Sunday, July 24, 2011

20.) Brian Champagne, broadcast news cameraman and communications professor

Brian Champagne has created a mini-documentary every day for the last 20 years. Some might say that television news doesn't constitute any sort of documentary, but some people are just cranky that way. He claims his work in television news contained far more truth than anything Michael Moore has ever produced. Brian has worked at NBC, ABC, Fox, and CBS affiliates. Most of his work was behind the camera, but he has done on-camera work in Sacramento, Calif. and Salt Lake City, Utah. He served as Chief Photographer for Fox in Sacramento where he tried to keep the photo staff happy, while not necessarily annoying management. Brian earned his Master's Degree in Communications from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and he now teaches television news journalism at Utah State University. He still works for all Salt Lake network affiliates on a freelance basis. His current favorite movies are “Groundhog Day,” at which he marvels at how efficient it must have been to make, and “Blues Brothers,” at which he marvels at how expensive it must have been to make. Brian Champagne appears on the Considering the Sequels Podcast as the special guest for the June 2011 BONUS episode on News Media & Journalism Movies.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

19.) Tim Buel, filmmaker, critic and host of The Golden Briefcase podcast

Tim Buel is a filmmaker, critic and podcaster hailing from Los Angeles, California. Tim started loving film from a very young age and decided to start making his own shorts on his family's High-8 camera. From there he went on to study film in high school and college, continuing to make films with his peers. He then started a film podcast with a few associates called The Fliktalk podcast, which ran for about a year before some of the members went on to bigger things. Tim then wrote news material and reviews for a number of Web sites before setting up shop with his current show, The Golden Briefcase, at He has continued to make films with his new company, Blue Milk FX, and submitted various entries to Sundance Film Festival, The Los Angeles Film Festival and Fantastic Fest. He is currently in post-production on a new short entitled “Outcast,” which should be submitted to festivals this coming fall. Tim Buel appears on the Considering the Sequels Podcast as the special guest for the May 2011 BONUS episode on “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

Saturday, April 2, 2011

18.) Ashley C. Williams, Actress

Actor-Singer-Producer Ashley C. Williams, who stars in Tom Six’s “The Human Centipede (First Sequence),” currently resides in New York City. She has an extensive background in theater and musical theater and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, where she received the Charles Jehlinger Award for “Best Actress” (the highest honor from the Academy.) As an actor she has toured the New York and New England area with a number of theater companies, including La Mama E.T.C., the Theater Engagement & Action Project, the Nitestar Program and the United Nations Y-Peer Project. In 2008 Ashley was a guest director and political theater trainer for the Bulgaria U.N. Y-Peer International Theater in education training. She is co-founder and vice president of Mind The Art Entertainment, an NYC-based Arts and Entertainment Company where she’s produced and starred in new work of varying art forms in venues such as the New York International Fringe Festival, the Cherry Lane Theaters Center Stage NY and the Ellen Stewart Theater. Ashley has worked with esteemed Italian actor-director Dario D'Ambrosi a number of times in his avant-garde plays, such as “Romeo and Juliet” and “Bong Bong, Ting Ting in our Heads.” In the last three years or so, Ashley has worked on a number of indie films and is best known for her role as Lindsay in “The Human Centipede (First Sequence).” She continues to work in theater and film in the NYC area. Coming soon in 2011 — Feature films: drama-thriller “Empty,” horror-comedy “Stagnant” and romantic comedy “A Guy Named Rick.” Ashley’s fan page can be found here; her personal Web site is here; and of course, this is her Internet Movie Database page can be found here. Ashley appears on the Considering the Sequels Podcast for an interview in the March 2011 BONUS episode on Extreme and Shock Cinema.

17.) Torben Bernhard, Director and Film Scholar

Ever since the age of 8, Torben Bernhard has had a natural inclination toward storytelling. His feature documentary film, “The Sonosopher: Alex Caldiero... in Life, in Sound” (2010), premiered at Cinequest International Film Festival and received distribution through Dream Garden Press. Torben has directed and produced several short and feature documentaries that have screened at film festivals, received glowing reviews, generated community buzz and been selected for distribution. Torben was also recently a member of the design team for the Reinvention Summit, the world’s first virtual conference on storytelling. Some of his previous credits include: producer/director/writer “The Sonosopher”; director/editor “Tarkio Balloon”; story producer “Street Fighting Man”; writer/director “Some Dreams Die”; director/cinematographer/editor “Wrestling with God”; producer/director “Bangkok Cowboy”; producer “Una Vida Mejor: A Better Life”; among others. Film scholar Torben Bernhard appears on the Considering the Sequels Podcast as one of the special guests for the March 2011 BONUS episode on Extreme and Shock Cinema.

16.) Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker, Film Critic and Podcasting Celebrity

Dave Becker is a film fan from the metropolis of Perkiomenville, PA. His love of movies stretches back to 1981, when he and his friends first saw “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” He's been hooked on movies ever since! Having contributed online movie reviews for a number of sites since 2003, Dave now runs his own movie blog, tracking his progress as he attempts to watch 2,500 movies — reviewing one per day — on DVD. Follow him online at, as new reviews are posted daily. Along with his writing, Dave is also a co-host on two popular horror movie podcasts, where he goes by the name “Dr. Shock”: Planet Macabre — The Premier International Horror Movie Podcast and The Creepture Feature Horror Show. CTS Podcast host Jason Pyles often refers to Dave as "a national treasure of film criticism." Dr. Shock appears on the Considering the Sequels Podcast as one of the special guests for the March 2011 BONUS episode on Extreme and Shock Cinema.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

15.) Dave3, Webmaster and Associate Editor of Geeks of

“Dave3” (aka David Seligman) is the co-publisher, Webmaster, art director and associate editor of the popular Web site Geeks of He is a graphic designer by day, a power metal guitarist by night, and a geek every remaining second he’s awake. His design work has graced the pages of countless mainstream magazines — such as Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, TV Guide and Fast Company, just to name a few — as well as the billboards and buses of every major metropolitan city. Dave3 is also the longtime moderator and a frequent guest of The /Filmcast. His passion is playing guitar, reading comic books, drinking pub ale and drenching his food in various condiments and sauces. Dave3 appears on the Considering the Sequels Podcast as one of the special guests in Episode 10.

Friday, March 11, 2011

14.) Steve Hernandez, Classical Studies Scholar and "Star Wars" Guru

Steve Hernandez received his B.A. in Classical Studies, studying ancient Greece and Rome, including both Greek and Latin. He has read nearly all 100+ “Star Wars” novels. And perhaps most importantly, Steve has a complete Jedi Knight costume, including two lightsabers. Some people say Steve knows more about “Star Wars” than George Lucas; others say he knows more languages than C-3PO. Steve Hernandez appears on the Considering the Sequels Podcast as the special guest in Episode 9 and Episode 10.