Your new series Strange Files - in a few words, what is it
a mixed bag of horror, mystery and sci-fi packaged in a anthology series.
Why an anthology series, what do you find
appealing about the format, and what do you think the audience will find
appealing about the format?
For me it's sentimental. I grew up watching Twilight
Zone, Night Gallery,
etc with my father, and telling shorts stories happens to be a strength of
mine. As for the audience, I think they will enjoy the range of talented
directors I have assembled for the show. Each has their own style and
approach to each genre we will be representing. So each episode will
definitely differ from the next.
Your sources of inspiration
when dreaming up Strange Files?
Well we actually go back literally weeks: As the global pandemic set in and
forced many of us to self-quarantine I began corresponding with a
filmmaking pal from Texas named Emil Ink who does amazing work. We began
brainstorming ideas based on what was going on in the world and decided to
write a short together about it and shoot it once the world returned to
normal. We co-created a poster and put it up on social media, which then
caught the eye of an up-and-coming streaming platform. Some talks with
them turned into negotiations and now we have a series in the works. Now
the great part about the series is prior to developing it I had been
producing shorts for up-and-coming directors. So I thought to myself why
not get their work noticed and showcase their films in these episodes. The
rest, well you will have to tune in June 12th for that.
Do talk about
your series' approach to horror for a bit!
What I love about this is the variety of shorts we are going to present.
They go from horror, dark comedy to sci-fi Outer Limits-type storylines.
So you may not necessarily get horror sometimes.
What can you
tell us about the episode you directed, and about your directorial
I don't want to say too much about my segment, but those that know my
earlier work will be happy to know that I'm taking another stab at dark
comedy (pun intended).
Do talk about the oher directors on Strange
Files for a bit, and why exactly them?
I hand-picked who I wanted to showcase. These are directors I see that are
constantly evolving at their craft and have a knack for telling a good
story. Maybe I'm working with the next Spielberg and don't know it yet.
You of course
have to talk about Strange Files' host Sparkle Soojian, and what
does she bring to the table?
Sparkle brings an incredible charm to the series. She's our dark and
deadly hostess that takes pleasure in reading you a spine-tingling tale
from the Strange Files. Beyond
the series I definitely see her making a name for herself in the world of
What can you tell us about
the rest of the series' cast?
What I can say of each episode is that's they're filled with amazing up-and-coming talent. Definitely names to keep an eye on.
A few words about the
shoots as such?
I was on set for a few of them earlier in the year as well as last yea,r
and they were always a blast. Love of storytelling and cinema, will show
through in this series, so get ready.
The $64-question of course, when and
where will Strange Files be released?
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The links below
will take you
Look for Strange Files to premiere June 12th as an original
AVAIL TV (streaming platform).
series website, social media, whatever else?
S Rodriguez on Facebook, MSRstudios1 on Instagram, Strange
Files series IMDb.
else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
I have two features releasing back to back towards the end of this year
and that's Lake of Shadows: The Legend of Avocado Lake and Last American
Horror Show Vol. 2. Check them out and continue to support indie horror!
Thank you kindly for the interview
for the interview!