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Love in the Time of Monsters is a brilliant fun flick and I recommend it wholeheartedly.

Now that Love in the Time of Monsters has been out for consumption, the reviews are rolling in. I decided to pick out my favorite quotes from said reviews and share them with you. Take my word for it, the reviews are really fun and mostly awesome! I've linked each quote to the review in case you want to read more. But really, who needs more with all of this awesome?

"There are a ton of goddamn Bigfoots walking around, the gore is top notch and absolutely relentless....Love in the Time of Monsters is a genuinely funny and blood splattered film for the ages. That may sound a bit excessive, but I assure you  – it’s not." Read more on Modern Horrors...

"In some ways, it feels like a really crazy videogame where the challenges to our heroes get increasingly harder and more difficult for them to deal with." Read more on Best Horror Movies...

"For the entire 97-minute runtime, I stopped playing Total War and just watched....the sheer amount of charm and fun that is crammed into this movie makes it almost impossible to hate. Even if you don’t love this movie, I don’t see anyone but killjoys and psychopaths having a bad time watching it." Read more on Dread Central...

"Turns out my worries were all for naught as Love in the Time of Monsters is a film able to mix comedy, horror, fun, and gore in a way that is as rare to find as Bigfoot itself. " Read more on AICN...

"Writer Michael Skvarla expresses a mildly genius ability to create a story that is fun, full of energy, and fast-paced with characters and situations that are truly entertaining." Read more on A Southern Life in Scandalous Times ...

And if you aren't convinced yet...

"It's got heart, laughs, scares, a fantastic cast, wonderful writing, romance, assured and competent direction AND a zombie moose. Now, I'm not saying this has something for everyone... hang on, that's exactly what I'm saying. Love in the Time of Monsters is a brilliant fun flick and I recommend it wholeheartedly. This is not one to miss!" Read more on Hickey's House of Horrors...

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You can now watch the ever-anticipated movie of the year, Love in the Time of Monsters, on iTunes, Amazon, DVD through BestBuy or VOD!

You can now watch the ever-anticipated movie of the year, Love in the Time of Monsters! Available streaming, on DVD, or video-on-demand (VOD) through your cable provider.

iTunes http://tinyurl.com/litomitunes 

Amazon http://amzn.com/B00TPJEW9C 

BestBuy http://tinyurl.com/litombestbuy 

Check out the movie and let us know what you think in the review sections of the sites or right here.

Today is a big day for us at Love in the Time of Monsters. We have three bigfoot-sized announcements coming your way! Jump on over to Bloody-Disgusting for the Exclusive Announcements about the film.  And here... because you begged I'll give you the first one!

a Love in the Time of Monsters themed Music Video: Magnum Love by Thünderdikk  

I want to look back and note all of the amazingly talented people I've worked with over the last year and give you an update on each film and series. So here's the quick run-down in the best format I could conjure up.

Love in the Time of Monsters - horror comedy

Highlight: Working with all of my University of Arizona friends on such a big endeavor! 

Accomplished: Film is complete and our Trailer is online! We hosted Private Screenings in Los Angeles, CA, Crescent City, CA & Tucson, AZ for Cast, Crew and Colleagues. We signed with reps at Circus Road Films.  We've been featured on Ain't it Cool News, Dread Central and in Sci-Fi Magazine!

Looking Forward: Film Festival Premiere (announcement coming January 29th), Thunderdikk Music Video Party and Release (coming soon!), more festivals around the world and distribution so our fans can finally see this bloody masterpiece!

Visit the website, Read the blog, Like on Facebook, Subscribe on YouTube, Follow on Twitter

42 Seconds of Happiness - drama 

Highlight: Working with writer/director Christina Kallas who is fearless and brilliant.

Accomplished: Completed a fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo to fund our shoot. We shot the feature film in five days and it was amazing; unlike any film I've ever been a part of.  We have an editor working on the cut and we're seeking grants for finishing funds. Juggling People in Love in NYC and Writers Improv Studio.

Looking Forward: Bringing on the rest of our post production team. Hopefully receiving Finishing Funds for post and getting the word out to online distributors and film festivals about the film.  Perk fulfillment in the works for our donors.  Christina and I have already begun discussing plans for the next feature (aahhhh!)

Visit the website, Like on Facebook, Follow the hashtag on Twitter #42SecondsMovie

Ablution - drama

Highlight: Meeting Writer/Director Parisa Barani and being a part of this brave film.

Accomplished: Successful Kickstarter campaign raised enough money ($18,000+) to shoot the film!

Looking Forward: I can't wait to shoot this film and introduce the world to Parisa's voice.

Like it on Facebook, Follow on Twitter

American Terror - action drama

Highlight: Hosting our first table read with talented US Veterans/Actors.

Accomplished: Our IndieGoGo Campaign allowed us to hire a writer, David Taylor, and grant writer, Aliza Pearl, to help us through the next stage of development. We had our first table read and invaluable feedback from US Veteran contacts. 

