Site Dedication: In Producer Don Dohler’s Memory Archive

It is that time of year again where we pay tribute here at Smash or Trash. In early December, 2006 we lost a dear friend and mentor here at Smash or Trash; filmmaker Don Dohler. Many tributes have been made to him, but it cannot replace the fact that we wish he was still with us – spending time with his family and friends and being creative. We still miss you Don, and thank you for continuing to inspire countless people around the world.

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Saturday August 3rd at Horrorfind 13 (Gettysburg, PA) the  2nd episode of the teen detective show “Adventures of Louanna Lee” will be showing on the big screen at 10 am. Producer Lee Doll will also have a table set up that will sell all 3 completed Louanna Lee episodes, the 70s cop drama The Fixer, as well as posters and CDs. Some fun facts about this Louanna Lee episode include:

• Special guest stars Count Gore De Vol (Dick Dyszel) and award-winning actor Will Haza (Roulette)

• The regular cast includes legendary genre favorite George Stover and Scream Queen Leanna Chamish

• The episode is Halloween-themed (thus the showing at Horrorfind) and is family friendly

• Several members of the cast and crew will be on hand to meet and greet the attendees

• This episode is dedicated to the memory of indie filmmaker Don Dohler

Also showing after that will be Justin Timpane’s movie NINJAS vs VAMPIRES. Come out to support independent films!!!

Don Dohler

The above photo was taken by Leanna Chamish. I always like to give a shout out to our buddy Don Dohler, who passed on a few years back. He was instrumental in the low-budget independent film industry, and gave such people as J.J. Abrams their start. Happy birthday Don. You are sincerely missed.

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Next week we start production of Smash or Trash TV, which of course means this next week will be crazy. We have some great guests lined up and are working on getting film clips and such. Frank Lama and I want this to be a well rounded show that really hits the target audience between the eyes. That will take some work and tweaking, especially for the fist couple of episodes. We look forward to you all tuning in!

Cinematic Titanic THE ALIEN FACTOR

From the creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Joel Hodgson) and the original cast of the show comes Cinematic Titanic’s take on Don Dohler’s THE ALIEN FACTOR. My thanks to Greg Dohler, John Kinhart, David Ellis and George Stover for bringing this to my attention. Click on the image above to watch the 1st five minutes. To get on the mailing list drop them an email at emailcub@cinematictitanic.com. This DVD will be released soon so get ready to order yours!

Roulette Trailer Erik Myers directed

Director Erik Kristopher Myers brings you another great installment of Ethan Meyer’s LUCK OF THE DRAW. This series is an incredibly in-depth look into the triumphs and heartaches of producing the independent movie ROULETTE. The latest installment can be found HERE, and the newly remastered trailer can be found HERE. Plus, the re-shoots for the movie are winding down. Do you have the desire to be an extra for their March 3rd evening shoot? It will be held in Columbia, MD. For more information on how you can appear in the movie, go to their facebook page HERE. Personally folks – I think this trailer kicks major butt’ if the movie can live up to the glimpse we see here, these people have one HELL of a movie on their hands!

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 Dick Dyszel (Count Gore De Vol, Bozo the Clown, Captain 20). This award-winning feature is jam-packed with incredible extras. Pre order yours today HERE.

Don Glut DVD Giveaway

So when is the next giveaway? Right now dang it! Donald F. Glüt of Frontline Entertainment has donated these two sexy and sizzlin’ monster movies for your viewing pleasure!  Don is a tremendous guy and an independent filmmaking legend. If you like your creature features to be fun, hot, and campy then look no further! Both come loaded with DVD extras! You know the drill by now folks; email me your name and address and I will put you in for the drawing on March 7th.  One winner per title. Yes, those that win the prizes will need to pay $2.00 S&H (US) or $6.00 S&H (Foreign). Due to the nature of these productions you must be 18 or over to enter the drawing!

