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Shameless Self-Promotion: DARK AND STORMY NIGHT!

Hi guys!!  DARK AND STORMY NIGHT, a movie I designed, is screening this Friday 5-29-09, at the Egyptian theater.  It is a campy 1930s whodunnit satire (directed by genius Larry Blamire) with some pretty unforgettable dialogue and performances.  …And the costumes ain’t bad (I made most of the ladies’ costumes with my own hands, gat-dammit!).  If you want to see a movie, but NOT one about aliens invading the earth, cars turning into robots, dinosaur skeletons coming to life, making fun of dance movies, angels or demons, klingons, dudes with blades coming out of their knuckles, Zac Efron, Matt McConaughey or Beyonce, then this is your movie.  It’s kind of like the movie “Clue”, just a lot funnier and better.  It’s silly, good fun – and yes, you can bring the kids – at least, if they can handle bloodless murder, YES, you can bring the kids.

The film is screening at the beautiful Egyptian Theater right next to Hollywood and Vine (accessible by Metro!) and it starts at 7:30PM.  Advance tickets are available at:


Here is the trailer, and some more information about the film from the Bantam Street website (the production company), and from various other outlets.
TRAILER http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qYwq33JH8A
BANTAM STREEThttp://bantamstreet.com/ and   http://bantam.tumblr.com/
OFFICIAL SITEhttp://darkandstormynightfilm.com/
BLOGGER ON OUR SET: http://www.filmradar.com/karies_blog/item/a_visit_to_the_set_of_dark_and_stormy_night/
FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/pages/DARK-AND-STORMY-NIGHT/38785172649
SALEM FILM FESTIVAL REVIEWhttp://www.salemfilmfestival.com/2009/films/features/darkandstormynight.html


So, don’t forget:
FRIDAY, MAY 29 at 7:30 PM at the EGYPTIAN….


See you there!


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