Everything Ends, and so should “The Oscars”

I’ve been an avid Oscar fan since I was five years old. I’ve watched every single show since I was a wee lad, and I’ve always had a good time with the energy and love for movies. Over the years the Oscars have tested my devotion to the entire process what with the politics and unusual decisions for its awards. It always took top priority when I was growing up, and now it’s rare that I watch the entire ceremony in one sitting. Now in 2022, “The Oscars” seems so antiquated, especially when they’re still refusing to acknowledge interesting, and unique filmmaking in favor of the same old stuff we’ve seen a thousand times already.

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Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster (2021)

For the generation that cut their teeth on classic Universal horror movies, Boris Karloff is, was, and will always be the definitive Frankenstein monster. What “The Man Behind the Monster” seeks to do is act as an appetizer for the aspiring horror buff who hasn’t quite been lucky enough see much of Karloff’s work. Karloff was a man who was powerful on-screen even in to his old age; “The Man Behind the Monster” explores the powerful actor, and his tumultuous career that survived through political controversies, and the Hays Code.

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Jerry Lewis: The Total FilmMaker

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Jerry Lewis’ book “The Total FilmMaker,” based on a series of lectures he gave on the challenges and strategies for being a film director. On this episode of “The Online Movie Show,” film historian James L. Neibaur shares his recollections of Lewis and provides insight on his contributions to filmmaking.

The episode can be heard here.

Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini (2015) [Digital]

On Demand and Digital for the First Time Ever on October 19th, “Smoke and Mirrors” is one of the many documentaries exploring the life and work of Tom Savini. For those unaware, Savini is a legendary make up artist that’s contributed to some of the most iconic horror movies of all time. Behind the man and his make up is the story of a man who has spent most of his life second guessing himself and considering himself the black sheep among his talented group of siblings.

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Interview with Rachel Belofsky, Founder of LA Scream Festival [Women in Horror Month 2021]

Belofsky Pictured in Middle

Please introduce yourself.
I’m Rachel Belofsky, the founder of Screamfest Horror Film Festival and producer of the documentary Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Genre.

What is it that attracts you the horror genre for your chosen field of creative work?
I love supporting and meeting so many talented filmmakers from around the world in the horror genre. It is an honor to be able to screen their films in our festival. I truly find joy in helping them make connections.

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Interview with Filmmaker Rakefet Abergel [Women in Horror Month 2021]

Please introduce yourself.
I started out as an actress, with varying degrees of success over the years. When I realized I wouldn’t get cast in things I wanted to do, I decided to start writing and producing my own work for me to star in. On my second short I decided to direct as well. It’s been a journey!

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Interview with Founder of Bad Wolf Films K/XI [Women in Horror Month 2021]

Photo Credit: Saira Niazi

Please introduce yourself.
My name is K. I am a British filmmaker with a Pakistani background, and I write, direct, and produce my own work, as well as doing many other roles. The XI in my name is for ‘11’ because energy and good vibrations are important to me, and the number itself is significant. I studied film theory and a class about text to film adaptations changed everything as I was always a writer, and this transition allowed me to visualize my own work and be the creator of it. In 2007 I created my company Bad Wolf Films by studying and working full-time to buy my own equipment so that I could continue making short films in order to experiment with ideas.

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