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‘Judas Kiss’ creators on their Kickstarter event for their next projects, ‘The Dark Place’ & ‘Something Like Summer’


Director of Judas Kiss, JT Tepnapa talks about his next two projects with writer Carlos Pedraza, writer Jody Wheeler and Cinematographer David Berry: The Dark Place & Something Like Summer here

Two and a half years ago, Kickstarter backers helped us make our first feature film, Judas Kiss, which went on to win many awards — and now it’s available all over the world! That critically acclaimed film about love, second chances and getting it right was a meaningful story, with relatable characters and top-notch production values.

We quickly raised enough funding to get two new feature films ready to shoot in 2013: The Dark Place and Something Like Summer, two very different stories. One is a mystery-thriller and the other an adaptation of a wonderful love story; both will be presented with all of the care and skill we brought to Judas Kiss.

This time out we want to do even better. Now we want to go to the technological cutting-edge for these two films — and beyond.

Little films like ours don’t have to look little. We pushed Judas Kiss well past the place other, comparably budgeted features go. We’re raising a lot of the money for these two films on our own, but we’re seeking backing on Kickstarter to help us push the technological edge.

Your backing allows us to make these films with a Red Scarlet, a state-of-the-art, 4K camera that will allow us to shoot images on par with big-budget studio pictures — ready for the screens of the future.


'Mockingbird Lane' may air for Halloween; 'Peanuts' reborn via Blue Sky; Chris Carter coming back to TV?

As I noted over a week ago, NBC had decided to not move forward with Mockingbird Lane, a rebooted series based on the classic 1960s TV sitcom The Munsters from Wonderfalls and Pushing Daises creator Bryan Fuller. The idea had been around for almost two years at NBC, and the network spent over $10 million getting it developed, but according to the media site Collider, part of the problem stemmed from the visual direction Fuller wanted it to go and what pilot director Brian Singer wanted. Also, NBC wanted the series have a fish-out-of-water aspect to it, where Fuller wanted it to exist in some self-contained universe. And because Fuller was working on his Hannibal prequel series (which NBC already gave a 13 episode order for midseason), he had no time to work on the show. NBC, looking to get some of its cost back (instead just burying it) will at least air the pilot, which should air this Halloween as a special, though no actual air date has been announced.

20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios –the company behind the Ice Age films and Dr. Suess’ Horton Hears a Who and Rio- are partnering again for a big screen adaptation of Charles Schulz’s beloved Peanuts characters. They’ve set a November 25, 2015 release date for a film, which will be the classic cartoon strips 65th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the classic CBS special A Charlie Brown Christmas. Steve Martino, who co-directed Horton Hears a Who and this summer’s Ice Age: Continental Drift, will helm this film, based on a screenplay by grandsons Craig Schulz and Bryan Schulz along with Cornelius Uliano.

The X Files creator Chris Carter has kept a somewhat low profile since his series ended in 2002. Sure, he co-wrote and directed the second big screen adventure of Mulder and Scully, 2008’s disappointing The X Files: I Want to Believe, and about a year ago he was working on a procedural show with supernatural overtones call Unique, but overall, the man has kept a low-profile for 10 years. But now, the writer has teamed up with Georgetown Television to bring the world The After. It sounds like a conspiracy series -a thriller which revolves around a mysterious and unexplained event and will incorporate “elements of science-fiction, suspense and real-word fear and paranoia.” Georgetown Television, by the way, seems to making an impression of late, as they’re also behind the recently announced reboot of the classic British sci fi series Blakes 7, as well as a pandemic thriller called Hunters from Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski and a supernatural series called Sense from team Wachowski.  The only downside to this announcement is that no US based network has picked up the show, and it’s the intention of Georgetown to shop the show at Cannes, potentially acquiring foreign financing and thus hoping to have it go for a full series pick-up versus going through the usual pilot process. Like a lot of old, popular US shows (especially science fiction and fantasy) the market is huge overseas, so there is a potential it could get picked-up. But that begs the question; would it air here anytime soon?

