Center Stage with Mark Gordon features interviews with directors, writers, producers, and actors from the world of film, music, theatre, books, and performing arts.
THE MORTUARY COLLECTION
Ryan Spindell talks about his smartly-crafted horror anthology THE MORTUARY COLLECTION.
Set in the phantasmagorical town of Raven's End, THE MORTUARY COLLECTION, follows a misguided young girl who takes refuge in a decrepit old mortuary. There she meets Montgomery Dark, an eccentric undertaker with more than a few skeletons in his closet. Montgomery chronicles the strange history of the town through a series of twisted tales, each more terrifying than the last, but the young girl's world is unhinged when she discovers that the final story...is her own.
THE MORTUARY COLLECTION is currently available on VOD, Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray.
Written and directed by Ryan Spindell ("50 States of Fright," The Babysitter Murders), THE MORTUARY COLLECTION stars Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, Thor: Ragnarok), Caitlin Custer ("Teen Wolf," "Swingtown"), Christine Kilmer ("Hollywood," "Shameless"), and Jacob Elordi (The Kissing Booth franchise, "Euphoria").
The People VS Agent Orange
Alan Adelson and Kate Taverna came Center Stage to talk bout their latest documentary THE PEOPLE VS AGENT ORANGE
The Agent Orange catastrophe did not end with the Vietnam War. Today, the world over, a primary chemical of the toxic defoliant controls weeds in farming, forestry, parks, playgrounds… It wreaks havoc on the human genome, causing deformed births and deadly cancers.
After decades of struggle and tragic personal losses, two heroic women are leading a worldwide movement to end the plague and hold the manufacturers accountable. In France, Tran To Nga is suing the American chemical industry for poisoning her in Vietnam. In America, Carol Van Strum exposes the continuing use of toxic herbicides. Incriminating documents disappear. Activists are threatened. A helicopter technician secretly films the contamination of reservoirs, while a massive industrial cover-up goes on.
Show Me What You Got
Svetlana Cvetko and David Scott Smith came Center Stage with Mark Gordon to talk about the new film SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT. The film follows three twentysomethings. They form a wholehearted ménage à trois, finding joy together by joining political protests, making art, and falling deeper into their unconventional love until one must return to Italy. Their experience threatens the delicate balance of their relationship in this film that sparks with the restless energy of the French New Wave.
Ben Hozie Center Stage
Ben Hozie talks about his latest film PVT CHAT on Center Stage with Mark Gordon. Hozie states, "PVT CHAT is an attempt to understand this epoch's stimulation addiction and the philosophical ramifications of this stimulation transaction economy. It is also an attempt to bring film eroticism into the 21st century ----> I wanted to film masturbation and fantasy in a way that I've never seen at the cinema: raw, honest, and un-glamorous. Sex in cinema is often just cheap titillation or a quick stop-gap in between plot. I wanted to film sex in a way that reveals something about its ordinary everyday-ness. This couldn't have been achieved without Peter Vack (Jack) and Julia Fox's (Scarlet) cinematic courage. The film was entirely funded by money I received when my mother passed away in 2017 ---> thus in some ways it is also a movie about its own making and by extension is a movie about mourning. It deals with heavy thematics but I wanted the film to also be buoyant ---> it is ultimately a romance and a salvo against cine-nihilism.
M.C. ESCHER: JOURNEY TO INFINITY
Marijnke de Jong and Robin Lutz discuss their latest documentary M.C.ESCHER: JOURNEY TO INFINITY
M.C. Escher: Journey To Infinity is the story of world famous Dutch graphic artist M.C Escher (1898-1972). Equal parts history, psychology, and psychedelia, Robin Lutz’s entertaining, eye-opening portrait gives us the man through his own words and images: diary musings, excerpts from lectures, correspondence and more are voiced by British actor Stephen Fry, while Escher’s woodcuts, lithographs, and other print works appear in both original and playfully altered form. Two of his sons, George (92) and Jan (80), reminisce about their parents while musician Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills & Nash) talks about Escher’s rediscovery in the 1970s. The film looks at Escher’s legacy: one can see tributes to his work in movies, in fiction, on posters, on tattoos, and elsewhere throughout our culture; indeed, few fine artists of the 20th century can lay claim to such popular appeal.
Braden Duemmler finds WHAT LIES BELOW pure terror
Braden R. Duemmler came Center Stage with Mark Gordon to talk about his first feature film, WHAT LIES BELOW, an eerie tale of family, love, and trust. The film follows Liberty, a socially awkward 16-year-old, who returns home from two months at camp to find her mother living with John Smith, a charming and intelligent man with perfect teeth and a chiseled body. His good looks captivate Liberty, but she soon realizes a deception lurking behind the man who may be too perfect to be human.