51 * Vince Rocca: The Story Behind ‘Kisses and Caroms’

Vince Rocca talks about the hurdles involved with producing an independent movie in Hollywood these days compared to the already extremely challenging situation back when he was able to make Kisses and Caroms (trailer) in 2004 for $10,000 and get it distributed after a long and depressing slog at it which nearly cost him his life! It went on to make $1,000,000 in video sales, but did Vince see any of that?

Tagline to his book, Rebel Without a Deal:

Discover how a High School dropout made his first movie in five days for $11,000 and got it distributed by Warner Bros. where it grossed over $1,000,000.00, Yes, Million.

Vince will tell us about the treacherous road of distribution companies who run out of money and go broke. He’ll also talk about his passion – editing – and why that gives you ultimate control over the story.

If you’re any kind of content creator, in film or on the Internet, many parts of this interview may resonate!

Vince is now an editor by trade on many popular shows like Hell’s Kitchen! Check out some of his work on these shows!



Kisses and Caroms trailer: http://bit.ly/2jG6sMC

Vince’s book about the making of Kisses and Caroms: ‘Rebel Without a Deal’

Special thanks to longtime listener Tim Chizmar who put me in touch with Vince!

40 * Killer Video Game: The POLYBIUS Mystery

After a month long hiatus mostly due to colds and flus, I’m happy to present this conversation I had with writer, director and producer Todd Luoto from Los Angeles and previous guest Natalie Zarrelli from New York! We talk about the mysterious video game Polybius, about which Natalie wrote over at Atlas Obscura:

Gamers who tried it couldn’t stop playing, and began acting oddly: they were nauseous, stressed, had horrific nightmares. Others had seizures or attempted suicide, many felt unable to control their own thoughts. It was only later that they recalled how Polybius was serviced more often than other games. Men in black suits opened the machine every week, recorded its data, and left, with no interest in its coins. Soon after it appeared, the mysterious arcade game vanished without warning—taken by the men in black suits, leaving no record of its existence.

Todd and Jon Frechette wanted to explore this mystery and set about to make a documentary with a Kickstarter project. Unfortunately, that project didn’t raise the required capital. So instead, they will be launching a podcast about mysterious American urban legends and the first season will be dedicated to the Polybius conspiracy. It will be called Unknown USA: The Polybius Conspiracy!

Here’s the trailer Todd and Jon Frechette made for the original video version of this project which will be replaced with a podcast. (http://bit.ly/1Fmp0sD) I will give you a good idea of just how spooky the urban legend of POLYBIUS is.



Todd Luoto


Natalie Zarrelli

Atlas Obscura: The Urban Legend of the Government’s Mind-Controlling Arcade Game:
The twisted tale of Polybius, the world’s most dangerous video game: http://bit.ly/2nqQi9R



Music and Sample Credits

Waysted – Kromatiks Music

Amazing 80’s Home Arcade Game Room – Doug’s Home Arcade Collection (https://youtu.be/1I1p0ih0V0A)

In the Game Part 1 – Matt McLellan (http://bit.ly/2nqLnWC)

Left: Azuria Sky (http://bit.ly/2nqPNfZ)

Things We Almost Lost – Azuria Sky (http://bit.ly/2ngQuti)

In the Game Part 2 – Matt McLellan (http://bit.ly/2mwwN0G)

Image credit: (http://bit.ly/2mdCb7M) Newsilver95