August went by so fast! Lots of film and acting stuff happened!

Lemme start from the beginning!

On Friday the 13th, I released ‘The Test‘, my ‘pandemic baby’, a fun & punky crime short with a dash of very dark humor. Thanks for all the love and social media shares! It looks like you really liked it, which makes this a happy filmmaker!

Here’s a great review from the TG Geeks that just warmed my dark little heart:

Click here to read the whole article and review! Thank you so much Ben! And thanks for the 5 out of 5 shovels!

Of course, you can judge for yourself and just watch the short film right now!

I’m still amazed how quickly this short film came together, compared to the torturous four year process to get ‘Things We Dig‘ made! It was written, filmed and edited within 4 months while we still had our regular/thrival/essential worker jobs! Of course this one is so much shorter and simpler than Things We Dig. It felt like the universe gifted that one to me, starting with a light bulb moment that resulted in the script in no time! Then my film family came together, and before I knew it, we were in post production..and here we are!

Starring Deepti Kingra-Mickelsen and myself, written and directed by moi. Edited by ever patient mensch Peter Stoll and beautifully shot by Peter Kingra-Mickelsen on RED Helium Weapon with Lomo Foton Zoom and Rokinon 16mm Prime lenses!

Grab a friend, a snort of whiskey (or a non-booze bev for my abstaining frenz) and enjoy the 5-minute ride with a kickass soundtrack thanks to composer Eric Recourt and President Frankenstein.

Then there was this crazy last weekend, starting with Friday, when I got to play a pastor’s wife (Me! Hahahaha!…I really had to do some ACTING here, lol) in David Ruiz‘ next movie “The Other Pastor“.

I didn’t get to turn into a vampire (my horror peeps will get this reference), but it was a quickie shoot for me and so fun to re-connect with David, who made it his mission to cast me in all his film projects (for good luck, he said) ever since his first feature “Proctor” way back in 2004 (?) You still need to put the rest of your films on IMDb, David! As a matter of fact, he wrote his feature ‘Bad Guy One’ with me as one of the leads and filmed it as his second feature. I mostly remember rolling around in the dirt at night with sticky blood all over me! It’s a thriller about two female filmmakers who wind up being stalked by a rejected actor. Funny how life imitates art…sort of. Now I’m a filmmaker, but luckily, no crazy actor stalker (that I know of)! Anyways, I digress.

Then, Saturday I was part of team Kanari Storm for the 48HourFilmProject SanDiego. They sent me the script in the morning and in the afternoon I got to play my part in “Terrornovela“, directed by my filmmaker and actor friend Christine Gatlin. I can’t say much about it yet, as to not spoil anything, but I can say that our assigned genre was telenovela/soap opera and comedy. Need I say more? The cherry on top was that I got paired up with D. Candis Paule, who was a surprise actor addition to the team! Most film peeps in San Diego know her as the casting director in town and (thankfully) I have taken her actor workshops before. Naturally, I felt a bit extra pressure at first, but to my huge relief, it didn’t take long till we were knee deep into our characters and had a blast working together. We wound up wrapping at 4am-ish and I finally rolled into bed Sunday morning just as the birds started chirping outside. True vampire form right there!

Wanna see the short film? I haven’t seen it yet either and I can’t wait for its screening! Join me and Team Kanari Storm at Reading Cinemas in La Mesa on September 15th at 7pm! Make sure to check the 48HrFP page for details and screening dates/time of all the other teams as well.

One of the things I really enjoyed over that last weekend was that this time I “only” had to act! No wearing of several hats, no film production worries, no leading a cast and crew, no shotlist and continuity to worry about or losing a location! It was refreshing to only focus on one thing again. It made it even more enjoyable and freeing…Yay!

Ok, that’s enough for today, but I have one more nugget: Now that it has pretty much finished its film festival run, I will release my other short film ‘Things We Dig‘ out to the wild soon….very soon! Just in time for Halloween season!

