HTP Episode 140 – Austin Trunick

Austin Trunick is a film enthusiast and author of the two-volume series The Cannon Film Guide, soon to be expanding into its third volume. Austin and I spend some time talking about the history of the Cannon Film Group, and how their brand of cheap action films fit into the larger movie culture of the 80s. This involves a lot of comparing notes about early video rental places prior to the transition to DVD. We also dig drive-ins like the Mahoning Drive-In and the Circle Drive-In.

And seriously, can anyone tell me how A-Treat wound up in Raw Deal?

You can follow Austin on his Amazon Author page, his Twitter feed, and his Facebook account.

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HTP Episode 139 – Dan Barr

Dan Barr is the author of Go Boldly, the winning entry in the Coffee Lifts Creatives writing contest from the Sci-Fi Coffee Company. Dan and I spend some time discussing what it’s like to write for the love of the story, and the two of us recklessly speculate on if that’s happening elsewhere in the industry.

Worth noting is that, during our chat, I make reference to the Taster’s Choice romance saga.  It occurs to me that’s now such dated reference it may need some explanation.

 

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HTP Episode 138 – Shylah Addante

 

Shylah Addante was the writer on a film titled The Christmas Dragon, which was a 2014 independent film (you can see it right now on Amazon Prime). It is also currently scheduled to be used in an upcoming episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, expected December 16, 2023. Shylah and I have a great talk about what it’s like to grow up a film fan, how to transform that childhood interest into a lifelong career, and how MST3K plays a crucial role in making it easier for everyone to become a fan of goofy films.

Shylah has also written a book titled Garden of Thorns and Light, with a new book on the way.

 

You can follow Shylah on her very active Twitter page as well as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and  her official website.

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HTP Episode 110 – Paige Feldman

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Paige Feldman is a screenwriter, filmmaker, podcaster, and movie aficionado.  She has been making a promising effort to bring back the genre of romantic comedy.  In this episode, we get to talk about her podcast comedy How to Fall in Love the Hard Way, as well as her upcoming film, Kaleidoscope.

You can follow page on her official website, as well as her Twitter account!  Follow her YouTube account to track the making of her movie in real time.

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HTP Episode 107 – Laura Banks

 

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Laura Banks is known to Trek fans as the Augment navigator Wajahut in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. In this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, she and I discuss her experiences on set, what the fandom means to her, and how her character was developed in Trek fiction.  Specifically, I mention To Reign in Hell by Greg Cox. I also compare her account of the experience with what George Takei said in his book To the Stars.

We also venture into more real-world topics.  Recently, she was interviewed for an independent film about the legendary movie year that was 1982, as well as a book about the history of the development of Star Trek II.  She has a new movie called No Vacancy with Sean Young.  Laura shares her experience as an improv and stand-up talent, as well as a podcaster with a specialty in astrology. 

Follow Laura on her official website, and subscribe to The Zodiac Magic Podcast.

 

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HTP Episode 105 – Marc Morales

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Marc Morales is an independent film maker, a horror fan, and an all-around movie fanatic. In this episode, he and I discuss his movie 521 North Main Street, about to go into production. We also get the chance to talk about horror fandom (an insider perspective for him and an outsider perspective for me). There’s also a really fun side-chat about how film fanatics were able to research movies in the VHS era, compared to the DVD and streaming eras.

You can track Marc’s progress on the website of his production company, High Fivin’ Ants.  His web series It’s Crazy Out There has its own Facebook page, where he frequents.

 

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HTP Episode 093 – David Giancola

 

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David Giancola is an independent film director who got his start with the movie Time Chasers, a flick that found its first home in the niche VHS bin and then its second in Season 8 of MST3K. He operates out of Edgewood Studios and continues to put out exciting projects to this day.

 

In this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, David and I talk about the life of Time Chasers both before and after MST3K, becoming Rifftrax rock stars, the different eras of indie film, and how old-fashioned movie fans can find what they’re looking for in this day and age.

David’s latest movie is Axcellerator!  Check it out on Facebook and Amazon Prime.  You can find Edgewood Studios on Facebook as well.

Oh, hey, and if you want that time travel story of mine, it’s here.

 

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HTP Episode 085 – Michael Stein

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Michael Stein earned his indie film stripes starring as Dirk Diggler in the short film that would later be remade as Boogie Nights.  Not only did he get a cameo in the later movie, but he quickly developed a relationship with movies and independent film, at a time when the indie film world was a completely different world.
 
In this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, Michael and I get granular about how film has changed since the streaming revolution, and the ways in which that trend has both helped and hurt auteur filmmakers.  We look carefully for a way to get back some of the earlier energy without throwing out the obvious benefits of the 21st century.

Long Shot Leaders is Michael’s new podcast, about people who have succeeded as independent artists despite all odds.

 

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HTP Episode 058 – Richard Burgin

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Richard Burgin is the director of Fang, a psychological horror film. The upcoming movie is the story of Billy, an unreliable protagonist with undiagnosed Autism. Richard used his own experience with Aspurgers syndrome to shape the film and make it a personal work. In this episode, Richard and I talk about the challenges of independent filmmaking and the struggles of a starting artist.

Follow Fang on Facebook, and check out Richard’s presence on Facebook as well.

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HTP Episode 037 – Tonjia Atomic

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Tonjia Atomic is the director of many cult films, not the least of which being “Manos Returns”. In this episode, she and I discuss how the film came together, and how to create the perfect balance of solid filmmaking craft with a low budget and the most surreal of source materials. Obviously, the sequel to Manos could not be totally serious, but no one wanted it to be outright campy either.

You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and her official website, TonjiaAtomic.com. You can watch Manos Retuns on Amazon Prime, and for news on the project, it’s best to check the Facebook feed, but there’s also a Twitter and Instagram as well.

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