Interview with Indie Outlook’s Matt Fagerholm

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I recently conducted an interview with Indie Outlook’s Matt Fagerholm about COOL APOCALYPSE to coincide with our film’s upcoming DVD release (8/30) and Movies in the Parks screening (8/31 and 9/02). This is the most in-depth interview I’ve ever done about the film. I talk about the genesis of the screenplay, the casting process, the visual style, how it fits into a tradition of independent filmmaking in Chicago and how I will continue to elaborate on similar themes in my next film MERCURY IN RETROGRADE. It was an honor to talk with a great critic like Matt and I think it’s a fun read. Check it out:

Emphasis Entertainment to Release COOL APOCALYPSE on DVD in August

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Emphasis Entertainment Group will release a special edition DVD of Cool Apocalypse on August 30. The special features will include a feature-length audio commentary by writer/director Michael Glover Smith, a look behind-the-scenes by Emmy-winning filmmaker Pierre Kattar and the film’s official trailer. We love Emphasis Entertainment’s other discs (we are now “label mates” with Dziga Vertov and Charlie Chaplin!) and couldn’t be happier that they are distributing our movie. You can learn more about the disc on Emphasis’ official site here. You can pre-order the disc on Amazon here.

Cool Apocalypse to Screen as Part of Chicago’s “Movies in the Park” Series

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COOL APOCALYPSE will be screening twice this summer as part of the Chicago Park District’s invaluable “Movies in the Park” series! We are thrilled to be included in the Local Film Showcase alongside other Chicago filmmakers we really admire (such as Jennifer Reeder, Kris Swanberg and the good folks at Kartemquin Films). Come check out our screenings on Wednesday, August 31 at Palmer Square Park and Friday, September 2 at Pulaski Park!

For more info, including exact addresses, maps and showtimes, visit the official website of the Chicago Park District.

Transistor Chicago to Host Free Screening of Cool Apocalypse on Saturday, January 30

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There will be a screening of Cool Apocalypse at Transistor Chicago, a shop and gallery located in Lakeview on Chicago’s north side, on Saturday, January 30 at 8pm. The screening is open to the public, FREE and BYOB but seating is limited so anyone who would like to attend should plan on arriving early (especially if you would like to have a seat). In order to promote the event, critic David J. Fowlie (Keeping It Reel) recently interviewed me, along with producer Clare Kosinski and actress Chelsea David for the latest episode of my White City Cinema Radio Hour podcast.

More information about the screening can be found on the official Transistor website. Hope to see you there!