Actress ANA DELA CRUZ talks with SHARON JORDAN  & SHANNON LUSTER about her impressive career in television, film, and commercials, ranging from the romantic indie drama FIRST GIRL I LOVED to television series such as JANE THE VIRGIN, and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESSANA DELA CRUZ reveals not only who influenced her and who inspires her, but also the quality she admires most: FEARLESSNESS. Read about what it takes to launch and successfully sustain a career in acting in this interview with ANA DELA CRUZ.



Multi-talented MATT KRAUSE found the common denominator for being a filmmaker, award-winning novelist, blogger, video-blogger, and much more.  He called himself STORYTELLER MATT.  In his interview with AMANDA FRYE, STORYTELLER MATT tells his own story. What it was like to grow up in a small Kansas town, break into Hollywood, collaborate with his feline muse HANK on a series of novels, and to embark on a spiritual tour of the Old World.   To read about STORYTELLER MATT click right HERE



Actor FEDERICO DORDEI, talks with SHANNON LUSTER & SHARON JORDAN about his impressive work in A-list films such as LUCKYTOWN, where he acted alongside JAMES CAAN, KIRSTEN DUNST, and LUIS GUZMANFEDERICO DORDEI further discusses his TV work on such hit shows as 2 BROKE GIRLSand ANGEL FROM HELL, with such notable actresses like JANE LYNCH, KAT DENNINGS, MAGGIE LAWSON, and BETH BEHRS. What does it take to be a successful actor?  Find out here from FEDERICO DORDEI.



Legendary author, journalist, publisher, and creative thinker, BEVERLY RUSSELL, discusses her new memoir DEADLINE DIVA with AMANDA FRYE.  In this interview, BEVERLY RUSSELL also looks back at her long career from writing for LONDON'S FLEET STREET NEWSPAPERS to being a RENOWNED MAGAZINE EDITOR IN NEW YORK.Of special interest is her view on the FUTURE OF JOURNALISM and INDEPENDENT BOOK PUBLISHING.  Read it all here...



The legendary GODFATHER OF NAVAJO ROCK, JIMMY STALLINGS or J.J. LIGHT, as he is internationally known, talks about his recordsand reveals what matters to him in life.  Writing, producing, and recording close to his roots in Albuquerque, New Mexico, JIMMY STALLINGS tells about the importance of his spiritual life, his friends, his family, and his love for music that comes from the heart. Read it all HERE…



Cultmachine's SHANNON LUSTER premieres her whimsical and dark, tour-de-force film, ASKEW CIRCUS. The film stars Cultmachine's SHARON JORDAN who delivers a dazzling performance as the manipulative Poly Askew along with the rest of the talented cast. ASKEW CIRCUS also includes footage of famous, Vaudeville star, CARL LUSTER, Shannon's great-grandfather. Cultmachine is proud to showcase ASKEW CIRCUS in its first world-wide premiere.



If you've been to the movies over the last 35 years, chances are you have seen the work of Hollywood legend RANDAL KLEISER, director of the highest-grossing movie musical ever, GREASE, and other blockbusters such as THE BLUE LAGOON, WHITE FANG, and FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR. SHANNON LUSTER & SHARON JORDAN had the opportunity to talk to RANDAL KLEISER about his films and advice for those who want to follow in his footsteps. Read it all here...




Cultmachine's Randy DeFord interviews Gary Carter, one of the world's top Pedal Steel Guitar players. A much sought-after musician, Gary Carter plays with many of Nashville's biggest names and was music director for stars such as Randy Travis and Faith Hill. Learn about one of the most unique instruments, the Pedal Steel Guitar, and about Gary's roots, influences, and his view of country music from past legends to next generation's trailblazers. Read it all HERE…



For this in-depth interview, Cultmachine's Benjamin Emard caught up with fast-rising singer-sonwriter MAURA MURPHY, known to her many fans as AURA. After a successful musical journey marked by waypoints New York, Boston, and Los Angeles, AURA has found her creative and spiritual home in NASHVILLE. Propelled by music videos, and pending record deals, this talented singer is quickly establishing herself as NASHVILLE'S NEW AURAHeads up, Music City!



DEANNE STILLMAN’s award-winning nonfiction books exploring the deserts of the American West are bestsellers--they are studied in college classes alongside the works of KRAKAUER, CAPOTE, MAILER, and DIDION. HUNTER S. THOMPSON called DEANNE "an important American writer." Cultmachine had a chance to ask DEANNE STILLMAN about researching and weaving together her amazingly structured narratives into page-turners about "the promise and failure of the American dream and how the desert has shaped our mythologies and lives." Read the interview here...


