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Michael J. Epstein
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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SaGaTalk - S1.Ep3 - Cacciola Epstein Productions from Sari Gagnon on Vimeo.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein for Joint Overlord of Planet Earth as we battle Vermin Supreme and Captain Titus!
|Our enemy, the clown|
You can learn more about all of the candidates: http://www.witchworksfilms.com/?page_id=339
And here is our campaign:
Monday, January 4, 2016
|poster created by kristilyn-zombie romance|
Blood of the Tribades2015 was the year of vampires! We spent much of the second half of the year shooting and doing pre-and-post production on our third feature film, Blood of the Tribades. Shot over 10 days, it tells the story of a future-past vampire society at a precipice. The film stars over 30 amazing (mostly) New England based artists and weirdos (cast bios). Blood of the Tribades production blogs (many photos!)
|photo on set of Tribades by Rachel Leah Blumenthal|
Boston Underground Film Festival 2015 (Boston, MA) - World Premiere
Motor City Nightmares Film Festival 2015 (Novi, MI) - Winner Best Sci-Fi Feature
Sanford International Film Festival 2015 (Sanford, ME) - Winner Best Music and Score (Also Nominated for Best Feature, Best Editing, and Exceptional Acting)
Horror Hotel 2015 (Cleveland, OH) - Winner Runner-up Best Sci-Fi
GEN-CON 2015 (Indianapolis, IN) - hear a female filmmakers panel Sophia was on at GEN-CON!
Fantasmagorical 2015 (Louisville, KY) - Winner Best Soundtrack and Honorable Mention: Sci-Fi Feature
From the Beyond 2015 (Chicago, IL) - Winner Best Feature
Indie Gathering International Film Fest 2015 (Hudson, OH) - Winner 2nd Place Sci-Fi Feature
Galactic Film Festival 2015 (Los Angeles, CA) - Nominated Best Screenplay
Imaginarium 2015 (Louisville, KY) - Winner Best Direction, Runner-up Best Genre Feature, Runner-up Best Plot Development, Runner-up Best Character Development
Terror Film Festival 2015 / Claw Awards 2015 - Winner Best Special Effects, Nominated Best Feature, Nominated Best Director
Another Hole in the Head 2015 (San Francisco, CA)
Magnetic has also been picked up for distribution! Devolver Digital Films will be handling Video-on-Demand (VOD) and Wild Eye Releasing will be handling DVDs and cable television. No dates yet, but we are guessing that the digital release will roll out to most platforms over the next few months with DVDs arriving around Summer!
Talking About OurselvesWe talked to (re)search my trash about making TEN, and we revealed many secrets to All Things Horror's Film Thrills podcast and Michael did a panel at Somerville Cable Access Television with Jonathan Case about indie filmmaking.
The MFA commissioned us to do a short film about love for a special show in February - we came up with "For the Love of Metamorphosis" - a 'would you love me if...' question and answer film. It definitely goes some places!
The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library also participated in the Boston 48-Hr Film Project (for the third time) this year, and even made it to the best-of screening with a harrowing film about a visit to the vampire dentist! MJEML was also named Best Alternative Rock Band in Boston by Itcher and once again served as the house band for The Encyclopedia Show Somerville!
Bring Us Your WomenWe were very heavily involved in organizing (an produced several music videos for) Catherine Capozzi's large-scale multimedia project that explored the roles of women throughout history and mythology called Bring Us Your Women. The project included a DVD of videos by a dozen directors and an insane live show. Michael and Sophia each sang on a number of songs as well. We helped produce the movie, which is now also available for purchase! More info here.
Bring Us Your Women from Launch Over - Cacciola / Epstein on Vimeo.
Work on Other People's Films
FAT and It's Not Funny AnymoreFAT was released! Sophia had a small role opposite Mel Rodriguez a few years ago and the film is finally available! Hulu used her scene as a teaser for the film!
We also spent a bunch of days this year doing sound on Mark Phinney's follow-up to FAT, It's Not Funny Anymore!
PlanchetteSophia had a role in and Michael did camera/sound on Pete Yagmin's film, Planchette!
Innsmouth and Invisible Friend
|Innsmouth dead body|
Innsmouth Teaser from Izzy Lee on Vimeo.
We also did sound and camera on Izzy's film, Invisible Friend - watch here.
Invisible Friend from Izzy Lee on Vimeo.
We did some crew work on Izzy's film, A Favor as well.
A FAVOR - Teaser from Izzy Lee on Vimeo.
ONEWe did camera/sound/editing on Porcelain Dalya's directorial debut, ONE.
"One" from Launch Over - Cacciola / Epstein on Vimeo.
HedgehogSophia spent all of October working as Assistant Camera 2 on Hedgehog, starring Madeline Brewer (Orange is the New Black, Hemlock Grove) and Ann Dowd (The Leftovers).
Michael and Sophia also worked on a few projects with Ungovernable Films (The Ungovernable Force and Gay Jesus) and Sleight of Hand Films (Are You Coming or What?).
