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Sophia and Michael are Somerville, MA based musicians and filmmakers
TEN the movie! MAGNETIC the movie!

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Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling [Music][Press][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] bass/drum duo based on The Prisoner
The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library [Music][Press][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] Indie ensemble
Darling Pet Munkee [Music][Press][Blog][Facebook][Youtube] garage/surf songs about items sold in comics
Space Balloons [Music][Press][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] Children's space-traveler music
The Motion Sick [Music][Press][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] Indie rock with emphasis on song

Neutral Uke Hotel
[Press][Facebook][Blog][Twitter][Youtube] Uke based Neutral Milk Hotel sing-a-long


Thursday, October 30, 2014

MJEML: Every Time I Visit You, It's Brains parody song by quetzalcoatlus!




Listen to this ZOMBIE-themed parody of The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Song, Every Time I Visit You, It Rains. Quetzalcoatlus gets the halloween vibes vibing!

Sophia Cacciola & Michael J. Epstein host On the Town with Mikey Dee on WMFO 10/29/2014

Go "like" the On The Town with Mikey Dee facebook pageOTTwMD plays local Boston music and is on every Wednesday from 9pm-Midnight and almost always features a live band around 10:30 - it's on 91.5 WMFO - http://wmfo.org.

Send your CDs to the station SO THAT WE CAN PLAY YOU! and if you're extra nice - denote which tracks have swears (and likewise if all tracks are clean, please!)

WMFO
attn: Joel Simches
PO Box 65
Medford, MA 02155

 if you are interested in playing live on the air, contact Joel Simches 

 Here's our playlist from 08/20/14! Archive is up for a week 


On the Town with Mikey Dee

spun by Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein on 2014-10-29
play archive
SongArtistAlbumTime Played
OTT ThemeMikey DeeOTT Disk21:01:00
Ghost AttackSummer VilliansHalloweenilicious21:04:00
The Pumpkin ThiefDan BlakesleeHalloween21:08:00
Bigfoot Likes the LadiesJ-KraftyBigfoot Likes the Ladies – Single21:13:00
Devil’s In The DetailsWalter Sickert & The army Of Broken ToysSoft Time Traveler21:18:00
Sea of SidewaysJaggeryUpon A Penumbra21:22:00
Do the DevilAmazing Royal CrownsAmazing Royal Crowns21:26:00
Into The Wood ChipperSomerville Symphony OrkestarSomerville Symphony Orkestar21:29:00
EDGE OF THE WORLDCradle To the GraveSpeak Easy21:37:00
CANDYMorphineCure for Pain21:39:00
Monster S-I-Z-E MonstersDarling Pet MunkeeGlows in the Dark!21:42:00
Robot GlassesHookerClopsI No Bueno!21:45:00
coffin nailsDead Cats Dead RatsDead Cats Dead Rats21:47:00
After the PlagueAloudIt’s Got To Be Now21:49:00
The SnakeAmy KucharikCunning Folk21:55:00
Deep WaterWhat Time Is It, Mr. Fox?OTT comp22:00:00
Ice Cream ClownThe BentmenMagic Room22:03:00
Under The CouchDaniel Ouellette and the ShobijinLive From Studio Dee: The Very Best Of On The Town With Mikey Dee22:08:00
Candy On Sunday (feat. Johnny Blazes)Mission CreepOn The Sea Of Suns22:10:00
The Haunted GuitarSummer VilliansHalloweenilicious22:14:00
She WolfMary ZooLike Sunshine After Rain22:23:00
a charming spellSplashdownRedshift22:27:00
AssimilationThe BorgSelf Titled22:32:00
You Don’t Wear That Dress, The Dress Wears YouParlour BellsThank God For The Night22:36:00
Headless HorsemanDan BlakesleeHalloween22:40:00
Neighbor’s GoodsThick ShakesWhy Buy the Cow22:44:00
Pretty Clever CleaverEndationLiars, Thieves and Dead Leaves22:46:00
Clever CleaverPray For PolanskiPray for Polanski22:48:00
King KongThe KonksThe Konks22:52:00
HalloweeniliciousSummer VilliansHalloweenilicious22:54:00
On A Washing MachineStreight AngularAfter And Before23:00:00
Cannibal LadiesPlumeraiMondegreen23:03:00
Speech of FoxesGem ClubIn Roses23:07:00
Perfect TeethWhen Particles CollideEgo23:11:00
ZENITHThe Milling GownsLive from Studio Dee Vol. 1 and 223:15:00
This Moon Is DoomedJoe Turner and The Seven LevelsGirls Get Drugs for Free23:18:00
THE RAVENCaspianTertia23:21:00
The Vampire Who Opted for DeathAd Frank & the Fast Easy WomenYour Secrets are Mine Now23:29:00
HalloweinerSummer VilliansHalloweenilicious23:33:00
Rainbow BloodsuckerDoomstar!Rainbow Bloodsucker23:37:00
Wake Up, John!Sidewalk DriverFor All the Boys and Girls23:40:00
SheraRob PotyloSomething Happened At Horse Lake23:45:00
Your Heart Is BoringThe Daily Pravdasingle23:47:00
To a SkullWhitcombThe Conqueror – EP23:52:00
Sunken ShipWill DaileyNational Throat23:55:00

