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Dolly Deadly 1.5 –The Horror Within

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Let me say two things up front. First horror didn’t used to be my go to favorite movie genre and secondly, my kids and I played bit parts in the original Dolly Deadly (my daughter plays the little kid bully).

And third? Director Heidi Moore is a relentless, persisting badass.

What I really loved about the original is that it took the bullying that so many of us face as children and it demonstrated what that bullying and psychological torture could do if pushed to the extreme. The horror focused on what it could truly turn you into. A young boy–Benji–has a fascination with dolls that once belonged to his dead mother–dolls that stand in as his only friends (the only things around him that don’t belittle or hurt him). He breaks with reality and exacts some sweet horrific revenge on those that made his life miserable. And I don’t know about anyone else, but I was cheering for Benji and his murderous rampage because of the horror other people made of his life. When the movie ends but you do kind of wonder how Benji gets to his adulthood and his new identity.

Heidi Moore’s Dolly Deadly 1.5 “What Ever Happened to Benji?” Answers that question in a brilliant little mini sequel that revisits the horror of loneliness and outcast nature of Benji and a new character Simon who is in dire need of friends who ‘get him’–even if he has to ‘make’ them himself. I don’t want to give anything else away here.

I’ve come to appreciate the fairytale color-filled nightmare of Moore’s mind at work. The landscapes always make me feel like I’m seeing a circus the day after the circus has left town.

Life in the Time of Corona Virus 19 means you won’t be seeing this new film at festivals this year but it’s making its world premiere on TROMA Now http://watch.troma.com/!

It also gets us ready for Kill Dolly Kill! –The much anticipated musical sequel to the first Dolly Deadly.

It’s a must see for Dolly Deadly fans and anyone who likes their horror a little more complicated, and complex than marauding zombies or random slashings. DD 1.5 delivers–also one of my personal heebeejeebee moments is watching other people eat disgusting things on film. Thanks to DD 1.5 I had a “lost my appetite” moment.

Also? You’re stuck at home while the big bad corona virus is out there. Why not watch a short film and/or rewatch the first film–both available on Troma Now! Check it out. https://troma.vhx.tv/videos/dolly-deadly-1-5?fbclid=IwAR2JSD9pg-lwmf3gXW2BDUz7sU4N2Z2GsHakBuV92VNu38s7UTkO3-4MAy4

Also? My teen daughter who hates everything just watched it with me and liked it. Except now she’s afraid to go to sleep and be attacked by wrinkle cream…

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Announcing Rigomorta… and Dolly Deadly 2!

I’m still not sure how I ever got roped into this in the first place. I’m not sure I was ever a horror movie fan…but then I know I had a thing for Lynch and Waters growing up so maybe deep inside me was a need to be a cross between Laura Dern and Divine…

Last Saturday, Wretched Productions director Heidi Moore took some photographs of me as a character in Dolly Deadly 2. They aren’t quite up yet but I snuck a few selfies in while walking around in giant heels.

My character is Rigomorta! I imagine her a kind of aging rocker with a few goth-y tendencies..She sings so that means I get to sing. I LOVE IT WHEN I GET TO SING.

We’ll be shooting in Indiana in June. Never been to Indiana before so that’s NEW. There’s also a fundraising Campaign over here if you’d like to check it out. So yeah, it might be still snowing and winter in Northern California looks to be lasting six months this year but there’s still some fun to be had indoors at least.

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Wretched Productions…delivering and wanting to deliver more…

My pal…the director, Heidi Moore of Wretched Productions just came out with this documentary. I’m loving Tucker Noir. It’s available on YouTube for the next 24 hours (less than that now) before it hits the festival circuit. Check it out!

I’ll be working with Heidi on her next project the sequel to the critically acclaimed indie horror film Dolly Deadly. Dolly Deadly 2. Pre-production stuff is getting underway and one thing us indie people are always looking for? Funding…. check out the campaign:

Dolly Deadly 2 Fundraising Campaign .  This time around Wretched Productions is teaming up with HM+M Films. Heidi will direct. HM+M films’ Tom Komisar wrote the script—-it’s a musical! Think John Waters ‘ Cry Baby ‘ meets ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’ Yours truly also has a role in the film–singing too! So please if you are the type to give to creative causes and if you need the distraction from the deluge of all things political–consider us. THANKS!

 

 

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7 Indie Book Recommendations 2016 (+ my projects)

While 2016 may have sucked death and destruction wise (from David Bowie to Leonard Cohen dying to everything in between–and I’m not even touching the election), there was also hope and beauty.

