Double, double, toil and trouble…

Double, double, toil and trouble has been my theme since the end of last year. I haven’t posted a blog since then because, you know…LIFE happens. And death. Unfortunately, in January, my hubby’s mom suddenly passed away and we’re just now coming to grips with it and re-emerging from our grief.

For months I was unable to do anything creative and whenever I did try, it was pathetic and made me feel even less motivated. Then Russia started the war in Ukraine and, of course that triggered my anxiety for my family overseas and only piled on. I barely made it out of the house to my part time job and just wanted to stay under my rock and hide. However, one good thing I learned from past bouts of depression is that nothing lasts forever, good or bad times! And, of course, it turned out to be true.

Slowly, I emerged from my self-imposed abyss, but man, it was ROUGH! I saw the first glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel at my birthday bonfire and was touched by so many friends coming to celebrate with me. You have no idea how much that meant to me! Then, first weekend in April I went to WonderCon in Anaheim and felt myself thriving and really coming out of my shell, finally! I met and re-connected with lots of creative people and found my motivation again! As a matter of fact, on my second day there, I decided to start my ‘daily doodles’ again! I had to force myself a few days in between, but it didn’t take long until that creative urge settled in again and made itself at home in my daily life. I can’t recommend it enough: Do something creative every day – paint, draw, write – even just for ten minutes! Make it a habit and watch what happens! I first did this about 8 years ago; and besides painting it also inspired me to write my first scripts and then it just snowballed into so much more! My mistake was letting it go when I thought I didn’t need it anymore because I was always involved in at least one type of project. Learned that lesson!

So, let’s get to the fun stuff – I have lots of updates!

• First off, I’ll return to the San Diego Comic-Con Art Show and this year it will be in person again, yayyy! SDCC runs from July 21st – 24th. Stay tuned for more details down the road!

You can now watch all three of my short films: The Appointment, Things We Dig and The Test on YouTube! Go ‘like’ them and feel free to share on social media! It never hurts to get a few more eyes on them.

• Speaking of short films….Things We Dig won the Silver Award in the Horror Short Film section at the Munich Independent Star Film Fest late last year; and it finally arrived in the mail – thank you to my sis in Germany for safeguarding it!

Congratulations again to my rockstar cast and crew! Prost!

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• I decided to start a fun newsletter giving my two cents on finding your own creative ‘dark side’ and whatever updates on current projects I’m working on – in part to hold myself accountable and keep a schedule. My plan is to publish one every two weeks. Can I keep it up? We shall see! Depends how much interest there is, too – maybe you wanna subscribe? If yes, please do it here. Otherwise, keep checking this blog (which you can also subscribe to, but fair warning: it’s not updated regularly). Come on…what’s a little more email spam? But seriously, if you DO subscribe…might wanna check your spam folder cause Gmail isn’t messing around and might relegate my stuff to the dustbin of history before it even gets a chance to shine!

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• Oh, and one more thing – most urgent and time sensitive! I will display/sell art at Secret Morgue: Witches’ Night Edition on Saturday, April 30th – also known as Walpurgisnacht! Secret Morgue is such a cool annual event here in San Diego! It hasn’t been held since 2019, thanks to the pandemic, and the theme was aliens, as in sci-fi creatures. I had such a blast and can’t wait to see what the Film Geeks and Beth Accomando are conjuring up this time! This year it’s all about witches… and of course, when Beth asked me if I had any art relating to this theme I just couldn’t resist! There will be six films (which you won’t find out about the titles until you get there, but they’re all witch-related…hence “secret morgue”, get it?), two meals (Bombay Coast returns!), a talk about witches in history from SDSU professor Dr. Elizabeth Pollard, art show, and raffle prizes. You will also have a chance to purchase a ticket to the Comic-Con Museum for 50% off and there will be a raffle for witchy prizes too! Get your tickets here before they sell out …(they have every year so far)!

See you there!

That’s it for now – phew, it felt good to get all that out! Till next time – or subscribe to my newsletter mentioned above! Have a great weekend!

Ppppia

Look Ma, I’m on TV!

