What do you get when two horror fans mind meld during some raucous summer fun? Nazisploitation / horror flicks of course! With titles like OPERATION: NAZI ZOMBIES (2003) and REICHSFUHRER SS (2015), the team of David B. Stewart III and John Martineau have embraced a taboo niche.
Matthew Reel is composer and filmmaker whose films are a blend of art and horror with a strong social commentary. His Troma-released JESSIKA RABID (2010), staring Elske McCain and Trent Haaga, influenced a multitude of filmmakers and gained him a cult following. While he holds a degree in film and broadcast, he has a general disdain for film school theory and rhetoric, siding with originality and even obscurity for his unique portrayal of politics and values.
If you’ve ever seen a porno, and there’s a good chance you have, there’s even a better chance that you’ve seen Evan Stone. He’s also been nominated for 60 awards and have won 21 including Hall of Fame. He’s credited on IMDb for working on 1,214 films, but that’s actually a low number. He’s ubiquitous as Ron Jeremy and much like Ron, he’s doing quite a bit of mainstream cinema as well. In fact, I interviewed Sean Donohue...
The realization of our own mortality is eye-opening. There’s an urgency involved and priorities become abundantly clear. Michael Rodriguez has spoken with us previously, but today he is opening up about a terminal illness he was diagnosed with recently. He wants to share his message with the world while there is still time. We are humbled and honored that he felt comfortable including us in this part of his life.
Growing up a child of parents in the entertainment industry, (His father is the Emmy award-winning writer and director, Gordon Bressack, and his mom Ellen Gerstell is an actors.) James Cullen Bressack has always had the desire to create. It started with short films that he would often attempt to hand into his teachers in lieu of written assignments, and turned to feature length films into adulthood. With each endeavor, James grows, learns and attempts something new. Each film is artistically different, but all have a social commentary, intensity and sense of diligence that has become his characteristic.
The meat and potatoes of roughies always started with WATERPOWER and FORCED ENTRY. They became the stuff of great discussion and legendary in their own right as cult horror and exploitation films. Equally colorful is Shaun Costello, the porn star/director behind these films who is the very hallmark of the quintessential 70’s New Yorker.
Richard Stanley is an artist in every sense. We are fortunate to have a glimpse into his vision of a bizarre yet beautiful otherworld where he exists on a daily basis. Brilliant, abstract and child-like in wonderment, he offers a new perspective on reality.
Rarely will you encounter an artist who is so extraordinarily open and completely original. Richard Anasky is a producer, writer and director seemingly teleported from the 70’s, and he personifies independent film. With psychedelic colors, quirky humor, subliminal messages, and hippy soundtracks with overtones of doom, Anasky’s work is unmistakable.
Talking to Sean Donohue was refreshing. Not only is he fed up with film censorship for the purpose of distribution, he’s joining a growing trend of filmmakers doing something about it. He’s self-distributing. And now he is also distributing the horror films of others. One thing he will guarantee; he will never, ever distribute a PG-13 chopped-up abomination. Sean is a champion of the integrity of a film the way the director intends it to be seen, and he is raising his voice loud.
Pure unbridled passion and drive are the fire inside Michael S. Rodriguez. His personal inferno fuels this ambition. While many have tried to extinguish his dream, repeatedly he perseveres, and he does so on his own terms. This photographer turned filmmaker is taking control, and he’s got something to say.