Special Guest For Ep. #42: Writer/Director/Editor Mike Mendez!

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We are very excited to welcome a new special guest for Episode #42 of The Cinema Squad Podcast:

Writer/Director/Editor MIKE MENDEZ!!     Let’s meet him:

Mike Mendez (@madmanmendez )

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A native to Los Angeles, Mike Mendez was in the backyard making movies since the age of 10. At the age of 23, Mike made his first feature film “Killers,” which was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. The film was picked up by Alpine Pictures, who distributed the feature in the U.S. The film also received a worldwide theatrical release.

He followed that up with the horror comedy “The Convent,” which was also accepted into the Sundance Film Festival in 2000, as well as over 30 other film festivals worldwide. The film was released by Lionsgate in the U.S.

In 2002, he produced a documentary for Universal Television and Showtime entitled “Masters of Horror,” featuring interviews with some of the genre’s most legendary filmmakers. In 2006, Mike’s film “The Gravedancers” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released in theaters nationally by Lionsgate & After Dark Films as part of “8 Films To Die For”.

Mike went on to produce short films for X-box and directed the film “Big Ass Spider!” a horror/comedy staring J.J. Abram’s buddy Greg Grunberg.  He then wrote & directed the segment ‘Friday the 31st’ in the horror anthology “Tales of Halloween”

His latest film “Don’t Kill It” starring Dolph Lundgren just recently hit iTunes and video-on-demand. So check it out now!

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Be sure to tune into this week’s Podcast which is set to drop on Sunday, March 12th.  We’ll give you all the latest movie news covering everything from script to screen.

And you can catch us on iTunes as well!

As for the rest of the Cinema Squad, we have the usual suspects:

Sean Wathen – Creator & Moderator  (@Cinema_Squad)

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Sean Wathen is a screenwriter from Louisville, Kentucky who moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to pursue a writing career. While working in production offices such as “House, MD,” “24,” & MTV Studios, Sean pursued his love of writing. In 2014, he was named on the Tracking Board’s ‘Young & Hungry List – Top 100 Writers on the Verge.’ In 2015, his screenplay “The Field” was optioned to Dune Entertainment & Stormchaser Films, his script “Riverside” was optioned to Fotocomics Productions, his contained horror/thriller “The Gotham Hotel” was optioned to Artimage Entertainment, and his screenplay “Second Shot” was optioned to Status Media & Entertainment. In 2014, he was hired to adapt graphic novels for State & Cabrillo Productions, Inc. as well as Solipsist Films.

Skye Wathen – Show Host  (@1blueskye)

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Skye Wathen has been working in production for both television and film since 2006. Her credits include “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”, “The Revenant”, and “MONEYBALL”. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Skye’s love of all thing Hollywood began at a very young age. She enjoys all things nerdy and crafty and is the proud fur-mom to Bruce, a shar pei mix puppy.

Lee Perez – Original Panelist (@DorkUp & @leegonz80)

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Lee Perez is a native of South Texas and has been working in the entertainment industry since 2005. Working production on all types of entertainment from extremely low budget indie movies and reality TV to award winning scripted shows and huge blockbusters. His credits include “House M.D.”, “Drive”, “Hangover 3” and most recently “Straight out of Compton”. In 2013 he started DorkUp.com as a creative outlet for his love of all things nerdy.

We are the Cinema Squad (@Cinema_Squad & CS_Facebook)

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Be sure to follow us, catch up on the previous podcasts, and look for new ones every Sunday!

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