The official website of Actor & Digital Filmmaker Jeff Kirkendall
On this page you will find a list of the latest site updates as well as past updates.
Note: For more information on many of the movies mentioned in these updates, including photos and links to current sale pages, please visit the Movies page. For information on festivals, screenings and other events mentioned visit the Out & About page. And for more information visit the Movies page.
Site Update! The entire Very Scary Productions website has been overhauled with what is hopefully a more streamlined, functional design. I hope everybody enjoys it, and please contact me with any comments using the link above.
The trailer for BIGFOOT VS. ZOMBIES from Polonia Brothers Entertainment is up! Check it out here. The movie poster is also up! Click here to see that. The movie will be released on 2/23/16 from Wild Eye Releasing! JURASSIC PREY from Polonia Brothers Entertainment gets wide release through many major retailers! See the photo from my local FYE store! And there is new Japanese DVD box cover art! See the photo here. My latest short horror movie THE HUNT starring scream queen Deana Demko and a cast of Upstate New York area actors is now available as a download from Archangel Productions! Click here to go to the sale page (the trailer can be viewed on this page also). Filmmaker Joe Bagnardi's Sci-Fi feature PROJECT D: CLASSIFIED is now available on DVD at CDBaby.com! Click here to go to the sale page. And please visit Joe's Artist Page to purchase his other movies. Filmmaker Joe Bagnardi's Sci-Fi feature PROJECT D: CLASSIFIED premiered at The Madison Theater in Albany, New York on June 27th along with my latest short horror movie THE HUNT! For more information about this area premiere see the Out & About page. FIlmmaker Mark Polonia's monster movie MEATEATERS (now called JURASSIC PREY) premiered at The Madison Theater in Albany, New York on April 27th in a Creature Double Feature along with Michael Kazlo II's CRYPTID! For more information on this area premiere see the Out & About page.
I'd like to thank all who attended the Creature Double-Feature at The Madison Theater in Albany, New York on Sunday, April 27th. And thanks go out to the good folks at The Madison Theater for hosting the event and for their support of independent filmmaking. The movies on this double-bill were Michael Kazlo's CRYPTID, and MEATEATERS from Mark Polonia. MEATEATERS, which is now known as JURASSIC PREY, was shown for the first time this day. See the Out & About page for more on this event.
I'd like to thank everyone who came out to the Roccon Hudson Valley Sci-Fi/Anime/Comic Books/Gaming convention this past Sunday, April 7th in Poughkeepsie, NY. I'd also like to especially thank Alicia, the gracious organizer of the convention, for having me as their Local Film Maker Guest of Honor! I had a good time screening my movie OF THEATRE & BIKINIS, walking around to the various tables at the show, and also meeting people who stopped by the Very Scary Productions vendor table.
My friend actor James Carolus and I starred in two movies from Polonia Brothers Entertainment: The Sci-Fi feature EMPIRE OF THE APES and the horror feature CAMP BLOOD FIRST SLAUGHTER. See the Movies page for more information on these films.
Thanks go out to Pat Whalen and filmmaker Bruce G. Hallenbeck for helping organize the Muckman Monster Movie Festival held at The New York State Museum in Albany, New York on October 22nd. This festival featured an afternoon of independent movies directed by monster maestro Brett Piper. These included MUCKMAN and the horror-comedy BITE ME! This day of fun, b-movie cinema was a good time for all who attended!
Filmmaker Joe Bagnardi's independent feature SHADOW TRACKER: VAMPIRE HUNTER debuted on DVD with a new box cover designed by yours truly. Click here to see the box cover.
Thank you to everyone who attended The Blood, Fangs & Claws Film Fest at The Park Theater in Glens Falls, New York on October 9th & 10th. Filmmaker Michael Kazlo's vampire feature BLOODLUST was shown on a double bill with my own vampire movie THE TEMPTRESS. It was a fun time, and I'd also like to thank Mike for setting things up, and the good folks at The Park Theater for hosting us. Click here to see the colorful event poster.
I'd like to thank filmmakers Jeff Burns, Jay Ruzicka, and everyone at The Everything Film Show on Blog Talk Radio for having me as a guest. They had me on the June 4th episode, where I spoke about independent filmmaking, horror films, and my own upcoming horror film project.
