Merry Christmas from all of us at Smash or Trash. Enjoy the little note of holiday cheer!
The New England Dynamic Duo of Matt Farley and Charles Roxburgh have hit a home run with the new horror/comedy DON”T LET THE RIVERBEAST GET YOU. Watch the Creature From The Black Lagoon‘s ugly 3rd cousin take on the citizens of a small town. You can read the review HERE.
The official Leanna Chamish merchandise is now available at cafepress. Mugs, t-shirts, buttons, and a hundred other items. Part of the proceeds go to a great cause – fighting for a cure for Alzheimers. Order yours today!
Smash or Trash is auctioning of various items to help future indie movie projects as well as some charities. Offered up are some Don Dohler prints and posters, a Batman print, a Phantasm poster, and Rambo, Killy Party and Graduation Day DVDs. The member ID name is smashortrash, so come on by and bid on some cool stuff!
Hello everyone,Just got my Smash or Trash Indie Filmmaking baseball jersey yesterday, and I love it! The company doing them did a great job! Also, a buddy of mine (Randall Thomas) just got his Smash or Trash Indie Film-making hat and coffee mug – which are both very cool! You can now get coffee mugs, hats, t-shirts, water bottles, hoodies, and many other items that sport our cool and unique logos, designs, and emblems. These are the perfect gift for yourself or for the independent movie maker in your life. Plus every purchase made goes towards keeping the site and content coming fast and strong for years to come. Click on the images above to go to the new store!
Smash or Trash now has merchandise available! You can now get coffee mugs, hats, t-shirts, water bottles, hoodies, and many other items that sport our cool and unique logos, designs, and emblems. These are the perfect gift for yourself or for the independent movie maker in your life. Plus every purchase made goes towards keeping the site and content coming fast and strong for years to come. Click on the image above to go to the new store!
SEALED FATES: Original Motion Picture Score by Ronnie Doyle
This incredible soundtrack by the multi-talented music composer Ronnie Doyle (United Kingdom) is now available for digital download. His score for Timewarp Film’s SEALED FATES is breathtaking, and the audio cues fit the on-screen visuals like a hand in a glove. Support independent composers as well as independent films by ordering this tremendous work now. Click on the image above to go to the download page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This DVD will be released soon so get ready to order yours!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Greeting one and all and happy Thanksgiving week! I will be spending my four-day weekend doing a big update, so be looking for more come next week!
But first, I want to tell you about Ethan Meyer’s LUCK OF THE DRAW, which is an online, in-depth documentary on the making of the independent thriller ROULETTE (by Erik Kristopher Myers). Each online chapter talks about the trials and tribulations of producing an independent film, and chapter 12 is a real nail-biter. What do you do when your film is completed, and an unforeseen problem blindsides you and threatens the integrity of your whole production? To find out, click HERE! This festival-worthy motion picture stars Mike Baldwin and Will Haza, and features genre favorites George Stover (Desperate Living), Frank Lama (Fear of Clowns 2), Leanna Chamish (Dead Hunt), Lee Doll (Grave Mistakes) and Dave Kalman (Come Hell or High Water).
I have posted a new movie review in the AT THE MOVIES link. It is for Vince Corkadel’s anthology of horror and mystery entitled DUST AND DEATH. Check out my thoughts about it here. Also, in the DVD Store, I have listed 14 independent movies at this point. More interviews and how-to articles to come as I have time.
Visual Effects Artist Mitch Klein (from his great website TALES FROM THE CELLAR) goes into detail about the various effects he did for the vampire movie STAKES (Timewarp Films). It’s informative, there are a lot of stills and video segments to look over and learn from. The link to that is here.
He has also posted a How-To video on Vampire Disintegration effects. This is well detailed as he goes through the steps from start to finish in a video segment. The link to this article is here.
If you love vampire movies and science fiction, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of STAKES, a well-done, action-packed thriller by Timewarp Films. You can pick it up here.