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.

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/

2013 Horror Hotel: International Festival Screening and Live Can-Cannibal Footage

Great news! The faux grindhouse trailers The Can-Cannibals Double Feature has been selection to screen at the 2013 Horror Hotel: International Festival and Convention and has won 2nd place in the best trailer category. http://www.horrorhotel.net/page7.php

It will be screen on Saturday, May 18th in Hudson, Ohio.
https://www.facebook.com/events/523892277653028/?ref=ts&fref=ts

I also uploaded live raw footage from The Can-Cannibals 5th Year Anniversary Show at the Oakland Metro Operahouse on Feb. 09, 2013. Also there’s a couple of brief interviews with two of the Cannibals. I was shooting by myself so the camera is shaky, sorry!

Part 1.

Part 2.

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

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)

Feature/Review: http://dailygrindhouse.com/thewire/no-budget-nightmares-short-film-round-up-the-end-2012-the-can-cannibals-double-feature-2012-and-a-certain-kind-of-monster-2012/

Interview: http://dailygrindhouse.com/thewire/no-budget-nightmares-interview-with-the-can-cannibals-double-feature-director-matthew-ragsdale/

Lastly, there’s a great promo on PromoteHorror.com. 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: http://www.promotehorror.com/2012/11/watch-can-cannibals-double-feature-today.html

Rmar Production Update and ITSA Film Festival 2012

Just a quick update on my new project “Rmar,” which is a music video for Gabber Nullification Project. This is my second video for the band. If you read my earlier blog post in September I posted an open call audition for Rmar. I had to cut some characters out which was fine because I cut some extra roles and one character that was only added for one gag in the video. But sadly one person dropped out and I had to cut a major character from the video. I don’t mind, that shit happens, but it could have been handled better on the actor’s part. But now looking at the footage I think the video will work better without these characters. I always have the tendency to shoot too much footage, which can ruin the flow of the scenes and I just have to cut out good material because of time.

We shot the video in two days and it was great. The weather was great, we shot locally and had very few props or costumes. I and some actors were late on both shoots, but that was the only problem we ran into. I loved working with actors from previous projects but I was also able to cast some new faces. Because of my regular work schedule, it will take quite a bit of time to edit this thing together. So to my actors: please be patient with me 🙂

On Saturday (November 3rd) was the screening of The Can-Cannibals in Sonora, CA at the 2012 ITSA Film Festival. My girlfriend and I attended the festival but before we arrived we went to Murphys, CA and ate vegan beet burger sliders on a house made challah bun with house made chips on the side at Mineral. It was really fucking good! Anyone in the area seriously has to go try them, even if you’re not vegan you will love them.

We attended the horror segment of ITSA Film Festival called Reel Scary. The Can-Cannibals kicked off the event by screening first. The festival was real fun. This was our second time attending; the first time was for the Attack of the Killer UFOs music video. This time I got to speak for a little bit to the crowd about the project. And got to talk to a couple of cool people about film. Hopefully we stay in contact because it’s really important for our local film community to stay connected.

Here are a couple of short films that I really enjoyed:

He Dies At The End. Written & Directed by Damian Mc Carthy.

Dark Times by Peter Horn & Jared Marshall

More updates coming soon!

Horrible Imaginings Art Gallery Screening

Very cool news! The Can-Cannibals (Grindhouse Trailers) will be screen at the Horrible Imaginings Art Gallery in San Diego, CA! The art reception starts Wednesday, October 24th at 7pm. Location: 10th Avenue Theatre 3rd Floor – 930 10th Ave San Diego, CA and will run for 2.5 weeks.

Just to make it clear, my film was not an official selection of the festival, but it’s still really cool to be given the opportunity to have my work shown in an art gallery, along with other cool films and to be exposed to a new audience.

The art show is in conjunction with the the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival; it will showcase dark or macabre artwork from a variety of artists working in a variety of mediums.

A number of shorts and one feature film will run on a loop in the Gallery side room.
Short Films:
This Little Light by Jeff Cohlman
The Transmission by Brian Lonano
Killing Candi by Julie Ufema
Sacha the Bear by Francois Morisset
Thy Kill be Done by Greg Hanson and Casey Regan
The Can-Cannibals by Matthew Ragsdale
Feature Film:
Video Diary of a Lost Girl by Lindsay Denniberg

VIDEO DIARY OF A LOST GIRL Trailer from Lindsay Denniberg on Vimeo.

Art Show Schedule: http://www.hifilmfest.com/newspost/art-gallery-opening-reception-october-24th/

Film Festival Schedule: http://www.hifilmfest.com/films-and-showtimes/

2012 ITSA Film Festival and Fright Bites Film Festival Screenings

More great news! The Can-Cannibals (Grindhouse Trailers) was accepted to ITSA Film Festival (in Sonora, CA) and Fright Bites Film Festival (in Elgin, Illinois). Fright Bites is part of Monster Mash Up and presented by Horror Society.

First up is the Fright Bites Film Festival: The Can-Cannibals will screen on Friday, October 26th at 7:40pm at 166 Symphony Way, Elgin, Illinois 60120.

Festival schedule: http://www.elginmonstermashup.com/movies/fright-bites/selections/

Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/336924056394388/

Then The Can-Cannibals will screen at ITSA Film Festival as part of their REEL SCARY Segment on Saturday, November 3. It will actually kick off the segment when it screens first at 8:30pm at the Sonora Opera Hall 250 S. Washington St., Sonora, California 95370.

Festival schedule: http://itsafilmfestival.com/2012-schedule-of-events/

Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/427849377241191/

I’ll be in attendance (with my girlfriend) at the ITSA Film Festival on Saturday. It was fun last year and I’m sure with the added horror segment it will be a lot of fun this year.

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: http://www.alwayswrongfilm.com/2012/09/17/east-bay-films/
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/206969392767162/

Then there’s the Shockerfest television screening of The Can-Cannibals on Oct. 4th and 18th. Info: http://www.alwayswrongfilm.com/2012/09/10/shockerfest-2012-the-can-cannibals-double-feature-grindhouse-trailers-screening/

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: http://www.facebook.com/events/206969392767162/

FREE admission!

Time: 6:00pm

Location:
1061 Yerba Buena Ave
Emeryville, CA

The films:

Cinco De Mayo by Paul Ragsdale
(Mexican slasher film) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlZ_K4Jqfo8

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

Alligator Bitch by Craig Jacobson
(abstract/existential)

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.
alwayswrongfilm@gmail.com