It’s Going Down This Weekend!

This weekend at the American Film Market Conference, director Clint Ross will be sharing the concept for his latest movie project BLIND COURAGE.  Clint and I talked earlier this past week about the inspiration behind this film (Bill Irwin), and why he chose to cast Actor Bill Oberst Jr. in the leading role.

The portion of audio below begins with Clint and I discussing the art of film making and storytelling.  Listen and learn how you can support this inspirational project.  Your help is needed.


 Author L.A. Emrich & Director Clint Ross

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Movies, sex… Sex, movies…

Both kinda go hand in hand, don’t they?  At least, that’s what the general public has come to expect.  There are plenty of social critics addressing the amount of sex, blood, and violence which appears on the big screen, not to mention on smaller TV sets nightly.  However, I won’t be adding to the analysis.  This is not intended to be an opinion piece.

Truth be told, abuse of power and sex is a reality that we all face, in and outside of Hollywood.  I ran across a quote the other day that made me pause and think for a while.

“Everything in the world is about sex, except sex.  Sex is about power.” – Oscar Wilde

Don’t feel like you have to continue reading further without pausing and reflecting as I did…


To be honest with you, exclusively pointing a finger of judgment at Hollywood is a bit disingenuous.  After all, screen writers often draw their creative inspiration from real life stories – in other words, you and me.  For instance, how many times have you seen a film open with the premise:  “based on real life events”?

With this in mind, answer this question:  can the human story be told apart from involving sex and/or violence?  Or, maybe we could ask the same question a different way:  could YOUR STORY be told apart from sexual references, brief power struggles, and/or the use of profanity?  The ancient writers of the Bible didn’t think so.  They told it all, the good, the bad, and the ugly.  However, modern Bible translators have worked diligently to provide a mass market text with a G/PG rating.  You might be surprised to learn there are over 1,600 Bible verses containing explicit references and content!  If these passages were portrayed on film, the movie would most definitely receive a R-rating.  For more on the subject, check out what journalist and author Joseph W. Smith III has to say on the subject: Sex & Violence in the Bible.


Recently, I talked with Actor Bill Oberst Jr. about his opinions concerning life, movies, what he reads everyday, the challenges common to us all… the good, the bad, and the ugly!


Find out the answer to this question and more by listening to my recent conversation with Bill Oberst Jr.

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HELL’S KITTY & JESUS OF NAZARETH?
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EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR VICTIM & AGGRESSOR

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Hell’s Kitty & Jesus of Nazareth?

This Halloween season at the TLC Chinese Theatre, actors Bill Oberst Jr. and Doug Jones (who played the Silver Surfer in Spider Man) premiered an episode of Hell’s Kitty, a comedy horror web series based on true-life events.  Together, they played priests called upon to exorcise an evil spirit from a cat.  For non-cat lovers, the storyline is no stretch of the imagination.

Bill is a celebrated actor best known for his roles as an antagonist.  Early this year, the Season 9 episode of the CBS-TV series Criminal Minds, “Blood Relations,” featured Oberst guest starring with Adrienne Barbeau and Tobin Bell.  It was the evening’s most-watched television program on its April 2nd, 2014 premiere.  CBS later included Bill’s character in their list of Criminal Minds’ “14 Most Notorious Serial Killers” of all time. ”  The Independent Critic wrote of him:  “Is there anyone in the indie world who does the disintegrating mind better than Bill Oberst Jr.?”

I had the opportunity to talk with Bill on the eve of his Hell’s Kitty episode premier about his illustrious career, his spiritual journey, and the deep convictions behind the roles he chooses to play.

Knowing that Bill has recent experience driving demons from possessed cats, I led with a question concerning my very independent 14-year old black cat.  This audio picks up where our conversation turns to a discussion about Jesus’ teachings and what it’s like to have a face that allegedly could “kill and eat a soccer team!”

L.A. Emrich talks with actor Bill Oberst Jr.

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Horror & Faith

In the first chapter of my book I share how I’ve never been a lover of horror films.  Namely, because I was scared out of my wits when I was nine after watching The Amityville Horror.  Who wouldn’t be at that age, right?  So, from that day forward I opted to find my entertainment in comedy, sic-fi, and fantasy.  However, these genres frequently feature elements of horror.  You’ve heard of “dark comedy” haven’t you?  Also, sci-fi and fantasy share a long list of grisly villains too numerous to list.  In time, I found avoiding all things that “go-bump-in-the-night” to be a daunting, impossible task.

My experience has taught me to appreciate the thriller types for the part they play in portraying the struggle between good and evil.  After all, if you’re going to make a movie about the good overcoming the bad, someone’s gotta play the bad, right?  And the more convincing they are, the better – i.e. Darth Vader, Wicked Witch of the West, Loki, Joker, Hannibal Lector, Norman Bates, Tommy DeVito, Terminator, Lord Voldemort, Agent Smith, Jaws, Sauron, Nurse Ratched, Dracula, etc.

The clash between the horror genre and the faith crowd has always been verbally violent.  Ironic, isn’t it?  Recently, I was introduced to an actor, Bill Oberst Jr, who is a deep man of faith and just happens to play very dark, horrific roles in Hollywood movies… a contradiction in most people’s minds.  It wasn’t for his gory roles that I recognized him.  Rather, it was for his portrayal of General Sherman in a 2007 History Channel Civil War series.  If you’re interested in how he reconciles his faith with his career, click on the interview link below.  By the way, don’t think I’m going to rush out and watch horror movies.  I’m fine just skipping the gore.  However, I personally found Bill’s story very intriguing.

INTERVIEW WITH BILL OBERST JR.

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