Current News and Events Archive
This weekend… it’s been 10 years since we lost independent filmmaker Don Dohler. A whole decade now. Taken way, way too soon. A talented man, and a man that was loved by his family, friends and fans. Thank you for the mentoring, advice and the friendship Don. Thank you for the creativity and movies. I know we all wish we had many, many more years with you.
Over the 2016 Halloween Season, filmmakers Chris LaMartina and Jimmy George had a lot to be proud of. For one thing, their critically acclaimed found footage film WNUF Halloween Special played in the famous Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles. Also in attendance was LaMartina’s lovely wife Melissa, and actors Julian and Helenmary Ball.
There was a Questions and Answers session after the film. It was well attended, and enjoyed by all. Congrats to the cast and crew of Midnight Studios!
An added bonus is that the much-celebrated horror website BLOODY-DISGUSTING gave an incredibly flattering review of the WNUF Halloween Special. Be sure to check out their review HERE.
small office on Hollywood Boulevard surrounded by bikers and homeless. It was hard to tell where the
film ended and the production began. An additional two scenes were shot six months later and the
filming phase was complete.
in a storm. Travis and Bishart had no money to hire a real editor, so they tried to tackle that task with a
sense of impending doom. A year later, a workable cut still had not been found. Their production office
was closed and the editing was moved to Bishart’s home office. After another year, the work was
transferred to ¾ inch tape and various versions of the film were made in search of the perfect cut.
Creative disagreements, technical snafus, lack of funding and distractions from the next career step
were beginning to dilute the ability to finish Dark Seduction. Unable to find the cut, both men
returned to their other jobs and Dark Seduction was temporarily shelled.
movie, part comedy and all homage… Dark Seduction was all of those things. Travis was faced with
putting together what was now beginning to look like a collage of short scenes concocted under the
umbrella of high concept. It went into storage, a kind of post-apocalyptic hibernation, peaking out of
its cryogenic chamber every century or so to check and see if the world was habitable once again.
Travis’ vision, like all dreams to the dreamer upon awakening, lost cohesion in the stark light of day.
Ownership disputes followed. Now and again, an attempt to resurrect Dark Seduction would come
along then disappear. At one point, the negative was lost when an editor who had possession of it
suffered a stroke and went incommunicado for a year, but like Dic Jones, Travis persevered.
high quality restoration of the original footage now made it possible to re-edit! Time, experience and
perhaps a little wisdom had sharpened Travis’ dark dream into an actionable narrative that could now
be told. The style of the 40’s and the insanity of the 80’s were once again married, this time into a
workable relationship, and all the frenetic, quirky energy of the participants, from grip to actor, all of
their blood, sweat and tears come through in every single frame! All who took part were darkly seduced
by Travis’ obsession. They’ve had their Dark Seduction. Now it’s time for yours!
- The film was originally shot in Los Angeles, CA in the summer of 1984 and was never finished due to a long list of mishaps, creative battles, and lost footage.
- Featuring a classic film Noir detective, two beautiful Vampire Vixens and a supporting cast of hilarious characters; this lost cult classic, thirty years in the making, has the potential to become one of the greatest cult films of all time!
- Directed by Greg Travis, Industry Veteran, known for his Roles in Starship Troopers, Watchmen, Show Girls, and Man on the moon, and Starring his Sister Stacy Travis: Easy A, Ghost World, Bandits.
- A Documentary has been produced chronicling the film’s trials and tribulations from 1984 into present day. The documentary release will coincide with the release of the film.
- Shot on 16mm Black and White, making it a must see film for Purist’s, so good it’ll make them weak at the knees!
- On April 1st, 2016 a long overdue premier finally had it’s night! In attendance were Celebrities (Robert Townsend, Andy Dick, John Kassir, Vanessa waters). Also in attendance were the members of the cast and crew, that Travis was able to hunt down 30 years later. It was a midnight screening of ‘Dark Seduction’ at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles.
•Won: Best Feature 2015 – Spooky Empire Film Festival, Orlando Florida, October 2015, Best Horror Comedy 2015 – Weekend of Horrors, Bottrop Germany, November 2015
•Nominated: Best Thriller 2015 – National Film Awards 2016 – United Kingdom, and Official Selection of many other international film festivals.
Just in time for the Halloween season Independent filmmaker Kevin Kangas and two other directors bring a horror anthology to the public. Available – for now – is TERRORTORY through Amazon.com. Your intrepid movie reviewer gives you the breakdown on the goods for this gory endeavor. Check out the review HERE and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Hey there! We review a terrific independent romantic comedy called GUYS AND GIRLS CAN’T BE FRIENDS. You can check at the link to the review HERE.
Just in time for the Halloween season, we have three new horror movies released by Brain Damage Films! Now, Brain Damage has not always released the greatest stuff; sometimes the films have been head hurtingly bad. But, as of late the movies have bee much, much better! Click on the images below to go to my reviews. Stay spooky!
It has come to our attention that Herschell Gordon Lewis (known as the Godfather of Gore) passed away yesterday evening. He was 87 years of age. Lewis was a pioneer independent filmmaker who introduced buckets of blood, gore, and splatter to the movie industry in the early 1960s. Such movies as Blood Feast and 2,000 Maniacs! trail-blazed new avenues for aspiring horror movie directors. Working in both Florida and Chicago, Illinois Lewis produced several gore thrillers up until the early 1970s, and his influence was felt for decades. Here in the Mid Atlantic area, he had a wonderful cameo in the Gore fest CHAINSAW SALLY – where he appeared with veteran actor George Stover. We here at Smash or Trash Independent Filmmaking salute Herschell Gordon Lewis for his contributions to the independent film industry. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and may he rest in peace. Thank you H.G.L.
Announcing a night of networking for aspiring and student filmmakers in an effort to promote professional development in the local community.
Join us for a major networking event for professional and aspiring filmmakers in the mid-Atlantic! On August 17th, we’ll be hosting a panel of industry professionals to talk about their experiences, their upcoming projects, and to answer your questions.
Special guests include:
Erik Kristopher Myers – Director of the multi-award winning “Roulette” and the upcoming “Butterfly Kisses”
Anthony Greene – Director of the award winning films THICK, and Henchman’s War!
You’ll have the chance to meet tons of other accomplished and novice filmmakers who may be looking for skills like yours to make their next movie. In the film industry, connections are everything, so make yours here!
The event is free, and as a special offer to attendees TIVA-DC will be offering a 50% membership discount, as well as discounted entry fees for the upcoming TIVA PEER Awards. Show up and use this opportunity to join one of the biggest professional media production networks on the east coast at a super low cost!
Atlantic Coast Ventures
DC Stunt Coalition
More guests to be announced soon!
RetroMedia (Fred Olen Ray) has done the lovers of independent monster movies a tremendous service. The company has released Don Dohler‘s THE ALIEN FACTOR on blu-ray. This disc boasts a beautiful transfer and bucket loads of extras courtesy of actor George Stover. Click HERE to go to our review of this 1978 cult classic.
Next we have Moe Porne and Douglas Tilley’s take on the critically acclaimed found footage movie WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL. The brain child of Chris LaMartina and Jimmy George gets a hilarious and glowing review on Doug and Moe’s latest podcast. Click HERE to listen to it.