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Sophia and Michael are Somerville, MA based musicians and filmmakers
TEN the movie! MAGNETIC the movie!

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Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling [Music][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] bass/drum duo based on The Prisoner
The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library [Music][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] Indie ensemble
Darling Pet Munkee [Music][Blog][Facebook][Youtube] garage/surf songs about items sold in comics
Space Balloons [Music][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] Children's space-traveler music
The Motion Sick [Music][Press][Blog][Facebook][Twitter][Youtube] Indie rock with emphasis on song

Neutral Uke Hotel
[Facebook][Blog][Twitter][Youtube] Uke based Neutral Milk Hotel sing-a-long


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Magnetic at Fantasmagorical, Louisville KY 8/7







Magnetic at Fantasmagorical FandomFest!
Friday, 8/07/15
Kentucky International Convention Center
Louisville, KY

Room 217 - Fantasy Feature Films8:20 pm Magnetic 1 hr 19 min 57 sec






Monday, July 27, 2015

Magnetic at From the Beyond Con, 8/8 Chicago!







Magnetic at From the Beyond!
Sat. 8/08
Schurz Assembly Hall
3601 North Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60641






Cinema Somerville August Thursdays outdoor film series - Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror, and Non-Fiction

Cinema Somerville Outdoor short film series at the Somerville Community Growing Center

Cinema Somerville is collaborating with Smart Space and Launch Over to present an August Movie Night series at the Somerville Community Growing Center. Each Thursday night event will include the screening of several short films and end with a Q&A with the filmmakers.  These will take place every Thursday night throughout August, starting at 7:30 PM with a BYO Picnic and 8:00 PM (dusk) screening.
Lineups TBA
Aug 6 - comedy - https://www.facebook.com/events/1605222389766690/
Aug 13 - sci-fi / experimental - https://www.facebook.com/events/1627120817559728/
Aug 20 - horror - https://www.facebook.com/events/823414161105192/
Aug 27 - non-fiction - https://www.facebook.com/events/1618697585079546/


We're also still taking submissions, but making decisions very soon...


The submission categories include Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror and Non-Fiction.

If you are interested in screening your film at Cinema Somerville, please fill out the form here (or below). Any further questions, contact Erica Jones at ejones@scatvsomerville.org.


About the Collaborators:

Cinema Somerville is a project of Somerville Community Access Television (SCATV). It builds community in Somerville through collaborations with community organizations and residents by presenting free public film screenings at various locations in Somerville.

Smart Space helps to provide and preserve work-only spaces for artists and makers in order to maintain and encourage Somerville's creative vitality, diverse artist population, and unique character into the future.

Launch Over is the Somerville-based film, music, and troublemaking production company run by Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sophia Cacciola & Michael J. Epstein host On the Town with Mikey Dee on WMFO 07/08/2015

GO "LIKE" THE ON THE TOWN WITH MIKEY DEE FACEBOOK PAGEOTTWMD PLAYS LOCAL BOSTON MUSIC AND IS ON EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM 9PM-MIDNIGHT AND ALMOST ALWAYS FEATURES A LIVE BAND AROUND 10:30 - IT'S ON 91.5 WMFO - HTTP://WMFO.ORG.

SEND YOUR CDS TO THE STATION SO THAT WE CAN PLAY YOU! AND IF YOU'RE EXTRA NICE - DENOTE WHICH TRACKS HAVE SWEARS (AND LIKEWISE IF ALL TRACKS ARE CLEAN, PLEASE!)

