ARCHIVED NEWS (2006)



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Thursday, December 14th, 2006

A new article about writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and Josh Craig (Professor Jackson) appeared this past Wednesday in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune newspaper. The piece chronicles the story and motivation behind the making of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" and is quite an entertaining read. We've just posted the full text on the Press & Reviews page.

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

We've just posted the full text of another "The Monster of Phantom Lake" review, this time from the folks over at DreadCentral.com. The review is quite positive (with a few minor quibbles) and is worth a read! Check it out at the Press & Reviews page!

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

"The Monster of Phantom Lake" comes to Wisconsin television! The film has been scheduled as the main feature for the Saturday, December 16th episode of "Saturday Night Frights" on WYOU, Madison channel 4. Josh Craig (Professor Jackson) and writer/director Christopher R. Mihm are tentatively scheduled to appear as well. The show starts at 11:30PM.

If you're in the area, make a point to come out to the Twin Cities Underground Film Festival Revisited this Saturday, December 2nd. "The Monster of Phantom Lake" is scheduled as the final feature of the night at 9:00PM. Don't miss your last opportunity to see the film publicly this year! Visit the Screenings & Festivals page for location details.

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

COOLEST UPDATE... EVER! "The Monster of Phantom Lake" has been officially picked up for DVD distribution! Shadow Creek Studios, a subsidiary of Braun Media Services, has signed an exclusive deal with the producers to distribute the film in retail and online outlets in the United States. A new "special edition," complete with additional special features, will be released first quarter 2007. As part of the deal, the current version of the DVD will no longer be available for sale on this website and can now be considered a collector's item!

Shadow Creek Studios has also signed a deal with writer/director/producer Christopher R. Mihm to distribute his next two films including "The Monster of Phantom Lake" sequel "It Came From Another World!" (currently in post-production) and "Cave Women on Mars" (slated for production summer 2007).

"It Came From Another World!" follows the continuing adventures of Professor Jackson as he deals with a dire threat from the deepest reaches of outer space! Josh Craig returns to his iconic role as the intrepid Professor in this non-linear sequel to "The Monster of Phantom Lake." Also stars Mike Cook and M. Scott Taulman as Canoe Cops Gustav and Sven (respectively).

"Cave Women on Mars" stars "The Monster of Phantom Lake's" Rachel Grubb and Invasion Iowa's Brooke Lemke. The film chronicles Earth's first manned mission to the red planet as astronauts Captain M. Jackson and Lieutenant E. George encounter a primitive race of humanoid women on the surface.

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Correction! We mistakenly reported that "The Monster of Phantom Lake" would screen at the Twin Cities Underground Film Festival Revisited on December 9th, 2006. In reality, the festival is taking place on December 2nd, 2006. Sorry for the mix-up! The Screenings & Festivals page has been updated to reflect this change.

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Principal photography on the new Professor Jackson adventure, "It Came From Another World!" is complete! Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has officially begun the long and arduous (but untimately rewarding) task of editing the over twenty-six hours of footage into a coherent narrative. The movie is currently on track for a March 2007 release.

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Professor Jackson says:

Today... is election day!

It's your duty as a citizen to keep our country a-rockin', a-rollin', and all-the-way-a-ramblin'!

Don't forget... to VOTE!







Monday, November 6th, 2006

New screening added! "The Monster of Phantom Lake" will be the "main event" at the Twin Cities Underground Film Festival Revisited event! Held in association with the Elk River Area Arts Alliance and scheduled for Saturday, December 9th, 2006 at the Zabee Theatre in Elk River, Minnesota, "TCUFF Revisited" will be a one-day "revisitation" of the 2006 film fest. The event kicks off at 11:00 AM, with writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and fellow producer/actor Josh Craig giving a special 90 minute seminar about micro-budget filmmaking. The festival closes with "The Monster of Phantom Lake" at 9:00 PM.

For more information, check out the Screenings & Festivals page!

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

We've just posted the full text of one of the best reviews "The Monster of Phantom Lake" has ever received. It was written by Duane L. Martin for Rogue Cinema and it's a highly recommended read! Check it out on the Press & Reviews page.

The producers of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" would like to thank the Parkway Speakeasy Theater in Oakland, California for hosting last night's Halloween screening. We were informed by those in attendance that the crowd was very enthusiastic with a full "A-Rockin'" sing-along!

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Due to high demand, "The Monster of Phantom Lake" will have a special encore matinee screening Halloween afternoon at the Wisconsin Historical Museum. It will screen following author Linda S. Godfrey (The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin's Werewolf) and a screening of Edison's silent Frankenstein. Visit the Screenings & Festivals page for additional screening information.

We've been informed that the care packages arrived safely in Iraq! Apparently the film has already been shown multiple times. Many of the soldiers loved the monster but enjoyed the "babes of The Monster of Phantom Lake" much more! They're promising pictures soon. As soon as we get them, we'll post them here!

Friday night's "Late Night Halloween Madness!" screening was definitely more "treat" than "trick!" Not only was the audience lucky enough to catch the first seven minutes of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" sequel "It Came From Another World!" but the screening saw the largest collection of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" cast members collected in one place since the "Back By Popular Demand" screening in May! Photographic evidence can be found below!

