Thursday, July 30, 2009

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Buy Killer at Large on DVD!


Buy the DVD now, straight from the filmmakers. It's $20+S&H. Just click the PayPal link:


Killer at Large will be available on DVD from the Disinformation Company on March 31st, 2009.

The DVD contains a producers commentary track featuring Executive Producer Shawn Talbott, Producers Bryan Young and Elias Pate and Co-Producer Patrick Waldrop. It also features a second commentary track with director Steven Greenstreet.

The disc also boasts 6 deleted scenes, theatrical trailers, footage from our New York premiere with Chevy Chase and Mr. Chase's testimony before congress about childhood obesity.

All in all, it's a packed disc and certainly one to look forward to.

Additionally, currently for sale is the abridged nutritional market version of the film. You can buy it from the Executive Producer here.

More details about the DVD and theatrical screenings prior to its release will be posted to the website as they're made available.

(For more information, feel free to contact Bryan Young at bryan (at) shineboxmp dot com.)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Killer at Large

So, now that Killer at Large is out and you can get it everywhere, there's a flurry of press coverage for the film. I just want to let you know that to see all of the reviews, you should check out the "reviews" page at the Killer at Large website.

I also wanted to point out the video of Killer at Large on Oprah from last year.

(Also, just as an aside, there's a whole pile of new short stories over at my Short Story blog. Check them out...)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Killer at Large DVD release party

As I'm sure a lot of you are aware, Killer at Large is being released tomorrow on DVD nationwide. In order to celebrate, the makers of the film will be hosting a party in Salt Lake City.

We'll be selling copies of the film at the event.

The facebook event can be seen here.

For those of you not on facebook, the details are as follows:

7:00 pm, Thursday, April 2, 2009

Juniors Tavern
30 E. 300 S.
Salt Lake City, UT

This is open to the public. Copies of the film will be for sale for $20.

For any other details, contact us at

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Two New Short Stories

So, there are two new short stories available for your consumption.

So Many Nights Ago


A Simpler Time

My open letter in the local paper

You can read the revised version here.

It ran in today's Daily Herald.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

An Open Letter to My State Senator

Senator Valentine,

You can imagine my shock, disbelief and utter dismay when I read in the paper this morning your proposed legislation for liquor laws in the State. 10 foot walls and redefining intoxication? I had to check the date on my paper twice. You see, the prohibitive temperance movement was officially over almost a hundred years ago and I thought the newspaper was perhaps printing historical reports.


It was true. My representative in the State Senate, John Valentine (you, sir), proposed legislation that would require restaurants to pour alcoholic drinks behind 10 foot walls and make it illegal for someone to show any signs of being drunk, effectively eliminating casual drinking and the Utah restaurant industry.

As your constituent, I would hope that you do everything that is required to kill this backward looking and damaging legislation to the people of Utah and, more importantly, the people of Orem whom you represent.

As a State Legislator, I have to assume you know that the State of Utah depends on the sale of alcoholic beverages for almost $100 million dollars in revenue that funds our state budget and other special earmarks for things like school lunches. This doesn’t take into account the hundreds (if not thousands) of people on state payroll who depend on the (mostly)free flow of liquor for their livelihood. Further restricting access to alcoholic beverages would obviously reduce the amount of revenue our great State could depend on in an already stressed economy, but also increase the unemployment rate and lead to all kinds of excess crimes from otherwise law-abiding citizens importing alcohol from neighboring Nevada, Wyoming and Colorado.

Add to that all of the dwindling profits from restaurants that serve drinks with food (in Orem alone!) and you have unemployment rates increasing in that direction as well as a decrease in Local and State tax revenue.

It seems to me that you’re probably not a stupid man and understand the ramifications of your bill and you know how damaging it would be to our State and Local economy. I assume you realize that Governor Huntsman would never sign it and your constituents (like myself) would never stand for it.

The only assumption then that I can make is that this is political grandstanding of the highest order and as your constituent I would hope that you let this bill die and support efforts to progressively liberalize the responsible consumption of alcohol for the good of our great State and community.

After all, it was Benjamin Franklin who said, “Beer is proof that God loves us.”

Bryan Young
Resident of Orem

Friday, February 13, 2009

You Are STILL Being Lied To

So, Elias and I wrote an essay about obesity that's been published in the new Disinformation collection. It's called "Cheap Crappy Food = A Fat Population"

Steve titled it and put his name on it, too.

I hope you check it out. There's a lot of other cool stuff in there, too. (Including an all new R. Crumb comic about Philip K. Dick.)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New Huffington Post Editorial

It's called "Nuclear Pork, the Stimulus Bill, and why you need to call your Congressperson"

Click here to read it.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

An Interview With Bryan

So, I'm participating in this thing I found at this blog I've started trolling... You post this interview and you offer to interview anybody who comments that they want to be interviewed... So, the rules are below, and my interview is below the rules.

The rules are:

1) Leave me a comment saying "interview me".
2) I will respond by emailing you 5 questions (I get to pick the questions)
3) You will update your blog with answers to the questions.
4) You will include the explanation and offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5) When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them 5 questions.

1) Someone tells you the Star Wars movies are overrated and boring - especially Empire. What is your reaction?

To be completely honest, if somebody told me that the Star Wars movies were overrated and that The Empire Strikes Back was boring, I would most likely wonder what they would find exciting? I mean, what would it take? A film opening with a dude getting punched in the stomach, having his intestines pulled out and have him tossed out of a train dragged by his entrails?

I wouldn't get offended. I would certainly silently think far less of them, though.

2) You're from Utah, a place famous as a Mormon state. What, if any, impact does religion have on life there?

It means I can't buy a six pack on a Sunday, which is really annoying when you want to spend a leisurely Sunday drinking a Guinness. Also, the beer is all 3.2% which really, really sucks.

Other than that, everyone is really nice, despite my atheism. And liberalism. In fact, watch the trailer for This Divided State and you'll have a great idea of the community I live in and how it affects me.

3) You have to remake Taxi Driver, but give the role of Travis Bickle to a female actress. Who would you choose and why?

I think I would hate myself for having to remake it, but I think I would pick Scarlett Johansson. She's gruff and great and can be incredibly socially awkward in a good way. I would also like to see her shoot Sport in the stomach after saying, in that sultry, Lauren Bacall voice, "Suck on this!"

The thing is, Taxi Driver can't work with a girl in the Bickle seat... At least not for the Cybill Shephard subplot, anyway...

4) Oliver Stone - genius or past his sell-by date?

You know, W. was pretty good, but not anywhere near as good as Nixon, Platoon, U-turn, or Salvador. But when the man is on, he is on. Seriously. I wrote up something about Salvador not more than a few months ago (check that here) and it hit me right between the eyes, both as a filmmaker and politically.

I don't know what he's got planned next, if anything, but he's certainly been a genius. Maybe he's peaked, but we'll see.

5) Utah is the home of the Sundance Film Festival - what are your thoughts on the festival and has it ever helped you personally as a film maker?

I'm pretty sick of the festival. I've been most years in the last eight or ten years to see films and do various marketing activities (*cough*The Misbehavers*cough* (here's the trailer)) but I'm not sure how much good it's done. We have lots of meetings with industry people during the festival since they're all in town and good things have come of that. Sure.

In fact, last year, under the nose of the festival, we rented a condo and bought a giant bigscreen TV and screened Killer at Large to a bunch of distributors.

The problem with the festival though, is that it's too big for it's britches and a lot of the films really aren't that good. I've watched so many Sundance movies, documentaries, shorts, features, etc. and a lot of the time they aren't that good. And the ones that are good already have agents and distributors and studios behind them. At that point, why do they need an independant film festival?

Overall, though, I think the festival has had a positive effect.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

LOST - Trailer for Season Five

Fan made trailer (by me) as we enter season five of LOST. Music is from 28 Days Later by John Murphy.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Killer at Large site back up

We've had some web problems, but they're fixed now.
is back online.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The Examiner

So, I'm the Film Examiner for Salt Lake City now.

The Examiner was a print publication, but is now an online network of local Examiners (like myself (and our good friend Neal Shaffer who is the National Design Examiner)) who provide localized content to a group of readers. Right now my focus is the goings on in film in Salt Lake City, but I'm working to get them to let me expand to comics and nerdery as well or switch to it.

My first post is here.

Also, I get paid by page views, so read it, read it again, and then pass it along. Or at least just click on it.

Same with Neal's link.

Friday, January 02, 2009

New Huffington Post Article

It's about the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Read it.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Another Short Story.

This one is called Confessions of a Not-So-Secret Admirer.

I think the This Divided State blog might also finally be dead....

I'm blogging more often for Huffington Post and Big Shiny Robot!

I'm sure I'll be back, but... you know how it is....

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

More Huffington Post

This time with a MAD Magazine political exclusive.

Click here to see it.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Huffington Post

This is more of a comics post than a political one...

Though, does anyone even read this site anymore?

Anyhow: Click here.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Fleapit Three


The whole movie. In it's entirety.

Just click here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Killer at Large in USA Today

USA Today has featured "Killer at Large" today.

Here is the link to the story. Feel free to "buzz it up"...

And don't forget to get your tickets for Friday's New York Premiere. (Click here for ticket information)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Friday, November 07, 2008

So, those of you geeks who live in Utah, you're fortunate. You see, starting today, the Geek Show will be available weekly on Comcast's ON DEMAND service.

It's easy to do, too...

Go to: Channel one, Utah on Demand, Geek Show.

Then watch. And be sure to tell your friends about it. The more people who watch it, the better it will get. And face it, you know you're curious to see what it looks like when it's being recorded.

For those of you who are fortunate enough to not live in Utah, the Geek Show podcast is available for download on iTunes. Just search for "Geek Show Podcast" or check

Also, pass this info along to everyone you know.

(Just FYI, Elias and I are the ones who shoot it...)

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Foreclosed Mother Keeps Home... For Now

Here is PART THREE of an ongoing news story I'm working on.

If you missed the first two parts:



Wednesday, October 22, 2008


So, over the next 2 weeks, Central European University is screening documentary films examining the election process in America.

"This Divided State" will be one of those films and it shows on October 29th.

So, if you're in Budapest on that day, you should go check it out.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

American News Project

Steven filed this report yesterday for the American News Project. To be honest, I think this is some of his best work.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Thursday, October 09, 2008


I edited this during my spare time over the last week.