Horror & Suspense Panel
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Horror & Suspense Panel

On June 14th at 6:30pm, I’ll be moderating a HORROR & SUSPENSE SCREENWRITERS PANEL at newly opened Ludlow House for The Lower East Side Film Festival & Writer’s Guild of America East (WGAE). The esteemed panel will include Academy Award winning screenwriter TED TALLY (The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, The Juror), Writer/Director CHRIS SPARLING (ATM, Buried, The Atticus Institute), Writer/Director/Actress INGRID JUNGERMANN (Women Who Kill, F to 7th), and Writer/Director JEREMY SAULNIER (Green Room, Blue Ruin, Murder Party). (image credit: Self-Organization sculpture by Courtney Brown)

Pop Meets the Void on VOD
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Pop Meets the Void on VOD

Pop Meets the Void is now available on VOD.

Also, the 28 song soundtrack is available for streaming and purchase here:

Interview with The Rumpus
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Interview with The Rumpus

I was recently interviewed by film journalist Dana Knight about Pop Meets the Void. The full interview is available on The Rumpus.

NY1 talks with Producer of Pop
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NY1 talks with Producer of Pop

Clodagh McGowan of NY1 speaks with the festival directors of the Queens World Film Festival and several of the filmmakers, including TaraFawn Maen, the producer of Pop Meets the Void. Watch the video and read the article online here.

LIC Post features Pop
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LIC Post features Pop

The Long Island City Post Newspaper features the Queens World Film Festival in their recent article about the festival. Read the article online here.

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Pop Meets the Void – Screening March 18, 2016 at Museum of the Moving Image

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Tickets are live for the next screening of Pop Meets the Void on March 18th at 8pm at Museum of the Moving Image!

The film is screening as part of the Queens World Film Festival in a programming block aptly titled “Peeling The Veneer.”

Pop at MoMI
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Pop at MoMI

As part of the 2016 Queens World Film Festival, Pop Meets the Void will be screening at Museum of the Moving Image on Friday, March 18th at 8pm. Tickets go on sale in early February via BrownPaperTickets.

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Cinema Projects Workshop
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Cinema Projects Workshop

40 of my students at The New School collaborated on 5 original narrative short films as part of the MFA Cinema Projects workshop I instruct for the Drama & Media schools. We’re showing the 5 films each night over May 15-17. Stop by and check out the films!

Post-Production Continues
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Post-Production Continues

Just a quick update – we’re in the process of finishing the color grade and sound mix for Pop Meets the Void. Things are moving along nicely and I’m excited to share the film soon! Above: Jordan Carlos in Pop Meets the Void.

The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq
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The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

Tribeca Film Festival continues to program the best new International films, this year TFF presents the US Premiere of The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq. I’ll add this film to my list of favorites I’ve seen at TFF, including Beyond the Black Rainbow and White White World. If you can make it to TFF this week, I highly recommend checking it out in the theater. The talkback with director Guillaume Nicloux tonight was very interesting and illuminating. Go here for the Tribeca Film Festival page.

Pop Meets Post-Production
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Pop Meets Post-Production

After 3 months of production, 3 months of pre-production and almost 2 years of writing and development, my current film project Pop Meets the Void enters into post-production with over 30 hours of RAW footage to edit. I’m collaborating with Animator and Visual Effects Artist Jonathan Weiss to bring together elements we shot to create the multiple narratives of PMtV. Follow the film’s progress on Facebook and stay tuned for updates there. Visit the IMDB page and checkout our amazing cast and crew. Thanks for your support!

Queens Museum of Art / Welcome to Nowhere
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Queens Museum of Art / Welcome to Nowhere

After an expansive and successful $70M renovation, the Queens Museum of Art reopens this fall with the Queens International Biennial including a screening series curated by Don Cato and Katha Cato of the Queens World Film Festival. The premiere screening will include Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road) on Dec 6, 2013 as part of the “Graphically Speaking” program that includes experimental animation films.

Read more about the event and press release at Queens On Cue, or visit the Queens Museum of Art website for more details. Hope to see you there.

Revel featured on Soundcheck Blog
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Revel featured on Soundcheck Blog

My second video collaboration with Susan Marshall & Co. “Revel” premiered on WNYC’s Soundcheck Blog this week prefaced by the kind words of Digital Producer Michael Katzif – “Cusick’s rapid-fire smash cuts, intimate camerawork, and tight pacing allows us to follow the action and footwork up close and personal.”

Read the blog entry on Soundcheck’s site here and watch the video now. Photo of Kristin Clotfelter by Max Lankier.

Reviews for Welcome to Nowhere
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Reviews for Welcome to Nowhere

Watch it Now Pick! “Have you ever wondered what would happen if Gregory Crewdson, Sam Shepard, and Cory McAbee took mescaline at a roadside motel and got freaky with a video camera?” – Michael Tully, Hammer to Nail

8 out of 10! “By boldly mashing live action with motion graphics animation, Cusick establishes a universe that falls somewhere between the hyper-real and the unreal.” – Don Simpson, Smells Like Screen Spirit

“Welcome To Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road) is a welcome addition to the realm of surrealist fantasy where each viewers subjective reality itself lends to the purposely subjective fractured narrative.” – Steve Rickinson, Indiewood/Hollywoodn’t

“A fever dream of a road movie!” – Rob Hubbard, 366 Weird Movies

“This used to be the stuff of cult classics.” – Kentucker Audley, No Budge

The film continues streaming for free on No Budge until Oct 18. The film has over 1000+ views in only 2 weeks, please give it a look before it’s gone.

Songs for Songs (short film)
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Songs for Songs (short film)

This short film is a prelude to my upcoming feature Pop Meets the Void. Please take 5 minutes and watch the short. If you like it and want to see more, head over to Kickstarter and back the feature film Pop Meets the Void until Oct 17. You can pre-order the feature, buy the screenplay, buy the soundtrack or get involved. Now’s the chance to be part of an exciting new independent film.

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Pop Meets the Void is live

The new website for my next independent film project Pop Meets the Void is now online. Bookmark the site and stay updated on the film. We’ll be running a Kickstarter campaign starting in September, so please get involved and show your support. It’s going to be a fun project and a unique film!

Pantry Boy
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Pantry Boy

I’ve been working on a new comedy project with Alexis Pereira – Pantry Boy Comedy. The project has a wicked new logo created by graphic designer and illustrator Jonathan Weiss. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements regarding these short films very soon.

QWFF Founders’ Choice Award
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QWFF Founders’ Choice Award

The Queens World Film Festival honored our film Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road) with one of their highest honors – the Founders’ Choice Award, recognizing the film as one of their quintessential selections of 2013. We’re deeply grateful for this award for the support of our local community of filmmakers in Queens, NYC. The film was shot largely in Long Island City, and the production company Temporary Distortion has been based in Queens since its founding in 2002. Many thanks go out to Don & Katha Cato for their tireless commitment to the festival and the filmmakers they support.

Indie NYC Interview
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Indie NYC Interview

I did an interview with IndieNYC.com about Welcome To Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road) that’s online now over at their site. Steve Rickinson asked some great questions that I hope help to illuminate some concepts behind the film. Check it out.

The Times Ledger
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The Times Ledger

There’s a nice feature on the Queens World Film Festival in the Times Ledger that shows off some stills from our film Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road). The image above comes from the print edition of the paper.