march 31, 2010 03:29pm
It was early morning on March 5th. After a 19-hour drive, from my home in coastal New Hampshire, I finally arrived in Pikeville, Kentucky, for the first Dark Woods Horror Convention. Shortly after my arrival, I was greeted by actor, producer, writer, and, now, convention organizer, Cherokee Hall. Cherokee produced a film that I appear in called "Mountain Mafia" (which I think will be released soon).
Despite how tired I was, my excitement-driven adrenalin production fueled me for the rest of the day. I had great expectations for a successful weekend and had brought lots of stuff to sell, including various headshots and movie stills and plenty of copies of the "Hillbilly Bob Zombie" DVDs. I was also excited at the prospect of spending some time with two of my favorite actors, Nichole Kruex (pictured at right) and Michael Berryman. I am elated to be able to say that I'm currently attached to three upcoming film projects with Nicole ("Funland", "Longwood", and "Next Door") and one ("Longwood") with Michael.
And as always, I also look forward to networking opportunities and meeting new friends as well as seeing some familiar faces. I wasn't disappointed! Shortly after arriving, I had breakfast with Dick Warlock and his wife, and with Ari Lehman. I also met (among so many others) Jessica Cameron (we will be appearing together in "Prey to God") and John Newkirk (who appears with me in "Mountain Mafia").
Even my car got a little attention from some of the conventioneers as I parked it next to another PT Cruiser. In the photo below, you might see why.
It just so happens that ZP Productions is filming a movie in the area called "Santa Claws Versus the Zombies".
After the convention ended on Sunday, I had dinner at the Chinese resturaunt across from the hotel with Nicole Kruex, Ari Lehman, Mike Berryman, John Newkirk, and Scotty Roberts. The dinner conversation included livelydiscussions of upcoming trends in filmmaking and various aspects of film production. It was quite informative and I'm so glad I was there to hear it.
After dinner, we returned to the hotel where where we watched a few shorts and Nichole and Scotty talked about some of their paranormal investigations.
My thanks to Cherokee and all of the others who worked so hard to make it happen. Overall, it was a great weekend and I hope to be invited back to a subsequent Dark Woods convention. I also hope that I see some of you there.
I also want to give a "shout out" to my friend, Reverend Beef, who I met several years ago on another film shoot and who was set up next to me at the convention.
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