Welcome to the Insta-hood : @madshelleyfilms !

Hello and welcome to this week’s Welcome to the Insta-hood! This week I interviewed fellow IGer: @madshelleyfilms

 

  1. Tell me a little about yourself.

 

“I’m an Emmy® Award-Winning Writer-Filmmaker who serves as the President of the nationally recognized educational film company, OutreachArts, Inc. and its award-winning, sister company, Mad Shelley Films (‘Under the Flowers’, ‘The Halloween Girl’). In recent years I’ve stepped away from my company, OutreachArts to focus on our Mad Shelley Films work.

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However, I’m incredibly proud of our OutreachArts’ Emmy® Award-Winning teen drama series, ‘Maple Ave’ which aired on public television – and was even featured on IFC! These days, I’m probably better known for our spooky web series, ‘Under the Flowers’.”

2. Can you talk about your company: Mad Shelley Films?

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“Well, on our web site it says that Mad Shelley Films was born of my ‘love for classic ghost stories’ but, really, the catalyst was losing both my parents within six months of each another and deciding to make, a one-off film, ‘The Halloween Girl’ to deal with my grief. In the end, the film did help me through a very difficult time and I’m happy to say it was also very well received; we had some Hollywood screenings, awards and great reviews. But, little did I know, the Halloween Girl would demand a resurrection in what became our supernatural web series,  ‘Under the Flowers’! It was as if all these characters and their stories had been patiently waiting for me to finish up with OutreachArts and then, boom!, this sudden explosion of Hammer Films, Twin Peaks, Mario Bava, Dark Shadows, 70’s horror comics and Neil Gaiman-influenced stuff was spilling out everywhere! Sounds like a mess – and it was – a great, big, beautiful, spooky mess!”

3. How did you come up with the concept of your company?

“When I decided to start up the company, I instantly thought of a blurb I’d read in High School about the poet, Percy Shelley and how he got the nicknamed ‘Mad Shelley’ at school because of his passionate, eccentric behavior. Well, right away, I felt I had discovered a kindred spirit (and a favorite poet)! So we had a name – and then I thought of Rod Serling and my love of the supernatural and our tagline, ‘Supernatural Dramas – with a Twist!’ was born. Really though, I consider our work ‘bubblegum art films’ because they’re rooted in both my love of dark, classic literature, art films and retro horror (particularly 60’s & 70’s stuff). So, I’m afraid, we’re always going to be more ‘The Innocents’ (1961) and ‘Let’s Scare Jessica to Death’ (1971) than the latest jump scare rehash! ”

4. What has been your favorite project that you have worked on and why?

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“Well, my favorite project is always the most recent so that would have to be ‘Under the Flowers: Waking the Witch’ (our third season). Though I was pretty sick during filming, our amazing cast and crew pulled me over the finish line – they truly are the best and really share a special spot in my heart.

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Anyway, I enjoyed this ‘Under the Flowers’ chapter the most because there was a real joy in making it (much like ‘The Halloween Girl’). We had arduous shoots the first two seasons and I was determined to reverse that trend while digging deeper into the characters with a more adventurous storyline. And, I’m happy to say, it’s been the most well-received ‘Under the Flowers’ season to date!”

5.  Do you have any exciting news or any future projects you would like to share?

“Yes! I recently finished the script for the last episode of Book 1 of ‘Under the Flowers’; it’s called ‘Catch Your Death’ and we hope to shoot it in the Spring of 2020. In this one Charlotte gets her wish to return to her old life for a redo – but quickly learns witches shouldn’t play with dead things! Also, I’m in the process of adapting the ‘Under the Flowers’ series and ‘The Halloween Girl’ as a graphic novel series – and having a blast! So, come on 2020!”

 

 

If you like more information about Mad Shelley Films the following contact information is below:

Mad Shelley Films

Their Instagram account:

@madshelleyfilms

 

“It’s not Cranberry Sauce”

Thanksgiving is a time for family, food and giving thanks. However I believe that it is also a day to spend watching movies! So here are four movies to get you in the mood for this holiday!

