Interview with Chris Metzler

Chris Metzler is the co-director/writer of the documentary “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone”. The film chronicles the 30 year career of the band Fishbone a band considered to be one of the biggest bands to come out of early 80’s punk/ska movement. Media Mikes recently had the chance to speak with Chris about working on the film.

Adam Lawton: What prompted you to make a documentary about the band Fishbone?
Chris Metzler: Generally I don’t like music documentaries as they are a hard thing to get right. A lot of times they are made only for fans of the band or for promotional purposes. The thing I really liked about Fishbone was if we were able to do it right we might be able to break the mold of music documentaries. Fishbone makes really good music and they helped change the musical landscape in California. In reality this is a story of family and through a moment of serendipity these 6 guys met each other during a desegregation experience in Los Angeles. They all fell in love with punk rock and carved their own path. The guys as outsiders really attracted me to the project.

AL: Were there any difficulties in dealing with the variety of personalities the members have?
CM: The thing that was surprising with the film is that even though we did have some obstacles we had to get over everyone was really easy to work with. Working with the guys in the band and those who we interviewed outside of the band was essentially the easiest part about making the film. Everyone was very thoughtful and reflective. The biggest challenge in making the film I think was it being a very independent, do it yourself effort. My co-director Lev Andersen and our DP editor Jeff were like a 3 man band trying to take down 30 years of history. It was tough when we had to hit the road as one of us had to be on the bus and there was only one bunk space. The other two guys would have to follow behind in a van we rented. We were driving 500 miles a day and while trying to shoot the rock star life. There are a lot of endless hours and monotony. We drank a lot of Red Bull to keep up.

AL: Can you tell us how Lawrence Fishburne became involved with the project?
CM: We really lucked out there as Lawrence had been a fan of the band and is friends with the guys. Their friendship actually started in the early 80’s when Lawrence was a bouncer at some of the punk rock clubs the band played at. Lawrence really admired the band and their friendship has continued on since then. He was really excited to be a part of the film. The only thing he gave us a problem with is he was hoping to be interviewed for the film. Sadly we couldn’t have him be the narrator while being interviewed at the same time. Lawrence was very generous.

AL: What was the idea behind using a variety of art and animation in the film?
CM: The band has been around for 30 years. They have broken the mold on so many different genres and scenes. We thought using a variety of eclectic art would allow the viewer to not only see the events historically but throw them into the moment as well. We really wanted do what we could to put the viewer in that moment. With cartoons we could characterize the people which helped establish their personalities early on in the film.

AL: Will there be any deleted scenes or bonus material on the DVD release?
CM: Absolutely! The DVD will feature 100+ minutes of bonus features. That will include deleted scenes, interview outtakes, archival footage and some clips with Angelo’s character Doctor Mad Vibes. There also will be live footage of Fishbone playing CBGB’s the last week it was open. We really jam packed that portion of the DVD.

AL: Was it hard finding a lot of the older memorabilia and footage to include in the film?
CM: The band its self didn’t really have much as they tend to live their life in the present. A lot of the things we were able to find came to us by calling out to the larger community of fans. We were very patient as things trickled in. After being out on the road and telling people we were working on a documentary about the band we got some amazing leads. It took a lot of time and we were still finding things a couple weeks prior to releasing the movie. There are still some great things that are popping up that we wished we had gotten sooner.

AL: What other projects do you have in the works?
CM: Right now we are in the final stages of getting the DVD out there. There is a shorter version of the film airing on PBS and the full version is available on iIunes. The DVD will come out Feb. 21st. The band is on tour right now and they are also working on a new album. We are going to let the film live out there in the world at let people discover it. We have a few ideas for our next project as I am always out looking for cool ideas. I haven’t quite decided which one we are going to plunge into just yet.

