Cheryl Eddy

Wherefore art thou, Romero?

The zombie auteur speaks!
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On returning to his independent filmmaking roots: When we made [1968's Night of the Living Dead] we were just a bunch of young people in Pittsburgh. We had a commercial production company, so we had our own equipment, and we audaciously decided that we should go out and make a movie. So the first one was real guerrilla filmmaking — but actually the first five or six films that I made were completely independent. After Dawn of the Dead [1978] we hooked up with a distributor-production company, and they financed us to some bigger budgets. Read more »

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Diary of the Dead eats brains — and spews TMI
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George A. Romero's new movie, Diary of the Dead, isn't really by Romero. It's not even called Diary of the Dead. It's actually called The Death of Death, and it's by ambitious student filmmaker Jason (Joshua Close), who happens to already be shooting a horror movie when zombie o' clock rolls around. Read more »

IndieFest: "Sexina, Popstar PI"

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By Jennique Mason

“She has the boobs and brains of a queen, she’s every man’s dream ..." When have truer words been spoken? As sung by Monkees heartthrob Davy Jones in the film's theme, Sexina: Popstar, P.I. is the long-awaited answer to critically renowned films like Austin Powers and Legally Blonde.

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Directed by Erik P. Read more »

Hungry men

IndieFest turns 10 with a documentary bro-down
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"This is not a midlife crisis," 51-year-old John Zeigler insists. "I see this as a wonderful adventure." But when the this in question is a 3,000-mile rowboat race across the Atlantic Ocean, it's hard not to speculate about his motivation. Read more »

Speed reading

Xiu Xiu and Celine Dion: together at last, under the rubric of music books
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In 2005, Xiu Xiu embarked on a tour and invited their fans to send them blank Polaroid instant film and an SASE. In turn, photographer David Horvitz took on the task of documenting the group's travels, snapping shots in places ranging from backstage nooks to hotel bathrooms. Each day, Horvitz mailed packages containing 10 unique candid photos to the fans who provided film and envelopes: anyone who participated was rewarded with personal art from the tour. Read more »

You are your own worst enemy

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By Jesse Hawthorne Ficks

In his third report from the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, it's Midnites for Maniacs programmer and Guardian contributor Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reflects on his personal best of the fest.

Downloading Nancy - directed by Johan Renck (Canada)
Pain and sadness inhabit most of us. Extreme anger can turn into apathy, and relentless insecurity can turn into absolute self-destruction. Read more »

Viva Elvis Pez-ley!

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Available for $19.99 on the Pez website...

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You get Army Elvis! Sideburns 1960s-Hollywood Elvis (drool)! 1970s jumpsuit Elvis! Sweet! Plus you get a CD with three era-appropriate songs: "Hound Dog," "Follow that Dream," and "The Wonder of You." AND, duh, three thingies of baby aspirin-tasting Pez candy.

Still, I'm a little disappointed...no Hillbilly Cat Elvis? No Gold Suit Elvis? Read more »

Video Mutants: Reflections of Damon Packard

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Though Damon Packard considers himself a filmmaker, not a video artist, his wonderfully unique and often bizarre works are right at home in our Video Mutants issue.

Watch and learn, kids! Read more »

Video Mutants: Prince of theme parkness

Damon Packard strikes back
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>>Click here to view some Damon Packard vids

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Try explaining a Damon Packard film to someone who hasn't seen one and you will fail. The best you can achieve is a description: "It's a sequel to Logan's Run, kind of, but with a lot of 1984, clips from Dateline NBC's To Catch a Predator, and roller skaters jamming to 'Never Knew Love like This Before.'<0x2009>"

Seriously, can you even imagine what that's like? Read more »

Heartbroke mountain

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Film intern Jennique Mason pays tribute to Heath Ledger.

“I love you baby…” You remember, those bleachers and Letters to Cleo on the roof? Yup. You heard it. Hunky Heath is dead! Growing up with him, charting his successes, his breakthroughs, his 10 Things I Hate About Yous, quite frankly, I’m devastated. According to the Hollywood Star, and every other internet rag obsessed with celebrity, the Australian-born actor was found dead in his SoHo apartment this afternoon. Read more »