Applied Space

Through an invitation from longtime friend Tad Reedy, I was asked to join some folks at the house of Applied Space, an internet radio show production venue, tended to by the fine hostness of Frank Jenkins. Also laying out crazy wax was Nathan Hamlett, aka Maldek, who turned out to have composed music in 2004 for a former girlfriend of my filmmaker buddy Chris Sivertson. Itsy bitsy teeny weeny planet! It was a very eclectic night of sounds and I got turned on to a couple cool pieces including an split album side by Yellow Swans. 

Nathan Hamlett aka Maldek, Tad Reedy, Branden, Shade Rupe, Frank Jenkins at Applied Space.

Nathan Hamlett aka Maldek, Tad Reedy, Branden, Shade Rupe, Frank Jenkins at Applied Space.


Stuff afoot!

So, since June…

Went and spent a little over three weeks in the NW and had an amazing time. My friend Mark Schomburg is out in OR and we hung out a bunch. He used to run an artists’ warehouse I lived in. I really loved waking up to crickets and wind moving through trees rather than construction and fire engine sirens. Been seeing a bunch of bands lately:

She & Him
Devo / Tom Tom Club
Radiohead (twice)
Department of Eagles (their very first live show!)
Grizzly Bear
The Residents (tonight!)

Next week is Sunn O))) at the Knitting Factory which I’m really excited about. I’m going to be missing Brightblack Morning Light which sucks. I’ve been playing their last two albums repeatedly for awhile now. 

Finishing up Dark Stars!!! Almost there!!! So excited to get this thing out in the world!

Amazing dental problems. Teeth are just too expensive.

Dark Stars Rising

UK publisher Headpress and Shade Rupe have joined forces to release a book of the last 24 years of Shade’s interviews with various creators of darker art: DARK STARS RISING. (Read More)

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.



RUE MORGUE publisher RODRIGO GUDINO presents his short films

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.

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


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


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.