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Ratings Reviews Keep Coming

Ratings Reviews Keep ComingThe ratings reviews keep coming for ‘Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters’ on iTunes! There is still time, enter to win Chet Zar’s custom framed oil study, “Nostrum”. We are so pleased with the outpouring of support for the documentary thus far. The Zarmy has nearly tripled the ratings and reviews for the film on iTunes, in only three days! We are enthused to see so many 5 star ratings, with such heartfelt and well delivered reviews. On the first day of the contest one Zarmy member had this to say in their review, “Any visitor to my house that sees his work and gives a sneer or gets uncomfortable because of the subject matter, this has become required viewing.” As a creator and the director of the documentary, it fulfills me to know that the film is used in such a way. The goal was always to create something that was both entertaining, and a dialogue instigator – a film that would cause people to think and to engage in discussion. Another Zarmy member concisely stated in their review, “This is about as honest a dialogue with the master as you can get. This oozes originality and the delivery of the subject by the director is truly special!” 

Ratings Reviews Keep Coming

Aside from the obvious gratification of enjoying the words of the many Zarmy members affected by the documentary, these ratings and reviews drive our stats on iTunes. These stats dictate our position, and thus our exposure to those who do not already know about the film. Inevitably we want the documentary to spread as far as possible. Your help ensures that we “comfort the disturbed, and disturb the normal“! Sharing on social media is incredibly powerful. Email the link to a friend who you think might appreciate the documentary. You may have already rated and reviewed the film, but the power lies in your ability to find 5 others to do the same. We ask this of you, because we also believe in the power of our film, and feel that it can inspire many!

Contest Rules and Regulations: 

  1. Review and/or Rate ‘Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters’ on iTunes 
  2. Choose your favorite Chet Zar image and post on Instagram
  3. Tag the following: @chetzar @NRGcreations #iliketopaintmonsters #Zarmy
  4. Only one entry per Zarmy member 
  5. Contest ends 07/19/16 @ 5:55pm PST – Winners randomly drawn within 24hrs

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Custom Framed Oil Study Contest

Custom Framed Oil Study ContestThe custom framed oil study contest is now live! Review and/or Rate ‘Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters’ on iTunes and enter to win. Five prizes will be drawn randomly for five lucky Zarmy members. First prize is a custom framed 5×7″ oil study, with four runner-up winners receiving signed 8×10″ Chet Zar prints. Winning prizes is great, but the purpose of this contest is to promote the success of the film. We believe there are many people in the world who have not seen ‘Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters‘. One of the most effective ways of ensuring that people outside the current Zarmy ranks see the film is through ratings and reviews. In this vein we are seeking 5 star ratings on iTunes, which enhances our placement on the page. This is no different than what the music industry refers to as “the charts”. The closer we get to the “top twenty”, the farther the documentary reach expands, exponentially. Each time a user reviews the documentary and/or rates it, our exposure grows. So we are looking to you for assistance! Without the Zarmy we would have had no funding, and therefore no documentary. Now we need the Zarmy to assist once again. It only requires a few minutes, but will make all the difference! 

  1. Review and/or Rate ‘Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters’ on iTunes 
  2. Choose your favorite Chet Zar image and post on Instagram
  3. Tag the following: @chetzar @NRGcreations #iliketopaintmonsters #Zarmy
  4. Only one entry per Zarmy member 
  5. Contest ends 07/19/16 @ 5:55pm PST – Winners randomly drawn within 24hrs
Custom Framed Oil Study Contest

Enter to WIN First Place Prize – A NEW Custom Framed 5×7″ Chet Zar Oil Study

There are many ways to help the documentary. You can buy a Signed DVD + Bonus Features. You can share your experience on social media, set up a screening night with friends, and comment on articles at www.ILikeToPaintMonsters.com. There are a variety of platforms in addition to iTunes where you can review and/or rate the documentary. While these do not count as entries for the current contest, they help immensely: iMDB, Amazon, and Rotten Tomatoes. We are so pleased with the positive outpouring of support for the documentary thus far! Now we are seeking to push it even farther, with your help!  

