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RECENT BLOG POSTS:
March 20, 2014 - Now available on DVD!
March 7, 2014 - This twitter thread made my day.
March 1, 2014 - I Am a Ghost, Now on Digital HD and VOD!
January 4, 2014 - Interview in Filmstitute!
December 9, 2013 - Bring I AM A GHOST to a theater near YOU!
November 5, 2013 - BEST FILM and BEST DIRECTOR at La Samain du Cinema Fantastique!
November 2, 2013 - BEST ACTRESS at Molins de Rei!
October 30, 2013 - We Love You.
October 23, 2013 - Frank Lee's 5 Reasons to see I Am a Ghost at the Castro
October 22, 2013 - "I shot I Am a Ghost for $7500." - H.P. Mendoza in SF Chronicle
October 22, 2013 - 7x7 features I Am a Ghost!
October 2, 2013 - I Am a Ghost officially OPENS!
August 8, 2013 - Cinema Chords: Another Top 10 list!
July 26, 2013 - Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival!
June 18, 2013 - BEST FILM, Audience Award in Madrid!
January 11, 2013 - Top Ten Lists!
December 27, 2012 - Happy Holidays! (updated 12/31/12)
November 13, 2012 - The Tech Check
October 29, 2012 - Happy Halloween!
September 29, 2012 - Round Two!
August 6, 2012 - New York!
July 31, 2012 - "AMAZING! I Am a Ghost [will] scare the life out of the living." - Jamie Laughlin, Dallas Observer
June 24, 2012 - ★★★★★ "POWERFUL! A meaningful work of art.", Jonathan Newman, Philadelphia Examiner
May 23, 2012 - The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
April 3, 2012 - From San Francisco to Chicago
February 5, 2012 - First Blog Post

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Now available on DVD!
by H.P. Mendoza
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Finally, the DVDs are finally available! Sorry about the delay/mishap!

Click HERE to BUY DVD!

- REGION FREE
- 1.85:1 (Enhanced for anamorphic TVs)
- English 5.1 / Spanish 2.0
- English subtitles for the hearing impaired
- NSFW Audio Commentary with H.P. Mendoza, Anna Ishida and Mark Del Lima
- I Am a Ghost Scrapbook: Featurette featuring deleted/extended scenes, behind the scenes footage and interviews with H.P. Mendoza and Anna Ishida
- Live Performance of "Emily's Theme" by Carolyn Oliss and Sandy Mix at The Castro Theatre
- and more!

Buy now on DVD or
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H.P.

Posted at 3:08pm, 3/20/2014


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This twitter thread made my day.
by H.P. Mendoza
Friday, March 7, 2014

Hey, everyone. H.P., here, and I know I normally post stuff to the blog that is published by film critics but I could not NOT share this exchange I stumbled upon while searching for my own film. (Yes, we do that.)

For those of you who also know my undying love for Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, you'll understand why I had to share this. :)



THE IPC @theipcdotme
@metalmike25 @Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
I'm watching something called I AM A GHOST... and liking it!



Michael Boyd @metalmike25
@theipcdotme @Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
what's it about?



THE IPC @theipcdotme
@metalmike25 @Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
kittens and lollipops



Michael Boyd @metalmike25
@theipcdotme @Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
my two favourite things to eat!



THE IPC @theipcdotme
@metalmike25 @Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
with great pride and humiliating shame i see that someone -



THE IPC @theipcdotme
@metalmike25 @Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
found my site searching "penis worm"



THE IPC @theipcdotme
@metalmike25 @Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
it took me to Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors



THE IPC @theipcdotme
@metalmike25 @Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
giant penis worm thing and tried to eat Arquette.



Cinema Parrot Disco@tableninemutant
@theipcdotme @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
I love that movie....



THE IPC @theipcdotme
@metalmike25 @Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
because of the penis worm??????????



Cinema Parrot Disco@tableninemutant
@theipcdotme @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
No. Mostly the marionette thing. And Patricia Arquette. And Nancy.



I Am a Ghost @iamaghostfilm
@theipcdotme @tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
I'm so happy to find a tweet about I AM A GHOST...



I Am a Ghost @iamaghostfilm
@theipcdotme @tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
...that evolves into ELM ST 3...



I Am a Ghost @iamaghostfilm
@theipcdotme @tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
...and then to the Freddy penis worm.



I Am a Ghost @iamaghostfilm
@theipcdotme @tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
seriously my fave ELM after pt 1.



THE IPC @theipcdotme
@metalmike25 @Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
this movie has gotten really fucking boring



H.P. Mendoza @hpmendoza
@theipcdotme @tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
sorry to hear. I'm not used to people tweeting...



H.P. Mendoza @hpmendoza
@theipcdotme @tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
AND reviewing films. ;)



Cinema Parrot Disco@tableninemutant
@theipcdotme @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
Hahaha! Pay attention to the movie, IPC!



I Am a Ghost @iamaghostfilm
@theipcdotme @tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
eh-if you're tweeting & watching, you'll be bored



Michael Boyd @metalmike25
@theipcdotme @Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
I want to see 'I am a ghost now'!



I Am a Ghost @iamaghostfilm
@theipcdotme @tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
cool! Please turn your phone off when you do. ;)



Cinema Parrot Disco@tableninemutant
@theipcdotme @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
lol! We don't know this IPC person....



THE IPC @theipcdotme
@metalmike25 @Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
Work interrupted my movie watchin' time



THE IPC @theipcdotme
@iamaghostfilm @hpmendoza@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
The opening ten minutes were FAAAAAAAANTASTIC!



I Am a Ghost @iamaghostfilm
@theipcdotme @hpmendoza @tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
Dream Warriors? Or my film?



THE IPC @theipcdotme
@iamaghostfilm @hpmendoza@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
I Am a Ghost!!



I Am a Ghost @iamaghostfilm
@theipcdotme @hpmendoza @tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
I take it you stopped watching.



THE IPC @theipcdotme
@iamaghostfilm @hpmendoza@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
I got to the attic part and had to stop for now



H.P. Mendoza @hpmendoza
@theipcdotme @iamaghostfilm@tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
oh man-AND watching it broken up?



THE IPC @theipcdotme
@iamaghostfilm @hpmendoza@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
It's VERY well made love the actress



H.P. Mendoza @hpmendoza
@theipcdotme @iamaghostfilm@tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
Watch Elm St 3 instead...



H.P. Mendoza @hpmendoza
@theipcdotme @iamaghostfilm@tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
...more action, more penisworm.



Kloipy @Kloipy
@hpmendoza @theipcdotme @iamaghostfilm@tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
Coming Soon: Peniswormnado.



Cinema Parrot Disco@tableninemutant
@Kloipy @theipcdotme @hpmendoza @iamaghostfilm @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @SporadicZoe
I'd totally watch that....



Kloipy @Kloipy
@hpmendoza @theipcdotme @iamaghostfilm@tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
u could still get Tara Reid



Cinema Parrot Disco@tableninemutant
@Kloipy @theipcdotme @hpmendoza @iamaghostfilm @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @SporadicZoe
Oh. I've now lost interest.



Kloipy @Kloipy
@hpmendoza @theipcdotme @iamaghostfilm@tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
Lou Diamond Phillips is Peniswormnado



Cinema Parrot Disco@tableninemutant
@Kloipy @theipcdotme @hpmendoza @iamaghostfilm @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @SporadicZoe
I'm interested again. Can you get @JohnLeguizamo??



Kloipy @Kloipy
@hpmendoza @theipcdotme @iamaghostfilm@tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @SporadicZoe @JohnLeguizamo
John, have we got a project!



THE IPC @theipcdotme
@iamaghostfilm @hpmendoza@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
WHAT'S COMING DOWN THE STAIRS?????



Cinema Parrot Disco@tableninemutant
@Kloipy @theipcdotme @hpmendoza @iamaghostfilm @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @SporadicZoe
umm..... a ghost?



H.P. Mendoza @hpmendoza
@theipcdotme @iamaghostfilm@tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
Your phone in airplane mode.



THE IPC @theipcdotme
@iamaghostfilm @hpmendoza@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
JESUS!!!



THE IPC @theipcdotme
@iamaghostfilm @hpmendoza@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
the last fifteen minutes of this -



THE IPC @theipcdotme
@iamaghostfilm @hpmendoza@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
were FUCKING FANTASTIC guys!!



I Am a Ghost @iamaghostfilm
@theipcdotme @hpmendoza @tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
IPC, please let us post this thread. :)



THE IPC @theipcdotme
@iamaghostfilm @hpmendoza@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @tableninemutant @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
ABSOLUTELY!! Good job guys!!



I Am a Ghost @iamaghostfilm
@theipcdotme @hpmendoza @tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @Kloipy @SporadicZoe
Thank you!



Kloipy @Kloipy
@hpmendoza @theipcdotme @iamaghostfilm@tableninemutant @metalmike25@Dr_Goodtimes @caragale123 @SporadicZoe @JohnLeguizamo
pull quote 'I love penis worm'



SOOOO...if I were to make a blurb from all of this, it would be as follows:

"FAAAAAAAANTASTIC!
I'm liking it! This movie has gotten really fucking boring. WHAT'S COMING DOWN THE STAIRS????? JESUS!! The last fifteen minutes of this were FUCKING FANTASTIC!"
The IPC, theipc.me


Watch I Am a Ghost on Digital HD!




