BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN

Well I’m back…

Not sure if that’s good or bad, but take it as it is. After four miserable years dealing with white supremacy and authoritarianism, I am hoping that i can get my focus back on film. But social justice is always a topic and a mission I will not shirk from.

And Fuck Donald Trump.

So anyway, since I’ve been gone a lot has gone down.

I am now teaching film at the University of Louisville, and the Columbus College of Art and design. Both positions came out of the blue, which is astounding since I have been seeking out teaching positions since I graduated in 1986. However, it seems most Universities don’t want people with real world experience, favoring instead fancy titles and long bibliographies. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely respect people who have spent their lives on research and theory. It lays the groundwork for a larger understanding of our “business”. What I never got was the reluctance to hire someone who actually WORKS in the industry their students are trying to get into.

Furthermore, I am disgusted by the job offers from many so-called “respectable corporations” who expect you to be expert in every aspect of film and video, except story telling (more on that later), and then want you to work for a little more than minimum wage. Worse yet are companies trying to offer “Internships” to people possessing industry leading skills sets. Seriously? Get the entire fuck outta here. We just don’t throw shit on a computer and create Star Wars bitch. Pay us what we’re worth. Or buy your own software and do your own fucking work.

Okay, I went off on a rant. That’s not what I came here for today. Today is to pound my chest just a tiny little bit.

So. let me first thank Clark Illmatical, a jack of all trades, world traveling, artistic genius who had been following my adventures for years. We had been conversing via Facebook for years, and then he blew me away. he wrote my life story. And it’s pretty damn good. It’s breath taking, well written, and sounds like a movie script for my life. You can check it out online here:

Speaking of Life story, we also filmed my semi-fictional autobiography, called BLACK WOLF. We did this while you’ve been busy missing me, and fighting Trump. The world premiere is June 19th. Here’s some snippets:

SO NOW, THIS…..

In 1986, fresh outta grad school, I gathered together my co workers from WOSU RADIO, and NPR affiliate, and we shot a little film called TREASURE OF THE NINJA. I produced about 50 copies, packaged them up, jumped in my car and sold them store to store. I then picked up a phone book for the New York metro area, called video stores in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and sold them through mail order. Within two years, the sales stopped. I figure it was over.

Flash forward about 30 years. I started noticing people selling copies of the film on Ebay for big bucks. Then it started. I was getting email from people all over the planet, asking if I had more copies. Then a company called Massacre Video asked if i wanted to do a retro VHS re-lease. Sales were decent, nothing earth shattering. Well, that died down and again I figured it was over. Again.

Then an online article from the Urban Action Film Showcase did a complete review of the film and praised me for being an early black pioneer in martial arts films. Hmmm. Something was happening.

Then late last year I got a call from The American Film Genre Archive asking if I wanted to do a blu ray retrospective of the film. It was then it finally hit me: I was, surprisingly, a cult sensation. People all over the planet had been looking for copies of the film, and had been wondering what happened to me.

Well, on June 27, Treasure of the Ninja will be released on blu ray, along with several of my other early work on blu ray through Vinegar Syndrome releasing. I’m honored, speechless, and my Instagram blew the fuck up minutes after the release was announced.

Cult sensation. 40 years later. You can’t make this shit up.

I’m back. How you doin’?

#OUT

Keep your Day Job!

I’m posting this as sort of a side note since we have so much time on our hands. I give many presentations at colleges and small groups about making a living in the entertainment industry. As for myself I learned a hard lesson back in 1991. I worked for one of the top video production companies in Ohio, and then an economic crisis took place. Many video production companies and cable companies in the Columbus area went out of business, and some larger companies bought them out. I was affected by the shutdown and lost my awesome video production job. I was faced with trying to find another way to supplement my income. I eventually did and it taught me a lesson. While many of us love being in the film and entertainment industry, we always have to face the fact that it is a very volatile industry. The decisions made in the entertainment industry are always made by people who make arbitrary decisions or decisions based on factors outside of their control.

People who work in other Industries have what you might call job security, although many of those jobs are not as glamorous and fulfilling as those in film and entertainment. As I always say to my students and listeners at my speeches, make sure you have a side gig. Do not put your full trust and hope in making it in the film and entertainment industry because those kinds of success stories are few and far between. It is really a major hustle to find clients or projects to work on every day of your life in this industry.

Some people are successful at it.