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“Puncture” is available to purchase on Blu-ray and DVD on January 3rd, 2012

To celebrate the DVD release of “Puncture” starring Chris Evans (“Captain America: The First Avenger”), Media Mikes would like to giveaway THREE copies of the DVD. If you would like to win one of these great prizes, please leave us a comment below or send us an email and let us know your favorite Chris Evans film. This giveaway will be open until Tuesday January 10th at Noon, Eastern Time and is only open to residents of the United States. Only one entry per person, per household; all other entries will be considered invalid. Once the giveaway ends, Media Mikes will randomly pick out winners and alert the winners via email.


Mike Weiss (Chris Evans) is a talented young Houston lawyer and a functioning drug addict. Paul Danziger (co-director Mark Kassen), his longtime friend and partner, is the straight-laced and responsible yin to Mike’s yang. Their mom-and-pop personal injury law firm is getting by, but things really get interesting when they decide to take on a case involving Vicky (Vinessa Shaw), a local ER nurse, who is pricked by a contaminated needle on the job. As Weiss and Danziger dig deeper into the case, a health care and pharmaceutical conspiracy teeters on exposure and heavyweight attorneys move in on the defense. Out of their league but invested in their own principles, the mounting pressure of the case pushes the two underdog lawyers and their business to the breaking point.


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Interview with Chris Zylka

Chris Zylka is co-starring in “Shark Night 3D”, playing the character Blake.  After this film Chris is going up against piranhas in “Piranha 3DD”.  Next year he is gearing up to play Flash Thomspon in Sony’s reboot for “The Amazing Spider-Man”.  Chris took out a few minutes to chat about role in “Shark Night 3D” and what we has planned upcoming.

Mike Gencarelli: Tell us about playing Blake in “Shark Night 3D”?
Chris Zylka: Blake is a college student and a football player.  He is best friends with Malik in the film, who is played by Sinqua Walls.  He is a corky guy but has high self-esteem and also a bit cocky.  He has a passion for his friends and it really show a different side of him.

MG: What would you say was the challenging part of working on the film?
CZ: I would say the most challenging part was sitting in the middle of a lake on a boat…in the summer…in Louisiana [laughs].  It tends to get pretty hot down in the South.

MG: So from what I am told, David R. Ellis is the coolest director ever; is that correct?
CZ: Oh my goodness, he is like a friend from home.  He is just a chill cool guy that knows how to make action movies.  I think everyone is going to be really impressed with what he has done with this.

MG: You are also in “Piranha 3DD” this Fall, how was it going from sharks to piranha?
CZ: Well piranhas are a bit smaller [laughs].  It was a different experience and it has a different storyline.  I would say it is a bit of a different genre also, even though it seems similar.  “Piranha 3DD” is that campy movie where you want to go to the movies, have fun and watch people be torn apart [laughs].  Where as “Shark Night 3D” is a bit more character driven and you care for each character.  You want them to win rather than the sharks.

MG: Tell us about your role Kyle in the film?
CZ: Kyle is the local deputy sheriff.  He recently broke up with his high school sweetheart due to college and she comes back into town. After that havoc starts.

MG: Tell us about your role of Billy on The CW’s new show “The Secret Circle”?
CZ: Billy is a newcomer and you have to watch and find out [laughs].

MG: Next year your playing Flash Thompson in “The Amazing Spider-Man”, how was that experience?
CZ: I can tell you it was an amazing experience working for Mark Webb.  Ari Arad is the king of comic book films.  Andrew (Garfield) and Emma (Stone) are just a pleasure to work with.  They are bringing stuff to the table that people are going to really become attached to and really love.

MG: What do you particularly look for when you take on a role?
CZ: First off, I look at what I have done in the past.  Is it too similar?  You do not want to be typecast in a specific role. What is the biggest challenge?  You always want to challenge yourself to grow as an artist.


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Interview with Chris Carmack

Chris Carmack is playing the role of Dennis in the 3D thriller “Shark Night 3D”.  Besides acting, Chris also has a passion for music and even contributed songs to the film “The Butterfly Effect 3”. “Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Chris about working on the film “Shark Night 3D.

