The spring found me flying to Los Angeles to do an author talk at the Hammer Museum on April 22, complete with special guests! Gracing us with their presence were Sandy Collora (Batman: Dead End; World’s Finest; Hunter Prey) and Trey Stokes (Pink Five trilogy; Ark). It was a great turn out, the book signing went well, and afterwards, a who’s who of LA fan filmmakers went out to dinner at a high-end pizza place around the block. Caught in the act afterwards were (clockwise): Clive; Trey Stokes; Matt Somethingorother; Chad (Sex, Drugs, and Natalie Portman, just finished his feature Apocalypse, CA); Seth (visual FX artist, fanfilms enthusiast); Ryan Weiber (Ryan vs. Dorkman); Brian (The Injured Stormtrooper) Aaron (has done a handful of festival baby short films); Teague Chrystie (visual fx artist who worked on Trey’s Pink Five and Ark films).
And for the record, it was a work night for everyone, so nobody even drank, much less got hammered.
Homemade Hollywood is selling well and is edging towards a second printing. I was interviewed about it on WBAI-FM’s talk show, NonFiction; on the blog of Dr. Henry Jenkins, director of MIT’s Convergence Culture Consortium (Part 1 and Part 2); and on the MajorSpoilers.Com Podcast.
Meanwhile, the presentation push continues–in early April, I hosted a night of fan films at the revered ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES in New York City, presented as part of the New Filmmakers Festival. The next day, it was off to the I-Con SciFi convention, where I did another talk/screening for a packed house.
The book is definitely getting out there; I got an email from a grad student in Brazil, doing his dissertation on the topic of fan films, who was thrilled to discover Homemade Hollywood and my daily fan film blog, FanCinemaToday.com.
I have a brand-new library program: Yikes: The History of Movie Stunts, which follows the evolution of stunts throughout film history, from pioneers like Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton to the heart-stopping antics that we see today in James Bond flicks and other action movies. While it features plenty of great moments in cinema history, it also covers the growth of safety and technologies used for preparing for such filmic feats. It’s a sequel to my most popular program, Kaboom: The History of Special Effects, which I’ve now presented at more than 40 libraries. How hot is this new movie stunt program? It’s already booked to play a library in January, 2010!