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Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling [Music][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] bass/drum duo based on The Prisoner
The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library [Music][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] Indie ensemble
Darling Pet Munkee [Music][Blog][Facebook][Youtube] garage/surf songs about items sold in comics
Space Balloons [Music][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
[Facebook][Blog][Twitter][Youtube] Uke based Neutral Milk Hotel sing-a-long


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sophia and Michael sing on Bring Us Your Women album - hear it now! Released 2/27 at Oberon!

Sophia and Michael are featured on the new Bring Us Your Women album, a project led by Catherine Capozzi.

Official release 2/27/15 at Oberon
https://www.facebook.com/events/302182669978378/
Tickets: http://americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/bring-us-your-women-6-do-not-forsake-me-oh-my-darling

The album release also coincides with a film anthology, with a short film by one of 13 filmmakers from around the world accompanying each of the 14 songs.

Sophia sings "Sirens" and "Mary Magdalene" (the story of the songs)
Michael sings "Eve" (the story of the song)

The whole album:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Testing the Audio-Technica System 10 on Bring Us Your Women interviews!

I was lucky enough to win a couple of Audio-Technica microphone systems from Performer.

And I finally got to opening them up and giving them a go.


I do a lot of film and audio work, but recording video with accompanying decent audio is always a bit of a tedious setup (usually, I have to post-sync everything), so the System 10  microphone with its boot-mount receiver looked like a neat solution for really fast turnaround video.

For Bring Us Your Women, we are currently trying to record brief interviews with many of the artists involved in the project and turn them around quickly to add to the web site and promote our upcoming release show.

So, last night at rehearsal, without any real testing, we just popped the microphone system onto the camera (Canon Rebel T4i) and gave it a go for recording these quick and dirty interviews. Even though it was recorded in quite a noisy practice space (HVAC noise mostly), the auto-gain control on the camera and the microphone worked quite well together to get some good audio.



This was the completely "dummy" test of it. I didn't change any settings - just turned it on and plugged it in using only components that came with the microphone system. I'll continue to post some updates about using the system and my experience with it for the next few weeks leading up to the show as well!

Here are some photos of the me monitoring using earbuds as we wire up Catherine for her interview.





Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Call for videos and short films to be broadcast on silent loop at Smart Space Party 3/14 at Aeronaut!

I already mentioned our rad upcoming Smart Space party / fundraiser to introduce our new non-profit seeking to establish permanent artist working spaces in Somerville (and perhaps beyond)!

As part of our party, we've decided to project films by area artists during the event in several locations. If you've got a general-audience-appropriate short film that you would like included in our program, send me a link to an H264 MOV or MP4 (ideally 720p), and we'll get you in the program! There will be no sound accompanying the projection, so visually independent films are preferred.

Send me an email: MJE@MichaelJEpstein.com with film links or questions!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1053953657951974/

Saturday, March 14
at 7:00pm - 10:30pm
Aeronaut Brewing Company
14 Tyler St, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143







Sophia and Michael create "For the love of Metamorphosis" - a short film for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston program, "For the love of..." February 8, 2015



Created "For the love of..." with Boston Storytellers at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

February 8, 2015

Jade Sylvan, host; author of Kissing Oscar Wilde, poet, performer
Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein, filmmakers
Wes Hazard, comedian, storyteller
Obehi Janice, writer, actress
Al Miner, assistant curator, Contemporary Art
Courtnee Nagim-Chase, MFA Teen Arts Council member, storyteller
Tony Woodcock, president, New England Conservatory

Love is in the air at the MFA this February. We gave Boston-area storytellers and curators this prompt: Tell a five-minute story that starts with “For the love of…” Hosted by poet, performer, and author Jade Sylvan, hear storytellers fill in the rest of the sentence, expounding upon visual arts, music, relationships, and love for one’s country in this fast-paced event. Experience the beauty, anguish, frustration, and humor that love can bring through the evocative art of storytelling.

Buy tickets: http://www.mfa.org/programs/lecture/for-the-love-ofwith-boston-storytellers

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Smart Space Fundraiser - working to establish permanent, affordable artist working spaces in Somerville! 3/14 at Aeronaut w/ The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library

One of our big goals right now is to establish a physical Launch Over film studio sometime in the next few years. We want to create a hub for independent filmmakers in Somerville and the greater Boston area to come together to share resources, ideas, and creative pursuits. Even with the availability of low-cost cameras, filmmaking is an expensive and resource-intensive endeavor. There is one intractable issue that plagues every production. Space! 

