The world premiere date for "Destination: Outer Space" is set and advance tickets are now on sale! At 7:00pm on May 25th, 2010, the new film from writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and longtime collaborator Josh Craig takes off at the Heights Theatre in Columbia Heights, Minnesota! This is your chance to experience the film before the rest of the world, and enjoy a program complete with live organ music on the "WCCO Mighty Wurlitzer," era-appropriate newsreels and trailers, appearances by most (if not all) of the cast and crew, and free cake, autographs and photos with characters from the film -- so don't forget to bring your camera! DVDs, posters and other Mihmiverse merchandise will also be on sale at the event!
Advance ticket packages are now on sale for $10 each and include exclusive merchandise not available with normal admission. All advance ticket holders will receive guaranteed entry into the event (every past Mihmiverse premiere either sold out or came VERY close), a limited edition, individually numbered collector's ticket and a special yet-to-be-determined exclusive gift! As with past events, seating is limited so DO NOT HESITATE or risk being left out! Tickets WILL BE on sale at the door if the event DOES NOT sell out beforehand -- but do you really want to take the chance?
This once-in-a-lifetime event is open to the public. As with all Mihmiverse films, "Destination: Outer Space" is "family friendly," though not aimed specifically at children. Some frightening thematic elements and mild language may be inappropriate for very young children. For more information about the event, visit the events section of the merchandise page at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm.
In other news, "Terror from Beneath the Earth" has been nominated for a Rondo Award for Best Independent Production (film, documentary or short)! This is the eighth year Rondo Awards have been given out, and the first time one of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's films has been nominated. The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards were created by David Colton and Kerry Gammill at the Classic Horror Film Boards in 2002. The awards are fan-based, and have no connection to any commercial sponsor. Winners of Rondo Awards receive a miniature bust of Rondo Hatton as seen in the classic 1946 Universal film "House of Horrors."
ANYONE CAN VOTE FOR THE WINNERS and it is extremely easy to do!
The trailer for the newest Mihmiverse film, "Destination: Outer Space," is finally here and it is amazing! Click "play" below to experience a glimpse of what will undoubtedly be the BEST movie of the year!
CLASSIC MOVIE OF THE MONTH
Missile to the Moon (1959)
Directed by Richard E. Cunha. Starring Richard Travis and Cathy Downs.
Essentially a remake of 1953's "Cat Women of the Moon," "Missile to the Moon" follows the exciting adventures of Earth's first manned mission to our nearest celestial neighbor. The film opens as the American government is attempting to commandeer a privately-designed atomic-powered rocket. When a pair of escaped convicts stow away on the craft, its designer, an angry scientist who is none-too-happy about the situation, sees it as the perfect opportunity to launch. Holding them at gunpoint, the scientist forces the young fugitives to act as his crew before his groundbreaking achievement is taken away. Meanwhile, the designer's assistant and his fiancée board the ship in search of the scientist and become trapped as the countdown to launch begins. After a violent take-off that results in the accidental death of the rocketship's creator, the remaining members of the ragtag crew land safely on the surface of the moon and find themselves besieged by bad science, cheesy rock monsters, an evil giant spider marionette, and a race of beautiful, semi-telepathic alien women hell-bent on returning to Earth to take over! Overall, "Missile to the Moon" is an improvement over the film on which it is based, but, to put that in perspective, "Cat Women of the Moon" is considered one of the worst movies of all time so it's not much of an achievement. The acting is era-and genre-appropriate and the special effects aren't particularly special, with the previously mentioned lunar spider creature being a perfect example of how wonderfully bad things can get. In spite of everything though, the film is actually quite enjoyable. The pacing is a bit quicker than most films of the era and its runtime is mercifully short. If you like classic "drive-in grade" science fiction, this is defintely not to be missed!
Christopher R. Mihm
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 Jennifer Goloboy!
Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!
Hi, Mihmverse! I'm a fiction writer, specializing in funny and unlikely romances. Currently, I'm working on a screenplay about a woman who goes to her college reunion and, embarrassed by how little she's accomplished, lies to her friends that she's a successful private eye. When her college crush is accused of murder, she tries to keep the pretense going.
You can see other things I've written (under my pen name Nora Fleischer) here and here.
When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?
Last summer, I went to the showing of "Terror Beneath the Earth" at the Heights Theatre with some friends from the Screenwriter's Workshop. It was amazing! Not only was the movie the perfect example of how to write and direct a low-budget movie, but the evening was so much fun. I was even able to have my picture taken with the monster!
Which of the four released films is your favorite and why?
I absolutely loved "Terror from Beneath the Earth" the monster was genuinely scary, and the acting and writing was great!
You recently became an associate producer of the next Mihmiverse film. Why?
I was so impressed with writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's work and I can't wait for the next one to arrive! I am excited to support such a great local talent.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Now through April 3
Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) plays 9 different characters in the comedy "Red, White and Tuna" at the Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre.
"Thieves Like Us", an action comedy starring Shannon McDonough (Julie Ann Saint Marie), will be playing at The Duluth Playhouse. Shannon will be there in person at the March 5th showing. Call the box office at 218-733-7555 or email for tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duluth Playhouse, 11 East Superior Street, Duluth, MN
Sid Korpi (Eh'donish Woman) and Anthony Kaczor (Eh'donish Man) will be hosting the "Geezer Gala," an annual 1950s Sock Hop/Alzheimer's Fundraiser. Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and jack-of-all-trades Mitch Gonzales (Oculon/Ominai/Forehead Alien) will be in attendance and snapping "drive-in" photos of attendees.
St. Clement's Church, 911 24th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN
March 26 - 8:00pm
Rachel Grubb (Amy/Hagra) will be honored at a special, one-night-only event thrown by PollyGrind.com. "An Evening with Rachel Grubb" will include trailers, a screening of Rachel's directorial debut "Why am I in a Box?," and a Q&A/meet-and-greet with the guest of honor.
Keep track of all Sid Korpi's (Eh'donish Woman) signings, appearances, and other promotional events for her book "Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss" by visiting the appearances page at her website: www.goodgriefpetloss.com.
While raising a family a fraction of the size of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's, Justen Overlander (Jonathan/Sheriff Elliott) works hard on his blog where he offers personal anecdotes and filmmaking links to those interested in the film industry: mn2la.blogspot.com.