Saturday, January 31, 2009

A Surprising Horror Treat

My man Dustin Chang director of the indie, Obviously Subtle, is one of the single most prolific cinema-philes I know. This guy knows and has turned me on to really great obscure little movies from all over the planet that I would've never discovered were it not for his recommendation and eagle eye for cool, weird, cult and overlooked movies. He recently loaned me this DVD title that I want to share with all my horror peeps out there.

I love horror movies, but good and original horror movies are few and far between, so I'm really happy to pass on this title, which I found to be both. It's called Ginger Snaps and it's a Canadian movie by director John Fawcett made in 2000. And like some other titles I've gotten from Dustin over the years, it was a pleasant little surprise that I can't believe I never heard about before.

I thought it was pretty original in that it's about werewolves and creepy teenage girls and has a great dark sense of humor. (If you want my Hollywood comparative description, it's Heavenly Creatures meets American Werewolf In London with a dash of Mean Girls thrown in.) I thought the characters and story were surprisingly three-dimensional and more complex than I ever expected for a horror movie, least of all one with a predominantly teenage cast.

Put it in your Netflix cue, zap some popcorn, turn out the lights and enjoy this delicious little Canadian horror treat called Ginger Snaps. (And if you like it, the sequel- Ginger Snaps II, which I also just watched, is a completely different movie and plot line, but also original, creepy and darkly humorous, albeit not quite as good as part 1.)

Ginger Snaps Trailer

Ginger Snaps II Trailer

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Art, Craft and Hustle of Producing w/ Christina DeHaven!

Tonight on The Double Down Film Show we will delve deep into the art, craft and hustle that is producing.

What exactly does a producer do? How do they do it? And more importantly, how can you do it better?

Veteran indie producer and NYU Film School adjunct producing professor, Christina DeHaven will help us break down "the real" tonight- only on Double Down!

Christina's Bio:

Since graduating from Tisch School of the Arts in 1999, Christina's career has led to a number of producing credits that include commercials, music videos, episodic television, documentary, and over a dozen short films. Her first two shorts were accepted to the Sundance Film Festival, in 2001 with "3D" directed by Pete Chatmon, and in 2003 with "Cutman" directed by Yon Motskin, which was also a First Place Wasserman Finalist. She also worked on the break-thru Filipino indie feature film, "The Debut".

Christina's recent projects include two feature-length documentaries, "My Uncle Berns" (directed by Lindsay Crystal, HBO), and "761st" (directed by Pete Chatmon), about the first African-American tank battalion to enter combat in WWII. Christina has also recently produced several music videos for the Grammy Award-winning band The Black Eyed Peas.

Christina serves as an adjunct faculty member at NYU Tisch School of the Arts teaching Producing the Short Screenplay, as well as serving as an administrator for the Department of Film & TV.

Date / Time: Wednesday January 28 - 9pm-10pm

Call-in Number: (646) 929-1956

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