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

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Blood of the Tribades Production Diary Day 3

Production Diary Day 3 - 08/23/2015

At some point, we'll get to write more about our crazy day at Studio 52 having an all-out vampire slaying, but for now, at the bottom, here are some wonderful behind-the-scenes photos taken by Sophia Cacciola and Porcelain Dalya.




Below are a few very rough-colored stills to give you an idea about where things are headed (maybe spoilers)....











Blood of the Tribades Production Diary Day 2

Production Diary Day 2 - 08/22/2015

At some point, we'll get to write more about our crazy day at Studio 52 having holy services at the Church of Bathor, but for now, here are some wonderful behind-the-scenes photos taken by Rachel Leah Blumenthal and Sophia Cacciola

Below are a few very rough-colored stills to give you an idea about where things are headed (maybe spoilers)....




Blood of the Tribades Production Diary Day 1.5: Fight Choreography

Production Diary Day 1.5 - 08/21/2015 - Fight Choreography and Prep

On Friday 8/21, our fighting cast met with fight coordinator Sisouk Vongbandith to prepare for two scenes that we shot over the weekend. Sisouk helped ensure that we could have some serious throwdowns without any injuries! Huge thanks to Dave Sullivan ( Sleight Of Hand Films ) and Brazilian Martial Arts Center for the rehearsal location help!

Photos taken by Sophia Cacciola

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Blood of the Tribades Cast Announcement: Sophia Cacciola as Bathsheba

We're very pleased to introduce you to all of our Blood of the Tribades cast (film web site) over the next few weeks. The film is currently raising money for production on Kickstarter.

Sophia as Dracula in Darling Pet Munkee's Genuine Soil from Dracula's Castle
Sophia Cacciola as Bathsheba

Short bio: Sophia was born on a mountaintop, raised on a farm, and came of age on the mean streets of Harvard Square. She plays rock 'n' roll and makes movies.

What excites you the most about BOTT: Pro-tip: if you are the director of a movie, you can have a cameo and no one can stop you! I'll be in a short scene as Bathsheba, you will see sides of me you've never seen before!

I'm so thrilled to be making this movie with such an amazing cast and crew, I'm really excited to be working in this community and to be tackling my favorite genre. I love exploring the lives of vampires; there is something so seductive about immortality and then, how you use your time and what it means to exist.
photo by Kelly Davidson


What scares you the most: Ghosts. Sleep paralysis. Peak oil. Climate Change, solar flares, propagating this species. And my mortal enemy: lake algae. I also have nightmares about everyone's costumes and locations not coming together!

Who is your favorite vampire (and why): My favorite movie vampire is Ingrid Pitt in everything, and my favorite real life vampire is Elizabeth Bathory, and Ingrid Pitt as Elizabeth Bathory in Countess Dracula! Bathory bathed in the blood of virgins in order to stay young and beautiful. I can relate to this a little too much, especially today, ON MY BIRTHDAY.

Anything else you'd like to add: Have you seen your dentist lately?



Where you can find Sophia:
http://sophiacacciola.com 
http://facebook.com/sophiacacciola 
http://twitter.com/sophiacacciola
http://instagram.com/donotforsakeme

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Blood of the Tribades Cast Announcement: Zach Pidgeon as Berwick

We're very pleased to introduce you to all of our Blood of the Tribades cast (film web site) over the next few weeks. The film is currently raising money for production on Kickstarter.

photo by Kelly Davidson
Zach Pidgeon as Berwick

About Zach: Truck driver by day and weirdo by night; Zach is a reasonable facsimile of an adult male human.

What excites me the most about BotT: As I'm not an actor, I'm super excited to step outside of my comfort zone. I feel alternately exhilarated and terrified.

What scares me the most: see above.

Favorite vampire: That's a tough one. Either Tilda Swinton in Only Lovers Left Alive (I mostly liked the way she took care of Tom Hiddleston's character. Her pragmatism keeps the movie from getting stuck in his ennui) or Willem Dafoe in Shadow of the Vampire (He pulls off the creepy ugly vampire in a way that seems oddly genuine).

Anything else you'd like to add: THE BLOOD IS THE LIFE!

Where can you find Zach:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5519265/

Friday, August 14, 2015

Blood of the Tribades Cast Announcement: Rachel Leah Blumenthal as Akeldama

We're very pleased to introduce you to all of our Blood of the Tribades cast (film web site) over the next few weeks. The film is currently raising money for production on Kickstarter.


