Month: March 2014

Celebrities: What Do We Care?

This is my own opinion and does not necessarily represent those of Wolf in Wool Productions (even though it kind of does):

If you are spending your time being offended by something a celebrity said on E! or in US Weekly or on TMZ about their personal life, you are paying way too much attention to them.

Listen, I know a buttload of faqs about my top 10 or stars.  There’s nothing wrong with that.  But I couldn’t tell you how many kids Bill Murray has or much at all about Weird Al’s parenting skills (aside from what’s inferred by his children’s books).  I don’t care where Ben Foster went on his vacation or what Meryl Streepe wore when she went to the post office.  Heck, despite the fact HE wants me to know so badly, I could care less about where Ricky Gervais doesn’t go to church.  It’s not important to me or my enjoyment of their work.

Why this trite gossip has bled into our social consciousness is a scree in and of itself, since it would damn both a twenty four hour news cycle AND the people who won’t even look at the candy in the cashlane but can’t seem to help themselves when it comes to tabloid magazines.  We are fueling an economy that is short of skilled laborers but rewards the behavior of paparrazi who will climb a person’s privacy fence and fire off a flash bulb through a bathroom window.  It’s a sham.

So the next time Gwenyth Paltrow says something about Apple or Lindsay Lohan forgets her underwear at home, take a step back and ask yourself, “Is this worth rewarding the wrong people?  Is this worth my own personal stress?”  I’m willing to bet it doesn’t really matter that much to you.

And the next time they metion Justin Beiber on “the news,” turn the channel and never look back.


Reimagining: Ghostbusters

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There have been a lot of rumors over the years about “Ghostbusters 3.”  Whether it ever gets made or not, the reality is that eventually someone will either reboot the franchise or remake it from scratch.

I love the original film.  It’s tied with “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “American Movie” for my top spot for favorite movies.  I also hate the sequel.  It’s unfunny, the characters often act out of (well) character (especially Egon and Janine), the scenarios are implausible (I’m talking Dana and Louis’s career changes, not ghosts), and even the logo on the side of the firehouse and Ecto-1 knew they were in it for the merchandising.  The idea that there will be another movie doesn’t exactly fill me with excitement.

Okay, so if I step back and engage in a mental exercise/conversation starter (like I did with two other sacred cows, Caddyshack and Star Wars), I can challenge myself to cast a “Ghostbusters” remake that I would actually be able to get behind.  (And just for fun, this time I wanted to try gender reversal options and throw in a wild card as well.)

So take a look and let me know what you think!



Let’s start off with our four heroes.  What I love the most about this movie is the characters, and when Akroyd and Ramis were deciding what type of people would engage in this peculiar going-into-business model, I think they hit on it exactly.

  • The Mad Scientist
  • The Man-Child
  • The Blue Collar Worker
  • The Charlatan

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EGON SPENGLER (Harold Ramis)

The aloof, cerebral mad scientist that will drill a hole in his head if science told him to do it.  A collector of spores, mold, and fungus, he is a man that believed print was dead a decade before the internet took off.  The man is unintentionally funny and almost unreadable.  You’d barely be able to read his expressions, even when he’s terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought.


  • Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory,” “The Muppets”)
  • Tina Fey (“30 Rock,” “Date Night”)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”)

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RAY STANTZ (Dan Aykroyd)

He may have three mortgages out on the house his parents left him, but if there’s a fire pole to slide down, an old ambulance to drive, a cool gadget to try out, or any kind of vaporous apparition from Tobin’s Spirit Guide to check out, Ray’s a happy boy.  He may not have been ready to leave the university (they expect results in the private sector, after all), but all that ghost hunting got him soul searching and growing up.


  • Chris Pratt (“Parks and Recreation,” “The Lego Movie”)
  • Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation,” “Mean Girls”)
  • Steve Carell (“The Office,” “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”)

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He just works here.  He doesn’t even know these guys.  I mean, a man’s gotta eat, and as long as the gig comes with a steady paycheck, he’ll believe whatever they want.  But being a Ghostbuster means something to Winston, and it’s got him thinking.  He’s seen some serious stuff.  Stuff that would turn you white.  And he’s learned a lot working with these brainiacs.  For example, if someone asks you if you’re a god, you say yes!


  • Craig Robinson (“The Office,” “This Is the End”)
  • Ellen Page (“Juno,” “Inception”)
  • Ernie Hudson (“Oz,” “The Crow”)

NOTE: I realize I’m violating my own rule here by putting Ernie Hudson as my Wild Card pick, but. . . Well, first of all, it’s the Wild Card pick.  But also, I think it says something about the times we live in, where blue collar workers are continuing their careers into older age.

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Even if the ghosts weren’t real, there’s a decent chance that ole Pete Venkman could still start a business where he dupes the rubes.  Especially if it will give him a leg-up on the co-eds.  You have to understand, the man’s a little fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing, so doing a bit of intentional damage in an expensive ballroom doesn’t bother him one bit.  It certainly won’t stop him from putting a big price tag on his services in the end.  He’s not like your typical scientist.  He’s more like a game show host.


  • Ryan Reynolds (“Van Wilder,” “Waiting”)
  • Melissa McCarthy (“Mike and Molly,” “Bridesmaids”)
  • Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development,” “Horrible Bosses”)


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When Sigourney Weaver played this part in 1984, she was a scream queen that we already knew could kick serious butt.  But that didn’t mean she wasn’t elegant.  Dana’s the first chair cello in the New York Philharmonic, and when her fridge has animals running around inside of it and eggs are cooking on the counter top, she’s willing to take a chance and call those guys on TV.  She’s a bit out of her element, after all, since she lives in the corner apartment in Spook Central.  Pretty soon she’s barking, drooling, and sleeping above her covers.  Four feet above the covers.


  • Milla Jovovich (“Resident Evil,” “The Fifth Element”)
  • Matt Damon (“The Bourne Identity,” “Good Will Hunting”)
  • Angelina Jolie (“Tomb Raider,” “Changeling”)

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The accountant next door that’s quite willing to climb out on a ledge for his neighbor.  Literally.  He’s obsessed with doing taxes.  So much so that he invites clients instead of friends to his party, so he can write it off.  Or possibly because he has no friends that aren’t his clients?  He’s also a dog guy.  Even carries around Milk Bones just in case he runs into one in the park.


  • Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Pacific Rim”)
  • Felicia Day (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The Guild”)
  • Rainn Wilson (“The Office,” “Super”)

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The bug-eyed receptionist that does most of the grown up work around the station.  She even interviews the new recruits!  Her heavy Queens accent is what you hear when you call the Ghostbusters, and if she’s in a bad mood, she might just bluntly ask you, “Whattaya want?”  Behind her thick lenses is a sexy lady just waiting to let her hair down, and she wants Egon to know it!


  • Retta (“Parks and Recreation,” “First Sunday”)
  • Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite,” “School for Scoundrels”)
  • Alison Brie (“Community,” “Mad Men”)


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WALTER PECK (William Atherton)

The Environmental Protection Agent that’s willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to shut down the Ghostbusters’ light shows and charlatan behavior.

Walter Peck

  • Stephen Colbert (“The Colbert Report,” “The Daily Show”)
  • Glenn Close (“Fatal Attraction,” “Mars Attacks!”)
  • Al Gore (Former Vice President of the United States, Environmentalist)

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MAYOR LENNY CLOTCH (David Margulies)

The mayor of New York City, who has to make the tough decision of arresting the Ghostbusters or saving the lives of millions of registered voters.

Rudy Giuliani

  • Mayor Rudy Giuliani


Who should direct?


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A Shocking Epidemic We’re Not Talking About Enough

According to RAINN, there is a sexual assault every 2 minutes, and yet 97% of abusers will never spend a night in jail for their crimes.

That by itself is a pretty crazy statistic.  But when you dig deeper, what you find is even more shocking.


1 out of 6 women (17.7 million) are the victims of rape.  That means if you only knew 6 women your whole life, you’d probably still know at least one person who was exploited by another human being.  How many women do you know?

1 out of 33 men (2.78 million) are the victims of rape.  How many men do you know?

15% of all rape victims are under the age of 12, and 93% of those know their attackers.  A full third of these children were abused by someone in their family.  To put this into a bit more perspective, when you were in the twelfth grade, 12% of your female classmates and 5% of your male classmates were victims of rape.  That means even if you had only 100 people in your graduating class, 12 girls and 5 boys in your class had a horrible experience, and 4 of those girls and 2 of those boys suffered that experience at the hands of a family member.  How many people were in your graduating class?


So that gives us a fair idea about the victims.  But what about the perpetrators.  The reality is that these crimes are not committed by snarling monsters hiding in bushes.

As we already mentioned, family members factor heavily into rape.  28% are intimate friends or family.  38% are friends.  All but about a third of rapists are people the victim knows.

A third of rapes are in broad daylight.  Four out of ten are in the victim’s home, and two out of ten are in a friend or neighbor’s home.  In fact, half of the time, the rape is within a mile of your house.

Rape is a crime of opportunity.  In fact, in communities where there is more opportunity, there is more rape.  For example, on reservations, one in three women are vulnerable to rape.


Here’s something I found particularly interesting.  Even the rapists who do time (which if you remember, that’s only 3% of rapists), are far far far more likely to be a serial criminal versus a serial rapist.  In other words, rape is a crime of opportunity, and though there are no statistics telling us how much of our population turn out to be rapists, it would seem they would be close to mirroring the statistics for victims.

Now let’s really do the math here.  Take a look at those statistics for victims again, and replace “victim” with “predator.”  Even if we’re overestimating this, we’re probably fairly close to the truth.  About 20 million Americans have committed rape.  About 2 out of every 39 people you know.

Now this theory of mine might seem exagerated – and indeed may prove to be when the data is collected – but since many victims have multiple attackers, the final number could even be larger than predicted.


There are many physical and psychological effects that rape can have on a person.


  • Bleeding or infection in the vaginal or anal regions
  • Vaginitis or vaginal inflammation
  • Dyspareunia — painful sexual intercourse
  • Vaginismus — a condition affecting a woman’s ability to engage in any form of vaginal penetration
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Pregnancy – No matter what the politicians say, a woman’s body does not “shut down” during rape.
  • Additionally, any injury suffered while attempting to fight off the attacker


  • Rape Trauma Syndrome
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Substance abuse
  • Sleep disorders
  • Self-Harm / Self-Injury
  • Eating Disorders
  • Stockholm Syndrome
  • Body Memories
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Suicide
  • Military Sexual Trauma
  • Flashbacks
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Difficulty setting limits / boundaries
  • Anger
  • Grieving / Mourning
  • Guilt, Shame, and Blame
  • Trust Issues
  • Problems coping
  • Self-Esteem and Isolation
  • Problems associated with healthy sexual encounters
  • Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder – lack or absence of sexual fantasies or desires for sexual activity

Obviously, the price one pays for the selfishness of another person can go well beyond the moment.  Indeed, the consequences of the traumatic experience can last a lifetime.


I do want to take a moment to speak on a particularly ugly subject.

My girlfriend and I were at the local t-shirt shop, getting some work done for Chalkskin.  We were waiting patiently in line for the person in front of us to finish his work with the printer, and curiosity always makes you interested in what everyone else has planned for their own shirts.  The man in front of us was sitting comfortably with his arms along the back of the chair, not a care in the world.  His design was up on the screen.  It said, “You can call the cops, but that won’t unrape you.”

Having been on the internet a lot, I am no stranger to rape culture.  There is certainly a prevalent attitude out there that seems to want to normalize, excuse, tolerate, and even condone rape, whether through “humor” or fetishism or an absolute lack of understanding.  I’ve seen everything from victim blaming to trivializing comments so vile they make the t-shirt I mention seem tame.  And it’s really no wonder.  The dialogue of rape is in our pop music.  The objectification of women is such an old topic it almost seems cliche.  And the internet has done a lot to bring even the most extreme forms of pornography into our homes and make it all seem so tame and normal.

While I personally believe most people involved in this behavior don’t fully understand the degree to which they are active in negative action, I think it is important that they are educated as to information I’ve tried to include in this blog.  The fact is, the victims of rape do not deserve to be further victimized by anyone.  Not the friends of her attacker who want to show their buddy support by silencing her through intimidation.  Not the anonymous poster online.  No one.


Here’s the good news.   Because of awareness, sexual assault has fallen by more than 50% in recent years.

You know, I’ve heard people say the opinion of a man has no real value in this conversation, since it mostly “effects women.”  I find this offensive for several reasons.

1) It implies that there are no male victims, when clearly there are.

2) These staggering statistics point to an issue that is far reaching.  Certainly this effects more than “just women.”

Victims of rape are mothers, fathers, siblings, friends, co-workers, leaders, the homeless, etc etc etc.  And the predators are also mothers, fathers, siblings, friends, co-workers, leaders, the homeless, etc etc etc.  In fact, many of the predators are also victims.  We have on our hands an epidemic that effects all of us.

My voice may not be as valuable as that of someone who has lived through the experience, but there’s not one valid reason why I shouldn’t join in the outcry.  And the same can be said for you if you have remained silent until this point.

Speak up.

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I can’t believe I even have to say this, but for the critics out there suggesting these accounts involve “misunderstandings” where consent was implied or somehow granted before regret set in, here comes reality.  Only 11% of rapes involve a gun, knife, or other instrument of violence.  And while 84% involve physical force, 5% of victims “go along” with their attacker when fear or coercion are the only weapons being used against them.

Oh, and being drunk is not an excuse.  One in three perpetrators are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

These statistics are for the United States.  They don’t even exist in countries where rape is an even more common occurrence!

Here are my sources for this blog:


Be a Part of the Dream!

I’m officially putting out the call.  Starting right now, you are all on notice. Here’s the deal.  I am a fairly self-aware guy, and I know there are a lot of positives and negatives about me.

