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For those of us with access to that invaluable super highway linking us to the oft-forgotten (by the Miley Cyrus-obsessed youth of today, at least) golden ages of film, it comes with great satisfaction each and every time we come across something contemporary and new that is "retro" to the modern-day cretins that fill the seats in every theater but that finds us with that ecstatic grin across our faces and that glow in our eyes, because we know that the allegedly unique film is really an homage to those golden ages of cinema; to those of us that get the references, that have heard of the legends, and have seen the masterpieces, finding these rare gems in today's dehydrated culture is a feeling akin to a disciple of Christ watching him walk among the living after being left to die on the cross - we realize suddenly that what we thought we could only enjoy by studying the fossils of classic film, we can now find among contemporary filmmakers as well, and we find our brethren in a world we thought we hated. For those of us at Ungovernable Films, we found that we don't have to wait around and hold our breaths while we keep our laps vacant hoping that into them will fall these resurrections of great film, because we can create it ourselves.

 

Starting small and modest with Moonsmilers, a tale of bloodthirsty mental patients triggered by a lunar eclipse, then moving onto the next phase with the acid-horror No Thanks, a social commentary screaming "Kill Whitey!" from the bloodcurdling war cries of Native Americans, and taking the great leap to feature film production with Honky Holocaust and testing our audience's limits with the hyper-saturated torture-western short film 12 Rounds For The Loaded, Ungovernable Films is at the stage now where it is ready to see if the rest of the world is ready for us. Rather than seek out those rare scenes in mainstream film where something real or raw actually happens, we aim to create the films we really want to see, the ones that acknowledge and bow down to our heroes, the Roger Cormans, Lloyd Kaufmans, Sergio Leones, John Carpenters, Jack Hills, Dario Argentos, Joe Dantes, Alex Coxes, Wes Cravens, Jesus Francos, Mario Bavas, Jean Rollins, George Romeros, Larry Cohens, Ruggero Deodato, Sergio Corbucci, Frank Henenlotter, Tobe Hooper, John Waters, and many others, and never look back. If you are among the many out there itching to actually have fun while watching a film, you've found your new favorite film production company in Ungovernable Films!

 

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HISTORY

 

Ungovernable Films is the brainchild of Paul M McAlarney, founded in 2013 during the post-production phase of his first feature film, Honky Holocaust. The relevant history of Ungovernable Films dates back to 2011, when Paul and Nick Norrman worked together on the web-series Super-Townie. Shortly after filming the first two episodes, Nick approached Paul about directing a short B-Horror film he wanted to produce, using a script he had acquired. Paul conceded and together they created Moonsmilers.

 

After another round of filming Super-Townie, Paul and Nick decided it was time to produce their first feature film and opted to stick to the Exploitation and B-Movie genre that had influenced Moonsmilers. Within minutes of agreeing to do a feature film next, Paul had come up with the general plot for Honky Holocaust. To produce Honky Holocaust, Nick and Paul opted to create a new film production company with the same producers behind a short film they had done for the 2012 Boston 48 Hour Film Festival, No Thanks, and Bloody Hammer Films was born with members Paul, Nick, Thomas Delcarpio, and Mike Collari.

 

In the pre-production phase of Honky Holocaust, Paul, Nick, Thomas, and Mike opted to recruit two more executive producers for Bloody Hammer Films and Honky Holocaust, Nick Caliendo and Lucas Fleming, both of whom had been involved in No Thanks and Super-Townie. Production on the feature film began and an enormous team of unpaid yet enthusiastic actors, crew members, and filmmakers soon became integral to the production and Bloody Hammer Films as a whole. However, the strict democratic nature of Bloody Hammer Films made for a tricky paradigm, particular when personalities clashed, and the company was doomed almost from the start. Principal photography on Honky Holocaust wrapped and the often chaotic production saw the removal of Mike Collari and Nick Caliendo from the company but the addition of Krisoula Varoudakis and Alex E Edwards, both actors in Honky Holocaust in their places.

