Creepshow and Friday the 13th Producer says “Stay Home” is intense!

Brian Witten’s producer and executive producer credits include an upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s “Cell,” with Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack; “Mother’s Day”; “Chernobyl Diaries”; and 2009’s “Friday the 13th.” Witten was president of Fangoria Film after working as a production exec at Paramount, where he oversaw “Vanilla Sky” and “Mission Impossible 3,” and at New Line, where he presided over “The Wedding Singer,” “Spawn,” “Dark City” and “Final Destination.”

MY DVD of CREEPSHOW

As a kid when it came to horror and thriller there were several mainstays that I would sit up and watch to no end. Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt, and Creepshow. Rod Serling is simply amazing to me and I love that one of my current favorite directors Jordan Peele and his studio Monkeypaw Productions have successfully relaunched the series with amazing responses. I remember as a kid at maybe it was 1 am on HBO watching Creepshow. There was a segment in the anthology and no not the Leslie Nielsen but it was one of the last ones that creeped me out to this day and still make it uncomfortable to encounter bugs. It was the scientist who was the original OCD. (spoiler) He would have problems controlling roaches in this lab-like shut-in location that he lived in. Being from Texas I was really familiar with roaches and in Dallas these roaches would fly so they had an upper-hand when it came to combat. Watching not just roaches but cockroaches spew out of this man’s face is still a skin crawl of mine to this day. That creep factor is etched into my mind in a way that I was an instant fan of that movie when it was over and would watch it whenever it came on. I have owned the DVD of the original Creepshow twice now and I was fascinated when I heard it was being revived as a tv show.

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Stay Home Gets LEGIT!!

We were very pleased to join the crew of Wichita’s podcast Legit Flavor with Chris Key and Janee Alexander to talk about Stay Home short film and how the idea came and the deeper message behind the story. As well we talked about my future plans, my feelings on the response, and they play a few games to understand who I am better. Great talk check it out below!

Transforming for Stay Home

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Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who has watched Stay Home short film. The response has been amazing and bigger than my wildest dreams! I have a goal to get to 100k views we have a long way to go but I have faith! Making Stay Home was a transformative process not just from documentary to narrative but physically as well. I knew that I wanted to go method actor lite with this and show some real hair growth and 

bread mangle making this film to show how 14 days could progress. With Stay at Home orders in full effect, there wasn’t any way to get nice shave and haircut so the temptation was low.
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STAY HOME Watch it NOW!

Ready to watch STAY HOME : SHORT FILM HERE or on Facebook.com/arowefilms or youtube.com/arowefilms. It would mean a lot to me if you all hit the like buttons and share it with your friends. Help me get this to an audience. Part of this is self-promotion because I want my hard work to be seen but also because in the process making Stay Home, a film in which I was the sole cast member (with voice by Carla Ayala) and crew, this became much more than a first time film. With the development of COVID19 in America developing in real-time, it became important for me to not just be a character that happens to be black but to provide context to what that means in the narrative of this pandemic mesh with the black experience. How we as people of color poorly deal with our health, not seeing doctors, not taking things seriously, and improperly deal with mental health as the demographic hardest hit by the COVID19 virus. I made last-minute changes to help create an undertone to the visual narrative because to me the role of an artist is to entertain, create perspective, and say something. Without those last-minute tweaks, I believe I would have done the audience a disservice as an artist. For me this is more than a film or short film, it is a fracture of the black experience during a health crisis. Thanks for watching and I look forward to your feedback!