Rent or own I Am a Ghost in full 1080p, Dolby Digital 5.1 from iTunes/Apple TV! Be sure to rate us, too!

Also available on:
Amazon Instant Video
Google Play
Playstation

NOTE: There has been a delay with the physical discs so expect DVDs by April. Apologies for any inconvenience.



H.P.

Posted at 3:08pm, 3/07/2014


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I Am a Ghost, Now on Digital HD and VOD!
by H.P. Mendoza
Monday, March 1, 2014





Watch I Am a Ghost on Digital HD!




Rent or own I Am a Ghost in full 1080p, Dolby Digital 5.1 from iTunes/Apple TV! Be sure to rate us, too!

Also available on:
Amazon Instant Video
Google Play
Playstation

NOTE: There has been a delay with the physical discs so expect DVDs by mid-March. Apologies for any inconvenience.



H.P.

Posted at 3:24pm, 3/01/2014


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Filmstitute interview:
I Am a Ghost's H.P. Mendoza and Anna Ishida
by Fernando Garcia
Saturday, January 4, 2014

Edited by Frank Lee
(Original Spanish text can be found here.)




In 2013, we attended Nocturna: The Madrid International Fantastic Film Festival. Of all the films screened at Nocturna, the most surprising film of the festival was H.P. Mendoza's I Am a Ghost starring Anna Ishida. We couldn't just attend the festival, but had to meet director H.P. Mendoza and actress Anna Ishida who were there to present the film. Besides being really nice, they were also very open with their work and agreed to keep in touch. Recently, we did an interview with the two of them to coincide with the screening of the Final Cut in San Francisco.

FILMSTITUTE: Why do you make movies?

H.P. MENDOZA: It's the only thing I know how to do.



ANNA ISHIDA: I've made one feature film in my career: I Am a Ghost. And it was because H.P. invited me to do so. I had always wanted to do film, but was very wary of the medium because as an actor, you have to trust your director/editor implicitly with your performance. Fortune smiled when she put me in H.P.'s path.

FILMSTITUTE: It seems surprising that such a small team created such a well-rounded film. What's been the most difficult phase of the whole project? At any point did you think that you wouldn't be able to finish it?

H.P. MENDOZA: We had a team of seven people, including the cast. For me, the most difficult part of the project was pre-production. All I had was a file called iaag.pdf sitting on my desktop and I had no idea how I was going to afford to make this movie. Getting started is always the hardest part. I was surrounded by people telling me it was a bad idea and that my movie didn't make sense. Even through early rehearsals, I had to sit through constant second guessing. That's when you feel like it might not happen. But once we started shooting, and there was nothing but a camera in between me and Anna, my confidence came back.

ANNA ISHIDA: The most difficult part of filming for me was conceptualizing being "captured on film." Relaxing was also one of the more difficult things to maintain and trusting that what I was thinking as Emily was enough for the camera. There was one night where H.P. wanted me to scream at the top of my lungs at about 9:30pm. I looked at him and said "you don't want me to do that" because I had a feeling the entire project would be shut down if the owner got complaints/reports/police called if I were to scream at full voice that late at night in a busy hotel. I think it was the right decision. (Those are MY screams in the film)

FILMSTITUTE: H.P., screenwriting, directing, editing...which do you enjoy most?

H.P.: When it's someone else's movie, I love editing and composing music. But if it's my movie, I really don't know which task I enjoy the most. I feel like I'm an introvert who loves to socialize, which makes the writing and directing perfect for me. But I also love to refine, which makes editing a very comfortable spot.



FILMSTITUTE: We love the the shots, the color, the texture. What camera did you shoot with?

H.P.: I shot with the Canon 60D. Since I knew that I would be the person shooting the movie, I even put the optics in the screenplay. The first section is all shot with a 10mm lens, which everyone warned me about, but I didn't care. I wanted the first third of the movie to look like a dollhouse. Once we get the first flashes of memory, we start using prime lenses. And when we get to the second third, I'm using every lens I can. One of the trickiest things was knowing how the footage would be processed, so in order to get the shadowy cold look of the movie, I had to constantly shine a super warm light at Anna so I can cool off the picture in post, which is what gives the red walls the purple gradients as well as Anna her deathly cold appearance. And often, we would run into problems because of the lack of space in the house, so there are a few shots where we actually lit Anna with blue light coming from an iPad!

FILMSTITUTE: Anna, were you scared to approach to a character who bears virtually all the dramatic weight of the film?

ANNA: I was absolutely scared. I was stunned with the prospect. It just didn't make sense to me for an established filmmaker to "risk" an entire film on an inexperienced film actress. Trusting H.P. as the director and editor with my performance was a challenge for me at first. I'm so glad I did end up trusting him day 2/3 of the 7 day shoot. He was very generous and gave me final say on each take and that was an instant establishment of trust between us. I realize this will probably never happen again. He'd also assure me that in some cases he was humoring me because he'd gotten what he wanted in the first 3 takes so it was a constant flexing of "trust muscles" on my part. However, as we got to shooting, the intimacy of the shoot and the intense focus of Emily's story was familiar to my experience acting onstage; I was responsible for my performance.

FILMSTITUTE: Anna, you're on tour with Red Virgin, a musical about the Paris Commune. Is it difficult for a stage actor to move to film? What things do you enjoy the most of each discipline?

ANNA: With theatre, I enjoy the journey/experience of living a character night after night - living the arc of a character's journey. With an audience in the room my performance is completely affected by the energy of the audience. It can be absolutely electrifying - I've never felt so alive when I perform in front of an audience. With film, I appreciate something a teacher told me "trust that thinking is enough." It is a totally different set of muscles and stamina for an actor - in film there's no arc or throughline to build up/ride down from - everything's filmed out of order. I love the experience of rewinding seconds in a favorite movie to watch an actor/character's reaction: seeing their love, horror, anger, anguish, incredulity, sexiness, etc. captured in seconds on film. I love watching behavior and I love how film captures those moments. Theatre is so fleeting - ethereal. Film is forever.

FILMSTITUTE: H.P., when filming, which directors inspire you the most?

H.P.: It depends on what I'm working on. For my first film, Fruit Fly, I was really trying to do something different - because that's what you do when you first start! You try to separate yourself as much as you can from your influences. But for I Am a Ghost, I basically wanted to make the kind of movie that would scare me. And that meant that it had to look, sound and feel like a horror film from the late 60's/early 70's. That meant that I'd be digging into inspirations like Polanski, Bergman, Peter Weir, David Lynch and especially Stanley Kubrick. It didn't mean that I was trying to make some unholy combination of Rosemary's Baby, Eraserhead and The Shining - but those movies had styles of their own that were such a part of the 70's and they carved grooves in my brain.

FILMSTITUTE: In some moments of the film, the treatment given to the spirit feels very much like therapy, which makes us think of the late 19th century work of Carl G. Jung. Is there any of that? What do you non-cinematic things influences your work?

H.P.: I saw counselors growing up mostly because I went to Catholic School and I was struggling with hiding my sexuality. Interesting that you should point out Carl Jung because for such a long time I dwelled on how much of an introvert I am. And I thought about the collective unconscious for as long as I can remember. So growing up, I gravitated toward analytical psychology. When I was a child, I used to wonder if I was merely reliving memories. I used to wonder if I might be a robot programmed by my parents. I used to wonder if I was a girl. So, yes - without ruining too much of the ending of the film, individuation plays a big part in I Am a Ghost.

FILMSTITUTE: For us, assembly is the key to the film. How did you deal with it? Do you have a reference? Is there any tool without which you do not think you could have to get it?

H.P.: The editing of a film is what makes movies such a tricky medium. I can honestly say that I only have a few rules for editing. 1) Your movie is a song. Stay on beat. 2) Don't withhold. If you're immersing an audience in a world or in a character, show the audience what they visually and psychologically need to stay inside. If you get too clever, the editing doesn't work, and the audience gets pulled out. 3) Treat individual scenes like a social interaction. Am I being entertaining? Am I being informative? Am I dominating this conversation? Am I overstaying my welcome? Or am I not staying long enough?

FILMSTITUTE: There is a specific scene in the movie that really impressed us. The one when Emily opens the house door. Can you tell us something about it? Does it mean anything special for you?

H.P.: Again, I went to Catholic school so I went to mass every morning and we were taught by nuns and priests. In the third grade, a kid my age turned to me after mass and said "you know this is all bullshit, right?" And I thought that lightning was going to strike him down. But for years after, the thought of nothing after death haunted me. It haunted me so much that I had to talk about it with everyone I met. Priests, nuns, teachers, counselors, friends, bus drivers. And when I started getting really into ghost stories, I thought that the idea of a ghost trusting "the light", like in Poltergeist, was just as scary as a haunting. So in the fourth grade, I wrote a short story about my class taking a field trip to the zoo. In the story, the bus driver keeps telling us that we're almost there and if we behave, we'll get ice cream at the zoo. And at the end of the story, the bus plunges off a cliff. It wasn't subtle. At all.

