I was going to title this post “A Comedy Podcast, Music Showcase and a Horror Film (Walk Into a Bar)” but then I decided the names were more interesting. And because many people wouldn’t get the bar joke. Also it’s really late — so late it’s no longer Friday — and I’m exhausted from attending six bands and a movie about a band on Thursday. On top of that, the internet seemed to have stopped working so I lost the first half draft of this post. So I’m not in the mood (for love or for redoing this.) Let’s just get right to it, shall we?
Blood Fest Is a Nice Family Movie
If your family includes creepy clowns, zany zombies, vampirish vixens, and many, MANY more horror film super-baddies, this movie is for you. Owen Egerton – he of One Page Salon, This Word Now and other books, director of FOLLOW, occasional member of Master Pancake Theater, and much more — has assembled them into an army that begins a siege on our protagonists. Without giving any plot away I will say Owen has a key role in it himself which is terrifying and hilarious. Rooster Teeth, the YouTube juggernaut and producer of anime, web series and other content is the company that put it out. Hopefully it gets picked up for distribution soon.
Usually I’m not a big horror fan ever since I read Stephen King books in high school. When I realized the world is sometimes a pretty horrible place I stopped reading him, because I could find horror in the daily news. But this movie had enough comedy that I didn’t really mind the gore-factor. But it’s not overtly mean or cruel horror like certain movies with a woodshop tool that involves cutting something. (Yes, Saw, I’m talking about you.) Often it’s over the top or with a wink, but it serves the plot. The effects, acting, sound, story — everything looked and sounded really great for a indie film made in 22 days on a low budget. Although you can’t see it yet, here’s the page for it on IMDB.
I really enjoyed meeting and talking with two students Ted (who shares the same last name as a Dude and we both knew a priest with the same last name) and Iris and Seth Meeks (in the yellow background picture above). Seth is the author of a book that’s a collection of poems, lyrics and short fiction called How I Got Herpes and Other Incurable Stories. He’s also a screenwriter himself who’s co-hosted One Page Salon with his writing partner Felix Morgan. You can see their funny taxidermy animals with animation called “Bad Spirit Animals” if you have Amazon Prime or on YouTube. Seth was generous with his time offering advice about writing, which was really cool. I also met stars Barbara Dunkelberg who has a promising career as a scream queen and Nick Rutherford, who were both nice and approachable. Tate Donovan was also in it but did not attend this screening.
I really enjoyed meeting and talking with two students Ted (who shares the same last name as a Dude and we both knew a priest with the same last name) and Iris and Seth Meeks (in the yellow background picture above). Seth is the author of a book that’s a collection of poems, lyrics and short fiction called How I Got Herpes and Other Incurable Stories. He’s also a screenwriter himself who’s co-hosted One Page Salon with his writing partner Felix Morgan. You can see their funny taxidermy animals with animation called “Bad Spirit Animals” if you have Amazon Prime or on YouTube. Seth was generous with his time offering advice about writing, which was really cool.
Doug Loves Movies Comedy Podcast
A Dude Bikes loves movies too. Doug Benson, who’s been on Comedy Central, Netflix and other things, has been doing this podcast for eight years. He had four comedian friends, including local Chris Cubas, join him on stage for a live taping, and they were all pretty funny. Some hard core fans knew to ask questions in advance or bring artwork and other things. Doug had several games and prizes, and was quite amusing and pretty knowledgeable about movies. He also cracked up alot. I won’t be rushing out to subscribe because podcasts aren’t really my thing. I don’t sit in traffic for hours a day commuting to work, but if I did I might listen to him and We Got to Hang Out. You can check out his website www.DougLovesMovies.com.
Smooth and Dreamy Dutch Pop
This quartet of a signer/guitarist, guitarist/keyboardist, dummer/keyboardist, and cello, played some really beautiful work. Rosemary & Garlic is from Holland aka The Netherlands, they were one of maybe 2,000 bands playing SXSW. So there’s usually something you can find if you look for it by using the app or just stumbling into a place. This venue was a church, and that was a perfect setting for this group. I really loved the beautiful vocals of the lead singer and sometimes harmony of the guitarist/keyboardist, but the mixing of ambient sythesized sounds with the acoustic guitar and cello were mesmerizing.
As was the cellist herself — I admit to having difficulty not staring at her. Yes, she was cute and A Dude is human and single, after all. But it was more her expression — someone creating beautiful sounds and being lost in that reverie — that was captivating. I closed my eyes and could have listened to them quite a while, but probably would have dozed off. Their set was only 40′ and I missed some, but it was really good. They ended with a tribute to a friend who died but whose sister and mother were in the crowd. Very moving. Their site is www.rosemaryandgarlic.com.
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