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I look back at my 2015 and I raise my gloves, ready to take on 2016!


Looking back at 2015, all I remember off hand are two things: 1- Greg Plitt died out of no where on January 17 of 2015 (a man who helped me get back on track via his site/videos years ago. His passing prompted me to go back to his site and once again he helped a lot this year) and my film THE SHELTER, which took over the bulk of my thoughts and efforts. The film resulted in some positive things like cool festival runs, positive reviews, meeting new people, making new contacts and new opportunities arising.

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Work hard – play hard. Always.

It also came with its fair share of hardships (that I will go into when all is said and done some day – I may write a book 🙂 ) and some trial by fire i.e. gaining further knowledge as to the current state of the film market through my mistakes. Shelter aside, I actually had to look back at my 2015 pictures to remind me of what else I did that year and yeah, I had yet another groovy year of doing what makes me happy: training, nature, my friends, traveling and challenging myself.

Top of my head here are some of my favorite personal moments of 2015!

Tackled one of the biggest mountains I have ever scaled. What a rush. I want more!
My dad got hit with larynx cancer early this year. I was sure he was gonzo. But the man fought and with the help of my family's support he rose back uo and lived further...
My dad got hit with larynx cancer early this year. I was sure he was a goner, but the man fought (respect) and with the help of our support, he prevailed. Happy to still have him around.
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In Paris, France with the Dead Shadows cast/crew for an autograph session. It was so cool to see everybody again, to be in Paris, a city that I love, and to spend time with the Cholewa clan aka awesome people.
The Shelter has its world premiere at Firghtfest in the UK. The critcis loved it - the public was half/half. It was a great moment to share with exec producer Berge Garabedian,
The Shelter had its world premiere at Frightfest in the UK and we got lots of solid reviews out of it.  It was a great moment to share with exec producer/buddy Berge Garabedian, Seeing old friends (Richard Cosgrove!) and drinking Trooper Ale were also big pluses 🙂
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Spent even more time at the lake house. Can’t go wrong when your time is all about nature, training, reading, exploring, writing and the water.
Although the Sitges Film Festival The Shelter screening didn’t go as well as I wanted it to for varied reasons (image problems on our DCP being one of them), I got to hang with my brother Mike Hostench, hit some fly parties, appreciated the setting once again, had fun with Rurik Salle and met new great peeps like Julien Seri and Pascal Sid. VIVA SITGES!
Eric Red and I worked on the same set together. I did photography and second unit directing/camera work. Although it was easily the lousiest set I had ever been on, it solidified my brotherhood with Eric Red. We survived this and remained hombres -we can survive anything. And for that and the experience - I was grateful...
Eric Red and I worked on the same set together for the first time time since 100 Feet. This time I did second unit directing/camera work and took on set pics. Without going into details;  the war that was this set solidified my brotherhood with Eric.  And for that and the experience – I was grateful…
The Shelter, which is a film that addresses spirituality or lack of, has been responsible for an eviloution in my own faith. Hence after Sitgges, I spend a week in Barcelona, and my borther Gnzalo Lopez and I woukd up havong a pilhramege. We visited an old church or old monestary every day for 7 days. Once all was said and done, I was a new man. Love you Gonz, till the next time!
Streamlining The Shelter, which is a film that addresses spirituality or lack of, has been responsible for an evolution in my own spiritual path. Hence after Sitges, I spend a week in Barcelona with my bro Gonzalo.  We wound up having a pilgrimage of sorts and I found it very rewarding.
Last but certainly not least; I was very happy to see that A Night of Horror programmer Dean Bertram respj nded so mcuh t The Shelter, enogh to screen i at his prestigious Fetsival. The crowd dug t and star Mcuhgael Pare won a career achievemnt award for his work n teh film. Twas a good ending for The Shelter in 2015
I was very happy to see The Shelter screen at the prestigious A Night of Horror Film Festival in Australia. The crowd dug it and star Michael Pare won a career achievement award for his work in the film. Twas a good ending for The Shelter in 2015
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At Greg Plitt’s place of death. It was very important for me to pay respect. He inspired/motivated me so much all year, it was the least I could do. It took hours to find the exact spot of his passing. Was worth it. RIP Legend.

In terms of negatives, I’m not one to dwell on those cause, well, what will that achieve? Nothing. I’ll just say that the odd energy around The Shelter gave me a run for my patience, maximum effort often led to maximum frustrations as opposed to results and knives stabbed in my back here and a severe “misjudgement of character on my part” there should be noted… nothing new at this point, people are people. Lastly, my 14 year old dog is on her way out (going deaf,  blind and very old) it’s coming and I am bracing myself… such is life. 🙁

My dog can't swim alone anymore...too old. I still have her work-out though. Use it or lose it.
My dog Toby can’t swim alone anymore…she’s too old. I still have her work-out though. Use it or lose it.

