KIDS ARE PEOPLE TOO! (2016)



"Kids Are People Too: Bob McAllister's Wonderama", is the first ever documentary about "Wonderama", a popular 1960s and 70s children's tv show which attracted 6 to 10 million viewers every Sunday morning, as host Bob McAllister introduced a variety of entertaining games, contests, songs, musicians, magicians, and celebrities. The waiting list for tickets to get on the show was seven years! Remember such memorable segments as "Snake Cans", "Exercise", "Fingleheimer", "Aardvark", "Bob's Bamboozler's", and Bob's most famous song, "Kids Are People Too?" 


"Kids are people too....wackadoo, wackadoo, wackadoo!"



"Who wants to play Snake Cans?"

VAMPIRE DINNER (2015)



Synopsis:

Director Jay Jennings' "Vampire Dinner" combines elements of early 1970s Euro Horror, Roger Corman's "Poe" films of the 60s, and the classic TV show, "Dark Shadows."

The story concerns two mysterious people, Frederick and Lamia, who share a common interest in vampire folklore. On Hollow's Eve, Frederick arrives at Lamia's gothic estate. After they share a glass of Egri Bikavér (Bull's blood), Lamia prepares an authentic, Transylvanian dinner for two, yet only Frederick alone dines on the five course meal, as Lamia barely touches her food. 

As the evening progresses, the two exchange vampire stories, engaging in a verbal game of cat and mouse which leads to a startling conclusion. Daylight approaches and their true intentions are finally revealed.


The Making of "VAMPIRE DINNER"

The filming, editing, and post-production of "Vampire Dinner" was done over the course of one weekend in August 2014. With little-to-no sleep, writer-director-cinematographer-editor-composer, Jay Jennings, and his two actors gave it their all during a 48-hour schedule that included not only decorating the set, rehearsing the script and locking down the shots, but there was also the preparing and serving of an authentic, Transylvanian dinner that takes place during the course of the film, which featured the drinking of a rare bottle of Hungarian tokay wine called "Egri Bikavér" (Bull's blood). The film's dialogue was based on authentic, Hungarian vampire folklore.



PRODUCTION STILLS


Lamia tells a story before dinner.



Frederick eagerly awaits his vampire dinner.





Frederick examines his glass of bull's blood.




Frederick thanks Lamia for a memorable evening.




Frederick prepares for a goodnight kiss.

THE DROWNING (2013)



Visit the official film site of THE DROWNING, director Jay Jennings's haunting film about the aftermath of a tragic drowning.

VISITING HOURS (2010)



"A disturbing film that really hits home."
....David Del Valle, Films In Review


Synopsis:

Diane Stevens’ stomach cancer spread faster than her doctor had anticipated, deeming her condition as "inoperable." Upon hearing of his mother’s illness, Diane's only adult son, Chris,decides to visit her in the hospital. Chris innocently assumes that his mother will eventually get better, not really comprehending the seriousness of her illness. When Diane reveals to him that she only has six weeks to live, Chris thinks she's exaggerating and hugs his mother goodbye, promising to call her later that evening. Sadly, during Diane's final six weeks, her son comes to visit her only once. Throughout their visit together, Diane solemnly sulks in her hospital bed, refusing to even look at him, while ignoring his futile attempts at conversation. When he tries to give his mother a goodbye kiss, Diane turns her head away, leaving Chris with no choice but to say goodbye to his mother, perhaps, for the last time.

"You're a beautiful son, but you're so rotten inside."

In "Visiting Hours", Gloria Milkowski (right), in her film acting debut, turns in a stunning, one-of-a-kind performance as "Diane Stevens", a dying woman suffering from inoperable stomach cancer. If that isn’t enough to deal with, she must also come to grips with the fact that her adult son rarely comes to visit her in the hospital, considering she only has six weeks to live. Charles Santore's portrayal of, "Chris Stevens", Diane's troubled son is both touching and sad since his character never really got to know his mother, leaving him incapable of coping with her impending death.

THE WEIRD MUSEUM (2005)



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The Story Behind The Film:
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Don't be afraid! Just step behind the black curtain and witness the unbelievable! For half a century, THE WEIRD MUSEUM, gave personalized tours of it's unique and amazing displays. In 1993, it moved to it's final location near the corner of Cahuenga and Hollywood Boulevard, inside Panpipes Magickal Marketplace. The museum would eventually close two years later in 1995.
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Known as the world's only, "walk-in-off-the-street" sideshow, the museum was originally owned by Dr. Donald R. Blyth, a fire-swallowing contortionist who, "Ripley's Believe It Or Not", billed as the "Eighth Wonder of the World". Before his death, he willed the museum to his good friend, Isis.
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In late 1995, after 50 years of existence, the entire contents, which included skeletons, skulls, shrunken heads, birth oddities and mummys, not to mention, the remains of Bluebeard, Hamander the Warlock, and Vlad Tepes (Count Dracula), were gathered up and put into storage. The fetuses, tumors, and brains were all donated to a medical school.
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Only eight minutes of footage was captured on a VHS camcorder, as the museum's tour guide presented the strangest displays on earth. This short documentary was shot only a week before the museum closed it doors forever. It is known to be one of the very last tours inside....THE WEIRD MUSEUM.
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One of the more bizarre displays at The Weird Museum was "The Hand of Glory". Believed to be only one of three in existence, the hand was cut from the wrist of a murderer as his neck swings from the gallows. It is known to have dark powers, such as the ability to open locked doors and to become invisible.


"The Weird Museum" was an audience favorite at the TromaDance Film Festival.

UFO ENCOUNTER GROUP (2004)



Visit the official film site of UFO ENCOUNTER GROUP, director Jay Jennings's eye-opening film about a UFO Encounter Group and its paranoid members. 

LOAN$HARK (1999)




Synopsis:

A vicious, street-level, loanshark cruises the streets and of Hollywood looking for deadbeats who owe him money. The shark has a tendency of getting a little too excessive when people don't have all of his money. In contrast to his job, the shark has very little control of his personal life. As the pressure builds, he has no choice but to take out his frustrations on his frightened clients. His boss, disapproves of his actions, resulting in a warning to tone things down or else. As expected, things only get worse.

"LOAN$HARK" was shot on the streets of Hollywood, California. After enjoying critical acclaim at film festivals around the world, it has been deemed a bonafide "Cult film", playing at special Midnight Movie screenings across the U.S.

"Loanshark's black-and-white photography, weird jump cuts, and haunting soundtrack brings to mind the French New Wave classic "Breathless" (1960), not to mention the independent films of John Cassavetes." ....David Del Valle, Films In Review

"Writer-Director Jay Jennings' first feature, a gritty tale of a loanshark and his slow descent into hell is completely mesmerizing. Lead actor, Charles Santore, does a remarkable turn as the tortured shark. He's the next Robert DeNiro, hands down." ....Christopher Dietrich, DVD Drive-In

"So where's the money?"


"Loanshark" was an official selection at the Silver Lake, South By Southwest, Santa Monica, and Melbourne Underground Film Festival.