With Launch Over Studios, we aim to create a large, highly customizable space with moving walls, green screens, black and white backdrops, and preset lighting systems that can be made affordable and easily available for short-term rentals to independent filmmakers. We also hope to build a single-occupant recording booth for looping dialogue and doing other sound recording. We also want to establish an education and training center, offering workshops and classes on independent filmmaking. Finally, we also want to build a space that is configurable as a small movie theater for showing and critiquing work, and for holding private screening events.

So, as part of this effort, we've become involved with an extremely important Somerville project in the hopes that its success could make it feasible for our film-studio dream to come true.

I am on the board of the new non-profit initiative, Smart Space. Smart Space’s vision is to assist in providing and preserving work-only spaces for artists and makers in order to maintain Somerville's creative vitality, dense artist population, and unique character well into the future.

We are in the process of putting in a bid to acquire a building being sold by the City of Somerville for this purpose. It's an extremely critical time for preserving art in a place that has been made desirable by artists who are now unable to afford to stay.

So, we're having an event to raise money and to let you all know what Smart Space is about!


https://www.facebook.com/events/1053953657951974/

Saturday, March 14
at 7:00pm - 10:30pm
Aeronaut Brewing Company
14 Tyler St, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143

This is a party: It's a musical extravaganza, an art auction, and a beer and food frenzy with live models to draw from! Join us at Aeronaut Brewing Company for a great party and to help us reach our fundraising goals to create an integrated center for artists & makers, community events, and the creative economy.

Music: The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library, The Wrong Shapes,Mount Peru


Artwork from these amazing artists, to be auctioned (so far): James Weinberg, Nicole Duennebier, Chris Yeager, Brian Zink, Andrew Fish,Sarah Wentworth, Kelvy Bird, Resa Blatman : painter, Damon Lehrer, Jeremy Angier, Jodi Colella, Sophia Ainslie, David Palmquist, Jen Palacio,Elaine Bay, Katherine Grace Gartrell... more artist names coming soon. If you'd like to *donate an artwork for our event, please message Resa, and thank you very, very much!

*While we're delighted to accept your donated artwork, please be mindful that it is a curated art auction, and if your work is not selected, let us know if you want the work returned or auctioned at a later date. Thanks!

You can DONATE money to our website NOW, any amount accepted! Please visit our website...
http://s-m-artspace.org/donate.html

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bring Us Your Women and Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling 2/27 Oberon


Tickets: http://americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/bring-us-your-women-6-do-not-forsake-me-oh-my-darling

Bring Us Your Women, an homage to historical, holy, and mythological women will present a live program of music, dance, and film premieres at ART’s Oberon Theater on Friday, February 27 with an international cast and crew of musicians, filmmakers, visual artists, dancers, and poets. Bring Us Your Women looks to share the untold, recontextualized, or reimagined stories of iconic women who have often been overlooked or defined only by their role in the context of men. By giving these women a voice, the project hopes to shed light on their importance in history, religion, and myth, and to empower women to recognize their essential role in shaping our modern world.


Bring Us Your Women is the brainchild of guitarist-composer Catherine Capozzi, best known as the force behind the rock instrumental ensemble Axemunkee. Capozzi says, “I want to tell the untold stories of iconic
historical, holy, and mythical women, with a focus on their strengths, sensuality, and wisdom. The essence of this work expresses the power of three - unity, tolerance, and hope.”


The icons represented in the show via song, dance, and film include: Joan of Arc, the Queen of Sheba, the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, Sirens, Arya Tara, Kālī, Delilah, Eve, Ishtar, and Isis. Each icon will be presented via a performance that includes a song by the live rock ensemble, a dance, and a film, each created specifically for the project. The show also serves as a release show for a complete studio recording of the song set (produced by Rafi Sofer) and a DVD of the film anthology.


For the music, Capozzi composed the songs over the past several years, collaborating with vocalists Mali Sastri (Jaggery), Johnny Blazes (Johnny Blazes and the Pretty Boys), Christine Zufferey (Mary Zoo, All the Queen’s Men, Ziaf), Sophia Cacciola (Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling), and Michael J. Epstein (The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library, The Motion Sick), and performing with members of her band Axemunkee (Tamora Gooding, Jason Adams, Yuri Zbitnoff) and additional musicians, Susannah Plaster, Rachel Barringer, Rachel Leah, Blumenthal, Jonah Sacks, Emilie Cavallo, and Marnie Hall.


