Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Manos: The Debbie Chronicles Webseries




This horror series is based off of the 1966 cult-classic Manos: The Hands of Fate, considered by many to be the worst movie ever made (scoring even lower on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes than The Room).
The coolest part? One of the last surviving actors, Jackey Neyman Jones, who plays Debbie in the original film, is the star of the new series. Despite its epically low ratings, the movie has a huge cult following because to put it simply––it’s fascinating! If you haven't seen it yet, you can watch the full film on YouTube, and Mystery Science Theater has a must-watch wet-your-pants funny episode on it.

WHEN BAD BECOMES GOOD
The series creator, Willow Polson, is doing something even more unexpected; she's taking the worst movie ever made and turning it into a force for good! This dark reimagining focuses on what happened after Debbie escaped the evil clutches of The Master and the primordial god Manos. But Debbie won't have to do it all alone -- she now has a very unique and unusual team that helps her take down evil, whatever form it may take. 
"I am always thinking about how to make this world a better place in everything I do," Willow, who is an award-winning producer with over 25 years experience, told us, "Each character in the show has traits that are not normally seen in leading characters on a show, or at all. "
The diverse female cast includes characters that are all fully-realized complex co-stars, not just a  girlfriend or one-dimensional bait to make a main character feel things.
The series co-writer, R. D. Hall is a multimedia writer and creator for films, comics, and music videos.
WHERE HAS DEBBIE BEEN?
In the 51 years since Manos, Jackey has been an artist, actress and producer.  She lovingly tends to Manos with her book Growing Up With Manos The Hands Of Fate, new film Manos Returns and personal appearances.
"I'm really looking forward to this new venture!"  says Jackey. 

THE LUCKIEST THING YOU CAN DO IS HELP CANDIVAN LAUNCH
Manos: The Debbie Chronicles and many other great series, will only exist if Candivan successfully launches. You can help make this happen! Please subscribe to the Candivan mailing list here, and stay tuned for more trailers and the Candivan Kickstarter campaign, coming very soon!
Follow us on Twitter and Instagram too!

HERE IT IS: THE TRAILER! CHECK IT OUT, LIKE IT, SHARE IT, LOVE IT, TELL YOUR FRIENDS

Hey all.  Jackey here.  This week I shared the blog post from Candivan because they said it best.  I do hope you will support Candivan so this webseries can be done.  As you all know.  It Is The Will Of Manos!  Thanks!...and see you here next week.  Lots of other new things coming along too.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Debbie Does Cinema Wasteland


Torgo Tuesday is Debbies Manos blog day,  but for this week we'll call it Wobbly Wednesday.  I'm off kilter only because all the things I've worked so hard to bring to fruition are coming about at pretty much the same time and it's a challange to keep up.

This week is about a fantastic trip where I was a guest at  Cinema Wasteland  in Strongville, Ohio just outside of Cleveland.  It's a small but very mighty family run show that's been going on for about 12 years. The organizer, Ken, and his crew were so gracious and attentive, that I really felt spoiled and kept teasing that they were ruining me for other events.  I imagine myself walking into another event with my chin up and saying "Do you know who I think I am?"

My sense of humor runs to the bizarre and odd, so my experience upon arrival in Cleveland cracked me up.  As the plane was landing, a conversation began with the man sitting next to me and we realized we were going to the same event.  I told him that I was to call the organizers upon arrival to be sure a shuttle from the hotel would be there to pick us up and if he waited at baggage for me we could find the bus together.  I made my way there and while watching the bags go around, thought I spotted the guy so walked up, leaned over and said "The shuttle is on it's way".  His head whipped around, he looked at me and said "What?"  So, while still watching the bags go around, I said again in a conspirital way, "The shuttle is on it's way" and without another glance, I slowly moved away.  As I looked toward the crowd in a different direction, I saw the actual guy I had been sitting next to.
Now it dawns on me that the one I spoke to is completely puzzled and probably thinking that I am either a spy talking code or maybe I am completely nuts and saying the shuttle from space will be here soon to take us away.  I do hope he came up with a good story to tell and that maybe it made his trip to Ohio a little more interesting.