This summer in our quiet little town, boxes upon boxes were delivered of books for our defunct school library. With donations from around the world, we filled our library and gave to seven area libraries and to the local foster care agency for the kids they see. I now keep a box of books in my car (of duplicates and older books) to give out as I see a need.

This year also gave me the opportunity to check out YA titles and other books I was unfamiliar with. I’ve also known some authors who had books come out as well. From tiny books , to books published on a large scale–we had a good deal of great words this year if you knew where to look.  Here’s my quick list of books to check out by independent or small press authors (because the mainstream good ones you can find at Costco–I don’t have to help you with that).

  1. HYMN – POEMS BY V. KALI

    I first saw V. Kali perform her poetry when we were on the same bill at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA back in 2013? 2012? It was the summer and I was reading poems from my chapbook Alzheimer’s Cul de Sac (my grandfather had just died from Alzheimer’s the year before) and she was reading from a slim volume of pieces that a friend had put together for her. She was phenomenal. Her work blew me away. So much truth in it. And I thought I hope there’s a book by her somewhere. FINALLY THERE IS! Just published by World’s Stage Press (where you can find her reading her work sometimes). GET IT.

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    2.  Another Los Angeles poet par excellence, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo’s much anticipated first book of poetry Posadas has been released. Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge is a feminist collection of poetry straddling borders, and arose when daughter of Mexican immigrants, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, traveled from Los Angeles to the Tucson-Sector of the U.S.-Mexico border in August 2011 to volunteer with the humanitarian aid organization, No More Deaths. She hoped to gain a concrete understanding of the “wall,” and the result was a book illustrating a speaker driven to activism by a need to honor her family’s journey.” Posadas!

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  3. Alicia Young is just an absolute treasure to read to read. Hard-hitting and truth-telling. She gives you a window into a world that probably didn’t vote the way you did–and she delivers empathy with her meticulous eye. Schmussy
  4. !.51eyr-zhyil-_sx322_bo1204203200_Totally biased on this one, but have you read Michelle Gonzales’ book yet?! It went into a second printing. Such a great time capsule into the early 90s Bay Area punk rock scene. Can’t recommend this one enough. Spitboy Rule

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5. I started getting interested in Lasara Firefox Allen’s work after reading Sexy Witch. Now I realize Jailbreaking is probably more my speed. “Jailbreaking the Goddess is a revolutionary revisioning of the feminine divine. Where the maiden, mother, crone archetypal system is tied to female biology and physical stages of life, the fivefold model liberates the female experience from the shackles of the reproductive model.” This book has gotten me into some really great conversations.

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6. Bruja by Wendy C. Ortiz–my favorite of anything she’s published so far.  Dream meets reality and back again sort of thing. “Dreamnoir” it’s being called. Worth reading. Bruja!

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7. Pauline Campos’ new journal “Be Your Own Fucking Sunshine” is just some great silly fun. A blank journal with inspirational swears like a drunken sailor messages. Why the fuck not? Fucking Sunshine…

There are many more worthy books of 2016 to read, to be sure, but often the small and indie go undiscovered, and they NEED discovering.

Here are three projects I was involved in this year that could benefit from some patronage as well!

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Mary of the Chance Encounters is an audiobook CD or a download comprised of me, yours truly, reading eight short stories from this manuscript of erotica, disturbing, noirish short stories. Produced by Wretched Productions and Ms. Heidi Moore—-who made its first full-length feature film

51uik1w8nrl-_sx425_DOLLY DEADLY–Which my daughter, son, and I are all in at one point or another. I was location scout on this venture, did some sound effects, AND creative services for a vegan crew. If ever I demonstrated an ability to be a jack of all trades, it’s on this project. Thanks, Heidi!

And last but not least, I rounded out the year being art director (and model) for the Pin-ups for Plumas Community Radio Calendar!

il_570xn-1089417800_31cnTwelve women from my neck of the woods–two of us DJs at the station–(that’s DJ Tina Terrazas on the cover), posed for a fundraising calendar for our radio station KQNY . We would absolutely love your support by purchasing a calendar Here.

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AudioBook coming soon…

First of all for the library project followers. Things are looking up! School starts in two weeks and while we aren’t where I’d like to be yet we will be open in some semblance while we let the district comes to terms with itself.  We are forging ahead.

MEANWHILE BACK ON PLANET CREATIVITY….