The film anthology, produced by Capozzi with Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein, brings together an international group of twelve filmmakers from the US, France, Ukraine, and Netherlands including:

Céline Fernbach, Dan St. Germain, M. E. Steeman, Igor Chekachkov, Nicole Witte Solomon, Izzy Lee, Kristilyn - Zombie Romance, Anastasia Cazabon, Andrea Wolanin, Norah Solorzano, Sophia Cacciola, Catherine Capozzi, and Michael J. Epstein


The live show will also include dance performances and choreography by Jane Allard, Honey Pie, Allix Mortis, Porcelain Dalya, Mali Sastri, Jane Doe, Chien-Hwe Carol Hong, and Maggie Maraschino, and readings by Jade Sylvan, Kristen Schaer, Meghan Chiampa, and C.F. Cooper.

Teaser for the film portion:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Sophia and Michael's 2014 in Review!

not a movie set

scar!
2014 had its ups and downs...

We managed to make a whole movie, Magnetic. We traveled with TEN at festivals and got distribution for it (will be out in April), and record some songs. We still produced a lot, but we also feel like we lost a lot of time this year. Having spent the previous few years in near constant pain from a herniated disc, Sophia finally had to have surgery for it when it got so bad that she couldn't walk or leave the house for 3 months. Happily, this is all behind her and she's working on keeping her back happy and strong.

Looking forward to 2015, we are excited to premiere Magnetic, for TEN to come out on VOD/DVD, and to start working on our next film.

In fun, non creative news, we also made it through our first year of having solar panels and managed to produce enough to more than cover the year of costs! As science/data fans, we present you our year of solar.

FILMS
TEN

We had a busy year taking TEN to festivals: Brooklyn Girl and Boston Underground,  Fright Night (KY), Terror Con (RI - Porcelain Dalya won Best Actress in a Feature), Scare-A-Con (NY, nominated for Best Cinematography),  Imaginarium (KY -we won runner-up awards in three categories at Imaginarium: Best Director, Best Genre Film, and Best Screenplay), Sanford International (ME),
New Orleans Comix Expo, Fright Night Horror Weekend (KY). We attended all but the last two of these festivals and had a great time meeting other filmmakers, seeing independent films, and spreading TEN around! We just signed a distribution deal for TEN with BrinkVision and TEN has a release date! You'll be able to see it on most platforms on April 21st!

Some great press for TEN:


Fangoria, Curve, All Things Horror. And Lloyd Kaufman was hunted down in Australia!


Magnetic
find out more about the Poster! Illustration © 2014, Craig Maher
Magnetic was our biggest creative project of 2014. It's a feature-length sci-fi film. It took us about nine months to film (about 15 days of actual shooting), and it's just about finished! It has already been submitted to film festivals and we're waiting to see where we will premiere (probably early Spring). We're very excited about this film and can't wait to share it!

Starring the wonderful and talented Allix Mortis! Cinematography by our TEN collaborator Kelly Davidson!

On December 31st, at 11:58 PM UTC, Earth will have its atmosphere ripped away by a powerful coronal mass ejection. Everything we know will become nothing. Maybe it already has.

After failing in NYC, Alice grabs her mixtapes, returns to her desolate, rural hometown, and finds a job calling people to inform them that their children have died. It strikes her as a little unusual that the office is hundreds of feet underground in a former bunker under a sheep farm, but ennui has drained all of emotional response.

She has the sense that she’s being watched. Something about the cassette with the PLAY ME label isn't quite right.

She could never imagine how essential she is to the preservation of life on Earth.

Production blog, Kickstarter reward lipsyncs

Here is a very early teaser we made after only 4 days of shooting:

MUSIC VIDEOS

We started the year off with the premiere of Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling's "Episode 15 - The Girl Who Was Death": by Boing Boing.



We also released an MJEML video for, "I'm the one who's dead..."

We also made some music videos for others this year.
"Knutsford" by Impulse Powers "If I Turn Into a Black Rose" by Anda Volley
and Sophia got to play in NSA agent in this video from Earth Heart!



