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When I first received the news that the world premier of cult director Ted Mikels’ latest feature film Astro-Zombies M3: Cloned was scheduled for the end of April in Las Vegas, I was bummed. I already had long standing plans to be in Sin City a few weeks later and there was no way I could spring an additional trip so soon. Luckily, a Florida premier was scheduled simultaneously for the end of May in Deland which was a whole lot closer to home. Almost as soon as this showing was announced though, it was withdrawn due to scheduling conflicts with the theater.
A few weeks later when I met Richard Lester of Blue Heron International Pictures, who produced the film and oversaw the second unit work done in and around Daytona, I pressed him for details on a screening for the Florida cast, crew and fans. He had his hands full coordinating the Vegas premier but was agreeable to my offer of taking the Florida one off his hands. Since I had a pretty good idea in mind for a location and access to just about everything else I could think of to go with it, I decided to give it a try.
Armed and dangerous next to the Astro-Zombie prop display.
ED Tucker surrounded by directors Keven Sean Michaels on the right and Gary Lester on the left.
After securing the location with the help of Manager Peter Mosely and Charlie Ragsdale, we put the word out among the cult film community with flyers and a trailer Blue Heron created especially for this screening. We even got some nice coverage in the local newspaper and the entertainment papers and a few write ups in conjunction with the Vegas premier. It also didn’t hurt to have a large one sheet poster for the film prominently on display in the Five Point’s lobby for a month or so in advance of the event.
Dan Tuchmann dressed as an Astro-Zombie poses with producer Richard Lester.
Dan outside the theater by the film's poster.
At 7PM, the crowd filed into the theater for the main event they had all been waiting for. Following an encore of the preview Blue Heron had created for this screening came a very special surprise. At 81, no one could fault Ted Mikels for not wanting to make a cross country trip if it wasn’t absolutely necessary, but this didn’t stop the dedicated director from wanting to be with us in spirit. While I was in Vegas back in May, we filmed a short introduction which gave him his opportunity to thank everyone personally without having to endure a marathon plane ride. This put the crowd in the prefect mindset as the theater plunged into a few seconds of dramatic darkness and the feature presentation boomed onto the screen!
Doll Squad member Melanie Robel with ED Tucker.
By the time the special 11PM screening of the original Astro-Zombies started, I was running out of energy fast. As much as I was looking forward to the rare opportunity of seeing the film that started it all on the big screen, I was forced to bow out after about twenty minutes. I had a cross town drive home ahead of my which wouldn’t be quick even at this hour but I was thankful I did not have to drive back to Daytona like many people did that night.
Filming my brief part in this movie gave me a new respect for what filmmakers and actors go through to get their visions on the screen. Coordinating a movie premiere gave me a new perspective on the hard work that goes on before film fans can plop down in a theater seat with their popcorn and soda. Both are a tremendous amount of work but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. As I told Richard Lester in a follow up E-mail after the event, by the time they get the next Ted Mikels’ feature film completed I just might be ready to tackle another premier!
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