WMFO
ATTN: JOEL SIMCHES
PO BOX 65
MEDFORD, MA 02155

 IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PLAYING LIVE ON THE AIR, CONTACT JOEL SIMCHES 

 HERE'S OUR PLAYLIST FROM 07/08/2015! ARCHIVE IS UP FOR A WEEK 

SongArtistAlbumTime Played
Snip Snip (Suck-a-Thumb)Walter Sickert & The army Of Broken ToysShockheaded Peter21:05:00
Blindsided (Featuring Liz Enthusiasm)D. Tension’s Secret ProjectD-Tension’s Secret Project21:08:00
Love Whip BluesErin Harpe & The Delta SwingersLove Whip Blues21:11:00
AiktOff & OnGood Talk Vol. 1 + 221:17:00
getawayJenny Dee & The Deelinquentselectric candyland21:20:00
No FriendsOff & OnGood Talk Vol. 1 + 221:23:00
A Little Bit LowAloudIt’s Got To Be Now21:31:00
on the phoneWill-rAll In My Head21:34:00
Off & OnThe I Want YouAh Really21:37:00
MadisonOff & OnGood Talk Vol. 1 + 221:50:00
Can’t Buy a HeroThe Lights outPrimetime21:57:00
Go aheadJen TryninGun Shy, Trigger Happy21:58:00
You Don’t Wear That Dress, The Dress Wears YouParlour BellsThank God For The Night22:00:00
On to somethingO PositiveLive22:11:00
CarouselHarrisThe Light is Sleeping Through the Crack22:15:00
The Vampire Who Opted for DeathAd Frank & the Fast Easy WomenYour Secrets are Mine Now22:18:00
The Outdoor TypeThe LemonheadsThe Outdoor Type22:21:00
Technical BooksFrancine28 Plastic Blue Versions Of endings Without You22:23:00
dilettanteEndationLiars, Thieves and Dead Leaves22:30:00
runawaySarah RabdauBenevolent Apollo22:32:00
LIve Performance from Studio DeePrincess ProblemsLIve Performance from Studio Dee22:37:00
Lucky 7’sUranium DaughtersWhen Pigs Fly23:05:00
MoveableHelicopter HelicopterBy Starlight23:08:00
Boy in a CircleOne Happy IslandMaptacks: The First 3 EPs23:10:00
Oh, This Devilish PlaceThe ShillsKeep You Hands Busy, Vol. 223:13:00
My Heart Is Over Trying to Play DeadThe Good NorthLife Outside Our Walls23:17:00
Groggy froggyButterscottThe Slick Overproduced Commercial Pop Thing23:32:00
Tattooed Man and the SaintDan BlakesleeOwed to the Tanglin’ Wind23:38:00
mariposaThe UngradedNot Guilty23:57:00

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling - 7/9 at The Last Safe and Deposit Company in Lowell - 9 PM Free!

We're very excited to be performing tonight at one of the raddest venues in the region, The Last Safe and Deposit Company in Lowell.

Show starts at 9 PM! Free!

We share the bill with Walker. and Rhode Iceland.

Walker. is a Providence/Boston-based post-punk band that formed in 1998 featuring members of Drab, Emerald Comets and Sunken Armadaincluding Jason Layne, Steve Rowe, Robert Blunt and Kristy Foye. http://walkertherockband.bandcamp.com/


Lowell band Rhode Iceland featuring Eve Foldan, Jon Gryckiewicz, Derek Brooks and Phil Wakefield.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Blood of the Tribades - our blend of 70s French surrealist and Hammer horror vampire films - now casting!


THE CASTING CALL FOR BLOOD OF THE TRIBADES HAS CLOSED.



https://www.facebook.com/BloodoftheTribades

ABOUT THE FILM:
We're looking to blend some of the sparse, surrealist, weirdo 70s arthouse euro vampire French stuff like The Shiver of the Vampires (1971), Lips of Blood (1975), and Vampyros Lesbos (1971 - not French, but that's okay) with the very British Hammer films like Twins of Evil (1971), Countess Dracula (1971), Lust For a Vampire (1971), and The Vampire Lovers (1970).

We hope to create a new sort of vampire world/lore in which a vampire named Bathor turned an entire village to vampires, stuck around long enough to teach them to survive, and then promised to return in 2000 years after conquering the rest of the continent. The only problem with this plan is that the vampires only have a limited capacity for memory, so they only know of what happened in more recent years. And their easy lifestyle leads them to abandoning all art and all documentation and turning to superstition. They also no longer know how to read (and they've burned all of the books). Very few people of the original thousands remain alive in the present day. In the past, some of the people were also driven out of the village as scapegoats and live in a fringe society. In the present, that banishment process is starting again with all of the women.