WORK ON OTHER FILMS
Michael working on Ungovernable Force

 We also got opportunities to work on some friends' films. Michael spent a chunk of the Summer and Fall doing some camera and sound work on The Ungovernable Force.

Michael also did some post work on director Paul M. McAlarney's previous film, Honky Holocaust.

And continuuing into January, we've been doing sound on It's Not Funny Anymore, Mark Phinney's follow-up to FAT. It's about the darker side of comedy.

Michael and Sophia also spent some time working on upcoming films by Izzy Lee (Nihil Noctem), Porcelain Dalya, Andrea Wolanin, Connor McNamara, and a couple days doing sound on the upcoming feature District C-11.


MUSIC
The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library participated in the 48 Hr Film Festival for the third time this year film) - about a dystopian singing game show. It's probably our best one yet. Soundtrack.


La Loca Boca!
MJEML also continued to do the Encyclopedia Show (which is coming back for Season 3 in September after taking a short break). One of our Encyclopedia Show songs ("Secret Animals" - from the show about the Zodiac) ended up on the Keep Safe Boston Benefit Compilation and our ES song about Serial Killers called I'm the One Who's Dead was included in a theatre production (INTERFERENCE) as a music video.

We played a couple of notable shows, including the annual Steve Katsos Show fundraiser for the Jimmy Fund, the Boston Book Festival (the Herald interviewed us about our favorite books), and Halloween at Aeronaut.


We also wrote songs for each of the TEDxSomerville speakers again this year!

Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling had a relatively quiet year. We played on the Steve Katsos show in March and only played one rock show, supporting Endation's CD Release.

Our music video for The Girl Who Was Death officially came out in January on BoingBoing. That video made the Worcester Telegrams Best videos of 2014 list (along with our video for Anda Volley!)

We recorded a very old song that was included in the Keep Safe Benefit compilation called, "Making Friends". And we got to cover one of our favorite local artists, Hallelujah the Hills for the Boston does Boston benefit compilation. Our cover was on the Herald's Guestlisted list of 214 top songs of 2014 at #73!


Darling Pet Munkee played one show this year to celebrate Michael's birthday!

And we contributed a new song about the Mighty Tiny Record Player to the Bubbles in the Think Tank's annual 7" to celebrate Record Store Day.

Space Balloons on WERS

Space Balloons got to play on WERS once again!



drab.

Sophia joined a new band this year playing bass called Drab! They played a bunch of cool shows this year and released an EP! The Unicorn EP - we made a year-end top-5 list on All Access!


EVEN MORE ADVENTURES!
We were interviewed about our creative lives (birth to present) for the Color of Air podcast.
We contributed vocals to an Andy Santospago song!
WMFO
We continued to DJ for On The Town with Mikey Dee on WMFO


We continuued to volunteer on the Steve Katsos Show and Sophia took over as Music Producer this year.

roasting Charles Dickens, photo: Jonathan Beckley

We roasted Charles Dickens with a triva game (Charles Dickens or Some Other Idiot) at the inaugural Literary Roast at Oberon.

Fat did very well at festivals (Sophia had a small role).

performing at Interference

We participated in Interference, a dynamic theatre experience directed by Steven Bogart and produced by Liars and Believers.

Uncut, a reality filmmaking pilot that we competed on in 2013 became available.

We hope you had a great year and we'll see you in 2015!!!

Past reviews
2013 Review
2012 Review
2011 Review

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Darling Pet Munkee plays Old School Game Show and Friends' Holiday Gift to You!

Tonight!

12/27/14 - 9 PM - $8
Davis Square Theatre

Revel in one last raucous burst of holiday cheer with a night of music and comedy from your friends at Old School Game Show, all to benefit Last Hope K9 Rescue! Rock out with live music from Darling Pet Munkee, Endation, and The Easy Reasons! Win prizes from amazing local sponsors! Laugh at sidesplittin' comedy from Sam Ike, Conor Allen, Kaitlin Buckley, Kenice Mobley - a comedian and headliner Josh Gondelman, writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver! Music, laughter, prizes, AND puppies?!? It's like Santa never left and decided to move in with you instead and be your best friend! Did we mention that you'll be helping puppies?

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/647246105395616/


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lloyd Kaufman of Troma writes the cast and crew of TEN a thank you note for his voice cameo!


