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Now displaying: May, 2016
May 30, 2016

Bill talks to documentary filmmaker Daniel Griffith of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures. Griffith explains how his independently-made documentary on film producer K. Gordon Murray opened the door to an ongoing career producing DVD/Blu-Ray supplements (for companies like Synapse Films, VCI Entertainment and Shout Factory) and documentary features on subjects like John Carpenter’s DARK STAR, Florida filmmaker William Grefe, Charles Band’s Empire International Pictures, and teenagers making Super 8 genre movies in the 1970s.

See Daniel Griffith's official website:
http://www.ballyhoomotionpictures.com/ 

 

May 17, 2016
Bill talks to film programmer and PhilaMOCA curator Eric Bresler. They have a conversation about his wide variety of projects, including his Video Pirates found-footage comedy shorts, the documentary OTAKU UNITE!, the Cinedelphia Film Festival and his work at PhilaMOCA. Other topics discussed include Philadelphia film culture and exhibition, tape trading, Eric’s admiration for the band Sparks, TLA Video, Pia Zadora, Eraserhood Forever (including this year’s headliner), visits from both South Philly gangsters and David Lynch to PhilaMOCA, Brian Schmidt’s THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE OF JOJO (AND HIS ANNOYING LITTLE SISTER), and the especially shady casting process for an independent film.
See Eric Bresler’s Video Pirates short film, HORRORS:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTPjCrF9Vjw
 
See the Eric Bresler-directed video for Psychic Teens’ “Everything”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00e8xuOqt4I
 
See ERASERHEAD’s The Lady In The Radiator perform “In Heaven” at PhilaMOCA:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xLCbZZ_iO0
 
Buy Eric Bresler’s Video Pirates Philadelphia DVD:
http://www.diabolikdvd.com/category/Cult-Favorites/Video-Pirates-Philadelphia-(Cinedelphia)-DVD-(NTSC-All-Region).html
 
Buy Eric Bresler’s documentary OTAKU UNITE!
http://www.amazon.com/Otaku-Unite-Steven-R-Bennett/dp/B000DZ7XXE/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1463490292&sr=1-1&keywords=otaku+unite
 
Visit Eric Brelser’s webite:
http://ericbresler.com/

 

May 2, 2016
Bill welcomes author J.A. Kerswell onto the show. Kerswell’s love for slasher movies inspired him to create the first website devoted to them (Hysteria Lives!), write a book (Teenage Wasteland, aka The Slasher Movie Book), co-host a podcast (The Hysteria Continues), and appear on the bonus features of numerous DVD/Blu-Ray releases for labels like Vinegar Syndrome, Arrow Films and 88 Films.  In addition to discussing these endeavors in detail, other topics include growing up in the era of Video Nasties, arthouse/horror hybrids, responding to criticisms, nostalgia among horror fans, and how to prevent one’s passion projects from devolving into drudgery.
 
Read J.A. Kerswell’s reviews:
http://www.hysteria-lives.co.uk/
 
Buy J.A. Kerswell’s book:
http://www.amazon.com/Slasher-Movie-Book-J-Kerswell/dp/1556520107
 
Hear J.A. Kerswell’s podcast:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hysteria-continues/id418884138?mt=2

 

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