 

While post-production of Honky Holocaust began, Bloody Hammer Films chose to produce Thomas Delcarpio's feature film, Nursing Home of Death as its next project. Dave Sullivan, who had played a minor role in Honky Holocaust, became a major player on the Nursing Home of Death production crew as well as a support actor, while Paul, Alex, and Krisoula played the three lead roles, and Nick Norrman filled the role again of Director of Photography. The production was the unfortunate victim of tension and personal strain leftover from the hectic Honky Holocaust production and gradually slowed to a halt, concluding with Thomas' return to his home state of Louisiana and the inevitable hiatus of Bloody Hammer Films operations and production.

 

Exhausted and disillusioned by the tumultuous state of affairs at Bloody Hammer Films, Paul wanted to start a new production company for his future films and founded Ungovernable Films, borrowing the name from the phrase "the ungovernable force" oft used by the British anarcho-punk band Conflict. Intent on staying true to the initial goals of Bloody Hammer Films, Paul invited Nick Norrman, Alex E Edwards, and Dave Sullivan from Bloody Hammer Films to be a part of Ungovernable Films.

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PAUL M McALARNEY

 

Paul M McAlarney aka "The Mad Scientist" has been a staunch fanatic of all things controversial since birth - possessing, practicing, and celebrating the belief that anything taboo or controversial should be magnified and displayed in an effort to desensitize and liberate society in order to pave the way for necessary social change. Taking a violently Nietzschean offensive against the notion that there are "sacred" elements or icons of culture and society, Paul uses writing, film, and other forms of media to convey his beliefs and attitudes and aims to make the world a more socialist-minded and altruistic global community through his art, an ultimate goal that might shock anybody who has actually seen or read his art. Paul was nicknamed "The Mad Scientist" by Ungovernable Films co-owner Dave Sullivan due to his unflinching ability to create and maintain offensive, twisted brilliance in almost any art or communicable form.

 

Born and raised in Melrose, MA, Paul has spent his entire life living in New England, primarily in Eastern Massachusetts. Writing has, since birth, been his absolute passion, and he has developed his unique voice since then, always augmenting and adjusting it upon the introduction of any and all new influences. After realizing that a college degree in architecture would be too expensive and being rejected from the music school at UMASS Lowell, Paul scrambled to find an enticing college he could afford and wound up at UMASS Amherst, where he began by studying business, then sociology, then psychology and sociology, and was then suspended after a series of criminal charges and infractions resulting from a worsening drug and alcohol problem.

 

Paul picked himself up by the bootstraps, got sober, moved to Brookline, then Allston, then relapsed, then moved to Somerville, then had a nervous breakdown, then pulled himself together more seriously, got into filmmaking by co-creating, co-writing, and directing the web-series Super-Townie with hetero-life-partner Greg LaVoie. After graduating from UMASS Boston with a degree in Sociology, Paul moved back to the north shore and continued work on Super-Townie and writing several self-published novels, but gradually made the transition to writing and directing primarily exploitation films. Today, Paul co-owns Bloody Hammer Films and Ungovernable Films, as well as Baby Drip Productions and Super-Townie, moderates and writes for the Boston Independent Film Review, is a regular panelist on and co-founder of Ignorant Radio, and is currently co-founding a software patenting company, all while working full-time at a mental health clubhouse south of Boston.

 

LINKS

Super-Townie - Official Super-Townie Website

Bloody Hammer Films - Official Bloody Hammer Films Website

Boston Independent Film Review - Official Boston Independent Film Review Website

Ignorant Radio - Official Ignorant Radio Website

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NICK NORRMAN

 

Nick Norrman is the coolest motherfucker ever to grace the planet's surface with the soles of his boots. A true artistic genius with a keen eye for raw, sincere imagery, Nick has brought an enormous portion of the thematic aesthetic to every production with which he has been involved. Pursuing filmmaking and videography as a career seemed not only natural but also practical for Nick: he just gets it and needs no rulebook or guidelines to have his work understood and universally appreciated. Still, he opted to augment his natural talents with a more professional and technical approach by seeking a degree in film from the New England Institute of Art in Brookline, MA, and has put the film and video equipment that the school makes available to the students to better use than just about anybody who has approached the video equipment rental counter.

