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“SAM” Reel Review

For the month of July CinemaSlice has chosen to highlight the short sci-fi film “SAM” for the Indy Film Spotlight. Directed by Zac Deering, “SAM” follows a seemingly homeless wanderer, named Doc (Jarret Ross), as he scavengers the outer city for parts of an unknown project he seems to be working on. In an abandoned building he soon finds a stack of cardboard boxes where he discovers a powered down android (James Hudson). After getting the android back online we begin to learn more about Sam and find out he may be more than what he seems.

Zach Deering has been featured before in the Indy Film Spotlight with his film “Nano Addiction” and just like this previous film, “SAM” features the same stunning visual effects. It’s always a treat to see indie filmmakers take such care in making special effects believable with such a low budget. A lot of these films end up looking campy or cheesy, while “SAM” maintains its credibility throughout.

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Rage Against the ‘Indy’ Machine

What makes us “Independent” cinema? What is so “Indy” about us?

That’s the question I hope to not answer in this article. Instead, I’d like to rage against the machine. The real question is “WHY are we labeled as “Independent” cinema?” “WHY CALL US INDY?

What does it even mean to be INDY? The Machine says, “My definition of independent: without any sort of financial backing.”

Do we need to constantly remind the audience that we aren’t being given money by a movie studio?

Everyone likes an underdog story, but only when the underdog comes out on top.

Either the underdog succeeds and earns respect thus shaking off the underdog label or they fail and remain an underdog. They don’t then go around bragging about being the underdog.

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Schlock du Jour: Doom Asylum (1987)

directed by Richard Friedman

runtime: 77 mins

A Playboy playmate, a Penthouse pet, a man named mom…
This isn’t a riddle, it’s Doom Asylum! Welcome!
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I wonder if they practice safe sex.
I hope you enjoy your stay. While you’re here, make sure to enjoy the whole host of cartoon characters. From yuppie alimony attorneys, to hungover coroners, to all chick noisewave bands (they play the local sewers!), Doom Asylum kicks you in the crotch, spits in your mouth, and then tickles you and takes your laughing as affirmation of enjoyment. Never mind the steady stream of sadness pooling at your feet.
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Wanna date? Looking for some action? Need some company? Got any money?

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Art Lives On #7 – “What It Is”

During the month of July, in which we celebrate Independence Day, community activities range from parades, fireworks, outdoor concerts and gatherings of families and friends. It’s also a great time for individual reflection about what’s important and to recommit to positive action to benefit self and others.

While I planned to write a song called “You Get My Goat,” I wrote this melody and decided, “This isn’t that song.” For no particular reason, I then changed the title to “Election Day.” After writing the lyrics to the tune, I again changed the title to “What It Is.” This is, in fact a meandering song, starting out as a reflection of frustrations of searching for work in a tight job market, then morphing to an expression of a wish to find meaning in life, then starting a diatribe, an ain’t-it-awful commentary about our culture, then a questioning of whether involvement in social problems is worth the effort, then a decision to embrace action, commitment and self-acceptance, then a wish for others to see their own value and how that value may be appreciated by others, and finally extolling the value and uniqueness of each individual who chooses to try to maximize their potential.

There are two versions of “What It Is” – a moderately slow lyrical version and a faster instrumental version. The addition of lyrics and change of speed tend to create different moods. It’s my hope that after listening, you’ll at least conclude, “It is ‘What It Is’”, and not “You get my goat!” 🙂

Cheers!

Meet the Slicer – Kevin Hosey

Sup Slicers!?

It’s our pleasure to introduce another talented CinemaSlice contributor, Kevin Hosey.

Kevin has written 4 episodes of our horror anthology series, A Slice of Fright, is a member of the jury panel for A Slice of Fright Film Festival— and has even designed/produced props for the short film, Hell to Pay. 

Kevin Hosey is an author, editor and cartoonist. His short stories have appeared in several publications, including the “Star Trek Strange New Worlds” anthologies (Simon and Schuster), “Hint Fiction” (W.W. Norton), “Bigfoot Tales” (Open Casket Press), the sci-fi magazine “Beyond Centauri“, and the retro sci-fi adventure site 365Tomorrows.com.

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A Slice of Fright Film Festival 2018 – Discount Code

CinemaSlice.com presents:

A Slice of Fright Film Festival 2018

A celebration of independent horror!

 

Sup Slicers!? We wanted to drop an update on A Slice of Fright Festival! First and foremost, we'd like to take a moment to appreciate all of the creepy, gruesome, and disturbing entries we've received thus far. All of the script and film submissions thus far have been amazing! And We can't wait to see MORE!!

Event Details

The top 13 film entries will play on the big screen at the historical State Theatre in Bay City, MI at A Slice of Fright Film Festival on Oct 13, 2018.
We are featuring only the best of the best and awarding laurels for select films and screenplays the night of the event.
All awards will be announced at the even (do not have to be present to win):
  • Best Use of Blood - Film Award
  • Twisted Ending - Film Award
  • Creepy Creature - Film Award
  • Most Terrifying - Screenplay Award
  • Most Clever Kill Scene - Screenplay Award

One lucky film will be featured in our short horror anthology series, A Slice of Fright! And 1 Screenplay will be produced as a new episode for A Slice of Fright!

Submission Discount

In honor of 'Independent's Day', CinemaSlice is extending a 2-week submission discount code for A Slice of Fright Film Festival!
If you have a short horror film or script, we want to see it!
Submit you films and scripts at FilmFreeway.com/SliceFest

The first 13 submissions to use the code: SoF2018 will receive a 25% discount off of the early bird submission fee.

Meet the Jury

CinemaSlice is excited to announce our festival jury! CinemaSlice has selected qualified festival jury members from 5 states
  • Nic White - Columbus, OH
  • John Sklba, Memphis, TN
  • Ray Clark, Bay City, MI
  • Justin Harlan, Philadelphia, PA
  • Kevin Hosey, Dallas, TX
  • Jarod Oertel, Saginaw, MI

Complete details available at CinemaSlice.com/FrightFest

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Expected NonSense – “Gerald’s Game”

Hey gang, Pete here again to give you my thoughts on the Netflix original Gerald’s Game.

Anyone who knows me is quite aware of my fondness for Stephen King and his works. He his hands down my favorite author. Love him or hate him, one cannot deny his impact on the horror genre both in the literary world and on the silver screen as being substantial. His stories about just any subject on Earth are descriptive, engaging and usually more than relevant.

So it stands to reason that Hollywood would want to capitalize on King’s success.  Many of his works have be translated to the big screen. From The Shining to Carrie to the many television miniseries including Salem’s Lot and the adaptation of my favorite novel of all time, The Stand, there are volumes of King’s works filmed for the unconstant reader. Continue reading “Expected NonSense – “Gerald’s Game””