The last day of major shooting on "It Came From Another World!" took place yesterday with the completion of Josh Craig's (Professor Jackson) speaking scenes. Exclusive production photos can be found below!

Also, we've posted the text of a random blog entry found about the Mukwonago Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt screenings. The text of the entry can be found on the Press & Reviews page.

Photos, left to right, top to bottom: the cast comes out for "Halloween Madness!" at the Woodbury 10 Theatre including, from left to right, Mike Mason (Lobo), Michael Kaiser (underneath Monster Head), M. Scott Taulman (Sven), Mike Cook (Gustav), Josh Craig (Professor Jackson), Leigha Horton (Stephanie), writer/director Christopher R. Mihm (Gruff Man) and Rachel Grubb (Amy), Josh Craig (Professor Jackson) and Shannon McDonough (Julie Ann Saint Marie) share a scene in "It Came From Another World", Mike Mason (Dr. Frasier) is trapped... but in what?!
 

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Huge update! This past weekend's screenings of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" were tons of fun and VERY successful. Despite being rather cold and damp, the Friday night screening at the Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt in Mukwonago, Wisconsin was attended by more than 200 people! Unfortunately, Saturday's weather didn't cooperate, with a cold rain falling on eastern Wisconsin throughout the night. But a little rain couldn't stop "The Monster of Phantom Lake!" The screening was simply moved into the Field Park pavilion where 50+ die-hard moviegoers braved the freezing cold to watch the film! Photos from the Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt can be found below!

In addition to the screenings in Wisconsin and New Jersey, "The Monster of Phantom Lake" was featured as a "human interest" story on the 5 o'clock news on the ABC affiliate (channel 12) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin! Writer/Director Christopher R. Mihm was interviewed by the stunning Caroline Lyders on the shores of the REAL Phantom Lake. We are attempting to obtain permission to post the video on this site. When (and if) we receive it, we'll post it on the Downloads page!

Finally, we've posted the text of an article that appeared in the October 18th, 2006 issue of The Mukwonago Chief. You can read it in its entirety at the Press & Reviews page.

Photos, clockwise from upper left: the crowd begins to gather for "The Monster of Phantom Lake," at the 2006 Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, a "The Monster of Phantom Lake" pumpkin carved by Mukwonago resident Vincent Eade, moviegoers brave the cold to watch the film in the Field Park pavilion, Josh Craig (Professor Jackson), Michael Kaiser (in Monster costume) and writer/director Christopher R. Mihm sign autographs after the show.
 

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

"The Monster of Phantom Lake" has been accepted to another film festival, albeit on rather short notice! "The Monster of Phantom Lake" will screen on Friday, October 20th (technically Saturday, October 21st) at 12:30 AM at the UberCon VIII Film Festival! For the most up-to-date screening information, check out the Screenings & Festivals page.

Monday, October 16th, 2006

The producers of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" would like to thank the organizers of the Fargo Fantastic Film Festival for this past weekend's festivities. They went above and beyond what could have been expected and the producers are extremely grateful!

The producers would also like to thank everyone who donated money and/or stuff for the "care package" to Iraq. The package shipped last Friday and is expected to arrive sometime at the end of the week. Special thanks (and recognition) goes out to Brooke & Paige Lemke for donating so much for our men and women in uniform!

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

The schedule for this coming weekend's Fargo Fantastic Film Festival has been posted. "The Monster of Phantom Lake" will screen at 9:00 PM on Saturday, October 14th in the main venue space! Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm will be in attendance so make sure to introduce yourself after the show!

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006 (UPDATE!)

The 2006 ShockerFest award winners have been announced and "The Monster of Phantom Lake" actually received THREE!
  • Director's Choice
  • Honorable Mention – Best Picture (Horror)
  • Production Pro Budgeting Award
Monday, October 9th, 2006

"The Monster of Phantom Lake" can now legitimately be called an "award winning film!" We have been informed that the movie received an award at this past Saturday's ShockerFest International Film Festival! The EXACT prize has not yet been announced so we will let you know as soon as we do!

"The Monster of Phantom Lake" is coming to North Dakota! The film has been accepted to the 2006 Fargo Fantastic Film Festival held in conjunction with the Fargo Entertainment Expo and Fargo Fantasy Convention: ValleyCon 32. The film is slated to screen on Saturday, October 14th, 2006. Naturally, we've added the listing to the Screenings & Festivals page.

Also, a new review of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" has just appeared at Horrorwoodbabbleon.com. The full text of the review (and link to the original site) is now available in the Press & Reviews section.

Sunday, October 8th, 2006

The official schedule for the It Came From Lake Michigan Independent Film Festival has been released! "The Monster of Phantom Lake" will be screening at 9:00 PM on Saturday, October 21st in the "Robert Bloch room." It was originally (mistakenly) reported on this site that the film would screen at 2:00 PM on Friday, October 20th. We apologize for the error! The Screenings & Festivals page has been updated with the correct information.

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

Happy Saturday!

As a special treat, the producers of the "The Monster of Phantom Lake" sequel, "It Came From Another World!" have allowed us to post this exclusive production still from the new movie!

The photo is of actress Shannon McDonough in full costume as Professor Jackson's newest love interest, Julie Ann Saint Marie!

