Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Back in black.  Sorry that I've been neglecting this blog.  The daily moratorium on MySpace that I experience during the week has pushed me back into the loving arms of Blogger.  So, realizing that others are probably in the same boat, what I'll try to do is continue to copy and post stuff in both places.

So, first off, thanks to all that came out to the MFAH screening of Electric Purgatory.  It was pretty much a sold-out house, and the audience seemed to really get behind the material.  The panel discussion afterwards was also quite interesting, although there was an unfortunate lack of Black Rockers at the table.  Hey guys...your DP is one.  Just sayin'.  Anyway, much love to Raymond Gayle for putting on a successful event. 

Also, I am officially a guest at Texas Fear Fest in March.  A Closet Space screening announcement will soon follow, along with some other cast and crew appearances.  It should be exciting, especially with most of my horror genre heroes running around the place as well.  I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

Speaking of throwing up in my mouth, lately I've been trying to woo some horror "names" into taking part in Walking Distance.  For the most part, the talent I'd want actually seem to be into it.  Of course there's scheduling and pay scale and any number of other things to take into account now...but just opening a dialogue with these people is pretty damn exciting for me.  It re-awakens my dormant inner fanboy.  Anyway, I just have to wrap up the script in the next week or so and send it off.  I'm projecting a mid-April start on that.  We might as well adopt Marcus, our Tampa-based FX guy, since right after Distance we go into production on the Untitled Marcus Koch Project.

I finally finished reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.  It was good.  Damn good.  Actually, I think it's my second-favorite book ever.  (The #1 spot goes to Stephen King's It, and that probably won't ever change.  #'s 3-5 are also King books.  Surprise, surprise.).  Check it out if you haven't already.

And speaking of books, if (like me) you're into mid to late 90's hardcore/post-hardcore/emo (the good kind)/screamo, then make a point to check out Norman Brannon's new book, The Anti-Matter Anthology.  It's a compilation of some of the best interviews Norm did for his Anti-Matter zine back in the day.  This may sound only vaguely familiar to some of you, so let me help you out:  Norman Brannon used to be Norm Arenas, guitarist for Shelter, Texas Is The Reason, and New End Original.  To bring it full circle, Jonah Matranga was in New End with Norm.  So, here's to more cool people making stuff.