FILMSTITUTE: Recently you screened the Final Cut at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, Does it differ much from the cut we have seen in previous festivals in Europe? Are you very critical of your own work?

H.P.:I'm always critical of my work, but I learned to embrace it and not try to go back and fix things. I Am a Ghost premiered in San Francisco in its rough cut stage in 2011, and it did quite well. But recently, it came back to the Castro after having been completed and shown at festivals around the world, so I had to make sure that people in San Francisco knew it was a new cut. The cut we screened recently in San Francisco versus the version in 2011 is very different. It's longer now. But compared to the version that played in Spain, it's only a little bit different. You'll see when it releases in Spain in February.

ANNA: H.P. answered the first part of this question. I am a perfectionist. I am extremely critical of my work, which is why I have stayed away from film for so long because I was afraid of what I'd discover! What if I was a fool all along thinking I could do this (acting)? When I first watched the film, I forgot I was watching myself, Anna. I believe that was a quiet message that I'm on the right path.

FILMSTITUTE: How do you see the scene in San Francisco Independent Film?

H.P.: I used to have a good handle on what the independent scene was in San Francisco, but I've become so reclusive. Friends started leaving San Francisco to go to Los Angeles or New York. I think the indie film scene is changing in San Francisco because it has to. Ted Hope, the executive director of the San Francisco Film Society, stepped down after only having been appointed for a year. San Francisco is quickly becoming one of the most expensive cities in the world and let's face it: the old model of filmmaking is proving to be way too costly. I'd like to think that with Silicon Valley on our side and the embracing of transmedia, San Francisco is going to be a launchpad for a new wave of independent filmmaking. But what do I know? I just shot I Am a Ghost with a team of seven for $7500.

ANNA: I am brand new to the independent film scene in San Francisco. I'd love to become more involved. It is a very interesting experience when people tell me "you want to do film? Go to LA. Go to NY." But I think "but...I made an excellent film in San Francisco!"

FILMSTITUTE: In 2014 is scheduled for distribution. Has it been hard? ? Asia, Europe, America where you think your film will work best?

H.P.: So far, Europe has been the most receptive of our film. Only in France can we be nominated with Gravity and win Best Film and Best Director! And in Spain, our ratings were high, too. I should remind people to rate our film on IMDb, too. Then, I can see exactly where the good reviews are coming from.

ANNA: From what I heard about and witnessed with HP and his company Ersatz, distribution is incredibly difficult! I wanted so badly to do a Japanese overdub for Japanese distribution - all of my father's side of the family live in Japan! But that didn't work out. I knew early on that I Am a Ghost would FIND its audience and vice versa. It is not a film meant for mass/risk-free consumption; it requires time and attention and a certain curiosity and interest in the unusual/unknown. Those who want to see the film will FIND it. To quote an early interview with Frank Lee very early on in the journey of "I Am a Ghost" re: "being bothered by potential obscurity" I said: 'Obscurity is GOLD because oftentimes it's what makes the piece memorable - because it is different and leaves an impression; its quality comes from pure heart and skill."

FILMSTITUTE: Can you tell us something of your upcoming projects?

H.P.: I've learned that every time I tell someone what I'm doing next, I'm wrong! I have a stack of screenplays under my bed and I'm not sure which one I'll be doing next. But I know, whatever it is, I want to do it soon.

ANNA: I will be working with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco in early Spring on an ancient Chinese myth play with music titled The Orphan of Zhao. I also hope to relocate from the west coast - I have my eye on New York and beyond. Spain, for sure.

Visit FILMSTITUTE at filmstitute.com

H.P.

Posted at 3:04pm, 1/04/2014


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Bring I AM A GHOST to a theater near YOU!
by H.P. Mendoza
Monday, December 9, 2013




Tugg.com is a web-platform that helps people to throw personalized movie screenings in theaters everywhere.

Ersatz Film is partnering with Tugg.com to bring I Am a Ghost directly to your theater! It's easy - you pick the Time, Place and Date. Tugg will reserve the theater and give you a personalized event page for your screening of I Am a Ghost. Here's the trick though - you need to pre-sell a certain amount of tickets in order for the event to be confirmed!

Find out more, HERE!



H.P.

Posted at 6:04pm, 12/09/2013


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BEST FILM and BEST DIRECTOR at La Samain du Cinema Fantastique!
by H.P. Mendoza
Tuesday, November 5, 2013



Gravity wins Grand Prix and Best Special Effects at La Samain du Cinema Fantastique while I Am a Ghost takes BEST FILM and BEST DIRECTOR!

(Translated from the webpage)

Navigating between chills, dizziness and cold sweats, the fourth edition of the Festival of Samhain Fantastic Cinema held in Nice, Cote d'Azur from 22 October to 2 November 2013 . Praised by many public (projections sold films competing in the Pathe attest), this festival - with a total attendance of 5,775 people for this edition - is recognized by its peers ( Fantastic Fest, Frightfest, Screamfest ) , and now poses as a rendezvous for lovers of genre cinema during 's Halloween in France. Among the highlights of this edition, the Zombie Walk Nice has a record of success 900 undead walking on the green cast (recently opened) of the city of Nice.

Read more HERE.



H.P.

Posted at 2:30pm, 11/05/2013


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BEST ACTRESS at Molins de Rei!
by H.P. Mendoza
Saturday, November 2, 2013

Congratulations, Anna Ishida! This is Anna's third win for Best Actress for the role of "Emily" in I Am a Ghost! Because she couldn't make it, Anna recorded a quick acceptance video to be projected at the Horror Film Festival of Molins de Rei in Spain during their award ceremony. Here is that video.



Abrazos y besos. xoxo

H.P.

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We Love You.
by Mark Del Lima and H.P. Mendoza
Wednesday, October 30, 2013


(from left to right: Diana Tenes, Mark Del Lima, Anna Ishida and H.P. Mendoza)


MARK DEL LIMA: And now it's done. Ersatz Film thanks you from the bottom of its facsimile heart. It's one thing to make a film from nothing more than the creative spirit. It's another thing altogether to get a community to support it, to proselytize, to broadcast. What you see is what you get. This is our means for dissemination. And you carried us. Thank you for tolerating the endless chatter of promotion. We promise to talk about other things. We actually have a lot of other interests and things to talk about. Really! I'm actually thinking of getting back on the piano. And H.P.? Well, tireless H.P. is already planning the next project. Stay tuned.

H.P. MENDOZA: All right, it's my turn to gush. Last night, you all came to the Castro Theatre which pretty much marked the full circle closure of the work we've all done on I Am a Ghost. And it was fantastic, thanks to all of you. The movie took two years to get here from conception to distribution, and in that time you've had to see posts and posts and posts about the film. You donated on Kickstarter, attended the film festival screenings, shared the updates and re-tweeted the tweets. Because you knew that, as far as marketing and publicity goes, we didn't have a machine; we are the machine and you supported us all the way. You showed up to The Castro Theatre in costume. We saw ghosts, disco ghosts, a few Emilies, Catrina skeletons, Devo and even Chun-Li! And you came to the mezzanine party to have a glass of wine with us. We didn't get to see you all, but I hope you know we wanted to. This is what we love to do, and if you love it too, we promise to do it more often. We love you.

H.P.

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5 Reasons You HAVE to see I Am a Ghost at the Castro
by Frank Lee
Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Official Release Trailer

Right before Halloween, H.P. Mendoza's I Am a Ghost has a One-Day-Only engagement at The Castro Theatre on October 29th. And while many Bay Area horror afficionados were able to watch it during the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, many missed out. When people tell me that they're going to wait until a movie hits home video, I understand. But I've seen this film in various incarnations from rough cut to final, and I even edited the collectible hardcover screenplay. This movie is different. And I'm going to give you 5 reasons why you have to see it on the big screen.

5. It's not as scary as you think.


"More clever and cerebral than your typical ghost story, this one has chills, but may resonate more for fans of "In Treatment" with a taste for the paranormal."
- Jackson Scarlett, 7x7


Lots of H.P. Mendoza fans were disappointed that he's ditched the musical genre, but I urge them to watch this film. This isn't one of those "jump-out-and-scare-you" films that everybody seems to make. It's less Paranormal Activity and more Rosemary's Baby. A smart, edge-of-your-seat psycho thriller that uses concepts and ideas to give you a scare that lingers well after you leave the theater. This movie has the distinction of leaving me scared, even in broad daylight. Director Mendoza has stated at festivals that he had no intention of making a scary film, just one that makes you think.

4. It's scary as hell.


"TERRIFYING. The last twenty minutes of this film are some of the most intense and incredibly terrifying moments I've seen in a film."
- James Cortez, Planet Terror


That's a blurb from a guy who watches horror movies for a LIVING. Despite Mendoza's intentions of not making a scary movie, it actually is frightening. James Cortez (Planet of Terror) says the last twenty minutes are the most intense and terrifying moments he's seen on screen. And he's right. But only because of the philosophies and ideas presented in the first sixty minutes.

