Wednesday, February 1

Update: Jacob N. Stuart


Jacob N. Stuart
Jacob N. Stuart
Jacob N. Stuart granted us an interview in March, 2015. Since then, he has co-directed, with Puja Pandey, a feature-length mystery/drama film, which he wrote, titled An Addicitng Picture.  He has also written an award-winning short film, "The Mailbox."

An Addicting Picture is about a man with a fiancee, whom a psychic, based on one picture, has told not to marry him, because he is apparently an addict.

Mr. Stuart tells us that this film is "currently in post-production, and will be releasedthis spring [2017."

For more information and updates, please visit:

www.facebook.com/AnAddictingPicture

or

twitter.com/AddicingPicture

[Yes, it's misspelled.]

See also: 

filmdayton.com/2017/01/27/spotlight-on-jacob-n-stuart.html

"The Mailbox" is a ten-minute dramedy about "an elderly man with dementia" who hopes to hear from his "estranged family, only to find [that] what he's been waiting for has already arrived."


Mr. Stuart tells us that, released in 2016, "The Mailbox" has been in six film festivals:

     Semi-Finalist - Hollywood Screening Film Festival, 2017
     Semi-Finalist - Firereel Film Festival, 2016
Official Selection - The Berlin Flash Film Festival, 2017
Official Selection - Madhouse Movies Film Festival, 2017
Official Selection - F3: Frankly Film Festival
Official Selection - Weekend of Film Festival

For more information, please visit:

www.facebook.com/themailboxshortfilm

wdtn.com/2015/07/15/screenwriter-jacob-n-stuart

Update by Jacob N. Stuart and William Mortensen Vaughan

Sunday, January 29

Interview With Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell

Lati Grobman & Christa Campbell
Lati Grobman & Christa Campbell
Josh Mitchell of Wickid Pissa Publicity introduced us to Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell as "academy award nominated" producbers, who became "producing partners in 2011, as Campbell Grobman Films, after working as [executive] producers to help set up films such as Lionsgate’s Leatherface and Kat Coiro’s romantic comedy A Case of You, which stars Justin Long, Sienna Miller, and Brendan Fraser.
 

Grobman was also an executive producer on the Michael Shannon [and] Chris Evans' crime drama The Iceman, and James Coxindependent dramedy Straight A’s, both of which co-star Campbell.

"The duo 'scored' with 2013’s
Texas Chainsaw 3D, which took in $47 million worldwide," according to Josh.

“We’ve done a lot of different things,” says Campbell.  As of January 29th, 2017, the Internet Movie Database [IMDb] lists sixty-one acting credits on her filmography; counting film and television credits of all types (not just acting), it lists sixty-nine feature films, twenty-three television episodes, eighteen television series, eleven videos, five short films, five television movies, and one television special which she worked on.

 

She and Ms. Grobman received an Emmy nomination for their documentary Brave Miss World, which was also nominated for an Audience Choice Award at the Chicago International Film Festival.
They also served as executive producers on
She’s Funny That Way, which featured Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Cybill Shepherd and Quentin Tarantino as himself; Criminal, starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Ryan Reynolds, and Tommy Lee Jones; Stonehearst Asylum (also known as Eliza Graves), starring Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, and Michael Caine; “Red Sonja:  Queen of Plagues,” based on the graphic novels; and “Day of the Dead,” a remake of the George Romero film.

Forbes identifies them as a "Power Duo" which "Paves The Way For More Women At The Top In Entertainment."  As powerful as they may be, they were gracious enough to grant us this interview:

La Libertad:  Where were you born?

CC I was born in Oakland, California.


LG:  Moscow, Russia.
 

La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside?
 

Both Los Angeles.

La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about your latest film project?

CC:  We are working on several projects. We have [The] Hitman's  Bodyguard with Ryan Reynolds and Sam Jackson;  Hunter Killer with
Gerard Butler, and Pablo Escobar with Javier Bardem [and Penelopee Cruz].
 

La Libertad:  What do you love most about producing?

CC:  I love the challenge.  The fight..


LG:  To make something out of nothing.  To go to a movie knowing
you made that happen. 


La Libertad:  What inspires you to get involved with a new project?

CC:  That depends.  Each film is different. And we decide to make
them for different reasons.


LG:  Passion and money!  We love the art of making movies, but you also have to make sure that you are not only making art, [but] that you are responsible for the investors who allowed this art to be seen; therefore, we try to be conservative in... choosing projects; it's a constant balancing.   