The religious zealotry, feminist, and race metaphors are intentionally very explicit and not subtle at all (akin to the society in Planet of the Apes, and also heavily influenced byTwins of Evil). We decided to go that route and leave the visual elements as the stranger, more symbolic, and more open metaphorical parts. It also lets us capture the structure, mood, tone, and design of the early 70s while mapping modern issues onto it.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Evil Stew's "Planchette" won "Outstanding Original Song" and "Outstanding Sound Design" at the Boston Indie Mafia Wicked Film Challenge

"Planchette" still
Sophia and Michael took part in Evil Stew's Wicked Film Challenge entry, "Planchette"

The world premiere was at:
Wicked Film Challenge Premiere, by Boston Indie Mafia
Arts at the Armory
Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM (EDT)
Somerville, MA

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"Planchette" won "Outstanding Original Song" for The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library's "The Procession" and "Outstanding Sound Design"



Here we discuss the film:


Check out Boston Indie Mafia's profile on our team and a review on (re)Search My Trash! Also, check out an interview with Pete on (re)Search My Trash!

"Planchette" was written and directed by Pete Yagmin. The film stars Sophia Cacciola, Tiffany Howcroft, Michael Oberther, and Stephen Wu. Behind the camera, the crew consisted of Pete, Cinematographers Frank Hegyi and Michael J. Epstein, Camera Operator/PA Leilani Roser and Production Assistant Michelle McElroy.

Behind the scenes of "Planchette"

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

MJEML at Harlow's in Peterborough, NH 6/26 with Hug the Dog recap!

The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library had a great time playing Harlow's Pub in Peterborough, NH. Friday, June 26th with NH's finest rock band, Hug the Dog!












We also celebrated our good friend, Seth Chatfield's birthday, you can see him in this awesome music video from Hug the Dog!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Girls in the Garage music festival June 18-20 at Lizard Lounge and Keep Safe Boston compilation

Girls in the Garage Boston Festival Three days of female fury! 
Three glorious nights celebrating the women of Boston Rock 'n' Roll!
June 18, 19 and 20 at The Lizard Lounge Cambridge - Facebook event


Ticket LINKS:
June 18: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1635407
June 19: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1635427
June 20: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1635519 
Bundle Link: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1635399 
Prices: $12 advance, $15 DOS, $30 for all three nights

June 18
8:00 Reindeer (feat. members of Scarce and The Swirlies)
8:45 Corolla Deville
9:30 Thrust Club
 10:15 The Other Bettys (feat. members of Apple Betty)
11:00 The Knock Ups
11:45 Band Without Hands

June 19
8:00 Stars Like Ours (feat. Michelle Paulhus and Kristen Edmonston)
8:45 The Black Souls
9:30 The Charms
10:15 Petty Morals
11:00 The Evil Streaks
11:45 The Dents

June 20
8:00 Cujo (feat. Jen Trynin)
8:45 Drab 
9:30 Axemunkee
10:15 Andrea Gillis Band
11:00 The Downbeat 5
11:45 The Other Girls

Saturday, drab has some new songs and Sophia will be singing some Bring Us Your Women songs with Axemunkee!!!

We're also celebrating the second installment of Keep Safe Boston!
Keep Safe Boston 2015 digital compilation for Respond Inc.- Working to End Domestic Violence. 55 songs from Boston and New England artists. Donate and download at http://keepsafeboston.bandcamp.com.

Los Locos Dientes: our 48-Hour Film Project 2015 Boston wins the Retro 48 Award!

We enjoyed being part of the Best of the 48HFP Boston this year and getting a few nominations and an award! We were nominated for Best Music, Best Ensemble Cast, and Best Ending (didn't get a photo of that screen) and we won the Retro 48 award!