 

Originally from Easton, MA, Nick quickly found himself to be a natural magnet for other artistically-inclined individuals, but was set apart from the faux-poets and hipster-elites by his oft-silent knack for eliminating the phonies in the underground music and film crowd. And when they don't get the hint, they have the bottom of Nick's boot to deal with. Nick's typical position behind the camera has made all of the productions whose sets he attends come to life, with little to no effort. What could have been a shitty student film with poor lighting and boring camera angles is suddenly a Spagetti Western classic or a well-done homage to Terrence Malick's finest work.

 

When Nick isn't on set, editing, or huffing glue, he can be found playing with one of his punk/oi bands: Male Nurses, Combat Zone, Lude Boys, or whichever other quartets he feels like playing with that week. Nick operates his own videography business, New Age Videography, which specializes in freelance camerawork and editing, including but not limited to producing music videos, wedding videos, commercials, web-series, and anything else clients are willing to have Nick capture on his camera in return for paying his rent or feeding him fast food and beer. Nick uses a variety of cameras and camera equipment.

 

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Nick Norrman - Cinematographer - Official Nick Norrman - Cinematography Website

New Age Videography - Official New Age Videography Website

Bloody Hammer Films - Official Bloody Hammer Films Website

Male Nurses - Male Nurses - Deranged Records Page

Combat Zone - Combat Zone - Bandcamp Page

Lude Boys - Lude Boys - Demo on YouTube

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ALEX E EDWARDS

 

Alex E Edwards initially worked for five years in the banking industry where he held a variety of management positions and accumulated many accomplishments. One of his major accomplishments was developing a strategic plan to increase the quantity of customers for the Bank of America branch in Brookline, MA. Alex always had an interest in real estate since he purchased his first house at age 20. He later in 2009 received his Massachusetts Real Estate license to concentrate on Real Estate and very quickly became one of Massachusetts most trusted Real Estate agents. In 2008, Alex entered into the music and entertainment industry by establishing DAJTUMIR MUSIC. DAJTUMIR’s goals are “never to be forgotten” and to stay relevant by maintaining an established organization to motivate positive growth in the music and entertainment industry. Currently, Alex after becoming a certified T.V. producer and director in 2010, now has his own show titled “THE Alex E. Edwards Show” where he discussed community issues.

 

After answering a casting call for Paul's feature film Honky Holocaust, Alex quickly became involved in the production and Bloody Hammer Films as a whole. Before long, he was elected to join as a co-owner of the production company and proved to be an ambitious, creative, and practical member of the team, injecting his unique blend of business sense and artistic drive to the company and its projects. When Bloody Hammer Films effectively folded as a production company, Alex stayed on board with Nick and Paul as well as Dave Sullivan, and went on to join Ungovernable Films.

 

LINKS

DAJTUMIR Records - Official DAJTUMIR Records Website

Bloody Hammer Films - Official Bloody Hammer Films Website

The Alex E. Edwards Show - Official Alex E. Edwards Show Website

Home Malone Recovery Sober Home - Official Home Malone Website

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DAVE SULLIVAN

 