Mike Gencarelli: Can you give us some background on your character Dennis in the film?
Chris Carmack: Dennis is a local dive instructor that is a bit off his rocker. He is one of those backwoods guys who rides around on four wheelers shooting guns. Dennis’ ex-girlfriend comes up to the lake for the weekend to relax not knowing Dennis would be there.  The same goes for Dennis since he was not expecting her there either. It’s clear though that they have some unfinished business.

MG: What do you look for when you approach a character?
CC: It tends to be there in the script. If you respond to the script then you’re responding to all the characters. If you are responding to all the characters then you can definitely respond to one character. When I read the script I thought it was a lot of fun and it looked like a great movie. The characters we really drawn out and identified and I loved the role of Dennis. I love playing bad guys.

MG: Over all was the job pretty intense physically?
CC: It was. Anytime you are working with water you are going to up the fatigue factor. Working in the tank had its own difficulties. There was a lot of chlorine in the water burning everyone’s eye’s but at the same time it was a controlled environment making it easier to shoot. When we got into the lake the water is easier to swim in but you’re dealing with waves and wind. There is no winning with water.

MG: Did you get to do a lot of one on one with the animatronic sharks?
CC: It didn’t seem like there was a lot of one on one. When they were on set they were the stars of the show. They were really cool awesome creatures and there is a whole team of people working them. I think the person who got the most face time with the sharks was Sara Paxton.

MG: Did you have a lot of creative freedom working with David R. Ellis?
CC: David was a lot of fun and he gave me a lot of room to work. You also had the reassurance that if something was going in the wrong direction, he would pull you back. David was definitely a blessing when we got around to the action stuff as those scenes can sometimes grind to a halt and cause some headaches. David is an expert and we sailed through stuff pretty smoothly.

MG: On the film “The Butterfly Effect 3” you wrote and performed a few songs. How did that come about?
CC: (Laughs) I’m a musician as that’s my other passion even though I don’t make a living at it. I always have my guitar with me on set and always happy to perform for those interested. I was working with director Seth Grossman and he had mentioned he wanted to put some bluesy type tunes in the background of some of the bar scenes. He asked if I had any music he could use and I told him I did and that he could use any of my songs but I wanted to have a guy I play with sing on one of the songs as he has a really great voice. I sent Seth a recording and he loved it.

MG: Do you have any other upcoming projects?
CC: There are always some balls being juggled in the air. I can’t really say too much until things are 100%

Chris Cornell Appearing on Relativity’s “Machine Gun Preacher” Soundtrack

Relativity Music Group to Release Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for Relativity’s Machine Gun Preacher, Featuring Lead Track

 “The Keeper” Written & Performed by Chris Cornell

Score composed by Asche & Spencer

Soundtrack available September 20th, 2011

 (Beverly Hills, Calif.) August 29, 2011– Relativity Music Group is pleased to announce the release of the original motion picture soundtrack for Golden-Globe® nominee Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher, featuring the original song and lead track “The Keeper,” written and performed by Grammy®-award winning musician Chris Cornell and co-produced by Alain Johannes (Great Expectations) and Chris Cornell. Machine Gun Preacher stars Gerard Butler and is based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who finds faith leading him on a path to help the children of East Africa.

“The Keeper” will premiere on Chris Cornell’s website ( today giving fans the chance to “Donate to Download” to Sam Childers’ Angels of East Africa charity for the first 24 hours; the charity is dedicated to the rescue, restoration and enablement of children caught in the crossfire of the Lord’s Resistance Army – a rebel military group in Northern Uganda and Southern Sudan. On Tuesday, August 30th the song will be available for sale on iTunes®.

Forster said, “We were thrilled when Chris wrote this beautiful and heartfelt song for us. The first time I heard ‘The Keeper,’ I immediately saw it in the movie.  Chris was able to articulate the essence of Sam’s story.”

The Machine Gun Preacher soundtrack features 15 score cues performed and composed by acclaimed musical group Asche & Spencer (Monster’s Ball) and accompanied by a 60-piece Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. The symphony was recorded in a historic facility outside Vienna Austria in the town of Bratislava. Vladimir Martinka conducted the session which was orchestrated by Sean McMahon & David Shephard.