I'd like to thank everyone involved with the It Came From Schenectady: Let the Right One In and Freaky 518 Film Festival for a great night of film viewing! The festival took place Thursday evening, April 23rd, at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, New York. The fest was over 6 hours long and featured the award-winning Swedish vampire movie LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, along with a host of independent short Horror and Sci-Fi movies from Upstate New York-based filmmakers. Included in this lineup was my own short horror movie THE GREEN-EYED MONSTER. Special thanks go out to Peter Hughes from Proctors for organizing and hosting this marathon event, and to everyone who came out to watch the movies.
I had an article published in the Winter 2009 issue of the Sage Colleges alumni magazine Crossroads. In it I talk about my years at the (then) Sage Junior College of Albany, producing my first independent horror movie TERROR OF THE MASTER, my subsequent movie productions, and what's on the horizon for the future. Click here to read the article.
February saw the release of my comedy OF THEATRE & BIKINIS on DVD. In addition to the 39-minute movie, the OF THEATRE & BIKINIS DVD features lots of extras, including Audio Commentary, Behind-the-Scenes Photos, Outtakes, a Music Video from Upstate New York-based singer Katrina Marie, a Radio Interview and more.
Filmmaker Bruce G. Hallenbeck's indie horror feature THE DROWNED is available for purchase on DVD. THE DROWNED is a psychological ghost story produced in Upstate New York's Capital Region which I worked on as Associate Producer, Editor, and Director of Photography. I also acted in the movie.
My short horror movie THE GREEN-EYED MONSTER is available for purchase on DVD. THE GREEN-EYED MONSTER is one of my early horror shorts which has been screened over the years in Upstate New York's Capital Region. The movie debuted in a new re-mastered version. The disc includes scene selections and an assortment of indie movie trailers from Very Scary Productions and other independent production companies.
THE TEMPTRESS SPECIAL EDITION DVD is now available! I wrote, produced and directed THE TEMPTRESS, a horror tale of vampiric confrontation and drama which features Upstate New York actors Jennifer Birn, Heather Blossom Brown, James Carolus, Timothy Jay Hatch, Mary Kay Hilko, Jennifer Lescovich, Amy Naple and Karen Wallingford, among others. The disc features many extras, including trailers, director commentary & behind-the-scenes photos, as well as the 1999 short film prequel 3 TO MURDER. Visit "The Temptress" Page for more about this movie. I'd also like to thank Freelance Graphic Artist Bryan Stoots for designing a very cool tribute poster for THE TEMPTRESS. Click here to see it.
The horror anthology feature THE EDGE OF REALITY is available on DVD and via Downbad. THE EDGE OF REALITY was produced and directed by Upstate New York-based independent filmmaker Joe Bagnardi, and features area actors such as Ron Rausch, Bill Chaput and Mary Kay Hilko, among others. Filmmaker and actor Bruce G. Hallenbeck appears in two of the stories and also serves as the host. I was the Associate Producer and Editor as well as making an appearance in the film.
Filmmaker Bruce G. Hallenbeck and I gave a presentation on independent filmmaking for The New York State Library on December 14th as part of their Public Programs series for December.
Thanks go out to all who attended the Night of B-Movie Indies screening at the historic Madison Theater in Albany, New York on November 8th. See the Out & About page for more on this event.
Congratulations to Lewis and Susan Umbrellahem and everybody involved with The Schoharie Scary Horror Film Festival, which took place at Suny Cobleskill/Bouck Hall on October 27th. This year was the debut for this festival, where about a dozen independent horror films (both features and shorts) from around the world were shown - including one I worked on: THE DROWNED from director Bruce G. Hallenbeck. My production partner James Carolus and I attended and both enjoyed ourselves. Several of the films were very cool, and I made some new friends as well.
I'd like to say thanks to Upstate New York-based independent filmmaker Christopher R. Bishop for being such a gracious and enthusiastic host at a screening of his feature film CORRUPTION at Albany's Historic Madison Theater. The movie had a one-week run there from September 21st through the 27th. I had a cameo appearance in CORRUPTION, which was originally premiered at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, New York on February 25th (which I also attended). I wish Chris and producer Mary Shinners the best of luck with the movie.
I'd like to take a moment to reflect back on how exciting 2006 was with several film festivals, screenings and premieres coinciding around that spookiest of holidays - Halloween! It's always great watching a completed movie (whether it be mine or a friend's) with an audience, and Upstate New York's Capital Region was buzzing with activity this past fall. Thanks go out to all who were involved with these events and all who came out to support independent filmmaking. See the Out & About page for some great photos and highlights from several events: The 2006 New York State Museum Independent Film Festival, The Blood, Fangs and Claws Film Fest at the Madison Theater in Albany, New York, and The 2nd Annual New York State Museum Classic Horror Movie Festival featuring actress Betsy Palmer of FRIDAY THE 13TH fame.
