Sophia Cacciola
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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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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Blood of the Tribades wins Best Score at GENRE BLAST Film Festival in Culpeper, VA 08/19/16

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GENREBLAST Film Festival, Culpeper VA

Friday, August 19, 2016 @ 11:59PM


We are incredibly honored to have won the award for BEST SCORE!
(listen at http://www.bloodofthetribades.com/soundtrack/ )
We were also nominated for:
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Feature
Best Grindhouse/Exploitation
Best Supporting Actor for Seth Chatfield as Grando
Best Screenplay
Best Poster
Best Ensemble


FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Audience Award - Frankenstein Created BikersFounders Award - CrocodileJury Award - Chateau Sauvignon: terroirLes Femmes De Genre Award - Tristan RiskBest Overall Feature - SavagelandBest Overall Short - They Will All Die In SpaceBest Music Video - MemoriesBest VA/TN Connection Film - The Greater Evil1st Place Feature Script - Redcap Towing by Ryan LaPlanteRunner-Up Feature Script - Cover Crop by Jeffrey HoweHonorable Mention Feature Script (tie) - Pink Bunny by Geoffrey CalhounHonorable Mention Feature Script (tie) - Hellbender by Dan Sullivan1st Place Short Script - The Battle of Pinewood by Tom PrunierRunner-Up Short Script - Scratching the Surface by Samantha KolesnikBest Horror Feature - Dry BloodBest Action/Thriller Feature - ScratchBest Sci-Fi/Fantasy Feature - CapsuleBest Grindhouse/Exploitation Feature - Frankenstein Created BikersFunniest Feature - Yeti: A Love Story 2: Life on the StreetsBest Horror Short - InnsmouthBest Action/Thriller Short - CassandraBest Sci-Fi Fantasy Short - PopulaceBest WTF Short - Another Man's TeethBest Experimental Short - Mostly UselessFunniest Short - No Egg on the PizzaBest Actress Feature - Dionne Audain, Dinner with the AlchemistBest Actor Feature - Jeremy Herrera, Bloodsucker's HandbookBest Supporting Actress Feature - Melynda Kiring, All Through the HouseBest Supporting Actor Feature - Paul Richter, The Village of MiddlevaleBest Actress Short - Mali Elfman, The Blood of LoveBest Actor Short - Todd Voltz, The Whiskey TalkingBest Ensemble - The Village of MiddlevaleBest Feature Screenplay - Dinner with the Alchemist by Jenna St. JohnBest Short Screenplay - A Man Willing to Kill by Justin BucknerBest Directing Feature - Jessica Cameron for ManiaBest Directing Short - Pol Diggler for Director's CutBest FX Feature - Night of Something StrangeBest FX Short - Beautiful DreamerBest Cinematography Feature - A Different Set of CardsBest Cinematography Short - dark_netBest Score - Blood of the TribadesBest Song - Faces by Phil ElamBest Action/Fight Coreography - Force & HonorBest Poster Feature - She KillsBest Poster Short - Polterstache
"The GenreBlast Film Festival is a one-of-a-kind film experience created by three crazy filmmakers for both filmmakers and film lovers to celebrate genre filmmaking (action/horror/sci-fi/fantasy, etc…) in a fun and friendly environment that can best be described as a weekend-long party for film geeks and movie buffs."









"...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)"



Blood of the Tribades at Starburst Film Festival, Manchester UK 8/28/16

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STARBURST International Film Festival, Manchester UK!

Saturday, August 28 2016 

Directors Sophia Cacciola & Michael J. Epstein will be in attendence at the festival!

"A busy 3 days of Cult TV, Comics with screenings of over 70 classic Sci-fi and Horror genre films awaits you. Come and see industry legends talk about writing, acting in and making movies. Enjoy the STARBURST Awards with screenings of films from up and coming film makers."



"A mesmerising homage to the erotic vampire films of Jean Rollin and Jess Franco" -Starburst Film Festival

"...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)"



Blood of the Tribades at Stargate Galactic Film Festival, Wadsworth Texas, 8/27/16

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Stargate Galactic Film Festival, Wadsworth Texas!

Friday, August 27, 2016 after 5PM



"Our Festival promotes freedom of thought, cultural and creative expression, regardless of age, abilities, gender or LGBTI. Always keen to challenge stereotypes and push the definition of what 'sci-fi' means, we have a reputation for programming a variety of exciting and independent films whilst remaining fun and inclusive."

"...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, August 2, 2016

Blood of the Tribades at GENCON, Indianapolis 8/4/16!


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GENCON Film Festival

Thursday, August 4, 2016 @ 10pm
Screening Information - directors Sophia Cacciola & Michael J. Epstein in attendance!

PANELS:
Fri 8/5 10:00AM - Sophia is on a Pre-production panel
Fri 8/5 at 2:00PM - Michael is on a screenwriting panel
Sat 8/6 at 1PM - Sophia is on the Female Filmmakers Panel


"...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)"



Friday, July 29, 2016

Blood of the Tribades at Fantasmagorical Film Festival in Louisville, KY 7/31/16



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Fantasmagorical Film Festival!


Winner Best 70’s Throwback Film!

Winner Best Vampire Film!





"...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, June 28, 2016

Blood of the Tribades Lipsynching: Outsider "Hero" !!! Thanks Phil White!



Outsider "Hero"

Thanks to Kickstarter backer Phil White!


starring: International superhero Warren Lynch!


Playlist of all lipsyncs for Blood of the Tribades




Playlists of lipsync videos from our previous films Magnetic and TEN



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling last east coast show and release for our new EP, In the Village (hear it now!) Plus hear us talk about the history of DNFMOMD and about the show on Boston Emissions with Anngelle Wood

It's our east coast farewell show at Middle East Downstairs!!!
June 23rd
9 PM Psychic Dog
10 PM Endation
11 PM Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling
12 AM Petty Morals

Tickets $12 Adv / $15 at the door Advance ticket link  / Facebook Event

And to celebrate our last Boston performance for a while, we've released two more episodes in our Prisoner project and a cover of Loverboy's "Working for the Weekend"

 We also had the opportunity to visit Boston Emissions with Anngelle Wood on Sunday! You can listen to the archive of the show (our segment starts about 11 minutes into part 3):

Monday, June 6, 2016

Blood of the Tribades at Origins Film Festival, Columbus, OH 6/11/16


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Origins Film Festival

June 18, 2016 @ 11pm


"...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, June 1, 2016

Blood of the Tribades at International Horror Hotel, Hudson, OH 6/11/16




June 11, 2016 @ 10:55pm in Screening Room B – Hudson, OH



"...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 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!

We were quite honored to be included in the "Best of" screening and to win four awards (with eight nominations)!













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!


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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)"