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Oct 2016 11

by Nicole Powers

“Human beings don’t cultivate ideas.
On the contrary… ideas cultivate us.”
— Dr. Wrong, Fight Club 2

The years haven’t been kind to Sebastian, aka The Narrator, aka the co-founder of Fight Club. Having traded his position as leader of Project Mayhem — an underground organization inspired by the Cacophony Society and its precursor the Suicide Club — for all the trappings of the American dream, Sebastian now has a 9 to 5 job, a wife, a home and a kid, and is the father he vowed he’d never become. Trapped in the mundanity of this seemingly cookie-cutter life, Sebastian seeks solace in his psychiatrist, Dr. Wrong, and the prescription pills he pedals. Meanwhile, Tyler Durden, Sebastian’s stalwartly subversive alter-ego, has been biding his time, plotting his comeback to wreak havoc on a society that is, for the most part, populated by sheep in need of a shepherd, or a surrogate father as writer, mythologist and philosopher Joseph Campbell might say. And thus, a new installment of junior-arsonist-turned-adult-novelist Chuck Palahniuk’s iconic Fight Club begins.

Taking comic book form, the long-awaited and much-anticipated sequel to the original 1996 Fight Club novel (on which David Fincher’s 1999 movie was based) first hit stores in May, 2015. The ten-part series paired Palahniuk’s dialog and plot with art by Cameron Stewart (whose credits include Batman, Batgirl, Catwoman, Assassin’s Creed and SuicideGirls’ own comic series, to name but a few). This sequel was something that Palahniuk resisted for many years. However, ideas sometimes have a life of their own, and this one was pulling Palahniuk back to Project Mayhem’s home on Paper Street. Now, as the series is being collected and bound together as a hardcover graphic novel (out June 28 via Dark Horse Comics), Palahnuik is working on the third installment of an idea, which like Tyler Durden, refuses to die. We caught up with Palahniuk by phone to find out more…

Read the full interview on SuicideGirls.com.

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Jul 2015 06

By Blogbot

This Wednesday, July 8th on SuicideGirls Radio, hosts Moxi Suicide, Nicole Powers and Bradley Suicide will be joined by Kidnapped For Christ filmmakers Kate Logan and Yada Zamora.

You can listen – and watch – the world’s leading BYOB radio show live on Wednesday nights from 8 til 9 PM [note new day/time] at our state-of-the-art all digital home: TradioV.com.

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**UPDATE**

ICYMI: This week’s show feat. Kidnapped For Christ filmmakers Kate Logan and Yada Zamora plus institutional abuse survivor @ghostofoplib.

If you’ve experienced institutional abuse and need help visit: https://pyia.org/

About Kidnapped For Christ

A young evangelical filmmaker, Kate Logan, is granted unprecedented access inside a controversial Christian behavior modification program for teens, where she discovers shocking secrets and young students that change her life.

Kidnapped For Christ is available now via iTunes. For more info visit kidnappedforchrist.com/ and follow their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Kate Logan | @kateslogan (Director / Producer / Co-Writer)

Kate Logan’s directorial debut, Kidnapped For Christ, follows the harrowing journeys of several American teenagers who were taken in the middle of the night by strangers and shipped to an Evangelical reform school in the Dominican Republic.

Kidnapped won the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival and was acquired by Showtime shortly after. Currently Kate is producing the upcoming documentary An Act of Love, on the Methodist minister Frank Schaefer, who was put on trial in his Church after officiating his son’s same-sex wedding.

Previously Kate has worked on Showtime’s controversial documentary on the infamous gangster rap mogul Suge Knight, directed by Antoine Fuqua, as well as the upcoming Independent Lens/PBS documentary Meet the Patels. She also worked with the independent distribution team that brought Simpson’s actor Harry Shearer’s film The Big Uneasy to theaters. Kate currently lives in Los Angeles next to loud neighbors who she tweets about.

About Yada Zamora (Writer / Producer)

Cuban-American Yada Zamora is an award-winning writer/producer who has been mentored by some of the biggest producers and writers in the film industry. In 2012 she and producing partner Paul A. Levin formed REDTHORN, with the goal to make ground-breaking original content for film and television across all genres, with the focus on storytelling above all.

