Sunday, May 1, 2016

Avalon is nominated at Sundance

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Hi everyone! My film Avalon has been chosen as a finalist for the Vimeo Audience Award in the 2016 Sundance Channel Short Film Competition!

Beginning now you can vote for Avalon and invite your friends and family to vote too!

Please share this link with your friends and let them know they can vote every 24 hours! http://tiny.cc/scshortsBE

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Watch my latest short film

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Do you want to see my latest short film Next to Her?

I am giving you free and exclusive access to the film which is currently not available anywhere else.

Next to Her tells the story of an elderly man, Maurice, who visits his demented wife in the hospital. A shared lunch is the only thing they have left, but his wife's mind drifts off to the ghost of her deceased cat Avalon whom she sees walking around in her room.

I'd love to send you the short film so you can all see it. Click here to have access.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

How I get followers and retweets on Twitter?

Have you ever wondered how to get followers and retweets on Twitter?

Based on my success with Traveling Cats, Mastronardi Software asked me about my secrets on how I grew my Twitter following and how I get at least 50 retweets per post. The result is a comprehensive Twitter course that consists of an e-book and one month of training through email where you can ask me for advice, opinions and everything else regarding Twitter.

You can check out the course at The Ultimate Twitter Marketing Strategy Course for Your Business (there's also a Dutch version: De ultieme Twitter marketing strategie voor bedrijven).

how to get followers and retweets on Twitter?


What will you learn with this Twitter training?


  • How to get at least 1000 new followers on Twitter every month?
  • How to guarantee your tweets will be listed in the 'Top Tweets' of Twitter?
  • How to get at least 50 retweets for everything you post on Twitter?
  • How to get thousands of views for each tweet?
  • How to find potential clients on Twitter?
  • How to use Twitter in only twenty minutes per week?


Twitter giveaway

The good news is that I can give away a free copy of this Twitter course (email training included) to one lucky reader. All you have to do is fill in the Rafflecopter below.

The giveaway is open worldwide and ends April 20th. Good luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

BIFFF 2016: Q&A sessions

In the following two weeks I'll be hosting several Q&A sessions with movie directors at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival BIFFF 2016. The Q&As are open to the public, so feel free to stop by if you're in the area.

Here are the films I'll be talking about:


Banjo

On March 31st, I'll be hosting a Q&A with director Liam Regan about Banjo, a Troma-esque horror comedy in which an imaginary friend manipulates a young man to exact revenge on his tormenting co-workers.

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Summer Camp

Four American counselors at a European summer camp must deal with the outbreak of a rage-inducing plague among the children they are supervising.

I'll be discussing this Spanish slasher movie during my Q&A with director Alberto Marini on April 3rd.


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Blood on Méliès' Moon


After almost twenty years, cult director Luigi Cozzi (often credited as Lewis Coates) is back with Blood on Méliès' Moon, a meta murder mystery steeped in cinema. Luigi Cozzi plays himself in Blood on Méliès' Moon. So are Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento.

Luigi Cozzi will be discussing this fun project during his Q&A session on April 9th.

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Battledream Chronicle

On April 10th, I'm hosting a Q&A with director Alain Bidard on Battledream Chronicle, the first animated movie from Martinique in which a young slave is trying to regain her freedom in a futuristique world where plantations are video games.


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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Let's Scare Jessica to Death

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I'm proud to announce that I'll be giving an introduction to John D. Hancock's Let's Scare Jessica to Death at the Offscreen Film Festival in Brussels on March 20th.

In this chilling ghost story from 1971, the fragile Jessica longs for a new beginning, having recently been released from a psychiatric hospital. She isolates herself in an old farmhouse with her husband and a friend. But is she safe from the aftermath of her mental illness? Once she hears the local stories about vampires roaming the countryside, Jessica starts having nightmarish visions that will defy everything she has ever experienced before.

The premise sounds cliché, but believe me when I say that Let's Scare Jessica to Death is THE eeriest horror movie ever made. Whenever someone asks me about my favorite horror film, Let's Scare Jessica to Death is always the first that comes to mind. It has been that way for over twenty years and I'm sure I'll be citing this film as my favorite for many years to come.

A lot of the film's strength has to do with Zohra Lampert's magnificent performance. She makes you experience what it feels like to live in a state of constant fear and uncertainty and to desperately try to fit in when you know you are too awkward to be truly loved.

However, what makes John D. Hancock's film a genre masterpiece is how its eeriness gets under your skin and how it imprints nightmarish visuals onto your memory the way very few other horror films can.