In other news, "It Came From Another World!" is now listed on the IMDb!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0861777/


Thursday, October 5th, 2006

Now's your chance to join the "Phantom Lake Canoe Corps!" The "Canoe Corps" emblem patch featuring the "official Canoe Corps" seal is now exclusively available for purchase on this site. Designed by writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, this 3.75" 100% embroidered patch is great for jackets, backpacks or your own "Canoe Cops" uniform. Remember, you're not a true Canoe Cop without it!

Currently limited to only 100 pieces!

Buy yours today by visiting the Buy the DVD page!






Friday, September 29th, 2006

We've just posted the full text of a new article from the Northwest Indiana Times about this weekend's screening of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" at the Audience Choice Awards Monthly Independent Film Festival. The article can be viewed from the Press & Reviews page.

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Just for you, the fans, we've added a special "sneak preview" video of the currently-in-production Professor Jackson adventure "It Came From Another World!" to the Downloads page! Click HERE to view it now!

A new article about "The Monster of Phantom Lake" appeared in today's issue of the Waukesha Freeman. The full text of the article can be found on the Press & Reviews page.

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

Another screening added! "The Monster of Phantom Lake" will be featured as part of the Horror Week Movie Marathon at the Wisconsin Historical Museum. The film will screen on Thursday, October 26th, 2006 at 8:00 PM. Again, it will be introduced by Doctor Ivan Cryptosis, Horror Host and Curator of the Macabre.

"The Monster of Phantom Lake" in IRAQ! Writer/Director Christopher R. Mihm was offered the chance to screen his film at the Al Asad Airbase for the troops currently serving in Iraq! He eagerly accepted and is currently putting together a "The Monster of Phantom Lake" care package for our brave men and women in uniform. If any of you out there think of anything fun and/or cool to include, please contact us right away! We've also altered the mailing list sign up window to include a space for personalized messages.

Monday, September 18th, 2006

Due to circumstances beyond the festival's control, the Underexposed Film Festival (to which "The Monster of Phantom Lake" was recently accepted) has been postponed until March 2007. We've updated the Screenings & Festivals page accordingly.

Friday, September 15th, 2006

New screening added! As mentioned in a months-old news item, the screening of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" in Syracuse, New York was so well reviewed by those in attendance that they wanted to show it again! Well, the Palace Theater has finally set a date! The film will show again in a special late night Halloween weekend screening on Saturday, October 28th at 11:00 PM! If you're near the area (or know people who are), come on down and check it out. For a list of every opportunity currently available to see "The Monster of Phantom Lake," visit the Screenings & Festivals page.

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

New, exclusive, officially licensed "The Monster of Phantom Lake" & "It Came From Another World!" merchandise is now available at the TMOPL CafePress store including two new t-shirt designs and a coffee mug created by writer/director Christopher R. Mihm!

Follow the link below or click on one of the images to be taken directly to the store!

http://www.cafepress.com/tmopl

    

We've also updated the Cast & Crew page to contain more comprehensive information about everyone involved in the creation of the film.

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

"The Monster of Phantom Lake" has just been preliminarily accepted to the It Came From Lake Michigan Independent Film Festival! The festival is dedicated to promoting independent horror, sci-fi and fantasy films in the midwestern United States.

The objective of the film festival is to help independent filmmakers promote their work and to be something in direct opposition to all of those "artsy" film festivals out there that often turn their noses up at all the great work people are contributing to the independent horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres.

We do not yet know exactly when the screening will take place. We will update the Screenings & Festivals page as soon as more information is made available!

Saturday, September 9th, 2006

Full production on the next Professor Jackson adventure "It Came From Another World!" begins TODAY. To all the cast of this exciting new film... break... a leg!

Friday, September 8th, 2006

Forty years ago today, the original "Star Trek" premiered on NBC television. "Star Trek" in all its incarnations has been a huge influence for much of the cast and crew of "The Monster of Phantom Lake," and thus, we felt it appropriate to at least mention this monumental event. Happy 40th, "Star Trek!"

We have finally received word of when exactly "The Monster of Phantom Lake" will be playing as part of the ongoing Audience Choice Awards Monthly Independent Film Fest! The film will be screening on September 30th, 2006 at the Center Stage Studio Theatre in Hobart, Indiana. Exact screening time is not yet known but we will update the Screenings & Festival page as soon as we find out.

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

This just in! "The Monster of Phantom Lake" has been accepted to the 2006 Underexposed Film Festival! According to their website, the Underexposed Film Festival is a highly anticipated annual event that brings artists together with audiences that appreciate artistic, creative thought. Its main purpose is to provide an exciting opportunity for filmmakers to gain exposure for their films and themselves. It is where films can be viewed and the filmmaker can be heard.

The festival runs October 7th & 8th, 2006 in Georgia State University's state-of-the-art Ballroom and Auditorium.

We have not yet received specifics of exactly when the screening will take place but we promise to post it on the Screenings & Festivals page as soon as we find out!

Monday, September 4th, 2006

This past weekend's drive-in screenings of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" at the Hi-Way 18 Outdoor Theatre were a HUGE success. The weather held up (for the most part) with as many as 700 cars full of people attending.