 

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Rotten Tomatoes Contest

Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 9.19.48 PMThe Rotten Tomatoes contest has begun – your opportunity to get the Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters DVD signed by filmmaker Mike Correll, and a signed paintbrush used by Chet Zar. Not only will you be entering to win amazing prizes, but your review will assist the documentary in reaching a greater audience! The rules are simple: 1) Watch Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters; 2) Review the film on Rotten Tomatoes; 3) Post an ILTPM documentary image on Instagram & tag: @chetzar @nrgcreations #iliketopaintmonsters #firstrunfeatures. The contest will end on June 27th, at 5:55pm (MST). After a twenty four hour grace period for reviews to post, the winner will be drawn randomly! We have had several winners over the past three months, and their reviews have been very helpful in promoting the documentary on iMDB, Amazon and iTunes – now we are seeking your help with Rotten Tomatoes.

James 333 had this to say on iMDB, “This is an intimate, in depth look at one of todays greatest surrealist visionary dark artists, Chet Zar…In this well made documentary you will follow Chet, and his friends and family, along that path to the successful artist that he is today. You will also see much of the art that Chet has created over the years and some insight into his process. This Documentary is highly recommended for art fans everywhere.” Similarly we received a 5 star review with an Amazon customer who said, “This was not what I expected. Watching this movie is like finding pieces of a puzzle you didn’t know you were searching for. Chet’s history is intriguing and his art imaginative, captivating and personal beyond belief. His life’s experiences touch the canvas and his other works are spellbinding in their own right. Well done NRG Creations! We are Chet fans, no doubt!”

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Documentary DVD In Stock

IMG_3580The documentary DVD in stock once again – back by popular demand! This time I am offering them signed, with a “Zarmy” edition patch insert. The purchase price also includes shipping, so this is a deal worth noting. Over the course of the film festival circuit, we managed to get some amazing quotes, including Clive Barker, who said, “Chet Zar’s extraordinary paintings open an elevator shaft that delivers us down into a world of the purest mystery and dread. ‘I Like to Paint Monsters’ is an inspiring and important film about the artist, as well as art itself.” We were also honored to premiere the documentary at the Paradise Artist Retreat (2015), where Guy Aitchison first saw the completed piece, and later wrote for Tattoo Magazine, “A great film that I expect will become a cult classic…beautiful, moving and thought-provoking.” 

Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 4.04.30 PMSimilarly, since the documentary dvd release two months ago we have received some wonderful reviews from fans, such as Malinda T. who wrote on Amazon, “One of the BEST art documentaries I have ever seen! A truly MUST see for artists and art fans alike, even if you’re not really into dark art. The cerebral components of the film make it a true diamond in the rough, a unique glimpse into a growing culture of art today.” On iTunes NinaBees wrote, “I don’t think I can adequately express what watching this documentary means to me, but I can try. I knew that I would be blown away by this documentary, but I was also surprised by the degree it moved my spirit.” We always hoped for these kinds of reviews, and 5 star ratings, and are both humbled by the outpouring of appreciation and support! It has rivaled our expectations, certainly. 

dy5topia.squareNow we are seeking even greater exposure, both through our efforts in publicity and advertising, to your purchases and shares. Every person that you bring into the Zarmy fold, is one more opportunity for the vision of Chet Zar to have greater reach. One person shows two people, and two people show four, etcetera. I have always believed that I was working on something much larger than the documentary, and I know Chet similarly feels his body of work is a facet of something bigger. The culmination of this effort is taking shape in DY5TOPIA: A Field Guide to the Dark Universe of Chet Zar, but can be further perpetuated by spreading knowledge of the documentary! 

Get your copy of the DVD here: Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters (DVD)

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Documentary Collectibles

IMG_6217New Documentary Collectibles are available in the ILTPM Store, but there are a limited amount, so get yours before it’s too late! While archiving the Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters (2015) documentary production material, I found several items which the Zarmy will be excited about. First, I located fifty Master HDV Cassette boxes, with production notations. At first glance an empty plastic box could seem a bit lackluster, but these one-of-a-kind collectibles are part of the very fabric that makes up the documentary. Each box bears the actual dates, subjects, and notes pertinent to the raw footage that once existed within, and are signed by filmmaker Mike Correll (me). In addition, 5 of the 50 boxes will contain Darkly Tickets. These numbered tickets are redeemable for amazing prizes including documentary patches, a signed 8×10″ open edition Chet Zar print, a signed Chet Zar Paintbrush, and a silver-sharpie-sketched “Chet Zar: The Art of Black Magick” book! If you receive a Darkly Ticket, ranging from FIRST PLACE (5) to LAST PLACE (1), follow the social media descriptions within for redemption. Shipping is included. Purchase here: HDV Cassette Box

