Tiggers Back

We’ve all had our favorite pet……well most of us.

080321-fuzzy-rabbit-02

Mine wasn’t a fuzzy bunny rabbit, but you’ll get the picture. Here’s an experimental short film I made years ago (not exactly sure- mid 90’s I think).

‘Tiggers Back’

Thanks to the new Vimeo Pro for providing an awesome resource to filmmakers. I hope you’ve enjoyed this super short M.A.V.B.L.O.G.

Have a great night! Be good to yourself and all those you encounter.

Richie Havens (1941-2013)

On April 22nd, Earth Day, musician Richie Havens passed away at the age of 72 (see the CNN article here). He was an energetic man, a folk music icon, an amazing performer and a very kind person. I had the pleasure of meeting him once at a show and seeing him perform twice more at concerts. If you knew of his life and work, you know that he will be missed. And if you don’t know about him I’d encourage you to at least take a look at his website and listen to some of his music.

Richie-Havens-4HR

I first learned of Richie because of my Uncle, who lived the hippie lifestyle in the 60’s. As a child, I was shown a VHS tape of the Woodstock performance and there was one thing that stood out to me from that experience…..the toothless guy who sang ‘Freedom’. When I was a teenager, Richie Havens was performing a show at the former Bodles Opera House. It was a small venue and we were able to sit really close to him…….and I was blown away with his performance. After the show we got to hang out with him at the bar and talk for a bit. Awesome!!

richie_havens_newport

The man was awesome. He was so genuine and kind and joyful. He was this skinny and tall old guy……but he was a mountain of a man and wisdom just poured from his words. After seeing the show, I went out and bought some of his albums and sadly….I didn’t really enjoy them. His live performances were SO MUCH BETTER than what was recorded. Though…..he did create one album which I feel is his best piece of work, and that is his last album “Nobody Left to Crown”. Of course, the song ‘Freedom’ isn’t on there….but you can purchase that separately if you’d like.

richie-havens-1

All in all, Richie Havens was a great man and a great musician. It’s too bad he didn’t make it further in this life but it is fitting that he died on Earth Day. If you’re a fan, you’ll love him for life. And if you don’t know about him, I highly recommend that you watch some of his videos and give a listen to a few of his albums.

Richie-Havens-1

“It’s a brand new world, and it’s just beginning again, but on such a wonderful level of being able to communicate with each other directly, being able to talk to people all over the world,” – Richie Havens

Horror Nights by HORRORNERD.NET

I’m a little late in posting this one, hopefully The Horror Nerd doesn’t mind. This past March I attended an event done by Todd Staruch, which was an underground screening of low-budget horror films. He’s really supportive of indie, micro-budget films that have trouble finding an audience in the mainstream market, which is AWESOME. We need more people like him! I must preface this by saying that I’m not the biggest fan of horror movies. That being said, I had an awesome time, the venue was great and I loved the films.

1791799_orig

The first film that I saw was a short film called ‘Doll Boy’ (2010) directed by Billy Pon. I won’t spoil it with a review (because I missed the opening of the film), but it was a cool film and I really enjoyed the cinematography. There was a pretty awesome twist too. I recommend seeing it, especially if you’re a horror fan.

precious jesus

The next one was ‘Day 9’ (2013) by Tom Ryan. This movie was made with little to no budget and for what it is, it’s really good. I can identify with the director because all of the films I’ve directed have been micro-budget or no-budget. Tom did a really great job with the story. Sure there are various issues but when a film has no budget, story is key. And he pulled off a really nice story in a zombie flick. I had the pleasure of speaking with Tom after the film and he’s a really cool guy. I wish him well and look forward to his next film.

470678_4456076847522_592884104_o

At the next event, I have my film ‘Kung Fu and Titties’ playing after ‘I Spill Your Guts’ and ‘Dead Road’ in Todd’s ‘Grindhouse Nights’ on May 18th at Cafe Z in Union, New Jersey. Some of the actors from the film will be making an appearance, such as Raine Brown and Comedian Mike Marino. So if you love titties, drinking and horror movies……COME ON OUT!!!

KFTPOSTER2013boy

As always…..be good to yourself. Have a great day!