|| CURRENT NEWS
With a decidedly quiet January behind us, this month marks the one-year point of "Destination: Outer Space!" It was last February during the final days of "Terror from Beneath the Earth" that writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and star/co-conspirator Josh Craig (Captain Jackson) sat down and began planning out the story for the film. Now, one year later, production continues. A full sixty-five minutes of the movie are complete and edited with three scenes yet to be filmed. With the sheer number of locations, sets, costumes and special effects required to make a film of this magnitude, it's amazing the production is as far along as it is! As of right now, the film is still on track to be released this spring. The week before Memorial Day has been thrown about rather liberally for a premiere date, BUT nothing is set in stone. As always, as soon as we know, you will too!
To mark the "one-year anniversary" of "Destination: Outer Space," here's another cool, exclusive image from the forthcoming movie! To be honest, we have NO IDEA what is happening in this photo nor why Captain Jackson looks so angry (or what in heck he's holding), but it is certainly an interesting (and kind of hardcore), albeit cryptic image. We've been informed that from this point until the premiere, each month we'll be provided a new image, each one more revealing than the next. We were also told that even the names of the images we're given will provide some clue toward their content. This one was entitled simply, "Zap." Indeed!
Lastly, we have a very cool event to announce! In conjunction with Minneapolis-based "mom n' pop" coffee house Tillie's Bean, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm will be debuting the official trailer for "Destination: Outer Space" at a very special "trailer premiere" event! On Saturday, February 27th, Tillie's Bean will open the doors at its newest location near the Uptown area of Minneapolis at 7:00pm, and everyone in attendance will be treated to a night of Mihmiverse (and all-around classic B-movie) fun. Festivities and hospitalities will include beer, popcorn, retro B-movie trivia, the unveiling of the official "Destination: Outer Space" trailer, an exclusive one-time-only screening of a full scene from the new film, AND last but not least, a screening of "Cave Women on Mars," the movie that inspired the new film! Tillie's Bean staff will be on hand to sell coffee and other foodstuffs while writer/director Christopher R. Mihm will be selling DVDs and other merchandise. Plus, other select Mihmiverse stars will be there to schmooze and sign autographs!
Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are currently available on the merchandise page at SaintEuphoria.com, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm. Since beer is included in the price of admission, everyone who attends MUST BE at least 21 years old with a valid I.D. Because of the size of the space, seating is EXTREMELY limited, so DO NOT HESITATE or risk being left out! Half the proceeds go toward a great local employer, Tillie's Bean, and the other half will be invested right back into production of the films themselves! So come on down, support a great local business and be the first amongst your friends to experience a taste of what will surely be THE best movie of 2010, "Destination: Outer Space!"
|| CLASSIC MOVIE OF THE MONTH
|The Phantom Planet (1961)
Directed by William Marshall.
Starring Dean Fredericks and Coleen Gray.
In the not-too-distant future (1980 to be exact), Earth sends a manned rocketship to investigate the disappearance of a previous expedition. As the rocket gets close to its destination, it gets caught in a meteor shower that damages the ship. During an extravehicular excursion to fix it, the two-man crew again is met with "meteoric resistance," this time resulting in the main character nearly being killed when his air-hose is ripped. The co-pilot saves his life but meets a very sad (and amazingly well-done) end. You'd think I'm giving everything away, but all this excitement happens in the very first reel. Needless to say, the main character survives, and his rocketship mysteriously lands on a previously unknown asteroid -- inhabited by a race of six-inch people! When the astronaut breathes the atmosphere of this "phantom planet," he too is shrunk to action-figure size. What follows is a great classic sci-fi adventure yarn complete with beautiful women, duels to the death, and hokey alien monsters. Overall, this film surprised me, mostly because it was so good! The special effects are effective (which sounds like a bad pun) and the look and feel of the whole film was definitely era-appropriately cool. Also, if you're a big original-series Star Trek fan, you'll notice that a whole host of episode plots were stolen almost directly from this film! Highly recommended for fans of classic science fiction!
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 long-time fan Diane Perrault!
Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!
Hi The daughter of an Air Force lieutenant, I lived in Japan, Louisiana, and Texas the first 5 years of my life, missing the Lubbock lights by a month. My family settled in Northern Califormia after the death of my father when I was 5 years old. Even back then I loved 'monster' movies. While my older sisters huddled on the floor in a movie theater, I stood at attention excitedly watching the terrifying scenes exploding at me on the screen. This love of horror, thrillers and sci-fi has stayed with me all my life. I have worked as an electronic technician, programmer, in application support and now in marketing. On the outside, I am a calm, hard-working mother and grandmother. But inside, monsters rule!
When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?
I am associated with the Fireside Foundation, a non-profit corporation which, among other things, hosts Shockerfest International every year. I first saw one of the Christopher R. Mihm films ("The Monster of Phantom Lake") during one of our films festivals, and I have been a huge fan ever since. Watching his films, I am immediately transported back to a childhood full of scary (yet safe) films. Everything about these films screams "1950s." The skill of this filmmaker/producer/director and his actors is amazing to me: the ability to capture a nostalgic era with amazingly well-written and produced masterpieces.
Which of the four released films is your favorite and why?
"The Monster of Phantom Lake" is my favorite. I just canít forget the first time I saw it . I was really delighted to sit in the theater with about 150 other people and watch as they spontaneously starting singing along with Professor Jackson! I just love this movie.
You recently became an associate producer of the next Mihmiverse film. Why?
I want the Mihmiverse to keep expanding. I want my yearly fix there are really no other movies of this type coming our way each year and I would be heartbroken if they stopped. And there is a little hidden joy in knowing that I am, in a very small way, helping to keep 'em coming!
Interested in becoming an associate producer? For a miniscule monetary investment, all associate producers will get their name listed in the end credits of this year's "Destination: Outer Space," 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!
|| 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.
Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre, 3919 Crescent Avenue, Eau Claire, WI
|February 19 & 20 and March 13th & 19th|
Shannon McDonough (Julie Ann Saint Marie) dances and sings for Ovation: A Tribute to the Music of Prince at various venues across Minnesota.
Check out the group's website at: ovationmusicgroup.com for specific locations, times and ticket information.
|February 18-22, 25-28|
Deanne McDonald (Elizabeth) appears as Mrs. Fischer in Tom Stoppard's "On The Razzle" at Minnesota State University Mankato.
Admission is $14.50 for individuals, $13.00 for senior citizens, youths 16 and under, and groups of 15 or more and $10.00 for current Minnesota State students.
For more location and ticket information, visit MSUTheater.com.
|February 26-28 and March 5-7, 12-14|
Sid Korpi (Eh'donish Woman) will be playing Gertrude in Steve Martin's "The Underpants" through Chameleon Theatre Circle at the Black Box Theatre in the Burnsville Performing Arts Center.
Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville, MN
|February 27 - 7:00pm|
Join us at the newest Tillie's Bean location for the big "Destination: Outer Space" trailer release party! Festivities will include an exclusive look at "Destination: Outer Space," beer, popcorn, coffee, snacks, B-movie trivia and a special screening of "Cave Women on Mars!" Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and various Mihmiverse stars will be in attendance!
Visit the SaintEuphoria.com merchandise page for advance ticket information! You MUST BE at least 21 years old to attend. (Valid I.D. required)
Tillie's Bean, 1931 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 612.354.2007
|March 20 - 7:00pm|
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
|| ONLINE NOW
|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.|
|Justen Overlander (Jonathan/Sheriff Elliott) continues to provide his unique perspective on the "movie biz" at his blog: mn2la.blogspot.com.|
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