‘Kicking Zombie Ass for Jesus’ to start filming in Texas next month

Israel lunaIt’s official: Filmmaker (and Dallas Voice video contributor) Israel Luna has gotten the financing (and even international distribution) in place for his new film, Kicking Zombie Ass for Jesus. The unofficial second installment in a proposed trilogy of satires that send-up traditional exploitation films but add a gay/transgender element, it concerns drag queens standing up against the zombie apocalypse armed only with their pumps and pump-action shotguns and a badass attitude.

The film will begin shooting on Oct. 7 and continue through most of the month in small towns around the state, including Graham, Eliasville, Olney and Mergerel. Luna describes it as “pro-Christian, pro-spirituality and pro-equality.” It will — as did his transpoitational grindhouse film Ticked-Off Trannies with Knivesfeature a cast of drag divas, including RuPaul’s Drag Racer Willam Belli.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: Razzle Dazzle in 90 seconds

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DVtv segment producer Israel Luna recently returned to Dallas after an 18-month stint in San Francisco. Give him a warm welcome home by checking out his piece below from Razzle Dazzle Dallas at Main Street Garden on Saturday. Also, if you haven’t seen Chuck Marcelo’s photo slideshow, you’re totally missing out.

—  John Wright

Luna launches Kickstarter campaign “For Jesus”

I imagine that Israel Luna’s resume lists three skills: (1) make movies; (2) throw parties; (3) stir up controversy. It’s not enough that he pissed off a few members of the trans community with his campy blaxploitation-esque grindhouse Ticked Off Trannies with Knives (even though the movie was all about empowerment); now he’s doing his best to anger the Christian right with his latest. The title? Kicking Zombie Ass for Jesus. (We imagine the zombie libby won’t be too happy, either.)

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Former Dallasite Israel Luna screens new film, ‘The Ouija Experiment,’ tonight at Magnolia

He may be living in San Francisco, but Israel Luna will always be part of Dallas to us. To Luna, too, actually it seems.

Luna — who caused a stir with his revenge fantasy Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives last year and has since made the slasher movie Fright Flick, is proving just how prolific he is, with a cast-and-crew screening of his third film in two years, The Ouija Experiment. This will be the first time most people who worked on the movie will get a chance to see it — and you can do, if you wanna buy a ticket. (It’s at Landmark’s Magnolia Theater tonight at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are available at the box office.

Now, we haven’t seen the movie yet, but even judging by the poster alone (we know, we know, books and their covers and all), it looks like a creepy little scarefest. And of course, we wish Israel the best of luck!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: ‘THE Summer Pool Party’

Last week Rich Lopez told you about “THE Summer Pool Party” on Saturday hosted by Chris and Tom Saymo-Doan and benefiting AIDS Services of Dallas. DVtv’s Israel Luna was there. Watch his report below.

—  John Wright

‘Trannies’ get ticked off on Showtime this month

 

Israel Luna’s controversial revenge comedy Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives has made the festival circuit for the past year, and now it reaches an even wider audience: Via the Showtime cable network.

Beginning Friday on SHO Next at 12:30 a.m. (just after midnight), Showtime will air the Dallas-shot take-off on blaxploitation/grindhouse films on its various premium cable subscription networks. You can watch it 10 times throughout the month, not counting any West Coast feeds. The entire line-up, as currently scheduled:

July 1 @ 12:30 a.m. (SHO Next)

July 2 @ 10:05 p.m. (SHO Beyond)

July 7 @ 9 p.m. (SHO Next)

July 8 @ 9 p.m. (SHO Beyond)

July 13 @ 3:25 a.m. (SHO Next)

July 16 @ 10:10 p.m. (SHO Next)

July 19 @ 9 p.m. (SHO Beyond)

July 24 @ 11:30 p.m. (SHO Next)

July 29 @ 1:20 a.m. (SHO Beyond)

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

DVtv: Easter in the Park 2011

DVtv’s Israel Luna and Brad Pritchett filed this video report from Sunday’s Easter in the Park celebration at Lee Park. To view our slideshow from the event, go here.

—  John Wright

‘Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives’ sells out for theatrical premier at Inwood Theatre in Dallas

The theatrical premiere of Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives was sold out for both midnight shows this weekend at the Inwood Theatre in Dallas, according to writer and director Israel Luna. Here’s his report to Instant Tea:

Opening weekend in Dallas was amazing! We sold out both midnight showings and I was surprised and pleased at the amount of people who stuck around for the Q&A after!

The audience cheered, booed the bad guys, and stood up when the cast walked up to the stage! People formed a long line for the girls to get fliers signed, take photos and congratulate them.

I’m still in shock that my dream is happening! Here I am, a little filmmaker who shot this movie locally with my friends and we got distribution, chatted with John Waters, premiered at TriBeca, sold out our movie on opening weekend in Dallas and are preparing to shoot another. I’m living my dream.

I can’t thank everyone enough!”

Above is video from the premier shot by Todd Jenkins. The film will show in theaters in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Chicago before its DVD release Nov. 9.

—  John Wright

WATCH: DVtv does Dallas Pride

—  John Wright

Talkin’ Prop 8 with Rick Vanderslice

Rick Vanderslice, left, speaks during last night’s Prop 8 rally at the Legacy of Love Monument.

Rick Vanderslice, whom I ran into Wednesday evening at the Prop 8 rally, sends along word that his radio show Thursday afternoon will feature a roundtable discussion about the ruling, what it means and what’s next for the LGBT equality movement. “The Rick Vanderslice Show” streams live from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at RationalBroadcasting.com. Panelists will include Blake Wilkinson, Rafael McDonnell, Michael Robinson, Israel Luna, Jack E. Jett and John Nelson. Vanderslice was kind enough to invite me to join them, but alas, it’s production day here at DV, so I’ll have to make my debut on the show another time. The call-in number is 214-631-1360.

—  John Wright