The soundtrack will be available both physically at music retail stores and digitally at iTunes® on Tuesday, September 20th. On the physical version of the Machine Gun Preacher soundtrack, “The Keeper” will appear in two forms featuring an extended version of the song as it appears in the film. On the iTunes® version of the soundtrack, the original demo of “The Keeper” will be featured as a bonus track.

Machine Gun Preacher will be released by Relativity Media in New York and Los Angeles on September 23rd and will expand markets in the weeks to follow.

Click here hear the song by “The Keeper” by Chris Cornell:
Chris Cornell – The Keeper by chriscornell

For additional information on the film, please visit:



Machine Gun Preacher is based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who finds faith leading him on a path to East Africa.  Shocked by the mayhem in Sudan, Childers becomes a crusader for hundreds of refugee children. Inspired to create a safe haven for the multitudes fleeing enslavement by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army, he restores peace to their lives and eventually his own.  Directed and produced by DGA and Golden Globe®-nominee Marc Forster (Finding NeverlandMonster’s Ball) and written by Jason Keller (Relativity’s Untitled Snow White Project), the film stars Gerard Butler (300) in a tour de force performance, alongside a powerful ensemble cast including Michelle Monaghan (Due Date), Kathy Baker (Cold Mountain), Oscar®-nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road), Madeline Carroll (The Spy Next Door) and breakout actor Souleymane Sy Savane (Goodbye Solo). Producing are Relativity’s Robbie Brenner, Safady Entertainment’s Gary Safady and Craig Chapman, and GG Filmz’s Deborah Giarratana.


Relativity Music Group was formed in 2009 under the leadership of Happy Walters, President of Music and Rogue Sports.  Over the past two years, the music division has provided music supervision, music publishing catalogues and soundtrack services for films produced and/or financed by Relativity Media and other major Hollywood studios, including such titles

as: Bridesmaids, Beginners, Dear John, Repo Men, Couples Retreat, A Single Man, Love Happens, Biutiful, The Adjustment Bureau, Zombieland, Brothers, 30 Rock, A Perfect Getaway, Limitless, The Fighter and many others.

Looking ahead, Relativity Music Group will release the following soundtracks in 2011 including: The Debt, Hanna, Like Crazy and Immortals.

Relativity Music Group plans to release 15-20 soundtracks per year via its licensing and distribution agreement with ADA/Warner Music Group.


Chris Cornell is a rock icon whose music career has spanned more than two decades as a multi-Grammy® award-winning musician, universally-acclaimed singer, songwriter and lyricist. An innovator and trailblazer of the 90’s grunge movement, Cornell seduced audiences with his richly melodic voice as the frontman for the Seattle band Soundgarden. Later, celebrated side project Temple of the Dog brought Cornell together with Pearl Jam members Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Eddie Vedder. Cornell also collaborated with three other musical pioneers from rap-rock’s Rage Against the Machine to create the multi-platinum supergroup Audioslave. Cornell has seen success in his solo career with the release of “Euphoria Morning” and his latest solo release “Scream.” Cornell’s offerings in music have also segued to cinema. Having contributed solo songs to movie soundtracks from Great Expectations (“Sunshower”) to Mission Impossible II (“Mission 2000”), he became the first American male singer to write the theme song for the James Bond franchise with “You Know My Name” in Casino Royale.


Asche & Spencer is one of the leading theatrical and commercial scoring companies in the United States with studios in Los Angeles and Minneapolis, founded by composer/creative director Thad Spencer and former member of the alternative-country sensation The Jayhawks. Asche & Spencer’s well-chosen collaborations include Marc Forster’s Oscar®-winning film Monster’s Ball, and critically-acclaimed Stay. Asche & Spencer also worked on the Oscar®-nominated documentary War Dance directed by Sean Fine and The Onion Movie.


