Seattle, WA, June 22, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Before YouTube, before FaceBook, it was DIY zines, vhs video and public access TV.
And from 1991 to 1993, Kelly Hughes did the impossible: he wrote, directed and edited Heart Attack Theatre, a weekly suspense anthology for local cable television in Seattle, WA. And all in his spare time while working a full-time job.
From there, he ventured out into features. The experimental film festival favorite Twin Cheeks: Who Killed The Homecoming King? And the camp-fastic blood feast La Cage Aux Zombies. And he shot it all on a home video camera, edited the old fashioned way without a computer in sight.
In his upcoming book I Walked With A Zombie Drag Queen, Hughes provides an analog account of a no budget media mogul in the DIY 90s.
"I can't believe how much has changed in twenty years," says Hughes. "Today's young filmmakers have YouTube, and broadcast quality camcorders, and point and click computer video editing. In 1991, we did everything the hard way. It was crude and clunky with lots of glitches. But we laughed our heads off and had the adventure of a lifetime."
Hughes takes you down the rabbit hole, exposing the tacky wonderland of public access TV, transgender film festivals, women-in-prison stage shows, faded burlesque stars, and PTA moms.
"When you make a no budget movie, and actually pay a star, you better make sure you get a money shot.
"After several years of churning out my public access TV show in Seattle, I was finally in L.A. making a movie. And my starlet Kitten Natividad not only agreed to let us shoot her scenes on the street in front of her cozy Hollywood bungalow, just down the block from the massive Paramount Studios lot, but she also agreed to let us film her massive naked tits, rolled up in a car window, with the car pulling her down the block, arms flailing in scream queen fashion. Of course, the few neighbors who happened to see us barely acknowledged it.
"Welcome to L.A."
Publication Date: 10/10/10