Festival Screening for Little Red and Updates

Great news! My music video for Blue Jungle, “Little Red Riding Hood” is being screened on Nov. 13th (Friday the 13th!) at the ITSA Film Festival in Sonora, CA. It is being screened as part of their “Reel Scary” program. This year the 3 day long festival is FREE! You can enjoy the beautiful scenery and enjoy/support indie film. This is my 4 project to be screened at this festival. They’ve been very supportive of my films. I almost forgot to enter their festival this year, I entered at the last minute. I mostly forgot because film has taken an unwanted break and I haven’t been in the festival/film making mood. So I missed other festivals because of that. Music videos are a little harder to get noticed/screened at festivals so I don’t submit as aggressively. But if there’s a chance to support a festival like ITSA then I make an exception.

Full festival schedule: http://itsafilmfestival.com/2015-official-selections/

Updates: My brother is almost done with principal photography on his 80s inspired revenge film Streets of Vengeance. He just released the trailer. I’m working hard on my feature length film, I’ve written about 40 pages, and I will have very exciting updates in the coming months. Meanwhile keep in touch with me on Facebook and check out my brother’s trailer below. Thanks.

“Streets of Vengeance” IndieGoGo Campaign

My brother and his girlfriend, A and P Productions, just launched their fundraising campaign for their next feature length film: “Streets of Vengeance!” It’s an 80s inspired female revenge film inspired by movies from the 70s and 80s like “Savage Streets,” “Ms. 45” and many others. One of the best perks is a limited run VHS copy of the movie; released by Vultra Video! The film includes retrowave/synth music by Vestron Vulture. Check out the pitch video below and the full campaign at indiegogo.

The pitch (taken from indiegogo):

A new cult is emerging on the streets of San Francisco targeting “immoral” women and punishing them for corrupting men’s minds. They videotape themselves torturing, humiliating and murdering these women for the entertainment of other angry creeps across the internet. The group has set its sights on the adult film industry and its hottest young star, Mila. After being tortured and left for dead, Mila crawls back from the threshold of death and seeks her revenge. She puts a group of badass babes together to help rid the streets of the murderous group for good. Sexism. Rape culture. Misogyny. Pornography. Sexual Violence. These are a few of the taboo subjects that make up our 80’s, VHS styled, female revenge movie!

Official music from the film:

 

 

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

 

 

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

Two Can-Cannibals Bay Area Screenings in Oct!

Great news! The Can-Cannibals Grindhouse Trailers will be screened twice in October!

First it will be shown at the East Bay Indie Scream Festival on Thursday Oct. 17 in Oakland, CA at The New Parish. 579 18th Street (at San Pablo), Oakland, CA

Hosted by Jamie DeWolf (Tourette’s without Regrets) & Sidney Sin (Kiss Kill Consume). There’s a costume contest and there will also be burlesque performances recreating classic scenes from your favorite horror flicks! Variety Show includes Lola Martinet, Lady Satan, Meeks Baker, Ophelia Coeur de Noir, Patricia Misery, Balla Fiya, Hunny Bunnah, Szandora LaVey & Prisoners of Love!

Judges: Victor Miller Screenwriter of Friday the 13th, Wednesday Mourning of Oddities San Francisco, Kelly Vance East Bay Express Movie Reviewer, Jim “Kingfish” Sweeny Executive Producer of the Hubba Hubba Review, Kahlil Karn & Kate Freyer of the Oakland Underground Film festival.

Scream Fest is brought to you by the East Bay Express, in collaboration with the Oakland Underground Film Festival, Tourettes Without Regrets & Loakal.

Whole event is only $10!

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/411000399005002/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=calendar

Second screening is the 7th Annual BCM Horror Film Festival in Berkeley, CA on Saturday, Oct 26 at Berkeley Community Media 2239 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA.

This festival also has a costume contest. It also has raffle prizes which are donated from local businesses, theaters and restaurants encouraging localism and helping to spotlight the richness of culture in Berkeley! Admission is only $10 bucks!

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/600428750007774/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar

I’m really grateful for all the festivals that have screened The Can-Cannibals, I’m amazed how we shot it over a year ago and ever since it’s been screened all over California. I absolutely love the East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley, etc) and I’m really happy how much play it’s gotten in there. I hope to attend both festivals, really excited about both of them.

Trap, Neuter, Kill Production Update and Up-coming Projects

We shot two days for the new faux horror trailer “Trap, Neuter, Kill!” Production has been going pretty well, other than one of the special effects not working properly, but I’m re-shooting it this Saturday. Once this film is wrapped, I’m moving onto the next one. There’s a lot of other projects I want to do this year and I don’t want to waste time in between them. I want to keep pushing forward, no breaks.

More photos on Facebook and Flickr

I’m also working on a new music video, currently I’m writing it. I’ll share the name of the band and song once I’ve got it written out. What I can say is that the video will be shot in the style of a giallo film, which is an Italian style of slasher films from the 70s and 80s, but they were more entrenched in crime and mystery. It’s going to be really fun to shoot in that style. Again I’ll share more info as I write it.

Recently I came up with a brand new concept for a possible feature length film. I’m really early in the process with this one, it doesn’t even have a title! But what I can say is that the main cast will be very small, right now it’s only 3 characters. And I’m hoping I don’t add too many more. It’s also a film with mostly talking, which is great for no-budget guys like me. There’s no special effects needed at this time. I’ll just need strong actors.