I feel very positive in terms of 2016 though (just got back from a stay in the wilderness – that always sets me right)! The Shelter will screen at a handful of Festivals and will lock distribution, am pumped to get my next film The Prize off the ground, I’m starting boxing again (after dealing with a stubborn tennis elbow in 2015 that got in my way, I finally healed it), I’ll be part of handful of exciting projects (as a writer and actor), already have some traveling on the horizon, mother nature is always in my plans and I will focus on awakening by creative side again, specially when it comes to writing for myself. Producing The Shelter in 2015 kind of numbed by creative juices, I won’t let that happen this year.  That’s it in a nutshell! Welcome to 2016 people! I leave you with my 2016 National Anthem:


My National Anthem for 2016!

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Old Number Seven has an encore @ AGG Extreme Fest!


UPDATE: The screening went very well! The audience loved it. Always nice to hear!

Gonzalo Lopez’ OLD NUMBER 7 (see trailer here) will probably get its last public screening on the 22nd of January, 2011 at 6 PM via AGG EXTREME FEST (which is supposed to be showing the best shorts of last year… hence it’s flattering). The screening will go down at the C. C. Garcilaso in Barcelona, Spain. OLD NUMBER 7 stars myself, Saida Lamas and Sergio Bernal. It was written by Gonzalo Lopez and myself. The flick was produced by Sweet Water Pictures, Aved Productions and yes, moi.

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OLD NUMBER 7 VS. THE RED HOURS in Brazil!

Funny how shit goes… my short film THE RED HOURS got accepted at the Cinefantasy International Film Festival (August 31st to September 12th) in Sao Paulo Brazi recently. What I didn’t know was that director Gonzalo Lopez submitted our short OLD NUMBER 7 to that same Festival and it got accepted, hence I will be in competition with myself… why not!

Old Number 7 is about: Roy (John Fallon), a no nonsense kind of guy, arrives from the United States in Barcelona on a mission of retribution. He’s there to confront his wife, Mariona (Saida Lamas), who aborted their baby without his consent, and to clear the air with his brother Gonzalo (Sergio Bernal) who has since began an intimate relationship with his wife. Unbeknownst to all of them though, there is a ruthless killer at large and powerful supernatural forces looming around them.

OLD NUMBER 7 stars Saida Lamas, Sergio Bernal and myself. It was written by Gonzalo Lopez and I. It was produced by Sweet Water Pictures, Aved Productions and my company Fallon Productions. See the TRAILER here. Dates and time when I get them!

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Old Number 7 @ the Malta International Film Festival!

oldnumber7-2The short film I did with Gonzalo Lopez   OLD NUMBER 7 (see trailer here) seems to be on fire. It just screened at the Filmets – Festival Internacional de Badalona and now it just got accepted at the Malta International Film Festival. And what makes it even more exciting for me, FINALLY, it will be the Fallon approved FINAL CUT that is screened. Due to bad luck and mis-communications, only the first cut of OLD NUMBER 7 has be screened so far, so now peeps will be able to see it the way it was intended. There is a Lord! OLD NUMBER 7 stars this jerk, the sexy Saida Lamas and the talented Sergio Bernal. It was written by Gonzalo Lopez and myself. The flick was produced by Sweet Water Pictures, Aved Productions and my company Fallon productions. Dates and time when I get them!

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Old Number Seven does Filmets Fest in Spain!

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The short film I did with Gonzalo Lopez; our ode to giallos  OLD NUMBER 7 (see trailer here) didn’t get as much press as say The Red Hours or Deaden but that doesn’t mean I am not  proud of it (still needs a pro sound mix IMO though) and it continues trucking on. The flick has just been selected  in the 35th edition of Filmets – Festival Internacional de Badalona. It will be in competition. The film will be screened on November 12, at 21:00, in the Zorrilla Theater, C/Canonge Baranera, 17; as part of the International Fiction Competion. Get more INFO HERE cabrones! OLD NUMBER 7 stars my sorry ass, the sexy Saida Lamas and the talented Sergio Bernal. It was written by Gonzalo Lopez and myself. The flick was produced by Sweet Water Pictures, Aved Productions and this twat.

We hope to see you there!

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OLD NUMBER 7 @ Filmets!

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After its stint at the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL, my short flick with GONZALO LOPEZ OLD NUMBER 7 will now be screening in competition at the FILMETS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL on NOVEMBER 12TH at 21:00 at the Zorilla theater (Zorrilla means little bitches in Spanish slang… nice!). Get all the details and more info on the FILMETS FILM FEST HERE.

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Old Number 7 screening – my thoughts.

sitesnumber71Shaking Jake’s West hand on stage.

On October 10 2009, OLD NUMBER 7 (which I co wrote, co produced and acted in) was unleashed upon its first audience at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain. The mammoth crowd at hand was a party crowd and they were there to have a good time and a good time they had. So after great man Jake West (Evil Aliens) introduced my sorry ass, I ran up on the Sitges stage winged a speech and the film rolled on.