This month I have a lot of thank-you's to get to. First, I'd like to thank everybody who ventured out to The New York State Museum in Albany, New York on the cold and rainy day of October 28th for The 2006 New York State Museum Independent Film Festival. The festival was the second such event hosted by the museum spotlighting independent filmmakers in Upstate New York's Capital Region. The event ran for almost 12 hours and featured several independent horror films (both features and shorts), as well as other genres. The two premieres were the Bruce G. Hallenbeck feature THE DROWNED, and my own short comedy OF THEATRE & BIKINIS. Both were well-attended, and it was a joy to speak about the movies later in the Q & A session. We also were fortunate to receive some nice press coverage from Capital News 9, which was exciting. Thanks go out to all the filmmakers who took part in the festival, and special thanks to Pat Whalen from The New York State Museum for his help as well.
Also this month I'd like to thank all those who attended The Blood, Fangs and Claws Film Fest at the Madison Theater in Albany, New York on Halloween night. It was great seeing the vampire-action feature BLOODLUST from filmmaker Michael Kazlo II, and my own vampire feature THE TEMPTRESS on the big screen. Special thanks go out to Mike for all his hard work in promoting the festival, and also to Jay Pregent from The Madison Theater for hosting us.
The third big event I took part in this Fall was The New York State Museum's 2nd Annual Classic Horror Movie Festival, held Saturday, November 11th. This year our special guest was actress Betsy Palmer of FRIDAY THE 13TH fame. Fans of the first film in the long-running horror franchise remember Ms. Palmer for her portrayal of Mrs. Voorhees (Jason's mom). The event began at 11:00 AM and featured screenings of THE SHINING, POLTERGEIST, THE LOST BOYS and of course, in honor of Ms. Palmer, FRIDAY THE 13TH. Before the showing Ms. Palmer gave an enlightening talk about her role in the film, and also did a Q & A session with the audience. She then stayed and watched the movie, and afterwards graciously signed autographs and posed for pictures with many enthusiastic fans. Independent filmmakers Bruce G. Hallenbeck, Joe Bagnardi and I introduced the films earlier in the day. I was also fortunate to dine the night before the festival with Ms. Palmer and some close friends. For me it was a truly exciting weekend. Thanks go out to Betsy Palmer for being a guest at the show. Thanks also to Pat Whalen from the New York State Museum, and to Bruce & Rosa Hallenbeck for all their hard work in putting things together and promoting the festival. And finally thank you to everyone who attended this fun, memorable event!
Thanks go out this month to independent filmmaker Jeff Burns and the organizers of the annual Albacon Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany, New York on October 6th, 7th and 8th. Friday evening October 6th featured an independent film festival showcasing movies from Upstate New York area filmmakers. The offerings consisted of science fiction, fantasy and horror films (both shorts and features), and two movies I worked on were screened in this lineup: The "Dead Man" segment from THE EDGE OF REALITY (directed by Joe Bagnardi), and the feature LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT (directed by Bruce G. Hallenbeck). This was my second year attending Albacon, and I had a good time watching all the interesting independent films. Thanks very much to everybody who came out to support the filmmakers.
This month I'd like to congratulate filmmakers Dan and Joe Masucci on the completion of their feature THE LAST ROUND. They hosted an advanced screening for cast and crew at The Madison Theater in Albany, New York on September 28th. I had a great time at the screening and wish them much success with this very impressive tense psychological drama. The film is also a who's who of Upstate New York Captial Region talent, and it was great to see some old friends. I had a cameo appearance in the movie.
I'd like to thank everybody who attended The Classic Horror Film Festival at The New York State Museum in Albany, New York on Saturday, October 29th. See the Out & About page for more on this festival.
Thanks go out to independent filmmaker Jeff Burns and the organizers of the Albacon Science Fiction convention held October 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany, New York. This year Albacon featured a mini film festival of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror films on Friday night from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. Several short films from Upstate New York Capital Region filmmakers were shown. Included in this lineup was the Bigfoot story The Quarry, which is the 3rd segment of the feature-length anthology horror film THE EDGE OF REALITY. Director Joe Bagnardi, his son Sean and I attended the screening. I'd like to especially thank everybody who came to watch the films and support the filmmakers.
