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Ghost Trek Series is a Testament to Indie Ingenuity.

Ghost Trek Series is a Testament to Indie Ingenuity.

Jul 16, 2013

Sometime in 1995 Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s fevered brains conspired to create a five minute animated short entitled, Jesus versus Santa which went on to become the genesis point for the Southpark animated series which has become nothing short of a global phenomenon. Sometime in 2010, Michael Plumides was watching marathon episodes of Ghost Adventures when his fevered brain focused on a moment of satori; an idea for a show lampooning ghost hunters (and reality shows in general) entitled, Ghost Trek. As you may know, Plumides is infamous for going to jail with Oderus Urungus from the shock rock group, GWAR, for the legendary North Carolina obscenity bust of 1990, when Charlotte-Mecklenburg vice squad raided his club during the cartoonish thrash metal performance. If you don’t know that – then read enough about Ghost Trek and you’ll quickly learn that experience haunts Plumides. But the experience is significant in regards to Ghost Trek because it shows the “Do-it-yourself” rock-n-roll spirit possessing Plumides that imbues this irreverent product from beginning to end. Plumides pounded out a script and assembled a cast from a formidable list of reality TV celebs such as Jonny Fairplay (Survivor) and Gia Allemand (The Bachelor), as well as pro-wrestlers Disco Inferno (WCW, TNA) and Colt Cababa (WWE) and had the foresight to include a young Addy Miller soon to become the iconic “Little Zombie Girl” of the worldwide phenomenon of The Walking Dead. With that the global phenomenon of Ghost Trek was born. Well, not exactly. Ghost Trek hasn’t become a global phenomenon in the way that Southpark or The Walking Dead has – but it deserves to become one. In December of 2010, Plumides and his fellow producers Robert W. Filion, Bill Walker, Justin Kates, and Anne Saunders gathered their cast and crew and with very little money or resources – but a ton of creativity – shot the pilot episode, Ghost Trek: The Kinsey Report in a matter of days. It is worth noting, one young P.A. named J.T. McRoberts – yours truly – was on that crew, and was quickly promoted to script supervisor by virtue of being the only P.A. that brought a copy of the...

MVP At Nevermore 2013 Day #3

MVP At Nevermore 2013 Day #3

Feb 26, 2013

You know that feeling you have after you have opened all your Christmas presents? Well, that’s kind of the vibe after Nevermore weekend. All of us film junkies longingly think of film festivals to come while reminiscing about this years Nevermore. Nevertheless, here’s the day #3 recap for ya, Mutants. Well, the foam mattress at Duke Towers room 245 gave me fits all weekend. Apart from that the accommodations were swell. Once again I woke up very early, probably 4:30 or so and made a quick update to Mutantville.com After some surfing and reading of a new photography book for about an hour, I decided to take a stroll around the grounds. The larger tower that was part of the original structure was open for exploring so explore I did. They had tons of pictures on each floor of children who worked at the old textile mill. More than a little creepy. The tower offered some nice views and I snapped a few shots with the new camera.Whilst packing the car, Robert W. Filion swung by on his way out and suggested a nearby International House of Pancakes for breakfast. We all liked that idea and finally checked out at precisely 10:54 with a deadline of 11:00. A few miles away we arrived at the restaurant which had people waiting outside. Nevertheless, Robert went in and put us on the list. About this time I realized that I had left my Nevermore lanyard on the closet door. No way I was leaving that little keepsake behind. So, we drove back over to Trinity Avenue to retrieve it. Todd was kind enough to charm the office lady into letting us back into the room. Soon as we back, waiting in line at the breakfast place. Once we finally got seated we all enjoyed some social interaction in the hour it took for our food to arrive. It was a Sunday morning so everyone adopted an, “It is what it is” attitude. The food was the best thing I’d eaten all weekend and frankly worth the wait. We did get back to Nevermore 10 minutes later than planned but I still managed to get in to...

The Second Annual Mad Monster Party Film Festival Official Selections! [Updated]

The Second Annual Mad Monster Party Film Festival Official Selections! [Updated]

