Sophia Cacciola
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Launch Over: Cacciola/Epstein Productions


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Sophia and Michael are Somerville, MA based filmmakers, musicians, and writers

Films: Blood of the Tribades, TEN, Magnetic

Music
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
Night Kisses, Darling Pet Munkee, Space Balloons, The Motion Sick


Michael J. Epstein
mje@michaeljepstein.com
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Watch Thirteen: a new short film that premiered at Museum of Fine Arts on Friday the 13th!

Thirteen (2016) dir. Sophia Cacciola from Launch Over - Cacciola / Epstein on Vimeo.

Thirteen was created for an MFA Friday the 13th event:

"Orestes (detail)," 1922-25, John Singer Sargent
Vellumsound Presents Friday the 13th at the Museum of Fine Arts at 8PM. Tickets - Facebook Event

Examine the mystery of Friday the 13th with music by George Crumb and others, paired with images of 13 mythical beasts, underworld masters, and misfortunate souls, including John Singer Sargent’s depiction of Orestes pursued by the Furies. Featuring: Lilit Hartunian, violin Gabriela Diaz, violin Samuel Kelder, viola Jonathan Butler, cello



Cinematic interlude featuring several Cacciola/Epstein shorts, including a new film inspried by the topic. THIRTEEN depicts the creatures vying for your unconscious mind while you sleep. Starring Sophia Cacciola and her mother, Julia Cacciola. 








Blood of the Tribades at Phoenix Comicon 6/3/16!




June 3rd, 2016 at 8:30PM in West 102B



"...the film is a love letter to offbeat lesbian vampire films that offers powerful discourse on self-identity, feminism, and the violence wrought from religious dogma. Immersive, elegantly photographed, and guided by a terrific original score by Night Kisses, Blood of the Tribades urges vampire tradition forward in challenging new directions. (read more)"



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

El Loco Nihilismo: a film for the 48 Hour Film Project 2016 Boston by The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library



Playlist of all of the 48hfp Boston 2016 films (will add more as we find them):

This was year five, and very likely our final year participating as The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library in the Boston 48 Hour Film Project! The latest addition to our Los Locos series is El Loco Nihilismo (IMDb)! You can read our recaps and watch our films from 2012 - Los Locos Manos and 2013 - El Loco Ojo - 2014 - La Loca Boca and 2015 Los Locos Dientes!


Lisa's photo
Lisa went to the kickoff to pull our genres, we once again pulled Film de Femme (I'm pretty sure it's the third time we've pulled that!) and Fable. We gathered a little later at Jane's house and  of course we quickly chose to do a fable! 
Lisa as the ghost!

We were down a few key band/crew members this year (ahem, Susannah, Rachel, and Dan!) and so we recruited Joe and Zach to help out, as well as John (who had worked previously on La Loca Boca!).  



Mike as Pierre Kubiak, Paper Connoisseur, the required character

Sophia as the angry owl


The script was hashed out pretty quickly, and includes a bunch of nerd and inside jokes, and explores THE MEANING OF LIIIIFFFFEEE! We parted at about 1AM on Friday.



John as Tower Guard

At 10AM, Zach appeared at "The Library" to begin his starring role as the hero, the seeker of the meaning of life. Michael played Pierre Kubiak, paper connoisseur; the required character of the film. 

Around 12:30 we headed out to meet the rest of the team at Wright's Tower in the Fells. John played a tower guard a la Monty Python. Lisa played the ghost of the meaning of life past.

Jane played a tree (we met up with
Alora cameo!
Jane a little later, so we filmed this at first with just Zach talking to a tree!). We wrapped shooting around 8PM and we were off to editing. 
Jane as the tree
Catherine Capozzi swept in and created a crazy adventure song overnight. We had to steal Zach back to ADR a couple of lines (protip: sound is hard outdoors when it's windy!) and we were finished by around 5PM on Sunday!



Joe blocking some sun on Zach



The official Boston 48 Hr Film Project crew came to visit us while we were shooting in the Fells at Wright's Tower. They took some photos: 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Blood of the Tribades at International Vampire Film and Arts Festival in Transylvania!


at 
International Vampire Film and Arts Festival in Transylvania, Romania!

From Stoker to Rice; from Nosferatu to classic Hammer onto Twilight, The Strain and beyond - the vampire genre is the world's most enduring and influential horror genre straddling film, television, literature, theatre, games and new media.

IVFAF brings together vampire media-makers from across the World in one cross-industry festival, an intense four-day programme of film screenings, networking events and parties. 

And where else to hold this unique event but in Transylvania - within the walls of the dramatic medieval citadel that was the birthplace to the real Vlad Dracula?


May 28th, 2016 at 8PM



"...the film is a love letter to offbeat lesbian vampire films that offers powerful discourse on self-identity, feminism, and the violence wrought from religious dogma. Immersive, elegantly photographed, and guided by a terrific original score by Night Kisses, Blood of the Tribades urges vampire tradition forward in challenging new directions. (read more)"



Monday, May 16, 2016

Blood of the Tribades at Sanford International Film Festival - 5/27/16


at 
Sanford International Film Festival in Sanford, Maine!

This is our third year in a row at SIFF and we couldn't be more delighted to be included in this year's programming! 