I was especially thrilled for Michael Berryman to be there as a guest as well.  I had met him when he was at Crypticon Seattle a couple years ago and where he took time to advise me and talk about guesting at conventions.  Now, two years later, I have been taking his advice.  Was really great to have an opportunity to let him know how helpful he had been and how much I appreciated that.  He also has agreed to interview soon, for my Jackey's Hand of Horror Podcast .  He is one of the most genuine celebrities I have met so far and so interesting to talk with.  Can't wait for our interview.




I also met Dee Wallace and got her to agree to an interview as well.  Another very sweet and gracious person that I feel so honored to be able to connect with.  She has written a few inspirational books and I just ordered this one on Kindle.  Bright Light: Spiritual Lessons from a Life in Acting




The show ran Friday afternoon/evening, Saturday and Sunday. Although the event was small, it was really well attended by fans of film, and especially more obscure type film so I fit right in. Seems most who came were aware of Manos The Hands of Fate and the ones who weren't familiar were interested in learning more. I literally drank a gallon of water on Friday because of talking to fans so much. It was a blast.

On Friday evening, I headed to the hotel elevator to go to my room. The was a group of young men having an enthusiastic conversation while waiting for the doors to open and they were clearly having a great time. A couple of them had on some costuming including one with a wig and bloody lab coat. When the doors opened, they crowded on and then scrunched together to make more space while waving me on. 3rd floor for them. 6th for me. Somehow, the 3rd floor button didn't get pushed so the ancient slow elevator made it's way all the way to the 6th floor. When the doors opened, one of them said "Would you like us to walk you to your room?" Hahaha. They were adorable.


On Saturday, a friend I had never met but known for seven years drove several hours to come meet me in person. Joey Basford Founder of Manos The Hands of Fate fan Club of Facebook. I have met facebook friends a few times at various happenings and it's so interesting to me how when we finally meet, it's not so very different. It is that you already know them. Loved seeing him and and having a little time to visit.

Derrick Carey, editor of our new film, Manos Returns also came to meet me in person and to bring some friends with him. He did an incredible job on the film and was wonderful to get to meet him in person finally.

This was the first Con I've been invited to where it was farther than I could drive and I wasn't sure how much stuff to take with me for the table and to sell. The books were the bulky thing and I didn't want to carry a bunch home if they didn't sell but apparently I miscalculatred because I sold most of them on Friday and the Manos screening wasn't until Saturday afternoon. Fortunately I had a stack of large envelopes with me, so had the buyer write their address, and mailed them when I got home Monday. Now I know to ship the books to the hotel in advance so I'm not carrying them. Learning!

So many great experiences. Met a whole lot of appreciative fans, made connections for screenings of Manos Returns in some independent theaters, was invited to participate in some upcoming independent film projects, got to do Q and A with the audience of a Manos: The Hands of Fate screening sans robots and Joel and had some professional studio shots done with a beautiful Doberman named Zelda. Cannot wait to see those and share them.


It is these experiences that keep me feeling so deeply Blessed for the collaborations and friendships created along this unusual path my life follows. Thank you for coming along on this journey.

The next phase begins...






Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Debbie and the Dentist

Most people I know and meet have no idea who I am in the pop culture or Mystery Science Theater world because it's not relevant to those relationships. I am not recognizable in public and don't carry a sign identifying myself as the little kid from Manos The Hands of Fate.

A couple years ago when I was a special guest at Crypticon Seattle, a woman came to my table and kept looking at the banner on the wall above me with a photo of me as 6 year old Debbie.  She would study the photo and then look at me curiously.  After the third time of her looking back and forth from the banner to me, I said casually with a shrug, "It's an old photo".

On occasion, the Manos subject works into a conversation in the real world as it did last week at my dental cleaning appointment.

The dental hygenist and I were discussing her move to Oregon from New York and me telling her I had never been East but was traveling to Cleveland soon for the first time.  She asked if it was for business and I playfully said, "I'm a pop culture icon in a limited world".  She gave a clear "Go on" look so I continued by saying that as a kid, I was in a movie that many describe as the worst movie ever made.  Next was another questioning but now slightly skeptical look. "What's it Called?"  I replied, "Manos: The Hands of Fate"  (Normally, I would ask if the person has heard of Mystery Science Theater first, but we had a dental cleaning to get to.)  Her eyes flew wide open. "Wha!?  I know that movie!"  All in all, an enjoyable experience for me, which is more than many can say about a dental cleaning.  She wants to see me again in four months to check on a couple things and we'll have a few Manos happenings to catch up on too.