Monday, October 27, 2014

MJEML: Halloween Extravaganza at Aeronaut 10/31 with Somerville Symphony Orkestar and Strange Changes



Aeronaut Brewing Company and Somerville Symphony Orkestar present: Halloween Extravaganza 2014

Hosted by Aeronaut Brewing Company with music by the Somerville Symphony Orkestar (http://www.ssoband.com/),
STRANGE CHANGES (http://www.strangechangesmusic.com/)
The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library (http://mjeml.com/)

MJEML goes on at 6:30PM! so early! much wow!

Food by Roxy's Grilled Cheese.

There will be Trick or Treating and Costume Contests!

No Cover, but there is a $10 suggested donation

Facebook event

Aeronaut Brewing Company
14 Tyler St, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143

Saturday, October 25, 2014

MJEML at the Boston Book Festival Saturday 10/25 at 5:45 at Old South Church!

Words and Music: A Literary Jam Session

5:45PM SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25
OLD SOUTH SANCTUARY, 645 BOYLSTON STREET, Boston


In this one-of-a-kind session we’ll hear from three authors who’ve infused their recent novels with music, from classical to rock ‘n’ roll. The heroine of Stacey d’Erasmo’sWonderland is a middle-aged rocker embarking on what she hopes will be her comeback tour. The young characters in Kate Racculia’s Bellweather Rhapsody find more there’s more than just music to discover (hint: corpse) at an orchestra camp in upstate New York. Wonderkid by Wesley Stace tells the story of the tumultuous rise and fall of a rock band whose audience is still in diapers. Musical interludes will be provided by Stace (aka John Wesley Harding), the appropriately named indie ensemble-pop group The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library, and by our host, Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Harding, who’s also no slouch at the drums. Dancing in the aisles is encouraged! Sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Boston Book Festival
DIG pyramid of BBF excitement!

MJEML are mentioned in the Dig's Ten Events Not to Miss at the Boston Book Festival!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling on the Boston Does Boston comp covering Hallelujah the Hills being covered by Eldridge Rodriguez!

We're very excited to have been included in the latest Boston Does Boston Compilation (The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library participated in the first go around of it covering Gene Dante and the Future Starlets and were covered by I-Pistol!). The Boston Does Boston brings together local artists to cover each other all to benefit the Animal Rescue League of Boston. You can buy the record here.

Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling got to cover one of our absolute favorite bands, Hallelujah the Hills. It was really an interesting and fun to turn the song into our own (while stretching out into some synth-i-ness) and extra weird to cover a song written by friends, I hope they like it!

also, you might see some of DNFMOMD in the HTH music video for this song:



Jed Gottlieb's Guestlisted at the Herald said, "Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling flattens “Get Me in a Room” into a dark electro drone. I love it."

On the flip-side, another of our absolute favs Eldridge Rodriguez covered our song "Episode 12: Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling" and I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything they did to it, hearing their spin on the song gives it such different attitude and meaning and it surprised me and just makes me really happy. Happy to know them, happy to have written the song, happy that this compilation exists.




AND THERE ARE 20 OTHER AMAZING SONGS. So, check it out, see the love Boston pays to Boston and all for the animals!

