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Fun-loving Spirit Guides Put Their Seal of Approval on the B-Movie Project
Last night, Sept. 7, 2010, my husband Anthony and I went to the director’s house to do a fitting for our costumes. Anthony has to wear a lab coat in one scene, and Chris was digging through a ginormous box of donated coats to find one that fit Anthony. He pulled out one that was buried in the middle of the pile and had Anthony try it on. It was a perfect fit.
I took one look at it, got goosebumps and literally screamed.
Embroidered above one breast pocket was the name “Jenny Pavlovic.“
Ms. Pavlovic is the award-winning author of “8 State Hurricane Kate” and “Not Without My Dog Resource and Record Book,” and she and I are both going to be guests on Nadia Giordana’s Blog Talk Radio show on the 14th and sharing a booth at the Goldzilla fund-raiser for RAGOM (Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota) rescue organization on the 18th in Shoreview, Minn.! We met shortly after my book, “Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss,” came out last fall at a fund-raiser for the Minnesota Pet Project and have been friends, allies, and colleagues ever since!
I knew she had a scientific/technical background by profession, but to see that her retired lab coat had found its way into that director’s basement and onto my hubby was too uncanny to pass off as mere coincidence. (We have a couple photos of the lab coat in question, but Chris has forbidden us to post them yet.)
But that wasn’t all that happened that night to give us signs that this movie is going to be phenomenal. Anthony and I had to hurry to the Rosedale JCPenney’s 15 minutes before it closed to buy some classic-looking men’s pajamas for Anthony’s second scene. When we were checking out, I burbled to the teen-aged cashier that these PJs would be in a 1950s-drive-in-style B-movie, and she wanted information about it.
She said she was genuinely interested because her grandfather had written a horror movie script in the late ’50s—a little thing called “Carnival of Souls“!!!!! A CLASSIC among B-movies!!! It’s one of the first ones I’d watched on my DVD collection of classic horror films and have read glowing things about it in film magazines and books!
I raced home and called Chris immediately. I knew he’d be familiar with the movie, and when I told him about it, he appropriately gasped and said, “Oh my God!”
I said, “I KNOW, right?”
He said, “Did you get her contact information?”
I said, “No, but I gave her yours. … Can you even stand how cool this is?!!!! First the lab coat with Jenny Pavlovic’s name on it and now ‘Carnival of Souls’!!”
I also reminded him: “It’s like that time (last June) I woke up in the morning and simply knew I had to go to Ricky’s Embers restaurant in Fridley (which is about 15 miles from my house; not exactly convenient) and when I sat down next to a pile of previously read newspapers to wait for my to-go order, I looked down and found your (Chris’s) face staring up at me!”
I had been trying to get a hold of the issue of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that had featured him and the Heights Theatre premiere of his movie “Destination: Outer Space,” but because it was specific to the northern suburbs and I live in South Minneapolis, I didn’t think I’d find it. I pitched such a spazzy fit over the sheer grooviness of this supernormal occurrence, I got permission from the waiter to steal this copy if I’d just take my food and leave!
I said, “You hire me for a project and it’s going to have a bunch of Spirit Guides supporting it.”
He said, “That’s certainly true!” or something affirmative to that effect. I am paraphrasing a teensy bit. Give me a break. I was and am über excited!
Now, if all this evidence of the magical, mystical sanctioning of this movie doesn’t convince you to become an associate producer and get screen credit for super cheap, I don’t know what will!
Among other great screening events, Saturday, Oct. 30, there will be a five-Mihm-movie marathon at the Grand Little Theater in Eau Claire, Wis. and he will be showing the first-ever sneak peek at a scene from “Attack of the Moon Zombies.” Come in costume and make a day trip of it if you can. Half of the proceeds will go directly to fund the production of the movie.
The ever-creative, always insane B-movie maker Christopher R. Mihm is up to his old (as in 1950s-drive-in-like) tricks in his upcoming feature film, “Attack of the Moon Zombies.” My three Westies, Blanche, Keely and Ambrose are associate producers this time; my hubby, Anthony Kaczor, is playing Dr. Phillips; and I got promoted to Administrator Ripley (I was formerly to be Dr. Rutherford) mostly thanks to Mihm’s lovely wife Stephanie wanting a smaller part because she’s recently had a baby and wants to be less overloaded at this point. This is the third role in a row I’ve simply been offered by a director out of the blue. (The last two plays I was in followed this astounding pattern.) The Universe, and these daring directors, rock!!
Not having yet read the script, I really have no idea what this all means. I only know that my stalking this director a few years back—downloading a photo of my high school trophy and medal for theater as proof that I was “talented” and vowing I must have something to do with one of his movies before I died (as an extra, a prop mistress, key grip, what have you)—has proven marvelously fruitful in the area of making my life one big, silly adventure. Consider becoming an associate producer yourself (or in honor of your pet). There’s a link below to tell you how. I’ll keep you posted as this particular adventure unfolds. —Sid
Attack of the Moon Zombies
Synopsis Twenty years have passed since Dr. Vincent Edwards (once again played by the ever-talented Mike Cook) took on a certain radiation-mutated bat creature and he is ready to retire. While training his replacement on the Jackson Lunar Base, the two stumble upon a seemingly impossible discovery: alien plant life on the surface of the moon! Unfortunately, exposure to the spores of this otherworldly flora cause instant death. Too bad those killed by them don’t stay dead and instead, want nothing more than to replicate!
Written, directed and edited by Christopher R. Mihm
Creature Effects and Make-up by Mitchell A. Gonzales
Special digital effects by Christopher R. Mihm
Bunch of Crazies (productions)
Peter K. Flynn
Ambrose, Blanche, & Keely Korpi-Kaczor
Jean K. Wood
Interested in becoming an associate producer?