Howdy Folks! You know one of my favorite things to do on the blog is point out the awesome things the cast and crew of Love In The Time Of Monsters are up to out in the world. We’ve talked about actor Hugo Armstrong, (who plays Chester in the film) before, because he keeps winning LA Ovation Awards (the guy must have a mantle of those things by now). Now a film he stars in, co-wrote, and co-produced called OK, Good has been released on VOD!
OK, Good played in festivals throughout the world over the past year or so, and was picked up for distribution by Slamdance/Cinedigm. When the film played at Slamdance, Hugo and the director Daniel Martinico did a really interesting interview (with movablefest.com), which can be found here.
Here’s the official synopsis:
“Guided by motivational affirmations and encouraged by an intense physical-movement workshop, actor Paul Kaplan struggles through a series of demoralizing auditions that push him towards the edge. OK, Good mixes vérite technique with confining formalism to build a hypnotic and tweaked-out meditation on performance, identity, anxiety, and one man’s personal apocalypse.”
And here’s the (very David Lynch-ian) trailer:
I found out that the Patrick Creek Lodge was haunted the day after we started shooting there. More interestingly, I found out that the ghost resided specifically in the room that I had moved into. Awesome.
The story behind Room #16 is that it’s haunted by the ghost of a young girl named Maude, who hung herself there after her fiancee ran away on her wedding day.
A couple days before LitToM started shooting at the Lodge, our Stunt Coordinator, Rick McCallum, went up to prepare the area. Rick is the Co-Founder of Hollywood Ghost Hunters, a group who searches out haunted places and tries to connect with the spirits there. When Rick heard about Maude from the Lodge’s owners, Ellen and Greg, he immediately set up an impromptu Ghost Hunt.
Well, it was more of a Ghost Nice Chat … Rick communicated with Maude on three separate occasions and was amazed at how talkative she was. Here’s some video of Rick’s second conversation with Maude:
CAUTION: KINDA SPOOKY!
The footage of Rick’s third and last conversation with Maude is supposed to be amazingly emotional because of an attempt to help Maude cross over – Ellen burst into tears when she watched it – but Rick insists it’s too personal of a conversation and will never let the footage out.
It would be spooky enough that I was just sleeping in that room, but during the production I was actually kind of trapped in it. I had volunteered to take care of the movie footage, which means I had to work on a computer that was set up in the room all day.
I have to say, though, that my entire 3-week stay in Room #16 was nothing short of pleasant! I kept freaking myself out by expecting to see some horror out of the corner of my eye, either under the bed or peeking out from the creepy panel in the ceiling, but nothing ever surfaced. I slept great and never felt like someone was watching me. If Maude exists, she’s the coolest ghost ever.
As a skeptic, my personal theory is that any feelings of haunting is a direct result of Room #16 being located right over the Lodge’s rather nice and large kitchen. When you’ve got a dozen different machines operating right under you as you sleep there are sure to be vibrations or noises that appear to be supernatural, right? Well, here’s the clincher – when Rick had these conversations, THERE WAS NOBODY ELSE IN THE LODGE. The machines in the kitchen were off. The K2 meter had nothing or noone else to respond to.
Happy Halloween, everybody!
A couple of weeks ago this happened:
And it was pretty awesome.
For those of you not keeping score at home, a couple of weeks ago the LitToM crew travelled to Tucson, AZ for the Arizona Underground Film Festival and a very special sneak preview of our movie. And it did not disappoint.
In front of a mostly full theater, filled with a smattering of old friends and a lot of new faces, the movie played great. It got laughs where it deserved and appropriate silence when things got serious. Even when there was a small technical glitch involving a smudged bluRay (I’ll save the rant about BluRays for later) the audience was engaged and anxious to see how it all ended.
While all that was well and good, the screening was even more special for me as it occurred on my tenth anniversary of moving to Los Angeles. How perfect is that? Ten years to the day after moving from Tucson to LA to make movies, I went back to show it off. It’s a perfect narrative arc!
Or at least that’s the way I described it to anyone who’d listen.
