|| CURRENT NEWS
August turned out to be a busier month than originally anticipated and September looks to continue the trend!|
Pre-production is in full swing on the next Mihmiverse film, "Attack of the Moon Zombies." A script read-through was held on August 8th, set-building has begun, props and costumes are coming together, and the dialogue is being translated into Esperanto.
Wait... Esperanto? Yes, Esperanto. Following a brilliant suggestion by executive producer Rylan Bachman (last seen as the body of "Lort" in "Destination: Outer Space") to use Esperanto as a "bridge language" for the international Lunar Base featured in the film, the producers have gone one step farther by having all the dialogue of the film translated into the most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary language. Most infamously featured in the 1965 William Shatner dud "Incubus," Esperanto is an invented language created to be "easy to learn and politically neutral" and to "serve as a universal second language to foster peace and international understanding." In other words, it's the perfect language to be featured on an international lunar science installation in the 1970s (as seen from a 1950s perspective). As of press time, the final DVD will feature an Esperanto subtitle track and, time and talent permitting, possibly a spoken audio track as well!
In screening news, September and October tend to be the busiest months of the year for Mihmiverse screenings and events and this year will not disappoint. Starting on September 25th, "It Came From Another World!" will be screening alongside the 1959 schlock masterpiece "Teenagers from Outer Space" at the Peoria Theater in Peoria, Illinois as part of their Drunken Zombie Monthly Deadly Double Feature program.
When the first weekend of October rolls around, the newest and best Mihmiverse films (including "Destination: Outer Space," "Terror from Beneath the Earth," and perennial favorite "The Monster of Phantom Lake") will screen as a special triple-feature at the Stardust Drive-in in Chetek, Wisconsin. This great family-friendly event will also be held as a fundraiser for "Cave Women on Mars" costumer Brittany Hughes, with half the proceeds from the weekend's merchandise sales (and any other individual donations) going to help in her battle with melanoma, one of the less common, though most problematic, forms of skin cancer.
Continuing another mid-October Mihmiverse tradition, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm will return to Mukwonago, Wisconsin to host a pair of outdoor screenings of "Destination: Outer Space" at the 2010 Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt.
AND, on October 30th, all five Mihmiverse films will screen back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back at the Grand Little Theatre in Eau Claire, Wisconsin! In addition to supporting the films (Half of the door will go right into the budget for "Attack of the Moon Zombies."), a large portion of the proceeds from this event will go to help the theater raise enough money to better accommodate patrons with disabilities by installing an elevator. This event is open to everyone and, because it's a day before Halloween, costumes are very much encouraged! A few Mihmiverse monsters will be there so bring your camera and get your photo snapped with one -- or more!
Advance tickets are now available for $5.00 per single movie or $20.00 for a five-film pass. All five-film pass holders (purchased either in advance or at the door) will receive an exclusive, individually-numbered collector's ticket AND be treated to a special end-of-the-night sneak peek at next year's "Attack of the Moon Zombies" that will not be shown anywhere else... EVER. Hope to see you all there!
SPECIAL BONUS! For a limited time, if you become an associate producer (at any level) before Labor Day (September 6th), you'll earn a free five-film pass to this event! Don't miss this great opportunity to see exactly where your support is going by being one of the first people ANYWHERE to catch a glimpse of "Attack of the Moon Zombies!" See the calendar section below for the screening schedule!
Lastly, A.D.A.M. the robot (actor Michael Kaiser from "Destination: Outer Space") made a surprise appearance at the recent Mihmiverse meet n' greet at the Blue Moon Dine-in Theater at the Minnesota State Fair where, as can be seen in the photo at right, he thrilled fairgoers with his calm demeanor and killer dance moves! He was even spotted (in a full close-up, no less) among the crowd during the 10 o'clock newscast for KSTP (channel 5), the Twin Cities ABC affiliate TV station!
If you're still planning on visiting the Minnesota State Fair this year, don't forget to stop at the Blue Moon and see if you can catch one of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's films. Showtimes vary, so if a Mihm film is not playing when you stop by, just swing by later and you're sure to catch at least one! And, while you're there, make sure to try one of their new Korean BBQ tacos -- they definitely live up to the hype!