There is also a benefit show (Animal Rescue League of Boston) Friday 10/24 at TT the Bears featuring Reverse! Dead Cats Dead Rats! Count Zero! Vary Lumar! Future Carnivores! Joe Turner and the Seven Levels! more info

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library plays "Amylee" on The Steve Katsos Show Fifth Anniversary Spectacular Jimmy Fund Fundraiser at The Regent Theatre (Arlington) - June 29, 2014



Our live performance of "Amylee"
Sunday, June 29 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Regent Theatre Arlington
7 Medford Street, Arlington, Massachusetts 02474
A benefit for The Jimmy Fund
Facebook Event
Tickets: http://www.regenttheatre.com/details/steve_katsos_show_4th_anniversary_spectacula

Press Coverage:
Vanyaland
Steve Interviewed by Adam 12 on BDCRadio
Boston Globe Calendar
Guestlisted with Jed Gottlieb
ACMI
WickedLocal

LIVESTREAM THE SHOW AT: https://new.livestream.com/SteveKatsosShow/5th-Anniversary-Spectacular


Featuring brief sets (we'll play 1-2 songs) of music, comedy, and more (which will all be taped for a TV special) by:



TV host Todd Newton from Todd Newton on Vimeo.
Veteran television host Todd Newton is known and respected for being one of the most amiable and versatile personalities on the air today. From covering the red carpet on E! Entertainment Television to awarding contestants over forty million dollars in cash and prizes on game shows such as Whammy and Family Game Night, Todd Newton does it all. For more information please visit www.toddnewtononline.com.








Friday, October 17, 2014

Space Balloons on WERS Live Music Week Saturday 10/19 at 9AM!

Space Balloons (our music for kids band from outer-space) was very excited to to kick off LIVE MUSIC WEEK on WERS on Saturday 10/19!

photos from the gig:

Space Balloons at WERS

Space Balloons at WERS

Space Balloons at WERS


Find us on Bandcamp!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

DRAB: Unicorn EP released, minidocumentary making-of, show Sunday!

photo credit: Michael J. Epstein

Drab, the 3-piece Sophia has recently joined on bass, this week released a brand-new EP! You can get it all the usual places (Spotify, bandcamp, itunes, and more and physical on our website).




Here's a crazy little mini-documentary about our recording process (we recorded at Sophia's house with Ryan Lee Crosby!)

Vanyaland covered our doc and EP!


Look at this beautiful artwork by ZOMBIE ROMANCE!

Also, we have a fun show on Sunday, October 12 at O'Brien's in Allston, for the October Allston Pudding Mixtape show. They made a real, live, actual mixtape and you can pick one up for free at the show! We're playing with Soft Pyramids and Babydriver! More info



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Music Video for The Impulse Powers (shot and edited by Sophia and Michael)

Out today via a Vanyaland premiere is a music video for The Impulse Powers song, Knutsford that was shot by Michael and directed/edited by Sophia.

The video was shot in the wilds of Knutsford, England (...oh wait, that's just Waltham, MA) with two amazing kids. The video reflects reminiscing about youth and fading friendships. Or, if that's too heavy, just cute kids running in the Summer.

 

All sales of the The Impulse Powers EP, City Songs, and ticket sales for their Tiny Festival of Huge Proportions, featuring The Grownup Noise, The Impulse Powers, & The Wrong Shapes at The Red Room @ Cafe 939 happening on Sunday, October 19th (2-5PM - bring all the kids!), go to benefit MGH's Cancer Center Music Therapy Program.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

TEN returns to Kentucky for screening at Fright Night Horror Weekend (Oct 3-5, 2014)!



We are very excited to announce that TEN will make a return to Louisville, KY for a screening at the Fright Night Horror Weekend / Halloween Show!

We're on Friday night, October 3rd, at 6:30 PM in the Popular Room!

We also visited Fright Night earlier this year for their Summer Fandomfest film festival and convention: http://blog.michaeljepstein.com/2014/07/ten-kentucky-premiere-fright-night-film.html

We won't be able to be in attendance for this screening, but we hope you can go check it out!

Tickets



More about TEN:
TEN is a post-exploitation exploration of identity starring ten women.
Ten women find themselves in a vacant mansion on Spektor Island in December, 1972. Each believes she's traveled to the house on business, but they all agree that something seems strange. For one thing, the entire house is full of pictures and statues of pigs.