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Blood Rage (1987)- directed by John Grissmer. Starring Louise Lasser, and Mark Gordon. How can I NOT have this movie on the list? It has everything in a thanksgiving movie. It is centered around thanksgiving. It has a dysfunctional family and it is a horror movie!

Link below to rent:

Blood Rage Movie

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Microwave Massacre (1983)- directed by Wayne Berwick. And starring Jackie Vernon. Yes the same comedian that did the voice for the holiday cartoon classic of Frosty the Snowman (1969).

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Also starred in this dark humor horror movie about a husband who finally got tired of his wife’s high grade cooking style. So he killed her and then ate her thus having a new interesting unquenchable appetite for flesh. He continues his  search for human flesh.

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Link to buy is below:

Microwave Massacre

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Motel Hell (1980) directed by Kevin Conner and starring Roy Calhoun, and Nina Axelrod. This movie reminds me of one of the short stories from Scary Stories. When the local butcher in town was making meat out of the townspeople. It is similar to the plot of this movie because a farmer and his wife who are known for meats decided to build a hotel under fake circumstances. The meat the farmer and his wife use are actually the people who stay at the hotel!!

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Link to buy is below:

Motel Hell

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Dutch (1991) directed by Peter Faiman and starring Ethan Embry and Ed O’Neill. Ed O’Neil is the main character in this movie. And as favor to his girlfriend he drives to pick up her son at a boarding school as a good way to bond with him. However things do not go Dutch’s way and chaos ensues not only with the young man but he also on the road.

 

 

Until next time!

 

 

Lady.Cult’s Holiday Gift Guide: 2019!

Hello Everyone and welcome to the Lady.cult Holiday Gift Guide 2019! All of these items are from small and amazing businesses. So please check out there social media accounts and items that they made or curated

 

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Misterbnation makes some pretty awesome things such as this fun pin. I am such a fan of Divine and John Waters and I know a lot of other people are too. So for that special someone or that person that has a scrooge mindset during the holiday season then this pin is a definite must!

Link to buy is below:

I HATE CHRISTMAS PIN 

 

 

Souvenir Jewelry        has amazing jewelry and I am a fan of any kind of jewelry that is unique fun and long lasting. So when they recently made a collection called “Smell the Magic”  and I saw these earrings I knew I had to add these to the holiday gift guide!

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Link to buy is below:

 

Spoiled Rotten Fly Stud Earrings

 

 

House of Mysterious Secrets    sells some pretty awesome stuff and if you are ever in a tight spot in buying a little gift for someone then may I suggest these horror air fresheners?

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It is a unique gift and I am pretty sure that it is something they don’t have.

 

Link to buy is below:

Air Freshener

 

Kitschculturecanada  makes very special items. They have such a fun and creative way of mixing the TV shows I used watch growing up with items for your home. So when I was browsing through their site recently and came across this spectacular Golden Girls Christmas tree topper my jaw literally dropped!

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Link to buy is below:

Golden Girls Christmas Tree Topper

It is no surprise or hidden secret that I love horror movies. I also have a soft spot for Christmas horror movies. So when Cavity Colors did a recent release of a sweater of the movie Silent Night, Deadly Night. I immediately pre-order it. I made it even more festive by picking out the forest green color.

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Link to buy is below:

Silent Night, Deadly Night Sweater

 

Billy Lilly Universe is an amazing duo that creates some great art. They even make art you can wear like this Gizmo riding a convertible t- shirt:

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Link is below to buy:

Gizmo Short-Sleeve T-Shirt

PGBloodhouse runs a bookstore on Esty and has the most interesting assortment of books. As a book lover I have been a frequent buyer from his bookstore. So if you have the book lover on your list why not grab from the shop. I am pretty sure you spend time just browsing through the site looking through some interesting titles!