Looking Forward: We can't wait to finalize our screenplay, apply for grant money and get financing in place so we can go into production!  Perk fulfillment in the works for our donors.

Like it on Facebook, Follow on Twitter

PAWDCasts: Pilar and the World of Dogs - hosted

Highlight: Directing an entire season of a show co-created with friend, Pilar Kuhn.

Accomplished: Completed 23 episodes of dog care tips. Attended the South Bay Kennel Club Dog Show in August. 

Looking Forward: We're planning topics and shooting dates for Season 2. Looking into brand sponsorship as well as launching a PSA campaign. 

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Producing Juliet - drama

Highlight: Working with Tina Cesa Ward again and joining the production in person in December for our second shoot!

Accomplished: 250,000 views on our first two episodes in a few weeks. Featured in Curve Magazine (Dec 2013 pg 68), After Ellen, Huffington Post and many other publications.  The fabulous Rochelle Dancel launched our Stage Stories website and we have some amazing stories you should check out! Watch Cast Conversations with our talented cast. Tina and I were interviewed on The Cutting Room Floor with Casey Ryan.

Looking Forward: We're launching Ep 3 on January 15th and Ep 4 on January 29th (so make sure you subscribe!) and hope to shoot more in the near future.

Visit the website, Like it on Facebook, Follow on Twitter

Lookbook - drama

Highlight - Finally getting a chance to work with writer/director Bernie Su!

Accomplished: Kicked off the series launch with a packed party in Hollywood. Launched nine episodes on Lookbook.nu to a very engaged and hungry audience. Great coverage of our release across the web including The Hollywood Reporter and Tubefilter. Brand sponsorship and donations (because who can do a show about fashion without fashion brand involvement?!)

Visit the website and watch, Like on Facebook, Follow on Twitter

The Ladies and the Gents - comedy

Highlight: Being able to write for a series that I'm not producing. While I would have loved to be in town and direct my episodes, being a writer only this time was a welcomed treat!

Accomplished: Wrote two episodes of The Ladies (Our Song and Rag Doll). Attended a packed launch party for the show. Episodes are online now for your viewing pleasure!

Looking Forward: I can't wait to hear what The Ladies and the Gents does next! Where ever they decide to go, I definitely want to be involved.

Visit the website, Like it on Facebook, Follow on Twitter

My Gimpy Life - comedy

Highlight: Meeting and working with the lovely Teal Sherer!

Accomplished: Shot 4 episodes of My Gimpy Life Season 2. Got to work with some great actors including Mindy Sterling and Geri Jewell. Finally got to work with director Sean Becker.

Looking Forward: My Gimpy Life Season 2 launch dates coming soon so keep an eye out!

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Brian Majestic: Dinosaur Hunter - comedy

Highlight: Seeing Rob Gokee and Brian Majestic successfully complete their IndieGoGo Campaign in 4 days!

Accomplished: Successful fundraising campaign. Casting talented people like Sheila Daley and Daryl Crittenden to accompany the rest of the cast. Bringing on a small but dedicated crew.

Looking Forward: Locking Locations and shooting this crazy show!

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Cost of Capital - drama

Highlight: Working with Goldie Chan and Brian DeChesare on Season 2 plans.

Accomplished: Hired writer, Douglas Stark, to work with us on Season 2 and it's currently in the works!

Looking Forward: Hopefully shooting Season 2 this year!

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What's Your Healthy? - hosted

Highlight: Working with My Damn Channel & Aetna on this show.

Accomplished: Shot 10 episodes of What's Your Healthy? and six of the 10 are online.

Looking Forward: Four more episodes going up soon and hopefully more productions in the future.

Subscribe to the channel, follow hashtag #AetnaMyHealthy

New Projects

I can't talk about some of the other projects I have in the works - YET. But what I do know is 2014 is going to rock even more than 2013. Let's do this!

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Thanks for your support.

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et nuts and bolts advice from actors and directors who are successfully producing ultra-low budget films and web series. Pick up tips on getting your feature distributed or your webisode sponsored.
Shooting on a Shoestring, Distributing on a Dime
 
Get nuts and bolts advice from actors and directors who are successfully producing ultra-low budget films and web series.  Pick up tips on getting your feature distributed or your webisode sponsored. Panelists include: Joe Gold and Tammy Caplan, Desperate Acts of Magic; J.C. Calciano and Matt Solari, Is It Just Me?; John Alan Simon and Elizabeth Karr,Radio Free Albemuth; and Allison Vanore and Andy Gunn, Love in the Time of Monsters.
 
When: 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013
 Where: SAG-AFTRA
James Cagney Boardroom – Lobby Level
5757 Wilshire Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Thrilled to have the film back in town, locals Jenny Young and other cast and crew threw down the red carpet, invited the entire city, and then planned a big after party. We had 300 people show up for the screening which played in three theatres that night and the reaction was nothing short of amazing.

