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SciFriday: What Does It Take To Make Me Fly Cross-Country?

Filming for ‘Judas Kiss’ continues in Seattle, and Michael Hinman will be there

I am not a big fan of flying.

I’m sure you’ve heard me say this at least a dozen times before, but I didn’t even fly in an airplane for the first time until I was 21 years old, and then it was a two-seat World War II fighter plane, doing barrel rolls over Central Florida.

In the 13 years since then, I’ve become a seasoned airline traveler. Hell, I even go in the expert traveler line in security because I waste no time getting my MacBook Pro, my iPad, my phone, my shoes, and everything neatly presented for the X-ray machine. And I make sure I get a window seat when I can, so that I have something to put my head on and sleep (and likely snore).

Despite that, I still am not a fan of flying, and right now, I’m in the midst of my fourth cross-country trip of the year, and my third to the Northwest. What has me coming into the Seattle/Vancouver area? It’s not only how beautiful this part of the country is (what I wouldn’t give to live in Vancouver), but “Judas Kiss” is filming here.

One of my friends who I’m crashing with in Seattle this week talked to me on the phone while I was boarding my first plane in Tampa, and asked me, of all the films I could go and visit sets for, why am I choosing “Judas Kiss”? I thought about that on the flight to Denver, and now, sitting and waiting for my connector flight, I thought it was worth expressing here.

There are hundreds of movies made every year, and a good number of them would love to have someone from Airlock Alpha or Rabid Doll give it some extensive coverage. “Judas Kiss,” however, stuck out to me because of the people involved. This is an independent film, which means very low budget and a chance to show how talented of a filmmaker one can be. J.T. Tepnapa and Carlos Pedraza are two people I have a lot of respect for based on their work in the fan Star Trek productions, as well as some of their other work.

Jody Wheeler, my good friend over at the gay-themed sci-fi site DoorQ first told me about this film, and the producers let me read the script, written by Tepnapa and Pedraza. I fell in love with the story and the characters almost instantly, and have been impressed with the cast they’ve pulled together to make this happen, including “Caprica” guest star Richard Harmon, the amazingly talented Timo Descamps, Charlie David, one-time Alpha Waves Radio guest Julia Morizawa, and especially Brent Corrigan, who is trying to show there is a place for him in mainstream films (and I agree).

There is a lot of love and sweat going into this film, and I’m not only making yet another cross-country trip to watch some of the filming in Seattle, but I’m honored to be doing it.

We’ll broadcast live on Alpha Waves Radio Thursday, and look for other coverage throughout the week. Hopefully we’ll get some of the actors, the cast and crew to chat with us as well.

Anyway, I don’t know if that answered my friend’s question, but it’s OK. One of the benefits of owning your own site is that you can pick and choose what to give extra support for.

There are some awesome productions going on out there right now, and I might not be flying out there to make a personal visit, but we will cover those as well. In the meantime, get excited for “Judas Kiss.” I am.

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