Feb 25, 2013

Hit the leap below to see the full schedule including trailers, info, links and more! Download a copy of a PDF of the Mad Monster Party Film Festival schedule by Right Clicking and “Save As” to download. MADMONSTER_FILMFEST_SCHEDULE FRIDAY MARCH 22nd: HALL OF DOOM 6PM: FANFILM KICK-OFF!!! Revenge of the Sandman (Halloween Fanfilm) Revenge of the Sandman is the re-imagining of the Halloween franchise created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. This is a fan film. Facebook Fanpage 7PM: PSYCHOS AFTER DARK SHORT FILM BLOCK: Wrong Number Two strangers connect, when a wrong number brings them together. Website Patrick Rhea director of Wrong Number interview on MVP Mutant Radio Klagger For one man, a routine day on-the-job becomes a hellish nightmare, when he encounters a malevolent being trapped inside an abandoned factory. No one escapes the wrath of KLAGGER in this rustic Texas-style thriller. Website Lot 66 David, a multi-phobic personality, suffers from chronic Nyctophobia. As he moves in to a new home, something or someone exploits his worst fears. Website Robert W. Filion director of Lot 66 on MVP Mutant Radio Party Girl It’s her party…she’ll kill if she wants to. Jayson Densman director of Party Girl interview on MVP Mutant Radio Deviling dev·il·ing (verb): To annoy, torment, or harass. A woman experiences her worst fear after a failed relationship with a mortician. Website 8 PM: Maniac (2013) Advanced Screening! Frank is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank’s obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed a long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill. Elijah Wood and Nora Arnezeder star in this highly anticipated remake of the 1980 William Lustig, Joe Spinell slasher classic. Back Alley Film Series IFC Midnight 10 PM: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT SHORT FILM BLOCK: Split the Check See what happens when a waiter refuses to split the check for three annoying couples. Website The Ghastly Ghostly Gas A young man has ghastly side effects after visiting a Mexican restaurant. Facebook Fanpage Take That A wounded veteran, who recently returned home to a nagging...

MVP At Nevermore Day #2 – Take That Premieres

MVP At Nevermore Day #2 – Take That Premieres

Feb 24, 2013

Hello Mutants, Well, day #2 of Nevermore was just awesome! Jim Carl & company fed all of the attending artists from a very nice spread in the green room. It was extremely cool to hang out and chat with the other film makers. I never got to experience this part of Nevermore when attending a few years ago in support of Scarecrow at Midnight. So, I felt kind of privileged to even see this non-public part of the facility. Our screening was at 2:45. Since Robert and I were the only film makers in attendance, Jim shuffled the order a bit to have ours play near the end of the block. Now as I recall, S.A.M. enjoyed a really good crowd response when it screened, but to say that I was surprised by how big of a response “Take That” received would be an under statement. The jokes produced roars of laughter and after wards there were lots of questions for the Q&A. Considering the we were up against Canadian films this year which all seemed to have nice budgets thanks to government funding, it was truly satisfying to see how our little $1000 film held it’s own with the crowd. I think we made a few new friends from that screening and due to some insightful questions by the crowd, I was able to share the plans for the full anthology of Mother of Vampires. It was really neat. I feel like saying it out loud in public somehow moves it closer to fruition. Morgan Monnig, Steven Tucker, Todd Britt and of course Robert Filion were on hand to share the experience with me and that meant a lot. It felt like there was solidarity among the people who’d have to work the hardest of all to make this feature film a reality. I did miss Geo and Streebo, but as of yesterday, I got a phone call from Geo saying that he may be able to make it out for this evenings final Nevermore screening of “Take That.” Fingers crossed we get some more MVP in the house! Have Camera. Will Travel. The Famous Tower #1 at Duke Towers Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Uh Oh...

MVP Marketing Seminar a Success, Nevermore and Mad Monster Party on the way on Mutantville Mondays!

Welcome back to another Mutantville Monday here on the MVP Blog. We’re off and running in preparation for this year’s Mad Monster Party Film Festival and all of the wild events that surround it. Ever since we announced the final call for entries for this year’s festival – we’ve been flooded with submissions. The festival lineup is shaping up quite nicely. It looks like this March is going to be a great time for MVP and our friends. This past weekend, Geo and myself stopped by Channel 21 in Charlotte to conduct a special seminar on social media marketing for film. We had a nice turnout and the response to the course was very positive. We were able to film the event and will turn it into a part of MVP’s online course on marketing and filmmaking. It is very gratifying to see another piece of the MVP Empire Puzzle fall sharply into place. Get your full MVP rundown after the leap! Before we get to March we have a pit stop to make at this year’s Nevermore Film Festival as Brento’s first side project Take That was accepted into this year’s lineup. Our good buddy and sometimes cohort – Robert W. Filion also has a film in the lineup as his short Lot 66 made the cut as well. They’re also featuring a limited one time only screening of Dawn of the Dead, The ABC’s of Death, and John Dies at the End. All in all it should be a great event. Brento is gearing up for some pickup shots for Take That this weekend. The DVD proof for G.H.O.S.T. is in transit to Geo’s house as we speak! It’s just a matter of time until we have Tales from Mutantville on the way as well. We’re getting ready to order our teeshirts for this year’s show and more. Thanks for stopping by the MVP Blog. Keep checking back for instant updates about movies, filmmaking and more. Enjoy this fine selection of Mutant TV as well as the most recent episode of MVP Mutant Radio as we start our Mad Monster Party countdown by talking to filmmaker Robert W. Filion about his work...