||2005 is almost at an end, and what a year it was. A year that
had a potential to be a great one but had tons of disappointments.
But they were lots of good moments that happen in '05 and of course
some bad ones. Here's a month by month review of the year. We'll
talk about what was going on with ICON, the film scenes, and events
that changed the world.
JANUARY: The new year started off with the aftermath of the Tsunami,
that hit Southeast Asia, India and Sri Lanka the last week of
2004. Over 155,000 people died in the disaster. Late Night King
and former host of The Tonight Show Johnny Carson passes away.
Other Side Cinema's Mark Terry and Vito Trabucco meet and interview cult filmmakers Ray Dennis Steckler and Arch Hall, Jr. for Crazedfanboy.com's Pop Culture Review. The TamBay Film and Video Festival announce they won't be having
any festivals anymore in the future. The Coffeehouse Film Review turns 1 year old. The event is run by Pete and Paul Guzzo and
is held at Romeo's Studio 1515 Coffeehouse in Ybor City. Local
band Brother Christopher debuts in the area. And in ICON news, at the start of the new
year they are 10 members in the ICON family. Along with heads Chris Woods and Simon Lynx, the crew includes
Luis Matos, Jorge Gimenez, Craig Leitschuh, Rob Bennett, Chris
Polidoro, Shelby V. McIntyre, Zach Short, and Charley Cioffero.
Also ICON premieres it's newest film Sever at CFR. Sever stars Jereme Badger and Natali Ragan. This is a special screening of the film. The grand movie premiere
happened the following month at CFR.
FEBRUARY: At Super Bowl XXXIX The New England Patriots win back
to back Super Bowls by beating The Philadelphia Eagles. Big winners
at this years Academy Awards. Million Dollar Baby wins best picture, best director; Clint Eastwood, best actress;
Hilary Swank, and best supporting actor; Mogran Freeman. Jamie
Fox wins best actor for Ray and Cate Blanchett wins best supporting actress for The Aviator. ICON has a standing room only premiere for Sever at CFR. Also a new talent is discovered at that same event. High School
Student Ben Waller debuts with his short film Edward and Amelia. Waller has tons of potential to be a great filmmaker. The following
month he plays another film Above which stars Jereme Badger and Robert Elfstrom. ICON alumni Monica May debuts a new Power Rangers S.P.D. The show is aired worldwide on ABC and ABC Family on Saturday
mornings. Monica has been featured in ICON's short films To Live Is To Die and Broken Tomorrow. MegaCon rolled into Orlando and ICON was a part of the big event. Both
Woods and Lynx were at the event selling ICON DVDs for the first
time ever. Also at the event fellow filmmakers Andy Lalino, Greg
Rivera, and Jason Liquori, who shared a table with the ICON boys.
The con also had many big stars and ICON was there to meet them.
Classic stars such as Lou Ferrigno and Troma head Lloyd Kaufman.
We also met actress Debbie Rochon who was also at our table with
Jason Liquori and actress Nichole Peterson was at the table as
well with Greg Rivera. Effects Artist Brian Angeloff who did effects
for Andy Lalino's Filthy and make-up for ICON's POP was also with us as well. We also ran into friends Nolan Canova,
ICON's Chris Polidoro, Katherine Leis and XZanthia.
MARCH: The bay area and the world follow the story of a woman,
Terri Shiavo who has been kept alive through a feeding tube for
the past 15 years. A bitter battle between the husband and the
parents go on for years. The husband wins the battle when the
judge rules to remove the tube because Terri has been brain damaged
for years and will never recover. Shiavo passes away and our area
becomes a media frenzy. Also passing away in March is Johnny Cochan
who is the famous lawyer from the O.J. Trial. Another media frenzy
is started when a nine year girl, Jessica Lunsford is missing
in the bay area. The search comes to a sad end when Lunsford is
found dead close to her home. John Couey is arrested for the kidnapping
and murder of the little girl. Two big announcements from Nolan
Canova, Pop Culture Review turns 5 years old and NolanCon is announce. The event is to be the con for the Crazedfan and
it is schedule to happen in August the weekend of Nolan's 50th
birthday. ICON releases DVDs of their films on their web site which marks the first time that
any ICON film is released on DVD. ICON's Chris Woods meets former
pro-wrestler Brian Knobs of the tag team The Nasty Boys. The two
start discussing plans to make a documentary on wrestling. Also
Knobs introduces Woods to his friend, wrestling legend Hulk Hogan.
APRIL: Another girl in the bay area, Sara Lunde is missing and
is found dead. Her killer is caught. Pope John Paul II passes
away and a new Pope is appointed, former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
takes the name Pope Benedict XVI. ICON takes a little break for
the summer from film production but still is hard at work on their
web site and side projects. Sever is screened at The Ybor Film Festival, but the festival is poorly
advertised even with their line up of films, so bad that ICON's
Woods and Lynx didn't even know the film was playing until days
after the festival.