We won a special retro award for using all of the previous
characters, props, and lines









This was year four of The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library participating in the 48 Hour Film Project! The latest addition to our Los Locos trilogy is Los Locos Dientes! You can read our recaps and watch our films from 2012 - Los Locos Manos and 2013 - El Loco Ojo - and 2014 - La Loca Boca!

We got a late start this year since several bandmembers had other engagements on Friday evening so we basically ended up doing the 32-hr film project. Lisa Battiston went to kick-off Friday night to pick up our genre and we ended up with Dark Comedy. The required elements were Shawn Middleton, ice, and the line, "It's the Future."


We met up earlyish on Saturday morning with no ideas, no location, and down a few people from previous years (Susannah, notably, was at her bachelorette party; Catherine was unable to participate, and Jane's husband, John had to stay home with a sick baby - who definitely would have been a vampire baby if she were feeling better!) We came up with a few ideas (pictured) and quickly broke for brunch. Ha.

list of ideas photo by Lisa Battiston
getting brunch totally counts as script-writing!
For whatever reason, Sophia kept mentioning vampires with toothaches and Dan St. Germain (his second year on team MJEML) offered to call his father to see if we could use his dental practice as our set for the day. This was an amazing development! In all previous years, we had shot at our home, often constructing insane sets out of tinfoil and duct tape, so it was pretty exciting to have a real location that already looked how it needed to look! The only downside was that it was an hour away, but it was so worth it!

instagram by Rachel Leah Blumenthal...in the chair!

instagram by Rachel Leah Blumenthal

We got to the location around 4 PM and shooting moved pretty quickly once we were there. We spent a lot of time on the waiting room scenes, making the experience of accidentally visiting a dentistry for vampires as awkward as possible for our Shawn Middleton (played by Dan.) We also, as has become our way, included all of the previous years' props/lines/characters. We shot until 11:30 PM and made our way back to Somerville to edit and write songs!

recurring themes...the painting strikes again


Once we got back, we had to quickly shoot some bedroom scenes with Dan and then ordered 2 AM desperation Dominos pizzas, which we all agreed were marginally better than we expected them to be. Dan set into editing the film (and only lost his entire session once when Premiere crashed) and Michael, Lisa, Rachel, and Sophia set about to write the perfect vampire dentist waiting room AM radio adult contemporary soft-rock song, "Undying Undead Love." Rachel wrote/performed the main music piano part, while we all collaborated on the ridiculous lyrics.

writing "Undying Undead Love"
Rachel and Lisa departed around 4 AM, while Dan stayed until 5:30 AM editing. Michael and Sophia got a quick few hours of sleep and then got up the next day to do the sound design and coloring. 

Sound design included some foley work (scraping dental tools together, writing on paper), some use of stock sounds of drilling, and a little ADR (fixing up one of Sophia's lines, and adding the phone computer voice). By 6 PM, Michael was off to turn in the finished film! 



Screencaps:



A Playlist of a bunch of the Boston films this year.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Magnetic at Gen Con Film Festival - 8/1/15 - Sophia and Michael on several film panels



Magnetic at Gen Con!

Saturday, August 1st, 1:00PM
Westin Grand Ballroom IV
 Gen Con Film Festival
Indianapolis, IN

Sophia and Michael are also participating in some filmmaking panels while at Gen Con!

Sophia:
Film Pre-Production - Panel Thurs 11AM
Female Filmmakers - Panel Sat Noon

Michael:
Scriptwriting - Panel Thurs 2PM


Our film, "For the love of metamorphosis..." will be included as part of the SCATV Community Vault Screening June 20th 3 PM Davis Square Theatre

Local videos, including our, "For the love of metamorphosis..." celebrated at Community Vault!

Tickets: http://communityvault.weebly.com/tickets.html

Somerville Neighborhood News Story


With media production technologies changing rapidly, our community is overdue for a retrospective of the productions and visions created and expressed locally over the years. Get your Community Vault Tickets today!