Rachel Leah Blumenthal as Akeldama

About Rachel: Editor of Eater Boston, a website covering restaurant industry news around town — openings, closings, etc. Need a recommendation for dinner? I can probably help with that. I'm also a musician, and I play flute in The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library. I have a bass flute named Helga; she is almost as tall as me. My barely-used background is in neuroscience and science journalism.

What excites me the most about BotT: I always jump at the opportunity to work on projects with Sophia and Michael, so it's exciting to be back in the saddle for a few long, crazy days and nights, which I'm sure will be full of surprises and blood. Hopefully fake blood. They tend to kill me off in most of their films, so I'm excited to survive this one. Just kidding. I'm probably already dead. Wait, aren't vampires already dead anyway?

Still from La Loca Boca
What scares me the most: Looking back at shooting TEN, some of my character's violent scenes were a bit traumatic. I wasn't too thrilled about having a knife, even a fake one, at my throat late at night at the end of a long day of shooting (editor's note: it was a very real knife). And then there were the legit weapons/tools found in the creepy basement that were being swung around inches from my head by actors who could barely see out of their masks. I'm wondering what frightening weapons I may face this time around. Probably stakes.

Favorite vampire: I have only seen embarrassing vampire television shows and movies, none of the cool ones that everyone else is mentioning in these interviews, so that's all I'll say about this one.

Anything else you'd like to add: I'm getting up off the couch to run a 5K in October in support of the Gifford Shelter in Brighton, where I adopted my cat Sierra seven years ago. If you'd like to throw a dollar or two towards the kitties, you can do so here. Thank you!

Where can you find Rachel:
I'm all over the place; please feel free to friend/follow/etc. Most of my Facebook activity is public, and I'm active on Instagram, especially when it comes to food and cats. Twitter's also pretty food-centric. Here's my website.

Blood of the Tribades Cast Announcement: Serena and Savana Petruzello as Erzsi and Darvulia

We're very pleased to introduce you to all of our Blood of the Tribades cast (film web site) over the next few weeks. The film is currently raising money for production on Kickstarter.

Serena and Savana Petruzello as Darvulia and Erzsi

About 
Serena and Savana: Serena and Savana are 18-year-old identical twins and professional dancers. They have had many accomplishments including: a principal role in the feature film “Annie” as a dancer, a principal role in the wayfair.com holiday commercial, backup dancing for artists at the Kiss 107.9 concert, principal dancers in the Twister Dance Rave commercial, recently became the new faces of Reebok, and also travel around the country dancing with one of the top dance conventions in the US. Not only do they dance, but they also sing, act, and model. Serena and Savana teach dance around Boston whenever they can, as a way to “give back” and teach what they’ve learned around the country to all those people who helped them and inspired them to get to where they are today.

What excites us the most about BotT: What excites us the most about BOTT is the fact that it is a horror film. Whenever there is a family movie night, or just a night spent watching TV, you will find that we end up watching something scary. So, knowing we will get to actually be in a horror movie and work on a set with scary elements brings us great excitement.

What scares us the most: Definitely spiders and the dark. Spiders are just plain old terrifying, and the dark is too mysterious and unpredictable for our liking.

Favorite vampire: Serena’s favorite vampire is Damon Salvatore (from The Vampire Diaries). Not only is he good looking, but he is a true vampire. He has an evil, scheming personality while at the same time is strong enough to fight his temptations for the ones he loves. Savana’s favorite vampire is Elaina Gilbert (from The Vampire Diaries). She is a strong and independent vampire, and whenever she felt fear, and she found a way to overcome it.


 Where can you find Serena and Savana:








Thursday, August 13, 2015

Magnetic featured in Sci Fi Magazine October 2015 issue in Jeff Berkwits' Sci Fi Wire column!





Run, don't walk to your local newsstand to pick up a copy of Sci Fi Magazine (Matt Damon is on the cover) and check out the half-page feature on Magnetic in Jeff Berkwits' Sci Fi Wire column on page 11!!!

(subscriptions at https://www.sovhomestead.com/scifi/SciFiOrder.php and http://amzn.to/1IOu5q5 )

Blood of the Tribades Cast Announcement:Tracey Sturtevant as Zillah

We're very pleased to introduce you to all of our Blood of the Tribades cast (film web site) over the next few weeks. The film is currently raising money for production on Kickstarter.

Tracey Sturtevant as Zillah

About Tracey: Tracey grew up in the back woods of NH and is a hippie rocker chick at heart. Five years ago she made her way down to Boston, where she studied her passion of the human body in depth and started her career as a Massage Therapist. She now has her own small business where she spends most of her weekly hrs; on the weekends you can find her submerging herself into Boston's local music, art and theater scenes.

