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Lucy
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating:
Rated R For strong violence, disturbing images, and sexuality
Release Date:
July 25, 2014

 

Noah
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and brief suggestive content
Release Date:
March 28, 2014

And So It Goes
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and drug elements
Release Date:
July 25, 2014

 

Finding Vivian Maier
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Not rated
Release Date:
April 11, 2014

Wish I Was Here
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:
Rated R for language and some sexual content
Release Date:
July 18, 2014

 

Sabotage
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating:
Rated R For strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some sexuality/nudity and drug use
Release Date:
March 28, 2014

Interview: Thunder Levin of “Sharknado” and “Sharknado 2″

posted by Nell Minow

One of the highlights of Comic-Con was the chance to catch up with Thunder Levin, screenwriter of the sensation, “Sharknado” and the sequel, “Sharknado 2,” which premieres tonight on Syfy.  The original was remarkable for its over-the-top storyline and even more for the Twitter-nado it inspired.  In an era of time-shifted consumption of media, it was a rare example of a genuine event broadcast, with sharing OMG reactions online was part of the fun.  He is always fun to talk to and I hope I get to talk to him again for “Sharknado 3.”sharknado 2

Isn’t it the ultimate compliment to have the Rifftrax guys provide snarky commentary for your movie in the theatre? Is that kind of being a musician and having Weird Al take you on?

Absolutely and I went to see it and it was just hilarious.  They were remarkably respectful and good natured.  They were in on the comedy of the inherent material and it’s just great.

Are you expecting another twitter avalanche for film?

I don’t know if it’s going to be like it was for the first one. I’d like to surpass that, I’d like to crash Twitter this time, but that might be asking for a bit too much. The last time it was so organic.  They see us coming this time. So we’ll see, but I’m sure it will be a big thing. The first communal TV movie. It’s like having a theatrical experience with a thousand people in one room.

Tell me where we begin on this one.

It’s about a year later and Fin and April were on their way to New York.  April is going to a signing of a book she wrote called I Survived Sharknado and Fin is going to be seeing is sister and his brother in law who is an old friend.

So this one takes place on the East Coast?

Yes, they are on their way to New York City where things just happen.

What is it about Comic Con that makes Sharknado such a perfect fan opportunity?

Well Comic-Con is an over the top event in itself so to take an over the top movie and add it is just adding fuel to the fire I guess.

Is the lady with the Sharknado costume here again this year?

She came back this year and she updated the hat reference the so it’s got the Empire State state building on the top.

What else are you working on?

I’ve created an original TV series called “Dive,” which is “Sharknado-esque” in tone, and I’m working on getting financing for an independent feature called “An Ordinary Hero.”  And I’m writing an novel, quite a change of pace from “Sharknado,” a very dark thriller.  I’ve never tackled that medium before.  I wrote a script that ended up being a trilogy, so I thought, “If I can do this, maybe I can write a novel.”

And “Thunder” is your real name, right?  Where does that come from?

It was the 60′s!

 

Contest Winner — “Earth to Echo’s” GoPro Camera

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to all who entered!  This contest had far more entries than any other I’ve ever run.  Congratulations to the lucky winner!

WINNER OF THE GOPRO CAMERA:

Susan D.
Burkburnett, TX
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Intuition — A Short Film from Danielle Lurie

posted by Nell Minow

I love this short film from Danielle Lurie about a young woman who needs to learn to listen to her heart, with a wonderful performance by Montse Muñoz.

Interview: Joseph Nasser of “Amber Alert: Terror on the Highway”

posted by Nell Minow

Reserve Police Officer Joseph Nasser produced Amber Alert: Terror on the Highway to help raise awareness of the Amber Alert system. It stars Tom Berenger as a man on the edge, making a dead rush for Mexico and kidnapping two young girls along the way. He is hotly pursued by police chief Martha Geiger (Torri Higginson).  It will be available on DVD tomorrow.  Nasser answered my questions about the film.amber alert

Can you remind us how the real-life Amber alert program got started? Amber Hagerman was kidnapped and by the time the word was out it was too late. So her mother campaigned to have news outlets broadcast an alert when a child gets kidnapped.The AMBER Alert System began in Dallas Fort Worth when broadcasters teamed with local police to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children. AMBER stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response. The acronym was created as a legacy to 9 year old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington Texas, and then brutally murdered.