May 27, 2016 @ 4:30PM – Sanford, ME at Smitty's Cinema - Filmmakers and some cast will be at the screening! Nominated for Best Feature Film, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Music, Best Acting (Ensemble)









"...the film is a love letter to offbeat lesbian vampire films that offers powerful discourse on self-identity, feminism, and the violence wrought from religious dogma. Immersive, elegantly photographed, and guided by a terrific original score by Night Kisses, Blood of the Tribades urges vampire tradition forward in challenging new directions. (read more)"



Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Blood of the Tribades at Vienna Fright Nights on 5/11/16!


at Fright Nights: The Ultimate Festival of Angst in Vienna, Austria!


May 11th, 2016



"...the film is a love letter to offbeat lesbian vampire films that offers powerful discourse on self-identity, feminism, and the violence wrought from religious dogma. Immersive, elegantly photographed, and guided by a terrific original score by Night Kisses, Blood of the Tribades urges vampire tradition forward in challenging new directions. (read more)"



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

We are stealing energy from the sun! Updated: 974 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 - 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: $0.2042 per kWh 

Our average generation: 15.12189836 kWh / day
Solar value / day: $3.09
Current net: +$0.69 / day
Total Generation: 14728.729 kWh (very close to 75% of our total energy use) = $3007.52 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)!



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Michael joins panel for Cambridge Arts Mixer at Danger!Awesome - June 2, 2016 6:30 - 8 PM


Facebook Event
June 2, 2016 6:30 - 8 PM
danger!Awesome underground
645 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA

We're excited to share this line-up of panelists:

- Julie Barry from Cambridge Arts Council
- Frank Morris from Cambridge Community Television and NeighborMedia Cambridge
- Lizzie Devane and DiDi Delgado from Cambridge SOUP
- Michael J. Epstein, Somerville, MA-based scientist, filmmaker, writer, and musician
- Micha Goolsby from Art City Cambridge
+ more to come

Hear from members of the arts community, learn about resources (housing, work space, grants, journalism programs) available to you, and sign up to support similar causes!

Free and open to the public!




The Color of Air podcast extensive interview with Sophia and Michael (2nd interview with The Color of Air)

We are very pleased to announce that The Color of Air, a weekly interview podcast hosted by Greg Massi, (Baliset, ex-Kayo Dot, ex-maudlin of the Well), has released a second interview with us (Sophia and Michael), following up our 2014 interview..

The Color of Air Facebook



From: http://colorofair.com/episode-34-michael-j-epstein-sophia-cacciola-part-2

Greg meets up again with Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola to discuss their newest movie project, Blood Of The Tribades, as well as talking about their growth as filmmakers and storytellers over the course of 3 movies. Also, we discuss the state of the arts scene here in Boston and their decision to leave and seek out new adventures in LA.

Songs Played:
Night Kisses - Fantine’s Journey - Blood Of The Tribades OST
Night Kisses - Extinction Level Event - Magnetic OST
Night Kisses - Where There’s One... - Blood Of The Tribades OST
Night Kisses - Amylee (featuring Allix Mortis) - Magnetic OST

This is a Ret Con Recordings production.
Color Of Air Feem Tune written and performed by Greg Massi
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Blood of the Tribades wins Best New England Film at the Boston Underground Film Festival - 3/27/2016 Brattle Theatre (World Premiere) - Cambridge, MA

BUFF Bacchus
created by the Whore Church
Blood of the Tribades won Best New England Film at the Boston Underground Film Festival!

The film world premiered to a sold-out crowd at The Brattle Theatre on (vampire) Easter as part of the 18th Boston Underground Film Festival.

Dread Central published this statement from Sophia and wrote:

"Shown to a sold-out audience at Cambridge’s historic movie house The Brattle Theatre, Blood of the Tribades is a superbly atmospheric and stylistic nod to, as the film’s website states, “both the sparse, surrealist, weirdo 70s arthouse Euro vampire films and the theatre-derived British Hammer vampire films.”

photo by Izzy Lee of Q&A

cast at after-party with Award

post-screening shot by Derek Kouyoumjian

directors with the award








March 27, 2016

40 Brattle St., Cambridge MA 02138 

"...the film is a love letter to offbeat lesbian vampire films that offers powerful discourse on self-identity, feminism, and the violence wrought from religious dogma. Immersive, elegantly photographed, and guided by a terrific original score by Night Kisses, Blood of the Tribades urges vampire tradition forward in challenging new directions. (read more)"




Playing with:
DISCO INFERNO
Alice Waddington, 12 min.
A weary hell minion is on a mission to rescue her boss, but the Devil is not ready to get back to her daily routine.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Friday, March 11, 2016

"The Unnaturals" short story published in the anthology Dystopian Express by Hydra Publications


My short Story, "The Unnaturals" has been published in Hydra Publications' anthology Dystopian Express!

It is a prose rewrite of the opening segment of a screenplay that we are writing/developing. In it, I tell the story of citizen Serug 99 as he goes for his weekly "confession" at church, a process that involves uploading all of the week's memories for review by the priest.

Our working synopsis of the film, which we hope to someday get a chance to make:
In a bleak, dystopian society where religion, government, and media have merged, a law-enforcement unit is tasked with hunting down "unnatural" citizens to maintain the full conformity and unity of the citizenry.


The book is for sale as an ebook on Amazon, and a physical book will be available in the next week or so as well. Buy it. Read it. Do it.


I originally met many of the fine folks involved with this at The Imaginarium Convention, which was a great gathering! Check it out!