainwash Movie Festival in Oakland, CA. Another festival another missed opportunity to take pictures, lol. And some of the Can-Cannibals come out to the screening too. The concept of the festival is that it’s a drive-in, bike-in and walk-in festival. They screen the films outside against a screen/wall. It’s a great concept but I feel maybe they should either move in doors, because even in the summer time the bay area gets really cold at night or pick a bigger spot to show the films. We were at NIMBY‘s an industrial work space; think of giant steampunk sculptures or sculptues you’d find at Burning Man, then that’s what Nimby is; a giant workspace. But the spot we were in was a small cul-de-sac with limited parking. Sadly the event was a little disorganized, for example there wasn’t even an official ticket taker and miscommunication that hurt the festival’s image. But enough negativity because it was a friendly environment and fun.

And I’m happy to say that this Saturday is our first day of shooting for my new faux horror trailer, “Trap, Neuter, Kill!” Like all of my projects I have a lot of familiar faces coming back for this short and a few new ones too. I’m hoping this trailer will come out better, more concise and bloodier than the last one.

Carnage Asada Film Festival Screening

Poster I made for the film festival.

This past Saturday was the Carnage Asada film festival where 8 horror/grindhouse films by local CA film makers were screened. My faux trailer The Can-Cannibals screened along with my brother’s feature length Cinco De Mayo in our home town Modesto, CA at the State Theater. The organizers of the festival are also Modesto film makers, and they screened their grindhouse feature length, Oscar’s Theme 2, at the end of the show. Sadly (to my knowledge) a program was never made for the festival so I can’t share the other short films info or links. This was the first time they organized a film festival, so there was some mistakes and missteps along the way but it ended up being a real fun evening. I’m hoping it will happen again.

It was really fun to have it shown at our only independent movie theater in Modesto and one of the few, if only, indie theaters in the county. The audience was really receptive and would cheer at some of the deaths, which is awesome, that’s what we want. Personally with all the festivals my project has played, audience participate is actually rare. Which is too bad, because it can make it real fun and much more enjoyable. With my project, people just need to let loose and not take it so seriously.

I forgot to take photos but here are a few from other people, lol.

from The State Theater’s facebook

My brother and his girlfriend Angie, the writing and directing duo of A & P Productions


Cast of Cinco De Mayo