Archive for April, 2012

Joe Ripple Scares That Care

Hello Hello! Well there are a few more things to update this week – let’s get started. First up a sincere congratulations to Joe Ripple and the staff of Scares That Care – a national charity. This past Friday the 13th they we able to raise several thousands of dollars for people in need. Score a 10 out of 10 for this great organization!



     Speaking of Mr. Ripple, what has been going on with Timewarp Films? Well, Mitch Klein and Robert Long have been continually working on CRAWLER and are making progress. What is also very cool to see is that JEBEDIAH has a brand new trailer! I’m really looking forward to seeing a premiere for this.

The Fixer 

     Also in the feature news is that the trailer for the next FIXER film is now live! Starring Paul R. Seiber, Alfred Guy and George Stover, this adventure focuses along the lines of the horrific world of H.P. Lovecraft. Be looking for it to hit DVD in the near future from Lee Doll Film Productions.

After Movie Diner 

     A shout out to our friends over at THE AFTER MOVIE DINER for winning the prestigious 2012 TLA CULT AWARDS for best podcast! Richly deserved and our best go out to Jon Cross and company! Be sure to check out these talented folks – stop by their store and buy a coffee mug! Always something cool and zany going on at the diner.


     On the design front I’ve been busy getting merchandise together for the Smash or Trash Independent Filmmaking SHOP. We are almost done with the Don Dohler art, which will go well with the George Stover line we already carry. Stop by the shop and pick up a t-shirt, poster, or coffee mug. Remember that part of the proceeds will go towards Victim’s of Violent Crimes Organization as well as for a cure against cancer.


     Lastly, don’t forget about our current giveaway, the independent-filmed teen mystery “Little Bit of Love” that we are drawing names for the 1st of May. It received a favorable review from Joseph Henson of THE BODYCOUNT CONTINUES and will be reviewed on the AFTER MOVIE DINER podcast. Our thanks to Lee Doll Film Productions for the DVD, and I want to see you indie fans send in your name and address to for the upcoming drawing.

     Keep supporting independent filmmaking!


HEY! It’s giveaway time at the site again! Filmmaker Lee Doll has provided us with a copy of the 4th installment of ADVENTURES OF LOUANNA LEE “Little Bit of Love” as well as a poster! Everyone’s favorite teen detective is at it again – and this time it’s a whodunit! You can check out the trailer HERE. (Check out Smash or Trash’s Robert Long in the Rod Stewart fright wig – yikes!)

PLOT SUMMARY: A party is planned for Louanna’s grandpa (George Stover), to be held at the Wittingham Manor. But there is tension in the air at the stately home. When the lights suddenly go out, the bodies start to pile up. Can Louanna and Vicky discover the killer’s identity before they become the next victims?

Starring Louanna Lee 
Also starring George Stover, Leanna Chamish and Victoria Lynn 
Guest Starring Jennifer Rouse, Paul R. Seiber, Dylan Hintz and Sam Lukowski
Featuring Les Bradley, Bob Creager, Erik Kristopher Myers, Alfred Guy and Wayne Shipley

Produced and directed by Lee Doll


Screenplay by Mitch Klein 

Associate Producer Wayne Shipley 
Director of Photography Jeff Herberger You know the drill by now! Send your name and address to On May 1st a drawing will be done and the copy of this show will go out to some lucky winner of our website. This Louanna Lee installment is also going to be reviewed by Jon Cross of THE AFTER MOVIE DINER – so don’t delay and sign in for a chance to get your own free copy! 


Wow! What a week! Lots of updates! How’s that people? It’s Saturday – so let’s post something to end the week. Visual Effects Artist Mitch Klein has released a sneak peek of what the creature looks like for Timewarp Film’s CRAWLER. This wire frame animation can be seen HERE. I have seen this animal fully rendered and it is BAD -ASSED. Huge kudos and credits go out to Mitch – whom has done one hell of a job with it! I plan to post an updated interview with him in the future. Fantastic job Mitch!!!


Next is the very good news that actor Adam West FINALLY got his Hollywood Star this week.  The star of the1960s television show BATMAN has been in the business for 50 years – entertaining millions around the world. This award is looooooooooooong overdue. You may ask what does Adam West getting his star have to do with indie filmmaking? Not a damn thing – but it is my site, he’s my childhood hero, and is very deserving of all credit and appreciation due to him. Congrats Mr. West!