The Women of Rock Oral History Project for the Smith College Archives
|Sophia with Donita Sparks|
|Sophia, Jason, Tanya and Alice Bag|
AloudSophia starred in Aloud's music video for "A Little Bit Low"
Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling
|DNFMOMD with Lydia Lunch|
DrabDrab got to be Alice Bag's backing band (including Sophia on bass!) for three shows (one of which we were joined by June from Fanny!!)
|Alice Bag, Tanya, Hason, June Millington, Mora Precarious, Sophia|
We also had the honor of playing the Boston-rite-of-passage tradition, the Rock 'n' Roll Rumble!
Other StuffWe continued to occasionally host On the Town with Mikey Dee, to help out on the Steve Katsos Show (Sophia on camera and Michael as Film/Actor Producer and IMDB master), and we continued stealing energy from the sun. Michael was also interviewed by Boston magazine about the science of film scoring.
Looking to 2016...
We are excited about bringing Blood of the Tribades to festivals, seeing Magnetic released, and starting work on our fourth film, Albatross. We also plan to finally finish some in-progress recordings for several music projects! We both continue to be excited about working on films in numerous capacities and look forward to doing more acting work this year (so hit us up for that if you'd like!).
|2015's Happy New Year card!|
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Directed by Mark Phinney, FAT tells the story of Ken won't change his ways. Addicted to food, Ken is in bad health, and is headed to an early grave. Despite getting help and advice from his friends and doctors, he does what he wants, when he wants, until a chance encounter with love that might just give him the motivation he needs to save himself.
The movie also features a goldmine of local Boston music and score by the awesome Mel Lederman.
I am very excited that I got to be featured in a scene with Mel - Hulu chose it as a preview clip!
Sunday, December 13, 2015
I had the pleasure of making a small appearance in this Friday Night Films (YouTube channel) project as the manager of The Store and the guy in the ads for "Get Abs in 30 days" (and others)! The workout regimen to prepare for the film was very difficult, but you can see, from my brief appearance in this trailer, that it paid off!
Check out Friday Night Films' previous hit, "Manicorn" as well!!!
Evil Stew's "Planchette" Teaser / Poster / T-Shirt [short film won "Outstanding Original Song" and "Outstanding Sound Design" at the Boston Indie Mafia Wicked Film Challenge]
|Behind the scenes of "Planchette"|
Monday, November 16, 2015
Magnetic wins Claw Award for Best Special Effects at the Terror Film Festival! Also nominated for Best Feature and Best Director!
Friday, October 30, 2015
Song written by: Catherine Capozzi, Christine Zufferey
Bring Us Your Women from Launch Over - Cacciola / Epstein on Vimeo.
See all of the currently released Bring Us Your Women films!
I talk with Boston Magazine about the science of scary sounds! http://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/blog/2015/10/28/horror-film-soundtracks/
This story was picked up after I gave a talk to NUSound, the Northeastern University chapter of the Acoustical Society of America on October 19th.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Watch Video of SCATV's Potluck & Lecture Series presents: How To Survive As An Independent Filmmaker with Michael J. Epstein and Jonathan Case 10/15/15
SCATV's potluck series! I'll talk a bit about how we've navigated indie filmmaking for the past few years. I am very pleased to be joined by the excellent Jonathan Case. He's one of my favorite Boston-area filmmakers and I've included some his work below to check out.
SCATV's Potluck and Lecture Series presents: How To Survive As An Independent Filmmaker with guests Michael J. Epstein and Jonathan Case. **SPACE IS LIMITED to 50 people, RSVP to Erica Jones at email@example.com to secure your spot!**
In the spirit of collaboration and community, please join us for our next Potluck and Lecture Series on Thursday, October 15th at 7 PM. It is free and open to the general public.
We will meet and hear from local filmmakers, Michael J. Epstein and Jonathan Case about the importance of networking, collaborations and social media in the filmmaking business.
Bring a dish to share if you can. Come on by for the food and filmmaker fellowship. We hope you can make it and please spread the event information to your network!
Phaneron from jrgcase on Vimeo.
Bleak Moments from jrgcase on Vimeo.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Saturday, October 17, 2015
What is it like making a low-budget film? We'll show you! A Trip to Spektor Island: Behind-the-Scenes of TEN
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
|photo by Céline Fernbach|
We had a small cast on the last day of shooting, but here's how they reacted to the wrap!
More behind-the-scenes video to come!
Check out our production diary for more on the fun we had making this thing!
Monday, October 5, 2015
Blood of the Tribades Eclipsynching: Bonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse of the Heart" - Thanks to Kickstarter backer Paisley Rojagato!
|behind-the-scenes photo by Céline Fernbach|
Thanks to Kickstarter backer Paisley Rojagato!
Shot on the evening of the total lunar eclipse on the set of Blood of the Tribades by Sophia Cacciola