David Joseph Clarke, first assistant director for TEN ran into Troma's Lloyd Kaufman in Melbourne (where David currently does quite a bit of film and film festival work) and Lloyd wrote us this lovely note!


From our session with Lloyd:


Sophia and I had the awesome pleasure of visiting Tromaville! Lloyd Kaufman, President and Co-Founder of Troma Entertainment, was extremely kind and agreed to play a voice role in TEN. We were unbelievably honored by this.

I've been a huge fan of Troma since I first saw Toxic Avenger around age 13. I loved it so much that I quickly worked my way through Class of Nuke 'Em HighSurf Nazis Must Die!, Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D., Troma's War, and perhaps my favorite, The Toxic Avenger Part II. I was later delighted to bask in my hatred of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet by repeatedly making everyone I knew watch Tromeo and Juliet.

Everyone at Troma was super nice. We got a tour of the office and saw lots of great props, both old and new, hanging around. We got to see their film vault, their store stock collection, and their other materials archives.

Lloyd himself was extremely kind and really showed he cared about delivering his part well (which he did!). We're very excited that we got to include him as part of our film's story and we're sure his well-known voice will receive cheers from our future viewers! It was thrilling to be able to receive this kind of support from someone whose work inspired us to make movies.



After seeing Kristilyn's beautiful TEN postcard (which he tacked to the wall behind him), Lloyd asked us, with great concern if our movie promoted violence against animals. We told him about our use of pig imagery and that we are vegans. He is active in promoting animal rights, not only in his films' commentary on processed food (see Poultrygeist and Return to Nuke 'Em High), but also with PETA work like his Sunny Acres Farms PSA.


Here's some video of behind-the-scenes. He's telling some hilarious stories and having fun! Another filmmaker from Belgium named Nayila (sp?) was visiting at the time and she helped take photos of us and watched as we recorded the voice performance.




As a related aside, right before filming TEN, during our pre-production period, we studied Lloyd's Make Your Own Damn Movie DVD set extensively and found it to provide really helpful insight into so many elements of filmmaking. From the behind-the-scenes effects shots to the interviews with filmmakers at various levels, it was a really great chance to get some insight into how different people approach the processes we were about to dive into.


Since finishing production, I've studied Lloyd's Sell Your Own Damn Movie! and found it very helpful for creating our marketing and distribution strategies.



In short, I feel unbelievably grateful to have had a chance to not only shake the hand of someone who inspired me to get involved in filmmaking, but to actually record his performance to include in our very own damn movie! Thanks Lloyd! 






Friday, November 14, 2014

The Ungovernable Force first look teaser!

Very excited to have been a camera operator on Ungovernable Films' The Ungovernable Force over the past few months and to share this first-look teaser for it! (NSFW)
 "Exploitation/grindhouse feature film from Ungovernable Films, featuring all your favorite ungovernable motifs like sex, gore, violence, nudity, schlock, and laughs!"


Me as camera op - Ungovernable Films
taken by/courtesy of 
Get The Photo
Taking cues from films like Suburbia, Class of 1984, and Class of Nuke Em High, "THE UNGOVERNABLE FORCE" is a punxploitation film that sets an army of punks and bums against a band of fascist cops!

THE UNGOVERNABLE FORCE features appearances from all your favorite film and music legends, including Tony Moran (Michael Myers from Halloween!), Debbie Rochon (the 1990s Scream Queen of the Decade!), Lloyd Kaufman (co-founder of TROMA and creator of the Toxic Avenger!), Bill Weeden (Reginald Stuart from Sgt. Kabukiman, NYPD!), Apache Ramos (from The Warriors!), Nic Cramer (famed porn director and four-time AVN Award winner!), Steve Ignorant (CRASS), Steve Lake (Zounds), Nick Cash (999), Zillah Minx (Rubella Ballet), Thomas Mensforth (Angelic Upstarts), Shend (The Cravats), Paul Russo (The Unseen), and many others!
Written/Directed by Paul M McAlarney
Director of Photography - Nick Norrman
Executive Producers - Paul M McAlarney, Nick Norrman, Alex E Edwards, Dave Sullivan
Casting by Dave Sullivan
Sound Mixing by Quinn Wilson
Camera Operators - Nick Norrman, Ryan Piccirillo, Michael J Epstein
Assistant Directors - 
Makeup/Wardrobe Dept - Salena Powers and Diane Pimentel
Puppets by Mayhem
Special FX by Paul M McAlarney and Nick Norrman

