Sunday, March 9, 2008
THE HORROR OF APRIL 27TH
As most of you know, my motion picture career, such as it is, started at the young age of sixteen when I was a sophomore in high school some forty-plus years ago. I was recently encouraged by a dear friend and colleague (whose name shall be withheld for her own safety) to post my very first cinematic effort on YouTube. I was initially quite reluctant, but I eventually decided to do so. As Kinky Friedman would say, "Why the hell not?"
The link below will take you to the YouTube posting for THE HORROR OF APRIL 27TH which had its World Premiere, appropriately enough, the evening of April 27, 1964. Approximately forty friends and neighbors with nothing better to do came to my backyard where a white sheet hanging from the clothesline served as a motion picture screen. Lawn chairs were provided for one and all -- excluding, of course, our beagle named Rebel. The overall reaction from everyone was favorable, excluding, once again, the usually loyal beagle who proved to be a surprisingly harsh critic.
Many years of neglect have significantly damaged the original 8mm print, thanks mostly to this cinematic gem being stored in a shoe box in one garage after another exposing it to extremes in temperature and humidity. Although the image quality has deteriorated a great degree, I do hope you will find the time to take a look. If you thought ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES! was bad, you ain't seen nothing yet!
Here's the link ----- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9m_ayLiMyw
Never let it be forgotten that film is a collaborative art. Accordingly, I hereby share all of the credit and blame with the following who were instrumental in the production of THE HORROR OF APRIL 27TH ----- Mike Byrne, Jim Brietzke, Jon Meyer and Tim Hufft.
May God have pity on their souls.