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Link to the bookstore is below:

PG BloodHouse

 

Recently I came across a site called Always Fits where they sell really cute and kitsh items like The Golden Girls Hot Sauces and a stick of butter Ornament. They don’t sell clothing or something that requires needing to  get an actual size of what a person wears. Hence the name “Always Fits.” A lot of things on their site caught my attention and I thought were pretty cool like this Bob Ross Self Painting Color Changing Mug:

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Link to buy is below:

Bob Ross Self-Painting Color Changing Mug

 

Martin Ontiveros is an amazing artist who creates badass art. His art is colorful and strong. His store also has the option of getting his art in prints like this one below:

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Link to buy is below:

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Happy Shopping everyone! what is on your shopping list?

 

Until next time!

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Insta-hood: @ink._.girl !

hello and welcome to this week’s Welcome to the Insta-hood. This week I interviewed

Ig account @ink._.girl

  1. Tell me a little about yourself:

“My name is Izzy and I’m a live stream artist who lives in Las Vegas.

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I love drawing nostalgic art specifically in inks. I started broadcasting my art through Twitch to make friends and to exercise my art skills while creating a revenue to support my art expenses.

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I’m originally from South Bend, Indiana. I moved to Las Vegas about two years ago to be closer to my family. I’m also a special events florist that creates large event floral set ups in the casinos.”

2. What inspires you in order you to draw?

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“My inspiration comes from my strong memories of my childhood. I hold on to the emotions I had when I first discovered crayons, learning how to tie my shoes, and exploring my father’s art supplies. It’s important in my art today to not forget my childlike wonder. It is that childlike wonder that leads to profound discovery. I was greatly impacted by discovering iconic creations like the animated version of The Hobbit, the creations of Beatrix Potter, Shel Silverstein, and Stan Lee. I use the nostalgia of these discoveries in my art.”

3. What is your favorite drawing that you made and why?

“My favorite work I’ve done so far is the ink sketch I made of Mr. Freeze from Batman.

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The perspective, and line work was a discovery moment. It’s a piece that is truly original and not fully referenced from anything I’ve seen done. The character himself, his story line is iconic and one of a kind. Most importantly I had a ton of fun creating it.”

4. What interests do you have outside of art?

“I love cooking (vegetarian) and discovering new flavors. If I’m not watching Star Trek: Next Generation on Netflix I’m usually getting dressed up to go out to one of my boyfriend’s comedy shows.

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I also enjoy going to the eclectic arts district here in Las Vegas; a refreshing escape from the tourist attractions.”

5. Do you have any upcoming events or announcements you would like to share?

“I recently opened up my online print shop: https://society6.com/izzyinkgirl ; where you can find work I’ve done for sale like my Mr. Freeze sketch.

I’m very excited about that and am working on original concepts to put into my store. You can also see me live streaming art work through Twitch at my site: Inkgirl

 All of my art work is on Instagram at : @ink._.girl 

 

Tiny Tim: a man of many Tulips

 

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Herbert Butros Khaury (stage name is Tiny Tim) was born on April 12, 1932 in Manhattan, New York City. to a mother who was a garment work and a father who was a textile worker. His parents were musically inclined but he was and his father caught on quickly to his son’s musical interests. When Tiny Tim was a small kid his dad gave him a gramophone and a record of a song called  “Beautiful Ohio” by Henry Burr which Tiny Tim would sing the song for hours on end.

It also made Tiny Tim want to learn to play the guitar and he self-taught to play the instrument when he was six.  From the age forward he began to learn to play other instruments like the mandolin and the ukulele. In order for Tiny Tim to learn to play these various instruments he would go to the New York Public Library and photocopy sheet music and learn from those copies.

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In 1950 he became a messenger for New York City  MGM studio offices  and had stardom in his eyes and he started to compete in various talents shows and dance club showcases all throughout New York City.

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He became a regular show was a nightclub in Greenwich Village and played for six hours for six nights and his act would fellow a tinier gentleman. From then on his manager decided to nick name him “Tiny Tim” even though he was 6’1 and that became his stage name.