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May 2015 31

By Nicole Powers

It’s frightening how little the West understands The People’s Republic of China. And what we don’t know is hurting us — and them. Inside China’s borders resides the largest population on the planet (1.357 billion compared to the United States’ paltry 318 million), which is guarded by the largest army in terms of active personnel and a formidable nuclear arsenal. China also hosts one of the fastest growing economies, and as a result, the planet’s largest middle class. The Republic is therefore revered by more open capitalist cultures as much as it is feared.

Those within China who have benefited from its unprecedented prosperity have paid a high price, however, in terms of freedom of expression and oppression. Meanwhile the foreign corporations that do business there, in order to continue to reap the rewards of China’s burgeoning markets, choose to turn a blind eye to these human rights abuses — they have to, since it’s the only way the state allows them to function. Thus, the Chinese government and the overseas corporations doing business within the Republic’s borders are essentially in cahoots in maintaining the status quo; The Great Wall of China is no longer a physical one protecting the insular nation, but one built on silence.

Chinese lawyer and human rights activist Chen Guangcheng.

Chinese lawyer and human rights activist Chen Guangcheng.

Enter documentarian Vanessa Hope, whose previous credits include William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe and China in Three Words. Through the language of film, Vanessa — who has dedicated her personal and professional life to exploring China’s culture — hopes to foster greater understanding and break the state imposed and business endorsed wall of silence.

Her latest project All Eyes And Ears is remarkable, both in terms of scope and access. Through Vanessa’s lens, we follow the former Mormon Governor of Utah, Jon Huntsman, as he moves to China with his glamorous wife Mary Kaye and their adopted Chinese daughter Gracie to take up office as the Obama-appointed U.S. Ambassador. Vanessa took a longitudinal approach, filming over the course of five years from the end of 2009 through the beginning of 2014. Consequently, Huntsman’s term in office and Vanessa’s film bears witness not ony to the rise of authoritarian leader Xi Jinping, but also the rise of the proletariat in the Occupy-inspired Jasmine Spring. The arc of Huntsman’s story also converges with that of the blind, self-taught Chinese human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng, who escaped from house arrest in 2012 to claim asylum at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. This unexpected turn of events, which occurred during a key international diplomatic summit, sparked one of the greatest crisis in U.S. / China relations in recent times.

We caught up with Vanessa by phone to talk about the project. Read our exclusive interview with Vanessa on SuicideGirls.

For more information visit alleyesandears.org, and follow @VHopeful and @alleyesearsdoc on Twitter. If you’d like to support All Eyes And Ears, visit the Indiegogo page.

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Nov 2014 12

by Blogbot

This Thursday, Nov 13th on SuicideGirls Radio, hosts Moxi Suicide and Nicole Powers will be joined by music and film legend Lee Ving.

You can listen – and watch – the world’s leading BYOB radio show live on Thursday nights from 7 til 8 PM [note new time] at our state-of-the-art all digital home: TradioV.com.

If you have questions for the SG Radio crew or our guests, you can call in during the live broadcast at: 1-855-TRV-inLA (1-855-878-4652)

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About Lee Ving
Lee Ving is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the Los Angeles-based punk rock band Fear. Born in Philadelphia in the late ’60s, Ving joined Sweet Stavin Chain Blues Band playing with Michael Brecker and Eugene Busnar. Later, Ving moved to New York and formed the band Daybreak. In the mid-’70s, he moved to Los Angeles and in 1977 formed Fear. Ving has also had a successful career as an actor, appearing in Dudes, Flashdance, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Clue.

For more info visit: fearleeving.com/

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Oct 2014 25

by Blogbot

This Thursday, October 30th on SuicideGirls Radio, hosts Chloe Suicide and Nicole Powers will be celebrating Halloween with Robert Boocheck, Alejandro Brugués, Jerome Sable and Nick Musurca, four of the filmmakers responsible for the super spooky shorts featured in the new cinematic horror compendium, ABCs of Death 2.