1974 brought the world one of the first Star Trek fan films that went to the point of creating realistic sets, costumes, special effects and miniatures. Paragon’s Paragon was the brainchild of John Cosentino (Alien Factor, Galaxy Invader, Blood Massacre) and starred his family and friends as members of Star Fleet as well as on the side of the Klingons.Much of this project was covered in the original  CINEMAGIC by Don Dohler. The film itself is 100 minutes long. I received a truncated version of 30 minutes from Don Dohler. From that I have made an 8 minute highlight reel. It can be viewed on YOUTUBE (sans sound) and on VIMEO (with a soundtrack).It would be incredible to see John’s work restored and in its original 100 minute format. Perhaps some day he will get a kickstarter project for it going. I for one would put money towards it. Paragon’s Paragon is an incredible Super 8mm feat considering it was done well before the days of CGI. I urge you to check it out.


Kevin Kangas does it again! The thriller GARDEN OF HEDON will premiere on April 26th in Baltimore, Maryland. Co-written and co-produced by Keving Kangas , this taut giallo based in the House of Hedonism stars Richard Cutting and Danielle Lozeau. Check out the cool trailer on Vimeo HERE!


It is with sincere regret that I pass along the unfortunate news of Tom Schneider’s passing.  I got the message from producer Lee Doll last night that Tom had passed after his battle with cancer. He was 60 years old. Mostly known for his stage work, Tom appeared in the Louanna Lee movie “Little Bit of Love” as the butler of a gothic mansion. Many of us at Smash or Trash worked on this production with Tom, and remember him as a funny, friendly man and a superb actor. Our sympathies go out to his family at this time.


Our resident reviewer Judy Furlow Grannas has done it again with another movie review for us. This time she tells us about I SOLD MY SOUL TO SATAN, a documentary about some of those wild and wacky people in Hollywood that will make a pact with the Devil in order to get fame and fortune.  The film is released by Chemical Burn Entertainment. To read her review, click HERE.

Wow! I have so much updating to do this week. Sorry it has been a while but between work, charity work and working on Don Dohler’s Crawler I have had no time. So this week I am doing some updating. To wet the appetite here are some samples of things to come.

 Don Dohler 1979

Okay, you see this cool photo? This is courtesy of John Dods – filmmaker and special makeup effects wizard times 10. John and I are Facebook friends and he recently posted a TON of never before seen photos from the 1st (1979) Nightbeast shoot. Talk about a walk down memory lane. The thin handsome gent seen above is Don Dohler, the Godfather of Do ItYourself Indie Filmmaking.  This was taken on location back in 1979. Thanks for sharing John!


Okay, now these cool people? They are Ali Lukowski, Erik Kristopher Myers, and Laura Myers. They are attending the Hot Media Awards  ceremony where their film – ROULETTE – walked away with a BOATLOAD of awards! Congrats! Many thanks to Leanna Chamish for use of this photo.


Now, this dapper gent is Jon Cross – the host of a fantastic podcast I listen to called THE AFTER MOVIE DINER.  I urge anyone that needs a smile and a laugh for the day to check out this entertaining show. Jon is a big supporter of Smash or Trash and has become a huge fan of Don Dohler’s movies. He interviewed George Stover on the podcast and is sporting the very spiffy George Stover T-shirt now available through Smash or Trash. More on that later.


Now George Stover here? This guy is a great actor, and has worked for people like John Waters, Don Dohler and a bevy of other talented directors. Well he was at this Hot Media Awards Ceremony and was taken by COMPLETE surprise to find out that he won the Lifetime Achievement Award in Independent Film! He also just won the prestigious Rondo Award and was inducted into the Monster Kid Hall of Fame. He is holding a beautiful collage presented to him from designer Carl Porter. Congratulations to George! Thanks to Les Bradley and Leanna Chamish for the photo.


As I may have stated – I am doing some work where part of the proceeds are going to charity. Above is an in-progress shot of a t-shirt design based on Don Dohler. Don passed away from two forms of cancer, so when the shirts and other merchandise become available, part of the money is going to go towards the fight against cancer. I’ll post updates as I get closer to being finished with it. A must for any Don Dohler fan.


We have a new cafe press store where you can buy Smash or Trash t-shirts, mouse pads, shot glasses, beer steins, and tons of others items that make great gifts for the indie filmmaker in your life. the link to the new store is HERE. Remember, if you buy items from our actor George Stover selection, part of those proceeds are going to go towards the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center. Get your gear today!