IMG_6218The last wooden framed, “Zarmy” edition silkscreen is also available! This silkscreen was used to produce all of the 2012 Kickstarter “Zarmy” edition hoodies and t-shirts, and is 3/3 from the screens used for that campaign. The screen has been “trapped” with clear lacquer to ensure no additional printing occurs, but the original image is salient! This wooden framed silkscreen is ready to hang on your wall, and bears the edition information and my signature.  Purchase here: Zarmy Silkscreen

The ILTPM Store is currently out of Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters DVD’s, but you can get them from First Run Features, here: Purchase DVD, or in HD for V.O.D. on iTunes, here: Documentary in HD; soon to be available from Chet Zar’s Store of Doom!

 

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IIFFF Documentary Screening

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The IIFFF Documentary Screening of Chet Zar: I Like to Paint Monsters went incredibly well, yet I am still reeling from the experience! Some journeys go smoothly, while others have a few road bumps. And then there are those that baffle even a seasoned traveler, simply because everything that can go wrong, does. This trip fell into that third category! Travel stories are rarely interesting enough to write about, but a few high points will help you to appreciate the conditions surrounding my first trip to New York. While making the two hour drive to the airport I discovered that my trusty phone had given up the ghost. For someone like me, certainly most people in the United States, not having access to your phone can be frustrating under normal conditions, like in the line at the grocery store, but not having it while traveling afar is much worse. Not only would I be deprived of music, camera (all pictures in this blog are stolen), text messages, social media, and Google’s incredible abilities at locating things, but also navigation and that most seldom used function: making phone calls. I further discovered that every connecting flight would be rerouted and I would be arriving quite late, and at a different airport than my ticket indicated. Scurrying about enormous airport terminals, nicotine deprived, and incapable of contacting my New York hosts or any friends and family members. Needless to say I made it, but my luggage did not. Now I suppose I could have been at odds with this experience, perhaps relying on a sense of entitlement to carry me angrily through the motions of my journey. Instead I harkened back to the great Gonzo of Journalism, Hunter S. Thompson, and told myself, “Buy the ticket, take the ride!” and in doing so allowed myself to be fully immersed in the present moment. I was not distracted by taking pictures, social media, or emails. I was not floating off in musical reverie, or searching my device for good places to eat. As a result of this seemingly negative turn of events I had been afforded an opportunity to be here now.

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Senses heightened (perhaps from the smell of my now two day old clothes – remember no luggage) I joined Chet Zar and Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival director, Hugues Barbier, at Cinemapolis in downtown Ithaca. Like most college towns, Ithaca has a lively downtown culture and great people watching, which I indulged while we rounded up Zarmy members Aaron Verity, Miles Parker, David Sherman, Kristy Cash, and Jonathan Silva, for the two o’clock screening. After briefly introducing the film we settled in for yet another ride on the I Like to Paint Monsters coaster. It is always interesting to see which parts of the film resonate emotionally with different crowds, and it is great when you can feel the audience responding to your film as you intended them to. This screening was no exception, and I was happy to be met by many new friends and colleagues outside Cinemapolis, who all expressed heartfelt appreciation for the subject and cadence of the film! Long time Zarmy member David Sherman even commented, “I didn’t think about a cigarette a single time, and that is a BIG deal man! That hasn’t happened since Fight Club!” (which if you know David IS really saying something). Next we adjourned to the exhibit of Chet’s artwork, which was nicely displayed with the works of other amazing artists such as Paul Gerrard.

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Chet and I enjoyed a variety of films, including the bizarre three hour odyssey that is Possession (1981) from IIFFF‘s retrospective category, and The Invitation from the feature film category, which I wouldn’t be surprised to see on Netflix sometime soon. The closing ceremony included a screening of Moonwalkers with Ron Pearlman, which was a brilliant and hilarious psychedelic journey crashing into a classic “clock is running out” drama – yet another I expect to see distributed! After the ceremony, and now on the last day, my luggage arrived and I was finally able to get cleaned up and comfortable. 

