Below is the first real trailer for Damnesia, which you can watch here. The film is very simple: a girl walks into a field, suffers an allergic reaction and begins to suffocate. Her life flashes before her eyes. To quote Linda Thompson: "Did she jump or was she pushed?"
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Not long ago, I stumbled upon this treasure trove of historical goodies: a set of photographs of Marilyn Monroe captured by Milton Greene. Something about them haunted me and captured my imagination. I've long wanted to make a Marilyn film with Alex Heim (star of I Need You and Eyam), a dead-ringer with an indefatigable spirit, but I of course don't have the kind of resources necessary for such a project. The following exercise would have to suffice: re-making some of these famous photographs with Alex. I wanted to capture something of our culture's fascination with fatality and eternal, untouched beauty. What does it say about the world that we all fell for her? That we've never quite agreed on anyone since? Alex and I talked about what set her apart from other women and I hope we've found something that any viewer can appreciate, today, tomorrow or a hundred years from now. Something about the agelessness of beauty. Something about America. Something about all of us.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
The latest Honors Zombie Film is a very special one indeed. Shot in a week with some of my dearest friends, this one is unlike anything we've ever done, but is perhaps closest in spirit to The Last Flesh & Blood Show, in that it's about things great and small, horrific and romantic, naturalistic and fantastic. It's a sci-fi film called Epigenesis co-written with Lucas Mangum and starring Gifford Elliott, Alexandra Maiorino, Nick Smerkanich, Chris Donohue, Julian Lazare, Michelle Siracusa and many, many more. It was a big cast but I think it'll have an intimate feel. I don't want to give too much else away. In the meantime, enjoy these behind the scenes stills.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
You can now also watch our film, Tron Wayne Gacy, at this location for just 2 dollars! It's a very personal film, the most experimental work I've yet directed and I'm incredibly proud of it. It's about rationalizing and dealing with the idea of death in the many ways we know how to, some abstract, some as simple as lying down and imagining it. This film was an attempt to make something that sidestepped narrative and stylistic conventions, that felt like something you weren't supposed to see, and a way to deal with a deeply personal crisis. My mother was recovering from breast cancer and was being tested for a number of other ailments in the process of recovery and it felt like she couldn't catch a break. In the meantime I kept watching films that used fatal illness as a hackneyed means to an ends, a way to get a leaden protagonist into the arms of his manic pixie dream girlfriend. So I wanted to take away the excitement of death, and make an audience try to understand it with the characters and actually think about it as a fact, rather than a plot point.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Trying out a new venture here at Honors Zombie Films. Here's I Need You, available via Vimeo On Demand. For just 2 dollars, you can watch one of our earliest films and help us fund our new work. We made the film for about a hundred bucks, so we should be able to recoup the budget in no time! I would seriously appreciate your viewership and welcome discussion of the movie. Thank you so much!