The Cinema Squad is excited to welcome a new special guest for Episode #71:
Director Joe Lynch!! Let’s meet him:
Joe Lynch (@TheJoeLynch)
Joe Lynch was born in Long Island, New York and was raised on a steady diet of B-movies, Stephen King novels, heavy metal, 8-bit games & 4-color comic books. His first foray into filmmaking was hooking up 2 VCR cameras and creating “remixes” of his favorite movie scenes to new music, and creating home-spun gore effects to shock his family members (it rarely worked).
Upon graduating from Syracuse University, his two student shorts, “mAHARBA” and “hiBeams” got Lynch named Filmmaker of the Year in 1999 in The Long Island Voice. Joe’s first film job was working with the legendary Troma films, working on “Terror FIrmer” & was then hired as an in-house writer/producer/Toxic Avenger model. Post-Troma, Lynch then created, produced & shot the hit US TV show “Uranium” for Fuse, and directed music videos and documentaries for artists like 311, Sugarcult, DevilDriver, DVDA, Coal Chamber, Strapping Young Lad & Pete Yorn.
20th Century Fox’s “Wrong Turn 2: Dead End” was Lynch’s first foray into feature filmmaking – a dream come true for the die-hard horror fanatic. This love letter to Splatter films of the 80’s was a surprising critical and financial success, making many Top 10 lists on horror publications and websites and is still considered one of Fox’s best selling DTV films to date.
After “Wrong Turn 2”, Lynch served as Creative Director at G4tv.com, where he developed and produced many of the site’s popular web franchises, including “Feedback”, “The MMO Report”, “Fresh Ink” & the Webby Award winning series “Freestyle 101”. Lynch also oversaw many of the network’s live coverage of events, including E3, Comic-Con & the Tokyo Game Show, as well as commercial campaigns for Jinx and Sony (which he also directed). Recently, Lynch served as Executive Producer & Creative Showrunner for G4’s first “Epictober Film Festival”, featuring 3 short films produced exclusively for the website, which debuted to strong reviews and even stronger numbers.
Lynch was hired to direct the “Heavy Metal Horror Adventure”, “Knights of Badassdom”, for IndieVest Pictures, which follows a band of modern-day friends who embark on a LARP (Live Action Role Playing), leaving to dark, dangerous (and often time hilarious) results. The film boasts an all-star cast including Steve Zahn (“Treme”), Peter Dinklage (“Game Of Thrones”), Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”) Summer Glau (“Serenity”), Danny Pudi (“Community”) & Jimmi Simpson (“Breakout Kings”) The film had a very successful preview at 2011’s San Diego Comic-Con and is currently in Post Production.
Lynch was also one of the 4 directors contributing to the recently-released Horror/Comedy Anthology “Chillerama” (with fellow directors Adam Rifkin, Adam Green & Tim Sullivan) which enjoyed an international festival bow, a national “Roadshow” theatrical run and released on VOD, Blu-Ray & DVD by Image Entertainment in November 2011. It won “Best Independent FIlm” by the Rondo Awards.
Lynch also stepped in front of the camera in 2011 with FEARnet/ArieScope’s “Holliston”, a “traditional” television sitcom he is Executive Producing & co-starring in with creator (& fellow start) Adam Green which premiered on FEARnet, VOD & iTunes in April, 2012.
Lynch’s next feature was the unique action/thriller “EVERLY,” which went into production in the summer of 2013, with Salma Hayek in the title role. The screenplay was written by Yale Hannon, based on a story by Lynch and Hannon. The film was produced by Crime Scene Pictures & Anonymous Content.
Lynch’s latest film “MAYHEM,” produced by Circle Of Confusion, staring Steven Yeun (THE WALKING DEAD) and Samara Weaving (ASH vs EVIL DEAD, THE BABYSITTER), arrives in theaters, VOD, and Digital HD on November 10, 2017.
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As for the rest of the Cinema Squad, we have the usual suspects:
Sean Wathen – Creator & Moderator (@Cinema_Squad)
Sean Wathen is a screenwriter from Louisville, Kentucky who moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to pursue a writing career. While working in production offices such as “House, MD,” “24,” & MTV Studios, Sean pursued his love of writing. Recently, his screenplays “Iron Dragon” & “Timegate” were optioned to Fotocomics Productions, and his contained horror/thriller script “The Gotham Hotel” was optioned to Anacapa Pictures. In the past, his screenplay “The Field” was optioned to Dune Entertainment & Stormchaser Films, his screenplay “ALICE” was optioned to Array Pictures, and his screenplay “Second Shot” was optioned to Status Media & Entertainment. In 2014, he was named on Tracking Board’s ‘Young & Hungry List – Top 100 Writers on the Verge,” and he was hired to adapt graphic novels for State & Cabrillo Productions, Inc. as well as Solipsist Films.
Skye Wathen – Show Host (@1blueskye)
Skye Wathen has been working in production for both television and film since 2006. Her credits include “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,” “The Revenant,” “Moneyball,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “12 Deadly Days” for Youtube Red, “The New Edition Story” for BET, and “Taskmaster” for Comedy Central. She is now Vice President of Production at Live Nation Productions. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Skye’s love of all thing Hollywood began at a very young age. She enjoys all things nerdy and crafty and is the proud fur-mom to Bruce, a shar pei mix puppy.
Lee Perez is a native of South Texas and has been working in the entertainment industry since 2005. Working production on all types of entertainment from extremely low budget indie movies and reality TV to award winning scripted shows and huge blockbusters. His credits include “House M.D.”, “Drive”, “Hangover 3,” “Straight out of Compton” “Free State of Jones,” “Rules Don’t Apply,” and “Annabelle: Creation.”
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