La Libertad:  What is the hardest part of producing?

CC:  Finding good projects. The good ones get funded fast.


LG:  Ninety-nine percent of content in Hollywood is poor.  Finding a good project is absolutely the hardest part.
 


La Libertad:  Where have you traveled in regards to film sets?
 

CC:  All over the world.  Bulgaria, London, Colombia, Amsterdam...  Everywhere!

LG:  I travel less now, but before, I lived in Shreveport, Louisiana for ten months, El Paso, Texas, Bulgaria, et cetera.
La Libertad:  What are your overall career goals?

CC:  To make bigger, better movies that are successful.


LG:  To get nominated for an Academy Award - wait We did that.  To win one!
La Libertad:  What film projects are you working for "the Big Screen"?

CC:  Hopefully All of them are for "the Big Screen"


LG:  Our film The Bleeder [starring Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts and Ron Perlman] is going theatrical in May this year [2017].  People will enjoy it very much.
La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

CC:  Cream rises to the top.  If you're talented, we will find
you.


LG:  It's more important being a good human being than being a
good film maker.
 

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

Both: 


@campbellgrobmanfilms
Lati Grobman & Christa Campbell
@latigrobman
@christacampbell





Introduction by William Mortensen Vaughan and Josh Mitchell

Friday, January 6

Interview With Raffaella Capp

Raffaella Capp
Raffaella Capp
December 2, 2016, Josh Mitchell of Wickid Pissa Publicity introduced us to Raffaella Capp as a "pop artist" who "unveils her latest music video "Hurricane"..."featuring Chris Redd"...which "is the latest single from InRage Entertainment and music video from Cappricielli Productions."  According to Josh, "the video celebrates female empowerment through the depiction of strong women"...  He further alleges that the video had its World Premiere in November 2016, and would be available on iTunes, YouTube, and Vimeo.

Josh tells us that "'Hurricane' is Raffaela’s second E.P. [Extended Play]. Her first, 'So What,' was a jury finalist for Best Music Video at the International Family Film Festival, a select into the Dances With Films Festival, a Rahway International Film Festival select, and won Best Song in a Music Video at the Hollywood and Vine Film Festival.
 

"Raffaelas’s achievements go beyond music."  She has "written and starred in the [short film] 'Taking a Chance on Love,'" which was "recently nominated for Best Short Film at Dances With Kidz and received Honorary Mention at the Hollywood and Vine Film Festival."

La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Raffaella:  Smithtown, New York and raised in Sayville on Long Island.  Sayville is a great, small, south shore town most known for being close to Cherry Grove and the Pines on Fire Island.

La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside?

Raffaella:  Los Angeles, California.

La Libertad:  What is your occupation?

Raffaella:  Actress, Writer/Songwriter/Singer, AND [I] also work in the food service business.

La Libertad:  What do you love most about your work?

Raffaella:  I love that it is an opportunity for me to escape to another world, where I have permission to say, do and be whoever or whatever I want.

La Libertad:   What talents and hobbies do you have?

Raffaella:  I write songs and have written a short film which has won awards.  I'm pretty proud of that.  Hobbies are mostly about staying fit and balanced.  I love to run and train and really enjoy a HOT yoga class when I can fit it in.

La Libertad:  What inspires you?

Raffaella:  I am inspired mostly by peers (young women) who are making a difference.  One woman in particular is Jessica Alba.  She is an artist/actress who has used her celebrity to achieve success both in her acting career as well as her company, Honest.  I especially admire Jessica because she has achieved
great success in spite of her disability.  

La Libertad:  [Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?]  What is the hardest part of your job(s)?

Raffaella:  Juggling and finding the balance and time to do it all.

La Libertad:  What foreign languages, if any, do you read, write, and/or speak?

Raffaella:  None.

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled?

Raffaella:  Across the U.S.A. a couple of times between New York and California - traveled the southern route as well as the northern route.  I've visited almost every State excluding Alaska and Hawaii.  Also spent a lot of time traveling from New York down the coast to Florida; my family has time share in Disney World - Orlando.  And also spent a lot of time in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.  My family had a vacation home near Lenox, Massachusetts, and I spent several months training and performing with the Berkshire Theatre Festival.  I've also traveled to Italy with my family.

La Libertad:  What are your career goals?

Raffaella:  To continue accumulating acting credits in Film and TV while simultaneously creating/recording my music.  My E.P. with InRage will be completed sometime toward the end of 2017.

La Libertad:  What projects are you working on?