Community Vault will showcase archived programs alongside contemporary media work and will create a dialogue between the past and the present, asking “What has changed?” and “What has stayed the same?”. We envision surprising and revealing juxtapositions in screening the past beside the present.

Participating Community Media Centers that have submitted to both the ARCHIVE and CONTEMPORARY categories include Northampton Community Television, Cambridge Community Television, Somerville Community Access Television, Ashland Community Television, Easton Community Television, Stoughton Community Television as well as submissions from local filmmakers. Works may be screened either in full or in excerpt depending on length.

This event has been organized by the Community Vault Program Committee which includes Somerville Community Access Television staff member, Erica Jones, and filmmakers (and SCATV members) Emily Falcigno, Bryan Mckeon and Amanda Wild.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

We are stealing energy from the sun! Updated: 643 days of data from our solar-panel system.

(This is not my main reason for writing this, but first of all, if you're interested in looking at the possibility of adding leased solar panels to your home and wish to check out Sungevity, the company we went with, please use this referral link, as it gets both of us some money: http://www.sungevity.com/get-your-iquote?referral-code=387839 (June is a double discount of $1000 for referred customers - i.e., anyone who signs up gets $1000 off the installation) - There are also other great companies, so definitely look around!)

My reason for writing this is to encourage people to look into getting solar-panel installations to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and increase our use of renewable energy, which is just waiting to be taken!


The numbers:
Our no-money-down lease costs $2.40 per day
NStar average price over this time: $0.2006 per kWh 
Our average generation: 13.81181493 kWh / day
Solar value / day: $2.765
Current net: +$0.36 / day
Total Generation: 8880.997 kWh (very close to 75% of our total energy use) = $1781.52 worth of energy


Analysis: Our plan with leasing was that we would likely lose small amounts of money on the lease for up to 5 years. The lease stays fixed, but energy costs are guaranteed (I would argue anyway) to go up. Inflation alone is guaranteed to raise costs. Our generation efficiency is also expected to decline a little, but not as much as costs are projected to go up. This is really surprising that we've done this well already.

Example of a normal "pretty good" month (March 2014)
[Our record month was May 2015 at 727.49kWh]





Solar System Details*
System Size (STC-DC)4.9 kW
System Size (CEC-AC)4.168 kW
Number of Solar Panels20 modules
Panel Dimensions39.1" x 65.0"
Estimated First Year Production4,724 kWh
Roof Details
Roof Pitch42°
Roof Azimuth149°
Annual Shading74%
Sungevity also currently has a generous referral program. If we get people to sign up, we get money. So far, we've already earned $3500 ($3000 cash + $500 Lowes gift card) via this program. By those numbers, if we continue to generate exactly as above, we've already ended up in the positive on the lease (and as I said, I expect we will do much better as years go on - this is actually much better than I would have originally projected). I'm not going door-to-door asking people to sign up or anything, but it's frankly a good, very-low-risk deal I think - why we signed up! So, I certainly would encourage people to check it out. Our link: http://www.sungevity.com/get-your-iquote?referral-code=387839


WHY SOLAR?

In 6th grade, we had a class project that required us to make solar collectors that could store as much heat as possible. We would measure the temperature inside our collectors before and after they spent an hour outside in the sun. We all devised various crazy schemes ranging from painting the cases black to building giant tinfoil reflector dishes to filling our collectors with water or other high-specific-heat materials. It got me really interested in the whole science of using the energy that already surrounds us instead of burning fossil fuels. I waited patiently for 20+ years before home solar collection started to really become financially viable. With state rebates and federal rebates, I got excited to make it happen at our house and we started saving money. Just when we had about enough money to get panels installed, we hit an artistic crossroads. We decided we wanted to make our first feature film, TEN, and we needed to use the money we had saved to make it possible. So, we gave up our solar dream (TEMPORARILY!) and spent all our money making a movie.

