Horror Talk with Kristin West

This weekend may be all Easter bunnies and egg hunts, but for those of you wanting a scare, check out Domain of Horror‘s “Horror Talk”, my newest collaboration. filmfest We interview top names in indie horror and TV in Los Angeles.  Recent guests have included Tony Moran, Debra Lamb, Rena Riffel, Sheri Davis, Nikki Guzman and Armin Nasseri.  Subscribe today!  New episodes coming soon, including interviews with Bill Oberst Jr., dubbed the “king of indie horror” and folks from the creative team of the new movie “Corbin Nash

“Horror Talk” videos are hosted on Domain of Horror and YouTube.  Haven’t got time to watch?  Listen wherever you want.  Our episodes are available on Podomatic, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and others–with more outlets being added soon.

PS:  Tomorrow we have a special episode featuring Rena Riffel of “Mulholland Drive” and horror chef Nikki Guzman coming out.  Subscribe today & don’t miss out!

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Hollywood Dreams Announces Nominees

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Photo courtesy of Hollywood Dreams Film Festival

I am very honored that Seeking Valentina, a short film which I produced with Armin Nasseri, has garnered two nominations at this year’s Hollywood Dreams International Film Festival, including BEST SHORT & BEST VISUAL EFFECTS.  Our film screens later this week, in Las Vegas.  Want to catch it in Vegas?  See here.

Hollywood Dreams calls itself,

“A blend of new classic world film, hospitality, industry connections and of course a hearty brand of distributors, buyers, audience and special guests will round out what is sure to become a major stop in the vein of top U.S. and international film events.”

  For a full list of nominees for this year’s Hollywood Dreams International Film Festival, click here.  Congratulations to our cast and crew, whose talents and efforts continue to receive world-wide acclaim and many thanks to Del Weston and Theresa Weston, the founders of Hollywood Dreams Film Festival.

Why I Support Student Filmmakers

Today, I had the privilege of emailing back and forth Dr. Diane Dusick of the Inland Empire Media Academy, regarding their upcoming film festival.  This year will be the third year in a row that I’ve been a judge of their student film festival.

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I think student films are vitally important to the future of film making, perhaps not the individual films themselves, but the validation that young cinematic voices need to thrive in the very competitive film industry.  How many times have I hears someone say, “It’s just a student film?”  Often.

“It’s just a student film” negates the fact that the student has chosen a career path in film.

“It’s just a student film” negates the artistic voice of the student, even if that voice is still trying to find itself.

“It’s just a student film” lowers our expectations and does not explore the struggle all film students have in making their first works.

It’s a battle to make a film, even for a pro, even for someone who’s made hundreds.  How do we create pros?  How do we foster professionalism in filmmaking?  Though schools, through mentoring, through sharing.

This is why I support student film.