We are thrilled to present the second indie film in our new column The 5Ws and How: I Was a Teenage Superhero Sidekick. We spoke to J Hanna, the writer/director of the lighthearted superhero drama.

I was a Teenaged Superhero Sidekick

Directed by J Hanna, I was a Teenage Superhero Sidekick is the story of an ex-sidekick finding his way in the world, post superhero life. Produced by Kathy McCurdy, who made this movie a reality… more on that later. Our cast of characters is as diverse as the actors are. Barrett Mitchell plays Kid Dynamic, aka Larry, the ex-sidekick of the title who has to find his way in the world and find out what makes Larry LARRY. Andre Antwan plays The Frog King, the top-of-his-game superhero whose villain girlfriend, Croc Queen, played by Nicol Razon, breaks his heart and sends him down a spiral of pain and sadness. Milena Mortati plays the shrink trying to help Larry navigate his life. Emily Sandifer is Susie, Larry’s current love interest and the leader of an anti-superheros organization. Bill Ferris and Eryn Joslyn round out the cast as Dynamic Man and Electric Maiden, the people from Larry’s past who drove him out of the business.

We have an incredible group of people behind the camera as well. Hasbro toy designer Vanessa Fung did our poster and flashback comic book-style motion graphic sequences. And the talented composer of My Little Pony, Kelly Davidson, created our fabulous score.

Kid Dynamic, sidekick to Dynamic Man, quits the whole superhero racket and struggles with the transition… and with finding himself. His hippy-dippy headshrinker, who insists on outdoor yoga classes during psychoanalysis, helps him find the courage to go for the simpler life he yearns for. What he comes to understand is that life isn’t so simple, with or without the cape.

Basically the story is about finding out what makes you you and how you can come to see that. Seeing the truth in one’s self is a huge theme of the movie.

This movie takes place in a side reality to our reality. It is a world extremely similar to ours except, Superheroes/Villains/Powered People exist. Everything in this reality factors that in. From product branding, insurance, government employees… everything is affected by the powered entities. Also, LA…. it’s LA. Diverse, fun, sunny, and chock full of an eclectic mix of people, powered or not.

Behind the Scenes I Was a Teenage Superhero Sidekick

It was made in 2013-2014 by a very dedicated, incredibly talented group of people. It is currently in the festival circuit, having screened at 13 festivals so far, winning awards for Best Comedy at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival and Best Fantasy Feature at the Motor City Nightmares International Film Festival. We’ve screened at a wide range of festivals/geek cons reaching a diverse group of people. The feedback has been incredible.

I was on the hunt for my next creative outlet. I was going to do a short film but my producing partner kicked me in the butt and said, “make a feature… now!” So I wrote TSHSK and she and I developed it into the fighting-fit script it became. She and I (mostly she) then recruited the talented folks who helped make the piece that it is.

In the movie itself, the characters are motivated by a need to know themselves. It might sound corny, but everyone is on the hunt, whether they know it or not, to understand their place in the world. The characters stumble and grow and learn something. In the unlikeliest of places sometimes.

Find us on Facebook! Currently we are still festival-ing. We are also on the hunt for the right kind of distribution. So, go to the Facebook page and find out where you can see us next. Know of a festival in your area? DEMAND they screen I was a Teenage Superhero Sidekick and send them our way.

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War FlowersFrom the “Stars You Know, Movies You Don’t” category comes War Flowers, starring Christina Ricci in a historical war drama/romance. This flick is very different than the usual horror and sic-fi films that I watch online for free. It is great to see such a large variety of genres available via Snag Films.

Official Description: In this inspired story of tragedy, love and loss, WAR FLOWERS stars Christina Ricci, Tom Berenger, Jason Gedrick and Bren Foster. It’s North Carolina in 1863, and the Civil War is raging. Young mother Sarabeth Ellis (Ricci) and her precocious seven-year-old daughter Melody are struggling to survive the war on their farm. With the youngest lost to scarlet fever and her Confederate soldier husband away fighting the war, Sarabeth’s spirit is severely tested.

When a battle crosses family land and a Union soldier (Gedrick) is left wounded, she can’t abandon him to die—and an unlikely bond is forged between them in the midst of despair. As the war winds down, so does her hope for her husband’s safe return. Hungry and broken, they have endured as much as humanly possible. Then the promise of a new life—and new love—appears on the horizon.

Joining Ricci in the war drama are Jason Gedrick, Tom Berenger, Gabrielle Popa, and Bren Foster. The movie was written and directed by  Serge Rodnunsky and released in 2012.  Click here to watch the movie for free!

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Thursday is an all new episode of Heroes. That is something I never thought I’d say again. Check out this new teaser for Heroes: Reborn.

The continuation of the popular superhero drama is this Thursday, September 24 at 8pm on NBC. Jack Coleman returns as HRG to lead a new group of heroes and villains, included in the mix is Chuck‘s Zachary Levi.

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The Syfy channel has announced four new original movies for its 8th Annual “31 Days Of Halloween” countdown, to air over Saturdays in October. Check out the loglines, stars, and airing dates below.

Night of the Wild

Night of the Wild
Airing on Saturday, October 3 at 9PM
When a large meteor crashes into a quiet town, pet dogs become mysteriously aggressive, attacking and killing the residents. Night of the Wild stars Rob Morrow (Northern Exposure), Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl) and Tristin Mays (The Vampire Diaries).

Airing on Saturday, October 10 at 9PM
Michael and Rachel are devastated when their six-year-old son dies in a tragic accident. When a stranger offers to bring the boy back to life, they take the offer. However, the child who returns is not the child they once knew. Ominous stars Barry Watson (Masters of Sex, 7th Heaven) and Esme Bianco (Game of Thrones, The Magicians).