Despite on-and-off light rain, Sunday's special "dusk-til-dawn" event was the highlight of the weekend. "The Monster of Phantom Lake" screened as the third feature out of five, preceded by recent family films "Barnyard" and "Over the Hedge" and followed by such classics as the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and 1973 cult classic "Westworld." Josh Craig (Professor Jackson), Mike Cook (Gustav), M. Scott Taulman (Sven) and writer/director Christopher R. Mihm were all on hand for the festivities. Photos can be found below!

The producers of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" would like to personally thank all the fine people at the Hi-Way 18 Outdoor Theatre for making this weekend (and last night in particular) so perfect. To have had the opportunity to screen the film at a REAL drive-in theater was an unimaginably wonderful experience and truly a dream-come-true!

Photos, clockwise from upper left: The Hi-Way 18 Outdoor Theatre neon sign, drive-in-goers lining up to see "The Monster of Phantom Lake," writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and Josh Craig (Professor Jackson) pose for a photo with the two greatest guys in the world, Hi-Way 18 Outdoor Theatre owner & operator Lee Burgess (left) and fellow drive-in owner (and the man who helped make our screening possible), Joe Smith (right).
 

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

After an exhilarating screening last night at the Twin Cities Underground Film Festival, we woke up to find out that "The Monster of Phantom Lake" has been accepted to another film festival, the Audience Choice Awards Monthly Independent Film Fest! The film is currently listed as "coming soon" so as soon as we find out the exact screening date, we'll post it here!

Also, the exact screening time of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" at this year's 5th Annual ShockerFest International Film Festival has been announced with the film slated to be shown at 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 7th.

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

We've finally received word of when EXACTLY "The Monster of Phantom Lake" will be broadcast on cable channel 18 in Tampa, Florida as part of the 2006 Independents' Film Festival (IFF) showcase! The film is scheduled to be shown on Saturday, September 30th at 11:00 PM Eastern. "The Monster of Phantom Lake" will be the fourth film (out of five) shown that night. If you're in and/or around Tampa that night, DON'T MISS IT!

We've updated the Screenings & Festivals page with this new information!

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

This just in! Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm was personally contacted today and informed that "The Monster of Phantom Lake" has been nominated as a finalist in the "Best Feature – Horror" category at the 5th Annual ShockerFest International Film Festival!

"The Monster of Phantom Lake" is tentatively scheduled to screen on Saturday, October 7th, exact time as-yet-to-be-determined.

In other news, the MNartists.org article about "The Monster of Phantom Lake" went live today. The article is written by Britt Aamodt and is definitely worth a read! The full text of the article is also available on the Press & Reviews page.

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

We were informed today that the upcoming drive-in screening of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" is not A screening (singular) but SCREENINGS (multiple)! The film is still the third of a triple feature BUT, in addition to Sunday, September 3rd, it will now be screened on Friday, September 1st AND Saturday, September 2nd! Mike Cook (Gustav), M. Scott Taulman (Sven) and writer/director Christopher R. Mihm will all be in attendance. For more information on all future screenings, visit the Screenings & Festivals page.

In other news, today we bring you some VERY special photos courtesy of Elizabeth Kaiser's "Stargate Make-a-Wish" trip! Elizabeth helped design and construct the monster costume, is the younger sister of the actor who played the monster and is the namesake of Deanne McDonald's character in "The Monster of Phantom Lake."

In late 2004, Elizabeth was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare primary bone cancer found most often in children. She completed a full course of treatment in 2005 and has been disease free ever since!

For more information about the Make-a-Wish Foundation, please visit their website and donate whatever you can. The Make-a-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. On behalf of everyone involved with the "The Monster of Phantom Lake" website, we would like to thank the foundation and the wonderful cast & crew of "Stargate SG-1" and "Stargate Atlantis" for making Elizabeth's wish so incredibly special!

Photos, clockwise from upper left: writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, Elizabeth Kaiser (monster costume construction & design) and Michael Kaiser (the Monster) stand in front of the ACTUAL "Stargate SG-1" stargate, Elizabeth and Michael meet that OTHER Jackson guy (Michael Shanks of "Stargate SG-1"), Christopher R. Mihm stands beneath the "Stargate Atlantis" gate, Michael, Elizabeth and Chris "man" the "Odyssey" bridge (as seen on "Stargte SG-1" and "Stargate Atlantis").
 

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

Photos, photos, photos!

Photos, from left to right: M. Scott Taulman (Sven) and son model their matching "The Monster of Phantom Lake" t-shirts (available for purchase at CafePress), writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and Michael Kaiser (the Monster) visit the REAL Phantom Lake in Mukwonago, Wisconsin.
 

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

We've just received more information about the special Labor Day Drive-In screening!

"The Monster of Phantom Lake" will be introduced by Doctor Ivan Cryptosis, Horror Host and Curator of the Macabre (pictured). He will be joined by his Kooky Spooky Crew including Cheezilla and Professor Varnus Lupescu and Tommy, the headless ventriloquist dummy. They will be giving out Bat rings and photographs.

The troupe hails from the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison and have appeared for various films at the Hi-Way 18 Outdoor Theatre to promote museum programs and bring some fun and scares to the outdoors.

For the most up-to-date information about future screenings and festival appearances, visit the Screenings & Festivals page!