I'd like to thank Public Affairs Director Chris Iorio and host Gary McLouth for my recent guest appearance on the television program The Subject Matters. My episode of this half-hour interview show aired Saturday, August 6th at 6:30 A.M. on WYPX TV55 (PAX) in the Upstate New York Capital Region viewing area. In the interview I discussed independent filmmaking, and I also showed clips from THE TEMPTRESS and THE EDGE OF REALITY. The episode is scheduled to be re-aired at a later date.
I'd like to once again congratulate independent filmmaker Michael Kazlo II. After successful premieres last October, his vampire feature BLOODLUST is now on DVD and available to purchase at three Upstate New York area Borders book stores!
I'd like to say thank you to everyone who attended the recent Dead of Winter Free Film Festival, held on the weekends of January 22-23 and January 29-30 at the New York State Museum in Albany, New York. The event attracted large crowds and was incredibly well-covered by the local media. See the Out & About page for more on this festival.
I'd like to congratulate independent filmmaker Michael Kazlo II on the premiere of his vampire feature BLOODLUST. The movie, which was produced mostly in and around the Glens Falls/Lake George area of Upstate New York, screened at Amie's Dinner & Movie in Glens Falls, New York on October 27th, and at Crossgates Mall Cinema 12 in Albany, NY on October 28th. I attended the crowded Crossgates Mall showings and had a lot of fun. Kudos Mike!
I'd like to thank writer Eric Newell and the other contributors to The Bloody Good Horror Page for providing insightful and intelligent horror movie reviews, interviews and commentaries for the past four years. Last month Eric shut down BG Horror, but hopefully he will return to the internet with a new site sometime in the near future. Thank you to everyone at BG Horror for supporting independent filmmakers like myself.
Very Scary Productions featured in the UK fanzine The Scream: Very Scary Productions was recently featured in the Summer 2004 issue (issue #2) of the UK independent horror fanzine The Scream. I'd like to thank publisher Mark Sesin for the article and wish him the best of luck with the new fanzine. Click here to see the cover.
Thanks also go out to Vanessa (aka Head Vamp) from the website Vamps Carnival Of Chaos for running the recent contest where two VHS copies of my female vampire feature THE TEMPTRESS were given away. Congratulations to the winners.
I'd like to thank the students and staff of Ichabod Crane High School in Valatia, New York for inviting filmmakers Joe Bagnardi, Bruce G. Hallenbeck and I to be judges at the first ICC student film festival. The event was held on Friday, April 30th and was hosted by the Sophomore Class. We enjoyed watching several interesting and entertaining films and discussing filmmaking in the Q & A after the awards ceremony. Best of luck to all the student filmmakers involved, and here's hoping the festival will become an annual event.
Thanks go out to filmmaker Les Sekely for having me as a guest on his radio show B+ Moviemaking on February 4th. Visit the Media page to listen to that interview.
I'd like to thank everybody who attended Shocktoberfest: A Hometown Horror Film Festival this past Thursday & Friday (Halloween) at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York. Thanks also to everyone who helped promote the festival. See the Out & About page for more on this festival.
Thanks go out to everybody who attended the Upstate New York Capital Region Premiere of THE EDGE OF REALITY on Friday, Sept. 19th at Broadway Joe's Theatre Grille in Saratoga Springs. We were incredibly pleased with this sold-out showing. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves, and we look forward to the next movie premiere. Thanks for supporting independent filmmaking!
Writer Peter Hanson's documentary EVERY PIXEL TELLS A STORY: HOW ONE COMMUNITY JOINED THE DIGITAL FILMMAKING REVOLUTION was broadcast on the Albany PBS affiliate WMHT Monday, July 7th at 10pm. This documentary which I took part in is about low-budget independent digital filmmaking in Upstate New York and has already been issued on DVD & VHS. Click here to see the DVD box cover. Thank you to everybody who attended the Upstate New York area premiere of THE TEMPTRESS. The evening went extremely well and we were very pleased with the turnout. See the Out & About page for photos of the after-party at the theatre with the cast and crew.
Peter Hanson's documentary EVERY PIXEL TELLS A STORY: HOW ONE COMMUNITY JOINED THE DIGITAL FILMMAKING REVOLUTION was screened at Hudson Valley Community College on Sunday, November 3rd. The day was very enjoyable and I'd like to thank everybody who stopped by our table in the exhibition room.
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I'm happy to report that Polonia Brothers Entertainment's AMITYVILLE EXORCISM is now available digitally on Amazon Video, Google Play and iTunes! See the updated Movies page. The DVD release date has not yet been announced...
