2019! Weird year. We drove our van cross-country to pick up the last of our possessions in Boston and then we took up permanent residence in Hollywood (moving out of Los Feliz).
We shot a lot of movies, and we went to a lot of festivals (mostly supporting Clickbait and Half-Cocked). With or without films, we personally attended: Boston Underground Film Festival, Genreblast, NYC Horror Film Festival, Horror Haus, Film Maudit 2.0, Studio City FF, Shriekfest, BeyondFest).
Some of our favorite 2019 movies were: Parasite, Once Upon a a Time in Hollywood, In Fabric, Mope, Culture Shock, Tone Deaf, Hail Satan?, Memory: The Origin of Alien, and Dolemite is My Name.
Movie stats breakdown:
2019 was a slower year for movie going than 2018. According to Michael's Letterboxd logs, we saw 412 movies this year at 585 hours of movie watching, but that does include some short films. In the end, we saw about a feature a day, and by quick count, 122 feature films in theaters (mostly repertory).
One of our goals was to not have my top directors list contain only white men (as it did last year). There's a little progress on that, but it could be better still.
Top directors watched:
Dorothy Arzner - 11 films
Wes Craven - 9
Martin Scorsese - 5
Bong Joon-Ho - 4
Dario Argento - 4
Věra Chytilová - 4
Robert Altman - 4
John Woo - 4
Three for: Mary Lambert, Kathryn Bigelow, John Cassavetes, John Carpenter, Lucio Fulci, David DeCoteau, David Zucker
Here's some movie theater experiences that stood out: Bong Joon-Ho Q&A at Egyptian w/Parasite, The Long Goodbye Q&A with Elliot Gould at the Egyptian, The Exorcist Q&A with Linda Blair, theatrical premiere of Mooch Goes to Hollywood, 11-film Dorothy Arzner retrospective at New Beverly, seeing Jaws/Hard Ticket to Hawaii double at Egyptian during our biggest earthquake yet, and so many more!
We also got to see some of our favorites in concert: Lana Del Rey at The Hollywood Bowl, Nick Cave Q&A at Disney Hall, Goblin performing Deep Red at The Palace Theatre, Chromatics at The Wiltern, and Better Oblivion Community Center at The Wiltern.
While we were in Boston, Sophia got to perform again with Catherine Capozzi's Bring Us Your Women at the Somerville Theater - look for a recording of a new song "Medusa" soon!
Will 2020 be the year we get a pet after 15ish years living together?
To close out the year, in December, we shot a top-secret feature film project that we can't wait to talk about more very soon! Until then, here's a teaser photo from set!
Women of Rock Oral History Project
We continued to work with the Women of Rock Oral History Project as videographers/sound/editors in capturing the life stories of amazing women who have been underrepresented in the media and thus history.
2020 goal is to finish cutting this into a documentary!
SHORT FILMS (we wrote and directed)
WORK FOR OTHERS
We worked on a bunch of fun projects for others this year!
-In January we spent the whole month working on a feature (Sophia as 1st AC and Michael as a grip) called The Stalking Fields - we froze and we made some great friends, excited to see it when it's completed.
-Glossary of Broken Dreams: we helped shoot some sequences while we were in Austria two years ago is now available to watch!
-Shot by Sophia and Michael in December 2017, Izzy Lee's Re-Home had a successful festival run this year (including Fantasia, Horrible Imaginings, GenreBlast, Nightmares, and more!). Michael was editor on Izzy's Obliteration of Chickens which also saw many festivals this year!
-We helped produce and Sophia was cinematographer on Seth Chatfield and Toni Nagy's Shiny Diamonds (coming to film festivals in 2020).
-Sophia was also cinematographer on the upcoming short film from Tara Price called, Tea Time. Check out Tara's previous film Earworm!
-We shot the pitch pilot for a space-alien-puppet traveling TV show from Michael Kallio and Ashleigh Nichols called, Travelin' Time.
-We worked with Director Dustin Ferguson shooting interviews for Direct to Video documentary about straight-to-video horror releases of the 1990s.
The latest screening news is up to date on our Half-Cocked post, but at the moment:
- Scorpiusfest - Feb 3, 2020 - Park City, UT (Nominated: Best Director, Best Actor - Lundon Boyd)
- NEVERMORE Film Festival - February 28 - March 1, 2020 - Durham, NC
- Sick 'N' Wrong - Aug 10, 2019 - CityArts Orlando - Orlando, FL
- Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival - Aug 23, 2019 - Dipson Theatres Eastern Hills Cinema - Buffalo, NY
- GenreBlast IV - Aug 31, 2019 - Alamo Drafthouse - Winchester, VA (Nominated: Best Actor - Pat Healy)
- Filmquest - Sept 7, 2019 - Velour - Downtown Provo, Utah (Nominated: Best Comedy Short, Best Short Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor - Lundon Boyd)
- Atlanta Horror Film Festival - Sept 12 - 14, 2019 - Synchronicity Theatre - Atlanta, GA (Winner: Best Horror Comedy Short)
- Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival - Sept 25 - 29, 2019 - 2223 Theater - Philadelphia, PA (Winner: Best Short Film)
- Fangoria Monster Fest - Oct 15, 2019 - Sydney, Australia
- Sanford International Film Festival - Oct 16, 2019 - Sanford, ME (Nominated: Best Comedy Film, Audience Choice Award)
- Horror Movie Freaks Film Festival - Oct 18 - 19, 2019 - Clemmons, NC (Winner: Best Short, Best Actress [Vanessa Benavente as Dr. Flores]; Nominated: Best Actor [Pat Healy as Dr. Kirby], Best Writer, and Best Director)
- Nightmares Film Festival - Oct 24 - 27, 2019 - Columbus, OH (Nominated: Best Horror Comedy Short)
- HorrorHaus Film Festival - Oct 25 - 27, 2019 - Santa Clarita, CA
- NYLA International Film Festival - Oct 27 - Hollywood, CA 90038
- Pennsylvania Indie Shorts Festival - Nov 2 - 3, 2019 - East Stroudsburg, PA (Nominated: Best Comedy, Best Writing)/li>
- Studio City Film Festival - Nov 10, 2019 - Studio City, CA - Winner: Best Horror Comedy Short
- NYC Horror Film Festival - Dec 7, 2019 - NY (Chelsea), NY - w/ Star Light, Night Crawl, Pepper (Winner: Best Short)