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Tiny Tim started to become more popular during the decade of the 1960’s. He started to do more appearances on TV shows such as “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” :

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He even married his first wife Vicki Budinger on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson:

He is best known for his cover of “Tip-toe through the Tulips” but I really like his version of  “Stay Down Where you Belong”: ( It is a staple song for me!!)

 

Tiny Tim passed away on November 6, 1996 from a heart attack. Growing up I always enjoyed seeing such an interesting performer on TV. Tiny Tim really made an interesting life and made his own mark.

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Some fun facts about Tiny Tim:

-in the 1980’s he toured with the Great American Circus.

  • he was in a horror movie called “Blood Harvest:
  • He took up to eight baths a day.

 

 

Until Next time!!!

 

 

Source: Wikipedia and IMBD

 

Welcome to the Insta-hood: @thesacredOrder !

Hello everyone and welcome to this month’s installment of Welcome to the Insta-Hood! Where I interview fascinating people and their Instagram accounts! This time I interview fellow IG account @thesacredorder

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  1.  Tell me a little bit about yourself.

“I’ve always known I wanted to spend my days creating beautiful things – following this passion I moved from Southern California to San Francisco at the age of 18 to study drawing and painting. After earning my degree I began working as a graphic designer doing page layout and catalog design. Eventually I discovered the world of textile design which was the perfect mix for my painting and computer skills. 

I enjoyed many years creating prints and artwork for the fashion industry. This path naturally led to managing creative teams and to apparel design. This decade long career took me on shopping trips all over the world from New York to London, Paris, Antwerp, Barcelona and Milan. These far away places inspired a curiosity and desire to seek out rare items and fostered a passion for collecting antique jewelry and oddities.

I recently have left the apparel industry and moved from the San Francisco Bay Area north to Petaluma, CA in the beautiful Sonoma County. I live in a funky 1900’s house with my husband who is a tattooer and our adorable, yet feisty, 5 year old son.”

2.  What is the meaning of your Instagram name?

I love a good mystery and nothing is more mysterious to me than secret societies. The Sacred Order is an homage to these brotherhoods and sisterhoods that have had known and unknown influence over our society for decades. I also love the word ‘sacred’ in the sense of being reverently dedicated to some person, purpose, or object. I hope the items I select and create can be symbols of this for other and add sentiment to their everyday.”

3. What made you want to start your own business?

Throughout my life I have created intense bonds with physical objects that encapsulate memories – my favorite of these objects has been jewelry. I love that I can live my life with these memories on my fingers or around my neck and make new connections with new pieces as I see fit. They are like a wearable journal connecting me to my past and to the people who are important to me. Jewelry has sentiment, power, beauty and always makes me feel more myself when I’m wearing it. I am fascinated by antique and vintage jewelry as it can come to me having already bared witness to a life other than my own. I think scratches, wear patterns and oxidation are beautiful – in them you have something so human and real. In 2014 a desire to share this love with others inspired me to open an online shop and The Sacred Order was born.

4. What is current favorite piece of jewelry that you are selling? What is a  favorite piece that you own and why?

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I have 2 favorite pieces in my collection currently. One is a mourning ring from 1773 with a hand painted skeleton under glass with a pearl border and decorative setting. This piece is as beautiful as it is sentimental – made with incredible artistry and a dramatic design. It’s hard not to fall in love with it! 