Teaser Music
"Can't Cheat Karma" by Zounds, courtesy of Steve Lake and Overground Records
Composition by Timothy Fife

Joining our timeless heroes is an all-star cast of local misfits, including:
Jake Vaughan
Lindsay Winne
David Reid
Aurora Grabill
Masshole Mike McCarthy
Nathan Johnson
Mark "Jacket" Geanakakis
PJ Rodrigues
James Kane
Salena Powers
Jordan Gillam
Sam Hays
Paul McGillicuddy
Harry Toole
Jim Baglini
Jonathan Thyne
Hope Zimmerman
Graham King
Stephen Walling
Renee Mandrake
Dolores McDougal
Greg LaVoie
Dave Sullivan
Brian Young
Steven Lawlor Jones
Charldyn Valcin
Alex E Edwards
Blake Rickerson
Stabatha La Thrills
William Bauer, Jr
Jorge Rivas
Rick Weir
John Ewing
Jonathan Neves
and many many many more!

www.ungovernablefilms.com

It's Not Funny Anymore (local film!) kickstarter!

A stand up comic has to decide if he can keep performing material based on his own life issues. Set in the comedy world, It's Not Funny Anymore is about mental illness in creative people who have to decide if self sabotage for art is worth doing it.

It's Not Funny Anymore (feature) is Mark Phinney's follow-up to FAT.

"FAT,"  premiered at one of the biggest festivals in the world - The Toronto International Film Festival
much of the film will be shot in the local comedy clubs
including Improv Asylum and Laugh Boston
(TIFF). TIFF creative director Cameron Bailey named us in his personal Top 9 Films to See at TIFF '13 and was listed in Boston Globe film reporter, Ty Burr's Top 10 to See. Burr wrote that it: "Nailed the Boston movie. Making a true and sincere local film." Indiewire called it one of the "Most brave, ballsy films about weight ever" and Collective Friction said it "Captured the zeitgeist the way Clerks did in 1994."

In the way that FAT tackled weight, It's Not Funny Anymore hopes to tackle depression among creatives - with a very candid eye.

More about It's Not Funny Anymore:
Pete is sinking further and further into depression while mining his life for material. He starts to feel that loving a "healthier" life can save him from what his best friends ends up doing. While in a dysfunctional relationship and state of mind, Pete starts falling apart for the sake of his act.

It is the story of a stand up comedian who uses his personal issues to create his comedy. He mines his tragedies, depression, and every day ups and downs to funnel into his act. It's starting to get to him. Eventually it starts to break him down to where he questions if he can even do it anymore.

Meanwhile he's surrounded by other dysfunctional, but talented, friends, relationships and comics.

Is getting "healthy" in the heart and head an answer for Pete's life or does he have to be messed up to create and feel good about his art? That is a question most creatives deal with everyday.

Set in the local stand up scene, "It's Not Funny Anymore" is about mental and emotional illness. Seen through the lens of stand up, the film is stark, raw look at depression and suicide done in the same no holds barred fashion as Fat.


Michael and Sophia will be helping out doing sound on the film! Support the kickstarter and support an independent, locally-made film about a very important issue! INFA facebook, twitter


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bring Us Your Women "Sirens" filming on November 16th, seeking actors (non-union, credit, unpaid) / indoor pool location / aerial camera operator

Launch Over shoot for "Sirens" segment of the film Bring Us Your Women (IMDB)

Shoot date: November 16th, 2014

-Casting the following roles (non-union, credit, unpaid):

Pomona, Eve, Persephone - females, 18-35 - 2 brief scenes (indoors - approximately 2 hour shoot each, evening or morning), one "upset" performance, ideally with a pet-free kitchen/living room/bedroom that we can film your scenes in.

Vertumnus, Nahash, Hades - males, 18-35 - full day (indoors and outdoors, full day shoot) - must be comfortable falling on the ground outdoors


Multiple victims - male, 18+, must be comfortable falling on the ground outdoors (outdoor shoot - approximately 4 hours)

-Seeking additional location - indoor pool, 3 hours access

-Seeking aerial camera operator for flyover shot

Contact: sophia@launchover.com for consideration or for more information

Keep Safe Compilation to benefit Planned Parenthood - Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, Drab, The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library and 47 others

art by Nicole Anguish/Daykamp Creative!
Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, Drab, The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library, and 47 other Boston-are bands that do not include either Sophia or Michael as members are all on this pay-what-you-can compilation to benefit Planned Parenthood.


