In this episode Indie Dork sits down with Michael Epstein, Sophia Cacciola and Jeremy Long-the folks behind indie film: Clickbait. He also chats with director of Amazon Hotbox James Bickert. And finally writer and director of House Shark: Ron Bonk.
We had the glorious pleasure of sitting down with "Indie Dork" immediately after the world premiere of Clickbait at GenreBlast! We got to talk about the movie, about Toot Strudels, and about how fun it was to be in the projection area at the Alamo Drafthouse Winchester! We share the episode with our wonderful friends, James Bickert, Brian K. Williams, Ron Bonk, and Michael Merchant!
Here's what they had to say about the episode:
First up are the folks behind the film Clickbait, which feels like an ode to Psycho updated to reflect the moral depravity of a social media crazed generation. Funny stuff, great concept, and excellent ending. Sophia Cacciola, Michael J. Epstein, and Jeremy Long were an absolute delight to speak with. You can find most of their filmography on Amazon Prime right now. However, the most important thing you should take away from this conversation is that their running gag in Clickbait (an advertisement gag for a nuclear powered self-heating breakfast pastry called Toot Strudels) was brought to life in a shirt purchasable on Amazon. See if you can spot the moment where I realize Jeremy was wearing one.
Next up were two of the guys behind the women-in-prison exploitation flick Amazon Hot Box. If that sounds appealing, seek that movie out immediately. The blu ray releases October 2 and you can pre-order it now. James Bickert (writer/director), along with Brian K. Williams (producer), share their interest in the history of women-in-prison films dating back to the 1920s and a strong desire to make a film which didn’t feature rape. They pitched it to me as the social media generation versus the rock and roll generation, as told through the lens of an homage to women-in-prison films. I wouldn’t have thought to describe it like that, but it is exactly correct. Be sure to stay tuned for the part where they describe going full-fledged Nat-Geo to capture some real life alligator action. (No alligators were harmed in the making of this film.)
Finally, I had an extended chat with the cast and crew of House Shark. I was still pretty high on the art, history, and knowledge behind a lot of exploitation cinema from my previous conversation. Ron Bonk (writer/director) and Michael Merchant (Zachary) were kind enough to go down a path with me on that topic. We talk about pairing high and low art, sub genres, and what we really want to get out of movies. House Shark is available right now. And you should watch it!"
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