Raffaella:  ...collaborating with the InRage producers on my second E.P.  

La Libertad:  What upcoming events, if any, do you intend to participate in?

Raffaella:  Live performances.  I am currently preparing for my live performance and looking to perform at local L.A. venues; Whiskey A Go Go, Troubador are some of the venues on my list.

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

Raffaella:

Music Video:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwOpqszb7pg

Cover Song, Creep:

soundcloud.com/inrage-entertainment/creep-x-raffaela-radiohead-cover

Song Hurricane:

soundcloud.com/inrage-entertainment/hurricane-raffaela-ft-chris-redd

La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

Raffaella:  Follow me on

www.raffaelacapp.com/index.html
Raffaella Capp
Raffaella Capp


Twitter.com/el_la_bel_la

www.instagram.com/el_la_ bel_la_

www.facebook.com/RaffaelaCapp

soundcloud.com/raffaelacapp

Reminder for readers to download for free "Hurricane" the song, watch and like "Hurricane" the music video...

THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY!  Happy New Year!

Introduction by Josh Mitchell and William Mortensen Vaughan 




Sunday, January 1

Interview With Trumpet Grrrl

Trumpet Grrrl
Trumpet Grrrl
La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Trumpet Grrrl:  Maryland, U.S.A.

La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside?

Trumpet Grrrl:  Brooklyn, New York.

La Libertad:  What is your occupation?

Trumpet Grrrl:  Musician and composer.

La Libertad:  What do you love most about your work?

Trumpet Grrrl:  Creating new music.  The symbiotic process of sharing music with others and receiving feedback from them.

La Libertad:  What other talents and hobbies do you have?

Trumpet Grrrl:  I have been playing trumpet for twenty years, and singing and playing piano for the past approximately six years.  I  like skate/snowboarding, playing in nature, and playing around with technology.

La Libertad:  What inspires you?

Trumpet Grrrl:  Everything I come in contact with.

La Libertad:  What is the hardest part of your job(s)?

Trumpet Grrrl:  Being disciplined, practicing, and working on things when I don't really want to; the outcome is always worth it, however.

La Libertad:  What foreign languages, if any, do you read, write, and/or speak?

Trumpet Grrrl:  Spanish.

La Libertad:  Where have you traveled?

Trumpet Grrrl:  Spain, Peru, Mexico, Tortola.

La Libertad:  What are your career goals?

Trumpet Grrrl:  To reach and inspire millions of people with my music.

Trumpet Grrrl:  I just released an album called Just Listen, which I recorded with Grammy winning producer Scott Jacoby, except for one track, recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks, in Brooklyn, New York.

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

Trumpet Grrrl: 
Trumpet Grrrl

trumpetgrrrl.com

facebook.com/trumpetgrrrl

instagram.com/trumpet_grrrl

twitter.com/trumpetgrrrl

La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

Trumpet Grrrl:  You're beautiful and divine; don't ever forget it!

Photos by Richard Louissaint

Tuesday, December 13

Update: Bill Houskeeper

Bill Houskeeper
Bill Houskeeper
Since we published an update about Bill Houskeeper in May, 2016, he has been cast in his nineteenth and twentieth films (Happy Ending and Winter Quarters, respectively), and the Huffington Post has published an article about him, titled "Star of the up and coming 'Who Is The Bloodiest Royal'? Bill Houskeeper."

Winter Quarters is based on a historical disaster at the Scofield Mine, May 1, 1900, in Carbon County, Utah.  Bill stars as Aunta.

Coincidentally, Bill tells us he plans on spending New Year's Eve with his father in Price, Utah, this year.

In Happy Ending, he co-stars with Maria Olsen, who granted us an interview in 2014.


Bill's current, downloadable demo reel is at:

www.dropbox.com/s/1ttel04acoyjldg/billres2.mov?dl=0

Update by William Mortensen Vaughan

Saturday, December 3

Interview With Kari Ann Peniche

Revamp Decor
Josh Mitchell of Wickid Pissa Publicity referred us to Kari Ann Peniche, an interior designer in Los Angeles, California.

La Libertad:  Where were you born? 

Kari:  San Diego, California.

La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside?

Kari:  Los Angeles, California.

La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about the inspiration of Revamp D├ęcor?

Kari:  My husband, who is a talented developer, has been the inspiration behind Revamp Decor (which is now DAF House).  

It was... my involvement in his property development projects that led me toward my true calling as a designer,
and creator of artistic decor.  His constant encouragement and support that has given me the confidence to pursue this passion.