DONT FORGET! Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and monster-of-all-trades Michael Kaiser will be at the Blue Moon Dine-in Theater on Wednesday, September 1st, for another Mihmiverse meet n' greet and movie marathon. The event starts around 5:00PM. A.D.A.M. the robot is scheduled to make another appearance, so if you're around, make sure to come by and have your photo snapped with him!
|| CLASSIC MOVIE OF THE MONTH
|War of the Worlds (1953)
Directed by Byron Haskin.
Starring Ann Robinson and Gene Barry.
Probably the best known adaptation of H.G. Wells' classic sci-fi story, 1953's "War of the Worlds" can confidently be held up as a perfect example of what makes "Atomic Age" sci-fi cinema so great. For those few who are unaware, the plot is as straightforward as it gets: after a series of meteors crash to Earth, Martian spaceships appear and start destroying everything in their path using white-hot death rays. A pair of scientists race against the clock to find some way to defeat the alien horde, but ultimately, the solution is far simpler than they ever imagined! If you really don't know how the story ends, I refuse to spoil it. Everything about this Academy Award-winning film is superb. The acting, direction, mood, cinematography, beautiful Technicolor presentation, and especially the special effects are as good as they get in a 1950s-era genre film. Sure, if you look closely you can see the strings, but with a movie this exciting (even, surprisingly, by today's standards), you will not care! If you've never seen this retro special effects extravaganza, you need to see it RIGHT NOW! In fact, if you're around the Twin Cities area on Monday, September 27th, it'll be screening as part of a double-feature with 1956's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" at the Heights Theatre -- the same theater where all the Mihmiverse films have premiered! I, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, will be in attendance so if you happen to spot me, don't be afraid to say, "Hello!"
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 "Attack of the Moon Zombies," we will randomly choose and interview one of them.
This month we interview the ever-talented Brenda Fulmer!
Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!
Hello everyone! My name is Brenda Fulmer. I live in New Castle, Pennsylvania with my husband Scott, 4 great kids (Brandon, Adelle, Justin and Joe), Savage the Dog and Tribble the Chinchilla. When I'm not tending to the "tribe," I am an independent artist. There isn't a medium I can't work with.
(NOTE: it should be pointed out that Brenda is the first person to make full-fledged fan art -- in the form of a great painting of the monster from "The Monster of Phantom Lake." The painting currently hangs on writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's "wall of fame!")
When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?
My first encounter with the films of Christopher R. Mihm happened at Monster Bash (the annual classic sci-fi and horror convention) in Butler, Pennsylvania. The suave sales techniques of our great director compelled me to purchase a copy of "Destination: Outer Space." I raced home to watch it. I was so impressed, I returned to the convention to purchase the rest of the collection. They reminded me of all of the great films my dad and I would sit and watch when I was kid.
Which of the five released films is your favorite and why?
I love all of the movies, but if I had to pick, it would be a draw between "The Monster of Phantom Lake" and "It Came From Another World!" I loved the musical interludes. I just couldn't get those catchy tunes out of my head.
You recently became an associate producer of "Attack of the Moon Zombies." Why?
I felt a great need to be part of the filmmaking process. If I couldn't help make the props, I could at least contribute to those who did!
Interested in becoming an associate producer? For a miniscule monetary investment, all associate producers will get their name listed in the end credits of next year's "Attack of the Moon Zombies," a pair of collector's tickets to the premiere, five copies of the film on DVD, and a frame-able 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 September 6|
All five of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's finished films will screen as part of the all-day-every-day movie marathons at the Blue Moon Dine-In Theater at the "Minnesota State Fair!"
In a sea of fried and/or on-a-stick "delicacies," the Blue Moon specializes in "sit down food." The airy, shaded building is filled with old car seats and benches that face a movie screen showing classic B-movies, television shows, and for the first time this year: the films of the Mihmiverse! Make sure to come down on Wednesday, September 1st when writer/director Christopher R. Mihm (and other stars of the Mihmiverse) will be on hand to meet, greet, and sign merchandise!
The Blue Moon Dine-in Theater, corner of Carnes Avenue and Chambers Street, St. Paul, MN
|September 17, 18, 24, & 25 and October 15 & 30|
Shannon McDonough (Julie Ann Saint Marie) dances and sings for Ovation: A Tribute to the Music of Prince at various venues across the upper midwest.
