Indie Docs: American Grindhouse (2010)

Theatrical Poster for AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE (2009)

Directed by Elijah Drenner and narrated by Robert Forster, AMERICAN GRINDHOUSE is a fascinatingly informative documentary about the history of exploitation films in the United States. It premiered at SXSW in 2010 and went on show to several other festivals before its release on DVD in 2011. According to IMDB, … Continue reading

THE OTHER SIDE (2015) Hits the Festival Circuit in a Big Way

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Just coming off its world premiere last month at the 2015 Taos Shortz Film Festival (where it won a People’s Choice Honorable Mention award), indie dark comedy THE OTHER SIDE has found itself the recipient of high praise and acceptance into several additional festivals this season. Legendary television interviewer Larry King … Continue reading

PLEASE PUNISH ME Trailer Released by Esper


“Please Punish Me” Trailer from Chris Esper on Vimeo. Last night, indie director Chris Esper released the trailer for his upcoming short, “Please Punish Me,” via YouTube and Vimeo (see above). According to Esper’s logline on IMDb and Vimeo, the dark comedy “tells the story of a man who is … Continue reading

Think Ten Releases “The wHole” Pilot

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Think Ten Media Group has released the pilot episode of its new anti-incarceration web series, “The wHole.” A fictional account based on the real-life experiences of prisoners assigned to solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, “The wHole” stars William Brown as Marcus Edwards, a prisoner who is sent to solitary. In … Continue reading

New Must-See Indie Horror Short from Mari Cielo Pajares

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From Mari Cielo Pajares: “The Fear Box: 666 Telemarketing” This short film, written and produced by Pajares, tells the story of Anthony Jackson (Gary Anthony Stennette), a young man who breaks up with his girlfriend and is on the verge of losing his job. Immediately after these events, he receives … Continue reading

Jim Jermanok Film Producing Workshop in Providence Feb 21

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Film Producing and Financing Workshop with former ICM Agent-turned Filmmaker and Author JIM JERMANOK   For the first time in Rhode Island, Jim Jermanok will present SUCCESSFUL FILM PRODUCING & FINANCING: a no-fluff, nuts-and-bolts, bottom line experience specifically designed to empower and change lives for the working and aspiring film/TV/ new media/theater producer. Mr. … Continue reading

Christopher Doyle’s indie doc “Hong Kong Trilogy”


Now featured on Kickstarter, HONG KONG TRILOGY (“Preschooled,” “Preoccupied,” and “Preposterous”) is a trio of short documentary films made by cinematographer Christopher Doyle, a Hong Kong British filmmaker whose filmography includes HK director Wong Kar Wai’s classic “Chungking Express.” According to Doyle, the Umbrella Movement galvanized his enthusiasm for this … Continue reading

Two Short Indie Films from Audrey Noone

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2014 was a busy year for Lowell, Massachusetts-based actress Audrey Noone. Besides appearing in eight episodes of Seth Chitwood’s “Family Problems” webseries (which won the Outstanding Drama award at the 2014 LA Web Series Festival), she had roles in four short indie films, including Chris Esper’s “Steak Knives.” She has been cast in “Lilia of the Valley,” another short currently in preproduction. In addition, she has written, directed, and produced two short films. Noone also appears in both films. Continue reading

Blood! Sugar! Sid! Ace! (2012) by Mike Messier

Mike Messier with cast and crew members -- image source: Stand Still Pictures

“I am not a prophet. I’m a filmmaker!” Like a stage play written for a small ensemble cast, Mike Messier’s “Blood! Sugar! Sid! Ace!” (2012) is replete with such throwaway lines as the one featured above. Produced by Man and a Camera Films in association with Stand Still Pictures, the … Continue reading

STEAK KNIVES: New Short Is Evidence of Esper’s Potential

STEAK KNIVES director Chris Esper in Hollywood

Chris Esper is one of the up-and-coming indie directors whose work has been reviewed several times in this blog. A graduate of New England Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Recording Arts, he has worked with others the indie film community in the environs of Providence, Rhode Island. … Continue reading