 

The women all come from drastically different walks of life. None of them would have chosen to spend the night together in such an eerie place, but the last ferry for the mainland has just left, and a terrible storm is rolling in. Trying to make the best of an unpleasant situation, they raid the mansion's wine cellar and throw a party. As the night creeps on, however, it becomes clear that someone--or something--has arranged to get them in the house. It's not long before someone mentions that Spektor Island is supposed to be haunted. Of course, no one in the house believes in ghosts.

 
At least, not until the first murder.
 
What do an actress, a religious zealot, a renegade, a coed, a model, a singer, a medium, a real-estate investor, a historian, and a doctor have in common? None of them is who they seem. Yet, the fate of the entire world may rest in their hands.

Current Fright Night Schedule
Check for the latest schedule updates at: http://www.frightnightfilmfest.com/film-festival.html - PDF

FRIDAY
Holly Room
Lost in Detroit………………6 min 25 sec (USA) Fri 5pm Shorts Block A
Party Slashers……………..6 min 58 sec (USA) Fri 5pm Shorts Block A
The Working Dead ……….4 min 55 sec (USA) Fri 5pm Shorts Block A
Turn Right On Madness …..11 min 24 sec (USA) Fri 5pm Shorts Block A
The Basement……………….83 min (Canada) Fri 5:30pm
E! huA@sped…………………27 min (Mexico) Fri 7:00pm
Stockholm……………………29 min 58 sec (USA) Fri 7:30pm
You Will Love Me ………119 min (USA) Fri 8:00pm
The Shower……………………78 min (USA) Fri 10:00pm
Paranormous…………………27 min 28 sec (USA) Fri 11:30pm

Popular Room
Alien Hunger…….…….…………….90 min (USA) Fri 5pm
Ten……………………………………82 min 9 sec (USA) Fri 6:30pm
Ravana's Game……………………108 min 27 sec (USA) Fri 8pm
Call Girl of Cthulhu……………....92 min (USA) Fri 9:45pm
Tragic Uppercut
Episode Six - A Tragic Sym………14 min 48 sec (USA) Fri 11:15pm
Tragic Uppercut
Episode Seven - An Ending……..15 min 51 sec (USA) Fri 11:30pm
Walnut Room
Bunni…..….….…………….60 min (USA) Fri 5pm
The Jigsaw……….8 min 26 sec (Portugal) Fri 6pm Shorts Block B
M is for Mobile…..2 min 45 sec (Turkey) Fri 6pm Shorts Block B
Roadside………….9 min 29 sec (United Kingdom) Fri 6pm Shorts Block B
Nuit noire…………8 min 22 sec (France) Fri 6pm Shorts Block B
The Live-In…………15 min 9 sec (USA) Fri 6:30pm
The Orbs……………………………………70 min (USA) Fri 6:45pm
Throwback…………………………………94 min (Australia) Fri 8:00pm
Small Talk
(aka 1-900-Kill You)…………………….23 min 14 sec (USA) Fri 9:30pm
The Periphery……………………………..92 min 05 sec (USA) Fri 10pm
Daisey Room
Bullets, Booze and Hot Pink Jesus........................ 107 min 8pm
Between Heaven and a Hard Place........................ 24min 30 sec 10pm
The Horror............................................................. 27min 45 sec 10:30pm
Bride of Saucer Monster........................................... 26: 40 sec 11:00pm
Web of Deciet …......................................................7 min 11:30pm

SATURDAY
Holly Room
Innocent……………......9 min (USA) Sat 12pm Shorts Block D
The Heebie-Jeebies....9 min 10 sec (USA) Sat 12pm Shorts Block D
Umbilical………….......9 min 26 sec (USA) Sat 12pm Shorts Block D
Void…………………................25 min (USA) Sat12pm Shorts Block D
Ghost Light…………………....20 min (USA) Sat 1pm Shorts Block E
Lead Paint..………………..17 min 37 sec (USA) Sat 1pm Shorts Block E
Mack Blaster -
Die Welt im Fadenkreuz………17 min 46 sec (Germany) Sat 1pm Shorts Block E
The Lashman……………………81 min 08 sec (USA) Sat 2pm
They Came from the Ether……………..90 min (USA) Sat 3:30pm
Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse…..39 min 58 sec (USA) Sat 5pm Shorts Block F
Girl………………………………….8 min (USA) Sat 5pm Shorts Block F
The Security Guards……………5 min 10 sec (USA) Sat 5pm Shorts Block F
The Ugliest Man in Cartoons…3 min 56 sec (USA) Sat 5pm Shorts Block F
Junk Bonds:
The Return of Junkbucket………..96 min 54 sec (USA) Sat 6pm
Dr. Liebenstein………………………102 min (USA) Sat 7:45
Popular Room
Paracosm……………………………98 min 37 sec (USA) Sat 12pm
Pig Girl………………………………70 min 26 sec (USA) Sat 1:45pm
Fantasm……………………………55 min 23 sec (USA) Sat 3pm
Zombie Dream…………………… 105 min 30 sec (USA) Sat 4pm
Another……………………………….73 min 47 sec (USA) Sat 5:45pm
The Hanover House………………...72 min 40 sec (USA) Sat 7pm

