In early 2014, I was cast as the sexy 'Valentine the Vampire' for Mike Messier's then-upcoming narrative character study 'Disregard The Vampire.' Originally, this project was a narrative character study of a vampire, his protégé, and their two latest victims – and their own introspection. Throw the four together in an old mansion awaiting a dinner party provided by the mysterious host, and sensual – haunting – activities ensue. Recording artist and poet Scorpio plays Cryptorr – a tortured, troubled vampire with a creative past in this retro-inspired, dark film...
We moved through the Rhode Island-based production, and then things got really tricky. Due to production difficulties, the final film wasn't quite coming together in post; scenes didn't connect, and whole chunks were missing.
The footage, however, was beautiful, the set design and costumes spot-on. Mike wanted to salvage this footage somehow, and landed on the idea of a documentary - the making, and ultimate downfall - of 'Disregard The Vampire.'
Fast-forward to late 2015 when I was interviewed for the documentary. (I'll just say it now - not a great hair day, and not a great angle for me, haha.) The 'Disregard' cast and crew got behind the idea, several of whom preparing to star in Mike's off-shoot feature film 'Distance from Avalon.'
I've recently had the pleasure - nay, privilege - to preview the new 'Disregard The Vampire: A Mike Messier Documentary.' Rather than document the making of this one film, Mike wanted to truly show the plight of the indie filmmaker, this new project highlighting multiple low-budget films he's ventured into over the years. In fact, you can read a recent article about Mike's indie filmmaking ventures on watchmymovietrailer.com.
Why, who's that beautiful couple in the screenshot there? It's me and poet-musician John "Scorpio" Langis in our roles as Valentine and Cryptorr, of course! A trailer was cut to officially announce this new project, available below or directly on Vimeo.
As post-production on the documentary comes to an end, several film bloggers, journalists and critics have shared their take on it, including a nomination by Los Angeles CineFest of our promotional cover image (at top) shot by Chris Hunter and edited by yours truly, and Andrew Buckner's insightful article describing 'Disregard The Vampire' and the upcoming 'Distance from Avalon.'
In recent months I've been working with Mike to recreate his website, branding, and give social media guidance. I've now been dubbed his 'Social Media Director,' haha, and have been writing copy for his new website, too. Follow the film's journey on Facebook, and check out the official 'Disregard The Vampire' webpage for more, including a most riveting synopsis... ;)