In high school, one of my most memorable reads wasn’t The Catcher in the Rye or Of Mice and Men. It was Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman‘s first book Make Your Own Damn Movie. Sure the works of Salinger and Steinbeck offered their own rewards, such as literary allusion and beautiful prose, but Kaufman’s tome gave tips on how to make a man’s head explode on camera. As an aspiring film writer, that was something I could dig into. Later, Kaufman, who directed The Toxic Avenger, Tromeo and Juliet, Terror Firmer and others, updated that original book with a new title called Direct Your Own Damn Movie, which he then adapted into a feature length documentary. That film is now available for free on Hulu. Read More »

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