As you can see in times like these, it is very difficult to continue to produce film and entertainment material and make money off of it. People who finance this industry, are scared, saving their money, and not investing in projects. So as a wise man once said, no matter what kind of Superstar you think you are in this industry, don’t quit your day job. Just a small piece of advice for someone who got burned when his thinking went along those lines. This business is hard enough without a major crisis, and it is always gut wrenching when you have to rethink your plan at an inopportune time.

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Revolution is not on your schedule.

So now, people are saying we the people SHOULD NOT harass our corrupt politicians when we see them in public.
 
The same motherfuckers who live above the law, get free healthcare, and make millions from lobbyists and speeches to their super pacs and “social groups” after they leave their lifetime of “service”.
We should let them eat quietly, and escape to their high priced condos so they can continue to avoid the reality of life in America.
 
Really? Fuck that.
 
Revolution and protest are not possible with informal meetings and strongly worded letters. It amazes me the people who think that a protest needs to be scheduled to accommodate work schedules, sleep, or your commute to work.
 
I am sure the colonists would still be colonists if they kept “requesting” the British government to fuck off during the revolutionary war.
 
Some of ya’ll people tickle me with that fantasy.

Black is Black

For those on the other side who think thou dost protest too loudly about our current state of affairs…….

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My blackness is not something I can lend to you to try on so you can see how it feels. I don’t look for racism where it doesn’t exist.

My friends span every shade under the sun. But when racism is jammed in my face by those supposedly running this country, I will not be silenced. I will not stand idly by. I will constantly, consistently, and vehemently call out the racist, fascist, authoritarian bullshit some of you seem to think is “harmless payback” for 8 years of a black President.
So don’t ever try to tell me that you think I am overreacting to the racist psycho in the white house.
And again, you have problems with what I post, feel free to delete my black ass from your feed, your friend’s list, and your life.

When is Opportunity ever wrong?

I hate to tell the unfortunate prospective actress who couldn’t get her audition done according to my parameters, there is one truth in the business of film:

Opportunity will not continue to knock on your door until you are ready. Part of success is being ready, all the time.

Success is not waiting for you.
Success will not adjust to your whims, notions, desires or needs.
Success is borne of sacrifice and hard work.
Success is annoyed by the constant barrage of “I’m, not ready”, “Maybe next time” and “I’ll give it a shot when I’m really ready for this.”

Honey, don’t waste any more of my time. Don’t waste any more of your time. You’re not built for this. You don’t have the drive, the desire or the talent for this.

In fact, you have just sent your career down a deep, dark hole from which it will never emerge. If you really wanted to succeed, you would have done what was asked and not resorted to excuses.

If you agree to audition, you will have 24 hours to complete it. That was plainly stated before you agreed to produce a taped audition.

I have had several submissions from actresses who grabbed a camera phone, got the script, and stepped up and got an audition sent to me. Some of them have been cast.

And you?

God, how many times do I have to see this movie?

#OUT

Career Killer

And the wonderful audition nightmares continue.

An actress emailed me about six times during the day Friday begging for a chance to audition for a role we had open this week.

An actor screwed us by bailing out of his role 24 hours before the shoot, so we made it clear anyone submitting, they would have until that evening to submit an audition video.

No excuses, no second chances.

So, after finally emailing her the dialog on Friday afternoon, she was reminded I needed a demo within a few hours.

6pm…7pm…10pm..nothing.

At midnight I get an email from her stating she had fallen asleep, and “did not get around to it”.

She then complained that the notice was “Way late”, in other words, I did NOT give her a fair shot to audition for the role.

It was, for all intents, my fault she fell asleep before doing her damn job.

Wow. Really? IS it my fault you don’t have what it takes?

Honey, many of the folks now working for me could do an audition within an hour.

This past week, a young lady snuck into the boardroom of her day job to do an audition, and she got the role.

Do not ask for opportunities then make excuses for why you did not take advantage of those opportunities.

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#Careerdone

The Un-United States

The American people are not children who need to be talked down to or made to feel as though they need to be scolded or taught a lesson.

The President is not our BOSS and we are the ones who have the ability to FIRE him. he is our employee, not the other way around.

We did not elect a king, or emperor, or master of time and space. We elected a President.

The constitution applies to all of us equally, even the newly elected president.

There are three branches or government, the judicial, the legislative and the executive. They do not operate independently. That’s called checks and balances.

A successful president is one who explains to the people what his intentions are, and then CONSULTS with the people before he executes those intentions.

It does not mean he has to divulge secret details, or even change his mind, but an explanation on an unexpected or controversial action can go a long way in keeping people from being very very pissed off.

When you execute major legal, civil and ethical actions over night and then just throw them out there, why would you not expect a knee-jerk reaction?