Dave "Hollywood Ballz" Sullivan is a complete psychopath juggernaut that has chosen to use his skills as an intense, insanely enthusiastic, and blood-driven artist to help create films and other projects that push people to their ultimate limit and hopefully even further. While Dave has touched upon and pursued a limitless spectrum of artistic outlets, filmmaking and all its elements makes him feel "whole as an artist and as an individual", as it fulfills a personal constant urge to express himself, particularly in front of the immortalizing camera. Even at a young age, Dave was obsessed with film and acting and everything that came along with films and filmmaking. An old Bruce Lee interview had a strong impact on Dave, where the Kung Fu Film legend encouraged and celebrated the notion of honest self-expression, and Dave has since made it a point to be as honest and sincere in his self-expression as possible, whether he is walking down the street, acting, fighting, or doing just about anything else. Dave has a very manic personality that mixes well with the many aspects of filmmaking and he feels the they compliment one another well: his performances are that much more intense, and the expressive yet structured nature of filmmaking keeps him focused. In addition to filmmaking being a natural endeavor for him, the reward for being involved in producing films is the privilege of bringing the ideas in his head and others' to life and making them as real as possible. With little to no formal training in filmmaking, Dave brings his natural and exceptional acting skills as well as his tireless loyalty, resourcefulness, and self-sacrificing die hard mentality on all productions.

 

Born in Boston and raised in the Winter Hill section of Somerville, Dave's youth is what he believes shaped him into the hard working and stubbornly determined individual he is today, thanks to his lower-class (economically-speaking) upbringing and the tough love environment of Winter Hill. Dave got into acting serendipitously after suffering a bad reaction to some antidepressant medication while working three jobs that landed him in the psychiatric ward for a week. At the recommendation of a doctor, Dave revamped his lifestyle in order to remain physically and psychologically healthy and suddenly realized that he had a lot of free time. Always the ambitious, active, and manic go-getter, Dave hopped on Craigslist and began auditioning for roles in films like the madman that he was and is.

 

In addition to acting and film production, Dave has a seemingly endless list of hobbies and interests, never leaving a moment dull or wasted. After high school he worked and played music with friends while being heavily involved in the hardcore/punk rock scene in Boston. Dave married and had a son, then started pursuing his many dreams; Dave trained and practiced to be a magician, a pro-wrestler, a stand-up comedian, a Strongman competitor, boxer, and everything else that sounded fun. And, quite naturally, along the way Dave pursued acting.

 

The acting gigs came rolling in quickly, first with The Ransom (short film), then Bloody Knuckles (student film), Boys And Girls (short film), Hanging Chad (lead role, student film), and others. Dave auditioned for Paul McAlarney's film Honky Holocaust and Dave was enthused by Bloody Hammer Films' raw, cutting edge material. Dave believed that working with Bloody Hammer would be perfect to push himself as an artist and found himself cast as a henchman, but wound up having surgery and was sidelined for a while and bowed out shortly before production on Honky Holocaust began. After the surgery, Dave contacted Paul to see if he still needed extras for his film, which was against everything Dave stood for: he refused to ever do work as an "extra"; Paul responded and offered Dave his original role as a henchman. Dave quickly found that filling a non-speaking role in a Paul McAlarney film is as good as a lead role. Paul treated Dave and the other non-speaking roles as if they were the superstars and Dave felt like one.

 

Dave formed some of the best friendships through that film and was cast in Bloody Hammer Films' next project, 12 Rounds For The Loaded. In Dave's own words, as he describes the evolution of his nickname "Hollywood Ballz"... I got that name because of a role I got in Paul's film for The 24hr Film Festival. I called him up and said "Hey what's the theme of the film?" Paul said, "It's a Western. Do you have any cowboy clothes?" I said "Let me see what I can wrangle up (pun intended)." Paul says, "Do you mind being naked?". I said, "No". Paul says, "Then don't bring anything." The film was the first of it's kind we felt. It ended up being a torture Western that involved me being bound naked and having my nipples and electrocuted by the amazing Aurora Grabill, while I puked up oatmeal, which then made Paul puke watching me puke." Dave was then cast in and recruited for crew work for the next Bloody Hammer Films project, Thomas Delcarpio's Nursing Home of Death, a traditional yet original horror film.

 

Dave is married to his wife Tracy and together they have a 10yr old son Jack. Tracy has her own gourmet cookie business, while Dave makes a living as a magic teacher /performer and a boxing/muay thai coach, in addition to all his other unique and broad endeavors, some of which he is paid for and some of which he is not.

 

LINKS

Ignorant Radio - Official Ignorant Radio Website

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