Cell at Eastern State

Cell at Eastern State

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Brute Force Film Project

This is the site for the Brute Force Film project. The purpose of the project is the production of innovative, affecting and well-crafted crime movies. The project is the creation of Paul von Stoetzel of Killing Joke Films and crime writer Dennis Tafoya. We’re looking for collaborators, partners and investors. We want to make small films on reasonable budgets and help other filmmakers and writers do the same.

Our first project is a short film, “How to Jail,” based on my short story of the same name, which appeared in CrimeFactory, the online crime magazine published by Keith Rawson, Cam Ashley and Liam Jose.

The film is being shot in Minnesota by Paul and his producer Chris Bueckers. We’re trying to raise about six thousand bucks to shoot the film. We hope you’ll use the paypal link to give us a couple of bucks, and encourage your friends to do the same. We’re not going to make any money on a short film, but we are creating what we hope will be a real community of filmmakers, writers and artists that will go on to keep creating interesting, exciting content.

Watch this space for news, links and pics from the short film, and let us know about projects you're working on or trying to get off the ground.

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Going West

Bindle-stiffs and Hop-heads,

This is a cool time for a lot of my friends, who have books either just released or just about to be released.

Rot and Ruin, a YA zombie novel by powerhouse bestseller Jonathan Maberry, hit the stands last week and it's already getting a lot of well-earned praise.

The Damage Done, a powerful debut by ferocious writer and secret Canadian Hilary Davidson is out now - so cool to see Hilary on her way.

Solomon Jones, who writes searing crime novels as well as an award-winning column for the Philadelphia Daily News will see his latest, The Last Confession, out in bookstores in November.

My buddy Scott Phillips, one of America's best writers and a hysterically funny storyteller, has a new book, Rut, which sounds like a Panic-in-the-Year-Zero-style blast in the same vein as a standout favorite of mine, Go Go Girls of the Apocalypse, by Victor Gischler.

This week I'll be out to Roswell, New Mexico for Roswell Reads on October 7th and 8th. I'll be hosting some workshops and joining some discussions of writing and the Dashiell Hammett classic, The Maltese Falcon. I'll be staying at the New Mexico Military Institute. I'm hoping they'll let me write some new cadences.

On Sunday, October 10th, I'll be putting on my world-famous Crime Fiction Workshop at the Poisoned Pen bookshop in Scottsdale, AZ at 2:00pm.

And don't forget, Level 26 Dark Prophecy is out now from CSI creator Anthony Zuiker and my friend Duane Swierczynski, author of this year's standout thriller Expiration Date.