Enter spooky season

Hi everybody – how’s your summer? Still scorching … or sizzling out? It’s been a busy, up and down summer for me, so I figured it’s time to do another blog update.

Ok, first off – San Diego Comic-Con was a blast – and the Art Show was back too! It felt good to be back in person and I even sold an original painting, yay! Thank you to my supporters for showing up – you are my life blood. What made it even sweeter is the fact that I didn’t catch the Con-Crud or the Rona!

Two resident aliens (see what I did there?)

But then, just two days after Comic-Con ended, I found out about the sudden death of Micah Minor – a talented and promising filmmaker and friend. We worked and helped on each other’s projects several times over the years; and he was part of the crew for my short films The Appointment and Things We Dig. Unfortunately, his exit was not a big surprise to most of us who knew him, but it rattled and shocked us nonetheless. This one hit hard. I am so tired (and angry) of losing friends to mental illness.

RIP Micah – you are missed and I’ll never forget you and the good times we had on set!

The next day, I had to be on the set for the over the top comedy ‘Sinderella‘, directed by my good friend David Ruiz. I got to play the wicked stepmother and I managed to immerse myself into the role and bring out the bitch in me. I mean…how can that not be fun? And I was surrounded by a talented cast – it felt great being on the set again. I can’t wait to see the premiere later this year!

Did you finish all your chores?

Just when you thought you’d never hear me talk about Things We Dig again, there’s still life left in it! I’m happy to announce that my short horror comedy is nominated for FOUR awards at the 8th Annual San Diego Film Awards! And the nominees are: Elsa Mickelsen for Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Ty Marie Frost for Best Makeup/Hair, and our youngest actor Morgan Marlow for Best Emerging Actor! Congratulations and crossing all my digits for you! You can attend the Awards Show on Friday (tomorrow starting at 6pm, sorry for the short notice) at the MOPA in Balboa Park OR watch it televised on KPBS at 10pm.


Coming up in September – not to be missed:

Secret Morgue 3.1: When Animals Attack!

If you’ve been to the previous editions (Secret Morgue: Aliens and Secret Morgue: Witches’ Night) by the Film Geeks SD, you know you’re in for a treat!

From their page: “Your ticket will get you 4 films, 1 meal (Lefty’s Pizza), introductions by scientists, art show, photo opps, popcorn (while supply lasts), Bonkers Ass Cinema author selling and signing books, and trivia prizes. Doors open at noon for check in and marathon will end at 10:00 PM.

Not only am I looking forward to watching (surprise …TBA) horror flicks, but also yummy food, catching up with friends; and I’ll have a painting or two up for sale in the Art Show! So, go get a ticket and see ya there!

Where/when: Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park! SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2022 AT 12 PM – 10 PM

In closing – I’m still going strong with my newsletter Pia Shares Her Dark Half and even picked up a new subscriber or two! Go check it out and hit that share or even subscribe button – thankee! I also spruced up my Buy me a Coffee page and started adding moar BTS stuff and free stickers for my supporters. You rock! Thanks again for all your love!

That’s it for today – it’s time for my favorite time of the year: Halloween season!!! Till spooky time – stay frosty!

xoxo,

Pia

More Appointment Love at San Diego Film Week 2017!

I am happy to announce that my first short film “The Appointment“, which I wrote, produced, acted in, and co-directed with my filmmaker friend Jared Jacobsen, will be screened during San Diego Film Week 2017 in February!!! Congrats again to my cast and crew – so proud!!!  

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It will be screened as the opener of the film block ‘A Woman’s Place‘ at 8pm on February 13th at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in beautiful Balboa Park, San Diego, California. I feel very honored to be in the company of such a great lineup of short films, including ‘Holy‘, a music video by singers and LGBT activists Alicia Champion and Danielle LoPresti, directed by San Diego filmmaker Michael Brueggemeyer, in which I helped out as a production assistant. Click on this link to buy tickets for the whole block!

Come check it all out and support local filmmakers! Here’s the film block FB event and here is the whole film fest schedule – something for everybody!

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The Germans are coming!

It’s about time – San Diego has its first German Film Festival and I’m happily involved as a volunteer! Yaay!

I’m so excited about this, being German and all, so naturally I will promote the hell out of this event! It takes place on the weekend of October 22nd – 23rd  inside MOPA (Museum of Photographic Arts) in San Diego’s beautiful Balboa Park.


All the films are in the German language, but have no fear – they come with subtitles, of course. The offerings start with the funny and heartwarming festival opener ‘Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland‘ and end with the drama ‘Three‘ (‘Drei’), the latest film by director Tom Tykwer (most known for the awesome ‘Run Lola Run’) on Sunday evening. By the way, this festival is the ONLY opportunity to see ‘Three‘ on the big screen in all of San Diego. Yessss, we snagged it!

I’m especially looking forward to ‘Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland’ (directed by Yasemin Samdereli), a charming comedy about a Turkish family that immigrated to Germany. Being an immigrant myself and having lived in the U.S. for many years now, I remember very well all the emotions of being in a new country – the excitement and wonder, but also the confusion about your identity, the fear and separation anxiety after leaving your family and friends at ‘home’.

Of course I plan on sneaking into the screening of ‘Three’, being a huge Tom Tykwer fan, duh! Hey Tom, can I be in your next movie, pleeeaase?  (hey, it never hurts to ask, right? ;)

For the whole film line-up you can go to our Facebook Event Page or the festival’s webpage German Currents. For regular updates you can follow us on Twitter or ‘like’ German Current’s Facebook Page. And last, but not least, you can buy the tickets here.

Still photo from the Oscar-nominated short film ‘The Gruffalo’, which will screen Sunday October 23rd

So, help me spread the word, share, ‘like’, tweet as much as you can so that we can do this again next year and get even bigger! I hope to see you there – I promise you’ll have a great time!

Oh, and did I mention the opening night will have free Mediterranean food and German wines & beers?

HA! I got your attention NOW, don’t I?   ;)