Archive for April, 2010

The Fixer

Independent producer Lee Doll (who brought the public the “Adventures of Louanna Lee” mystery series) has a new show in the works. “The Fixer” which is a crime drama, will start filming its first episode this summer. The show stars Brian St. August and Alfred Guy as two unlikely partners dedicated to helping those that are in trouble. Each program will be a mixture of action, drama and humor as these two take on the city’s worse criminals. To watch the sneak peek 5-minute teaser, click on the image above.

Louanna Lee ad

Lee Doll Productions are also proud to present three new items for purchase. Entertainer Louanna Lee’s debut CD “Little Miss TNT” is now available, and her mystery/adventure series now has the 2nd episode “I’m Here To Tell You” for sale! Click HERE to go to her store.

Do you live in the Maryland area? Then you can check out the 1st episode of THE ADVENTURES OF LOUANNA LEE on Maryland’s Anne Arundel Community Television – Channel 99 – 4:30 pm every Monday!

Mitch Klein and his CRAWLER creation

I found this interesting quote today:

Crawler production has been on hiatus for quite a while now. Mostly because of Sealed Fates. But since that’s pretty much done, I’m getting back to what will essentially be Don Dohler’s last release.Mitch, Tales from the Cellar, Apr 2010

You should read the whole article.

Dick Dyszel - every other day is Halloween

Coming April 20th, 2010 from Brink DVD is EVERY OTHER DAY IS HALLOWEEN, the documentary on the career of East Coast celebrity Dick Dyszel (Count Gore De Vol, Bozo the Clown, Captain 20). This award-winning feature is jam-packed with incredible extras. Click on the poster above to pre order your NOW!

JUST ADDED!!! Guest reviewer Gene Crowell just posted a new review based on this documentary – just for Smash or Trash! Click HERE to read it!

X Posse Productions Giveaway

It’s the Beer and Pizza Movie Giveaway!!! Filmmaker Geno McGahee of X Posse Productions has donated these two micro-budget movies for your viewing pleasure! You’ve read my reviews of the films on this site, now’s your chance to own them! Movies perfect for a weekend party blast to get your gang together to watch 100% cheesy goodness on your widescreen. Both come with DVD extras. To enter, email me your name and address and I will put you in for the drawing on April 30th.  Two winners per title. Winners in the US get free shipping, and winners in foreign lands will need to send $4.00 US for S&H. Due to the nature of these productions you must be 17 or over to enter the drawing!


Boneyard Collection 2009

Edward L Plumb’s BONEYARD COLLECTION is at Cannes, not a film in competition, but a movie to be bought for television! The movie stars Barbara Steele, Brinke Stevens, Tippi Hedren, Robert Loggia, Kevin McCarthy, Leanna Chamish, William Smith, Elvira, Candy Clark, Forry Ackerman, Ronn Moss, Brad Dourif, Ken Foree, Susan Tyrrell, Tom Rees, Molly Murphy, Hannah Harper, Seth Marten, Del Howison, Erica Hanson, George Kennedy, and a bevy of beautiful women! Check out the ultra brand-new trailer by clicking on the poster above!

Roulette poster

April 7th, 2010 Erik Kristopher Myers and company wrapped final re-shoots on the movie ROULETTE.  This has been a monumental undertaking for those involved, and we at Smash or Trash wish to congratulate everyone for making it through the project! To catch up on some of the behind-the-scenes madness, click on the Roulette image above to go to part 16 of Luck of the Draw, a documentary by Ethan Meyer. This one dwells on the re-shoots at a high class restaurant in Columbia, MD. Many local filmmakers came out to do cameos that evening. Check it out!

March of the Scarecrows

Horror reviewer Geno McGahee’s RISE OF THE SCARECROWS gets reviewed for the site. Check it out HERE!