How effective has it been? Up to date there have been 685 recoveries due to an Amber Alert

How have you seen it work in your profession as a reserve police officer?  Yes, I watched it work for the first time ever in California when two girls where kidnapped.

How did your experiences in the field shape the story? it made me want to educate the public about what to do if there is an Amber alert. I have noticed that people are sometimes not paying attention to their surroundings and the Amber alert film teaches to be alert for the Amber alert notice and report it.  Also it’s important for the relatives of the kidnapped child to stay calm and collected so that an individual can assist in the recovery of an abducted child. In the film we se that the parents are freaking out until the “Chief” calms them down.

How can we understand the motives and decisions of someone who would abduct a child well enough to find him?A child is kidnapped because there is an emotional attachment such as a non-custodial parent or relative who want custody and control of the child. That more frightening cases are when the child is abducted because of greed or for deviant  desires by the kidnapper. In this scenario it’s hard to relate to these kidnappers because they are working from a abnormal state of mind. Some criminologist believe that the deviant behavior is genetic and have found that there is an “XYY” chromosome factor that is one of the common traits many criminals possess.

How did you raise the money to produce this film? I took a loan from the bank. However In order for the bank to loan  the funds we needed a distributor had to be aboard. We found several foreign distributors which appeased the bank. However we wanted a USA distributor, we made this film for American viewers and we wanted America to be a bit safer by releasing the film in the USA. We reached out to Anderson Media and explained that the power of having this kind of film released would include educating Law Enforcement and the public alike,  and it entertains while teaching.  And now it will be released in every major retail store in the country starting this week.

How did the director work with the young actresses to make them feel safe as they were filming?He gave them hugs and assured them that they were safe. He was loving and comforting as were the producers and other cast and crew.

What do you want audiences, especially parents, to think about after they see this film? Stay calm, call the local Law Enforcement agency, get all the details of a possible abduction. The public needs to stay alert and write down anything they see that pertains to an abduction. Make note of signs and news reports and keep an eye out for the information that can lead to saving a child.

Previous Posts

Interview: Thunder Levin of "Sharknado" and "Sharknado 2"
One of the highlights of Comic-Con was the chance to catch up with Thunder Levin, screenwriter of the sensation, "Sharknado" and the sequel, "Sharknado 2," which premieres tonight on Syfy.  The original was remarkable for its over-the-top storyline and even more for the Twitter-nado it inspired.  

posted 7:37:17am Jul. 30, 2014 | read full post »

Contest Winner -- "Earth to Echo's" GoPro Camera
Thanks to all who entered!  This contest had far more entries than any other I've ever run.  Congratulations to the lucky winner! WINNER OF THE GOPRO CAMERA: Susan D. Burkburnett, TX  

posted 11:54:55pm Jul. 29, 2014 | read full post »

Intuition -- A Short Film from Danielle Lurie
I love this short film from Danielle Lurie about a young woman who needs to learn to listen to her heart, with a wonderful performance by Montse Muñoz. [vimeo]https://vimeo.com/101953117[/vimeo]

posted 10:09:01am Jul. 29, 2014 | read full post »

Interview: Joseph Nasser of "Amber Alert: Terror on the Highway"
Reserve Police Officer Joseph Nasser produced Amber Alert: Terror on the Highway to help raise awareness of the Amber Alert system. It stars Tom Berenger as a man on the edge, making a dead rush for Mexico and kidnapping two young girls along the way. He is hotly pursued by police chief Martha Geig

posted 8:00:33am Jul. 28, 2014 | read full post »

"Guardian of the Galaxy's" Awesome Mixtape
One of the many pleasures of "Guardians of the Galaxy," opening this week, is the soundtrack featuring some 70's classics from an "Awesome Mixtape" played by Peter "Star Lord" Quill (Chris Pratt).  Here are some of the highlights. "Hooked on a Feeling" by Blue Swede [youtube]http://www.youtub

posted 8:00:21am Jul. 27, 2014 | read full post »


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