Another project I’m thinking of doing extremely soon is a 3 minute horror film to enter into the ABCs of Death part 2 competition. It was just announced today and if I can come up with an original concept I think it’s worth the shot. http://26th.abcsofdeathpart2.com/

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 https://www.facebook.com/thestatetheatre

My brother and his girlfriend Angie, the writing and directing duo of A & P Productions https://www.facebook.com/aandpproductions

 

Cast of Cinco De Mayo

 

A Nightmare To Remember – Film Festival Screening

ANTR-Poster-2013

This Saturday The Can-Cannibals Double Feature (Grindhouse Trailers) will be screen at the 2013 A Nightmare To Remember International Horror Film Festival in San Francisco, CA. It’s an independent film festival ran by Miss Misery a local horror tv host. I hope to attend the event to support my film and the festival. If I do I’ll post pictures.

Date: June 15 at 7:00pm
Location: The Opera Plaza 601 Van Ness Ave San Francisco, CA 94102

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/190941684388089/

Official website: http://www.anightmaretoremember.com

Also on June 22nd is the auditions for my next horror project, “Trap, Neuter, Kill!”
Check out the auditions here: http://www.alwayswrongfilm.com/2013/05/27/trap-neuter-kill-auditions/

Trap, Neuter, Kill! Auditions

I’m making a brand new fake horror/grindhouse trailer this summer entitled “Trap, Neuter, Kill!” It’s co-written by my girlfriend, Kendy. Much like my last project The Can-Cannibals Double Feature, we’re shooting the trailer portion of the film only. There will be dialogue but it’s brief. Expect over-the-top characters, some vulgarity and plentiful amounts of blood!

Synopsis: Two crazy cat ladies take revenge on society that ignorantly neglects the current plight that cats are facing in their city. They target cat abusers and the corrupt police and politicians that hindered the welfare of cats.

Auditions:
Date: Saturday, June 22
Time: 12pm – 3:30pm
Location: Stanislaus County Library (down stairs in the Conference Room)
1500 I St  Modesto, CA 95354
*Once you enter the library, immediately turn right to the elevator or turn left to the stairs. You’ll be greeted by my girlfriend and we’ll have you sign in.

Experience and head shots are not required, but preferred.
Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script.
Will be shot in Modesto, CA.

No pay, but you will receive a DVD copy of the film and an IMDb credit.

Characters:

Lucy – Lead Female, age 18-35, strong acting abilities required, more reserved of the two leads, but firmly believes in their cause. She justifies her actions (killings) by only targeting the worst offenders.

Irena – Lead Female, age 18-35, strong acting abilities required, eccentric, aggressive and ambitious. She thinks of grandiose schemes to further the point of their cause, which clouds her judgment. Is more than willing to kill to get her point across, she does not need to justify her actions, she embraces them.

Police Officer – Male, age 30+, Sleazy corrupt cop who harasses Lucy.

Customer Victim – Male, age 18+, gleefully admits to hating cats and thinks they’re vermin.

Male Neuter Victim – age 18+, No nudity, but will be in underwear, can wear a top/shirt.

Female Neuter Victim – age 18+, No nudity, but will be in underwear, can wear a top/shirt.

De-claw Victim – Male or Female, age 18+, thinks cats are an accessory and can be customized to his/her liking.

Doctor Victim – Male or Female, age 25+, likes to trap cats and take them to the pound.

Cat Followers (4-8) – Male and Female, age 18+, a group of people join the cause of the two crazy cat ladies.

Extra Victims (2-3) – Male and Female, age 18+, aftermath of their death is shown, their dead bodies are displayed as a message to other wrong doers. Actors will be drenched with blood, possible make-up effects and duck tape on mouth. Actors can be creative with their own character, which we can discuss.

Extras (3-6)- Male and Female, age 18+, a crowd of people disgusted and shocked at the site of the dead bodies.

If you have any questions please email me (Matt) at alwayswrongfilm@gmail.com

We shoot mainly on Saturdays, sometimes Sundays. We all have full time jobs too, so there’s no problem with working around your work schedule.

Thanks!

Brutal As Hell Review of The Can-Cannibals Double Feature

Here’s another review of The Can-Cannibals Double Feature; that was just posted! The review was written by Keri O’Shea for the website Brutal As Hell. We not only get a new review/perspective on the faux trailer (obviously), but we can a female perspective as well, which is awesome.

In the review, she mentions a term that’s being used to describe modern exploitation movies (Machete, Father’s Day, Dead Hooker in a Trunk, etc) that have been coming out that were influenced by the 70s/80s grindhouse films. The term is “rewindhouse.” I’ve never heard of it until this review, so to the reviewer’s disdain I just might start using the term, lol. I’m not entirely committed to it though. Anyways not only check out the review but the whole website too.

Excerpt from the review:

“But, what you do get is a sense of fun from proceedings and of a cast enjoying the experience of filming. Hell, I’d have been happy to see the girls (a real-life burlesque troupe) going even more over-the-top in their performances than they did, and I was happy that they got some good old-fashioned lo-fi gore in there. A grindhouse trailer ain’t complete without some blood and guts. Of the two ‘trailers’, I think Rebelle’s Revenge is the superior one for me: one big reason for this is that Courtney Cipriani as Rebelle brings the right sort of sneering attractiveness to her role. She looks the part and talks the talk, and we get the best lines of the film in this half of the reel. ” – Keri O’Shea (Brutal As Hell).

Read the whole review: http://www.brutalashell.com/2012/11/horror-in-short-the-can-cannibals-double-feature/

Also for any other short filmmakers, Brutal As Hell is looking for short films to review and here’s the article link: http://www.brutalashell.com/2012/10/short-film-makers-brutal-as-hell-wants-you-2/comment-page-1/#comment-75185