You can listen – and watch – the world’s leading BYOB radio show live on Thursday nights from 7 til 8 PM [note new time] at our state-of-the-art all digital home: TradioV.com.

If you have questions for the SG Radio crew or our guests, you can call in during the live broadcast at: 1-855-TRV-inLA (1-855-878-4652)

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About ABCs of Death 2
ABCs of Death 2 is the follow-up to the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning from Nigeria to UK to Brazil and everywhere in between. It features segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. The film is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet, beginning with the letter A and ending with the letter Z. The directors were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Provocative, shocking, funny and at times confrontational, ABCs of Death 2 is another global celebration of next generation genre filmmaking.

ABCs of Death 2 will be released in select theaters on October 31. For more info visit the ABCs of Death 2 website, Facebook and Twitter.

About Robert Boocheck – Segment: M is for Masticate
Robert Boocheck won the worldwide competition held for the ABCs of Death 2 . He beat 500 other directors to have his work included in the finished film. He grew up in suburban Connecticut on a diet of comic books, horror movies, and punk rock music. At 18, he left his hometown for the Big City (Boston) to pursue filmmaking at Emerson College. Against all odds he successfully graduated and moved to Los Angeles, where he began a professional film career interning for one of his directing heroes, Sam Raimi. Sam was a big inspiration for him, stories of his early days inspiring Robert to form a film making collective called Tomorrow’s Brightest Minds. This led to directing music videos for artists such as Death Cab For Cutie, the Dandy Warhols, Bad Religion, Chromeo, and Har Mar Superstar. After that, he went on to direct award-winning commercials for clients such as Adidas, Ray Ban, ESPN, McDonald’s, Google, G4 TV, Johnnie Walker, Comcast, and Toyota.

About Alejandro Brugués – Segment: E is for Equilibrium
Alejandro Brugués is a Cuban filmmaker. He’s best know for the film Juan of the Dead, (Spanish: , Juan de los Muertos,) a Spanish-Cuban comedy zombie film he wrote and directed. The film won the Goya Award for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film in 2012.

Jerome Sable (Director) & Nick Musurca (Writer/Producer) – Segment: Vis for Vacation
Jerome Sable is a writer-director and composer of film, television, and theatre. His directorial debut short film, a horror musical called The Legend of Beaver Dam, opened Midnight Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to screen at over 75 film festivals worldwide, winning 17 awards, including “Best Short Film” at Sitges, Fantastic Fest, Dallas, Screamfest LA and receiving an honorable mention at Sundance. Sable recently finished his first feature film, Stage Fright, a dark comedy about the horror of musical theatre. Sable directed from a screenplay he wrote, and composed the music and lyrics with longtime collaborator Eli Batalion. Sable grew up in Montreal, Quebec where he studied piano and music theory at the McGill Conservatory of Music. He has a B.A. in philosophy from Brown University and an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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Sep 2014 11

by Blogbot

This Thursday, September 11th on SuicideGirls Radio, hosts Moxi and Chloe Suicide will be joined in-studio by the singer/songwriter/teen-sensation Diamante (who’s just turned 18!), and Leigh Janiak and Phil Graziadei, the creative team behind the spectacularly creepy new film Honeymoon (#SGProTip: Don’t spent yours in a remote cabin in the woods).

You can listen – and watch – the world’s leading BYOB radio show live on Thursday nights from 6 til 8 PM at our new state-of-the-art all digital home: TradioV.com.

If you have questions for the SG Radio crew or our guests, you can call in during the live broadcast at: 1-855-TRV-inLA (1-855-878-4652)

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About Diamante

Diamante kicked off 2014 with back to back singles on the January Billboard Hot Singles Sales Charts, with “Savage” at #5 and “Burns” at #6, peaking to #3 in May with the newest hit release “Bite Your Ass. ” She just scored Best Rock Song at the 2014 Indie Music Channel Awards with “Burns.”

Having just turned 18, this rocker with her self written songs, has also taken home the title of Best Rock Record at the Indie Music Channel Awards two years in a row, as well as wins in the categories of, Best Young Rock Artist, Best Rock Recording, Best Music Video for “Impossible,” and the coveted title of Teen Artist of the Year.