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Interview with Chris Showerman

Chris Showerman is know for his role in “George of the Jungle 2”. He is featured in the upcoming “Complacent” co-starring Cerina Vincent. Chris is also a writer and director and co-partner of a production company with Clint Morris called Shorris Film. Movie Mikes had the chance to ask Chris a few questions about his career and his very busy future.

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Mike Gencarelli: How was it working on “George of the Jungle 2”?
Chris Showerman: Incredible. The cast was fun, the crew was amazing, and the apes had gas for most of the shoot.

Mike Gencarelli: Did you feel any pressure taking over the role first played by Brendan Fraser?
Chris Showerman: Of course! He left a big loin cloth to fill. Everyone on the project was so supportive of me being the new guy. And the line they put in the script about me being the new George was a big bonus – helped everyone get past the fact that I wasn’t Brendan. Incidentally, I met Brendan about a year after we shot the movie. Great guy! He was real supportive of me as well – though I don’t know if he ever watched my movie – he never said.

Mike Gencarelli: In addition to acting you’re also now writing and directing your own films. Is it easy wearing so many hats?
Chris Showerman: Writing is really cerebral. It’s a pretty lonely art form. It’s great for me because I can go into hermit mode pretty easily so it’s a nice energetic change from my acting side. It’s more of an introverted exercise where you’re going within for the answers. Directing is a natural outcropping of writing for me. It’s just following through on the ideas I had already formulated when I was writing. They always say that a good writer doesn’t direct from the typewriter. That is true, but I can’t help but “Watch” the movie in my mind as I’m writing it so I can go into the directing part with a good preview of roughly how I want the scene to look. Now producing, on the other hand, is a heart attack waiting to happen. My blood pressure goes up about 200 points when I have to juggle all of the details that concern the producer. I have such a renewed respect for producers of low budget projects that take on such a load. It might be different with bigger projects where everybody gets an assistant. And the assistants get assistants. And their assistants go get coffee for everyone.

Mike Gencarelli: We recently just interviewed Cerina Vincent last month, tell us about your recent role in the film “Complacent”?
Chris Showerman: Complacent is a beautifully told movie written and directed by Steven Monroe. It’s a pretty heavy drama about what happens under the surface of our psyches when we allow ourselves to get too comfortable – thus “Complacent”.

MG: When and why did you and Clint Morris decide to form Shorris Film?
CS: Clint and I had been pals for a while and he was the one who had the great idea to team up our strengths. I think we made it official on January 1st – I just don’t remember the year. Perhaps 2006? Our first project was a werewolf film – that’s currently on pause due to the passing of one of it’s attached cast members – with Clint’s good friends Eric Stoltz and Stephen Tobolowsky. Then a western. We’re currently filming a top-secret project in L.A.

MG: Your most recent film is “Big Game”. Can you tell us about it and your working relationship with C. Thomas Howell?
CS: This is one of my favorite projects I have had the pleasure of acting in. I got to play completely against type and play a red neck murderer rapist…with a heart. It was a great challenge and I always looked forward to every day on set. I laughed so hard working with Tommy and John Deignan I thought I’d have a hernia right there on set. I also worked with Tommy on a remake of “The Land That Time Forgot” for SyFy and the upcoming comedy “Commander and Chief”.

MG: Tell me about some of your future projects, for example “Vauxhall Crossed” and “Death Keeps Coming”, if you can?
CS: Well those projects are developing as we speak, so I’ll know more once I’m officially brought into them, but “Vauxhall Crossed” is a British spy thriller about an MI6 agent. I believe Tanit Phoenix, from the upcoming “Death Race 2”, is the star. The other is a western that my good friend Dee Wallace is also involved in.

MG: According to the IMDB, You’re playing a character named Dr Hamilton Manning in two films, “Parfection” and “Beach Bar: The Movie”. What are they?
CS: “Parfection” is a goofy frat mentality comedy about a golfer who loses a bet and get’s breast implants put in. I had a great time working with Dean Cameron on that one. I think the next one, which is somewhat of a spin-off, is starting to get rolling soon.
Thanks to Clint Morris to setting up the interview and providing the images.

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