Efterklang and Slaraffenland at the Knitting Factory, May 28, 2008

My friend Karl turned me on to Efterklang summer 2006 by sending me the amazing track ‘Swarming’ in an email. I went to their site and found Grizzly Bear at the top of their list, and then caught my first Grizzly show in Sept. 2006. Love how this stuff goes down. The band just toured through America and Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear joined the band onstage for a couple songs. Caspar Clausen, the lead of Efterklang, took a picture with this girl’s camera who was standing next to me. Was a pretty great exciting show and the band had a great time.

SHADE at Eli Roth’s The Greats of Roth film festival at the New Beverly and the Texas Frightmare Weekend in Grapevine, Tx, Feb. 21-24

If you’re around the New Beverly theater on Feb. 17 or Feb. 20, I’ll be at the screening of Torso, Pieces, and Mother’s Day, and will be presenting for the first-time-ever to an audience 15 minutes of footage from the latest release from Wild Eye Relasing, BLITZKRIEG: ESCAPE FROM STALAG 69! The presentation is Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2:30 pm. I’m also manning the Wild Eye table in the dealers room. Drop by and say hi!

Jonny Greenwood’s Popcorn Superhet Receiver

I was at this show. Great stuff live.

VALENTINE VILLAINY AT THE PIONEER THEATER!

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH, 7 PM

RUE MORGUE publisher RODRIGO GUDINO presents his short films

THE DEMONOLOGY OF DESIRE and
THE EYES OF EDWARD JAMES along with
GIRLS, GUNS AND GOBLINS: THE MAKING OF THE DEMONOLOGY OF DESIRE,
*** MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH, 7 PM ***
at the
PIONEER THEATER, Avenue A at 3rd Street.

Rue Morgue swag bags will be given away and this is a rare chance to meet RUE MORGUE publisher Rodrigo Gudino in New York!

Rue Morgue Cinema and Shade Rupe present Valentine Villainy: An Evening of Short Horror Films About Love and Desire (Monday February 11, 7:00 pm at The Pioneer Theatre, 155 East 3rd Street at Avenue A, 212.591.0434) for a night of award-winning films including Rue Morgue Magazine publisher Rodrigo Gudiño’s controversial shocker The Demonology of Desire (“Bizarre, shocking and brilliantly done.” – Raindance Film Festival) and his acclaimed film The Eyes of Edward James (“A stunning psychological thriller.” – Toronto Sun). Also screening will be Phil Mucci’s award-winning film The Listening Dead (voted Best Short Film of 2007 in Rue Morgue Magazine’s Year In Review), and Stuart Andrews’ humorous and insightful Girls, Guns & Goblins: Making The Demonology of Desire. Both Gudiño and Mucci will be present to introduce their respective films and answer questions from the audience. A pile of swag bags courtesy of Rue Morgue will also be on hand for lucky attendees.

Shade Rupe proudly returns to the Pioneer for a grand night of filmic debauchery and debasement. Currently handling publicity for Wild Eye Releasing’s upcoming original feature, Blitzkrieg: Escape from Stalag 69, the Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments commentator and author of the upcoming interview anthology Dark Stars Rising is excited to offer the first full presentation of Rodrigo Gudiño’s film output to date. Valentine Villainy is the world premiere of this collection, and the combination of Gudiño’s colorful visuals and distinguished storytelling is guaranteed to send every participant home with a wry smile, and a coldly warmed heart.

An Official Selection of over fifteen film festivals worldwide The Demonology of Desire is an unnerving and bizarre experience involving a precocious young girl with a very unusual need. A powerful wish rips the soft fabric of friendship between an unsuspecting boy, the girl’s best friend and a sinister thing they keep locked in a cage in the basement…

This “brave, provocative, blackly comic and deeply perverse film” (FanTasia Film Festival) was awarded Best Short 2007 (Rhode Island Horror Film Festival) and Special Jury Prize for Best Actress and Best Effects (Fantastic Fest, Austin).

The Demonology of Desire features cinematography by Derek Rogers, CSC, (Cube, Resident Evil: Apocalypse) and special make-up effects by Gaslight Studio (300, Land of the Dead, Saw III). “One fucked up number” -Ain’t It Cool News.

An official selection of over twenty festivals worldwide, including the Toronto International Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival, The Eyes of Edward James has garnered awards in Korea’s prestigious Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival and Scotland’s Dead By Dawn Horror Film Festival.

