I got the honour to chat with this actor, director and author about his 70 years in the entertainment business. And of course, his iconic role as Cigarette Smoking Man in the X Files.
Nikki Flynn is a writer, author, scriptwriter, director, cast director, audio sound engineer – I’m sure I’ve left something out??
When she got together with a Uni friend and decided to build a fantasy world, they had no idea how big it would get and that they would turn each episode into audio, with voice actors playing the parts of the characters.
With a large and loyal fan base, Nikki and Edwin Dantes keep bringing in the scripts and getting them out to their eager audience.
Anthologies of Ullord is a fantasy series that follows a wide array of characters. The perspectives of mortal travelers, inhabitants of different areas and the gods that govern the events of the realm all frame the larger story of the plane. The books and scripts tie into the audio fiction podcast of the same name.
Nikki is also working on solo projects like her magical pirate series, Chronicles of Fhaerythe and she’s just started working on book two of the Apotheosis, Book one being Grim. She’s got plenty of new ideas staying with the fantasy genre but may be moving away from YA.
I had a great chat with Nikki, but to understand the uniqueness and expanse of the world Edwin and Flynn have created, I would need more than an hour. Here’s the condensed (fiction) life of Nikki Flynn in 30 minutes.
The audio series is amazing to listen to with professional voice actors, music and special effects. So addictive!
Where to find the books and listen to the audio series.
The theme this year is LA Apocalypse.
When? Fri June 4th – 6th June
Where? Huntington Beach California
Meet Alexandra Nakelski
Quirky, fun, sticks to her guns. Loves the ’80s and refuses to censor.
I had the absolute privilege of chatting with the owner and founder of the Zeitgeist Film Festival. She also is a Film Studies Professor at Peninsula College and a Film Professor at the University of New Mexico.
This lady has so much passion and we found out we have a lot in common when it comes to our opinions.
Watch this special episode of Behind The Pen
About: Zeitgeist (The Spirit of The Age) film festival.
A year and a half in the making. 158 films from around the world hand-picked and curated in this special presentation. You won’t see any of this on streaming. Welcome to the first post-pandemic event. Others went virtual, we are going live…
The Zeitgeist Film Festival is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that is here to make waves in the festival world! With ties all over the US and abroad, this festival stands to last the test of time or frankly even the Apocalypse! The Zeitgeist film festival will be making its debut and putting roots down in Orange County. We have brought some of the youngest, brightest, and most experienced minds together to build a festival that both cinema experts and aspiring videographers would be proud of. This festival promises to be a hit with old and young alike showing modern-day classics, Shorts, and Independent Features.
This year’s curation is a culmination of the last 5 years of my PhD research that I wanted to share with larger audiences and not just the few other scholars reading my work. In a term I coined: The “Auspicious Apocalypse” I look at the collective subconscious desire for the “end” in hopes to resurrect with something better, something new. Sometimes you have to burn it all to the ground to start over. Can we do this and maintain some semblance of humanity? Will it remind us the importance of community in doing so? Perhaps the fear of the Apocalypse is worse than the Apocalypse itself. Is it wrong to choose not to crawl into a fetal position paranoid for whatever is coming and instead face the music and feel more alive now than we ever have? – Alexandra Nakelski
Check out the list of amazing films and the directors, casts members and special guests who will be there to talk with you and answer your questions. An amazing opportunity to get up close to those you admire. Alexandra has made sure she has catered for all ages in this Filmfest.
Check it out.