After spending close to a month up in the redwood forest of Del Norte county and nearby Crescent City in May of 2012, the cast (Doug Jones, Jeff Turner) and filmmakers of Love in the Time of Monsters returned with a finished film the weekend of September 7, 2013.  Thrilled to have the film back in town, locals Jenny Young and other cast and crew threw down the red carpet, invited the entire city, and hosted an after party.  We had 300 people show up for the screening which played in three theatres that night and the reaction was nothing short of amazing.  To read more about the reaction from Crescent City you can catch the latest article from the Triplicate here:

Crescent City gets taste of Hollywood at movie screening

Some photos from the event - Sept. 7, 2013

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Ben Turner and Jeff Turner (as Bigfoot Kid Wes)

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Doug Jones (plays Dr. Lincoln) and Matt Jackson (Director)

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Rob Gokee (Composer) and wife Allison Vanore (Producer)

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The Lobby of the Crescent City Theatre on Screening Night - Sept. 7, 2013

This year with post-production in its final weeks, we set off to the 2012 American Film Market at the Lowes Santa Monica Hotel with a kick-ass sizzle reel of our soon-to-be-completed film.

When we talk about filmmaking we normally talk about 3 stages: pre-production, production and post-production. All very important stages, however, there are things before and after these 3 stages that make or break a film's success: development and distribution.

Luckily for the Love in the Time of Monsters producing team, we had a successful development process which included testing the waters at The American Film Market in 2011. We asked questions, pitch our "in development" film to 50 distributors and took in all the insight and tips we could get.

This year with post-production in its final weeks, we set off to the 2012 American Film Market at the Lowes Santa Monica Hotel with a kick-ass sizzle reel of our soon-to-be-completed film. The relationships we forged last year paid off and we now have distributors and agents alike vying to see the completed film. So what's next? Finish the film, hopefully screen at a large festival and sell the film to the highest bidder. I can't wait.

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I'm in production with TBC Films up in the redwoods with limited phone and internet access We're shooting away and it's been amazing!

I'm in production with TBC Films up in the redwoods with limited phone and internet access We're shooting away and it's been amazing! To keep up on a daily basis with the goings on for Love in the Time of Monsters see Uncle Slavko's Fun Time Blog. I've been blogging away lately over there under the alias "Andy Gunn." You know, one of the producers who mysteriously disappeared but not before giving me his login info...ha!

For a taste, check these out!

Don't Worry, We're Alive!

A Tale of Two Days

Come See Bigfoot!

Who Works for Uncle Slavko?

And one of the Video Blogs narrated by me, Allison Vanore and created by Ben Turner: Swampy Scowly

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So what draws me to Love in the Time of Monsters? Well, it's a great script for one (thanks to long time friend, Michael Skvarla). Second, the leads are women...

LITOM PosterI think back to the 80s and early 90s... my sisters and I were big into movies and had a huge collection of tapes (VHS) in drawers.  They were mostly recorded movies and shows off of the television.  We watched them over and over.  I know my parents wouldn't let us watch scary movies - or at least they would attempt to keep us from watching.  "No way!" to Friday the 13th, Halloween, Chucky, Gremlins, etc.  However, movies like Howard the Duck and The Peanut Butter Solution, Dark Crystal, Interview with a Vampire and Labyrinth were okay - though watching them now as an adult I wonder how these movies slipped past my parents. Other films I did see: Poltergeist I, II, and III, The Exorcist, Silence of the Lambs, Pet Sematary, It, Tremors, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Death Becomes Her, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Frankenstein, The Craft, Fear, Scream....  You get the picture.

So what draws me to Love in the Time of Monsters?  Well, it's a great script for one (thanks to long time friend, Michael Skvarla).  Second, the leads are women and they rock.  Third, the themes of the movie are sacrifice, courage, forgiveness, and Zombie Bigfoots.  (Okay Zombie Bigfoots isn't a theme but it should be!!)  Fourth, the amazing people we're pulling together for this film.  It's guaranteed to be fantastic. 

Introducing the director, Matt Jackson, a good friend and dedicated filmmaker - I'm so excited to watch him on this journey!  Andy Gunn - Producer and ring-leader - I worked with Andy and Matt on Background(ed) about 4 years ago and after numerous awards and festivals I'm happy to be making another film with them.  

Our Cast: So far we've got Kane Hodder - the guy who has played Jason in the last four Friday the 13th movies.  Kane is also our stunt coordinator and he's bringing along a bunch of his best stunt guys to play a handful of other key stunt performing roles in the film.  We've got Doug Jones - the guy who has played a million creatures (okay a million is a slight exaggeration) such as Fauno in Pan's Labyrinth and Abe Sapien in Hellboy.  The rest of our cast is growing - more juicy details to come in the near future.

Then we've got behind-the-scenes guys and girls with credits such as Thor, Hatchet, The Avengers, Transformers, Jeepers Creepers, and Dragon Age.  Every day we are joined by more and more skilled and gifted people.  And the best part - as if that wasn't enough, they are all damn cool, down to earth people and I'm excited to spend a few weeks up in the redwoods with them all.  We may never return.

So just to recap: Love in the Time of Monsters is oozing awesome.

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