The fifteen-minute suspense film’s tale unfurls through a hypnotized patient’s couchbound recant of the evening that his wife is brutally murdered. His eyes become our own as he makes his way through the dark maze of his own twisted memory. The Eyes of Edward James stars Richard Underhill (Blue Murder). “An auspicious debut” – Twitch Film

Director Phil Mucci began his career as a music and advertising photographer in New York City. During his decade long stint as a photographer, he worked with a slew of popular artists, including Christina Aguilera, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Trent Reznor, My Chemical Romance, The Killers, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, to name a few. In his gothic fable The Listening Dead, an obsessed composer and his wife are haunted by the apparition of a young woman. The composer’s wife unknowingly inflicts him with a horrible curse, and the spirit takes matters into her own hands… “Phil Mucci creates melodic little pocket universes… He has profound understanding of the techniques that make up film production from seemingly every era and uses those techniques to evoke the era itself in his work.” – Ain’t It Cool News

Rodrigo Gudiño is the president and publisher of Rue Morgue Magazine, one of the leading genre magazines in the world. He is the Senior Coordinator of the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear, Canada’s national horror expo, co-producer of Rue Morgue Radio, a weekly horror music broadcast, and programmer of Rue Morgue Presents CineMacabre, a monthly screening of new, rare, classic and cult horror films in Toronto’s legendary Bloor Cinema.

Wild Eye DVD in the New York Sun!

Film writer Grady Hendrix effuses over Shelley Winters’ mad performance as a Satanic queen in the Wild Eye DVD release of Jeannot Swarc’s The Devil’s Daughter.

http://www.nysun.com/article/64610

Fay Wray’s 100th Birthday Celebration at New York’s Film Forum

Wow! For the first time I had my press releases picked up and written up into Hollywood Reporter and Variety, online and print! Woo hoo!

(plus a shot-off-the-screen photo of Rick, Fay, Peter Jackson and Naomi Watts in Rick’s apartment in early 2004)

Hollywood Reporter

Variety??

Shade Rupe, Susan Riskin, and Rick McKay at NYC’s Film Forum 100th Birthday event for Fay Wray

MEMORIAL FOR THE SUPER FANTASTICALLY AWESOME COOLEST GUY ON EARTH **SHERMAN TORGAN** WHO GAVE US THE NEW BEVERLY CINEMA FOR NEARLY THREE DECADES!!

Sunday August 19, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, FREE ADMISSION – Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd.

Sherman Torgan was one of the shining lights in repertory film exhibition in Los Angeles, an unsung hero and one of the last of the independents. He was a guy who loved movies, knew a lot about movies (all different kinds of movies) and loved to share them with others at his theatre, the New Beverly Cinema. Sherman was a good friend of the American Cinematheque and would always stop in and chat with us when he dropped off his calendar schedules at the Egyptian. We occasionally circuited prints between our theatres when we had dates of the same films booked close together. Like many others who still enjoy seeing movies on the big screen (where they were meant to be seen), all of us here at the Cinematheque gradually got to know and love Sherman. He will be sorely missed.

The Cinematheque will not be screening a film at the memorial. But we will be hearing from numerous friends and associates of Sherman’s, who will offer short testimonials relating their fond memories and experiences of him and the New Beverly.

Staci Layne Wilson interviews Sid Haig

http://www.horror.com/php/article-1571-1.html

Spider-Man 3, Suicide Girls, Grindhouse Film Festival 2007, Alejandro Jodorowsky at GreenCine

Man, it’s been a busy several months. Here are a couple fun articles for May. I decided to visit Los Angeles in February for two weeks and ended up staying for two months. I sadly missed out on visiting my friend Chris Sivertson’s film set for I Know Who Killed Me by days, though that was because I was staying with Ulli Lommel in Marina Del Rey and had no car and Ulli had asked me to help him rewrite a script. So that was cool, Marina del Rey was cool, and Hollywood was even more fun. There was the amazing Grindhouse Film Festival put on by Quentin Tarantino at Sherman Torgan’s New Beverly Cinema that went on for two months. That was the main reason I stayed actually, was to see all those movies projected, and with such a great crowd. Tons of fun!

If you’re on your way to Spider-Man 3, and you dropped by here on the way, you have something else to look forward to besides how cool Venom is. Check out the man with the beard cheering for Spider-Man at City Hall in the clip below.

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A couple articles:

Stardom at Nervepop.com

Hangin’ with Suicide Girls

I am alive!
It’s been way too long. Since my last post I’ve been to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges, San Diego, Toronto, Montreal, Barcelona, Sitges (where both Alejandro Jodorwosky and Richard Stanley [see photo] were guests; astounding), Mount Rainier, and Williamsburg and Luray, VA. Busy! Now pretty much camped out in New York as Dark Sky is done and I’m freelancing around and selling stuff and all that. I really do need to figure out how to do this picture stuff too. Tons of great pictures to post. More later, but yes, I am alive!