An Interview with Iain McCaig

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Artist, storyteller, teacher, husband and father Iain McCaig has worked on films such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Interview with the Vampire, Charlotte’s Web, Hook, Terminator 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the most recent adaptation of Disney’s The Jungle Book, just to name a few. He is best known for designing the characters Padme Amidala and Darth Maul for the Star Wars series. His artwork has appeared in the Art book, Shadowline, which features 28 years of his artwork in the Entertainment Industry (as well as insert Art classes, and a fictional story about his creative process);a cover for an audiobook of The Hobbit, an Alice In Wonderland illustration in the new edition of The Annotated Alice, and an album cover for Jethro Tull’s Broadsword and the Beast. He won the Grand Master Award…

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An Interview with Denn Pietro

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Owner of Whatantics Entertainment, Denn Pietro has worked as a TV field producer and/or direction on such projects as ABC Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Nightline, and countless other shows including trials on Court TV/Tru TV trials. He was a director and camera operator for the world record and media feed of Saddam Hussein’s War Crimes Trial in Baghdad in 2006-2007 while working for the U.S. Regime Crimes Liason’s Office in conjunction with the Iraqi High Tribunal.

In 2000 Denn Pietro set out to bring the world an intimate look into the world of James Dean with his documentary James Dean: Born Cool. Granted exclusive access to whatever was needed to honor the memory and life of Dean by Executive Producer Marcus Winslow Jr. Pietro managed to create one of the most enduring documentaries to date. It was an honor to be able to bring our readers a…

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An Interview with Jim Hayes

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Jim Hayes is best known as a community leader for the MainstreetFairmount.org to preserve the streets of Fairmount, Indiana. He is also a distant cousin of James Dean.

What was it like growing up in Indiana as you did?

I grew up during the 1940’s and 50’s when the country was at its zenith; good jobs were plentiful and the future bright. What kid wouldn’t want to grow up where the four seasons are spring, summer, fall and basketball? In my early years there were trees to climb, woods and fields to explore, western movies on Saturday morning with popcorn, coke and a Hershey bar. Carrying a pocket-knife to school was acceptable and every boy had one. As a teenager it was girls, drive-in movies, cool cars, drag racing and basketball. What’s not to like?

Why did you feel compelled to go into civic work as you have?

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An Interview with Lew Bracker

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Of the more than 200 books written on the subject of James Dean, few actually had the honor of being close to the man behind the myth. In his latest work Jimmy & Me: A Personal Memoir of James Dean Lew Bracker offers up his memories of one of the most dedicated actors of all time.

What were you like as a child? What are some of your most fond memories of that time? How have you changed most since then?

I have never really thought about how I was as a child. I grew up among a very large extended family in a small town, so I felt very secure with so many aunts and uncles and cousins around me. I do think it had a lasting effect on me in many ways. For one thing, family meant so much to me.

Did Jimmy ever talk much about his…

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“James Dean: On the Road to Salinas,” an interview with Lee Raskin

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Author Lee Raskin is a Porsche historian and author of James Dean At Speed. He is a leading authority on the passion for racing possessed by James Dean. His latest offering James Dean: On the Road to Salinas seeks to respectfully enlighten the reader to the truth of his death. The book also features the photos of Sanford Roth. The release is set to coincide with the 60th Anniversary of Dean’s passing and is available for pre-order now at stanceandspeed.com.

Can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? What were you like as a child? What are some of your most fond automotive memories growing up?

During my formative years, I grew up in the middle of America — Omaha, Nebraska. My mother’s family owned a replacement auto parts and accessory business — Wolfson Auto Parts. I was always the curious type, particularly about…

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An Interview with Debra Christofferson

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Debra Christofferson has appeared on shows such as NYPD Blue, The X-Files, Grey’s Anatomy, and American Horror Story to name a few. She is likely best known for her role as Lila on HBO’s hit show Carnivale. She can currently be seen on the Nickelodeon series 100 Things to Do Before High School as well as in the television film, A Deadly Adoption, and will soon appear on the Sundance Channel series Rectify.

As someone who was raised in a small town in the Midwest and had the chance to enjoy life on the farm, how do you think your early beginnings there have influenced you to be who you are today?

Actually, we lived in town; my grandma lived on the family farm and my dad farmed the land and raised cattle until recently. He has worked from dawn till dusk nearly every day of his…

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Saving Fairmount: James Dean’s Hometown, An Interview with Filmmaker Michael Mathias

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James Dean & Marcus Winslow Jr. in Fairmount, 1955. Photo by Dennis Stock. James Dean & Marcus Winslow Jr. in Fairmount, 1955. Photo by Dennis Stock.

In tribute to the town where James Dean grew to be the great man he was, documentary filmmaker Michael Mathias pays homage the small town with great soul. The film Saving Fairmount: James Dean’s Hometown gives an in-depth look into wonderfully welcoming appeal of America’s most beloved small town.

The film can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuZc1Cd8a6Q

For those would like to help preserve it with donations of any amount more information. can be found at http://www.mainstreetfairmount.org/.

Are you a native of Marion, Indiana or did you move there later on?

I’ve lived here my entire life. Small town life is something that you have to learn to love. I grew up dreaming about graduating high school and heading off to a big, hip city where everyone was a self proclaimed artist. I soon realized that wasn’t…

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An Interview with Tim Minear

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Tim Minear is best known for his work as an executive producer on American Horror Story, for which he was nominated for two Emmy Awards. He has also worked on such shows as Firefly, Angel, Lois and Clark, X-Files, and Wonderfalls among others.

As someone who grew up as one of those kids who made movies with their friends, do you still enjoy seeing your creations come to life as much as you did then? What does it feel like to see your ideas come to life on screen?

When it comes close to what’s in your head, it’s amazing. Though in the last couple of years my best friend and I had all our super 8 movies preserved digitally. Going through that stuff was the most thrilling thing. Our childhoods from about 8 years old to mid twenties was all right there. It’s like having a time…

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An Interview with Nelson Braswell

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Virginia native Nelson Braswell discovered the love of music at an early age. A self-taught vocalist, guitarist, and bass player he has had the opportunity to open for acts like Ratt, Dokken, and others. Over the years his work has appeared on five various albums, most recently he can be found on Potomac Records. The two newest singles Roll With It and Devil’s Playground are available from there now.

What was it like growing up in Virginia? How did that affect who you are as a person?

It was as typical as living anywhere else, I guess. As a kid, we moved a lot, due to my step father being a truck driver. So I, at a young age, was frequently the new kid in school, until my early teens when we finally settled down. In Virginia, I experienced city and country living growing up. I worked hard and played…

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An Interview with Shane Fitzgibbon

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Shane Fitzgibbon is best known as the drummer of Gunzo. Formed by guitarist Tracii Guns(L.A Guns) Gunzo features bassist Rudy Sarzo(Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Blue Oyster Cult, and Queensryche), and Keith St. John on vocals. They can currently be found touring various locations around the U.S.

What was it like growing up in Orange County? Did it leave lasting impression on you coming from where you do?

Growing up in OC was really great, it honestly doesn’t get much better. That being said, there was not always a ton of interesting stuff to get into in the suburbs so you really have to search out ways to have some fun and get into a little trouble. As far as it having a lasting impression on me…I’m not really sure…I think the thing that has had the more significant impression on me was branching out of the bubble and trying…

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