I’ll tell you, there’s nothing quite as cool as achieving some crazy goal that you have in life. I was overwhelmed with excitement, pride, and just general achievement. It wasn’t quite as intense as when we finished that last shot in principle photography, or the insanity that was the cast and crew screening, but it was there and it felt great.
I’m so very grateful to the folks at the Arizona Underground Film Fest for allowing us, and specifically me, to have that experience.
Now it’s on to the next one. Hope to see you there!
Big News! Fox just released the trailer for Devil’s Due, the first major motion picture by our friends over at Radio Silence. By the look of things, they done good!
Congrats guys, it’s been awesome to follow you on your journey, from V/H/S to Sundance and beyond. I have no doubt this is just the beginning of a long career. I look forward to being scared this January…
I’m very excited to announce my very first panel appearance! It’s part of the SAG-AFTRA ‘Move’ initiative; Allison and I will be discussing how we went about making this crazy movie Love In The Time Of Monsters on a small budget. Come see us tomorrow If you are a SAG-AFTRA member, it’s free! Fair warning, since it’s my first panel, I’ll probably be imagining you all naked…
Here’e the official info:
“Shooting on a Shoestring, Distributing on a Dime”
It’s a nuts and bolts panel discussion about shooting and distributing high-quality low budget content (from web to theatrically-released features). Esteemed panel includes awesome filmmakers, Allison Vanore and Andy Gunn (Love in the Time of Monsters)
When: 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013
James Cagney Boardroom – Lobby Level
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Parking will be validated.
If you have questions, call (323) 634-8277 or e-mail Tohoru at email@example.com. If this is up your alley, please come!
I can’t believe it’s October already, what happened to summer? I certainly feel like September just flew by, as team Love In The Time Of Monsters hit the road for some special screenings of the film!
First up was our sojourn back to Crescent City, CA, where this whole journey started. Ever since we shot the film, we were determined to bring the finished project back to the awesome people there. Since we never could have completed the film without the help of the community, we decided to do a very special screening with all proceeds going to support local charities. After a lot of hard work from the folks in town, headed up but the supremely awesome Jenny Young, we were all set.
And what a screening it was! The local community came out strong, and we had over 300 people packed into 3 separate theaters at Crescent City Cinemas. We were lucky enough to have Doug Jones attend, and they even rolled out the red carpet; needless to say there were a LOT of photos taken. I believe the whole town showed up, and it was wonderful to see the great reactions from the crowd. It was pretty awesome being able to move from theater to theater, seeing how each audience responded to the film. Lots of screams, laughs and clapping; just want we wanted to hear!
Another bonus of going back was the ridculously good time we were shown before and after the screening itself. We hit up all the awesome local spots that we didn’t have time to see during filming (there is a rope swing on the river there that will make a man out of you, for reals!) Didn’t hurt that the weather was amazing (espcially coming from over 100 degree weather in LA). If you ever get a chance to visit Crescent City, don’t hesitate: it’s a wonderful place with a lot of wonderful people. Tell ‘em Love In The Time Of Monsters sent ya!
All in all, it was a great trip: we got to see how the movie played in front of large audiences and were able to raise some money for good causes. In addition, I really feel like we got to close the circle on that portion of the moviemaking process. The first time we went up to the area was early 2011 with the dream of making this crazy movie; to come back 2+ years later with a completed film was truly a remarkable thing. Thanks to everybody in Crescent City and greater Del Norte county for helping to make it happen! It’s an experience we’ll never forget.
Do you want to see more photos from the night? Check out our Facebook page, and LIKE us while you’re there! And stay tuned for more reflections on what was a wild and crazy month of September coming up next week! (Can anyone say Tucson?)
The Big LitToM News this week is that on Friday night, Love in the Time of Monsters has a special sneak preview screening alongside the Arizona Underground Film Festival in Tucson, Arizona! We’re crazy excited to bring LitToM to the desert, especially since I, Director Matt Jackson, Co-Producer Allison Vanore, DP Jorge Urbina, and a bunch of other crew are actually University of Arizona alumni. We met in the Media Arts program in the early 2000s and worked on countless projects together over the years, so this trip is kind of like our personal Homecoming.