Walnut Room
Aftermath……………………10 min 32 sec (USA) Sat 12pm Shorts Block G
Dark Orgins…………………12 min 12 sec (Australia) Sat 12pm Shorts Block G
Interference……………….11 min 03 sec (USA) Sat 12pm Shorts Block G
Last Night………..................24 min (Australia) Sat 12pm Shorts Block G
Ghost Forest…………………90 min 35 sec (USA) Sat 1pm
Last Look…………………………82 min (USA) Sat 2:30pm
Devil's Point………………………105 min (USA) Sat 4pm
Job Interview…………….………9 min 30 sec (Germany) Sat 5:45pm
The Telemarketer…………………8 min 11 sec (USA) Sat 6pm
Time to Kill…………………………70 Min 50 sec (USA) Sat 6:15pm
Die Gstettensaga:
The Rise of Echsenfriedl………72 min 12 sec (Austria) Sat 7:30pm
The Morningside Monster…………89 min 57 sec (USA) Sat 8:46pm
Gouge……………………………..16 min 16 sec (USA) Sat 10:15pm Shorts Block C
Heels………………………………13 min 10 sec (USA) Sat 10:15pm Shorts Block CLa Llorona..………………………10 min 27 sec (USA) Sat 10:15pm Shorts Block C
Til Death………………………….19 min 45 sec (USA) Sat 10:15pm Shorts Block C

Daisey Room
Stalking Bigfoot........................75min Sat 12 pm
Kill Granny Kill..........................1hr 10 min Sat 1:15pm
Return to Plan 9 …....................1 hr 48 min Sat 4:15pm
A Wish for The Dead..................1 hr 16 min Sat 6pm
Good Samaritan.........................12min 14 sec Sat 7:30pm
Deadly Dares: Truth or Dare 4....95 min Sat 8:30pm
Hi-8 ….......................................1hr 39min Sat 10pm



Sophia and DNFMOMD on The Steve Katsos Show!

PHOTO BY BRIAN FIORE

I had the wonderful opportunity to be on The Steve Katsos show twice this season, once as myself (actress and filmmaker) and once with my band, Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling!

selfie by Steve 
The Steve Katsos Show serves as New England's only international late night talk show. The program helps creative people get their art out to the world from a small studio in Arlington, Massachusetts. For more information like "The Steve Katsos Show" fan page on Facebook, subscribe to "The Steve Katsos Show" on YouTube, follow "Steve Katsos Show" on Twitter, or visit stevekatsos.com for upcoming Livestream events. The Steve Katsos Show is produced by volunteers and has a budget of $0. If they can do this, then you can do anything you want to do. Follow your dreams...












DNFMOMD feat. Matt Graber! photo by Brian Fiore



photo by Brian Fiore

Steve Katsos Show news:




NEW ENGLAND’S LATE NIGHT TV SHOW RETURNS TO WBIN


ARLINGTON, MA – The Steve Katsos Show returns to commercial broadcast television in Boston on WBIN this Sunday, September 28 at 2 AM. The program is produced by volunteers at Arlington Community Media, Incorporated that want to help creative people get their art, comedy, and music out to the world. To date, the show has aired in over 15 countries on television and has featured more than 200 New England artists.

Steve Katsos, the show’s executive producer and host, is excited to return to WBIN. “I am humbled that our show is a venue for New England artists and it airs on both commercial television in Boston on WBIN and on cable access channels across the country,” Katsos said. “We’ll once again be sending out these shows overseas so that the artists continue to get amazing international exposure.”