I’m kind of excited about other things. My little quiet horror short story collection Mary of the Chance Encounters was scheduled to be published in June 2016–but the tiny publisher started being a horror story instead of publishing one,  so we mutually dissolved our project which left me free to strike out on my own (still looking for print publisher for that one). In the mean time  I’d done some work with Heidi Moore at Wretched Productions –a small indie film based in Northern California. In fact one of the films I’ve worked on with Heidi is coming out any day now.: Dolly Deadly

She was in between projects and had some time and Im a wanna be actress sometimes performance artist so……

8 of the stories from Mary of the Chance Encounters (arguably the weirdest , quiet horror ones) will see the light of day as a cool little audiobook cd this September! Also I love the cover art—taken by Los Angeles artist Ross Amador in November of last year. Who wants a copy? Pre-sale begins soon.

What’s it about? Ghost stories and other stranger creatures of quiet horror take place in and around Whittier, CA (my homelandia).

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See? I’m not all doom and gloom. The Library will open. The audiobook WILL come out. Hopefully we find for the print or ebook collection soon.

Also I’m happy to say that all the bureaucracy is becoming great fodder for a new Sad Girl zine. Haven’t written one in a year. It’s time.

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Just. One. Book. Saturday with List.

Good morning. One foot in front of the other! Throwing Chanclas has not put up a shoe lately. Here’s one of my favorites.

As I write this people all over town have their fire places going. I have to check the date. Yes it is JUNE. We never get rain and burr cold in June. So much for summer. I was planning to be indoors today anyhow as my partner in crime, Heidi Moore, is coming to Greenville so we can record an audio book of some of my new short stories from my yet to find a publisher collection Mary of the Chance Encounters. So yay! Fun! I hope my voice holds out. Heidi is an independent film director with her own micro-company in Chester called Wretched Productions.

Meanwhile down at the library my mother (who is the and I mean THE OCD neat freak Virgo will be meticulously recording the names of new books, notes from you guys, addresses for thank you cards, etc. We have our first big round of volunteers coming today to haul away stuff, etc.

The culinary arts teacher Judy Dolphin has given me her list. Amazon seems to be down right now in the list category but as soon as it’s up I’ll post it. I’ll put it on the end of this post as well. Judy also has the cheerleading squad coming in this coming week to take down the glory days trophies from the 1980s and dust for the first time in 30 years. We have someone working on buying new paint.

My husband the IT guy is donating some time to do some rewiring and reconfiguring of some of the computers on the side of the room. There’s 14 stations but only about 4 that are usable at the moment.

What’s making me happy at this moment, is it’s no longer one crazy mom flailing her arms and yelling, “hello we need to do something here!” It’s no longer me exclaiming, “Dude–what’s up with the three copies of the Stepford Wives in the seventh graders books?”  Now I can’t even go to the market without someone saying: “I heard about what’s happening with the library. This is exciting. How can I help?”

Yesterday I had two volunteers join me. I was feeling pretty bummed about my beloved MacBookAir taking a vacation too. The postman dropped off five giant bags of your boxes. We cleaned out four old bookcases. One of the ladies who volunteered had been on the board 12 years ago when they voted to nix the librarian position. She was the only one to vote against it. She was the mother of four boys who’d gone through the school and she kept shaking her head at how bad it had gotten in the library. That it had become “a storage closet for things people didn’t want” instead of a vibrant place. I learned so much from her yesterday.

Both principals came by too. The spirit of what we are trying to do is catching on! Other people want to work on this.

So I’m taking a bit of a day off.  I’m going to go drink some tea with honey so my voice can last through 10 stories. And I’m super confident my mom and her friends will make an amazing dent in your contributions.

THANK YOU! Here is the culinary teacher’s list:

The American Culinary Federation’s Guide to Culinary Competitions: Cooking to Win! (it would be great to have several copies or class set – 12)

Culinary Math Principles and Applications (this is another book that it would be great to have a class set – 12)

An American Chef’s Dream

Tastes and Tales of a Chef: A Culinary Journey with Mr. A

Tastes and Tales of a Chef: The Apprentice’s Journey

Tastes and Tales of a Chef: Stories and Recipes

Peeking Behind the Wallpaper

“A Woman’s Place Is in the Kitchen”: The Evolution of Women Chefs

The New Professional Chef

Locavore Adventures: One Chef’s Slow Food Journey

Outstanding in the Field: A Farm to Table Cookbook

The Farm to Table Cookbook: The Art of Eating Locally

It’s All about the Love: A Cookbook, a Memoir and the Balance Between Art and the Bottom Line. by Michele Camera Faurot Former Owner and Executive Chef of Cafe Michele.

Starting & Running a Restaurant for Dummies

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

Mastering the Art of French Cooking

The Professional Chef

The New Professional Chef

Arzak Secrets

The Professional Chef’s Techniques of Healthy Cooking

The Sorcerer’s Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adria’s Elbulli

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