They Found Hell
Airing on Saturday, October 17 at 9PM
When a group of gifted college students run a secret teleportation experiment, they accidentally open a portal to another dimension, trapping them in Hell. One by one they are hunted, tortured and killed by the denizens of Hell who are bent on stealing their souls. They Found Hell stars Chris Schellenger (Hacker’s Game), Katy Reece (When the Pile is Crooked) and Austin Scott (Prep School).

The Hollow

The Hollow (pictured above) 
Airing on Saturday, October 24 at 9PM
On Halloween, three troubled sisters attempt to find tranquility by moving in with their aunt, but instead face a mysterious creature that threatens to kill everyone on their secluded island town. The Hollow stars Stephanie Hunt (Californication), Alisha Newton (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) and Sarah Dugdale (Sorority Murders).

You can check out a trailer for The Hollow here. Which of these original horror flicks will you be checking out?

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What is coming out on Wednesday, September 16, 2015? Here are six spotlight issues from a variety of publishers.


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Star Wars #9
Description: Luke’s lightsaber has been stolen and he must retrieve it! Meanwhile, the Imperials are closing in on Han and Leia… set upon them by a mysterious woman from Han’s past!
Writer: Jason Aaron | Cover Artist: Stuart Immonen

Agent Carter: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1
Description: Agent Carter is back in an all-new adventure that reveals her secret history with S.H.I.E.L.D.! When Dum Dum Dugan attempts to recruit her to S.H.I.E.L.D., will Peggy join up or go her own way? Operation S.I.N.s crackerjack team of Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis return to the world of Peggy Carter!
Writer: Kathryn Immonen | Artist: Rich Ellis


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Wonder Woman #44
Description: Wonder Woman is on the trail of Donna Troy, who seeks refuge in London from both Diana and her past. But a new friend may be more trouble than help for the fleeing Amazon outcast!
Writer: Meredith Finch | Artists: Jonathan Glapion, David Finch

Harley Quinn #20
Description: Like Los Angeles didn’t have enough problems with DC Comics moving in, now Harley Quinn is determined to take over Tinseltown! She’s an overnight entertainment sensation, but will the industry survive Harley’s fifteen minutes of fame?
Writer: Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner | Artist: John Timms


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Plants vs Zombies: Grown Sweet Home #4
Description: A new story arc begins! A group of young plants move out of Crazy Dave’s garage and into his huge family mansion in Neighborville. But why is Dr. Zomboss spying on them? Artist Andie Tong joins writer Paul Tobin for this three-issue arc! Bonus stories by Karim Friha!
Writer: Paul Tobin | Artist: Andie Tong, Karim Friha

The Paybacks #1
Description: REPO SUPERMEN! Heroism doesn’t come cheap, so when superheroes borrow money to finance their genetic enhancements or crime-fighting supercomputers, their debts make student loans look like IOUs! Enter the Paybacks, a repo squad composed of bankrupt former heroes here to foreclose on everybody’s secret lairs! From the team that delivered the acclaimed Buzzkill! Being a superhero has a price. Meet the team that collects it. A superhero comedy for the debt-ridden generation! Unicorn!
Writers: Donny Cates, Eliot Rahal | Artist: Geoff Shaw

What will you be picking up this week?

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Jack Frost 2 PosterWe try to take a look at a lot of lesser known movies that are available online to watch for free (legally of course!).

Today I took a look at the 2013 political crime thriller Dark Power. The movie has a bunch of familiar faces and a description that yells out “noir”; from the crime-ridden city to political assassinations to mothers with secrets, it has all of the foundation to be a great crime movie.

Official Description: Murder is the price you pay for power. When the mayor of a crime-ridden city and his opponent are both assassinated while seeking election, FBI agents John Archer (Sean Patrick Flannery) and Mila Driver (Kristanna Loken) reluctantly join forces to investigate the double murder—only to discover that City Hall holds more secrets than the identity of the killer.

Running out of people they can trust-even Agent Archer’s own mother (Morgan Fairchild) is harboring secrets- the duo realizes they are now the targets of a powerful criminal conspiracy, fueled by a shadowy “secret society”. Only the truth will stop the bloody mayhem.

Joining Sean Patrick Flannery, Kristanna Loken and Morgan Fairchild in Dark Power is Chris Carmack, Kevin Dobson, Richard Gleason, and James C Burns, from a script by Miguel Pagan and direction from John Milton Branton. Click here to watch the movie for free!

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Jack Frost 2 PosterWhen it comes to cult horror movie villains, you can’t get much better than a mutant snowman. Jack Frost 2- Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman builds on the original Jack Frost and takes it to the next level. The mutant snowman follows the surviving leads of the original movie on a tropical vacation, and you guess it, chaos ensues. The special effects and deaths make this movie worth a watch. Just make sure you have a big bowl of popcorn and a couple of beers.

Official Description: Jack, the chiller killer is back and he’s mad as hell! When a laboratory experiment goes horrifically awry, the crystal killer is resurrected. This time around, Jack can’t be killed by fire, bullets, or even anti-freeze. With revenge on his mind, Jack sets out to finish off his nemesis, Sheriff Sam, who is vacationing on a Caribbean island that is about to become a Winter Terrorland!

Jack Frost 2- Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman stars Christopher Allport, Eileen Seeley, Chip Heller, Marsha Clark, Ray Cooney, Ian Abercrombie, and Scott MacDonald. It was written and directed by Michael Cooney, who also wrote and directed the original. Click here to watch the movie for free!

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