SPIRITS, 9min., USA, Comedy/Horror
Directed by Matthew Catanzano
Some haunts are haunted.
I grew up an indoor kid -- obsessed with movies, TV, and pop culture. My family didn't do "family game night" we did "family movie night" and it consisted of piling on a couch and watching movies like "the 'burbs", "the Goonies", and "Big Trouble in Little China" and then discussing them. Eventually, I got a coveted job at my local Hollywood Video in Medford, MA. To this day, it's the second best job I ever had (although saying you used to work at a video store is like telling people you used to work for the phone book company at this point...)
The very *best* job, was Mainstage performer/writer/director at Improv Asylum in Boston's North End. It was there that I met my network of friends, writers, and performers. It was there that my friend Richie Moriarty and I created our YT page Simply Unemployable and got jobs doing sketch comedy in NYC.
It was where live performance taught me so many of the things I know about writing, about editing, and about audience expectations.
I live in LA now where I continue to perform live comedy at night. And during the day, I write, shoot, and edit shorts, sketches, essays, (and yes, even Tiktoks). I recently started a new website "TheHappyGhostProductions" where I put up genre-related content. Normal stuff, like a to-camera show where I convince an alien monster (puppet) why it should watch my favorite deep-cut movies. No one asked for the series, but I make it anyway. I'd make stuff if no one watched, but it would be really great if people did...