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:

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:

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.

Daily Grindhouse Interview and Promote Horror

Man I’m horrible at keeping a blog, lol. Here’s some self-promotion but it comes from other websites! First my short film was featured and had a nice/short review on Daily Grindhouse. I also had the honor of being interview for the site also. I’ll be honest and this is the first time I’ve every been interviewed regarding one of my films. Also this project (The Can-Cannibals Double Feature) is the first project that has given me the opportunity to be covered by other websites too. It’s real exciting. So anyways, it was a great interview with Daily Grindhouse and even if you know me/worked with me I think you should read my interview because there’s some real insight into the way I work and what’s coming up next. I’m not saying I give brilliant answers that all should read, but it’s worth a read 🙂

From the review:

“Those familiar with the fake trailers in Tarantino/Rodriguez’s GRINDHOUSE will know what to expect here, and director Ragsdale has done a quality job replicating the look, feel and soundtrack of classic exploitation. It’s all quite intentionally silly – and features some of the least convincing fake intestines I’ve ever seen – but it’s nasty, bloody fun and doesn’t overstay its welcome. The acting from the Can-Cannibal gals is inconsistent (to say the least), but fans of 70s female gang films like Jack Hill’s SWITCHBLADE SISTERS will find plenty to love here.” – Doug (Daily Grindhouse)



Lastly, there’s a great promo on The website promotes pretty much everything horror related, like films, books, kickstarters, etc. It’s a great write-up and I’m really appreciative of the detail put into it, which I didn’t supply to the writer.

My promo:

Oakland Underground Film Fest & October Update

I just wanted to make a quick blog post sharing my experience at 2012 The Oakland Underground Film Festival and what’s coming up in October.

The film festival was really fun, it was cool to see and meet local film makers. The directors/people involved with their projects who were in attendance were asked to briefly speak about our projects. It was the first time I ever did that, so that was fun, though I was nervous. Sadly we were only asked one question from the audience, lol, and it was fairly basic, which was what encouraging words do we have to share. The question had two parts but no one understand what the person was trying to ask; something about removing ourselves from film. Not sure what that meant, and I can’t remember exactly what she said/asked mostly because I couldn’t hear her. But none of use want to remove ourselves from film, lol.

from the Oakland Underground Film Festival Facebook page

from the Oakland Underground Film Festival Facebook page

I stole from Kevin Smith when I responded to the question, but I didn’t say it as well or clearly as Kevin Smith. It was about not listening/surrounding yourself around people who ask “why?” vs. people who ask “why not?” when it comes to the art world.

And the project was received very well. People laughed and had fun. I wish I could have stayed longer and I hope to come back next year.

Now for what’s coming up in October. First I was sick two weeks ago and it set me back with my music video “Rmar.” I need to storyboard the video and then I can finally contact the actors and work on the shooting schedule. I’m hoping to start shooting in October, but we’ll see.

And of course on Oct. 13th I’m hosting a film screening including my project, my brother’s project and a couple of other local film makers: Craig Jacobson and Cassandra Sechler.
All the info:
Facebook event:

Then there’s the Shockerfest television screening of The Can-Cannibals on Oct. 4th and 18th. Info:

And since it’s October, I want to finally upload my latest project online!
Coming soon: The Can-Cannibals!

East Bay Films – Film Screening and Collective

Always Wrong Film has teamed up with The Pallet Space to create a brand new film screening venue and collective located in Oakland/Emeryville, CA called East Bay Films!

The collective is not specific to any genre, it will be open to every type of film: art house, indie, drama, horror, etc. And to every type of person: filmmakers and fans of film. But this event will focus mainly on horror themed projects.

We are about being inclusive and not being exclusive in any way. We want to foster D.I.Y., no budget, underground film making.

With this event we hope it will grow into more meetings, feature length indie film screenings, a film festival, etc.

Our first night is Saturday Oct. 13th. We will be screening local independent films.

Facebook event:

FREE admission!

Time: 6:00pm

1061 Yerba Buena Ave
Emeryville, CA

The films:

Cinco De Mayo by Paul Ragsdale
(Mexican slasher film)

The Can-Cannibals by Matthew Ragsdale
(Splatter punk/grindhouse)

Alligator Bitch by Craig Jacobson

Wireboy (Trailer) by Cassandra Sechler
(experimental, surreal sci-fi/fantasy)

and more!

If you have a short film message me and I will see if I can add it to the program. For most meetings I would love to have the filmmakers themselves show up for the screenings.

Upcoming Public Screenings of The Can-Cannibals Double Feature (Grindhouse Trailers)

There’s two public screenings of The Can-Cannibals Double Feature (Grindhouse Trailers) in June!

The first show is on Friday June 22 in Oakland/EmeryVille, CA at The Pallet Space, 1061 Yerba Buena Ave Emeryville, CA. Starts at 8:00pm, $10. For all info including all the performers/bands go to the facebook event page

The second show is on Saturday June 23 in Modesto, CA at the Fat Cat Music House and Lounge 930 11th, Modesto, CA. Starts at 10:00pm, $10. For all info including all the performers/bands go to the facebook event page

Both screenings are organized and are a part of a birthday show for cast member/performer Vaudie Va-Boom. Both events are also filled with burlesque performances (including a performance by the Can-Cannibals), sideshow acts and live music.

I’m not sure when the trailer will be shown, but guessing by the event listing I’m assuming somewhere at the start of the show. I’ll be there with my girlfriend who will be vending her hair bows ( at both shows! I’m also going to try to get some supplies to vend too! These shows are going to be really fun. I can’t wait to see how the crowd reacts to the trailer. I hope to see some cast members there too.

Can-Cannibals Grindhouse Trailer – Production Update 1

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, so it’s about time I wrote about what’s going on with the project. The auditions have long passed, and of course it went very well. I have cast all the principal roles in the trailer and we are scheduled to start shooting next Saturday. Right now I only have two shooting dates scheduled, I believe we can get in done in two days I’ve shot many other projects in 2-3 days before, though I do stay realistic and leave room for a possible pick-up day.

But the main reason I’m posting today is that I still could use a few more extras for the trailer. So if you missed out on the auditions you still have a chance to be a part of the project. We’re shooting in Oakland on Saturday March 24th. If you meet the (limited) requirements, have your own ride and are reliable than you get a part in the trailer.

The Extra Role is open to both male and females, any race but you must be under the age of 30. I’m looking for younger actors for this part. And you must email me first to be considered and to get the shooting location.

What you will be doing: You’re going to be killed by the Can-Cannibals themselves. And you will have blood spilled all over you. Pretty simple but loads of fun.

The Female Gang Member Role: I have one other extra role, but it is only if I get enough hardcore/punk female actresses to show up. If I do then select actresses will be cast as an all female street gang! So please email soon and spread the word.

I only need  3-4 more extras so spots are limited!

After the first day of shooting I’ll post anther blog with on-the-set pictures, and I’m planning on posting about all the D.I.Y. special effects I’ll be using in the project too, and I’ll post about its premiere date!

Below some examples of what I’m looking for:
(from “Switchblade Sisters”)

(from “Switchblade Sisters”)

(from “This is England”, though not a gang movie you can see the punk influence)

(from “This is England”)

(from “The Warriors”)