NOTE: I discovered that night that I am a natural at talking at crowds when sober that is – when drunk I make a fool of myself, so lesson learned – no more drunk speeches.

sitgesnumber7-2Addressing the Sitges crowd

From my perspective the screening went well for 4 reasons. 1- Lots of the audience seemed to like it. They were obviously entertained, they clapped and cheered. 2- No booing. 3- I actually liked the film. The intro is KILLER and at least 2 other scenes really work in my opinion. 4- When you work on a film for a long period of time, you don’t see it anymore and it takes a screening like this, with folks totally detached from the production watching it, to TRULY discover what works and what doesn’t work.

So in the case of Old Number 7, a couple of times, the audience laughed at parts that were not supposed to be funny. Now you can take this two ways, get bummed about it and sulk or you can take it MY WAY, be happy that you now know that these bits don’t work and that you can go back and fix them. IMO, 85% of the film worked.

oldnumber7wrapMe and co star Sergio Bernal. Love that dude!

When the screening was done, we had a mini wrap party in Gonzalo Lopez’s (who directed the film) Hotel room. We had a bottle of Jack going (Old Number 7 – get it!) and we basically enjoyed each other’s company and discussed the pros and the cons of the screening. So where we at? After much talk with director Lopez, we’re going in the editing room one last time to fix what didn’t work.

I personally SEE the film again and feel confident that this further trip in the cutting room will make a good short film even better. To be continued on that shite!

sitgesnumber7-3Some of the Old Number 7 cast and crew

FINAL NOTE: Man I look like crap in that movie. During the shoot I didn’t sleep much (insomnia) so I got bloated and tired. I swear I look 50 years old in some scenes. The fact that we didn’t have makeup didn’t help either. Yup, another lesson learned – I will NEVER agree to act in a film with no makeup. Never, EVER!

Ah the joys of Indie filmmaking…how I love thee… later yall!

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OLD NUMBER 7 CONTEST!

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The  SITGES FILM FESTIVAL kicks in today and our short giallo-ish film OLD NUMBER 7 will be premiering (in competition no less) on OCTOBER 10Th at the AUDITORIUM THEATER (great venue for a screening BTW, I love it), be there or be dead. To celebrate the unveiling of our baby, Director GONZALO LOPEZand I are doing a little give-away. We’re giving out 3 MINI POSTERS of the groovy OLD NUMBER 7 ONE SHEET (which you can see below), signed by both Gonz and myself (may be worth 25 cents and a hand-job someday).

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How do you enter? Easy; send an E-MAIL at disposablefallon@live.com, write NUMBER 7 in the subject header, include your MAILING ADDRESS and that’s it. Three WINNERS will be chosen at random. OLD NUMBER 7 stars my sorry ass, the sexy Saida Lamas and the talented Sergio Bernal. It was written by Gonzalo Lopez and myself. The flick was produced by Sweet Water Pictures, Aved Productions and this twat. You can CLICK HERE to get all the details as to the SITGES SCREENING.

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Old Number 7/Recon 2023 Sitges dates

oldnumber7-sitgestimeSEE ITS TRAILER HERE

The SITGES FILM FESTIVAL just spit out their full film program and the two projects that I have there this year just got their screening dates.

The short  OLD NUMBER 7 which I co wrote, co produced and acted in will be screening on OCTOBER 10 in competition. OLD NUMBER 7 is an ode to giallos of old. It was directed/written by Gonzalo Lopez (EMBRION) and it stars Saida Lamas and Sergio Bernal.

recon2023-sitgestimeSEE ITS TRAILER HERE

And the action/sci fi/comedy/smut fest RECON 2023 will be whooping skulls on OCTOBER 11 as part of the MIDNIGHT EXTREME section. I co wrote RECON 2023 (with director Christian Viel) and I act in it. The film stars Andy Bradsaw, Deke Richards and Valerie Wiseman.

Unless the good Lord plays against me, I am slated once again to attend the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL this year, to support both screenings and of course bring back some horror goods to the site. If you’re attending the Fest, come say hello and lets have a beer!

CHECK OUT THE FULL SITGES LINE UP HERE

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OLD NUMBER 7 trailer & site!

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We are close in seeing our little short film OLD NUMBER 7 premiere (in competition) at this year’s SITGES FILM FESTIVAL…  real close (screening dates should be announced shortly).  Till we get all the info for ya, you can check out the recently slapped up OLD NUMBER 7 OFFICIAL SITE   HERE and its brand spanking new TEASER TRAILER below. Hope ya dig!

OLD NUMBER 7 is about Roy (played by moi), a no nonsense kind of guy, arrives from the United States in Barcelona (Spain.) He’s there to confront his wife Mariona (Saida Lamas), who aborted their baby without his consent, and to clear the air with his brother Gonzalo (Sergio Bernal) who has since began an intimate relationship with his wife. Unbeknown to all of them though, there is a ruthless killer at large and powerful supernatural forces looming around them.

The film stars SAIDA LAMAS, SERGIO BERNAL and myself. It was directed/produced by Gonzalo Lopez (Sweet Water Pictures) and co produced by Javier Rueda (Aved Productions) and myself. Gonzalo and I wrote the screenplay together.

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