Its dreamlike photography will put you in a sort of trance and the myriad of details depicting death (the hearse, the gravestone etchings, the ghostly appearances) are a foreboding of how that dream will eventually unfold into a terrifying nightmare.

You will probably want to ponder whether the visions Jessica is having are real or not. I urge you, though, to not analyze the story too much. Jessica is a film that needs to be experienced.

P.S. Those of you who read my supernatural thriller, Drowned Sorrow, will probably recognize many elements from Let's Scare Jessica to Death: the dead people coming out of the water, the strange villagers grouping together, the apparition in the lake, the description of the village, etc ;-)

To buy your tickets for Let's Scare Jessica to Death, go to www.offscreen.be.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

How to help rescue cats this Christmas

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Do you want to help rescue cats this Christmas?

This month, I'm donating 50% of the royalties for Avalon to the Belgian cat rescue organizations Cat Rescue and Ever'y Cat (go ahead and click the links to like their pages on Facebook).


About Avalon

Some cats need nine lives to make a difference. Avalon only needed one.

From Amazon bestselling author Vanessa Morgan, Avalon is the heartwarming and once-in-a-lifetime love story of a girl and her neurotic Turkish Van cat.

With humor, the author details how Avalon made other creatures cringe in distress whenever he was around, how he threw her dates out by means of special techniques, and how he rendered it almost impossible for her to leave the house. Avalon was so incorrigible that even her landlord ordered her to get rid of him. But beneath Avalon's demonic boisterousness, Vanessa recognized her own flaws and insecurities, and she understood that abandoning Avalon would be the worst she could do to him. Thanks to her unswerving loyalty, Avalon transformed into a tender feline, and even landed a major role in a horror movie. In turn, Avalon made it his mission to be there for his human companion.

Avalon is a memoir for anyone who has ever been obsessively in love with a pet.


Excerpt:

Around three o’clock that night, Avalon was fed up with the strange man in his bed. He plonked his rear down on Gilles’ pillow, complaining fretfully in his ear while tapping him on the face.

After nearly an hour of incessant wailing and poking, more drastic measures were required. The new solution: pushing Gilles out of bed.

Avalon succeeded.

Climbing back under the covers wasn’t an option. Unable to sleep, Gilles got up. "I guess I didn't pass the test."

"Give Avalon some time. Maybe he was just irked because you took his side of the bed."

But Gilles had already understood that this wasn't going to be a one-time event.

 For several minutes, Gilles and Avalon sized each other up. Then Gilles said, "I’d better leave the two of you alone now. It’s clearly what the little guy wants."

I swear I could see Avalon smirking when Gilles put on his jacket and left.

Instantly, Avalon leapt onto me, and compensated for the evening before. He entered a kiss-induced trance. This cat was all about exclusivity, and when granted that exclusivity, his love was immense.

"Are you really that happy that Gilles is gone?"

In reply, Avalon looked at me with swoony eyes and purred loudly, then swatted out his paw to urge me to continue to pet him, which I did.

A phone call interrupted our tender moment. It was Gilles.

"There won't be any train to Brussels for hours," he said. "Is it okay if I come back to your place for a while?"

"Of course." His return would offend Avalon, but I couldn’t possibly leave Gilles outside in the rain for several hours. As soon as Gilles appeared at the front door, Avalon’s pupils widened to a pitch black.

Let's see who's the boss here, he seemed to be thinking.

Being a cat of action, Avalon went through his usual attention-seeking routine: making a selection of irritating noises, scratching the wallpaper, and pushing objects to the ground. When that didn't work, Avalon opened Gilles' overnight bag and threw out a piece of clothing. His eyes so dark and evil they could be gateways to hell, Avalon stared at his adversary and waited for a reaction. He then pulled out a box of gel wax. Again, he looked up at Gilles to make sure he understood that all this bungling was meant to get a message across. A third object followed, then a fourth, a fifth, a sixth, until there was nothing.

Hell-bent on winning the game, Avalon took Gilles' coat in his mouth and towed it toward the front door. There, he used his right paw to tap the keys hanging from the wooden doorframe.

Avalon’s message couldn’t be any clearer: there was room for only one man in my life. A feline one. 

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Normally, I don't ask people to buy my books, but this time I am. Please get your copy of Avalon today while 50% my royalties for this individual story are being donated to Cat Rescue and Ever'y Cat. It's a heartwarming Christmas present for all the cat lovers in your life. Avalon can be found at the following locations: Amazon US, B&N, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, etc. 

Please help me spread the word for this cause by sharing this post on your social media. 

Thank you so much for helping rescue cats, and I hope you enjoy the book. Merry Christmas!