So in just a few days I’ll get some VHS Massacre Too Blu-rays in the mail. I turn 45 years old on January 20th. In these strange times I think it’s important to celebrate the positive. This will essentially mark 25 years of my Independent filmmaking career. I think my pride is in that I’m still here directing and producing feature length films and I’m lucky enough to have my favorite Independent film distributor Troma Entertainment putting out the film. I’d like to think I’ve become good friends with Troma President Lloyd Kaufman and this marks the fifth film collaboration I’ve had with him over my career. Something that has meant a lot to me as a filmmaker over this last decade.
Though I don’t see my friends very much these days, I appreciate those who helped to make this film happen. On the extras, is included a directors’s commentary in which Professor James Richardson recalls how at one time, how badly I thought the documentary was going. “It’s shit, it’s all shit!” I think was my exact quote but I didn’t stop working on it, I kept going until it was done.
Tim Kulig, one of my oldest friends (Producer/Composer for the film) and I both agreed that would should enter a ton of film festivals, about 50. It really helped to keep us sane over the last few years. Most of the festivals were converted to online, others were able to have limited screenings but we found a way to keep going. I always think back to when Tim Kulig was acting in one of my videos in high school. A VHS short called Kick the Corpse, Tim playing the villain Joshua Nuts. I think I loved filmmaking because it was one of the few things I could control. High school was socially difficult for me, I was really awkward and I think I found out I was really an A.V. nerd more than anything. Well I certainly did stick with it, I think about my generation from time to time but the older I get I realize, a generation as a group of people don’t have that much in common. As part of generation X, are famous independent filmmakers my peers? Isn’t that narcissistic? Do people even know who I am?
I do think I can make the claim that both VHS Massacre features together are among the most popular documentaries that explore the subject to date. Most people I talk to at least know of the films, which is good enough for me. Some other great news, the VHS Massacre Too Blu-ray as was listed as Top 1 in “Hot New Releases” on Amazon so that’s a good sign.
In other news, I’m very happy to be working on a few different new projects. Much more news to come! Thanks for reading. If you are an independent filmmaker at your wits end but still love to create, keep creating. It’s hard work but it can be a catharsis, a way to navigate your life and mentally stay afloat. You don’t always need money to stay creative. Some of the most fun is to find a ways to make things happen for almost no money. This type of problem solving can be the best part of being creative. Hang in there and thanks for reading!