That’ll be a separate post, so stay tuned!

May I…

…toot my horn a little? Since I don’t have hordes of fans (yet) to do it for me, I’ll just have to promote myself, knowwhaddimean? I’m sure once people make money off of me, that’ll change…at least I hope so!

Oh, did bitter Pia just slip out? Ohhh, or is it self doubt rearing its ugly head again?

But really, I SHOULD pat myself on the shoulder a little! Since this is a first for me, here it goes:

This is the first time that I have one project – a short film I wrote, directed and acted in, “Things We Dig” – in film festivals…

…another project – a screenplay I wrote, “Parcopresis” – in screenwriting competitions, mostly during film festivals…

…AND a third project – a short film I wrote, will direct and act in (universe willing..!) ‘The Test‘ – in pre-production and about to be filmed!

Talk about feeling just a teensy bit productive!

But you know me…never satisfied and never resting long on my laurels. It still irks me that my “painting phase” hasn’t come back yet since the pandemic hit. Le Sigh.

So, for those who give a damn, here’s the latest roundup and info on previously mentioned projects:

I just found out that my horror short script “Parcopresis” has been selected as a Screenplay Finalist for the Die Laughing Film Festival, which runs from May 28-29,2021 in Hollywood. Details are still being worked out. This one seems to be having a really good run right now! I actually had to fill out my profile on Coverfly (it’s a writer’s thing I wasn’t aware of until recently). So, Yay! Somebody wanna produce it? I can’t share the whole thing here, but this is the logline: When a quick trip to the restroom turns into your worst nightmare.”

THAT should give you an idea, haha!

Film Festival news for ‘Things We Dig’:

We just got selected for the End of Days Film Festival in Orlando, Florida. No screenings for this one due to the ongoing pandemic, but we are a Finalist for an award…I just don’t know yet which one! Official award winners will be announced via their Facebook page on May 15th, 2021. Crossing fingers!

The Night Terrors Film Festival in Denmark has been postponed a few times due to Covid19, but so far, it seems to still be on for May 13th (Aarhus) and May 14th (Copenhagen) with in-person screenings. Again, fingers crossed! The line up for their film selection is here. This will be our Denmark Premiere!

Update 5/6/2021: Just got the news the festival is happening as planned on May 13th and 14th – in person! Woohoo!

I’m not gonna say much about ‘The Test‘ because I’m superstitious and learned my lesson talking about my last project before we filmed it! So, in the meantime, you can ‘like’ its Facebook page, which will probably be the only social media source beside my blog. Hopefuly more updates with great news soon! Again, fingers friggin’ crossed!!!

Ok, that’s it for the latest news for this so far very exciting Spring/early Summer 2021! Cheers!

Immortaly yours,

Pia de los Muertos

Awards and nominations…oh myyy!

No, I’m not talking about the Golden Globes or Academy Awards…

Writing noms, acting awards.. pshaw… I never really cared about any of it before, but now that I’ve been nominated here and there, I’m suddenly very interested, lol!

I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that a short screenplay I wrote, “Parcopresis“, made it into the 2021 Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition! It is in the top 15% out of 952 submissions! Still pinching myself and yet, I’m daring to cross my fingers for the semi-finals in March.

Congratulations to all the other quarter-finalists and thank you Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition and your impressive (and a little intimidating) panel of judges!

To see the list of all the quarterfinalists, check out Killer Short’s website here.

And then there were the Hollywood Blood Horror Festival announcements earlier in January!

Big congratulations to our littlest vamp Morgan Marlow for winning Best Child/Young Actress! So deserved! You SLAYED it! Literally!

And finally, I’m beyond honored and thrilled to share Best Acting Duo with my co-star Jenn Larson! Looks like our bloody red wine-soaked rehearsals and improv sessions paid off! Thank you Hollywood Blood Horror Festival for our “Things We Dig” awards!

Huzzah!!! πŸΎπŸ§›β€β™€οΈπŸŽ‰