La Libertad:  What do you love most about interior design?

Kari:  What I love most is that, as a designer, I have a profound impact on people's lives through their environment. 

This is where they live, work, and play.  I enjoy listening to my clients' goals and learning who they are.   It is an art form of bringing these ideas and inspirations to life while creating a space that is aesthetically pleasing and enhances one’s quality of life.

La Libertad:  What inspires the look of your inventive chairs?

Kari:  Duality!  Duality of class in America, combining the grit of Al Capone with the glamor of Hollywood’s Golden Age; the rough-and-tumble nature of street cred elevated to American royalty by hustle, wit, and charm.  This philosophy is channeled into everything that is DAF House. 

La Libertad:  What is the hardest part of your work?

Kari:  Knowing when to stop working!  I absolutely love what I do, so it doesn’t feel like work and I can get lost in anything and everything from the creating and designing to the sourcing of materials and products to the space planning and budget.

La Libertad:  What are your overall creative career goals?

Kari:  To continue creating artistic pieces that are not only unique but thought provoking, while improving interior spaces to reflect the heart, goals, and personality of my clients, and support the health, safety and well-being of the occupants.

La Libertad:  Who would be your ideal celebrity client?

Kari:  I believe all my clients are a celebrity, and they have all been ideal.

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

Kari:  My website: 


www.DAFHouse.com

an interview/recent article:  


bedroom.about.com/od/GeneralDecoratingTips/fl/Professional-Designers-Advice-on-Making-a-Bedroom-Special.htm

La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

Kari:  Change is possible no matter who you are, what you’ve done or how you live it starts with design. Design your environment, design your life.


Introduction by William Mortensen Vaughan

Wednesday, November 9

Interview With Cynthia Bravo

Cynthia Bravo skipped the introductions and referrals, and went straight to giving us answers to our questions.

La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Cynthia:  I was born in Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico; the avocado capital of the world!

La Libertad:  When did you start Glix Entertainment?

Cynthia:  Glix Entertainment started in 2012.

La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about the titles you are promoting at A.F.M. [American Film Market]?

Cynthia:  We are very excited about our current Line Up; we have a very diverse slate, with great talent attached, and genres that appeal to a large audience.

Hide in the Light is a horror film about an adventurous group of friends dare to break into the abandoned orphanage and quickly find themselves trapped and fighting against unnatural forces.

The Last Night Inn is a crime/thriller that reveals the inter-cutting stories of desperation, sex, and deceit, which takes place at a crappy L.A. motel in a night of coincidences, betrayals, and crime.

The Broken Legacy is a coming of age film that follows a lost screenwriter who recruits the help of an egotistical philosopher in order to attract the girl of his dreams while voluntarily testing a new drug at a research facility.

The Last Train is a drama inspired by true events that follows Anthony and Rain, strangers who have chosen this night to die, but when an argument prevents them from jumping in front of the same train they are forced to confront their demons and take a chance on love as wary partners on the road to hope.

La Libertad:  What do you love most about your work?

Cynthia:  I love being on set and making things happen; I’m very hands-on.  I’m also very organized and very good with budgeting, so I take pride in being able to stretch every penny to maximize the production value. I try to keep busy and love meeting new people who share our passion for storytelling and expanding our network.

La Libertad:  What talents and hobbies do you have?

Cynthia:  I’m also an actress, so when I’m not behind the cameras, you can definitely find me in front of the camera; and on my free time, I’m either reading the next project, or watching a new T.V. show.

La Libertad:  What inspires you?

Cynthia:  People.  Random people - anyone who’s passionate about their craft, no matter what it is - I find that inspiring and motivating.  I admire anyone who’s not afraid to take risks, and fights for what they believe in.

La Libertad:  What is the hardest part about film-making?

Cynthia:  Not doing it.  Every production has it’s own challenges, but everything is possible; you have to just go for it.  Everyone knows it’s a tough industry, but every obstacle comes with a solution, you just have to find it, and keep moving.

La Libertad:  What foreign languages, if any, do you read, write, and/or speak?

Cynthia:  I’m from Mexico, so Spanish is my first language, and English is my second.

La Libertad:  What are your overall career goals?

Cynthia:  Keep creating good content, and moving into bigger budgets.

La Libertad:  What projects are you currently working on?

Cynthia:  At the moment I have several projects under development.  “The Bone Box” is the next one in the pipeline and I’m very excited about it.  It has great cast attached, and it’s a fantastic horror script about a desperate grave robber who comes to believe that he’s being haunted by those he stole from.