I am headed to Cleveland and Cinema Wasteland on Thursday
Cinema Wasteland

Then to Crypticon Seattle for the World Premiere of our new film, Manos Returns
Crypticon Seattle

The weekend after that will be Meadowlark Comic Con in Medford Oregon
Meadowlark Comic Con

San Diego Comic Con to promote the upcoming comic book that we will be talking about very soon.
San Diego Comic Con




Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tom Neyman aka The Master

 During the 1960's and early 70's, we lived in an adobe house, in El Paso, Texas, with walls over one foot thick that was built in 1887. When my parents bought the house they were told that the builders had placed a coin somewhere in the walls or floor with the year the house was constructed. During one of our endless remodeling projects, a 1887 silver dollar was found in a wall in the back of a closet.  That house is still at the top of a hill on North Cotton Street, tucked up tight at the base of Mount Franklin and just below Scenic Drive where the hapless Micheal, Maggie, Debbie family begin their journey to Valley Lodge.  As a kid, I would spend an afternoon climbing from our back yard and would go all the way up to that road and the pullout where Debbie states "I'm cold".

 We lived just three miles from Juarez Mexico and could see the Rio Grande river from our front porch.  The family that lived in the house in the early days were able to watch and hear the battle across the border in March 1911 where the decisive victory of the Mexican Revolution with the capture of Ciudad Juarez occured.  I still remember sitting on that porch imagining that family watching the battle as though it were live theater.

My parents were college educated bohemian types.  Mom was a teacher who became an administrator who became a Psychologist with another degree in Ministry.  My dad, Tom Neyman, who played the part of The Master in "Manos the Hands of Fate" was an artist of many mediums. His work was as Director of the South El Paso Boys Club and the Director of the Festival Community Theater before leaving El Paso, but he was creating every chance he got.  In our back yard was the only big tree in our neighborhood, a patio arbor and a small rock house where he had his art studio.
When he was home, he was either making changes to the house or working in the studio.  When I was around six years old, my mom and I came home from shopping and she went to hang the laundry on the line only to discover my dad had cut down the poles holding the line because he needed more metal for a piece he was working on.

 I loved hanging out, poking around his supplies or simply sitting on a stool watching while being bathed in music like the theme song to Zorba The Greek. Dad painted, sculpted, welded and carved. We would sometimes drive out into the desert in an old electricians truck, named Tobacca Roada from the 40's,  searching for things he could include in his work or in the house projects. Weathered wood from a dilapitated shack, railroad ties and nails, or anything that might catch his eye.
One day, as the truck was parked out front, the brake failed and she rolled down the hill and deep into the ditch across the road at the bottom.  Dad attached a chain, hauling it back home, and over time, Tobacca Roada succumbed to the welders torch transforming her into art, including the hand rising from the caldron of fire in Manos: The Hands of Fate.

Dad's most beautiful, expressive work was his hand sculptures in bronzed clay, metal and wood.  Although his painting was saturated with layer of meaning, his hand sculpture came from the deepest part of his soul.  I am now blessed to have one of his sculptures that I cherish.  It sits on my dresser where I can be reminded of his talent and our connection through art.

 I remember him making the hands in Manos. I watched while he painted The Master's painting and I recall him figuring out and building Torgo's leg braces. I remember the sketches he did for the Masters robe and the laying out and cutting of the fabric. My mother was a very gifted seamstress and gladly worked with him to design and construct the robe. Those were happy times in my childhood  I am so blessed that some of the best memories of my youth are immortalized through the famously bad Manos, The Hands of Fate.
As I often say, "If you can't be the best, make the most of being part of the worst"


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Debbie Makes a Living...but not the way you know it.


So.  How does a self employed creative person make a living?  Although I have, for all my life collaborated with other creative people, I can not say how their financial revenue stream manifests, because I don't know.  Of couse, as children, I would assume they were supported by their parents... but how DO artistic humans coalesce the world of practical reality with the place where dreams are made?

 I was taught by my parents that if I could think of it, I should at least give it a try. They constantly demonstrated through expressing their own creative ideas in a number of directions.  They primarily made their livings as a teacher and a Boys Club director, but all the "not working at a paying job time" was devoted to charity work of addressing poverty, the womens movement, community theater, art and home renovation.  Things were contantly in motion in our lives and I understand myself more clearly through the lens of that perspective.  I am who I am because of it.

Here are some of, but not all the ways I live my joy, make a living and spend my time.