The other is a vintage snake ring I have recently acquired. It was created circa 1940’s. I find it to be the most beautifully graceful design that looks amazing on the hand. I consider keeping it every time I put it on! I love the detailed face with it’s emerald eyes, the sizable diamond on top of it’s head and the time worn engravings throughout. You can see it was well loved in it’s previous life.
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In my own collection I absolutely love every piece I have for what it means to me and what time in my life it came to me. It’s so hard to pick a favorite! The piece I never travel without is an antique chain I acquired in London from Anina Vogel (antique lovers should check her work out!).  I have since added several charms that are meaningful to me…A bean locket with a snip of my sons hair from his first haircut, a letter “K” (my husbands initial) with a snake entwined (I was born in the year of the snake), and a Victorian evil eye charm that was a gift from my best friend. There is room for several more and I intend to keep adding until it’s full of even more memories.”
5. What is your favorite decade or period of jewelry and why?
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“I love Victorian jewelry. I am a sucker for mourning jewelry – I love that it honors the dead, is ripe with symbolism, is primarily black (my favorite color with gold), showcases beautiful engravings and can preserve the most personal of mementos in the form of hair. I love that grieving a loved one was not hidden or hurried along. Society was encouraging to outwardly show what you were going through which feels much healthier to me than ignoring death and denying mourners their grief. I also love Victorian jewelry for the popularity of snakes, a favorite motif of mine. When Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with a snake ring it became all the rage in romantic gestures and a lasting symbol of eternal love. In addition Victorian’s preoccupation with superstition, masquerade balls, court jesters and animals opens up incredible iconography to be used as inspiration – there’s always something interesting and unique to find in the jewelry of this time period.”

 

6. Do you have any upcoming events or news you would like to share?

I am taking a short break from live events, but will updated my “Events” page and instagram as I book more of these. 

I have some exciting new pieces I am creating that compliment the style and aesthetic of my antiques. I am loving mixing new with old to create more ways of telling your story through jewelry and creating a look that is uniquely your own. Stay tuned to my Instagram or sign up for my email list to be the first to hear about them.”
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If you like to know more about @thesacredorder her contact information is below:

Instagram: @thesacredOrder 

Pinterest: @thesacredOrder

email: info@thesacredorder 

 

 

Thank you so much for the interview!

Until next time!!!!

It’s a Flash Sale! : Criterion Style!!!

I just got an email this afternoon from the Criterion Collection website that for the next 24 hours (October 15, 2019) they are having 50% off all blu-rays and DVD that are currently in stock on their site!

So with only 24 hours to get your Criterion Collection movie sale on it is crunch time! I will list five movies to suggest to get during this round of the sale!

I always tried to select different titles every time a 1/2 dvd/blu ray sale happens. So in no particular order here we go!:

The BRD Trilogy. Rainer Werner Fassbinder is one of my favorite directors and if you haven’t been introduced to his movies. I believe that this set is a good forward step in watching his films. Three different women represent different situations in West Germany. The women in these movies are so strong in their characters it left such an impression in my mind.

Link to buy is below:

https://www.criterion.com/boxsets/138-the-brd-trilogy

Häxan directed by Benjamin Christensen. This movie is amazing ! This is a recent re release from the Criterion Collection and it has the feel of a real like documentary but with witches and devils! The imagery in this film alone is definitely worth a watch!

Link to buy is below:

https://www.criterion.com/films/352-h-xan

The Seventh Seal directed by Ingmar Bergman. I am not the biggest Ingmar Bergman film person however I do really like this movie because I am such a fan of the lead actor in this movie. Max von Sydow plays a knight who is faced with the deadly plague! Death makes a wager with him with a game of chess and this premise has been so used in various future movies that you have watch the source so better understand why it is so iconic.

Link to buy is below:

https://www.criterion.com/films/173-the-seventh-seal

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me directed by David Lynch I just recently watched this movie through the Criterion Collection streaming app and although it is consider more drama it has some super scary horror moments in it. I like David Lynch’s movies because on the surface they seem very calm with beautiful people and gorgeous people. But the longer you watch his movies you notice that the gorgeous people are just a facade of a more sinister darker horrifying people inside and sometimes out.

Link to buy is below:

https://www.criterion.com/films/29237-twin-peaks-fire-walk-with-me

Cat People directed by Jacques Tourneur. RKO made a lot of horror movies. I actually purchased this movie as a blind buy because I am familiarize with Val Lewton and decided this would be the perfect month to buy it.

Link is below to buy:

https://www.criterion.com/films/28696-cat-people

What Criterion Collections are you planning to buy during the sale? Comment below with your picks.

Happy Shopping!

Until next time!