As Darkness Sets In Trailer

So, have I ever known the joy and pain of directing a film? Yes I have! In the early to mid 1980s I directed a couple of slasher flicks.  With the help of Erik Kristopher Myers and Brian Andress, a newly minted trailer for my 1984 film AS DARKNESS SETS IN is now up on youtube. This labor of love starred Tami S Marshall, Anthony Chilla, Ann Ehlers, Michael Gerischer, Tim Reed, Kelly Clark, David Bretag, Cliff McFerren, Scott Naumann, and myself.  Thanks to Erik and Brian, the trailer turned out incredible (Erik did the VO for the trailer – he’s awesome – hire this guy for your movies!) and there is now talk between myself and these gentlemen about refurbishing the film and eventually getting it released to DVD. Want to see the trailer on the big screen? It will be one of many played at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore on March 1st! Leave a comment on Youtube – always welcoming feedback!

Will You Be There

Finally, today all principle photography was wrapped on the 2nd episode of the ADVENTURES OF LOUANNA LEE. I have seen the rough cut and it is fantastic! There is also a music video we shot with the talented Louanna Lee that had a whole team of professional dancers working with her! For more information on this indie adventure show, you can go HERE.

Remember that independent filmmakers are working hard to bring you unique, quality entertainment that isn’t the same old stuff seen at your local cinema megaplex. Support these creative people – we all really appreciate it.

Happy Birthday Don Dohler!

This Wednesday we wish a very happy 64th birthday to our friend and mentor filmmaker Don Dohler. There are a couple of great fan pages dedicated to him on Facebook. Don, thanks for being a fantastic inspiration. We love and miss you.

 

Adventures of Louanna Lee ani

Next, principle photography on ADVENTURES OF LOUANNA LEE episode 2 has wrapped and is now in post production. Special guest stars of this episode include comedic actor Will Haza and horror host Count Gore De Vol. To order Louanna’s mystery DVDs and her upcoming Rock CD, click HERE.

Every other day is Halloween

Correspondent Leanna Chamish informs me that a brand new review of EVERY OTHER DAY IS HALLOWEEN (the life and career documentary of horror host celebrity Dick Dyszel) is up over at Horrortalk.com. The review is by Steve Pattee and includes screencaps. Find out more HERE.

99 percent sure, a Pat Taggart film

Speaking of reviews I have a NEW review for the site. This month I take a look at filmmaker Pat Taggart’s indie romantic comedy 99 PERCENT SURE. To get the lowdown on this film and my thoughts on it click HERE.

Fear of Clowns 2

And to top things off, producer/director Kevin Kangas’ sequel  to his smash hit FEAR OF CLOWNS is now available for download or streaming through Amazon.com. This action-packed gore-fest stars Jacky Reres, Frank Lama, Johnny Alonso, and Mark Lassise as Shivers the Clown. Click HERE to get it!

Don Dohler

The photo above was taken by Leanna Chamish, a few years back on the set of DEAD HUNT. This week we take a moment in remembrance to filmmaker Don Dohler, whom this site is dedicated to. We lost this fine man three years ago to cancer. His accomplishments are too numerous to list here, so I will say he was a pioneer for do-it-yourself filmmakers and an incredible inspiration to many people in the movie industry. On the personal side of his life he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, sibling, mentor, and friend to those family members and friends that were part of his life. Don, in honor of your memory I will be watching your movies this week.

Safe House poster

The gala world premiere of Johnny Alonso’s SAFEHOUSE will be this Friday at the Historical Senator Theater in Baltimore. It promises to be a red carpet event. Everyone in the area should check it out. Details can be found HERE.

Roulette poster

Erik Kristopher Myers brings forth his brand new actress in this new installment (Episode 13) of LUCK OF THE DRAW. Will she be able to breathe new life into the troubled production? Click HERE for all the juicy details!