I made TV news in San Diego, thanks to KPBS Film and Art Critic Beth Accomando! We chatted about my film Things We Dig, my visual art, Halloween, and our common love for horror and being ghoul geeks!

You can read the awesome online write-up here:

San Diego Filmmakers Gets World Premiere At Screamfest LA

Or check out the aired segment itself:

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Full disclosure – Beth was instrumental in helping me get props for the film AND she made a quick cameo:

Beth Accomando as a creepy dead clown in ‘Things We Dig’

This is making my favorite season (Halloween season) even better, thank you Beth!

Stay healthy, stay yummy, everybody!

Bits and pieces round up

Hi everybody, including my lurkers! ;)

As promised/threatened in my “Giving Thanks”  post, here’s the latest on what I’ve been up to over the last few months. It’s been a whirlwind ride for sure!

In August I flew overseas for a way long overdue reunion with family and friends in Germany! I saw my brand new niece, celebrated a birthday and a big wedding anniversary shindig. Needless to say…lots of happy tears!

Then in September, I finally got to cross an item of my bucket list: Visit the H.R. Giger Museum and the adjacent Giger bar in Gruyères, Switzerland! Add Gruyères cheese and a tour of the Gruyères Castle and the dream is complete! I’ve been planning and saving for this trip for years and it was worth every second! It almost seems like an amazing dream several months later! So grateful we could make this all happen!

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The feature drama The Samuel Project has been making its film festival rounds and one of the screenings was at the San Diego Film Festival in October. Of course I couldn’t pass up the chance to re-unite with some of the cast and crew! I wrote a bit about the work I did on The Samuel Project in previous posts here and here.

SamuelProjectGroupPHotoFrom left to right: Steve Weinberger, Lilinda Camaisa, myself, Ryan Ochoa, Malina Moye, Casey Nicholas Price, director Marc Fusco, Catherine Siggins and Hal Linden.

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Of course, I HAD to fly my horror freak flag during Halloween season! Shenanigans included doing a little acting in Beth Accomando’s annual (and by now notorious) Halloween haunt. This year’s theme was Death Row Execution – Ride the Lightning, and I played a prison ward who straps a demon-obsessed inmate to the electric chair.

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Photo credit: Dante Moran

Good times, mwuahahaha… Of course, you can see more pics on my instagram!

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Just a few days later, on November 3rd, I got to be one of the panelists of SAM 2018 (Storytelling Across Media) moderated by that same Beth Accomando (KPBS Cinema Junkie podcaster) and it was a blast! The event as described in the program:

Storytelling in Film – Independent filmmakers Fernando Jay Huerto (Harley, Finest City Showdown), Neal and Jana Hallford (A Case of Evil), Michael Foster (Hush), Jonathan Hammond (Isabel), and Pia Thrasher (The Appointment) will discuss what influences their approach to telling a story and why they choose to work in film. They will also address how personal identity, genre selection, and budget can impact the filmmaking process and the narrative we see on screen.

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I was delighted to find a short bio of myself that Beth added to the printed program: “Pia Thrasher is a visual artist with a flair for capturing macabre beauty, and her film acting and directing also reveal a penchant for dark themes.”……. *squeee* I love it, cause it’s so dead on!

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I was really nervous at first, but once the discussion started and my focus was on the subject of filmmaking and being in the moment, I relaxed and had a great time with my fun fellow panelists. I hope it was informative and useful for the audience!

 

I even got my own sign! I’m afraid Beth created a monster by inviting me…cause I COULD TOTALLY GET USED TO THIS! :)

 

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Of course there was/is some film acting, too! We’re getting closer to wrapping up my role as a detective in ‘Penance‘, a horror/thriller feature film. For a suspenseful ‘breach and clear’ scene, we received some real tactical training by pros and worked really hard for this to make it look as legit as possible. Just another reason I love acting – you never stop learning!

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Director approved BTS pics of training (back in the summer), recent shoot and wrap (for that day)

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That’s it for now, all caught up, yay! My focus is now back on my own short film Things We Dig! Till next time – thanks for reading!