The first five episodes airing this fall on WBIN - TV include the following artists:

September 28 @ 2 AM on WBIN
Author Donald Loring Brown
Comedian Aaron David Ward
Musical Guest Awaaz Do

October 5 @ 2 AM on WBIN
Broadcaster Anngelle Wood
Comedian Linda Belt
Musical Guest The Bridgebuilders

October 12 @ 2 AM on WBIN
Fashion Designer Sondra Celli
Comedian Stephanie Peters
Musical Guest Barrett Anderson

October 19 @ 2 AM on WBIN
Actress Audrey Claire Johnson
Comedian Derek Furtado
Musial Guest Vance Gilbert

October 26 @ 2 AM on WBIN
Broadcaster Phil Fleming
Comedian Mike Murray
Musical Guest Brianna Grace

“If volunteers can create an international TV show, then you can do anything you want to do,” explained Katsos. “It’s fantastic to be a part of this and I’m honored to have my name on it.”

The Steve Katsos Show has content on Livestream, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and iTunes. A full list of performing artists and previous guests can be found at stevekatsos.com. The program has expanded to over 32 cable channels domestically, satellite TV in the UK, and broadcast television in Australia and New Zealand.




The Steve Katsos Show continues this weekend on Charter TV3 at 11:30 PM on Sunday night. Tell your friends with Charter Cable in central Massachusetts and central Connecticut to watch the show! Here is the line-up for the next 6 weeks:

Sunday, September 21 @ 11:30 PM on CharterTV3
M. William Phelps
Dave Decker
Dale LePage & The Manhattans with Dale Lepage


Sunday, September 28 @ 11:30 PM on CharterTV3
Jack Baldwin
Steve Charette
Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

Sunday, October 5 @ 11:30 PM on CharterTV3
Donald Loring Brown
Aaron David Ward
Awaaz Do with Saraswathi Jones

Sunday, October 12 @ 11:30 PM on CharterTV3
Anngelle Wood
Linda Belt
The Bridgebuilders with Chris Murray

Sunday, October 19 @ 11:30 PM on CharterTV3
Sondra Celli
Stephanie Peters
Barrett Anderson

Sunday, October 26 @ 11:30 PM on CharterTV3
Audrey Claire Johnson
Derek Furtado
Vance Gilbert

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

DNFMOMD show: 9/25 with Endation CD rel, Eddie Japan, Yellabird at TT's

We haven't taken a lot of Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling shows this year (while we do other things, like make movies and have surgeries) but we just couldn't say no to celebrating Endation's CD release!

Thursday, 9/25 at TT the Bears, Cambridge MA - facebook event
Line-up:
9:00 - Yellabird
9:55 - Eddie Japan
10:50 - Endation
11:45 - Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Friends of MJE/SC: Comfortably Lovely

When I was going through some health stuff recently, the very lovely Comfortably Lovely sent me the nicest care package! I can't wait to start filling up my custom journal with ideas! IDEAS! Check out her etsy store & facebook!

"No electricity needed. Comfortably Lovely creates recycled notebooks, upcycled paper accessories and customized, unique handmade goods. 99.8% of everything I make comes from second-hand/vintage paper materials such as school, business/office sheets, maps, books and beautiful, truly nostalgic ephemera." 

MJE & his Keatsy notebook

art!

to be filled with much ideas!

THERE'S A PAGE IN BRAILLE!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

TEN at Scare-A-Con Film Festival- Nominated for Best Cinematography!





TEN  screened at the Scare-A-Con Film Festival at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona New York and we were nominated for "Best Cinematography"!


Screening Schedule 
(check the official site for changes and updates)

FRIDAY
Film Fest Room 1
3 Sneak peeks of “Dwelling” and “Scope of Practice”, then the Syracuse, NY produced "King Lee" feature.
5 "HI8" feature
7 "House of Forbidden Secrets" feature

Film Fest Room 2
3 "Drifter" feature
5 "Hold 'Em" feature
7 "A Batman's Tale" feature

VHS Fest Room 1
3 "China White Serpentine" feature
5 "Geek War" feature
7 "Gorotica" feature

SATURDAY

Film Fest Room 1
11 "Last Look" feature
1 "Ten" feature
3 "Empire State of Dead" Contest shorts
5 "Pieces of Talent" feature
7 "Science Team" feature

Film Fest Room 2
11 "The Complex" feature
1 "Call Girl of Cthulhu" feature
3 "Morningside Monster" feature
5 "Throwback" feature
7 "Uncut" feature