AN ENTRY INTO THE HISTORY OF ROCK MUSIC:
J. T. ROBERT
interviews the legendary GODFATHER OF NAVAJO ROCK, JIMMY STALLINGS. You know JIMMY STALLINGS as the bass player for THE SIR DOUGLAS QUINTET and their classic hits "She's About A Mover" and "Mendocino." But, did you know that JIMMY STALLINGS had a parallel, international career as J. J. LIGHT? That J.J. LIGHT stormed the Charts in Europe, South America, and New Zealand with his 1969 hit HEYA, a song that wasn’t even released in the U.S. until 2003? Read it all HERE


"Just Do It" could be the motto of young filmmaker SHANNON LUSTER. Take a camera, cast actors, cut it together--and while it's not quite as easy as that, it's entirely possible! Cultmachine's Sharon Jordan and John Huff talk to SHANNON LUSTER about how she writes, directs, acts in, and cuts her own movies. What made her do it? Who all influenced her? And what did she learn? Read it all right here...

At the end of the day, when the shooting is over, the location is wrapped, and the next call time just hours away; it's time for the FINAL WALK-THROUGH, that ritual of finding all that's missing, that time of solitude and reflection. A Photo Essay dedicated to film crews everywhere.


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In YOU OWE ME AN ANSWER author Nancy Naglin takes you into the hotel backrooms where B-movie hustlers and wannabes set up shop.  Follow fading action star, turned director Brucie Streeter as he schmoozes the wheeler-dealers behind such flicks as "Brain Bugs," "Trashdance," or "Ninja Holocaust," while dreaming of art films and keeping his smart trophee girlfriend from looking too deep into the abyss of Cannes-Babylon. Read it on your Kindle, Tablet, Computer, or Smart Phone.


Cultmachine had the rare opportunity to go where no one has ever gone before: Deep into the mind of America’s preeminent Cult Horror Host, the venerable MR. LOBO!  In this interview MR. LOBO illuminates his mysterious beginnings as the Dharma Heir to the great Bob Wilkins, his skillful steering of CINEMA INSOMNIA through the shark infested waters of late night Cult TV, and the never-ending personal challenges of keeping Cult Horror coming straight at you… Duck and Cover...  Here comes MR. LOBO...


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Set in the American Heartland of 1927, THE SAGA OF SIX-FINGER PIKE follows the phenomenal but danger-fraught fortunes of Ezra Pike, an unschooled teenage farmboy whose double thumbs enable him to throw a nearly unhittable pitch and take the baseball world by storm as star hurler of the Midland Midlanders, the mighty New York Yankees’ Double-A club. Does diamond immortality loom on the horizon? Or do fate—and a bigger-than-life barnstorming Babe Ruth—have other plans in store? Read it on a Kindle, Tablet, Computer, or Smart Phone.


Award-winning TV producer, editor, journalist, blogger, and author, DAVID DAYEN, discusses his career and influences with AMANDA FRYE.   DAVID DAYEN is a contributor to SALON.COM, THE INTERCEPT, THE GUARDIAN, POLITICO, THE HUFFINGTON POST, and a featured guest on the NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, MSNBC, CNN, and NPR, among many others.  He is also the author of CHAIN OF TITLE.  In this best-selling book DAVID DAYEN examines one of the great stories of our time: "HOW THREE ORDINARY AMERICANS UNCOVERED WALL STREET'S GREAT FORECLOSURE FRAUD."  Read this interview and learn about what it takes to SUCCEED AS A FREELANCE JOURNALISTtoday, and, on a lighter side, as a JEOPARDY contestant.



Horror Film Auteur & Entrepreneur BRIAN LUPO, known for such cult favorites as M.O.N., HARVEST, and THE SICKNESS OF LUCIUS FROST, gives insight into the world of TRUE INDIE FILMMAKING driven by passion and determination.  In AMANDA FRYE'S interview, BRIAN LUPO, who also holds a PhD in Anthropology, discusses his influences, his take on the HORROR GENRE, and the destructive environment for indie filmmakers seeking distribution that has been created by companies like NETFLIX, HULU, iTUNES, GOOGLE PLAY, and their AGGREGATORS.  This INSPIRING AND SOBERING INTERVIEW is a MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO CARES ABOUT INDIE FILMS…  



CHAS WALTZ, the powerhouse violinist of the top CELTIC ROCK band YOUNG DUBLINERS, gives insight into his amazing career in this candid interview with AMANDA FRYE. CHAS WALTZ talks about his roots, influences, his instrument, life on the road, and what it's like to play for audiences around the world.  Read about his take on the future of the music industry and much, much more….



Emmy Award winning Producer KICO VELARDE talks to Cultmachine's very own duo Reporters – SHANNON LUSTER & SHARON JORDAN – about the awesome experience of showcasing his film – THE SHOOTING STAR SALESMAN  at COMIC CON in San Diego this year.  Cultmachine's SHANNON LUSTER & SHARON JORDAN – also ask KICO VELARDE about what all filmmakers would like to know: How do you get your film showcased at COMIC CON, and how do you prepare for this event?  Feel free to read it all here…



SHANNON LUSTER & SHARON JORDANtalk with Actor and Filmmaker JOHNNY CANNIZZARO, co-star of the movie JERSEY BOYS, about working with such consummate entertainment professionals like VINCENT PIAZZA, JOHN LLYOD YOUNG, ANTHONY GEARY, CHRISTOPHER WALKEN, & CLINT EASTWOOD. In addition, find out about JOHNNY CANNIZARRO's work as Writer and Executive Producer of the upcoming comedies: THE MINUS TOUCH and JACK STEVENSON, A DECENT MAN.



