Monday, January 14, 2008

Monster From Bikini Beach Interview

There's something going in in River City, aka Sacramento. Sacramento is chock full of cult film activity, including the Sacramento Horror Film Festival, TV Host Mr. Lobo's events, and the long-running Trash Film Orgy (TFO).

TFO producer Amy and about 100 friends recently graduated from putting on their own film events to producing a movie themselves. The retro-themed Monster From Bikini Beach premiered Jan 11 at the Crest Theater in Sacramento.

Can you describe the Trash Film Orgy experience?

It is pretty much indescribable because of it‘s complexity… it is definitely more then just a film fest. There is also an interactive lobby, games, The Retro Crush Lounge, and an over the top stage show.

Why is Sacramento such a hotbed of film events?

It is an interesting phenomenon. I think it is that in Sacramento there wasn’t much going on for a long time, so you have to make up things to do out of boredom. It’s a starvation for something entertaining, creative and not giving in or settling for mainstream culture, it stems from a punk idealism and do-it-yourself approach to producing art.

What inspired you to make this film?

We have been doing the TFO for eight years now and the stage shows starting getting more and more elaborate. That segued into using all the talent gathered into making films.

What did you learn from producing the movie?

That people skills are very important, we had over 100 people work on the movie, and it we could not have gotten this film done without each and every one of them. Also, special effects and gore take twice as long as you think they will.

After the premiere, what is next for you and Monster From Bikini Beach?

Well, it will still be all Monster From Bikini Beach all the time. We are going to be submitting it to festivals, and distributors and see where that can take us. The Trash Film Orgy Players will be participating in the Sacramento All Sketch Festival on Feb 21, 22, and 23rd.

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