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Fundraiser for ‘Dropping Like Flies,’ a cult classic in the making

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Friday, June 13, 2014, the cast and crew of "Dropping Like Flies" will host a fundraiser for the campy horror film. Eli’s Mile High Club at 3629 Martin Luther King Blvd in Oakland, California. The fundraiser features DJed death rock, post punk and industrial music and live performances by musical acts that include cast members from the film. The show is 21+. The cover is $8/$6 before 9pm. Doors open at 7pm.

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"Dropping Like Flies" will be released in winter 2014 and it is hoped it will become a midnight movie.

“It’s about three couples with separate problems who venture out to a club and get roofied by tweakers. They wind up trapped on an island where they have to deal with its inhabitants or hallucinations,” said director, writer and actor James Leon.

Leon is an Oakland resident.who is producing the movie with Alameda-based co-director and editor Zania Morgan. It will be the debut film for both.

“What inspired me to create this film was I got sober. I would sit and write at the Albany landfill. I broke down all of my internal problems into stereotypical archetypes and made them into various characters. There are a lot of metaphors, there is a method to the madness,” said Leon.

The film features Gitane Demone, Victoria Victrola, Lance MeatHook, Serena Toxicat, Tony Sommers and Andrew Goldfarb, among others.

“We’re six scenes away from finishing the film. We need to raise money to bring Kara Emery from Los Angeles to finish some scenes with Victoria Victrola of Oakland’s Victoria and the Vaudevillians. We are also raising money for additional production costs and to start work on the sequel, Ashes 2 Ashes.”

The feature-length film is being marketed to the independent film festival circuit, and European audiences. Its producers hope for a limited theatrical release, and intend to launch an indiegogo.com campaign to make that possible.

“The film makes a statement about sobriety, abusive relationships, and how to improve these issues. It is also about the state the music industry is in,” said Leon.

Most of the cast are musicians. For many, this is their acting debut. Some do have prior acting experience. Tony Sommers directs, acts, and performs in the web series “I Killed the Devil.” In addition to musicians, the cast is rounded out by burlesque performers, a horror writer, a porn star, and a wrestler.

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