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Coming away from IIFFF I can say that it was not only a great opportunity to showcase the documentary and make inroads with publications like Fangoria, but also an opportunity to forge new friendships. The sense of comfort, ease and camaraderie with which people of all kinds and classes interacted at the event was inspiring and encouraging! It was such a great group of Dark Art enthusiasts, and I truly felt at home with them!

Now you might think, with my crazy travel experience on the way to Ithaca, that my trip home would be smooth…but such was not my fate. I will save that entire story for another time, but I am not exaggerating when I say that it took thirty six hours to get home, during which I drove through five blizzards on a ten hour rental car trip (yet another cancelled flight) from Colorado to New Mexico, and my luggage still did not arrive until two days later. Back home, reeling from the experience, but also recapitulating the wonders of my sideways journey to New York, I remind myself that as I drove to the airport on the first day of my trip I said to myself, as I always do, “If it’s in the greatest good of all things everywhere, allow me to have a Magickal experience”…and it definitely was!   

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LA Premiere of ILTPM

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Last week was the LA Premiere of ILTPM for “Son of Monsterpalooza“, and what an incredible event it was! You never really know how those kinds of events are going to transpire. You move into them with your intent affixed on what you would like to see – you rally and focus your efforts on working towards that vision – so it was quite gratifying to have such a successful screening! When we arrived on Thursday night to drop of I Like to Paint Monsters I was afforded a rare opportunity to see the “Son of Conjoined” exhibit prior to its public opening. I had imagined, in my mind’s eye, a relatively small exhibit but was surprised to see an expansive array of incredible artwork, both sculptural and two dimensional! After perusing the mutilated monster heads, glass encased curiosities, paintings and drawings, I gravitated to Chet Zar’s “Hearbroken” head, which I watched him produce (via social media) during a grueling eighteen day process, but had never seen in person. As is the case with all of IMG_4184Chet’s work, pictures do not do justice! Heartbroken is incredibly detailed and impressively large. My initial reaction was to seize it and pick it up, yet I respectfully requested such an honor prior to doing so. With permission, and a fair warning concerning the paint on the ears, I hefted the bulky thirty-five pound head and immediately set about having my cowboy hat set atop the wrinkled crown. After several shots were snapped Chet took control and positioned me in a better location, so that he could encourage and capture my ridiculous performance. Of course mischief and mayhem ensued, and good times were had by all! 

Mike does the Humpty Dance.

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The following day we arrived at Son of Monsterpalooza prior to the public opening, and spent a good deal of time at Chet’s booth, chatting with Zarmy members and selling Chet merchandise. The screening wasn’t until nine at night, so we kept our fingers crossed that people would stay for I Like to Paint Monsters. Shortly before the screening began “RIP The Undertaker” arrived and began ushering excited fans, friends and colleagues into the theatre, handing out skeleton candy and grinning maniacally. At Chet’s request we sat nearer the back than we have previously, and were accompanied by many Zarmy members, both old and new, including Stan DarkArt who makes a guest appearance in the film. The theme song for the documentary was created, performed and recorded by the incredible band, “With Our Arms to the Sun“, so it was exciting knowing that band leader Josh Breckenridge was in attendance for his first full-screen experience of the documentary. After I briefly introduced the film for a nearly full room of attendees, we buckled in for another ride on the ILTPM roller coaster, and I was both pleased and encouraged 12027756_1654190631494283_7935818608176723945_nto watch the audience react to the film as it played out! After the credits rolled (with everyone staying through them to hear RIP’s Ego Death delivery), we held a nice Q&A and mingled with our new friends. Cake was had by all, as it was Gary Pressman’s birthday (Copro Gallery). Long time Zarmy member and incredible tattoo artist Brett Herman stayed late to discuss the film, and we were joined by Conjoined contributor and artist Michael Whitlock, who arrived with Ketmanee Whitlock, bearing gifts!

The experience was powerful, so the fifteen hour drive home allowed me an opportunity to meditate on where the documentary started, where it has been, and where it is going. As the road scrolled by in a blur of black punctuated by yellow flashes, and we moved into the desolate deserts of the Mojave, I was struck with a sense of calm and time became malleable. I know this place, this present moment, this now, and so I immersed myself deeply as the sun glinted upon my windshield, throwing rainbows in my eyes. Back home now and we are moving briskly closer to a distribution deal, with more to come on the next blog, so stay tuned for future developments!    

