Things that make me happy…

The long awaited sequel to Beetlejuice hits theaters on September 6th, 2024 and reunites Michael Keaton with Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara. They are joined by an incredible cast that includes Jenna Ortega, Monica Bellucci, Willem Dafoe, and Justin Theroux. Tim Burton returns to direct the ghost with the most.

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Evil At The Door from producer/director Kipp Tribble is an independent thriller that stars Bruce Davison, Andrea Sweeney Blanco, Robert Allen Mukes, and Sunny Doench. The movie “centers around a secret guild that has operated for nearly a century, known as The Locusts. Once a year this guild treats its members to a night of curated home invasions (aka, “runs”), known underground as “The Night of The Locusts”. With 180 minutes to do as they please with the occupants of the selected home, four masked men enter the home of Daniel and Jessica and begin to engage in sick, twisted games with them.”

We spotlighted the movie before its release here. You can watch it for free on Tubi TV. Evil At The Door is distributed by Terror Films and produced by MRP Entertainment.

Posted on August 9th, 2023 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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What is The Roadie about?
The Roadie is a YA action & adventure book that follows university student Ezra James and his friends on the road trip of a lifetime as they follow a mystical treasure map. Along the way, they must overcome daring challenges and take perilous risks. What are they willing to sacrifice to have it all?

What inspired this story?
I have always loved travelling, adventure and more specifically road trips! While I was living in French Polynesia I decided to finally start writing my debut novel The Roadie drawing upon these experiences. I also drew upon themes of friendship, young love, escapism and determination to convey a feel-good message to any reader.

Tell us a little about you, who is Ethan J. Kearl?
I am a 22-year-old Canadian just finishing up my Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and hope to attend law school in Fall 2024. My hobbies include anything related to sports/fitness, reading and writing.

How can we read The Roadie?
The Roadie is available worldwide through Amazon on Paperback and Kindle.

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Posted on June 4th, 2023 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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I love the 90s, UFOs, and rom-coms. The independent film UFO Club speaks directly to me, and I had the absolute pleasure of reading the original script and getting to see this movie go from the page to the screen. The flick’s writer & director Steven Tsapelas chatted with My Hollywood Dream to share more details on making the movie and how you can see it.

Who?

UFO Club was produced through the Long Island-based production company In the Garage Productions, run by husband and wife Ken Frank and Shawna Brandle; it was also made possible by film producer David Rheingold, who regularly champions independent film projects that he believes in. We have an incredible cast of younger actors, including Spencer Gonzalez as the lead William, Eloise Gordon as Alex, Paolo Kossi in the role of Johnny and Josiah Schneider as Chris. Our editor was the amazing Vaj Potenza.

Oh, and I wrote and directed it!

What?

In the year 1998, a nerdy high schooler named William has to strike up a friendship with an intimidating classmate named Alex because he believes she has a videotape that will not only prove the existence of aliens, but will also exonerate his recently incarcerated mentor, UFOlogist Dr. Peter Greenport (Jerry Colpitts). It’s a movie very much informed by my high school experience, combining my then love of The X-Files, with elements of some of my favorite time-appropriate teen rom-coms, like She’s All That and Can’t Hardly Wait. It’s a pure throwback, with a lot of heart, and a fun sci-fi element.

Where?

The film is set in a fictional town on Long Island, and was filmed in some really iconic Long Island locations: including All-American Burger in Massapequa, the Malverne Cinema, and my very own high school in Bethpage. However, we filmed most of the movie in Connecticut, in and around my home.

When?

We filmed UFO Club in the summer of 2021; for many of us, this was our first time back on set after quarantine and it was great to get together and make something. Truly, it was a communal experience. It is set in the year 1998, the year before I graduated high school, and there was something comforting about the nostalgia of “living” in that time period. In filming UFO Club, we really tried to evoke a sense of the late 90s: however, we made not sure to exaggerate that time period, instead trying to play it as real and mundane as the 90s actually felt to those that lived in it. Mostly, this was done through the removal of modern tech, along with the addition of some classic tech: cordless home phones, old tube TVs, and we even found a functioning payphone for one scene.

Why?

