MEET THE ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS

Welcome to the Meet the Associate Producers section of the newsletter! Since so many fans and supporters have contributed and become associate producers, we wanted to take time to highlight some of these wonderful people! Thus, every month between now and the release of “Destination: Outer Space,” we will randomly choose and interview one of them.

This month, we interview Minneapolis-based author and Mihmiverse fan, Sid Korpi!

Sid Korpi and Anthony Kaczor with Keely, Blanche and Mortimer

Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!
I’m Sid Korpi and my hubby is Anthony Kaczor — both film lovers and overall kooks. We’d attended the Heights Theatre debut of “Cave Women on Mars” and loved it. As a former teacher of film studies, I vowed right then that “I HAVE TO have something to do with a Christopher Mihm movie someday!”

Then I stalked him (a little). I wrote him an email, attaching a photo of my high school trophy for “Outstanding Dramatic Performer—1980” as PROOF that I am talented. I offered to play a dead body, be an extra, or act as prop mistress, etc.

All of that probably creeped him out, but he (and Dan Sjerven, star of “Cave Women on Mars” and “Terror from Beneath the Earth“) were nevertheless lured to our South Minneapolis domicile, when I pointed out that we teach beginning swing and other social dance (tworightfeetdance.com) on the ’50s-malt-shop-style third floor of our house. I strongly suggested he might want to use the studio as the setting for a scene or two in some future movie.

To our joy and rapture, he agreed. Now we anxiously await his next Earth-bound cinematic feat!

When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?
I first heard of Christopher Mihm when proofreading a 2005 article about him and his “The Monster of Phantom Lake” in the Southwest Journal (a local Minneapolis weekly newspaper). As well as being a writer/editor/proofreader by trade, I am an incurable entrepreneur myself, and the fact that he was a do-it-himselfer, creating this piece of kitschy art on a shoestring budget — with friends and family and a homemade monster no less — in order to pay homage to those wonderfully bad ’50s-drive-in-style movies and honor his late father, George, was simply too cool in my book. I knew he was one to watch, that he’d be going on to be revered among the cult film community. And he obviously has.

Which of the four released films is your favorite and why?
I really cannot choose just one because there are classic Mihm moments in each one that will remain forever memorable, such as in “It Came from Another World!” when Canoe Cop Sven uses his oar to tap a mushroom growing high up in a tree! Suffice it to say, I almost piddled from laughter. If you’re not laughing along with me now, you obviously need to watch the movie.

You recently became an associate producer of the next Mihmiverse film. Why?
We are actually the human parents of Associate Producer Mortimer Korpi-Kaczor. He was our West Highland white terrier who recently passed on to the Other Side of the great celestial movie theater curtain in the sky. I had just finished writing my book “Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss” when he became ill and died. (The irony sucked.) He became the book’s epilogue.

Note: Read more about him on the memorials page and/or my blog, which is, incidentally, the wonderful website Christopher Mihm designed for me through Asterisk Software, his “day job.” (This guy can apparently do EVERYTHING well!)

Anyway, when we heard of the opportunity to invest in Mihm’s latest, greatest film, “Destination: Outer Space,” we jumped at it. Considering his motivation for film making was to honor his dad (via All for George Productions), he understood what we were going through with our loss and was magnanimous enough to let us credit our much-beloved pooch as an associate producer as a unique way to memorialize Mortimer (pictured looking away from the camera with owners Anthony Kaczor and Sid Korpi and “siblings” Keely and Blanche). It was a win-win, too, because we were able in a small way to encourage and support Mihm’s creative vision. Let’s hear it for cheesy special effects!

Furthermore, any movie with its very own Ghost Dog involved in its production has to be a box office hit!


Interested in becoming an associate producer? For a miniscule monetary investment, all associate producers will have their name listed in the end credits of next year’s “Destination: Outer Space,” receive a pair of collector’s ticket packages to the premiere, five copies of the film on DVD and a framed certificate with their name and title — perfect for your own “wall of fame!”

Visit the merchandise page at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, for more information. Who knows? Maybe next month we’ll be interviewing YOU!

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