VHS Fest Room 1
11 "SOV: True Independents Web Series" videos
1 "Clay" feature
3 "House of Forbidden Secrets" feature
5 "HI8" feature
7 "Gore Whore" feature

SUNDAY

Film Fest Room 1
11 Film Fest Shorts Block in alphabetical order
Cassandra
Connie
Cover
Creed, The
Dig
Forever
Girl
Heebie-Jeebies
Hellyfish
Imprisoned Souls
Insane
Mack Blaster
Milo in the Moon
Missing
Open House
Security Guards, The
Small Talk
Strange Thing
The Seventeenth Kind
Watcher, The
Witness Monitor
Zombie Casserole
Zombies in Utica

Film Fest Room 2
11 "They Came from the Ether" feature
1 Local Filmmaker Shorts Block
Briarwood (20 mins)
Wolf Hollow (12 mins)
Keuka (7 mins)
Bloodliness (22 mins)


VHS Fest Room 1
11 "SpyFall" feature
1 "Saurians" feature
Co-Directors Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein are very excited to attend the festival!

More about TEN:
TEN is a post-exploitation exploration of identity starring ten women.
Ten women find themselves in a vacant mansion on Spektor Island in December, 1972. Each believes she's traveled to the house on business, but they all agree that something seems strange. For one thing, the entire house is full of pictures and statues of pigs.

 

The women all come from drastically different walks of life. None of them would have chosen to spend the night together in such an eerie place, but the last ferry for the mainland has just left, and a terrible storm is rolling in. Trying to make the best of an unpleasant situation, they raid the mansion's wine cellar and throw a party. As the night creeps on, however, it becomes clear that someone--or something--has arranged to get them in the house. It's not long before someone mentions that Spektor Island is supposed to be haunted. Of course, no one in the house believes in ghosts.

 
At least, not until the first murder.


What do an actress, a religious zealot, a renegade, a coed, a model, a singer, a medium, a real-estate investor, a historian, and a doctor have in common? None of them is who they seem. Yet, the fate of the entire world may rest in their hands.


MAGNETIC Recap: Day 9 THE PODS aka An Ode to KTRON

A very Magnetostatic Systems update! So this day has a lot of history to it, starting with our kickstarter. When we met our kickstarter goal with some time to spare we started dreaming up some stretch goals for how we could make the film even more awesome than we had already planned. The big thing we came up with was commissioning some awesome, enormous time-travel pods.

Here's my first rough concept sketch:
Sophia's KS stretch-goal concept sketch
After we reached our stretch goal (thank you!) we were able to actually think about what we needed. We approached our friend, Cameron Keiber (who works Art Dept. on many Hollywood films) about how to create such a thing. After he got through laughing at my drawing, he introduced us to KTRON.

Sophia's 'please build this' sketch
KTRON does a lot of amazing large-scale art made out of styrofoam and metals and other crazy materials often for sets. After meeting with us she sent us a real sketch of our pods, and we said, yes! please make that for us!

KTRON's mock-up of our pods 
As KTRON worked on this insane project, she sent me photo updates of the construction, to which I always responded "looks amazing!" - while my internally I was always screaming, "I can't believe these are being built! They came from my brain!"

KTRON's workshop - very early in pod development


painted!

upright pods!

Finally, we went to visit the pods. It was glorious. I really felt as if I was about to be whisked into an alternate reality:

take me away, magic pod!
Now the pods were done, and we still hadn't found a good shoot location. KTRON came to our rescue and sorted out a really awesome art studio for us to shoot at. And, totally walked (and lifted!) us through the process of getting a uhaul to move the pods from her work space to the location! Basically, she saved the whole movie.

base waiting to be moved into the uhaul

uhaul loading was no small feat!

KTRON applying last minute paint touch ups at the location
All of this finally brings us to our shoot day, which is perhaps best told in photos!

Allix suiting up - Photo by Kelly Davidson

PODS! Photo by Kelly Davidson

awesome space - Photo by Kelly Davidson

vampire blood! Photo by Kelly Davidson

our PA for the day, Patrick Burke Photo by Kelly Davidson

lights and pods Photo by Kelly Davidson

filling them up Photo by Kelly Davidson

airing out the pod

Kelly shooting Allix through the pod window


See the pods in action in this lipsync (a kickstarter reward done from set!):