Dry Bones is an independent horror movie written by Gregory Lamberson, directed by Michael O’Hear and starrIng cult actress Melantha Blackthorne.
It is being shot this spring in Buffalo, New York.
Not only is Gregory Lamberson the writer and director of the cult movie classics Slime City and Slime City Massacre, he is also the writer of the Jake Helman series of books and my favorite, the Frenzy Cycle series.
He is also an old friend. We worked together at the Paris Theater in the late ninties. For a short time, he was going to produce my first short film way back in 1998 when a bout of movie making madness took hold. These were the days when DV cameras were running about $2000 and I’m not even sure how people were cutting the footage. I hadn’t actually thought that far ahead.
But I wasn’t letting that stop me. I had written a script and had the actors. We were having readings, production meetings and I was busily assembling costumes. I even had an executive producer to front the money for the camera.
If my memory serves me correctly, we were only a few weeks away from actually shooting the damn thing until one morning I awoke and started to feel another bug creeping on.
In 1996, I had an informal development deal with Interscope Records. I was working with a producer and we recorded 6 tracks to which Jimmy Iovine listened to and then passed on. (He said the tracks sounded “dated.” He was probably correct.)
After that experience, I had pretty much quit my pursuit of rock stardom. Until that particular morning I felt I should give it one more go. I arrived at the theater a little later and made two phone calls. The first to Gregory to tell him I was not going to make the film and instead start a band. He felt that was a good decision. Then I called the executive producer who was also the bass player in my first New York City band to tell him to drag his bass out of the closet.
I then put an ad in the Village Voice looking for a female singer. (This is still 1998.)
To make a long story short, the singer I found was Tanuja Desai-Hidier who would eventually introduce the band to our violinist, Jeannie Kim. Jeannie would eventually become my wife and 5 years later we had our first child, Rose, who will eventually be starring in my first short film shooting this year, Azrelmelda: The Witch Warrior.
Full circle? Maybe.
I should also point out that the the actor who was suppose to be the lead in my short film, Matt Reese, has a role in Dry Bones.
And with that, I’m happy to announce that I’m an associate producer of Dry Bones. Please take a look at the Indiegogo site and see if it’s a project you may want to contribute to: