Beauty Is In The Eye…

When on set, and indeed living away from the comforts of one’s own hearth and home, there are certain rituals one establishes. We put these in place to help give ourselves a sense of routine and grounding, which helps give a sense of order in an otherwise chaotic time. Times spent shooting out of town when I can’t sleep in my own bed seems to be the norm for me, with time passed in a series of rented accommodations.

I tend to bring little pieces of home with me that act as little luck charms. My double spider opal pendant crafted for me by Tessa Rand‘s loving hands on my Happy Place on the Sunshine Coast. My wire-wrapped heart made of a piece of sea glass, scavenged from the beach while on a walk with my lover and crafted by his hands. My favourite bandana from Puff that reminds me of Commercial Drive, East Vancouver and always kindles excitement for travel. These elements of juju calm my otherwise homesick mind when I am not close to my cats, serpents, and dragon.

But I have managed to establish a routine within our cast house. We have dubbed the living room ‘The Nook’. It’s where we gather with hot beverages, personal communication devices, and watch a collection of shark movies on Netflix. I’m uncertain how it was that we started with the film ‘Sharknado’, which if you aren’t au fait with the franchise, enters around a series of bizarre meteorological events that sucks up sharks and deposits them in urban centres. When viewing, reality needs to take a walk and it usually takes suspension of disbelief along with it for these films.  We followed the trilogy (yes, there’s three) up with the film Three Headed Shark, and then the film Shark Week. The latter has the dubious honour of being our least favourite on a technical basis, but has thus become the yardstick by which all terrible shark films are measured. I never thought I’d say I saw a shark film that made the production value of Sharknado shine brightly, but there you are. My judgement is as harsh as was the lighting.

Mindless escapism aside, it troubles me. Not the movies themselves, but the sentiment. I’m old enough to remember people being terrified of Jaws as a child. To even hum the refrain from the score was enough to make my friend’s younger siblings whine until they hit a fever pitch and would exit the kiddie pool, shrieking for their mother. I have no defence: I’m an only child and was intolerant of younger kids and a water hog at that. I very much doubt any kid can scare anyone by saying “Sharknado” and doing jazz hands these days. But the standard has become, once again, that sharks are reduced again to mindless killing machines, that relentlessly stalk and devour humans. As amusing as it is in film, I find it ultimately depressing.

In my time alone, I enjoy watching documentaries on a variety of topics. The ones featuring sharks are a personal favourite. Over the years I’ve amassed a sort of armchair education on the topic of shark behaviour as more and more research has begun to reveal, in complex habits. Michael Rutzen, an inspiration, frequently studies sharks, and does so without a cage. His reasoning being that you can’t learn and observe from the deck of a boat on the surface, or from behind the confines of a cage’s bars. He instead opts to swim in open ocean with one of the most feared organisms on the planet. My respect for him is as infinite as his experiences with these animals intimate. He has frequently been referred to as ‘Sharkman’, and his conservationist work to help preserve this apex predator has helped to act as field support for the Department of South African Environmental Affairs.

What all this has done is with a series of documentaries is expanded people’s perceptions of these fascinating animals. My own interest with sharks has been with me a lifetime, having spent a great deal of time sailing with my family throughout my childhood and teens. Some of my own experiences include observing a tiger shark in Fiji in 1999 on New Years Eve (talk about auspicious) and swimming in the presence of black-tipped reef sharks in Hawaii as a child at Molokini. In frequent visits to the Vancouver Aquarium, I’d spend half of the visit in the shark gallery, watching them swim in lazy circles. I wondered if they knew how close they were to an ocean on the peninsula point of Stanley Park, and the open ocean. Knowing now that these creatures are beyond a mouth and digestive tract,   I often speculate if with so many regular visits that they recognized and remembered me. I remembered them. To the point of being really excited watching the Canadian show The Beachcombers where an episode that took place in the Aquarium and shark tank. It was exciting as seeing an old friend guest star on a favourite show and feeling a strange secondhand pride at the fact, despite it having nothing to actually do with me personally. Our sharks were FAMOUS and starring alongside Bruno Gerussi, which before Vancouver became Hollywood North, was pretty damn cool.

The Sharkman and I aren’t alone in our adoration of our finned friends. I recently came across a photographer that shares our sentiment. George Probst has spent as much time photographing Great White sharks as Michael Rutzen has swimming with them. After his first trip to the Isla de Guadalupe in Mexico, he too broke free of the cage’s confines to better illustrate the true personality of these animals beyond automated predator. He was able to take note of details that gave the animals character, such as blue eyes, that meet your own when they pass by, and open jaw shots that while popular amongst people are about as threatening to his eye as the open mouth of a dog catching a ball or biscuit in midair. Like any and all large predatory animals, they have the ability to be dangerous, but also endearing as wolves, tigers, and bears, who are have YouTube videos of behaviour that causes a flurry of ‘awww’s and social media postings.

