DH: I think with my writing, occasional acting, and now taking “Dark Delicacies” into film distribution it is all another iron in the fire. Hopefully something is always getting hot when the other things are at a cooling point. We have also started doing a couple of more conventions per year just to see how that works out. Since we have a brick and mortar store we’ve been a little reluctant to do to many. Conventions are a lot of work and I give those folks who do them on a regular basis a lot of credit.
JK: Could you talk to me about how the partnership with “Vega Baby” came to be and was this a goal and/or dream for long time? Did you draw influence or get advice to take this leap from the changing market and trends in the store and/or those who have come into the store that do the meat work?
DH: A couple of things happened at the same time. First, we were getting a lot of our customers who made films and then when the festival circuit was over didn’t know what to do with them to make money for their investors or at least try and break even. I’d see them make deals just to get the movie in the marketplace and then ultimately get screwed with the deal. It was bothersome. “Vega Baby” approached us with a really interesting concept. They knew we were getting approached with horror films and they were also. Nobody is going to release everything.
So their idea was for us to put our name (or the Dark Delicacies Presents name) on films we felt were of a certain quality. Kind of the UL approved symbol for horror films. We like “Vega Baby” and they had just signed a deal with Sony for international distribution of some of their product so it seemed right. We know we’ll be dealing with small indie films but we want our mark to let the viewer know that the filmmaking they are about to see is of a certain quality. You may or may not like the story but at least you’ll know the actual filmmaking is a certain level of professionalism. We want the next “Babadook”, “It Follows”, and “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” type of film. There is a panel of four of us. So when you submit a film you need 3 of the 4 to say it fits our criteria.
JK: Love that kind of progressive thinking and focus on quality of the film. What is coming up next for “Dark Delicacies”? Where can we find out more?
DH: As we head into Autumn the calendar keeps growing. Folks can keep up with us by signing up for the newsletter or checking out the website at www.darkdel.com
(Images from Jay Kay and found on Google)