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

"The Monster of Phantom Lake" has just been accepted to another film festival: The 5th Annual ShockerFest International Film Festival! ShockerFest celebrates independent sci-fi, fantasy, horror and animation and is to be held at the Galaxy 12 Theatre in Riverbank, California from October 7th though the 8th, 2006. ShockerFest International Film Festival was one of the first festivals of its type in the world. At the time it began, there were only a handful of genre festivals in the world. Sponsored by the Fireside Foundation, Inc., a California nonprofit corporation dedicated to the promotion and perpetuation of independent film, ShockerFest continues to grow annually. Proceeds from the festival provide film funding and scholarships, and assist the development of independent films.

"The Monster of Phantom Lake" is tentatively scheduled to screen on Saturday, October 7th, exact time as-yet-to-be-determined.

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

It's CONFIRMED! "The Monster of Phantom Lake" will POSITIVELY be appearing at the Hi-Way 18 Outdoor Theatre on Labor Day weekend! We are now scheduled to be the third film of a family-friendly triple-feature. Many crew- and cast-members will be in attendance for this special event so come join us for our first-ever drive-in screening and see "The Monster of Phantom Lake" the way it was MEANT to be seen!

A most fortuitous discovery! After a random Google search, we accidentally stumbled across ANOTHER screening of "The Monster of Phantom Lake!" Comcast Northwest 14 (CNW14) cable channel (available in Oregon and south Washington state) and Filmbaby.com have joined forces to bring independent films to the masses through their "Independent's Day" broadcasts every Wednesday at 7:00 PM. "The Monster of Phantom Lake" is currently scheduled to air as a special Halloween event on Wednesday, November 1st. If you are or have family (and/or friends) who live in the Pacific northwest, make sure to let 'em know!

More information about both screenings can be found in the Screenings & Festivals section.

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

Check out the Press & Reviews section for a small announcement article concerning the upcoming Twin Cities Underground Film Festival within which "The Monster of Phantom Lake" receives a small mention.

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

Just posted the full text of another excellent review of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" in the Press & Reviews section. Reviewer Britt Aamodt was nice enough to let us post the review before it even goes live on the MNartists.org website!

Monday, August 7th, 2006

We'd like to thank the Micon Cinemas Stadium 8 theater in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin for hosting two very successful (and fun) screenings of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" last night. Photos can be found below!

Photos, from left to right: The Micon 8 marquee and Josh Craig (Professor Jackson), Elizabeth Kaiser (monster costume design & construction) and writer/director Christopher R. Mihm sell DVDs after the show.
 

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Last night's screening for the Minneapolis Citizens for Park Board Reform fundraiser went off without a hitch! The crowd was warm, friendly and receptive and were treated to "The Monster of Phantom Lake" trivia, prizes and a special appearance by Mike Mason as a half-Lobo, half-Monster hybrid! Photos can be found below!

Also, we've just uncovered a small review/article about the recent Late Night MADNESS! screening of "The Monster of Phantom Lake." The article originally appeared in Pulse of the Twin Cities. Full text of the article is now available on the Press & Reviews page.

Photos, from left to right: Mike Mason (Lobo) shows off his Monster skills and a special "director's chair" set up in honor of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm.
 

Monday, July 31st, 2006

The full film schedule for the Twin Cities Underground Film Festival has been released. The festival will be screening 60 shorts, features and short features over Labor Day weekend with "The Monster of Phantom Lake" the main event on Saturday night! The Screenings & Festivals page has been updated accordingly.

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

"The Monster of Phantom Lake" has been officially accepted into the 2006 Independents' Film Festival (IFF) showcase! Held in Tampa, Florida the festival is an annual event featuring full length films, shorts, animations and documentaries by both professionals and students from around the world. The festival broadcasts annually on The Education Channel, Bright House Channel 18 and Verizon Channel 32, in Hillsborough County, Florida beginning in September and continues for the entire month. The event is headlined by a theatrical screening and awards gala held at the historic Tampa Theatre.

We have not yet received specifics as to date, time or whether or not we've made it into the theatrical screening portion of the fest but, as soon as we know, so will you!

The Monster of Phantom Lake
Date and time - TO BE ANNOUNCED

Tampa, Florida
www.independentsfilmfest.com

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Mike Cook (Gustav), "The Monster of Phantom Lake" and the upcoming screenings in Chippewa Falls were all featured in a great article from the July 27th issue of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. The full text of the article is now available from the press page. Check it out, it's worth a read!

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Principal photography has begun! As of 9:00PM, Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, one full scene from the next Professor Jackson adventure, "It Came From Another World!" is "in the can." Mike Mason, who plays new character Dr. Frasier, and writer/director Christopher R. Mihm were both present for the inaugural shoot in the sweltering, summer heat. A special thanks goes out to Paul Stepnes, who was kind enough to provide the location for this pivotal scene.

We'd also like to thank Mike 'n' Molly's Pub in Champaign, Illinois for hosting two screenings of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" this past Sunday and Wednesday. We truly appreciate the opportunity they gave us to screen our film. By all accounts, both nights were successful for all involved. In fact, we were contacted by one person who caught the Sunday screening and enjoyed it so much, he claims he "laughed so hard he nearly peed his pants." Doesn't get any better than that!

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

Last night's Late Night MADNESS! event at the Woodbury 10 Theatre was a smashing good time complete with an energetic crowd, costumes, technical difficulties, birthday cheer and PRIZES! Thanks to everyone who showed up and made the night a memorable one. Again, we did so well, the theater asked us back for ANOTHER screening, this one tentatively scheduled as a full-on Halloween party on October 27th! Photos of last night's festivities can be found below.

An article about Mike Cook (Gustav) with a heavy emphasis on "The Monster of Phantom Lake" appeared in the July 20th issue of Volume One Magazine. Check out the Press & Reviews page to read the full article!

A special happy birthday goes out to Elizabeth Kaiser who turned 15 today. Not only was Deanne McDonald's character named after her but she also helped design and construct the monster costume!

Photos, clockwise from upper left: the Woodbury 10 marquee, Josh Craig (Professor Jackson) and Mike Cook (Gustav) in full costume, full sized poster in case, Elizabeth Kaiser (monster costume construction & design) and M. Scott Taulman (Sven) sign autographs.
 

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Tonight's the night! "The Monster of Phantom Lake" returns to the Woodbury 10 Theatre for our very first LATE NIGHT MADNESS! event. Be there or be... square.

We have finalized details for a special double screening in Mukwonago, Wisconsin. Check out Screenings & Festivals for more information!

We've added another article about the upcoming screenings in Champaign, Illinois to the Press section.

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

We have officially reached an agreement with the Highway 18 Outdoor Theater in Jefferson, Wisconsin! We are tentatively scheduled to screen as part of a triple feature over Labor Day weekend! Stay tuned to the Screenings & Festivals page as we will update it the very moment we have the exact date and time!

In somewhat sad news, although we intended to include an appearance by the actual Monster of Phantom Lake at this Friday's Late Night Madness! screening, unfortunately, the costume did not survive as well as we originally thought. However, the actor who played the monster, Michael Kaiser, WILL be in attendance so you get the next best thing! We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

A small item about "The Monster of Phantom Lake" and the upcoming Professor Jackson film, "It Came From Another World!" appeared in the Woodbury Bulletin today. Check out the Press & Reviews section for a scan!

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

More and more and MORE screenings! In addition to another screening in Syracuse, we've now added a special Halloween show in Oakland, California, two screenings in Champaign, Illinois and we may have finally reached an agreement with a DRIVE-IN (!) in Wisconsin! Check out the Screenings & Festivals page for the most up-to-the-minute screening information!

Monday, July 10th, 2006

Friday's screening of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" in Syracuse, New York was so well reviewed by those in attendance that they want to show it again! The Palace Theater has offered us another as-yet-determined weekend slot in September. We'll post exact details the very moment we receive them!

Friday, July 7th, 2006

Meet the newest member of the Saint Euphoria Pictures/All For George Productions family... Shannon McDonough!

Shannon has been officially cast as Julie Ann Saint Marie, the female lead in the next Professor Jackson adventure, "It Came From Another World!" Currently in pre-production, "It Came From Another World!" chronicles the further exploits of everyone's favorite a-rockin' college instructor, Professor Jackson, as he is once again tasked with saving the human race from destruction, this time in the guise of a horrific threat from the deepest reaches of outer space!

The producers would like to thank all the talented women who auditioned for the part. It was a real honor and pleasure to have met you all. It was a tight race but in the end, Shannon won us over with her unique performance!

Don't forget! "The Monster of Phantom Lake" screens tonight, July 7th, 9:00PM at The Palace Theater ($5.00 at the door) in Syracuse, New York! Visit the Screenings & Festivals page for more information!

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

We'd like to extend a special thank you to the Madison Chamber of Commerce and The Grand Theater in Madison, MN (Lutefisk capital of the USA) for hosting two screenings on June 30th and July 1st! The Grand was built in the 1940's and still contains many of the original seats and decor! It was a real treat to experience the film in the heart of "Main Street, USA." We may not have had the biggest audiences but they were, by far, some of the best screenings yet!


Thursday, June 29th, 2006

"The Monster of Phantom Lake," comes to Chippewa Falls for a double-feature!

Sunday, August 6th, 2006 - 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM
$5.00 at the door

Micon Cinemas Stadium 8
475 Chippewa Mall Drive
Chippewa Falls, WI  54729

For more information, call 715-874-7000
http://www.miconcinemas.com/
info@miconcinemas.com


Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

We have leads on four more screenings of the film:

A possible Minneapolis, Minnesota screening tentatively scheduled for August 3rd. This screening will be part of a fundraiser for Minneapolis Citizens for Park Board Reform.

Preliminary discussions have begun for a special double-feature of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" and another as-yet-determined indie horror/comedy at Mike n' Molly's pub in Champaign, Illinois.

Last but not least, a special weekend of outdoor screenings in the very town in which "The Monster of Phantom Lake" takes place: Mukwonago, Wisconsin! Every year the town throws an event called the Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt where Field Park (located in central Mukwonago) is decorated with hundreds of carved pumpkins. This year, the town is planning to show "The Monster of Phantom Lake" as part of the festivities. The Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt is currently scheduled for October 20th & 21st, 2006.

Once we've nailed down the specifics on all the screenings listed here, this is where you'll read it first!

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

A special thanks to all the people who made it out to yesterday's screening at the Woodbury 10 Theatre. It went so well, they want us back! The theatre is now set to host the first-ever LATE NIGHT screening of "The Monster of Phantom Lake!"

Costumes encouraged! Come as your favorite "The Monster of Phantom Lake" character or in era-appropriate garb. AND... we'll be giving away special "The Monster of Phantom Lake" themed prizes! If you've never been to a screening before, THIS is the one to come to!

Friday, July 21st, 2006 - 11:30 PM
$4.00 at the door

Woodbury 10 Theatre
1470 Queens Drive
Woodbury, MN  55125
http://www.woodburytheatre.com

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

A new article & interview with writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and "The Monster of Phantom Lake" star Josh Craig (Professor Jackson) appeared in the Woodbury Bulletin today! The full text of the story is now available in the Press & Reviews section.

Monday, June 12th, 2006

"The Monster of Phantom Lake," EAST COAST DEBUT!

Friday, July 7th, 2006 - 9:00 PM
$5.00 at the door

The Palace Theatre
2384 James Street
Syracuse, NY  13206

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

Writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and actor/producer Josh Craig (Professor Jackson) were interviewed on Wednesday by a reporter from the Woodbury Bulletin, the weekly newpaper of Woodbury, MN. The story will appear in the Wednesday, June 14th issue.

Also, we've made a rather unusual addition to the downloads section: The Monster of Phantom Lake Remix by electronica artists Cool Kids Dinner Party. Download and give it a listen! Put it on your iPod and add it to the soundtrack of your life.

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

Another day, another chance to see "The Monster of Phantom Lake" in a proper movie theater! Not only that, but this time it's scheduled for a SATURDAY MATINEE so you can bring the whole family! This screening has special significance because "The Monster of Phantom Lake" was filmed in Woodbury!

Saturday, June 17th, 2006 - 11:00 AM
$4.00 at the door

Woodbury 10 Theatre
1470 Queens Drive
Woodbury, MN  55125
http://www.woodburytheatre.com/

Wednesday, June 1st, 2006

This just in! "The Monster of Phantom Lake" RETURNS to theaters!
Friday, June 30th, 2006 - 9:15 PM
Saturday, July 1st, 2006 - 2:00 PM
$4.00 at the door

The Grand Theater
310 6th Avenue
Madison, Minnesota  56256

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Open call for auditions!

"The Monster of Phantom Lake" follow-up, "It Came From Another World!" is seeking its female lead. Full information can be found at Craig's List.

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

We, the staff of the official site of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" are looking to create a "The Monster of Phantom Lake" online photo gallery. If you have taken or own any "The Monster of Phantom Lake" related photos (whatever they may be!) and would like to contribute to our gallery, please contact us!

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

The "It Came From Another World!" teaser trailer is now available for download at the "It Came From Another World!" website!

Check it out HERE.

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Last night's screening went better than we could have ever imagined! Again, we nearly sold out the theater and sold tons of DVDs and posters (which are now available to purchase from this site)! Thank you to everyone who showed up and made the night one to remember.

On a side note, another exciting thing happened...
"The Monster of Phantom Lake" is FINALLY listed on the IMDb!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0801344/

Check back often for updates!

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Tonight's the night!
"The Monster of Phantom Lake" RETURNS to the Twin Cities!
Tonight, May 17th, 2006 - 7:30 PM, $5.00 at the door

The Heights Theater
3951 Central Avenue NE
Columbia Heights, Minnesota  55421
www.heightstheater.com

Don't miss your chance to see the movie EVERYONE is talking about!

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

The exclusive poster for "The Monster of Phantom Lake" has finally come back from the printers and it looks wonderful! The poster will be available for purchase at the May 17th screening (at the Heights Theater in Columbia Heights, MN). It will be available at the show for $2.00 each OR FREE if you purchase a DVD! Look for them to be available on the website shortly thereafter.

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

The teaser trailer for "It Came From Another World!" is complete! It will premiere before the May 17th screening of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" at the Heights Theater in Mendota Heights, MN. Click "Screenings & Festivals" for more information. It will be available for download the next day!

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Another day, another GREAT review! A columnist for the Flint Journal caught "The Monster of Phantom Lake" when it screened at the Flint Film Festival and he seemed quite impressed!
"...the best of the features I saw was "The Monster of Phantom Lake," a hilarious parody of grade-D horror/sci-fi films of the 1950s. Made by a Minnesota company, the film is full of cheesy dialogue, improbable plot turns and a dead-on performance by Josh Craig as a stuffy "man of science" who has none of the right answers but can strum a rock 'n' roll song on his handy guitar.

According to the film's Web site, a "Phantom Lake" sequel already is in the works, with Craig reprising his role as "Professor Jackson ... from the university." Here's hoping we'll see it in a future Flint Film Festival."
The full article has been added to the "Press" section of the site.

We've also added the ability to order "The Monster of Phantom Lake" DVDs through the mail (by check!) AND reduced the shipping & handling price to $2.50 per DVD! Buy yours today in the "Buy the DVD" section!

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

"The Monster of Phantom Lake" online contest has arrived! Starting on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 and running through June 1st, 2006, the contest is open to anyone with a computer, an email address and a little motivation. We're looking to drive a little extra traffic to this, the official "The Monster of Phantom Lake" website (monsterofphantomlake.com).