Ian McShane has joined the cast of American Horror Story: Asylum in a recurring role. Also, Judas Kiss actor Richard Harmon has scored a recurring role on A&E’s prequel Psycho series The Bates Motel.

'Who' Breaks records, Syfy to air 'Continuum' & 'Sinbad' & 'Wonder Woman' coming to the CW?

Once again, Doctor Who broke records over at the cable net BBC America. The seventh season opener, Asylum of the Daleks, became the most watched episode date, attracting some 1.5 million viewers, surpassing the series previous season opener, The Impossible Astronaut, which broke a record last years at 1.2 million.

Just after Syfy acquired the Canadian based time travel series Continuum, which co-stars Judas Kiss actor Richard Harmon, the cable net announced they have also picked up the BBC Worldwide/Sky 1 series Sinbad, which stars newcomer Elliot Knight and former Lost actor Naveen Andrews. Sinbad will begin airing in April, while Continuum has yet to be scheduled.

DC’s Wonder Woman has had a long and winding history since CBS aired the Linda Carter version back in the 1970s. There have been so many fits and starts with the legendary Amazon over the last thirty years that each time someone announces a new version is coming, you all have to take it in stride. While Joss Whedon would still love to do a movie version, his commitment to The Avengers and the TV series version of S.H.I.E.L.D will keep him busy through 2015. This latest version is being developed over at the CW with Allan Heinberg (Grey’s Anatomy, The O.C., Young Avengers) writing the script, though no pilot has been officially ordered. The story will chronicle her early years as “a young, budding superhero, rather than a fully formed defender of liberty.” Much like Smallville, the idea is this could focus solely on Diana. This seems on par with what the mini network has done to other superhero franchise, breaking them down into smaller components to fit a limited budget this smaller network has, plus they also have a tendency to take liberties with them, less we forget the “no tights, no flights” rule that went with after mentioned Smallville; they’ll also be taking the “super” out of superhero for the upcoming Arrow series.

'Judas Kiss' scores at TLA's Gaybie's

The festival hit Judas Kiss, with a screenplay by Carlos Pedraza and directed J.T. Tepnapa, won film distributor and online retailer TLA Video’s annual Gaybie Award in three categories, including for Best Drama, Best Actor for Charlie David and Best Supporting Actor Sean Paul Lockhart (also nominated in the supporting role was The Killing‘s Richard Harmon, who played Danny Reyes). The film was co-produced by our own DoorQus Maximus (also known as Jody), so we can all be safe and live another day as we bow before him (which he requires, and kinda likes).

“We are honored that the film has been nominated, and proud of our cast members for the recognition of their stellar performances,” said writer-producer Carlos Pedraza.

“We were up against some very fine films — including Oscar winners, big-budget mainstream studio films and network dramas,” said director J.T. Tepnapa. “The dedication and professionalism of our cast and crew, and the faith our investors and donors had in this project, made these awards possible.”

For me, it was a great honor to be apart of this picture and congratulations to everyone involved, as this was a labor of love. And thanks to all the fans who came to the festivals to see it and support this project.

Latest Behind-The-Scenes of JUDAS KISS!

Episode 2 of “Judas Kiss: Behind the Scenes” — Learn about the creative tensions between the creators of the acclaimed scifi/fantasy/drama, JUDAS KISS. Meet the film’s star, Charlie David, and learn what he brought to his role as a failed filmmaker whose past crashes headlong into his future.

JUDAS KISS is the story of failed filmmaker Zachary Wells, who is convinced by his best friend and hotshot director Topher into replacing him as a judge in their film school’s annual festival. Zach’s one-night stand with a student backfires when that student walks into an interview the next morning calling himself Danny Reyes, the name Zach went by when he attended the school. And Danny’s film, “Judas Kiss,” is a finalist in the competition Zach is judging. Zach’s film, also “Judas Kiss,” won the festival years before. As Zach scrambles for answers, a mysterious, chain-smoking campus tour guide, counsels him: “Change the kid’s past, change your future.” But how? Zach comes to believe he can mend his life by disqualifying Danny from competition, putting him on a different path than Zach followed. But will Zach’s plan work?