3. You can go in costume!


Word on the street is that repeat viewers will be coming to the screenings in costume. I joked with a friend about how there's only one costume you can really wear to a screening of I Am a Ghost and he reminded me of the myriad conceptual costumes you can wear. Like dressing like a giant fried egg. Or an electro-shock patient. Or "nothing". (Does that mean going nude?) Anyway, it's a great way to get some dress up time right before the Castro Theatre closes down for Halloween.

2. The cast and crew will be there.


"[I Am a Ghost's] eerie atmospheric soundtrack demonstrates Mendoza is a musical talent without limitations."
- Curran Nault, Artistic Director, Polari


Opera singer Carolyn Oliss will be performing the theme song live before the film and director Mendoza will also be hosting a Q&A with the cast and crew, which includes lead actress ANNA ISHIDA! The subsequent meet and greet in the reception area of the Castro Theatre should be lively and full of local filmmakers and musicians.

1. It looks and sounds absolutely beautiful on the big screen.


"Haunting [and] artfully crafted." Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Visionary. Made by a true cineaste." - Anderson Le, LAAPFF
"Meticulous mise-en-scene [and] frosty cinematography." - Curran Nault, Artistic Director, Polari

I served as editor on the collectible Kickstarter hardcover book which got me the chance to see this final cut of I Am a Ghost and it is GORGEOUS. The first 30 minutes consists of long single takes that makes you feel like you're in the house with Emily. When the camera starts to move, hold on to your seats because that's when the sound kicks in. And when it hits the fan, you'll be hearing things flying past your head and rumbling under your feet thanks to the sparkling new 5.1 soundtrack that will be soaring out of the Castro's loudspeakers. Unless you have a huge screen at home with a kickass sound system, you probably won't do better than this presentation.

October 29, 2013 - The Castro Theatre, San Francisco - BUY TICKETS


H.P.

Posted at 11:02am, 10/23/2013


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"I shot I Am a Ghost for $7500." - H.P. Mendoza in San Francisco Chronicle
by Julian Guthrie
Tuesday, October 22, 2013





Excerpt:

JULIAN GUTHRIE: What did this teach you about filmmaking? It sounds like it was a reaffirming experience.

H.P. MENDOZA: What I've learned from this whole process, from conception to distribution, is no matter how far the technology goes, no matter how inflated and hemorrhaging the budgets have become, in the end, people just want a good story.

Read the whole article, HERE.

H.P.

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13 Horror Flicks to Watch on SF Screens
by Jackson Scarlett
Tuesday, October 22, 2013



They say you can't judge a book by it's cover. That may be true, but a great horror movie always has to have a great poster. Check out some of these wild posters from our list of 13 horror gems playing around SF this Halloween season:

Oct 22

They Live
with Prince of Darkness

Local genre-heavy film bloggers Filmbalaya present Not for the Faint of Heart Movie Night, offering a double feature of horror powerhouse John Carpenter, showing his classic aliens-among-us grime fest, They Live, back to back with an earlier entry, Prince of Darkness...and they've both for free. Earwurm Studios.

Oct 23

Alien
- Halloween season official kicks off with the first, and scariest, of the Ridley Scott's Alien series. Horror heads might dispute the continuing fear factor of the series, but this one is the mother of all space-fright flicks. Plays with Halloween director John Carpenter's student film Dark Star, which is too campy to be scary, but definitely worth a viewing. Castro.

Oct 24

Poor Devil
- This rare Sammy Davis Jr. pilot also stars horror mainstay Christopher Lee (The Wicker Man) and the original Batman, Adam West. Rumor has it that Davis Jr. buddied up to Anton LaVey for sometime around its creation. It also features some great local color, with outdoor scenes filmed right here in SF during the mid 70s. Vortex Room.

Oct 27

Phantom of Paradise
- Brian DePalma's rock sendup of the original musical was made around the same time as his ingenious Blow Up, and shares alot of the same grim and grimy atmosphere, only it's totally hilarous. Catch him if you can! The Tannery, Berkeley.

Oct 29

Anti Christ
- Plays in the second edition Not For the Faint of Heart Movie Night hosted by Filmbalaya. Antichrist, for those who haven't seen it, is Lars Von Trier's most painful film, which, I think, says a lot. Peep the poster for a hint of the action. Ew. Earwurm Studios.

I Am A Ghost - Castro - Local director H.P. Mendoza (Colma) dipped a foot into the horror pool last year with this tale of a troubled spirit, haunting the house where she died. More clever and cerebral than your typical ghost story, this one has chills, but may resonate more for fans of "In Treatment" with a taste for the paranormal. Castro.

A Serbian Film - Also part of NFFoHMN, Serbian Film is the n+ ultra of gross-out flicks. Don't take your parents, don't take your date, don't take your friends. Hell, you probably should even go. You have been warned. Earwurm Studios.

Oct 30

An American Werewolf in London
w/ The Howling This international werewolf double feature boasts some bold shocks, satisfying gore and some of the best original special effects to ever hit the screen, including a werewolf transformation that still hasn't really been topped. Stay for both! Castro. Oct 31

Halloween III: Season of the Witch


One of the lesser entries into the series, but the lead-in is priceless: "A large Halloween mask-making company has plans to kill millions of American children with something sinister hidden in Halloween masks." Great costume ideas abound. Vortex Room.

Rocky Horror Picture Show - The special all-hallows-eve showing of the cult classic boasts a number of special guests and performances. The Clay.

Nov 1 (It's not over yet!)

The Visitor


This long-forgotten sci-fi/horror hybrid, finally being released in it's original glory by Drafthouse Films, allegedly "fuses elements of The Omen, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, The Birds, Rosemary's Baby, The Fury and even Star Wars creating the most ambitious of all '70s psychedelic mindwarps." (link) That sounds like an awful lot to handle at once.. but if the awesome poster is to be believed they just might have pulled it off. Roxie.

The Fly/Dead Ringers

There's less gore and more dread in store for viewers of this Cronenberg double bill, but there's plenty of the director's signature body horror and you get to see a young Jeff Goldblum naked, which I've been told is actually a selling point for some people. Castro.



Jackson Scarlett

Posted at 3:52pm, 10/22/2013


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I Am a Ghost officially OPENS!
by H.P. Mendoza
Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Extended TV Spot, including Castro Theatre tag


With the film festival run coming to an end, it's time to finally release the film! Before it hits home video in a few months, we're going to be screening in a few cities, including the beautiful Castro Theatre in San Francisco!

UPCOMING SCREENINGS
October 29, 2013 - The Castro Theatre, San Francisco - BUY TICKETS
October 26, 2013 - La Samain Du Cinema Fantastique, France - BUY TICKETS
November TBA, 2013 - Gijon International Film Festival, Spain - BUY TICKETS

REMEMBER! If you saw the film and loved it, be sure to rate it on our page on IMDb!

More about our distribution soon, but please buy tickets now before they sell out!

H.P.

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Cinema Chords: Another Top 10 list!
by Howard Gorman
Friday, July 26, 2013


(excerpted from the full article by Howard Gorman, posted HERE)

As an avid fan of the horror genre rather than feeding you with a list of the typical blockbuster horror fare that you are already aware of I am all for sifting through as many independent pieces of work as possible. As a result I have come up with ten indie/low-budget horror films that you should certainly check out if you haven't already done so. Obviously different films bring different opinions but here follows a list of those I enjoyed and think deserve championing. If you have seen any recent indie horror movies that you think are worthy of a mention please add them in the comments section below so we can all check out your recommendations too.

I AM A GHOST
Winner of Bram Stoker International Film Festival UK 2012 Best Picture, H.P. Mendoza's I Am A Ghost is a joy to watch with an altogether unique premise: a young woman, Emily, finds herself trapped in a repeating cycle in her Victorian home as she performs her daily chores. Granted that might sound extremely humdrum but, as you will have imagined by the title, she has to learn to come to terms with the fact that she is indeed a ghost.

The plot thickens as Emily is contacted by a medium trying to exorcise her from the house. Unfortunately for both parties, the house plays host to a number of dark secrets that could mean the end for both of them.

While the key to the success of the film is the fact it is so heavily driven by its characters performances, particularly that of Anna Ishida playing Emily, the film boasts some of the most terrifying moments put to film, something I in no way expected given the minimalist filmmaking devices at play.

Although I Am A Ghost's experimental, unmethodical approach may disuade many horror fans from giving this the time of day, I recommend riding this out to the very end, particularly if you have a penchant for horror that succeeds in making the viewer feel particularly uneasy.

I Am a Ghost is accompanied on the list by the following:

Splinter
Some Guy Who Kills People
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
The Tunnel
The Pact
Exit Humanity
Resolution
found.
Thanatomorphose


(re-posted by H.P.)

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Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival!
by H.P. Mendoza
Friday, July 26, 2013


Keywon Chung took a video of the audience at the second screening of I Am a Ghost at PiFan, interviewing the subtitler about the film.