About: Spearheaded by Anngelle Wood (WZLX, Rock 'n' Roll Rumble), Keep Safe Boston is a community organization and movement to reach out to artists, musicians, college campuses, area politicians, and activists to join us in fostering a safer, more compassionate community. It was a simple idea, to keep the relevant conversations active, to remind us to look out for one another, and to give voice to the issues that affect us. Keep Safe Boston is a response, a call to action.  This 50 song pay-what-you-can compilation features some of the biggest names in New England music, from up-and-coming acts to tried-and-true hometown heroes to include exclusive digital singles from 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble finalists Petty Morals (“Just a Game”); Parlour Bells (“Wetware”), Blackbutton (“Hospital Stay”), Hallelujah The Hills (“Affectionate Darlings 4 Life”), The Rationales (“All The While”), Corin Ashley (“Jellyfish”), Gene Dante and the Future Starlets ("Girl On A Unicycle [Safe Space Remix]"), Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling ("Making Friends"), John Powhida International Airport ("The Promised Land"), The Year Million (Something Better [PDH Remix]”), Apple Betty (“Skin Of My Teeth”) plus two previously released songs that exist no where else in digital form from White Dynomite ("Look Out Below") and Ad Frank ("French Translation"). Keep Safe Facebook, Keep Safe Twitter, Keep Safe Web

The Boston Herald calls it a, "crash course in our corner of the rock world"


Anngelle Wood's thoughts on why she started this project!

show poster by Nicole Anguish/Daykamp Creative

Drab will be playing the release show December 10th at Brighton Music Hall! - It is Human Rights Day. We will observe this day with a benefit for Planned Parenthood

JASS BIANCHI, Parlour Bells, The Color and Sound, Corin Ashley, Drab, The Rationales
Doing short 3 song sets are special guest openers CLUB GRCB, Girls Rock Campaign Boston's after school program for girls from 7th to 11th grade. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/



A look at the songs we submitted to the compilation:

Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling "Making Friends" - this is a song that was written before we began our Prisoner project, and as such hasn't had a home, until now!

The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library "Secret Animals" - this song was written for the Encyclopedia Show Somerville for our Zodiac themed show! It will eventually be a part of our Encyclopedia Show Theme Songs compilation due later in 2015!
 
Drab! This song was part of our EP released this Fall, we're very excited to have it included here:
 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

MAGNETIC RECAP: Day 12 - Daughters of Ra

We knew we had some additional backstory to shoot to fill in some expository sections, and after assembling the first rough cut of MAGNETIC in September, we decided to include some Ra worship. So off we went looking for a church (hat-tip to Mathew Foster for recommending Old Stone Church in West Boylston, MA) to shoot some crazy cult scenes.

photo by Sophia Cacciola - thanks to the fine folks at TT the Bears, Inc for lending us this amazing ram skull!

the DAUGHTERS OF RA - photo by Sophia Cacciola


Our cult included some awesome extras: Rachel Leah Blumenthal, Catherine Capozzi, Erin Genett, Amber Lynn Hampton, Natasha Mogilevskaya, Maddi B. Ranieri, and Blakely Ross Sullivan! We had a crazy (and fun) day worshipping Ra!

more behind-the-scenes photos:


Thursday, November 6, 2014

MAGNETIC Recap: Days 11, 13 and 14 - pick-up, extra scenes- more sheep and flashbacks!

Kelly Davidson instagram of eye close-up
very elaborate set!
Day 11 (May 28th) we did some pick-up shooting of the car driving (mostly going down the highway from another car!) and we got some close-ups of hands and eyeballs!

In September, (Day 13!) Michael and Sophia went  back to the sheep farm to get some more sheep footage in a different season (the film takes place in December) for a flashback. (more photos of the sheep!)



Michael with more sheep!



Day 14 was our final day of shooting!!! Again, we were just picking up some odds and ends- quick FX shot and a bit more footage for the flashback! 
this doesn't look like much!

quick mock-up in premiere of fx shot!


faking an office in a hallway
And finally, we got crazy and shot the inside of a tape deck: