Andrea Beesley is an important person in Phoenix, AZ. If you’ve heard stories of a weird movie that you feel like you have to see, chances are Andrea is working on getting it shown somewhere. I’ve been lucky enough to see many of her screening for films like Texas Chainsaw Massacre (with Marilyn Burns in attendance), Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and The Room… hundreds of times, it feels like I’ve seen the room.
She was gracious enough to answer 10 questions for me.
In our lives, I think we’ve all done things for artistic expression that we’re deeply embarrassed of. I know I have. When I was in high school, during my Video Production class, me and some friends had made a movie called Navy SEALs on Zombie Island. The title, of course, was a piece of intentional camp. Everyone in the movie was having fun and turned in great, silly performances. Except for me. When I saw my “acting” and how I reacted with a prop (an unlit cigar that I kept ashing every 10 seconds), I swiveled around in my chair and said, “We have to reshoot my scenes. Without me. Someone else will need to play the role of the mad scientist.” The only reaction I was capable of that seemed real was when my pet zombie threw me against a wall and I really did get impaled by two nails straight into my back. Continue reading