I teach painting classes and my mission statement is, we are "Kindergardners with Cocktails"  The only rules are, "Don't mix up your drink with your paint water"  and "you must be like a kindergardner and can't put yourself down"  Just play and be in the moment.

I had a long career doing custom painting and faux finishes and still do a few jobs for old clients that don't want to let me go.  Cool with me.  Pays some bills and keeps me in better shape.


My own art make me happy.  The more I reveal of myself through my art, the more we can relate to one another.                                                     

                                                           Jackey's Art




Making movies with friends.  


                                          and on Tonjia Atomics new film "Raw Meat"



Interviewing Grant Baciocco, Puppeteer at Mystery Science Theater 3000 for the Mystery Science Theater Revival League Podcast 



My own new podcast
 Jackey's Hand of Horror Podcast




                                 Guest appearances on The MST3k Revival League Podcast

                        https://soundcloud.com/mst3krevivalleaguepodcast


                                                                             
                                                   

                                                           Primal Rage

                                             A small acting role and a location coordinator
                          Patrick Magee (creator) and I in front of the theater at the world premiere
                Jay Lee (Director of Photography) and I inside the theater at the world premiere


                      my book...and if you would like an autographed copy, follow the link

                                                  https://www.paypal.me/JackeyNeymanJones/22 
 

Manos Returns our sequel film to Manos The Hands of Fate has it's world premiere at Crypticon Seattle on Friday night May 4 at 9 pm.  Can't wait to share it.

                                                      Manos Returns


This is a busy year with Manos Returns coming out and being a guest at a number of events.  Hope you can come meet me at one, and keep watching...lots more on the horizon.


Cinema Wasteland  Cleveland, Ohio   April 6, 7, 8th

Crypticon Seattle  Seattle, Washington  May 4, 5, 6th

Meadowlark Comic Con  Medford, Oregon  May 12th

San Diego Comic Con   San Diego, California  July 19 - 22




Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Jackey's Hand of Horror

Hey Debbies Manos fans.  I'd like to introduce you to one of my new projects.   With great support from the team at the Mystery Science Theater Revival League, I have launched my own podcast.  Jackey's Hand of Horror is on soundcloud and will release a new episode every two weeks on Thursday.

     My regular co hosts are Tonjia Atomic, filmmaker, musician and director of  Manos Returns 

                       Rachel Jackson, puppeteer, musician and assistant director of Manos Returns. 

        Also joining us is my eight year old granddaughter Araydia, an elementary school student

                            Nuria Auigilar who plays a lead role of Pat in Manos Returns 

Joe Sherlock, filmmaker and director of photography for Manos Returns

...and me, of course




Each episode has five sections represented by the fingers on a hand and will focus on a topic.

 The thumb is for our movie trailer reviews where we review and judge two films based on the trailer for that film.  Some of the films are older while some are independent  and others my be new block busters. We will always give links or suggestions on how you might view the entire film on our Jackey's Hand of Horror facebook page.   https://www.facebook.com/handofhorror/

The forefinger is for ideas.  It's our Do It Yourself tutorials on everything from the tastiest tarantula recipes to the best way to photograph Bigfoot in the wild.

The middle finger is our interview with interesting and knowledgeable people within our topic for the week.  So far we have had the honor to interview

          Mike Senna, a builder of BB8, R2D2, Wally and other amazing puppeted robots for the  Puppet Episode



  We interviewed Hannah Nerotica, founder of Women in Horror month for    Women in Horror Episode 

 and most recently, I spoke with Pat Magee creator of the new bigfoot film, Primal Rage, on the       Bigfoot Episode


Ring finger is for things we love so much we would collect it's hair and keep it under our pillow or bury it in the yard and keep it forever or maybe stalk it on the internet.  Ya know...that kind of love.

and the little pinky finger is represented by a childs viewpoint.  Young Miss Araidia has got some opinions and is always a delight to chat with.

We are a work in progress and aside from all the challenges for me to go in this new direction and the learning curve, I am happy with where we are going.  None of it could be possible without the encouragement and support from Greg Tally and the MST3k Revival League.  Thanks especially to Natalie Ryan and Ron McAdams for thier ongoing tech support.   Give us a listen and hope you stick around as we learn and grow.

 https://soundcloud.com/handofhorropodcast  






Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Manos Returns Premiere



My Manos Returns team and I are thrilled to finally be able to let you know we will have our world premiere screening of our film at Crypticon Seattle on May 4th at 9pm.




