Surviving Cinema

Eric Stanze is an award-winning director, writer, editor, producer, and 2nd unit director who primarily works on independent feature films. Stanze began interning on local commercials and music videos at the age of 16, and he entered the industry professionally when he was 18. More info, trailers, and news at

06/06/2013 - 2:00pm
  An 1896 French film titled L'Eve Futur (aka The Eve Of The Future) was the first movie to feature a robot.  It took more than a decade for America to follow up with its first film to contain MORE
08/28/2012 - 8:00pm
I recently had the rare experience of seeing an extremely rough first cut of a film – Sound Of Nothing, by director Chris Grega (Rhineland).  Very few people get to see these rather private work-in- MORE
10/29/2013 - 2:30pm
  George Romero and his film Night Of The Living Dead (1968) have had an incalculable impact on horror cinema, and the way filmmakers attack the genre.  Romero is one of my favorite directors, and he MORE
03/26/2013 - 11:00am
In Part 1 of this journey, I began revisiting the production of an older movie of mine, the bizarre horror/experimental feature Ice From The Sun, shot entirely on Super 8 film. I’d rummaged deep into the MORE
12/31/2012 - 2:00pm
  In the early 90s, I was introduced, through a mutual professional associate, to an action/drama film called Deadbeat At Dawn (1988), directed by Jim VanBebber.  I do enjoy the occasional action flick MORE
08/03/2012 - 5:00pm
Last week I blogged about the films and directors who inspired me in my early filmmaking pursuits.  The list of influential films included Dario Argento’s masterpiece, Suspiria (1977). This blog post MORE
04/03/2013 - 7:00pm
Actor David Early passed away last month at the age of 74.  The born-and-raised-Pittsburgh performer never became a movie star, but his small roles impacted genre film history in a major way.   Among MORE
02/21/2013 - 3:00pm
If I listed my top ten favorite film actors/actresses, living or dead, a minority of them could claim significant contributions to the horror genre.  George C. Scott, however, is on my list, has been MORE