La Libertad:  What upcoming events, if any, do you intend to participate in?

Cynthia:  At the moment we are focusing on A.F.M., and right after that we have A.F.I. [American Film Institute].

La Libertad:  What links would you like to share?

Cynthia:  Our company website with more information about us and our upcoming projects:

www.glixentertainment.com

Our Non-Profit organization: 


www.glixforthearts.com

My personal IMdB link:

www.imdb.me/cynthiabravo

La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?

Cynthia:  "If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough!”

Thank you for reading!

Saturday, November 5

Interview With Joe Granato IV


Joe Granato IV
Joe Granato IV
Josh Mitchell of Wickid Pissa Publicity introduced us to Joe Granato IV as the "filmmaker" of the "documentary 'The New 8-bit Heroes,'" about a
"new game for the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System."

The game and the film may be pre-ordered from:


www.TheNew8bitHeroes.com

Josh tells us that, "[u]pon a visit to his former home in Central New York, Granato discovered a box of sentimental artifacts. Among them were forgotten illustrations, designed by he and other eight-year-old neighborhood friends, of concepts for a video game for the original 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. After reveling in nostalgia, he decided... to realize those ambitions..." using "the same techniques" with "the same limitations that would have been employed in 1988 to make a new cartridge based game that would actually be playable on the now archaic hardware for which it was originally intended." 

With a "team of modern creatives," Joe embarked on a "journey into an esoteric subculture made up of devotees to this as an art form" - people  "who thrive on the art of limitation."

The film features Adam F. Goldberg (creator of ABC’s "The Goldbergs"), 
Piers Anthony (bestselling fantasy novelist and creator of Xanth), David Sardy (Grammy Award winning producer and composer of soundtracks for  Zombieland, Premium Rush, AND End of Watch), Howard Phillips (creator of Nintendo Power Magazine), Samuel Claiborn (Managing Editor, IGN [International Gaming News]), James Rolfe (Director, "Angry Video Game Nerd"), and David Markey (Director, 1991: The Year Punk Broke). 

La Libertad:  Where were you born?

Joe:  I was born in central New York, and grew up in a little suburban town just outside of Utica.


La Libertad:  Where do you currently reside?  
Joe:  I currently live in Sarasota, Florida. 
La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about your new film "The New 8-bit Heroes"? 
Joe:  The New 8-bit Heroes follows a group of modern creatives
(successful comic illustrator, Simon and Schuster fantasy novelist, film score composer, et cetera) as they attempt to retrofit their skills to develop a brand new, cartridge based, hardware playable game for the original 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System, all based on an eight-year-old's game idea illustrations from 1988.  Through that frame story, the film explores the impact of the formative creative experiences we have as kids, their importance in shaping our future identities, and the consequences of attempting to reintroduce them into our adult lives. 

The film's E.P. [Executive Producer] was Adam F. Goldberg, creator of ABC's "The Goldbergs," features prominent members in the game development world, and has been received incredibly well thus far.

The project has also led to the creation of development tools for the N.E.S. [Nintendo Entertainment System], which will allow the average person, even one with zero programming experience, to create real, cartridge based games for the N.E.S., which we will be launching a crowdfunding campaign for in the near future.