Read the latest report from the trenches of RANDY DEFORD'S bio-docu about the EMPEROR OF TROMA NATION, LLOYD KAUFMAN. This time around, Randy DeFord had lined up HOLLYWOOD HEAVYWEIGHTS STEVEN PAUL, JOHN LANDIS and JOHN AVILDSEN to worship, unabashed and on record, at the altar of our era's undisputed cultural singularity, the MASTER OF THE INCONCEIVABLE, SIR LLOYD KAUFMAN. It's ALL HERE...



VOICE ACTORS - You all know their voices, but you may not know their names.  RANDY DEFORD's interview of legendary BRIAN TALBOT, the voice of OVER 10,000 RADIO AND TELEVISION COMMERCIALS, plus VIDEO GAMES, gives a fascinating look into the little-known world of VOICE ACTING AND PRODUCING.  Read about BRIAN TALBOT's career, influences, plus the recording technology he uses on the road and in his home studio.



Actor ANDREW TIERNAN, known to an international audience from his memorable performances in such films like THE PIANIST, 300, and 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE among others, talks to SHARON JORDAN and SHANNON LUSTER about his work in front of and behind the camera.  As the creative mastermind of the upcoming thriller DRAGONFLY, ANDREW TIERNAN discusses directing, producing, and starring in this super-stylish tour de force, which is sure to excite Cult-Movie fans.  Read it all here and see the official DRAGONFLY teaser…



SHARON JORDAN & SHANNON LUSTER interview ACTOR & FILMMAKER STEPHEN MANLEY – well known for his role as SPOCK age 17 on STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK.  Read about STEPHEN MANLEY's other impressive accomplishments as an actor in film and television, a career that began when he was just 8 months old, and find out about his work as the writer, producer, director, and editor of the film GREASEPAINT.



Read about an exceptional man who continues to inspire, even two generations later. The "Incomparable Acrobatic Contortionist" CARL LUSTER, a VAUDEVILLE STAR who performed with CHARLIE CHAPLIN, ED WYNN, and survived the infamous HAGENBECK-WALLACE CIRCUS TRAIN CRASH of 1918, also nearly completed a screenplay about his life on the Vaudeville circuit.  This unique document is now in the hands of his great-granddaughter, filmmaker SHANNON LUSTER. It has already inspired one of her films and will soon become the basis of a screenplay and a novel.  (Make sure to watch the awesome 1940 film clip of Carl Luster)





Cultmachine's Joshua Tree Robert interviews DUSTY WAKEMAN, entrepreneur, record producer, engineer, bassist, and musical force majeure from Texas. The founder of the legendary MAD DOG STUDIOS in Venice, CA, and head of MOJAVE AUDIO, DUSTY WAKEMAN, has powered the music scene in the studio and on stage for decades. In this in-depth interview DUSTY WAKEMAN retraces his path from rock bands in Texas to playing with such legends as KEITH RICHARDSRead it all here…





In this third behind-the-scenes report on the filming of his ultimate LLOYD KAUFMAN documentary, BEHIND THE BOWTIE, Cultmachine's RANDY DEFORD reports from Hollywood. There, he met and interviewed cult director extraordinaire, JOE DANTE, who, quite shockingly, had plenty of ( ... ) things to say about Lloyd! For details, you have to wait until Randy's documentary comes out. But for now, you can read how the interview went





Shannon Luster and Sharon Jordan interview Emmy Award winning Producer/ Director KICO VELARDE about his work as Supervising Producer of the hit show JAY LENO'S GARAGE and co-producing the award-wining film PVC-1, which was nominated for the Camera d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Kico also discusses his latest work, directing the film THE SHOOTING STAR  SALESMAN, starring Yancey Arias, and talks shop about today's choice in edit systems. Read about all this, plus more, right HERE


Cultmachine's Randy DeFord talks to Nashville songwriter and performer of "In-Your-Face-Country-Soul," MARC-ALAN BARNETTE. This interview retraces MARC-ALAN BARNETTE's career from his church music roots in Alabama to his success in Nashville as a writer and performer. In addition, MARC-ALAN BARNETTE talks about his work as a mentor and coach, who not only helps writers get publishing and representation deals, but shows them how to navigate the intricacies of the music business. Read it HERE...

Cultmachine’s Sharon Jordan and Shannon Luster interview British actress SHONA McWILLIAMS who not only starred in, but also produced and edited the upcoming Neo-Noir Thriller DRAGONFLY. Set in London, the movie digs deep into the world of corrupt police and politicians. It is directed by no other than actor, producer, and writer ANDREW TIERNANRead how SHONA McWILLIAMS got into movies and find out what it takes to succeed in front and behind the camera.