NYC Finance Con

In other news, did you know there is a big indie film conference coming up in March of 2010? It will be held in New York and will deal on one of the most IMPORTANT matters to modest budget movies; how to get financing! You will not want to miss out on this! Details on the speakers, event, etc can be found HERE.

Bounty scene starring Tom Proctor

Director Kevin Kangas (Hunting Humans, Fear of Clowns) brings his fans an exclusive clip from his action-packed movie BOUNTY starring Tom Proctor. Check out the scene HERE! 

Will Haza

Up and coming Comedian/Actor Will Haza has been busy guest-starring in the 2nd episode of the “ADVENTURES OF LOUANNA LEE.” A man of many talents, he has also produced a brand new episode of MIDNIGHT BREAKFAST starring Monty Carlos. This off-beat puppet show pokes fun at talks shows and is a blast. You can catch the latest installment HERE.

Aoll 2 teaser

Busy shooting of the next episode of “The Adventures of Louanna Lee” is deep into production. The still above is the main cast posing “in character.” Not only does this episode feature crowd pleasers George Stover and Leanna Chamish, but the very special guest star is none other than TV’s Count Gore De Vol!!! The production promises to be great fun and highly entertaining. Stay tuned to this site for more updates.

AoLL 1st Episode

Speaking of the “Adventures of Louanna Lee,” did you know the pilot episode is now available on DVD for the first time? Follow Louanna Lee (a Nancy Drew-like character) on her first case as she comes across a diabolical scheme that involves crooked gambling and the possible death of a beloved racehorse. It stars Louanna Lee as well as genre favorites George Stover and Leanna Chamish and guest stars Les Bradley, Robert Long II, and Wayne Shipley. The DVD comes stockpiled with extras too:
87 minutes of programs!
Episode 1 of Adventures of Louanna Lee, “Call Me Little Miss TNT”
4 Louanna Lee Music Videos:
– “Light of Love”
– “Spirit Leads Me”
– “Can’t Decide”
– “Little Miss TNT”
2 Preview Trailers
Plus Mini-Feature, “A Day At The Antique Shop”
DVD includes Mini Poster insert
Check out the new store and pick up your copy HERE.

Hey, another interview, review, and contest coming up. I’ve added five brand new links to great people and companies that can help your films in the LINKS section.

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Legendary character actor George Stover (of John Water’s movies)

remembers Don Dohler. You can scroll to his musings here:

Special Effects Artist Tom Sullivan (of the Fly II and Evil Dead fame) pays tribute to Producer Don Dohler at the link below. You will find it right after Actress Darla Albornoz’s tribute to Don.

http://smashortrashindiefilmmaking.com/?page_id=7

Hello everyone,

I finished up my tour of duty for Horrorfind March 2008 and have to say that it was tremendous fun! I will go into more detail later in one of the columns about it, but there were great people to meet and good lessons to be learned. I helped man the Timewarp Films table and had a blast! Plus, some good money was raised for the charity “Scares That Care.” Kudos to Director Joe Ripple for that! I will have pictures of the event to post soon.

There are nearly 30 links up on the links page now – check em out! I am working on stuff for the advice column and getting a few more interviews up. Right now I have got to get up and start doing the boring side of stuff – like taxes. Stay tuned this week for more stuff going up, and remember to help get the word out about Smash or Trash Independent Filmmaking – where the advice of veterans will help other movie makers make better features!

Don Dohler and Leanna Chamish at the world premiere of VAMPIRE SISTERS

It is the weekend, so I hope to get a decent amount of content up. Today actress Leanna Chamish has her touching eulogy to producer Don Dohler posted. The link is here: http://smashortrashindiefilmmaking.com/?page_id=71

Also, actress Darla Albornoz pays tribute to Don as well, under the site dedication department.

I am busy working on the links and the how-to articles. More content will be up by the end of the weekend. I have been receiving positive comments on the look, feel, and articles that have been posted so far; thank you. There is a LOT more where that came from!