I remember being floored and terrified that I could check to see the audience score for any given film that screens at PiFan. When the first screening happened, there was an audience score of 4 out of 5 stars which made me feel really good. And relieved. By the time the final screening happened, the average score was 4.41 out of 5 and we're really happy with that. Thank you Danny Rhee and Sinae Kim!

We have a few more festivals to go before we enter the distribution phase. I'm getting assets ready (soundtracks, posters, books, special features, etc.) and soon I'll be posting about the release of I Am a Ghost!

H.P.

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BEST FILM, Audience Award in Madrid!
by H.P. Mendoza
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

H.P. Mendoza and Anna Ishida receiving the award for BEST FILM, Audience Award at Nocturna: Madrid International Fantastic Film Festival.

Now on the third and final leg of the festival circuit, I Am a Ghost wins another Best Film award! This time at NOCTURNA, the Madrid International Fantastic Film Festival!

I was flying in from the Philippines and Anna was flying in from France, so we were both a bit jet-wacky when we met in Madrid, but the festival staff was amazing and our fellow filmmakers were very warm and supportive. With a glass of wine (or two), Anna and I melted into Madrid pretty easily.

The response in Madrid was astounding, from the audience to the press. Here are some blurbs:

"The most important independent film of the year!"
- Luis M. Rosales, Nocturna: MIFFF


"FABULOUS! One of the best of 2013!"
- Raul Arianes, La Consulta Del Doctor Loomis


"Without a doubt a masterpiece of independent cinema!"
- Nico Afonso, Cine3

"SUBLIME. A film of overwhelming elegance and subtlety."
- Uzumaki, Me Siento Tenebre


"LYNCHIAN! A very stimulating work, which has something that few [films] can boast: personality."
- Manuel Barrero Iglesias, Tierra Filme


"SUPERB. One of the few horror movies that really instills fear."
- La Cara De Milos


And before the screening, we were asked to say a few words. I got nervous and said "Lo siento. Mi espanol es muy malo. Perdon." And I swung Anna around to take a phone selfie with the audience. And lots of people in the audience pulled their phones out to take pictures, too! Here's that pic.



Thank you Luis M. Rosales and everyone at Nocturna: Madrid International Fantastic Film Festival for a wonderful time. Hopefully, we'll see you again when we submit another horror film...that may or may not have been shot in Madrid. :)

Next up, Korea, France and back to Spain, again!

H.P.

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Top Ten Lists!
by H.P. Mendoza
Friday, January 11, 2013


We are so proud to be able to start the new year with a bunch of BEST OF/TOP FILM lists! With distribution just on the horizon (with a brand spanking new cut with a Dolby Digital soundtrack!), 2013 is looking very bright, indeed! Happy new year, everyone!

TOP 10 FILMS OF 2012 - National Film Society
BEST OF 2012 PERFORMERS - Asia Pacific Arts
BEST FILMS OF 2012 - Asia Pacific Arts
BEST OF 2012 - The Conduit Speaks
BEST DIRECTORS OF 2012 - The Conduit Speaks
BEST OF 2012 - The Dallas Voice
TOP 10 FILMS OF 2012 - All Things Horror
BEST OF 2012 - Film Bizarro
TOP 10 BEST HORROR FILMS 2012 - Planet of Terror
BEST OF 2012 - HORROR DIRECTOR - San Francisco Weekly
BEST OF 2012 - MIX Mexico
BEST ACTRESSES OF 2012 - MIX Mexico


H.P.

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Happy Holidays! (updated 12/28/12)
by H.P. Mendoza
Thursday, December 27, 2012




THREE FOUR FIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS AND A VIDEO!

1) BEST OF 2012, Film Bizarro
http://www.filmbizarro.com/bestof2012.php

2) TOP 10 UNRELEASED FILMS OF 2012, All Things Horror
http://www.allthingshorroronline.net/2012/12/the-top-10-festival-and-unreleased.html?spref=fb

3) TOP 10 BEST HORROR FILMS OF 2012, Planet of Terror
http://www.planetofterror.com/2012/12/the-top-10-best-horror-films-of-2012.html

4) TOP 20 FILMS OF 2012, Dallas Voice (added on December 28, 2012)
http://www.dallasvoice.com/year-entertainment-screen-10135286.html

5) BEST OF 2012, The Conduit Speaks (added on December 31, 2012)
http://www.theconduitspeaks.com/2012/12/the-darkest-art-of-2012-feature-films.html

And here is our holiday video for you from me and producer Mark Del Lima. We wanted to perform a holiday song for you, and the only instrument missing is a woodchipper. "There's more to life than a little bit of money. Don't you know that? And here you are. And it's a beautiful day."



Happy holidays!

H.P.

Posted at 12:27pm, 12/27/2012
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The Tech Check
by H.P. Mendoza
Tuesday, November 13, 2012


"The theater itself, that venue, is a big part of what the festivals bring to the party; the filmmaker brings the film. The tech check is all about getting it right. Doesn't everyone deserve to get it right? Shouldn't everyone care about getting it right?" - Richard Wong


I/IV.
     When I arrived in Boston for the screening of I Am a Ghost, I was already aggravated about requesting a tech check three times and getting no response. All I wanted was to calibrate the projector and sound before our movie screened to a sold out audience. Fifteen minutes before the screening, I finally get to meet Chris Hallock, co-director of programming for Boston Shudderfest. He seems frustrated and confused, almost as much as the patrons who are all standing on the sidewalk wondering where to pick up their tickets. (Both screenings were co-presentations at The Somerville Theatre by the Boston Asian Film Festival and Boston Shudderfest.) Apparently, he's been waiting to hear back from multiple people of his own. This is the frantic life of the film festival. Against my better judgment, I become the pest, again. "So, can I get a tech check?"

     Chris gladly walks me into the theater and I see the setup: a jumble of wires, a THX pre-amp and amp and random DVI, VGA and HDMI cables running from the floor to a big projector obscured by a wood casing. It looks very similar to the setup I have at home. This is the Somerville Microcinema. "For some reason," says Chris, "we can't get a picture." At this point, I'm damning the gods. Not only am I unable to calibrate the picture, there is no picture! Chris looks at me with a somber smile that manages to simultaneously say "I'm sorry" and "We'll make it happen." And all I kept thinking was "if we'd scheduled this tech check, we could have fixed this earlier instead of fifteen...no, thirteen minutes before the film is scheduled to screen."

     So, what's the big deal, huh? Am I being a diva for asking for a tech check? I don't think so. When you consider how much time, effort and money I put into every single shot of the film, it would suck to have all of that blown by a simple technical problem at the projection end. Richard Wong (Director: Yes, We're Open, Cinematographer: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan) chimes in about this.

RICHARD WONG: Any given theater is essentially the funnel in which a person's film is squeezed. I think everyone at this point knows how much work goes into a film's picture and sound. When you are talking about films that are playing film festivals, there's even more at stake. You're trying to make an impression on the audience, trying to lure buyers, trying to make a name for yourself. The theater itself, that venue, is a big part of what the festivals bring to the party; the filmmaker brings the film. The tech check is all about getting it right. Doesn't everyone deserve to get it right? Shouldn't everyone care about getting it right? The filmmakers, the audience, the festival and the theater. Shouldn't that just be the standard?

David Kittredge (Director: Pornography: A Thriller) echoes the sentiment, while talking about the invisible expense of filmmaking.

DAVID KITTREDGE: You're a filmmaker, you've made a film. You've spent loads of money (yours or other people's), you've stressed and sweated and lost sleep and spent weeks or months or years to make this film, hopefully with minimal casualties. The one thing you owe to yourself, your film, and your audience is to do whatever possible to ensure they experience the film correctly. So do a freaking tech check. These people have paid money, taken time out of their day or evening to spend time with your film. Your film most likely isn't made for a lot of money. Most likely it doesn't have stars. And yet these people have placed their trust in you, they're making a bet you'll show them a good film. You owe them. You owe everyone who worked on the film. You owe yourself.


"Look, the projection is just wrong. This isn't an opinion, you're projecting it wrong." - David Kittredge


II/IV.
     So, I'm standing there behind the projector staring at a jumble of wires, not knowing what I'm allowed to touch when Chris Hallock's festival partner, Mike Snoonian, walks in. He looks at me and asks, "Mendoza?"

     "Yes."

     "So, what's happening, right now?"

     "Well, there's no picture," I say, with despair. "Not even a menu. It's a black screen."

     "Ah," he says, noticing my frustration. "One question: When you shot the film, did you remember to take the lens cap off?"

     Funny. Mike smiles, knowing that he had to get it out of his system, and jumps into action. The tech check has begun.

     Dealing with the proper people, and dealing with them properly, is something Frazer Bradshaw (Director: Everything Strange and New, Cinematographer: Babies) does regularly. Thankfully, he does so with empathy.

FRAZER BRADSHAW: I make friends with the projectionist and get them on my side. I never dare be unpleasant, since that will usually get you nowhere, and the fate of my film's presentation is in their hands. I happen to have a theoretical knowledge of how projectors work, and have, at times, been able to get access to the projector to tweak settings myself. If one is met with hostility or unwillingness, it's probably because the projectionist feels defensive and that he/she is being accused of doing a poor job. No one likes that!

