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Interview with ‘Big Easy Queens’ Director Erynn Dalton and Lead Eric Swanson

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A campy horror, mob drama musical featuring the one and only Miss Bouvèé? Count me in. I was lucky enough to sit down with BIG EASY QUEENS director Erynn Dalton and the multi-talented Eric Swanson to discuss how the project came about and how challenging it is to create a film that brings together so many different genres.

Synopsis: After Mob Queen of the Quarter Minnie Bouvèé has arch-nemesis Poodles Makenzie’s crew brutally slaughtered, she braces for the blowback; what she doesn’t expect, however, is to be stalked by a creepy masked figure who leaves behind bouquets of gardenias and terrifying notes. Is this Poodles’ revenge, or the work of Minnie’s estranged sister who stole her man years ago and has suddenly reappeared in her life?

ERYNN DALTON BIO 

Erynn Dalton is a seasoned director for stage and screen who founded Infinite Abyss Productions in Miami, Florida in 2010 where she produced and directed live mixed media original horror productions at her theater. Over the years, Dalton has built a loyal cult following for her grisly live productions, with Infinite Abyss being dubbed by critics and audience as the “modern Grand Guignol”. After directing dozens of live productions, numerous short films and producing two feature films, Dalton made her feature film directorial debut in 2019 with the gothic horror-drama The Gravedigger. The film had its world premiere at Popcorn Frights Film Festival, which was met with critical acclaim and resulted in Dalton and the film being featured in The LA Times, NPR and Sun-Sentinel, as well as genre publications such as Fangoria, Rue Morgue and Bloody Disgusting. The Gravedigger subsequently secured worldwide distribution with Indican Pictures and was released to multiple streaming platforms worldwide October 2022. Dalton directed the outrageously original drag queen “glam horror” feature film Big Easy Queens in Florida with the support of the entire Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale community (communities with a high LGBTQIA population).

MISS BOUVÈÉ BIO

Miss Bouvèé is the drag persona of long-time theatre veteran Eric Swanson (seen in regional professional productions of La Cage Aux Folles, Hairspray, Hair, Simply Gershwin). A New Orleans-born queen, Miss Bouvèé is now a South Florida based full time entertainer where she has produced sold out shows like her annual murder mysteries “Minnie Behind Bars” and “Minnie’s Merry Murder Christmas”. She tours the high seas and US with dear friend and cabaret darling Jennifer McClain as the Boozy Belters (Fire Island, Princess Cruises, Celebrity, Amadeus, and Adventure Bears). They also enjoyed a successful run of their theatrical book show “Double Trouble” in Feb 2022! Miss Bouvèé entertains as a live singing female impersonator routinely performing in South Florida in cities like Fort Lauderdale, Naples, and Key West. 

Ted aka Steady is the Editor in Chief of the Countdown City Geeks. He has covered some of the largest pop culture events in the world including San Diego Comic-Con and hosted a variety of events from eSports Tourneys, film festivals, to moderating panels at conventions.

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Fernanda Urrejola’s new film ‘You Can’t Run Forever’ drops today

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Fernanda Urrejola joins JK Simmons and others in the upcoming film, You Can’t Run Forever which drops on video on demand and select theaters May 17, 2024. Fernanda has built her career playing strong, courageous women and in this, she does the same. She is originally from Santiago, Chile where she was an internationally competitive synchronized swimmer before she became an actress. In 2018 Fernanda appeared on Netflix’s “Narcos” as María Elvira, wife of Diego Luna’s character Miguel. She lives and works between Los Angeles, Mexico and Chile, in both English and Spanish.

Synopsis: Miranda, a young woman already suffering from acute anxiety due to a past tragedy, faces a new terror when a serial killer chooses her as his new target. In a harrowing hunt through the woods, Miranda finds strength she never knew she had as she tries to elude her murderous tracker. Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons stars in a spine-chilling thriller about the strength of family and the astonishing power of the human spirit. 


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Joe Simmons talks inspiration and sound creation for the film ‘You Can’t Run Forever’

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We sat down with Joe Simmons who composed the music for You Can’t Run Forever which features his father J.K. Simmons and drops in theaters this Friday May 17. Hear about which iconic Coen Brothers film her used as inspiration, which scene was the most fun to score and how he created some never before used sounds for the film.

Synopsis: Miranda, a young woman already suffering from acute anxiety due to a past tragedy, faces a new terror when a serial killer chooses her as his new target. In a harrowing hunt through the woods, Miranda finds strength she never knew she had as she tries to elude her murderous tracker. Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons stars in a spine-chilling thriller about the strength of family and the astonishing power of the human spirit. 


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Olivia Simmons talks about her dad, JK Simmons taking on a dark role for the film ‘You Can’t Run Forever’

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Today i am joined by Olivia Simmons who stars in the suspenseful thriller, You Can’t Run Forever which stars her dad as the lead…the legendary JK Simmons. This was a family project for the Simmons family as Olivia was directed by her mom, her brother was the composer for the film and she had an uncle was a producer. Hear about the challenges they faced filming in the wooded areas of Montanna, what it’s like to see JK Simmons in this very dark role, and what Olivia wants to do next in her career.

Synopsis: A teenage girl suffering from anxiety due to a tragic event from her past finds herself hunted through the woods by a sociopath on a murderous rampage.

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