Not only has Diamante climbed the music charts and dominated the award shows, but she has also shared the stage with numerous notable acts including, The Used, Dead Sara, All Time Low, Yellow Card, Cherri Bomb, Stitched Up Heart. This teen rock star has taken the music industry by storm, and won Ernie Battle of the Bands earning a spot at the Vans Warped Tour. She has also wowed huge audiences with recurring live performances at renowned Hollywood hot spots such as The Avalon, Key Club, House of Blues, Whisky a Go-Go, Roxy Theatre, and more.

Recently, Diamante has been working on her own VEVO Verified Live Performance Series, and has been back in the studio working on the anxiously awaited upcoming EP, releasing the it’s first track “Bite Your Kiss.”

For more on Diamante follow her Facebook and Twitter and visit her website.

About Honeymoon / Leigh Janiak / Phil Graziadei

Honeymoon is a super creepy tale of newlyweds Paul and Bea, and how something beautiful can become monstrous. The film was written by Leigh Janiak and Phil Graziadei, and directed by Janiak.

Leigh Janiak’s first obsession with movies grew after becoming particularly enamored with The Goonies. Using her parents’ VHS camcorder, she spent her childhood in suburban Cleveland creating and filming sketches and then starring in and directing plays as the president of her high school theatre troupe. She attended undergraduate at NYU, where she focused on creative writing and comparative religion, studying abroad in Germany and Israel. She then attended graduate school at the University of Chicago, enrolled in a doctoral program in modern Jewish studies with an emphasis on violence and identity in post–World War II Hebrew literature. In Chicago, her passion for filmmaking was reignited by Fire Escape Films, a community of student filmmakers. After working on numerous short films and experimenting with Super 16 and old-school Moviola editing, she ultimately abandoned her PhD and moved to Los Angeles to pursue film full time. In Los Angeles, Leigh worked at Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, and at Misher Films in both development and production. Leigh and her writing partner, Phil Graziadei, met as undergraduates at NYU. They’ve been friends for over a decade and writing partners since 2005. They’ve written numerous feature films together. Honeymoon is Leigh’s feature film directing debut.

Born and raised in Germany, Phil Graziadei moved to New Hampshire before studying comparative literature at NYU. As a graduate student at the University of Chicago, he taught courses in German language, literature, and film. He has worked as a writer’s and director’s assistant to David Chase. Phil currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is an editor at one of the city’s premiere arts institutions. Honeymoon is Phil’s first produced feature.

For more on Honeymoon visit the Facebook page and website. Honeymoon is released in theaters, on demand, and on iTunes on September 12.

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Sep 2014 04

by Blogbot

This Thursday, September 4th on SuicideGirls Radio, hosts Moxi and Chloe Suicide will be joined in-studio by the hilarious Pat Susmilch and Tony Sam. The gorgeous and talented Amy Hood will also be Skyping in to talk about Promiscuities, the new movie she co-wrote and stars in.

You can listen – and watch – the world’s leading BYOB radio show live on Thursday nights from 6 til 8 PM at our new state-of-the-art all digital home: TradioV.com.

If you have questions for the SG Radio crew or our guests, you can call in during the live broadcast at: 1-855-TRV-inLA (1-855-878-4652)

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Amy Hood

Amy Hood is a model, actress, and the co-writer and star of Promiscuities, a film directed by fetish photographer Jonathan Leder which explores the dark side of female sexuality.

Pat Susmilch

Patrick Susmilch is a comedian based out of Minneapolis, MN. He was a recent finalist in the Funniest Person in Minneapolis contest and appeared on Last Comic Standing this summer.

Tony Sam

A real gem of a human being, Tony Sam is originally from the part of the country where decent people come from: The Midwest (Chicago, specifically). He now lives in Los Angeles among the endless sunshine, smog, fake everything and perma-tans. 
Tony has written for MTV’s Ridiculousness, MTV2’s Guy Code Online, MTV News, and is currently a producer on A&E’s Brandi and Jarrod: Married To The Job.

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