DAVID KITTREDGE: I'm not met with hostility as I am nervous defensiveness, because they were like "Holy shit. The film looks like crap and in my prep for all the afterparties and awards ceremony and making sure some PA picked up the cast from that movie from Guam, I completely forgot to make sure there was someone around who knew how to fucking work the projector." Of course, they don't say that. Generally they try to spin it, say "Well this is the best we can do." Or better yet, they argue: "Really? I don't see what's wrong with the picture!" This is even more hilarious when the picture is obviously wrong - anamorphically stretched, or out of focus, or slanted in some weird way to the left or right. Then, it's "Well look, I'll try to fix this, but we may just have to live with this."

     And that, dear filmmaker, is when you pull your trump card. It's the card no filmmaker should ever pull. Because I adamantly believe you can't pull it unless you're willing to throw it down on the table.

     It's the Diva card.

     You say the following: "Look, the projection is just wrong. This isn't an opinion, you're projecting it wrong. One of two things is gonna happen. Either we get the projection to screen the film correctly, or I take my tape and we cancel the screening right now. Period." That's when, in my experience, a real projectionist somehow is found and (after a couple of quick menu selections) the film suddenly looks right again.

     As far as pulling your film from the festival, Philip Perkins (Sound: Salvador, Nova, Independent Lens) concurs.

PHILIP PERKINS: I have met with resistance from venues to making adjustments and changes to accommodate a particular film and even to doing a tech check at all. This is why the director him or herself really needs to be present and willing to go right up the festival chain of command to get what they want in this regard. Usually that seems to get things taken care of.

     The most common reason given for refusing a tech check is lack of time, running late etc--again, filmmakers must be willing to stand very firm to the point, maybe, of intimating that they might not allow their film to be shown if they don't get at least a brief tech check. I believe it is that important. The reasons for hassles over tech checks are often down to defensiveness of the technical staff (i.e. they don't understand what is being asked of them and don't want to admit it), their private issues with the venue management, the policies of that particular venue, info about the film not being passed to them in advance or downright laziness. Diplomacy is very important in this situation, balancing politeness and gratitude with making it understood that want your film shown as you intended it to be. This can be a tightrope, to be sure, and easier to manage if you have an associate with you.


"Get with the program, people!" - Philip Perkins

III/IV.

     For some veteran festival attendees, however, the responsibility is solely in the hands of the presenter, not the creator. Quentin Lee (Director: The People I've Slept With, White Frog) has this to say.

QUENTIN LEE: I know many filmmakers who showed up at their screening, including me, and have gotten pissed off at the movies being projected wrong. My sense is that I have been to festivals over two decades and I haven't really heard of the need to tech check a movie. The "tech-check" really falls on the burden of the festivals/exhbitors as they are responsible for screening the movie right.

     But what if the responsibility is left solely in the hands of the venue? Do you run the risk of having a bad presentation that you could have prevented? Richard Wong speaks about the worst presentation of Colma: The Musical.

RICHARD WONG: One that really actually hurt the film was a press screening for Colma where I was not given a tech check. The presentation was terrible. The colors desaturated and contrast cranked.


"The presentation was terrible. The colors desaturated and contrast cranked." - Richard Wong.


RICHARD WONG: (cont.) So when reviews came out that came from that screening, they uniformly blasted the technical aspects of the film. I'd venture to say it distracted them from the film itself, as it would any audience.

PHILIP PERKINS: I've had a lot of cringe-worthy screenings, many of them back in the old 16mm film-print days. Anymore the worst issues seem to be the venue not playing a film mixed as surround in surround, playing a film mixed as stereo in mono, much too loud, much too quiet, distorted audio due to a misaligned or broken system, and a terrible dislocative sort of playback that comes from having the speakers in the wrong position (i.e. not behind the screen for the L/C/R, but far left and right instead, or some variation on this).

In addition, there can be lip-sync issues, although these are far more rare than they used to be. My main beef is with projectionists who will not change their patches or the settings of their Dolby Cinema Processor boxes to accommodate a video playback in which the audio has been encoded as an LtRt--Dolby Pro Logic in a stereo track-- so that we get our surround back instead of a comparatively lifeless stereo presentation. This is an ongoing issue as venues who formerly viewed surround as being exclusively the province of 35mm film presentations and video playbacks as being stereo only, are now getting virtually all new independent work sent to them in some form of video, usually with 2 channel audio. Get with the program, people!


Chris Hallock and me at the screening of I Am a Ghost co-presented by Boston Asian American Film Festival and Boston Shudderfest.


IV/IV.


After surmising that the problem with the blank picture was a faulty cable, it left us with two minutes to do the tech check. "I'm sorry, guys," I said to Chris and Mike. "But I really want--"

"All right," said Mike, clapping his hands, excitedly. "Let's do the tech check." I didn't even have to ask. We turned the projector on, and after waiting for the picture to come on, we saw an unsightly mess. The picture was far from optimal.

"This must be killing you, man," said Chris, apologetically. Just his acknowledgment of my potential pain was more than I was accustomed to from other festivals. "We have to get this picture right."

Just then, a festival staff member walked into the theater, already pointing at her watch. "We should be starting now."

"We can't start yet," said Chris. "The picture's not ready."

"Ok." The festival worker looked like she understood. "How much longer?" Me, Chris and Mike all looked at each other, searching for a reasonable answer. "Ten minutes?"

"Done," I said, and the festival worker ran off to deal with the waiting audience.

Chris nodded. "All right let's go."

I'm going to save you all from the tedious descriptions of the tech check, but I'm going to list dialogue from our ten minute session, just to give you an idea of the teamwork involved. Whose voice is whose does not matter:

"Left."/"Good?"/"More."/"It's not doing anything."/"Can we keystone?"/"It's getting worse."/"The color is off."/"Fix the blacks."/"Good?"/"Lemme see."/"What's with the temperature?"/"Hey, how about this?"/"Perfect! Analog keystoning."/"That's too far, now."/"Yeah, it is."/"Here, use this!"/"Don't hurt yourself."/"Louder"/"What's your mix?"/"LtRt"/"Let's do this."/"No, the center channel isn't matched."/"Is there a discreet EQ?"/"Let's go stereo."/"Louder."/"Louder."/"Louder."/"Holy shit, we've got it."

Through teamwork and care, the three of us got the picture and sound right. And boy, did we ever. A sharp picture with detail in the blacks. Perfect saturation and no moire (a problem with lots of un-tech checked presentations that want to "zoom" into the picture), perfect channel separation and house shaking bass. I'd say it was one of the best technical presentations of I Am a Ghost, ever.

RICHARD WONG: I will say that some theaters and festivals are really great about this. The Castro in San Francisco we've played at many times with various festivals and they have been open to making time to make sure the presentation is good. Usually it means coming in at 9 or 10 in the morning, which is by all means fine by me. Whatever it takes!

PHILIP PERKINS: Filmmakers--tech check yourself, with your own ears, every situation! Don't take technicians' words for things working fine! Ask someone you trust to listen with you! Ask questions!

FRAZER BRADSHAW: At the end of the day, the filmmaker has very little control over how their films will be exhibited. We'll never know how bad our films look on consumer TVs and we couldn't do anything about it if we did. We have some control over festival theatrical, if we are there to manage it, and have the technical chops to do so.

This is a shout out to Chris Hallock and Mike Snoonian of Boston Shudderfest. Without your hard work, dedication and willingness to help (not to mention our collective geekiness), I Am a Ghost would have looked like total amateur hour. The teamwork before the screening was exhilirating, and many festival presenters could learn a lot from you two. From all of us at the I Am a Ghost crew, we raise a glass to your attention to detail and love for movies.

DAVID KITTREDGE: You can't rely wholly on anybody on your team to know everything. Which is why, if it's your movie, you need to know the basics of everything. Every technical aspect. The camera. The codec. The workflow. Everything. Making a movie can take it out of you. Literally-it can take your money, your time, your health, in many cases your relationship, your sanity, your friends, your sobriety, and any sense of well-being. Of course, it's worth it anyway.

David Kittredge is the director of PORNOGRAPHY: A THRILLER, (Winner, Best First Narrative Feature, FilmOut San Diego, 2010)

Frazer Bradshaw is the director of EVERYTHING STRANGE AND NEW, (Winner, International Critics Prize, SFIFF 2009)

Richard Wong is the director of YES, WE'RE OPEN, (Winner, Best Screenplay, LAAPFF 2012)

Philip Perkins is an Emmy-nominated Sound Editor/Mixer/Recordist for over a hundred films and television shows since 1976.

Quentin Lee is the director of WHITE FROG, currently on the festival circuit.



H.P.