What excites me the most about BotT: Lesbians! Vampires! This will be my first role in a movie, so, really I'm excited about all of it! I grew up watching way too many horror movies that have likely instilled most of my irrational fears, so I'm quite excited to be on the other side of the horror screen. Also, vampires.

What scares me the most: To put simply, I'm scared of most things.

Favorite vampire: Louis de Pointe, his story of empathy for taking lives of the living is pretty fascinating, I probably have a weak spot for him and Lestat because their story together was my first of vampires when I was young. I have since re read and re watched Interview with a Vampire numerous times. I also really loved The Lost Boys and Jason Patric made it real easy to want to be bitten by one. Basically, I have a thing for dream boat vampires.

Anything else you'd like to add: Favorite quote: " I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions"

Where can you find Tracey:
https://www.facebook.com/tracey.sturtevant

Blood of the Tribades Cast Announcement: Stabatha La Thrills as Wendigo

We're very pleased to introduce you to all of our Blood of the Tribades cast (film web site) over the next few weeks. The film is currently raising money for production on Kickstarter.


Stabatha La Thrills as Wendigo

About Stabatha: With a love for gore and a thirst for blood, Stabatha has been clawing her way around the Boston performance scene and bringing a new type of fear the people. Stabatha is a part of BLOWW (Boston League of Woman Wrestlers) where she gets to bring her love for horror by wrestling as a 1950s serial killer. A founding member of All The Rest Burlesque, a Boston based burlesque troupe that brings you ALL the rest. Stabatha has also dipped her paws into the music scene, a member of the Boston based band The Barbusters, and a former Shobijin at Daniel Ouellette and the Shobijin. Acting has always been Stabby's true love, playing roles in two feature films as well many other independent projects. She knew that being on film is where she belongs!

What excites me the most about BotT: VAMPIRES!!! Also, working with such a talented cast and crew!

What scares me the most: Goblin Sharks.

Favorite vampire: Ozzy Osbourne? He's sexy, creepy, and a bad ass! He hasn't come out to the public as a vampire yet, but, don't worry...he will!

Anything else you'd like to add: There's monsters all around you, my loves. ;)

Where can you find Stabatha:
https://www.facebook.com/stabatha.thrills

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Blood of the Tribades Cast Announcement: Tymisha Harris as The Great One

We're very pleased to introduce you to all of our Blood of the Tribades cast (film web site) over the next few weeks. The film is currently raising money for production on Kickstarter.

Tymisha Harris as The Great One

About Tymisha: Tymisha Harris, a.k.a Tush or Touche' some like to call me Booty. Butt- don't call me ass. I do a little bit of everything. Except twitter. Orlando is home, but Spain is my destiny... I am older and younger than you think.

What excites me the most about BotT: I am most excited because I get to be a hot, bad-ass ruler supreme with fangs.

What scares me the most: becoming addicted to fangs...
It's a fetish for some, I won't say who, but...

Favorite vampire:  half Selene/half Armand.

Selene is everything both old world and new. She is brilliantly blended, a wickedly beautiful, werewolf-loving, killing machine in vinyl.

And Armand, well, Antonio Banderas.

Anything else you'd like to add: I am so excited to be working with this bunch of creators.  Let's get campy.

Where can you find Tymisha:
https://www.facebook.com/tymisha.harris
https://instagram.com/youfoundtush



Blood of the Tribades Cast Announcement:Warren Lynch as Bagdana

We're very pleased to introduce you to all of our Blood of the Tribades cast (film web site) over the next few weeks. The film is currently raising money for production on Kickstarter.

Warren Lynch as Bagdana

About Warren: Deranged ex-mormon television producer, Cthulhu cultist and possibly the inventor of the Brony.

What excites me the most about BotT: Making indie films in the Boston area, especially with certain directors, is like living in utopia. People are so dependable and nice, educated and charming and talented, and you can phase-shift into a special magical artistic world where anything can happen! Maybe the world will follow suit after us!

What scares me the most: Linear time! The inevitability of systematic cannibalism! Wet sticky corpses that get in the bed with you and snuggle!

Favorite vampire:  I really like Anne Rice's Lestat, because he has so much joie de vivre! He sees a little girl clinging to her mother who has died of the plague, and he picks up the corpse and starts ballroom dancing with it! "THERE'S STILL LIFE IN THE OLD GAL YET!"

Anything else you'd like to add: That which has no substance enters where there is no space.