We are partners in this thing called America. The sooner our “leader” gets this memo, the sooner we can stop all the yelling and fighting and get this place called AMERICA back on track.

That’s all for now.

#OUT

Actor’s Boot camp! You need to be there!

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Saturday, Feb 4, 2017, at the Sharonville Cultural arts center.
Sharonville Cultural Arts Center
11165 Reading Rd.
Sharonville, OH 45241
4 pm to 8 pm!

TICKETS ARE $49 and can be purchased at our website www.cinemalexzikon.com.

 TICKETS AT THE DOOR ARE $60!!! BUY EARLY! SPACE IS LIMITED!!!

THE VENUE HAS INFORMED US THERE IS SPACE FOR NO MORE THAN 40 PEOPLE!
SCROLL DOWN TO BOTTOM OF our MAIN website PAGE FOR THE PAYMENT LINK,
We accept payments through Paypal or Google Pay.

You CAN ALSO MAIL MONEY ORDERS TO:
Cinema Lexzikon
c/o SEMINAR
PO BOX 360733
Columbus, Ohio 43236

If the venue and times are changed, we’ll let you know. If the event is canceled, you’ll get an immediate and full refund.
Here are some details:

Each year, millions of spring actors submit auditions to casting directors. One in ten gets it right. The other 9 continue to make mistakes that cost them time and money.

While casting agents can offer you the opportunity to audition, they cannot always show you how to properly present yourself to producers, directors, and film companies.

William Lee, CEO of Cinema Lexzikon productions, is an award-winning film producer/writer/director whose film 3 Knee Deep spent 19 weeks at the top of the Red Box action film chart in 2016. His films Code Black and Demons rising are also worldwide film releases, available in rental stores and every online and big box retailer in the world.

His current film “Straight Outta’ H8” is pending release by Redbox in 2017, and he is currently working on “6 Feet Below Hell”, a high action zombie film.

For more than 40 years, Lee has guided actors to successful careers by using common sense and straightforward business advice. That advice teaches actors to understand acting as a business, not just an art form.

If you think talent alone is going to get you noticed, then you really need to attend this seminar.

This seminar will cover:
How to prepare an audition video that gets you noticed—Understanding contracts—Avoiding rip-offs—Acting in Union and Non-Union films—Why talent is not the biggest factor in getting a role—Why you should avoid extras work at all costs—and Going to L.A. and becoming fabulous, famous or homeless.

Actors will also be asked to do cold reads, and participate in group activities to practice the techniques Mr. Lee will present to you.

SPECIAL EVENTS PLANNED FOR THE SEMINAR:

EVERYONE GETS A CINEMA LEXZIKON SWAG PACKAGE, with memorabilia from past films and events.

And A FEW lucky TICKET HOLDERS get a copy of the RedBox DVD for 3 KNEE DEEP.

And a special exclusive screening of our next Redbox hit STRAIGHT OUTTA’ H8!!

and REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED.

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Here’s more info in this video:
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Trump..Twitter…oh boy.

Funny during his 8 years in office, Mister Obama got called every word in the book, including the N Word and never once did he get into a twitter fight with people who put that garbage out there.
 
Please Mister Trump,there is an old saying that goes “Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it!” You trashed every politician, Republican and Democrat who ran against you.
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  You won.
 
Be the adult in the room, enjoy your victory and go do the damn job you were elected to do.
 
This country is based on free speech, and just because someone even remotely offends you doesn’t give you the right to make them out to be un-American on an enemy of the state.
 
Please, if i missed the announcement that Joe McCarthy and his anti-commie crew was back for a second round, please let me know!I
 
I mean, do you honestly have the time to take on every american citizen who disagrees with your world view? When will you have time to solve the medical crisis, oil prices, wars in the middle east, poverty, crime, violence, corporate entitlements, infrastructure–RACISM?
 
How about the WALL you said you were going to have the Mexicans pay for, and now you want us regular Joe’s to foot that bill? You said you were going to REPEAL Obama care, but wait: now it’s reform, then it’s adjust, now it’s, no damn idea!
 
STOP TWEETING AND START WORKING ON REAL ISSUES!!!
 
I don’t give two craps about what some actress thinks about you sir, but it’s her right to voice her opinion. And instead of just staying above the fray, you engage her by calling her a bad actress? Really? REALLY?
 
Dude, this ain’t high school!! Perhaps you’d better start worrying about what the Koreans and Chinese are going to say about you. what will your response be? “Bring it on?”.
 
Can’t wait for the explosive result of that cluster fuck.
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