Posted at 10:30pm, 11/12/2012

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Happy Halloween!
Monday, October 29, 2012 (edited Tuesday, October 30, 2012)



Pictures of the cast and crew of I Am a Ghost at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
Photo 1: H.P. Mendoza, Jeannie Barroga, Anna Ishida and L.A. Renigen pose in front of a Yes, We're Open sign.
Photo 2: Titus Chong (moderator, HIFF), H.P. Mendoza, Anna Ishida, Jeannie Barroga on microphone, L.A. Renigen.
Photo 3: Producer Mark Del Lima with partner H.P. Mendoza in a rare photo, together
Photo 4: Anna Ishida shields her eyes on the balcony of the HIFF Hospitality Lounge


What a crazy month! I Am a Ghost had 8 screenings at Pollygrind, DC Asian, Hawaii International, Tucson Terrorfest, TriCity Fantastic Fest, Boston Asian, Shudder Fest and Bram Stoker UK and walked away with BEST DIRECTOR and BEST ACTRESS at Tucson Terrorfest! We're so honored and thrilled!

We're a little bloodshot from traveling, and there are more festivals coming up (in four days, to be exact) so let's rest and share some San Francisco news. Anna Ishida is being honored with a San Francisco Bay Guardian GOLDIE AWARD for Theatre and I'm being honored by SF Film Society along with film critic Judy Stone, quarterly DVD magazine Wholphin, film festival volunteer extraordinaire Ninfa Dawson and and filmmaker Terry Zwigoff for Essential SF!

This is a good year of recognition. As the year comes to a close and I Am a Ghost travels to more festivals, it's time to start thinking about distribution. These laurels sure would look good on a poster or Blu-Ray cover. :)

EDIT: We just won BEST PICTURE at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival in the UK!
Check out the gorgeous award that's being shipped to us!



I can't list all of the upcoming fests yet, until they officially announce, but here is where you can see us next:

SAN DIEGO ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
November 2 @ 9:15pm
November 6 @ 8:00pm

ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

November 17th @ 11:59pm

Remember, we're a team of two, Mark Del Lima and me. We don't have the millions of dollars to make television commercials or post billboards and advertisements everywhere. All we have is the time we put into outreach, social networking and blogging. This outreach includes making trailers, spots and posters. Couple that with the amount of money and work we put into festival submissions and deliverables, and you have a pretty clear picture of how independent a film can be. The festival circuit is a pure experience: we make the movie, you come to watch it. But it can only continue through people like you, so remember:

I AM A GHOST on IMDb (Rate us!!!)
I AM A GHOST on facebook
I AM A GHOST on twitter



And here are two videos, from us to you, to enjoy this Halloween.



Thank you, all! More to come! No rest for the weary! H.P.

H.P.

Posted at 2:23pm, 10/29/2012

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Round Two!
Saturday, September 29, 2012

I had the chance to take August and September to work on some other projects I'd neglected for a while, as well as work at IDEO which is always intense and fulfilling (if not intensely fulfilling). But now, October is upon us. It's round two.

I'm so grateful and humbled by all of the attention our film has been getting, and I'd like to ask everyone who has said anything nice about I Am a Ghost to click on the following link to either Rate, Like or Follow the film:

I AM A GHOST on IMDb (Rate us!!!)
I AM A GHOST on facebook
I AM A GHOST on twitter

We ended round one of the fests with 9 screenings in Mexico City as part of Mix Mexico and Macabro Mexico City International Film Festival. We kick off this second round of festivals with the Pollygrind Film Festival in Las Vegas, a genre festival celebrating its 3rd year.

9/28 - Pollygrind Film Festival
10/5 - DC Asian Film Festival
10/13 - Hawaii International Film Festival
10/26 - Boston Horror Film Festival (co-presented by the Boston Asian Film Festival)
10/27 - Bram Stoker Film Festival of the UK
11/2 - San Diego Asian Film Festival

There are more festivals coming up, but I can't officially announce them, yet.

And here are some NEW review links!

"GRADE: A
Smart, original, and unsettling. Highly recommended for fans of ambitious horror films." - Joe Bendel, Libertas Film Magazine


"WONDERFUL!
[I Am a Ghost] will spark a complex dialogue for years to come." - David Calbert, Arts Engine

"FANTASTIC!
It's one of the most original and remarkable ghost stories I've ever seen. From a style and atmosphere perspective, it is very Kubrickian in appearance and tone but from a purely conceptual standpoint, it's unlike anything you've ever seen. The last twenty minutes of this film are some of the most intense and incredibly terrifying moments I've seen in a genre film this year. " - James Cortez, Planet of Terror

A TOUR-DE-FORCE PERFORMANCE!
Mendoza made the best casting decision of his career." - Chris Hallock, All Things Horror

"Lensed, scored, and edited with a skill so methodical and "savant" in nature, it's almost jarring to watch something so rooted in technical brilliance. - Chris Conduit, The Conduit Speaks

"UNCOMMONLY SCARY!
Destined to be a cult classic." - Brian Hu, San Diego Asian Film Festival



Thank you all for supporting the film for this long! We're halfway through the festival run and the movie keeps finding its audience, thanks to the word-of-mouth and general support from all of you. And remember:

I AM A GHOST on IMDb (Rate us!!!)
I AM A GHOST on facebook
I AM A GHOST on twitter



More soon! H.P.

H.P.

Posted at 2:27pm, 9/29/2012

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New York!
Monday, August 6, 2012



The square format postcard for the New York premiere!



Wow, what a trip. I'm home for a few days, having landed back in San Francisco, yesterday, before I head back to New York. The screening of I Am a Ghost at The Chelsea Clearview in Manhattan was a success. Unfortunately, neither Anna Ishida nor Mark Del Lima could make it out to New York. Rick Burkhardt and Jeannie Barroga were in attendance for a really in-depth Q&A that bled into the surprisingly well attended afterparty/meet-and-greet, afterward.

Martha Tien, Sophia Giddens and Lesley Qin of the New York Asian American Film Festival all made the whole process very approachable, and I STILL managed to not see everyone at the afterparty. I discovered that a bunch of people came to the screening from out of town! When I asked them how they heard of the film, they mentioned the Dread Central article:

"Buzz Growing Around H.P. Mendoza's I Am a Ghost" - Dread Central

It's because of this article that I suddenly started receiving lots of requests from festivals, journalists and filmmakers. And it brought these horror fans to The Chelsea Clearview. Some from Philadelphia, some from Pittsburgh and one very knowledgable guy from New Jersey who seemed to have all of the same touchpoints that I had, which told me that he had to have been my age. Within minutes of talking to them, I felt like the film has found its audience. Thank you to Avery Guerra and Doctor Gash from Dread Central for the coverage!


A photo of Vincent Brinas, in New York, who managed to score the movie poster from the film festival!


I was happy and proud to see so many people in the audience, lots of whom were fellow filmmakers, composers, actors and playwrights. I had to catch up with a lot of them via facebook, though, because it was next to impossible for me to talk to everyone by the time the party was over.

And after doing a bunch of interviews and trying to get reviews, they're starting to trickle in, and I want to post this one by Joe Bendel.

"SMART, ORIGINAL AND UNSETTLING! Anna Ishida [gives] an extraordinary performance." - Joe Bendel, j.b. spins

As more pieces trickle in, I'll post them here. But for now, I'm signing off with a thank you to everyone who supported the film in New York. Thank you ACV, Dread Central, Quiet Earth, Core, Bram Stoker Film Festival, B-Movie Celebration, Avery Guerra, Darryl Pierce, Frederick Gorey, Courtney Jones, Nicholas Reiner, Robert Hood, Chris Evangelista, Lewis Tice, Robert Hood, Susan Chinsen, Chucho Quintero and Edna Campos. In the course of one week, so much attention has been thrown on I Am a Ghost, and I'm so thankful.

Oh, and by the way...we also got accepted to:
MACABRO: Mexico City International Film Festival!


More on that, later. ;)

H.P.

Posted at 2:36pm, 8/6/2012

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"AMAZING! I Am a Ghost [will] scare the life out of the living." - Jamie Laughlin, Dallas Observer
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I'm picking the Dallas Observer article because it "gives good pull-quote". But during my festival stay at the Asian Film Festival of Dallas, I Am a Ghost has been covered by three Dallas publications, which is beyond flattering! One of the pieces is for the Dallas Voice, an interview by Arnold Wayne Jones.

HAUNTED FILMMAKER, by Arnold Wayne Jones, Dallas Voice
Click here to read the interview.

The festival was amazing and I got to spend time with directors Dave Boyle and Mye Hoang of Daylight Savings and Viette, respectively, and they showed me around seeing as how I'd never been to Dallas before.

With the hospitality and general warmth of the AFFD crew, headed by Alicia Chang and Steve Norwood, the I Am a Ghost experience was warm, welcoming and supportive - everything I was told to expect from the South. :)

Thank you, AFFD, for the familial treatment and especially for the genuine and heartfelt support (even if executive director Alicia Chang covered her eyes and turned her back to the screen for the final 20 minutes...hahaha)

H.P.

Posted at 3:23pm, 7/31/2012

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★★★★★
"POWERFUL! A meaningful work of art." - Jonathan Newman, Philadelphia Examiner
Sunday, June 24, 2012

Well, it's been a busy month for I Am a Ghost.


We had a midnight screening at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, an amazing venue set in a sanctuary built by architect Frank Furness. We also had two screenings in Mexico as part of MIX Mexico, but three more screenings were added making for a total of FIVE screenings!