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  • I’m creative
  • I’m persistant
  • I take criticism fairly well and adapt
  • I have no shortage of ideas
  • More importantly I can distinguish good ideas from bad ones
  • What I start, I finish (unless limitations – almost always financial ones – simply make the work impossible to complete)
  • What I finish is of the highest standards possible within my limitations
  • I have the experience, passion, and drive to be a great writer
  • I’m a good actor
  • I’m a decent rapper that works hard at the craft
  • Though I don’t get enough practice, I have the natural ability to draw.


  • MC Chalkskin’s two albums and various singles, which you can listen to here for FREE!
  • Two episodes of “The Sheepdog Show,” which you can watch here.
  • Three music videos for MC Chalkskin, which can be viewed here.
  • My first feature length film was made when I was twenty, and if you’re brave, you can watch it here.
  • Tons of other shorts, behind-the-scenes videos, and the like, which are on the two channels linked above and also on
  • Performances with so many great artists, including MC Frontalot and MC Lars
  • I’ve produced live shows, theatrical performances, etc.
  • An honorable mention for Best Writing at the 48 Hour Film in LA (2008)
  • I’ve written several published comic books, poems, and short stories.
  • Eagle Scout.
  • A bachelor’s degree in theater arts.
  • Ten plus years of management experience.



  • My mind does not always wrap around technical concepts
  • I don’t generally know how to properly promote creative projects once their done.
  • Then there are the financial limitations I mentioned earlier and the fact I have trouble fundraising, finding sponsorship, and asking for money.
  • I’m what classy people call “an eccentric.”


  • Well, the first one is actually a pretty positive thing, I think.  Because of my limitations, I often get to collaborate with a lot of great artists.*
  • I have trouble funding the projects in the first place.
  • Financial limitations take their toll on the work at times, though I think the sum product is greater than the parts in general.
  • The work does not get the attention, audience, and recognition that it should (in my humble opinion).

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So here’s where you come into all of this.  It’s pretty obvious I need help.  I need help in the front and in the back.


  • sponsorship
  • fundraising
  • finding financial backers that are amped up on creating the kind of content that I am capable of churning out.


  • reviews
  • marketing
  • finding the audience that is looking for the kind of content I am capable of churning out.


  • Support the art by downloading it, buying it, watching it, bringing it into your life!
  • Go to Chalkskin’s Amazon page or to any one of the pages linked off my imdb page and write a user review.  Start the conversation.
  • Share it with your friends and family.  Anyone you think might groove on it!
  • Help me with the nitty gritty of the front and back.  Get me in touch with the right people.  Those who will share in the dream!
  • Contribute to fundraisers or hit the paypal button on my website.
  • Inspire me!
  • Encourage me!

Let’s do this!!



*People like Andrew Gregory Grant, Brian Canini, Richard Baker, Jason Nestler, Kariem Marbury, Jaz “The Hookmaster” Williams, Godson, Karl Olson, Leron Gray, Dennis Ingram, Jim Lakin, Michael Magnuson, Rama, Chase Pado, Beat Kingdom, Dominic McNeil, Mark Shapiro, Kathy Robbins, Yochanan Winston PhD, Rahis Khan, Sangeeta Singh, Mahmoud Maanaki, Candice Thiem, Jesse Dillon Sorrells, Mark McKinney, Peter John Ross, Kurt Braun, Debra Plante, Laine Perry,  Mike Maletic, Nathan Hodges, Jen Kolhagen, Charles Castro, Aaron Frantz, Tiffany Tocco, Katesh Law, Dierdra Welch, Peggy Elliott, Kat Savering, Melissa Wintringham, Carl Gannon, Jess Kreusler, Brian Massolini, Jef Snopel, countless others at Kent State University, Jill Ceneskie, Gena Arrington, Stella Ingram, Sarah Melick, Ashley Bank, Angela Lynn Cousins, Tiffany Williams, Cristina Leduc, Kei Min Kim, Sasha Janea Miller, Haydar Alayidi, Misha Sedgwick, Monique Fleming, Sarra Wolfe, Brittany Skipper, Shawnna Lynn Kimball-Price, Cj Eddy, Kloey Graff, Anna Caroline, Dylan Boisvert, Kawika McGregor, Elaina Pajimula, Kry Mai Love, Cienna Buchanan, Bethany Steers, Amanda Hernandez, Amie Lynn, Jessica Nigri, and so many others!  I mention all of these talented, wonderful people, not to name drop, but to thank them for their amazing contributions to the work that I have been fortunate enough to be a part of with them.  And also to show just how many people are involved in the work.  How many are getting experience, exposure, and the sense of pride you only can get from chasing your dreams!  Talk to any of these people, and I think they would tell you that I am a collaborator with their best interests as well as the best interests of the project in mind.  This isn’t about my ego.  It’s about the stories that must be told.  The ones that are burning their way out of my chest and bleeding all over the floor.