La Libertad:  What do you love most about directing? 
Joe:  Directing film in general has always occurred to me as the best illustration of controlled chaos.  There are infinite variables that serve as the complex mechanism behind what is eventually a fairly simple sensory experience, comparatively.  I love how the output medium always hides the strings so well, and how the narrative can end up conveying so much more than the sum of its many complex parts.  For instance, we carved The New 8-bit Heroes out of seven terabytes of D.S.L.R. [Digital Single-Lens Reflex] footage captured over the span of two years, all without much of a road map.  Yet, in organizing the footage in post [post-production], a very distinct narrative emerged that seems obvious and inevitable.  The fact that the end product of such a convoluted process - the fact that any film can come across as having any semblance of sense is probably the most intriguing thing to me as a filmmaker, and makes it a really compelling method by which to tell a story. 
La Libertad:  How did you become interested in video games? 
Joe:  I’ve always been interested in gaming.  It’s almost redundant to say.  I grew up in the Eighties.  I think beating the Legend of Zelda was a rite of passage to enter the Third Grade.  But I was a little obsessed.  I was the quintessential Nintendo Kid.  I had every issue of Nintendo Power magazines; I had all the peripherals; I was the neighborhood guru.  In fact, the first time that I was ever called on the phone by a girl I had a crush on, it was to ask for my guidance in beating Zelda II.  But, unlike a lot of my friends, playing those early video games wasn’t a passive experience for me.  Exploring those pixelated worlds unlocked my creative ambition.  The games compelled me to make music, to draw, to write...  In the thirty years that followed, I became a novelist.  I became a filmmaker.  I became a musician.  I became a programmer.  And I honestly attribute a lot of my passion for these things to the experiences I had playing those early Nintendo games.   
La Libertad:  What inspires you? 
Joe:  What inspires me, besides the rather nebulous answers like life or travel or unexpected experiences?  Well, if I were to find a nexus at the center of my creative pursuits of various types of media, one thing that is a constant source of inspiration is the seemingly futile nature of the creative process.  I’ve often imagined Muse to be a sadist or a symbiotic parasite rather than a friend or creative guide, and I think some level of sarcastic analysis of that has permeated a lot of my work.  Case and [sic] point, The New 8-bit Heroes examines the insane and seemingly thankless culture of toiling for years to create new gaming experiences for consoles that have been obsolete for thirty years.  
La Libertad:  What is the hardest part of film making? 
Joe:  The hardest part of any creative project I’ve ever been involved with is relinquishing control and establishing a level of dependency on others.  It only takes being burned a few times in this way to exponentially increase how difficult it is to put that level of trust in others who, by nature, are probably not as invested in the project as you.  And yet, since not many films can be created alone, it’s a mandatory part of the process.  You, as a filmmaker, have to empathically compare the conviction and compulsion for something that may be relevant on a personal level while it’s incubating in the idea stage, and that can be very challenging.  And maintaining that interest and personal investment over the course of long form projects despite the complexities of daily life and all of the joyless, mundane parts of the process is always difficult as well.   
La Libertad:  Where have you traveled? 
Joe:  The New 8-bit Heroes took us to pretty much every pocket of the continental U.S., and a few stray sequences were also filmed internationally. 
La Libertad:  What are your overall career goals? 
Joe:  I’d like to continue to be as agile as I’ve been fortunate enough to be for the last few years.  I like the freedom to be able to express through different mediums, as the conventions of the mediums and the way projects are experienced serve very different creative purposes.  Some stories work best as prose, while others function better as interactive experiences.  Sometimes a three minute piano melody says more than a two hour, blockbuster film.  Sometimes the visual stimulus is transportive in a way that no other medium could hope to be.  So as far as career goals, I’d like to be in a position where I can continue to pursue any and all of these, dependent upon where "sadistic Muse" leads.   
La Libertad:  What projects are you working on next? 
Joe:  Actually, the next project is tangentially related to The New 8-bit Heroes documentary, and the Mystic Searches N.E.S. game that was created as part of it.  Over the course of the project, we were forced to develop tools to create our new N.E.S. game.  After showing them off, we found that many people were interested in these tools and have decided to make a suite of N.E.S. development tools that will be available to the public so that others can make their own cartridge based games without spending multiple years of primer getting used to the language syntax and the console’s limitations and all the prohibitive elements of working with
such an archaic system.
 
La Libertad:  What would you like to tell our readers about the details of the October 20th screening in Los Angeles?  
Joe:  We’re very happy to return to L.A. on our way up to the Portland Retro Gaming Expo.  The film will be playing at The Landmark Regent Theater at 1045 Broxton Avenue in Westwood.  Prior to the screening, we will be demoing parts of the game, the N.E.S. development tool, and having an informal meet and greet and Q and A, and this all will start around 7 p.m., with the movie beginning at 8. 
La Libertad:  What links would you like to share? 
Joe:  A lot of information can be found at our main site, which is


www.TheNew8bitHeroes.com

For Facebook users:


Facebook.com/TheNew8bitHeroes

And for Twitter:


https://twitter.com/new8bitheroes
La Libertad:  What else, if anything, would you like to tell our readers?
Joe:  This project has been very involved.  It’s a game; it’s tools
Joe Granato IV
Joe Granato IV
developed to make the game; it’s a documentary about the process; it’s a documentary about a very esoteric interest.  But it really goes beyond that as a frame story.  I’d think that anyone who is a creative of any type, who has ever felt disenchanted or disappointed or frustrated with their art, would likely identify with the film.  Despite it being about creating a new video game for an obsolete system on the surface, that is really more at the core of what the film is about.


Introduction by Josh Mitchell and
William Mortensen Vaughan