Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Business of Being Born

Film Screening followed by a panel discussion.The Business of Being BornSunday, January 06, 2008 $10-$20 sliding scale - 7pmAt La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley 510-849-2568For more information please contact: Eva Goodfriend-Reano 510-225-5615or LaPeña's Fernando @ 510-849-2568 x 15 or <>

Birth: it's a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business. Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to examine and question the way American women have babies.

The film interlaces intimate birth stories with surprising historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current maternity care system. When director Epstein discovers she is pregnant during the making of the film, the journey becomes even more personal. Should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potentially catastrophic medical emergency? The Buisness of Being Born makes a compelling argument for more humanistic approaches to birth, challenging ideals of our technocratic society which places absolute faith in machines and technology.

Director's Statement

When my friend Ricki Lake approached me about making this film, I admitted to her that I was afraid to even witness a woman giving birth, let alone film one. I had never pronounced the word "midwifery" and I thought Ricki insane, as she planned the birth of her second child, for passing up an epidural in a hospital delivery.

But as I did the research, I discovered that the business of being born is another infuriating way medical traditions and institutions - hospitals and insurance companies - actually discourage choice and even infringe on parents' intimate rites, ultimately obstructing the powerful natural connection between mother and newborn child.

As I began to shoot the film, I saw that nowhere does the tension between technology and nature play out more dramatically than birth. The film became an unexpectedly personal journey when I hesitantly turned the camera on my own pregnancy and became my own subject. Initially making choices based on faith and intuition, I had to contend firsthand with all the issues and politics I had been exploring from a comfortable distance, until my choices were put to the ultimate test. The birth of my child and this film will remain forever intertwined, and both continue to surprise and thrill me every day. Abby Epstein, April 2007

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Bikini Bloodbath - Campy Splatterfest Ignites Onto DVD

PLAINVILLE, CT – 11 December 2007 - Bikini Bloodbath, a campy splatter-fest, in the vein of Scream and Scary Movie that pays homage to 80’s horror movies is available on DVD December 11th 2007. The film was written and directed by Jon Gorman and Thomas Edward Seymour.

“It’s Superbad meets Fiday the 13th,” comments Sheri Lynn, the movie’s producer and Middletown resident. “It provides a debut for a lot of young female actors in very funny roles,” says Sheri, “It’s one of the few films being released with a predominately female cast that’s not labeled a ‘chick flick’.”

Leah Ford makes her on screen debut as Jenny the movie’s heroine. The film also debuts, Anna-Karin Eskilsson, Katie Gil, Natasha Nielsen, Olja Hrustic, Dana Fay Ensalata, and Maggie Champagne. The film stars Debbie Rochon, Leah Ford and Russ Russo. Rochon is cult legend having starred in over 150 films. She is also the co-host of Fangoria Radio on Sirius Satellite along with Dee Snider. Russ Russo is known for his work in the locally filmed movies A New Wave (John Krasinski, Lacey Chabert; ThinkFilm 2007), and Land of College Prophets (York 2005). Bikini Bloodbath was filmed all around Connecticut including in: Southington, New Britain, and Plainville.

Bikini Bloodbath is the story of Jenny who on her last day of high school decides to have a slumber party to celebrate her friends going away to college. Across town, a maniacal chef goes on a killing spree. Their gym coach (Debbie Rochon) attempts to the rescue of the bikini clad group, but when Chef Death (Robert Cosgrove) shows up at the party, hilarity ensues and the blood bath begins.

“The soundtrack is also something I’m proud of,” says Seymour. “It’s a compilation of local musicians, many from local label Sling Slang Records. Other songs were written for the movie and recorded at Aliehn Studio’s of Bristol, CT. We think that indy film is the perfect medium for indy music.”

Bikini Bloodbath was an attempt to create a film that was purely entertaining and fun. Inspired by the films of Mel Brooks, Roger Corman, and Loyd Kauffman, “It’s an absurd comedy,” says Gorman, “if you’re looking for meaning, look elsewhere.” Bikini Bloodbath is available through online retailers and can be downloaded via most major online streaming sites. It is available wholesale through MVD, VPD, Ingram, B&T and will be available at finer retailers. A trailer is available to view at

About Blood Bath Pictures

Blood Bath Pictures is an independent production company specializing in teen horror features. BBP is comprised of a group of prolific and creative filmmakers: Thomas Edward Seymour, Jonathan Gorman, Sheri Lynn & Bruce Seymour. BBP producers have won dozens of awards for their features and shorts. Blood Bath Pictures is located in New Britain Connecticut and was founded in 2005.

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Message from Performing Songwriter Jordan Allen

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Monday, December 10, 2007

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