In high school, I was in an actual UFO Club in my high school. A guest speaker came to the class and raffled off a video of a purported UFO crash on Long Island; however, the raffle was won by a girl who drew her own name. My nerdy group of male friends knew we’d never see this tape, because a girl would never invite us over their house. I always thought that was an amusing idea: in order for us to see the tape, we’d have to get outside of our comfort zone and TALK to a girl.

This concept was in the back of my head when I met Ken Frank at the Long Island International Film Expo in 2019. He wrote and directed Family Obligations, which won Best Feature that year. We got to talking and found we had a lot of similarities. He had such a great experience making a movie that he convinced me I should do it, too.

Actually, one of the biggest reasons I wanted to make it is because I wanted to involve my family: my wife Ana, our kids Stella and Linus. I used to produce short films and web content with my friends when we were in our 20s, but had been so busy with my day job and raising kids, that I stepped away from it for a while. The opportunity to show kids that you CAN create something, from start to finish, was a major factor in my wanting to do this. And Stella & Linus were very involved. They act in the movie, helped create some props, and were just involved from the beginning to the end. We’re talking about making another movie now (Bigfoot Club) and, once again, the main reason I want to make it is to get them involved.

How?

We’ve had a very successful festival run: winning Best Feature at Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival; Best Comedy Feature and Best Writer at the Chain NYC Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Long Island International Film Expo. Because of that, we were picked up for distribution through My Spotlight Independent, a division of My Production Limited, and are now available on a few platforms: Amazon Prime, Tubi and My Spotlight Independent’s own streaming service. There will be more platforms throughout the year, and we’re excited that more people will be able to watch UFO Club!

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The Last Days of Capitalism was written and directed by Adam Mervis and stars Mike Faiola and Sarah Harper. The independent drama is about a man and woman who “begin a complex affair over 72 hours in a Las Vegas penthouse” where “both have secrets, and getting to the bottom of those—without the inevitability of money getting in the way—will be a challenge.” Last year we talked to the movie’s producer Mark Stolaroff and spotlighted the film (The 5Ws and How: The Last Days of Capitalism).

You can watch The Last Days of Capitalism on Amazon Prime.

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Six Years Gone from writer and director Warren Dudley is a powerful indie drama that focuses on a single mom whose 11 year old daughter goes missing and how her world comes apart in the aftermath. The cast is led by Veronica Jean Trickettt and features Sarah Priddy, Russell Shaw, Anna Griffiths, and Glenn Salvage. You can learn more about the movie in our spotlight interview with Dudley and you can watch the movie for free on Tubi TV.

Official Description: “Six years after the case of her daughter’s abduction has gone cold, Carrie Dawson is about to put everything on the line to end her nightmare.

Six Years Gone is distributed by Indie Rights Movies.

Ariya Kai The Secret of Colony LIFE

What is Ariya Kai The Secret of Colony L.I.F.E. about?  
I think the best way to answer that question is with the book’s blurb itself: The colony was under attack from within. The rebels not only grew in number, but boldness as well. Ariya Kai, a young security officer with psychic gifts and abilities was recruited to join a secret organization to fight for ‘The Colony and its People’. Ariya always wanted to make a difference, and it was an honor no one in their right mind would pass up. Seeing the horrors from the front line, she quickly realized things were worse than she had imagined. When her psychic gifts reached another level, her newly gained ability was the turning point some in the organization had been hoping for. Ariya never thought it would bring her face to face with her destiny…

What inspired this story?
The story, or idea, had been floating around in my head for a while and it was time to put it to paper. I wanted to create an action packed sci-fi story with themes that I thought were interesting to explore. And having worked on other creative people’s projects for a long time, it was time to work on my own.

Tell us a little about you.
I am F. Z. Zach, author of Ariya Kai The Secret of Colony L.I.F.E., and I am a veteran of the Hollywood movie industry specializing in visual effects. I have always loved story telling and I have been coming up with ideas for stories for as long as I can remember. First, I started writing Screenplays, but realized early on that my original vision would be compromised. While in Hollywood I worked to bring other people’s vision to the big screen, but it was time to work on my own creations. Becoming an Author and writing books, I realized this medium offers me the best platform to express my authentic vision.

How can we read Ariya Kai The Secret of Colony L.I.F.E.?
I [F.Z. Zach] can be found on Twitter and Ariya Kai The Secret of Colony L.I.F.E. is available for purchase on Amazon and my website.

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Posted on April 3rd, 2023 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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