Unfortunately, none of us were able to attend any of these screenings, but we were reviewed in the Philadelphia Examiner!

Click HERE to read the review!

One of my favorite parts of the review is this:

"Anna Ishida, an actress whose prodigious talent and emotional capacity carry the film forward and enable Mendoza's whole enterprise...can be seen as an eerie correlation to Nicole Kidman's role in Amenabar's work, and arguably displays a much more powerful performance than Kidman was ever able to summon."

I agree. Anna Ishida's performance is something to behold and I'm glad someone has finally written about it in a review. (ed. It was written in Filmbalaya that "Anna Ishida's portrayal of the ghost was simply terrific.")

Thanks to all who came to the midnight screening a Stay tuned for future postings about Dallas, New York and more!

H.P.

Posted at 6:23pm, 6/24/2012

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The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wow. VC (Visual Communications) sure knows how to throw a festival. It was quite a week. A week that led up to a night that I was not ready for. A night that shook me so much it left me ending my sentences in prepositions.

I'm at the awards ceremony, sitting at my table with the guys from Sunset Stories, Valley of Saints and Derek Nguyen of Seeing Red. Parvesh Cheena and Iris Yamashita are presenting awards. I'm noticing how well spoken and confident the winners all seem. I'm just about to lean over to Derek to ask if the winners were notified way in advance when suddenly my name is called for Best Screenplay for Yes, We're Open! I'm so stunned, and cameras are going off (there are pics of me floating around, at my table looking like an idiot that I won't share here) that it takes me a while to get to the podium. Before I get to the microphone, Yes, We're Open producer Theresa Navarro sends me a text saying "Hooray! Best Screenplay!" Theresa was in New York. Apparently, everybody was ready for this award but me.

So, I give my speech. Or, "speech". And as I'm giving my speech, my phone is vibrating like crazy in my hand. (I was busy taking pictures of all of the award winners with my iPhone when I was called on to stage, and didn't have the wherewithall to know where to put it during my "speech".) As I sit back down after the speech in qutotation marks, I look at my phone and notice a ton of tweets, texts and facebook notifications. One of them reads, "Congrats on getting Best of SF Weekly!" I'm too shaken to even know what that means, so I shove my vibrating phone back in my pocket.

After the awards ceremony, I'm walking around trying to say my goodbyes (I had to hop in a cab to the airport to catch a flight to San Francisco, ASAP) and my congratulations to all of my friends. I'm also trying to find the space to text and or call Rich Wong and the rest of the Yes, We're Open crew. I see Parvesh standing in the middle of the courtyard and I'm wondering if he'll remember me from the time we met for 3.5 second during Fruit Fly in New York. I walk up to him and introduce myself, and sure enough he remembers those 3.5 seconds as if it were only 2 years and 10 months ago. He introduces me to his boyfriend Gregory and tells me that he thought the script for Yes, We're Open was really funny. I tell him that means a lot coming from him. He then asks me to stop and it suddenly becomes a contest about which brown guy can blush harder.

I hop in a cab to LAX and I decide to go through all of my notifications when I come across the message about the SF Weekly. It doesn't have a link attached to it, just the message. I go to Safari and do a search on "SF Weekly, award, mendoza" and there it is:

I Am a Ghost gets Best New Horror Director in SF Weekly's Best of 2012! (To which Richard Wong said, "Hmm...it's still May") Click HERE to see the article!

So, in one hour, I won Best Screenplay for Yes, We're Open, Best New Horror Director for I Am a Ghost and Parvesh Cheena called me funny. VC, your festival has got me aflutter.

Thank you to L.A. Renigen who knows the importance of being as generous to the universe from whom you demanded generosity. Thank you to Quentin Lee for the clothes, parties and a surprise second viewing of I Am a Ghost! (Thanks for noticing the projection! Haha!) Thank you to David Kittredge and Rob McClary for the super support and dinner. Thanks to the Yes, We're Open Crew (Rich, Irene, Seng, Parry and Lynn) for coming to the screenings of I Am a Ghost! Thanks to Bao Nguyen, Dave Boyle, Mye Hoang and Goh Nakamura for the unending support that's spanned multiple festivals. And thank you, thank you, thank you to the Kickstarter backers who came out to both screenings in Los Angeles!

Thanks so much to the staff of VC, Abe Ferrer, Dave Magdael and especially Anderson Le of VC, who personally championed I Am a Ghost. I've talked with a bunch of the other filmmakers, and we all agree that we felt really taken care of. (There goes that preposition thing, again.)

And congratulations to all of the winners at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival! Click HERE to read more.



H.P.

Posted at 10:53am, 5/23/2012

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From San Francisco to Chicago!
Tuesday, April 3, 2012

What a great experience it was to premiere in San Francisco with THREE sold out screenings. I really do believe the two extra sold out screenings happened because of the generous write-ups of the film, especially the Composable Thumbs review.

We were so happy to see a lot of friends and family show up to the screenings, as well as a lot of the people who pledged on Kickstarter (who I've listed in the previous blog post.) And thank you to all of the filmmakers who came to support the film with such kind words; Dave Boyle, Tanuj Chopra, S. Leo Chiang, Goh Nakamura, Richard Wong, Christopher Hollstein, and Quentin Lee among others. Thank you all for being there!

And now, we move on to other festivals. I Am a Ghost will be playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago as part of the Asian American Showcase on Friday the 13th! Thanks to Tim Hugh for his kindness, warmth and enthusiasm over the film and his clever idea to program the film on a night when people want to get scared. :)

So, on to the second festival of this long journey. Thank you so much, everyone! And remember to spread the word about the film, share it on facebook, and like our page! We couldn't have filled up those theaters without you!

H.P.

Posted at 12:33pm, 4/3/2012

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First Blog Post!
Sunday, February 5, 2012

Thank you to everyone who helped bring I Am a Ghost to life. This film really has been a labor of love and I've definitely felt the love from all of you who have supported the post-production process through Kickstarter. And I may have been aloof, but I want everyone to know that the film is in really good shape. So good that we are an official selection at the 30th Annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival! This excites me on two levels: 1) This is where both Colma: The Musical and Fruit Fly both premiered as well as the upcoming Yes, We're Open and 2) the film was shot almost entirely in San Francisco!

I can't publish the dates, times or venues until after the press conference on the 9th but let me use this first blog post to say thank you and introduce the first festival trailer for I Am a Ghost! I would also like to thank the following people for supporting on Kickstarter:

Joon Park, Bethany Del Lima, Steve Gonzalez, Malhar Pagay, Bill Ottemann, Robert OGeen, L.A. Renigen, Anh-Thu Nguyen, Priscilla Mendoza, Glenn Auve, Richard Wong, David Lewis, Scott Kildall, Victoria Scott, Jef Cunningham, Tim Bland, Gretchen Addi, Virginia King, Kathryn Aaker, Jeremy De Forge, Kimber O'Neill, Cynthia Leung, Andreas Mugler, Paul Kolsanoff, Allen Gittelson, Robert Lord, Amy Hope Dermont, Rachel Wong, Carol Milano, Mary Foyder, Josh Snyder, Gauri Sharma, Stephen Schwichow, Samantha Eldredge, Mario Anima, Mike Benning, Parry Shen, Rebecca Marshall, Patrick Hagan, Ethan Malasky, Kay Tracy, Eric Wertz, Laura Milano, Jay Alexander, Marc Whinston, Josh Naftel, Darcy Harris, Andy Volk, Stella Kang, Jill Manthei, Tor Ravengael, Evangeline McMillon, Julia Kwan, Robert Fukushima, Sohr Adsuara Picart, Joseph, Tanuj Chopra, Michael Prados, Seng Chen, David Kittredge, Andrew Paik, Jessica Cunningham, James Choi, Stephen Kim, Woo Jin Park, Alicia Terkel, Emily Marcroft, Charles Montague, Beth Scannell, Carolyn Oliss, Steffi Liem, Wynn Nojopranoto, Maria Judice, Beau Trinca, Chris Broderi k, Ellen Park, Chris Walden, Armin Izer, Helen Souranoff, Krista Ravengael, Marilyn Mix, Darcy Villere, Joe Futrelle, Mark Enslin, Hannah Dworkin, Will Luo, Tin Lee, Natalie Mulford, Matzi Hilger, Sean Bart, Esther Arellano, Harlow, Masashi Niwano, Ted McD, Laura Irvine, Ben, Marianna Matthews, Juan Enriquez, Elizabeth Cobb, Liam Dunlop, Ian Carey, Noah Balmer, Brian of Tribute Gallery, Orme Dominique, Mariana Lopez, Michael Kelly, Jazmine Applin, Elisa Stollmeyer, Martin Berthelot, Jim Kosmicki, Paul Prater

So, until February 9th, enjoy the new trailer! And hit me up however you want to hit me up! But for sure, please join the I Am a Ghost facebook page:

www.facebook.com/iamaghostfilm

I'll be shipping out the Kickstarter rewards, too, so keep an eye out!

H.P.


Posted at 5:19pm, 2/5/2012



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