Archive for December, 2013

It’s that time of year when film critics start posting their “Best Films of 2013” lists and I’m very happy to report that EROTICIDE was listed as one of Mr. Parka’s best short films of the year! Special thanks to Dave James Parker for the mention!

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As 2013 winds down to a close, I thought I’d take a look back and list what I feel were my top 10 accomplishments of the year. As bad and tough as the world can sometimes seem, I think it can be very therapeutic to count your blessings and realize that in spite of certain negative circumstances, the good often outweighs the bad. So with that said…

1. Celebrated my 1-year wedding anniversary and 3-year couple anniversary with the love of my life, Andrée-Anne Forgues.

2. Came out of retirement to direct my magnum opus EROTICIDE thanks to the generous financial contribution of Rick Creedy, the equipment donation of Kamel Khalifa and the emotional support of Lisa Di Capa and Kamel.

3. Starred as the male lead in FIRST NIGHT directed by Philippe Bourret and had an absolute ball. It was on this set where I met Alina Gotcherian which led me to…

4. Starred in PARAPHILIA: EVERYONE HAS A SEXUAL DISORDER at the 2013 Montreal Fringe Festival. I worked with a great cast and a wonderful director, Lorne Svarc whose inspirational approach to working with actors inspired me to become an even better director myself. He also got one, if not, the best performance out of me as an actor as for the first time, I actually emoted on stage and not merely performed as most actors are wont to do.

5. Saved a third cat from a horrific situation (she was being experimented on by a lab) and brought her into a home where she is showered with love and affection. Her name is Peaches and along with Munchkin and Quagmire, she adds a lot of life to the homestead.

6. Speaking of home, my wife and I finally moved out of Chateau Douchebag and into Coronation Manor back in February. Our apartment is big, bright and beautiful. And best of all, we live next door to the most wonderful man in the world who not only catsits for us but has become a dear personal friend as well.

7. Landed a job at MegaFun Productions where I worked as a colorizer of vintage black-and-white German documentaries. Granted the idea of colourizing black-and-white film sounds and often felt blasphemous but when you land a job in the film industry that pays well and offers you the security of a 9-to-5, you quickly set aside your principles considering the alternative that many with a film degree face when they can’t find work in their field.

8. Speaking of finding work in my field, I also landed a 3-month contract with an adult sex toy company back in February where I worked as a copywriter and a video editor. If you told me back in film school that I’d be paying the bills by editing commercials for vibrators, I’d say, “Come again?” Then I’d laugh because I said, “Come.”

These last two are at the bottom not because of lack of importance but rather because these were life decisions that will have implications for 2014. You can almost look at these as New Years Resolutions.

9. Made a decision to start a family with my wife. Having three furry felines is wonderful and all, but we really want to have a baby. In a world where family values is seen as something hokey, old-fashioned and downright wrong according to some mainstream outlets, my wife and I strongly believe in passing on our morals and values to a new generation in the hopes that they will grow up to make the world a better place. We’ve been trying very hard and hope to be able to announce big news in that department in 2014.

10. Made a decision to go straight edge. I don’t smoke but I do occasionally drink and smoke pot. While I have no moral qualms about the latter two, I feel that consuming these products have a profoundly negative impact on me. I suffer from a deep depression and alcohol and drugs only seem to exasperate my feelings of self-loathing and suicidal inclinations. By removing these things out of my life, and replacing them with my vegan diet, yoga, exercise and my creative outlets, I feel I’m taking a significant step forward in my life and one definitely for the better.

Here’s a complete list of all the EROTICIDE screenings slated for 2014 thus far…

SWEDISH PREMIERE: January 13th – Tildaholm Film Society (Tildaholm, Sweden)

US PREMIERE: February 8th – Horroritca Film Festival (Boston, MA)

UK PREMIERE: February 13th – London Fetish Film Festival (London, UK)

ITALIAN PREMIERE: March 2nd – Fetish Film Festival Rome (Rome, Italy)

And many more screenings to come!

BREAKING NEWS: Just got word from my agent that EROTICIDE will be holding its UK PREMIERE at the 2014 London Fetish Film Festival on February 13th! This is 5 days after the film’s U.S. PREMIERE is slated to occur in Boston, MA at the 2014 Horroritca Film Festival.

For those keeping track, the UK officially marks the 11th country to host a screening of a Sinema Saliba production! 🙂

It’s never too early to start making good on a New Years resolution you had planned for 2014.

As of today, I will be going straight edge.

That means no smoking (which I don’t do anyway), no drinking and no recreational drugs. In the case of the latter two I have no moral objections to anybody using them and especially in the case of recreational drugs, I happen to believe they should all be legalized and I would still soon as take medicinal marijuana over anything Big Pharma has to offer.

What I do object to, however, is the effect both have had on me this year.

Contrary to whatever impression you may have of me as someone who’s flamboyant, “zen” or otherwise happy, I often go through very deep bouts of depression where I sometimes cry for no reason, get irritable for even stupider reasons and sometimes even get suicidal. Alcohol and drugs only seem to exasperate these feelings resulting in my work, my relationships and my general outlook on life being negatively affected.

I plan on working very hard to overcome these aspects in my life and as of now that will be done with a healthy lifestyle which will include my vegan diet, yoga, exercise and some new ventures to stimulate my creativity.

What it won’t include is drugs and alcohol.

Thank you all for your understanding.

EROTICIDE was uploaded for free online for a 24-hour period over the weekend. Turns out that was the best publicity I could have created for my film as I was contacted by a film society from Sweden who happened to view the film and want to show the film next year. So that’s right folks, EROTICIDE will be holding its SWEDISH PREMIERE in 2014! Stay tuned for details on where and when that will take place.

But the really big news to emerge from this weekend is that I now have an official agent who will be representing EROTICIDE in Europe! He has numerous contacts at film festivals and fetish events across the continent and will presently seek out screenings in London and Copenhagen.

Can a UK and/or DANISH PREMIERE be in the works for 2014? We’ll find out! 😀

Well, I learned a very valuable lesson tonight. When an artist creates a work of art and is fortunate enough to have his piece inspire others to pay homage to it via their own unique interpretation, there’s no accounting for just how “unique” that interpretation will be. While the performances of the actors were very spirited with an energy befitting their take on the material, their understanding of the script left very much to be desired. Now how much of this depends on the cast or the director who coached them remains unknown. All I have to go on was the final product I saw on stage, and what I saw was an interpretation of EROTICIDE that lacked the subtlety, emotional depth, deliberate pacing and clear motivation of the original film. Instead the scenes were rushed with important bits of dialogue glossed over, never given the chance to be delivered with the gravitas they were intended to be spoken with. Worst of all, the scenes often felt like they were played for comedy with an emphasis on stereotypical imagery associated with BDSM, particularly violence, which was nowhere to be found in the original text. Once again I don’t know how much of this falls on the shoulders of the actors or their director. But at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter as tonight only served to remind me how fortunate I was to work with the likes of Jocelin Haas, Stephanie Van Rijn and Lisa Di Capa and how together under my direction we immortalized something very special on film that transcended its fetishistic roots and resonated with audiences in such a profoundly emotional way and will continue to do so for many years to come.