Winners are those who can entice the highest number of REAL people to visit the official site and sign our "guestbook" (available on the main page). It's that simple.

All winners will be notified by email on or around June 1st, 2006. The winners will be announced in the June 2006 "The Monster of Phantom Lake" newsletter and within the Current News section of this site.

The first place winner will receive a prize package containing: A signed DVD copy of "The Monster of Phantom Lake", an official "The Monster of Phantom Lake" 11 x 17 poster and a "The Monster of Phantom Lake" T-shirt of their choice from the CafePress TMOPL store.

Two runners up will receive a signed DVD copy of "The Monster of Phantom Lake."

Visit the Contest Page for more information and official rules!

Friday, April 28th, 2006

The flyer for the May 17th Heights Theater screening is now available for download! Click HERE to get it! Print 'em out and put them EVERYWHERE!

Also, don't forget, we'll be screening at the Flint Film Festival tonight at 8:00! If you're in the neighborhood, GO SEE IT!

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

The "It Came From Another World!" teaser website is now live! Check it out at http://www.icfaw.com. The return of Professor Jackson and the Canoe Cops is drawing near! Visit often for updates.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Big news for all you Professor Jackson fans, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has finished the first draft of the next, all-new Professor Jackson adventure, "It Came From Another World!" Actor Josh Craig has already committed to the role as have M. Scott Taulman and Mike Cook who will be magically returning as Canoe Cops Sven & Gustav (respectively).

Also, on a side note, it is Christopher R. Mihm's birthday today and he turned 30. Upon entering his third decade, he's finally accepted that he will never be a rock star. As consolation, he now wants to be a filmmaker. Send him an email at chris@monsterofphantomlake.com if you feel so inclined!

Gifts are accepted and encouraged!

Send them to:
Christopher R. Mihm
P.O. Box 120239
Saint Paul, MN  55112

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

The schedule for the Flint Film Festival has been released!

"The Monster of Phantom Lake"
Friday, April 28th, 2006 - 8:00 PM

Flint Institute of Arts
1120 E. Kearsley Street
Flint, Michigan  48503
www.flintfilmfestival.com

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006

"The Monster of Phantom Lake" has been officially accepted to the 3rd annual Flint Film Festival! Held in Flint, Michigan, the festival is a yearly event that celebrates the independant film and video artist and their works. The festival will run from April 27th through the 30th.

We have not yet received specifics as to date and time but, rest assured, as soon as we know, so will you!

"The Monster of Phantom Lake"
Date and time - TO BE ANNOUNCED

Flint, Michigan
www.flintfilmfestival.com

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

Now's your chance to buy the first, officially licensed "The Monster of Phantom Lake" T-shirt! In association with CafePress.com, we're proud to bring you this cool piece o' clothing designed by writer/director Christopher R. Mihm!

Follow the link below or click on one of the images to be taken directly to the store!

http://www.cafepress.com/tmopl

    
 
Monday, March 20th, 2006

Happy Vernal Equinox/First Day o' Spring! Some great news to report! Due to high demand and excellent press, we've added another Twin Cities screening at The Heights theater. Again, this will be open to the public. The premiere screening on March 9th pulled in roughly 250 people. Tell all your friends and family! Let's see if we can top the premiere! We will be selling DVDs and giving away "The Monster of Phantom Lake"-themed prizes!

"The Monster of Phantom Lake"
Wednesday, May 17th, 2006 - 7:30 PM

The Heights
3951 Central Avenue NE
Columbia Heights, Minnesota  55421
www.heightstheater.com
 
Sunday, March 12th, 2006

We've been receiving tons of positive press. Check out the links below!

The Bug The Weblog of Peter Schilling Jr.
City Pages (March 8th, 2006)
Saint Paul Pioneer Press (March 9th, 2006)
 
Friday, March 10th, 2006

Last night's big premiere was a rousing success! Over 200 people joined us for the first public showing of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" in all its black and white glory. The cast and crew would like to thank everyone who came down and made the evening so memorable.
 
Monday, February 20th, 2006

"The Monster of Phantom Lake" has been officially accepted to the 2006 Faux Film Festival! The Faux Film Festival is the only festival of its kind, celebrating spoofs & mockumentaries. The festival will be held in Portland, Oregon from March 29th through April 2nd.

"The Monster of Phantom Lake" was accepted in a non-competitive slot as the grand finale of the festival known as the B-Movie Massacre! The film will be presented with additional LIVE dialogue provided by an improv comedy troupe!

"The Monster of Phantom Lake"
Sunday, April 2nd, 2006 - 9:00 PM

The Hollywood Theater
7025 SW Ventura Drive
Tigard, Oregon  97223

Monday, February 13th, 2006

The venue and date for the big premiere is now SET. The official "The Monster of Phantom Lake" premiere will be held at The Heights theater in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. This event is open to the public so get there early!

"The Monster of Phantom Lake"
Thursday, March 9th, 2006 - 7:30 PM

The Heights
3951 Central Avenue NE
Columbia Heights, Minnesota  55421
www.heightstheater.com
 
Sunday, February 12th, 2006

Cover & disc designs for the official "The Monster of Phantom Lake" DVD have been approved! Next step, REPLICATION. We are expecting to receive the first shipment of DVDs sometime next week!



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