Bret Wood's Efforts and Exploits

An updated guide to film and DVD work.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Teaser trailer for THE UNWANTED

I know, I've grossly neglected this blog.  But trust me, one day I'll come back to it and fill you in on everything that's happened over the past couple of years.

But now is not that time.

Here's a clip of my new movie... one of two I've made since this blog fell into disuse.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Daily Film Fix

Here's a link to an interview recently shot by Jonathan Hickman for his web/cable series Daily Film Fix.

Apologies to the makers of the film Red Moon for having their dinner crashed.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Bruce Ricker, RIP

I just found out today about the death of Bruce Ricker, who was a good friend, a trusted colleague, and a talented filmaker. He died on Friday, May 13 at the age of 68.

His first feature film, The Last of the Blue Devils was a documentary on the reunion of Kansas City jazz greats Big Joe Turner, Jay McShann and Count Basie. It won the attention of jazz aficionado Clint Eastwood, who became Bruce's patron in later years, facilitating the production and release of such films as Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser, Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends and Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me.

Bruce Ricker, Tony Bennett, Clint Eastwood. Photo by Adam Rose @

Bruce's last film, Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way was, in my opinion, his best. It not only presents an emotionally moving portrait of Brubeck, but captures some of the essence of jazz, even as it speaks intelligently about music theory and construction. Even though the film aired on TCM in December 2010, Warner Bros. has been sitting on the DVD release. Hopefully they will finally release it, because no filmmaker could hope for a more poignant epitaph.

I will miss his advice, his wry observations about the music/film scenes, and the use of his pad on Charlton Street when I was too poor to afford a hotel in New York.

Here's a link to a more detailed obit, which I wrote for TCM's "Movie Morlocks" blog site.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Strangers With Candy

Here's a fascinating blog post by Australian writer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on the topic of the 1962 child murders that inspired the film "The Child Molester." The crime (and film) are integral to the history of the Highway Safety Foundation (hence my involvement as a source).

The Child Molester (1964): The Highway Safety Foundation Beyond the Road (FILMBUNNIES)

Alexandra is fearless, hip and talented. It was a pleasure meeting her a couple of years ago, and I'm proud to contribute to her ground-breaking work. Her book "Rape-Revenge Film: A Critical Study" will be published soon. The full-length essay on "The Child Molester" should be published later this year.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

FAUST rises again

Apologies for my bloglessness, but I've been making up for lost time on several Kino projects.

Just to show that I and my blog are still alive, I'm posting links to reviews of the new edition of F.W. Murnau's FAUST that I produced, which was released along with a box set of Murnau silents.

Next time I blog, I promise... insights, wit, etc. But for now.... shameless self-promotion.













If you're into German silents at all, you owe it to yourself to check out the new FAUST, because the image quality is a huge improvement over what was previously released. And if you get the double-disc set, there is a phenomenal documentary on the making of the film that does multi-screen comparisons of the various takes from the film. Through this, one can track Murnau's creative process, see him experiment and change his mind, and gain profound understanding of the freedom he was allowed while making this film at Ufa. There's honestly nothing else of its kind out there. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Maybe I already posted it, but here's the trailer I cut for the release:


Sunday, February 22, 2009


R.I.P. Kelly Groucutt

Friday, February 06, 2009

Bret Gets Kinky

As briefly alluded to in a recent Facebook status report, my short film The Other Half will have its world premiere on Wednesday, February 25 in New York. The screening is at 9:00 pm at the Anthology Film Archives, as part of the CineKink Film Festival.

I'm proud to say, at this point, the film has a 100% festival acceptance rate! I'd better savor that feeling while I can.

If you're a New Yorker, you can purchase tickets (and peruse CineKink's other offerings) at the Official CineKink B-Side Website.

I was referred to them by Ray Privett, the brain behind the distribution collective Cinema Purgatorio. He pinpointed it as a cool, well-run festival with a loyal following, and a demographic that is... shall we say... not unsuited to my brand of filmmaking.

The festival is in its sixth year and, according to its mission statement: "Founded in 2003, CineKink is an organization that recognizes and encourages the positive depiction of sexuality and kink in film and television, most visibly through its annual film festival, CineKink NYC. Featuring a specially-selected program of films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality, with offerings drawn from both Hollywood and beyond, works presented by CineKink range from documentary to drama, camp comedy to hot porn, mildly spicy to quite explicit - and everything in between."

I only hope their audience doesn't find it too tame for their tastes.

I'm eager to check out CineKink -- still debating whether or not I'm going. Ordinarily I'd gladly put up the $150 -- but right now, every spare dollar goes in the filmmaking pot. If I'm really going to shoot a feature this summer, I gotta tighten the belt and make sacrifices.

I know... some cast and crew members might now be thinking, "I thought you told me this was NOT porn!" No, it's not porn, but you knew it wasn't the typical quirky Southern indie film the moment you pulled into that fleabag motel in Rome.

I've posted photos online, but realize I haven't shared the plotline, so here's the official story: "To evade the psychological cruelty of her disabled husband, a woman arranges a sexual tryst for him and a 'dancer' at a cheap motel."

EMBRACE THE ABJECT! Let's face it -- I don't make the same movies as everyone else -- and my work belongs in a festival that caters to, uh, unconventional tastes. I'm hoping that at CineKink, The Other Half will find an audience that appreciates its eclecticism.

The Other Half will be playing along with a feature film, MindFLESH.