Carroll Arts Center

Thanks to all those that came out April 3rd, 2010 for the SEALED FATES World Premiere. Some participants traveled as far as Indiana, Virginia, and parts of Pennsylvania to be there, and it was appreciated. Overall it turned out incredible, and was well attended. Filmmakers such as Kevin Kangas (Fear of Clowns), Lee Doll (Adventures of Louanna Lee), Chris LaMartina (President’s Day) and Jimmy George (Book of Lore) were there, plus East Coast celebrity Dick Dyszel (Count Gore De Vol, Captain 20, Bozo the Clown).

Producer/director Joe Ripple got up on the stage to say a few words, thanking everyone for coming out to the event. He then showed four trailers of movies done by local production companies. Before the start of the main attraction, Joe gathered the crew up on the stage to be introduced and to get a well-deserved round of applause. He also had the event videotaped for musician Ronnie Doyle, the composer of SEALED FATES. He is based in Ireland and could not make the event. A shame really, as his score added a tremendous amount of impact to the movie.

Carroll crowd

The premiere itself was held at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster, MD; a beautiful facility. My one regret in the evening is that the playback system was not what it could have been. It played the trailers, the movie, and the behind-the-scenes footage too dark on the theater screen, and I felt the sound was too hot. This did hurt the enjoyment value of the movie some, and I hope when people get to see it on DVD, they will be seeing it as it truly is – with good lighting, sound, color and contrast.

All three stories (Brick By Brick, Collections, Man’s Best Friend) had terrific acting across the board; probably the strongest cast that Timewarp Films has had to date – and also one of the largest casts as well. It was unfortunate that Tom Tansey (Man’s Best Friend) could not be there for the event; he is a full time actor and was doing a stage play. I let him know in an email how well-received his performance was!

It was a wonderful experience to have people come up to me after the screening to tell me they enjoyed the movie and “Man’s Best Friend.” I was introduced on the stage as the person that “wrote” that story, but I want to clarify that the lion’s share of kudos should go to screenwriter Mitch Klein, who wrote a knockout screenplay from it. Without him – as well as the talented cast and hard-working crew – it would not have turned out anywhere near as good. My humble thanks go out to Mitch for bringing flesh and bone to the story.

Leanna Chamish, Randall Thomas, Robert Long II

We only got to see a snippet of documentarian Leanna Chamish’ behind the scenes featurette, but I cannot wait to watch it in its entirety! I feel she does some of the best featurettes out there in the indie market. As Timewarp Films lost filmmaker Don Dohler to cancer four years ago, she has done it to be a sort of “passing of the torch” documentary with a little history on Don, and then diving into the first day of production with Joe Ripple at the helm. It looks incredible! I have no idea when the movie will be coming to DVD, but I hope it is soon. That making of will just be another jewel in the crown that makes up this movie.

I was not able to take many photos that night – so if anybody reading this did, and can forward them to me – I would be grateful. If I post any on my site, I will give you full credit.

BRICK BY BRICK written by Mitch Klein. “The Campbells got their dream house for a bargain, but the secret it holds may cost them their lives!” Stars Helemary Ball, Les Bradley, Leanna Chamish, Frederick Cowie, Karin Crighton, David Deal, Nina Ely, Danielle Fluker, Brian Greenwell, Alfred Guy, Joe Ripple, and Daisy Gibbs.

COLLECTIONS written by Joe Ripple. “Three men are trapped in an elevator – and that is the least of their worries…” Stars Phil Amico, Ron Clark, Brian Dragonuk, Andrew C. Ely, Sean A. Harrison, Mitch Klein, Tim Kolberg, Chris LaMartina, Charles Roe, Mike Roden, Gary Sugai, and Ryan Thomas.

MAN’S BEST FRIEND written by Mitch Klein and Robert Long II. “A shunned, private man and his canine spend an evening filled with terror.” Stars Mia Chiarella, Monique Curtis, Kelly Klein, Marcea Pierson, Tom Tansey, and Aylor Wells.


I hope you all enjoyed the premiere. I certainly did!