Since 2002, the Rondo’s have been fandom’s only classic horror awards — decided by fans, for fans. Every nominee is considered for significant work or achievement made in the year 2017.
I’m honored to be nominated for the second year in a row in Category 17: Best Website or Blog. I humbly ask for your vote.
In addition, I had the honor of being Executive Producer of Christopher R Mihm’s 2017 film, Demon with the Atomic Brain, which is nominated for Category 8: Best Independent Film of 2017.
And of course, I was thrilled to begin a new column in Scary Monsters magazine, which is nominated for Category 12: Best Magazine along with Category 16: Best Cover
I also had the privilege of being a guest on Cult Radio A Go-Go! whose hosts Terry and Tiffany DuFoe are nominated for Category 14: Best Interview for their Videoscope magazine interview of Adrienne Barbeau.
And, of course, Derek M Koch‘s essential podcast Monster Kid Radio which I joined him for an episode to chat about my favorite 50s monster movie, The Blob, is nominated again for Category18. BEST MULTI-MEDIA HORROR SITE.
Voting ends Sunday, April 8, 2018 at midnight your local time. You can vote in as many, or few, categories as you’d like but definitely encourage you to check out the full ballot here: http://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog/
How to Vote:
Voting is simple. Simply send an email to David Colton, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name and your vote in the email.
Or just cut and paste the following:
Category 8: Best Independent Film of 2017: Demon with the Atomic Brain
Category 12: Best Magazine: Scary Monsters
Category 14: Best Interview: Terry and Tiffany DuFoe
Category 16: Best Cover: Scary Monsters
Category 17: CollectingClassicMonsters.com
Category 18. BEST MULTI-MEDIA HORROR SITE: Monster Kid Radio
There are many worthwhile contenders in every category and I consider the Rondo ballot a treasure trove full of new artists, writers, creators and creations that I need to dive into. Voting is wonderful and much appreciated. But supporting this community fo creators with your wallet matters so much more!
Christopher R Mihm’s Latest Film Premieres October 4 in Minneapolis
Growing up, I loved rainy Saturday afternoons. That often meant my parents would let me watch TV beyond my usual Saturday morning cartoon overdose, which was great because it also meant monster movies and other campy, fun genre fare. Usually, Saturday afternoon TV featured a 1960s Japanese giant monster movie like Godzilla followed by an older black-and-white science fiction, mystery or horror flick that I had read about in my monster movie magazines but rarely got the chance to actually see. Growing up before the digital age, before even the VHS era, meant calendar TV viewing. If you missed the movie, chances were slim you’d get another chance to see it for years.
Those childhood days are long gone of course, and Hollywood now uses focus groups to create blockbusters for an international audience to maximize ROI. Thats’ fine. Geeks have really never had it so good when it comes to entertainment made for us. But I still love my low-budget, black-and-white B-movie monsters from the 1950s and 60s. They made me nervous, and sometimes they even scared me, but mostly they made me excited and they provided good old fashioned escapism.
That’s exactly the kind of movie Minnesota filmmaker Christopher R Mihm loves to make. He calls them “new-old” movies and he’s been prolifically writing, directing and releasing a film a year for over a decade. All of his films are loosely interlinked feature-length movies which pay homage to 1950s-era “drive-in cinema.” Based in Minnesota, like your truly, Mihm has been prolific in his film making efforts, releasing a film a year for over a decade. DEMON is his 12th feature length film in as many years!
Always black-and-white and produced on a shoe string budget, these movies are a direct homage to the wonderful drive-in movies of the 1950s and 60s that I loved to watch on Saturday afternoon as a kid in the 1970s and Chris grew up watching on VHS with his dad in the 1980s. To be clear, Mihm’s movies have a deep respect for those campy cult classics and while his movies are often funny and tounge-in-cheek, this isn’t Mystery Science Theater. Nostalgia is powerful stuff and movies, like music, have a magical way of transporting us back to simpler times.
I’ve been an avid fan and supporter of Chris’ efforts since discovering his work a few years back. This website was a sponsor of his last film, Weresquito Nazi Hunter and I’m thrilled to be executive producing DEMON. Chris and I are working hard on new ways to get his films distributed and hope to announcing some exciting new directions for the films of the Mihmiverse shortly.
About DEMON WITH THE ATOMIC BRAIN
A failed attempt to weaponize a machine capable of opening portals to other worlds creates an exponentially expanding bubble of fractured space-time which threatens to engulf the entire universe! An elite team of specialists must enter a “crack” in the disturbance and make their way down a rabbit hole of increasingly more dangerous alternate realities to find and shut down the machine which created it! Will their last ditch attempt to save humanity be successful? Will this be how the universe ends? Find out in writer/director Christopher R. Mihm’s exciting homage to the sci-fi adventure films of the late 1950s: “Demon with the Atomic Brain!”
Join us for the world premiere of “Demon with the Atomic Brain!”
But first, it’s premiere time with the world premiere scheduled for Wednesday October 4, 2017 at the classic Heights Theater in Columbia Heights, Minnesota followed by a special showing on October 8 at the Alamo Draft House in Dallas, Texas.
In addition to the main attraction, attendees will enjoy a program complete with hand-picked, era-appropriate newsreels, classic trailers, appearances by most (if not all) of the cast and crew, autographs, photo opportunities with creatures from the film and a silent auction! DVDs, posters and other exclusive merchandise will also be on sale!
Just like those Saturday afternoon creature features I grew up watching, Mihm’s films are family fare and, while occasionally scary, they are intentionally crafted to be viewable for all ages, so bring the whole family!