John Pierson -“Clerks,” “She’s Gotta Have It,” “Slacker” and More

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The man that brought you “Slacker,” “Clerks,” “Thin Blue Line” and “Go Fish” comes on the podcast to talk about the golden age of indie film – the 80’s. John Pierson talks about negotiating, finding new films, dealing with film makers and more. He tells his story of making a place for himself in the indie film scene in his great book, “Spike, Mike, Slackers and Dykes.” This book is filled with great stories. Instead of having JohnPierson just repeat them, I tried to get him to expand and give a perspective 20 years later.

In the interview I might have slammed Michael Moore for making money on his message and I also might have gotten sucked into an internet scheme. You’ll have to listen to find out!

John Pierson wasn’t here just to indulge us! He’s got a great film festival to promote.Pierson_S14_C

At the Cinefamily Theater on March 4 John Pierson is presenting Spike Lee’s first film “She’ Gotta Have It” and on March 5th he’s presenting “Roger & Me.” On both films Pierson was the “Producer’s Representative.” Find out what that means when you listen to the podcast.

The Cinefamily Theater in Los Angeles on Fairfax Ave, up the street from Cantor’s and down the street from Oakie Dog, is in the middle of the “Underground USA Indie Cinema of the 80’s film festival. There are great films like Repo Man, Blood Simple, Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer, The Evil Dead, Desperately Seeking Susan and more. That’s right, MORE!

John Pierson was born on April 30, 1954 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He has been married to Janet Pierson since 1983.

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“Samurai Cop” Star Tells All

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“Samurai Cop” cop star, Matt Hannon,  sat at my dining room table for a candid, fascinating interview.

Find out some of the shooting secrets to some of the great scenes. Why was Matt wearing a woman’s wig in parts of the film? Was Matt dead? And for how long?

Matt opens up about his two real life felony convictions. Between shooting “Samurai Cop” and the eventual sequel Matt went to prison twice. He’s open up to what happened.

Listen to our review of the film from back in the day!

What’s with the dialogue? And why did Matt break my dining room chair? Don’t lean back on a wooden chair, dude!

Matt also talks about being Sylvester Stallone’s body guard, and opens up about his life of crime.SamuraiStills5

Give to the Kickstarter for “Samurai Cop 2!”

Thanks to Greg and Cinema Epoch.

Matt talks about being jealous of Sylvester Stallone. Mat was Stallone’s body-guard, but he dreamed of being the star. He finally got the chance.

No one ever thought this film would see the light of day.. and it almost didn’t. Matt tells us the unusual story of the movie’s discovery.

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We Rip “Hard Ticket to Hawaii”

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“Just when you thought it was safe to take a pee”

Boobs, bombs and bazookas, throw in a killer snake (puppet) and this movie has it all! It’s “Hard Ticket to Hawaii.” Joey La Penna, Grace Kladstrup and Jim Conroy join me to take apart this cult classic. Jim also breaks down the the business of voice over acting and what movies are worth waiting for the end of the credits for. Take a listen to a funny episode above and watch the movie below.

From iTunes:A Hawaiian drug kingpin plans to flood the islands with narcotics financed by illegal diamond shipments to his private retreat. When his henchmen kill two DEA agents who were trying to stop the drug lord, the Agency sends in two of its best agents to break up the drug ring and take out the leader.

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A good night for bad cop films

Tonight LA has a chance to see three crappy cop films. First, friend of the podcast John Mathot presents “Psycho Cop 2.” Not only will “Horrible Movie Night” show the film but the Psycho Cop himself, Bobby Ray Shafer, will attend the show, and participate in the Q & A after the film! Better get Read more about A good night for bad cop films[…]