Check out the group's website at: ovationmusicgroup.com for specific locations, times and ticket information.
|September 25 - 9:00PM (CDT)|
"It Came From Another World!" screens with 1959's "Teenagers from Outer Space" as part of the Drunken Zombie Monthly Deadly Double Feature program at the Peoria Theater in Peoria, Illinois.
Peoria Theater, 3225 North Dries Lane, Peoria, IL
|October 1-2 - dusk (CDT), adults $4.00, kids 5-12 $2.00, under 5 FREE!|
Bring your whole family to the Stardust Drive-in Sci-Fi Weekend!
Over the course of the first weekend in October, the Stardust Drive-in in Chetek, Wisconsin (less than two hours outside the Twin Cities) will be screening a triple-feature of "Destination: Outer Space," "Terror from Beneath the Earth" and "The Monster of Phantom Lake!" In addition, during this weekend's events, we'll be collecting individual donations (and donating half of all Mihmiverse merchandise sales) to help "Cave Women on Mars" costume designer Brittany Hughes as she battles melanoma, one of the less common, though most problematic, forms of skin cancer.
Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and many of the actors and crew will be on hand to meet, greet, and sign merchandise.
This is the perfect opportunity to see the films of Christopher R. Mihm in a venue they were absolutely MADE FOR, so DO NOT MISS THIS CHANCE!
Stardust Drive-in Theater, 995 22nd Street, Chetek, WI (715) 458-4587
|October 15-16 - dusk (CDT), $1.00 donation|
Continuing a long-held Mihmiverse tradition, "Destination: Outer Space" will screen at this year's Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt in Mukwonago, Wisconsin! Mukwonago, home of the actual Phantom Lake, will again host this great family-friendly event where Field Park (essentially the town's "Central Park") is decorated with hundreds of carved, lit pumpkins placed along the walking path that runs through it. The movie will be screened "drive-in style" in the middle of the park. Bring your own seating! Admission is only $1.00 per person and the proceeds go to good local causes.
Field Park, corner of Highway 83 and County Road NN, Mukwonago, WI
All five Mihmiverse films will screen back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back at the Grand Little Theatre in Eau Claire, Wisconsin! In addition to supporting the films (half the door will go right into the budget for "Attack of the Moon Zombies"), a large portion of the proceeds from this event will go to help the theater raise enough money to better accomodate patrons with disabilities by installing an elevator. This event is open to everyone and, being that it's a day before Halloween, costumes are very much encouraged! A few Mihmiverse monsters will even be there, so bring your camera and get your photo snapped with one -- or more!
Advance tickets are now available for $5.00 per single movie or $20.00 for a five-film pass. All five-film pass holders (purchased either in advance or at the door) will receive an exclusive, individually numbered collector's ticket AND be treated to a special end-of-the-night sneak peek at next year's "Attack of the Moon Zombies" that will not be shown anywhere else... EVER. Hope to see you all there!
SPECIAL BONUS! For a limited time, if you become an associate producer (at any level) before Labor Day (September 6th), you'll earn a free five-film pass to this event! Don't miss this great opportunity to see exactly where your support is going as one of the first people ANYWHERE to catch a glimpse of "Attack of the Moon Zombies!"
Grand Little Theatre, 102 West Grand Avenue, Eau Claire, WI
|| ONLINE, ETC.
|Justen Overlander (Jonathan/Sheriff Elliott) is working on local entertainment industry artist profiles for his Examiner.com page. Expect to see a series of articles featuring our very own writer/director Christopher R. Mihm in the near future! And don't forget to visit Justen's blog which he plans to begin updating again in September.|
|Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) can be seen online in "Forsythia," a soon-to-be-released sci-fi Web series now being promoted on YouTube. He can also be heard on radio stations all over West Central Wisconsin and Southern Minnesota as "Walter Cronkite" in a series of radio commercials for Merchants Bank, seen in Western Wisconsin on TV commercials for Western Wisconsin Urology Clinic and Chippewa Valley Airport Service, and seen playing the tuba on KSTP-TV in Minneapolis in a series of commercials for KS95 radio.
|M. Scott Taulman (Sven/Gustav II) can be seen playing the part of "Berger" in "Tillie's All Night Bean Machine," a web series filmed entirely on location at Tillie's Bean, the coffee shop that hosted the "Destination: Outer Space" trailer premiere party earlier this year. To view episodes as they are released, visit the series' website at www.allnightbean.com.|
|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.|
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