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Chet Zar Documentary Reviews

IMG_3580The Chet Zar Documentary reviews are piling up, with recent mention in CHUD.com, Tattoo Magazine, Rue Morgue and Bloody Disgusting. We are also honored that Clive Barker took time to review I Like to Paint Monsters! Our goal has always been to create a multi-dimensional film, that works biographically, inspirationally, and philosophically – precisely why we are so pleased by Bree Ogden‘s words, “I Like To Paint Monsters: The Chet Zar Story, directed by Mike Correll and produced by NRG Creations, isn’t just about an insanely talented man in the Dark Art movement, but about his journey to understand the world through his innate desire to create what many would perceive as darkness, but what is, in actuality, lightness.” (Bloody Disgusting) The review is thorough and in-depth, granting readers an opportunity to see I Like to Paint Monsters through Bree’s eyes, if only for several minutes, “It’s difficult to talk about this documentary because it’s so incredibly multifaceted. It’s a wonderful piece of film that takes the viewer through Chet’s life, to the impact he’s had on the art world (especially the world of Dark Art), to the way his art has impacted even himself.” (Bloody Disgusting) She concludes her investigative recap of the documentary with equal grace, “Everything about this documentary makes the viewer ask: “What goes into making an artist, an artist?” Though we’ll never know what makes each artist tick, I Like To Paint Monsters shows us exactly what makes the cogs turn in Chet Zar’s mind.” (Bloody Disgusting)

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Equally exciting has been our mention in Rue Morgue, “While director Mike Correll keeps the focus trained on Zar’s artistic journey by interviewing his family, friends and collaborators, including Alex Grey of Tool fame, his camera also captures some of the mystery behind Zar as a person. There’s a sense of spirituality, paranormal influence and oddly-timed divine interventions at constant play in the artist’s life.” (Rue Morgue Issue #159) As some of you may know, Chet Zar has worked with Clive Barker, so when Chet asked Barker to take a look at the documentary, he was more than happy, and afterwords said that I Like to Paint Monsters is “An inspiring and important film.” Similarly, CHUD.com closed their review with the following, “I cannot recommend I Like To Paint Monsters enough. It is one of the most insightful, inspiring and sincere documentaries I have ever seen, and it is absolutely one of my favorite films of 2015 so far.” (CHUD.com) Last but certainly not least, world renowned tattoo artist and painter Guy ColorPoster_Quotes_SmallAitchison penned an article for Tattoo Magazine concerning the screening of I Like to Paint Monsters at the Paradise Artist Retreat, and had this to say, “I expected the film to be both interesting and visually beautiful – which it definitely delivered – but I hadn’t expected it to be so moving and thought-provoking, with Correll’s deft hand catching something subtle about Chet’s art and life that I think we can all relate to.” (Tattoo Magazine Issue #311) We are humbled and honored to have so much corroboration, both from professionals and our many friends! Thank you again for supporting the Chet Zar documentary, and please stay tuned for future details concerning a release date!    