I wanted to post some of his works here to share, and to see some of these animals in all their glory. Hopefully an open mind looks to these creatures a hosting Cheshire cat grins rather than deadly grimaces. All photos taken by George Probst, and you can find more of his work at sharkpix.com

xoxo

Little Miss Risk

Happy face

Happy face

Blue eyes

Blue eyes

Oh hai!

Oh hai!

Slender beauty

Slender beauty

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It’s A Risk Double Creature Feature!

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Happy Tentacle Tuesday lovers and sinners! It’s a double Risk feature next week in Kansas City! They are screening Harvest Lake by Scott Schirmer and short film INNSMOUTH by Izzy Lee at their next showcase Monday, April 4th.

It’s going to be a sexy night.

Poster design by the talented Erica Kauffman of Atomic Cotton. Love the design? You can order your own HERE

Can’t make it to the screening and hate leaving the comforts of your home? Want to see what all the flap is about and have a fear of crowds? Well, you can order your copy of HARVEST LAKE on limited edition blu-Ray HERE

Still not convinced? Well, HARVEST LAKE just screened at the Fright Night Film Festival and swept up numerous awards, including one for yours truly for Best Supporting Actress! Because, like a well-crafted bra, I give good support…

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Till next time, lovers and sinners, from the set of Ayla…

xoxoxo

Little Miss Risk

 

 

 

 

 

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Valley Of The Rats & Love Is Dead

What's this? more giallo? don't mind if I do...

What’s this? more giallo? don’t mind if I do…

The producers of the feature film The Valley of the Rats (Vince D’AmatoWill Carne and David Aboussafy) are excited as hell to announce the addition of scream queen superstar Tristan Risk(American Mary, The Editor) to the cast of The Valley of the Rats, a feature film going to camera April 28, 2016 in Vancouver. 

The Valley of the Rats is a neo-giallo thriller written and directed by Vince D’Amato, director of the visually dazzling features Glass and Reversed, inspired by the lurid stylized Italian horror-mystery thrillers of the 1970s that also served as inspiration for Tristan Risk’s past stunning film The Editor.

Tristan Risk recently won Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film Innsmouth at the 2016 Vancouver International Badass Film Festival. Tristan Risk is currently filming as the title role in the feature film Ayla, co-produced by David Aboussafy, and stars in the new epic feature film Frankenstein Created Bikers which has its world premiere April 2nd, 2016 at the Atlanta Film Festival.

The Valley of the Rats is a co-production of Creepy Six Films, Will Carne Productions, Generativity Productions, and Brivido Giallo produzione cinematografica.

So, there is that, and as well, I’m pleased to announce that I’ll also be working with Jerry Smith in his short film LOVE IS DEAD along with Burning Angels star, Aaron ‘Small Hands’ Thompson and Ruben Pia. We’ve launched  a Kickstarter campaign, and are a Kickstarter favourite! If you are curious about LOVE IS DEAD, be sure to click HERE to watch the pitch (and hopefully crack open that piggy bank!)

Crowdfunding time!

Crowdfunding time!

Have a wonderful Sunday, lovers and sinners!

xoxox

Little Miss Risk

 

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WORLD PREMIERE: Frankenstein Created Bikers at Atlanta Film Festival

Oh baby....

Oh baby….

May of last year, I got together with a dedicated group of bikers, weirdos, visionaries and film folks and we shot this crazy genre film on 35mm. Probably one of the last independant films to be shot on 35mm, actually… Our baby is all grown up and this demented debutant is finally making the first appearance at the 40th anniversary of the Atlanta Film Festival!

There will be a reunion of sorts with cast and crew, and given that we were all going to beat the band when we were filming, there wasn’t a lot of time for schmoozing with one another. However that’s going to change at the premier! I’m so thrilled to see this masterpiece of grind house on the big screen, finally!

World premiere of Frankenstein Created Bikers is Saturday, April 2 at Atlanta Film Festival

BOOM!

BOOM!

Buy your tickets now!

See you down South, lovers and sinners!
xoxox
Little Miss Risk

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Boston Underground Film Festival: INNSMOUTH in the BUFF…

Diana Porter and I in a BTS shot of INNSMOUTH

Diana Porter and I in a BTS shot of INNSMOUTH

 

If you are heading to the Boston Underground Film Festival (or the BUFF as its affectionately known) be sure to check out Izzy Lee’s contemporary femme twist on Lovecraft’s tale with INNSMOUTH.

Starring Diana Porter (her main muse) and I, it will play Saturday March 26th at 9:30pm at the Brattle Theatre (40 Brattle St in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts) of which I have fond memories of. Izzy was kind enough to take me there when we shot INNSMOUTH to see a screening of Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill! which was a wonderful treat.

For more details, you can hit the Facebook event page HERE…

Hope you all get an eyeful!

xoxo

Little Miss Risk

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