A few months pass and I hear about a wave of opportunities to lease solar panels instead of buying them. It turns out that it does reduce your savings/earnings from solar significantly, but it allows the installtion of solar panels with no money down and a fixed-cost monthly lease. We talked to Sungevity, and I worked through the numbers and they looked pretty good for us. We probably wouldn't make a financial killing on the whole thing, but we looked to make a little bit of money over the course of the 20-year lease and their minimum-production guarantees were good enough that even if we somehow never produced any energy, we wouldn't lose very much money.

Here's the timeline of the whole installation, which was a relatively painless process:

I put in for a quote on May 9th. I had a phone consultation on May 15th. After speaking with some people and exploring some other numbers, I signed on May 17th. On May 29th, Boston Solar (contracted by Sungevity) made a first home visit to take photos of our roof, the interior, the electric system, etc. On June 17th, the design plan was complete and ready to submit for permitting. July 9th, I was notified that the City of Somerville provided a permit for the installation. July 15th, the workers came and spent all day installing all the panels (I think it was about 95 degrees that day - ouch!). July 30th, the first inspector came (I think maybe a building inspector?) and then the installers returned to finish something related to electric sometime in there (I can't recall the date). August 5th, the electrical inspector came. I was notified that the installation passed inspection on August 7th. The utility came and upgraded their meters to fit with the system sometime in the next few weeks. They didn't tell us, they just did it. On August 24th, I was given permission to flip the system on, which I did myself. It was kind of fun to get to actually turn the thing on, even if it was just moving two clearly labeled switches from off to on.

I was pretty happy with the ease of the experience. I know there are now multiple companies doing this same thing and I certainly can't give you comparison info, but I encourage everyone to look into solar leasing. It would be great to get our energy generation up and with no-money-down options, it's definitely worth exploring, even if you don't have any money to invest into such a project!

Below is the report from our first week (a little more than a week for the non-graph reports). It's quite interesting to see how big the difference is between a sunny day and a bleak, cloud-covered rainy day.





My hopes with this, regardless of how much it benefits us financially, is that we can work toward generating as much electricity as we use. This also means thinking of ways to cut usage!

We've already switched all of our household lights to ThetaLux LED lights and I hope we take opportunities to further reduce our consumption. Now, if only we could find a way to make our own natural gas (not like that)!



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

DNFMOMD at Glitterotica 2 on June 5th at Oberon!

Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling is very excited to be opening up Glitterotica 2: Revenge of the Glitter at Oberon in Harvard Square on June 5th. Doors at 7:30PM we play promptly at 8PM. We'll be joined on drums by Tamora Gooding! Tickets!



In a glitter infused cornucopia of awesomeness, Kristy McGarr presents Glitterotica 2. Come join us for one night only at the sparkliest variety show spectacular around! We will be celebrating a multitude of local performing artists all encompassed into a giant ball of fantastic glitter explosions!

Performers include some of the finest in their respective artistries and hosted by the one and only naughty comedienne;

Niki Luparelli

Burlesque, Dance, and Drag

Honey Pie
Jane Doe
Maggie Maraschino
Allix Mortis
Fem Bones
Porcelain Dalya
Butch Sassidy
Dinah Deville
Femme Brulée
Lotta Sassafrass
Brandy Wine
Lilith Beest

Live Music

-Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling
-Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys

Spoken Word

-Jade Sylvan
-Kristen Schaer

Live Drawings

Zombie Romance

Fantasmicly delicious custom cocktails designed by Ryan Jones will also be available to buy at the bar for shiny happy 21+ people

Glitterwear is highly recommended! Even if you’re not planning on wearing any to the show, please plan on wearing it home… “Glitter is inevitable!”

SPARKLE CONTEST: Come wearing your sparkliest attire and you could win tickets of your very own to the one and only OLD SCHOOL GAME SHOW!!

Vending By: Holy Crow
Leather Pixie
- Various permformers
merch also available
for sale

Stage Mgmt: Kay Coughlin
Videography: Joe Sherry
Photography: Jon Beckley


Tix
Standing $15
Stool $20
Table $25
VIP $30

Get your tix here before they sell out!!

http://americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/glitterotica-2-revenge-glitter