Will You Ever Get to See STONER WITCHES?!?

Last Saturday, November 7th I showed my film Stoner Witches at Glob in Denver, Colorado. About 50 people came to the screening, some awesome bands played and I got to see two amazing films. It was one of my favorite nights in Denver this past year and many, many thanks to the performers, filmmakers and John Golter for hosting it at Glob.

Since then, people have been asking me where they can see my film online. I would like to answer that question right now.

Stoner Witches will not be posted online for one year. If you wanted to see it, then you should have come to the dam screening.

However, there will be several more opportunities to see the film for people living outside of Denver.

Over the course of 2016, I will be attempting to arrange showings in the following cities:

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Missoula, Montana
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Brooklyn, New York

(dates will be announced as they are finalized)

12/01/2015-Note: so I have decided to show the film a few more times in Denvver. Check this blog, I’ll write about it or the show section, I’ll list the dates there when I have them.

The Making of “STONER WITCHES” (Premiering Tonight!)

In 2013, I made my first film with my friend Matthew Mendull. It was a short advertisement for an appearance I was making at the Pehrspace in L.A. in February of that year. It took Matt and I two days to finish shooting it. One evening to gather a few friends together and do a brief scripted rip off of Revenge of the Nerds and an afternoon to walk around and grab musical montage shoots. When Matt had completed the editing I was amazed that I had made a film.

The bug had bit me and three months later Matt and I tried to make a trailer for Kevin John Wesley and I’s film idea, “Hitler High: Pandora’s Bong”. It was an ambitious affair compared to our first attempt. We made a graveyard set in Matt’s basement, filmed in multiple location throughout Denvver and Golden, hired Nate Hayden (creator of Cave Evil) to create some gory special effects, and dragged a group of 10 people around for two days.

And, in the end we didn’t end up with the film we had wanted. We made minor mistakes in our filming which left the narrative a bit muddled and our post-production process wasn’t too great so in the end, our “trailer” became a short Cinéma vérité style documentary of our attempt instead. (you can watch it here!)

And for some reason this failure to produce the desired end result left me wanting more so in the Fall of 2013 I began writing a short film. By the Spring of 2014 I had completed a 20 page script, convinced five of my friends to act in it, found a costume and makeup person and even found a local filmmaker (who had even made two feature length documentaries) to handle all of the cinematography and editing. Rehearsals were done for three weeks and filming was scheduled months in advance.

On the first day of shooting in the Summer of 2014, one of the main actors didn’t show up. We rescheduled a few weeks later but then our local filmmaker (the only one of us who owned a camera and knew how to edit film) suddenly enrolled in graduate school and that film was never completed. I was totally bummed and after all of that logistical work to get this thing together I was also extremely frustrated.

For three months I searched around for someone else with experience, good taste and a camera to no avail. A few weeks after that I was lamenting that I’d never be able to make a film again because I could never afford a camera that could produce screen worthy images when I discovered cheap HD camcorders on eBay. Both Matt and the other filmmaker I’d worked with had fancy cameras with costs way outside of my budget. I would never be able to invest in a DSLR or something better but I could afford an HD camcorder which wasn’t great but did produce something good enough.

In November 2014 I began writing a script. Using what I had learned over the last year I wrote a short one with minimal casting and production needs to try to achieve something that I could realistically shoot and edit myself. Then I found a trustworthy friend to act in it with me and over the course of the next 10 months we’d get together, rehearse and slowly film what scenes we could. Even then, I had to accept the fact that the end result would probably not match the vision in my head.

Even then, the filming didn’t work out as planned. People’s schedules never matched up with other people’s schedules, it rained on a night when we were to shoot under the moonlight, I accidentally forgot the microphones…..but, this time in the end I had enough good footage to edit down. This time, I would be able to finish a film.

On October 3 (the day before my 44th birthday) we finished filming and I began editing two days later. A day into, it I realized I needed more coverage for certain shots so I did more filming and then began editing again.

Even today, the night the film premieres, I’m still editing but more importantly, the film has turned out pretty darn good. It has its beginner’s mistakes but overall, it ended up way better than I had expected and in my head I’m already begun planning the next one.

Come down to Glob tonight at 9:00PM and see my first short film, “STONER WITCHES” starring Jim Compton, Colin Blount, Justin Loski and myself with directorial assistance provided by Amie Rau and Joel Spencer.

Really, I think you’re going to be amazed.

The graveyard set for Hitler High: Pandora's Bong

The graveyard set for Hitler High: Pandora’s Bong

November 7: Data Rainbow, The Existential Beaver, The Mayoreo Show

Show Poster created in MS Paint.

On November 7 I’ll be showing my first short film where I did almost everything (written, directed, makeup done by…you get the picture…) and well, I’m kind of nervous about it. The whole project has been a great learning experience and it has given me a taste for stop motion animation. …but enough about me, there are some other amazing things going on at this show on November 7…..I profiled SCOLDED a few posts back so here’s the rest…..

First up is Zach Reini. He’s a really interesting local artist and musician. He owns the Leisure Gallery on Santa Fe and from the rumors I hear, he is a highly $ucessful artist on the fancy gallery circuit.  He also fronts the popular hardcore band, Civilized. His solo electronic noise project Data Rainbow will be performing this evening.

I can’t recall exactly how I met Kim Shively, the director of The Existential Beaver, I’m sure it was through the Magicyclops but that could be wrong. Anyways, her films are mesmerizing, full of great pacing and gripping shots.

The first one I saw was Wesley Willis’s Joyrides  , made with local filmmaker Chris Bagley. Around that time she began putting out a lot of short films, from  documentaries about local tourist traps being sold to the highest bidders, to treks through abandoned missile silos to her continuous documentation of the ever evolving Titwrench Fest. (Check out Kim’s Vimeo page!)

Tonight, she’ll be showing an episode of her show, The Existential Beaver. It’s hosted by local heroes Zachary Spencer, Kevin John Wesley and Matt Slaby: three talkative young lads looking for adventure but only finding death!

And The Mayoreo Show…..a show about a talking oreo cookie who may or may not be a pimp but he’s definitely a playa…..chihuahua’s, snakes, strippers, a pool and a hot car, this things make life great….those were a bunch of taglines I thought of the first time I saw The Mayoreo Show by Stephan Herrera and Colin Ward (AKA Alpahbets). They’ve been weaving together their twisted animated show for a year now and I believe, they’ll be showing Episode 3 tonight.

Also, there’s JOHN GOLTER’S SHADOW PUPPET DISASTER and a noise project that is fairly popular around this neck of the woods called, Ghoulfriend. Either one I have yet to witness or hear but I’ll bet you they’ll be good because everything is going to good at this show, EVERYTHING!

Witches get in free with proper identification!