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ABQfilmX Featuring Chet Zar

IMG_3568ABQfilmX featuring Chet Zar and “I Like to Paint Monsters” (ILTPM) in Albuquerque, New Mexico was a huge success! As many of you know by now, the documentary was featured at the Historic KiMo theatre this past weekend as a part of the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience, which also happened to be our first film festival for the 2015 circuit. What better way to begin our film festival journey than in the epicenter of the “Hollywood of the Southwest”, where director Mike Correll and artist Chet Zar were greeted by endless hospitality and warm welcomes from the entire ABQfilmX team (special nods to Executive Director Ivan Wiener and Filmmaker Liaison Lori Berman)! While we couldn’t attend the week long experience, throughout which Chet’s artwork was on display at the Hyatt Regency ABQ, we were able to enjoy the display at the KiMo where it had been relocated for the ILTPM screening. 11391266_10205612025317587_7901989526585450176_nArriving at the KiMo on Saturday, June 6th we found many of Chet’s paintings lining the intricately decorated facade of the KiMo interior, which dates back to 1929, and is simply awe inspiring! The sculpted cow skulls with glowing red eyes peering from the ceiling seemed perfectly married with Chet’s leering and tortured monsters. After a hustle to get Chet’s merchandise booth set up (many thanks to ILTPM publicist Patrick Richter), during which the NRG Creations street team (headed by ILTPM apprentice Amanda Rose) papered the town, our group filed in to the theatre for our first High Definition screening of the documentary. It was encouraging to see the theatre filling up, and even more exciting to share the screen with the dark, short film “Death Spell Omega”. Throughout the ITLPM screening the tension of high emotion held the theatre in a state of suspension – gasps, 11390123_10205612025157583_8382143221602073241_nlaughs and even tears mingled as the story unfolded, building to the final crescendo. After the Q&A Chet settled in for a lengthy book signing, while Mike and NRG Creations Vice President Joy Correll discussed the film with many new and old Zarmy members in front of the KiMo theatre. The overall sentiment was one of feeling less isolated and more connected with other likeminded people, coupled with a sense of possibility and potentiality – certainly the sensations the film hopes to inspire! 11253890_10205255284955332_3250643773050895665_nWith a successful HD screening under their belts, a “Guerrilla Marketing Award” in their hands, and many new connections fostered, Chet and Mike headed to NRG Creations Studios in Northern New Mexico to begin the footwork for a soon to be announced project; Chet had this to say to the Facebook Zarmy, “Everything I have created for the last 15 years has been prep work for what is to come”! Many thanks to each and every one of you for supporting ILTPM, and suffice to say that this is only the beginning! For those of you who were unable to attend this screening, we are currently adding new venues to our circuit, including a 9:00pm September 18th screening for “Son of Monsterpalooza”, and the Ithaca Film Festival in November; stay tuned for further developments.    11401246_399393303580531_4995554254670667962_n

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Film Festival Screening

ILTPM-11x17-poster-RWB-2The first film festival screening of I Like to Paint Monsters is scheduled for the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience, showing at the KiMo Theatre, June 6th, 2015 at 4:00pm! Join artist Chet Zar and filmmaker Mike Correll for this exciting event! As many of you know, we are touring the film festival circuit in search of a distribution deal, which has a multitude ramifications. First and foremost, while on the film festival circuit we are limited in our ability to share I Like to Paint Monsters with the Zarmy. There are many guidelines, rules and regulations that govern the official selection process for film festival submissions, and they are limiting in nature. While we can screen the documentary privately and securely for professionals, or at no cost for a public audience, we cannot produce DVD’s or expose the documentary online. I know this is frustrating for many Zarmy members, as we have amassed a cumulative following of nearly 60K over the past three years, both during our Kickstarter campaigns and through Social Media outlets, many of whom are chomping at the bit. This sacrifice should poise I Like to Paint Monsters for selection in many film festivals, both domestic and international, throughout mid and late 2015. We will continue to inform you of further selections and screenings dates/times/locations as they are communicated to us.  Needless to say, a successful distribution deal with a larger corporation, or subsidiary of a larger corporation, will ensure a much greater reach, which has always been the intent. As much as we want to please our fans, our goal is to get the I Like to Paint Monsters message out to the masses, which again requires select U.S. city openings, mass DVD production, and streaming online. The goal is, and has always been, to open the worlds’ eyes to the artwork and philosophies of Chet Zar! We have already begun receiving many incredible reviews, both in print, in person at our free premiere screening for the Paradise Artist Retreat, and now through private screenings with professionals and colleagues. Goli Mohammadi of Hi-Fructose Magazine recently wrote, “Chet’s life story is strange and engaging, much like his artwork. That explains why filmmaker Mike Correll set out to make a documentary film about him. Aptly titled I Like to Paint Monsters, this eighty-minute homage is not only as textured as Chet’s paintings, but perhaps also as real and unexpected.” In a recent email chain we received a wonderful review from a friend and film industry professional, “I love it Chet!! Full of honesty and sincerity. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!”, and another from a mutual colleague, “You did AFME_Glow_Laurelssuch a great job, and I really feel like I know the guy and I have never met him”. Much like Mohammadi’s final sentence in Hi-Fructose (referring to Chet), “By the end of the documentary, you’ll be ready to get in line for that hug”, the responses thus far are ubiquitous. No doubt I’m both encouraged and proud of these high compliments after enduring years of production on I Like to Paint Monsters, but more importantly I believe they speak measures of the potential of I Like to Paint Monsters.       “There’s so much suffering going on in the world that I can’t make art that doesn’t reflect it in some way. Dark art honors Suffering.” ~ Chet Zar  

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