Meet the Filmmaker: Michael Bliss, “Praise the Dead”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
MB: I started making films at the age of 15 and on my 16th birthday I wrote in my journal that I want to be a filmmaker and director. Through the years I have made that dream a reality by working at ABC, FOX, ESPN, and working on many films and documentaries. A couple of highlights of my life was working with Robert Rodriquez on the film The Faculty and working at an art gallery helping frame artwork for Richard Linklater, and Quentin Tarantino. These three filmmakers have been an inspiration and a big influence of my filmmaking career.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
MB: A Priest vs Zombies. Who will win?
Praise the Dead has screened in four film festivals now and won an audience award at Open Screen Night.
This film is in honor of George Romero. My plan with Praise the Dead is to develop this idea into a feature.

Q: What else are you working on?
MB: Restoring Historic Elitch Theatre and creating a cultural revival on the original grounds of Elitch Gardens.

Working on Blissfest333 “Odyssey 2019”
20th Anniversary
A multimedia, Cultural Arts, Film Festival
We are creating unity within our commUNITY, bringing love, peace, harmony and bliss to a festival about creativity and individuality.
I am currently working on many film projects. Here is a few of them.
HUSH Little Baby A psychological thriller about motherhood. (In Production)
The Troll – This is a story about a troll that gets lost in the city.
ZombieFest II “Sloppy Seconds” – The Dead are Alive
333 Degrees – 3 stories, 3 minutes long tied all together with a bridge. (similar to a bridge in a song)

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
MB: I like Clowns

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
MB: www.blissfest333.com

Praise the Dead will screen Friday, February 22nd at 9:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre as part of the Dark, SciFi & Horror Shorts block during the 2019 EFPalooza Film Festival.