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This week’s Welcome to the Insta-hood is on Bobby Keller (IG: spookykeller)
- Tell me a little about yourself. ” I’m 33 years old. I’m from Scranton PA. I guess I’m a filmmaker, because I directed a shot-on-video tribute to 90’s home made/SOV horror movies called Deatherman in 2012. I also did a short film called Mini-Golf Massacre. I used to do stand up comedy. but it’s very rare for me to ever get on stage to perform these days. But if I do, I either go by the name Melvin or am wearing a giant frog costume. Currently I’m focusing on NEPA Horror Film Festival. This will be my 4th year running that. And I’m also the front man in a doom/sludge metal band called Dour. We currently have a 4 song demo cassette and are going on tour at the end of April. And when I’m not doing any of those things, I am either working at a bar or am in Long Island visiting my girlfriend.”
- I noticed you have a collection of great movie t-shirts! how did this interested come about? What are you top five t-shirts you own and why? ”
I like the way shirts from the 80’s and 90’s look, feel, and smell. There’s just something about them that can’t be replicated. The best promo shirts are the ones that were sent to video stores, and either have the store logo or the VHS distribution company logo on the shirt. And of course, I’m an idiot and wear all of them instead of preserving them. But whatever, I’m gonna die anyway, I might as well wear a Dawn Of The Dead t-shirt to wing night.My top five shirts would probably be 1.) Dead Alive (I look like a “90’s scumbag” wearing it because of how big it is, but it somehow works).
2.) A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge yellow night gown (I love that movie so much and there was no way I wasn’t going to own that. I sadly, do not cook eggs and bacon dancing in my kitchen every morning wearing it.
3.) George Romero’s Day Of The Dead promo shirt from 1985. That’s one of the many shirts that slowly just made it’s way into my girlfriend’s closet. I’m not complaining, it looks so much better on her, haha.4.) Army Of Darkness sweatshirt. There was no question in my mind, I had to own that. It looks great with my Doritos shorts. 5. I was going to pick the Twilight Zone shirt my girlfriend recently got for me, but I haven’t taken a photo of that yet, so my last one will be Stephen King’s Cycle Of The Werewolf promotional baseball tee. I believe it was purchased at a booking signing or at least a book store in 1982. That is probably the rarest thing I own, and I’ll never part with it.
- You also run the NEPA Horror Film Festival. Can you talk about it? How did it start? What is it about? “As I said earlier, I’ve made some movies in the past. I used to do local screenings, and someone approached me about screening Deatherman around Halloween at their venue. I thought, why don’t we do something bigger and showcase the talents of other filmmakers and not just make it about me. With it being in October, I thought we could get away with having a film festival that was exclusively horror films. The following year, I expanded it into sort of a mini horror convention/film festival. I had Felissa Rose from Sleepaway Camp and Lisa Gaye from Toxic Avenger 2 there, as well as one of my childhood heroes, Joe Bob Briggs there. I grew up watching Monster Vision on TNT and he introduced me to so many great films, and to not only have him as a guest at my film festival, he actually offered and suggested that he host it! So that was a childhood dream come true without a doubt. One of the most stresssful, but best days of my life. And then last year, we actually sold out a movie theatre in downtown Scranton. So it’s constantly been growing and getting better, and I love running it.” NEPA Horror Film Fest – 10/08/16
- Can you list some favorite memories/highlights about the film festival? “My name being mentioned in Joe Bob Briggs’ drive-in totals. HahaAlso last year my girlfriend and her sisters coming from New York to Scranton. It was just a really great few days and the film festival was a success, so I was very happy. “
- What is one thing that not a lot of people know about you? “I had a crush on Neve Campbell in 6th grade and sent her a letter telling her how great she was in Scream. She sent back an autographed photo that I kept under my bed (not in a weird way) but I think my mom threw it away, because I have no idea where it is now.”
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I remember watching Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory a lot as a kid. I watched it so many times that I had memorize lines from the scene where Willy Wonka takes all of the contest winners on a boat through a weird tunnel.
Little did I know at my age to much older viewers this scene probably looked much more like a bad acid trip. But to me it seemed like a pleasurable boat ride full of visual flavor and Willy Wonka was decided to sing them a little diddly down the chocolate river stream….
I didn’t revisit that movie until I started college and for some reason it became a movie I would start watching out of habit. Around the same time I found out about a website called IMDb It was a goldmine for me to find out trivia on movies so of course one of the first movies I looked up was this one. And I looked up all of the actors that played Oompa Loompas and well my curiosity got the best of me so I decided to look up the actors on facebook and found one of them!
….and without a doubt in my mind I decided to facebook one of them!
A couple of days later he accepted my friend request!I was so excited that he accepted! I thought to myself Wow this is so cool I am now facebook pals with one of the original actors that played one of the Oompa Loompas!
Then it was a month later I get a message from him: ” I am going to have you remove you as a friend your facebook content is too weird and you do not like any of my posts!”
I was shocked and I was not prepare for the diva attitudes of an actor! Oh well at least I can always remember fond memories of the movie and the book. But I still feel a little uneasy when I see a group shot of the oompa loompas….
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This week’s artist’s spotlight is on Sarah Crosley:
1. What are you currently working on? “Currently, I am working on a stop motion animation short and a children’s book about collective nouns. I am always working on tattoos for clients and new paintings! “
2. Do you keep to one kind of art form or many?
Usually around the spring time I tend to start going through a bunch of memories in my head. It is my mental version of spring cleaning. You know what to keep, what to toss out and what to look into and study a bit further.
My memories most of the time then to involve people. People that I have kept in contact with, people that I talked to once months ago and popped in my head or people that I had a disconnect with.
In regards to the memories that involved the people that I had a disconnect with I tend to work on first.
A couple of things I think of:
How did I react in the situation?
How did I respond in the situation?
Then I give myself two options on how to answer those questions:
Did I respond like a child?
Or like an adult?
If I responded like a child I rethink the situation. Kinda of like walking backwards. Would I take the same pace if I redid it? Usually I come up with a no.
But then I realize that life sometime comes with erasers, and I am not the kind of person who holds on to grudges.
So in that aspect I reached out to some people who I acted like a child to:
Some reply and some did not. But feel like in doing this I have been able to grow as a person in owning up to my childlike behavior. I did this for my and my clarity, I am not the kind of person who is much of a fighter because I feel like there are too many fighters in this world.
Now I really feel like spring is here!
Until next time!
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