George A. Romero, A Eulogy

I normally don’t eulogize artists when I see that they’ve passed, but when I read that George Romero died I immediately felt the urge to write.

Romero famously co-wrote and directed Night of the Living Dead and created an entire genre of horror. With Dracula and Frankenstein we don’t get see their first incarnations; not even on film! But we do get that privilege with the modern zombie; which is a reanimated corpse that consumes the flesh of the living. We are able to watch the very first zombie film and that’s fucking amazing!

I don’t remember the very first zombie film I watched as a kid, but I remember being obsessed with them at a very early age. When we would go to the video rental store my genre was horror; specifically zombie movies. I could barely read at that age too, (I was terrible in school) so I relied on the front and back cover art. I watched Zombi, Return of the Living Dead, Burial Ground, Hell of the Living Dead, but the one film that really captured my imagination was Night of the Living Dead and it’s remake in 1990.

My obsession easily spilled over to every aspect of kid life. I drew little stick figures of zombies decimating a group of people. One zombie held a whole brain above it’s head before it ate it. I even tried to create my own game to play at school called “Zombies” which was essentially just “Tag”, haha. And then there’s the Resident Evil video game series, which I love. It probably would never have existed or gained a following if it weren’t for the inclusion of the classic Romero zombies in it. And how incredible is that? We reference the film maker when we talk about slow-moving, flesh-eating undead; Romero zombies.

There’s so much more I can talk about in regard to the zombie genre and many more blog posts will be coming in the future, but this was is about and dedicated to George Romero.

Besides media consumption Romero also had an early influence on me and my brother when it came to film making. As kids we made a ton of short horror films and trailers. We did it just for fun. But Night of the Living Dead was one of the very first films where I consciously noticed camera angles as a film making technique. It was all angels that we as kids could pull off; nothing about it required a crew or a budget. He showed me how it was possible to make a film with nothing but a camera and some actors.

Thank you George A. Romero for creating an entire genre of horror and influencing kids like me to pick up a camera.

Stand with Bandcamp in Support of Immigrants/Basic Human Values

“And so all day today (starting at 12:01am Pacific Time), for any purchase you make on Bandcamp, we will be donating 100% of our share of the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union, who are working tirelessly to combat these discriminatory and unconstitutional actions.” (From bandcamp)

If you follow me on social media then you’ll know exactly how I feel about this current administration and if you know me and my brother you’ll know we’re Mexican-Americans; so it’s a no-brainer that we stand united with all immigrants and immigrant rights. And by-the-way the man behind Vestron Vulture, who scored my brother’s latest feature film “Streets of Vengeance”, is from Mexico!

Support immigrant rights by supporting indie artists!

And fuck Trump!

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:

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:

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:

“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.

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
The whole event sounds cool. Check it out.

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.


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:

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:

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:
They post their shows online:

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:



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:

and at brown paper tickets:

Facebook event page:

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.

M is for Mass (ABCs of Death Part 2 entry) is Online!

More photos at my flickr and facebook

My entry into the ABCs of Death Part 2 online competition is now on youtube and the official website. Ready to be viewed and voted on. In order to vote you have to go to the ABCs of Death website and hit the facebook “like” button at the top of the video.

The way the contest works is: there will be 12 finalists with 6 picked from popular vote (facebook likes) and 6 picked by the producers of the film. Then those 12 will go to a panel of judges where 1 winner will be picked to be an official film in the ABCs of Death Part 2 horror anthology, which includes DVD/VOD and theater distribution!

Original song “Perdurabo” written and performed by Serbian based artists Spleen