Manos Returns event at Crypticon Seattle

.We will also have a panel where we discuss all things Manos and will be joined by some of our cast and crew. 
Everything is coming up Manos at Crypticon Seattle 2018!

https://www.crypticonseattle.com/panels/everythings-coming-manos/

 I will be there along with my fellow Manos Returns producers Tonjia Atomic - Director, Rachel Jackson -Assitant Director and Joe Sherlock- Director of Photography



 Her dad was The Master and she was little Debbie in the 1966 Cult Classic "Manos: The Hands of Fate." Jackey Neyman Jones is now the only surviving cast or crew willing to talk about the experience of being in the Worst Movie Ever. Jackey lives in the Great Northwest as a professional artist and author of the Manos behind the scenes book "Growing Up With Manos The Hands of Fate" , released in March 2016.  Jackey has appeared as a special guest at numerous events like The El Paso Classic Film Festival 2012, Hollywood Independent Film Festival 2012, Seattle Independent Film Festival 2013, Manos: Hands of Felt 2013, Seattle's Crypticon May 2015 and has appeared in several film and theatrical projects.

Tonjia Atomic is an award-winning filmmaker, actress, musician, jeweler, and freelance writer. Her films range from the dark and disturbing to the light and comedic. She is best known for the films Plain Devil, Hobo with a Trash Can, and Walking to Linas. Her writing has been featured in several online and print magazines. She's in the bands Duet To-It, Huh-Uh, and Filthy Issue. Her music has been featured in several films including Bikini Gorilla and Scarewaves.

  Rachel Jackson is a Seattle-based puppeteer, vocalist, and writer. The mind behind the hit puppet musical "MANOS - The Hands of Felt," her work has been called "mad and masterful" by The Seattle Times. Rachel is a proud co-writer and co-producer of "Manos Returns," the sequel to b-movie classic "Manos - the Hands of Fate." When she's not lost on the road to Valley Lodge, Rachel teaches puppetry classes through her company Vox Fabuli Puppets, produces the Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam, and is unofficial Puppeteer at Large for the Seattle Nerdlesque scene. Stay tuned for her upcoming web series pilot, Jose and The Hawk! Follow all her puppet adventures at voxfabuli.com

  Joe Sherlock - Award-winning filmmaker Joe Sherlock is a veteran of over 30 feature and anthology films. Writing, directing, shooting, editing and scoring most of his own projects, Sherlock's extensive body of work includes "Drifter," "Blood Creek Woodsman," "Bloodsucking Redneck Vampires" and "Twisted Fates," which have been screened at festivals, conventions and cool theater pubs across North America. His work as director of photography for other indie directors include "Dead Ink," "The Evilmaker" and "Platoon of the Dead." An accomplished illustrator, Sherlock's graphic novel "Demonized" will be published in fall 2015. Cult movie expert Joe Bob Briggs comments, "Drive-In Academy Award nominations for Joe Sherlock, the writer/director/composer/editor, for doing things the drive-in way." Peek into Sherlock's sci-fi horror world at skullfaceastronaut.com



...and if you are wondering how our film will look, check out our teaser.




and  finally, a few words from our A.D, Rachel:

*When can we see Manos Returns?*

Our World Premiere Screening will take place at

Crypticon Seattle
Friday, May 4 at 9pm

*How do I get in?*

You must have a ticket to Crypticon Seattle 2018 to attend. Either a Weekend Pass (available now) or a Friday Day Pass (available at some time in the future). Crypticon passes can be purchased here:


*What about other screenings?*

We're working on scheduling some stuff and will let you know when we know, y'know?"

*When can I buy a DVD?*

We're not sure yet. Lots of steps between here and there.

*Is this for real?*

Yes. It is very real. We shot a sequel to MANOS - The Hands of Fate.

*What's it about?*

Here's the synopsis:

Four friends get lost on a road trip and stumble on a hidden cult, led by the sinister Master and his servant Torgo. As they try to escape, they get caught up in the power struggle between Debbie (given to Manos as a child 50 years ago), her mother Maggie, and the other souls twisted by their time serving the dark god.

*I don't like movies that are bad on purpose.*

Neither do we. That's why we didn't make one.

Thanks for asking and stay tuned!


- the Manos Returns team