Where can you find Warren:
http://witchworksfilms.com
http://patreon.com/warrenlynch
http://www.youtube.com/user/bwarrenlynch
http://www.facebook.com/groups/670731443071122/

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Blood of the Tribades Cast Announcement: Aurora Grabill as Carmilla

We're very pleased to introduce you to all of our Blood of the Tribades cast (film web site) over the next few weeks. The film is currently raising money for production on Kickstarter.

photo by Peter Swire
Aurora Grabill as Carmilla

About Aurora:  I am a quasi-hermit who highly enjoys pretending to be other people as a hobby. I was born, raised and will some day die. I also love all things autumn and Halloween.

What excites me the most about BotT: Getting to be involved in a Cacciola/Epstein production full of many super talented folk. And playing with fake blood, of course.

What scares me the most: In terms of this production, ruining someone's artistic vision.

Favorite vampire: Nosferatu is grotesque and frightening, which is how I prefer my blood-sucking creatures. On the other hand, I do enjoy the adorable Ragamuffin from "Lenore" who was cursed into the body of a rag doll.

Anything else you'd like to add: RIP Possum the rat, who passed away at my side while I was typing this.

Where can you find Aurora:
https://twitter.com/pantophobe
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2776054/

Blood of the Tribades Cast Announcement:Edrie as Lilith & Wednesday Alice as Baby Aluka

We're very pleased to introduce you to all of our Blood of the Tribades cast (film web site) over the next few weeks. The film is currently raising money for production on Kickstarter.

Edrie as Lilith and Wednesday Alice as Baby Aluka

About Edrie: Raised on a farm in North Dakota, Edrie never thought her Lawrence Welk accordion skills and ability to herd cattle would come in handy on the silver screen. From heifers to the Hynes Convention Center and everywhere in between, follow Edrie as she tells you about her life and her Army of Broken Toys @armyoftoys.

About Wednesday Alice: Wednesday Alice, born February 2015. As the newest member of Walter Sickert & the Army of broken Toys her onstage appearances include SHOCKHEADED PETER with Company One at The Modern, The Gala at The Royal, Glitterotica at Oberon, and Outside the Box on the Park Street Stage.

What excites me the most about BotT: The Blood

What scares me the most: THE BLOOD!!!!!

Favorite vampire: Santanico Pandemonium, from the From Dusk till Dawn. She is the Queen Vampire of the "Titty Twister", played by Salma Hayek. She's powerful, sexy and a great dancer.

Anything else you'd like to add: Check out my band's music @ armyoftoys.bandcamp.com

Where can you find Edrie:
http://twitter.com/armyoftoys
http://instagram.com/armyoftoys
http://facebook.com/armyoftoys
http://armyoftoys.bandcamp.com
http://armyoftoys.com



Monday, August 10, 2015

Magnetic won Best Feature at From the Beyond Con, 8/8 Chicago!


We won best feature at From the Beyond!!!

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

Schedule
11:30 a.m. Epitaph: Beauty Secrets
12:15 p.m. Advection
12:30 p.m. LOSERS
12:55 p.m. This is Joe
1:10 p.m. Found in Time
Break
2:45 p.m. Genetic Drift
3:05 p.m. Next Day’s News
3:20 p.m. Static
3:30 p.m. The Place Where You Live
Break
4:00 p.m. Yo Soy Pedro
4:15 p.m. Valiant
Break
5;00 p.m. Last Man After the War
5:20 p.m. Alekto
5:45 p..m The Looking Planet
6:00 p.m. Memory Reloaded
6:20 p.m. Citizen
6:35 p.m. Prelude to Axanar
Break
7:10 p.m. Cosplay Competition
Break
7:40 p.m. MAGNETIC
9 p.m. Awards Ceremony



Awards Nominations
Best Feature Film

MAGNETIC
Found in Time
Best Animated Film
The Looking Planet
Best Comedic Film
LOSERS
Best Director
(Robert Cappelletto) Last Man After the War
(Eric Law Anderson) The Looking Planet
(Dale Driver) Citizen
(Christian Gossett ) Prelude to Axanar
(Panos Pappas, Despina Charalampous) Memory Reloaded
Best Actor
Marcus McMahon (Citizen)
Peter Brooke (Citizen)
Aaron Christensen (Last Man After the War)
Gil Darnell (Valiant)
Martin Behrman (Memory Reloaded)
Best Actress
Dawn Krosnowski (The Place Where You Live)
Michelle Courvais (Last Man After the War)
Kate Malyon (Memory Reloaded)