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News is out about the next Polonia Brothers Entertainment movie! Production began in November of this year on the creature feature LAND SHARK. As reported by distributor Camp Motion Pictures: "LAND SHARK tells the story of Linda Regis, Director of Development at MALCO Oceanic Research, who becomes the target of a dangerous killer after unraveling a sinister plot to inject sharks with human DNA. A throw-back to creature features of the 1960s-1980s, LAND SHARK will eschew digital SFX in favor of analog and practical. Of note, this is the first Polonia Brothers Entertainment production to be shot on the West Coast." Look for a cameo in the movie by Yours Truly! More details to come...
Both the movie poster and trailer for AMITYVILLE EXORCISM have been released! Check out the poster here, and the trailer (YouTube) here. The Movies page has also been updated. It has been officially announced that AMITYVILLE EXORCISM is the latest movie from Polonia Brothers Entertainment! The movie will be distributed by Wild Eye Releasing and is due out in early 2017 (exact release date TBD). I played one of the main roles in this film as a priest who must help a man fight a demonic force that is posessing his daughter. Check out the Movies page for more information. SHARKENSTEIN from Polonia Brothers Entertainment is now available nationwide on DVD and streaming platforms! Online retailers for this monster movie epic include Amazon (DVD & streaming), Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Family Video (rental or sales), FYE, Target and Walmart, among others. And check out the Movies page for some new promotional photos featuring yours truly and other cast members. More photos from my most recently completed short horror movie THE BAD FLOWER have been added to the Movies page. I'm happy to report I've completed editing my latest short horror movie THE BAD FLOWER! It runs 20 minutes and stars several actors I've worked with on previous movies. Check out the first promotional photo here! And visit the Movies page for more information and updates... The trailer for SHARKENSTEIN from Polonia Brothers Entertainment is up! Check it out here! The Movies page has been updated. The poster image for SHARKENSTEIN from Polonia Brothers Entertainment is up! Click here to see it! I had a starring role in this new creature feature which hits DVD nationwide in August! The Movies page has also been updated with more information about it. I was honored to have been asked to serve as a celebrity judge for the Summer Reading at New York Libraries 2016 Teen Video Challenge, a video competition serving to promote the slogan "Get in the Game – Read”. The entries were all very creative and entertaining! Check out the Summer Reading at New York Libraries site for more information and to find out the contest results. Set photos from the feature film BIGFOOT VS. ZOMBIES from Polonia Brothers Entertainment have been added to the Movies page. BIGFOOT VS. ZOMBIES from Polonia Brothers Entertainment is now available on DVD through many major retailers! Check out the trailer here, and the movie poster here. And see the Movies page for more about this independent feature.
New photos of Yours Truly from Polonia Brothers Entertainment's SHARKENSTEIN have been added to the Movies page.
I'm happy to announce that THE DROWNED from Pagan Productions will be available in a new DVD release from Alternative Cinema / Camp Motion Pictures on 3/14/17! Check out the cool new box artwork here. Three new promotional photos of Yours Truly as Father Benna in AMITYVILLE EXORCISM from Polonia Brothers Entertainment have been added to the Movies page.
The DVD box art from Wild Eye Releasing for Polonia Brothers Entertainment's AMITYVILLE EXORCISM has been released! Click here to check it out. It has also been added to the Movies page.
Polonia Brothers Entertainment's JURASSIC PREY has been released in the U.K.! Check out the DVD box art here. The movie also received some nice U.K. reviews. Quotes have been added to the Movies page.
I'm happy to announce that Polonia Brothers Entertainment's AMITYVILLE EXORCISM will be released through Redbox on 6/6/17! Catch me starring in this indie horror thriller directed by Mark Polonia. Click here to view a fun photo of Yours Truly at the local Redbox. This update has been added to the Movies page.
The creature feature LAND SHARK from Polonia Brothers Entertainment is now available via DVD & streaming on Amazon! The distributor is Alternative Cinema / Camp Motion Pictures.
Two new AMITYVILLE EXORCISM photos were added to the Movies page.
REVOLT OF THE EMPIRE OF THE APES is now available for streaming/purchase on Amazon Video and Vimeo! In this Sci-Fi sequel from Polonia Brothers / Sterling Entertainment I reprise my role as the "good" ape Trask who helps rebel freedom fighters in their quest to free earth from Simian rule. Click here to view the DVD box art, and also visit the Movies page for more on the movie.
A 2017 interview I did for the site IndieActivity.com has been published. That link has been added to the Media page.