MAY: The force is with us, when the final Star Wars film Episode
III: Revenge of the Sith debuts in theaters. Deep Throat is finally
revealed as 91 year old former FBI man Mark Felt. Deep Throat
was the man who gave information to Washington Times reporters
Woodward and Bernstein on Watergate during the Nixon era. The
deaths of stars Frank Gorshin (The Riddler from The Batman series),
Eddie Albert, and Ann Bancroft happen in May. ICON gets a new
look. They change their logo and change up their web site. Other
Side Cinema wrap production on their new film Hooligan's Valley which they shot in L.A. and The Guzzos start production on their
new feature 99. Bay News 9 covers The Coffeehouse Film Review.
JUNE: A month of big movie premieres, Batman Begins, Spielberg's version of War of The Worlds, and George Romero's long awaited forth installment of the dead
series, Land of The Dead is released. The Michael Jackson Trial end when Jackson is found
not guilty on all counts of child molestation. The San Antonio
Spurs beat The Detroit Pistons in The NBA Finals. Actress Amanda Beck creates nonprofit group, Charity Chicks. ICON's Simon Lynx was part of a charity event as well in June,
when he bowled for Rhinos to help raise money for them. ICON inc. is born, when ICON Film
Studios offer services in post production editing, web design,
and graphics. ICON started pre production on a short film, Flight 111 written by Carl Blake but the production was cut short when Blake
moved to Austin, TX and the story went with them. The film was
to star Jereme Badger and Joel Wynkoop and was to be directed
by Chris Woods. The story was about the armed forces monitoring
air traffic when they suspect that one of the planes is being
taken over by terrorist when it goes off course.
JULY: Hurricanes are upon Florida and the rest of the Gulf of
Mexico. Hogan Knows Best debuts on VH-1. Fantastic Four and The
Devils Rejects hit the big screen. 20 years after Live Aid, Live 8 happens to raise money for Africa, but Live 8 is not as good as it's original. James Doohan who played Scotty
on the original Star Trek passes away. Other Side Cinema's Night Demons wins Crystal Reel Award. Some sad and disappointing news comes
when NolanCon is canceled. This was going to big one of the biggest events
of the summer and would of been a the greatest Con for the crazed
fan. But due to lack of money, lack of support from the community,
and the main sponsor bailing out at the last minute leaving Nolan
no choice but to call the Con off. ICON's Chris Woods was helping
out with making a commercial for the event and was going to be
part of the big weekend in August. ICON puts out a special two
part tribute to Nolan Canova and Pop Culture Review which is a part of Crazedfanboy.com.
AUGUST: Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans destroying the city.
Lives are lost, damages are beyond repair, and our country and
president are slow to help out those in need. Today the city is
still feeling the aftermath of the category 5 storm. Space Shuttle
Discovery touches down safely. Discovery is the first shuttle
to go back into space after The Space Shuttle Columbia exploded
when it was about to touchdown two and a half years ago. August
has more sad happens when longtime ABC news anchor Peter Jennings
passes away and more closer to home, local filmmaker Sondra J.
Overholser dies of cancer. Sondra had made several films in the
area over the years and many were featured at festivals in Tampa
Bay. NolanAid kicks off, which was the party for Nolan Canova's
50th Birthday which was going to be the weekend of NolanCon, but
weeks later Nolan is hospitalized for a severe leg infection.
He is in the hospital for a few days that quickly recovers to
be at the helm of PCR. ICON also puts out Part 2 of their tribute to Nolan and Crazedfanboy.com, this part focuses
on the many different writers of PCR. And a star is born when singer songwriter Chase (Chrissy Stalikas) explodes into the Tampa Bay music by headlining
plenty of gigs, including one for Charity Chicks, making TV appearances, and even showing up in the pages of FHM. This is a woman to look out for.
SEPTEMBER: More hurricanes hit the southeastern states throughout
the month. TV greats Bob Denver of Gilligan's Island and Don Adams of Get Smart pass away. ICON's Sever is a part of IFF: Independent Filmmaker Festival which aired on The Education Channel. Other Side Cinema's Hooligan's Valley was also a part of it as well. ICON adds a new section to their
site, a TRIBUTES page which includes pictures created by Simon Lynx of celebrities
that have passed on. At September's CFR a selection of Sondra Overholser films are shown to pay tribute
to her memory. Pete and Paul Guzzo shown us a sneak peek at their
new film, 99, and a new talented is discovered when filmmaker Melissa Webb
screens her film The Unconscious Disease. ICON and Other Side Cinema member, Shelby V. McIntyre launches
his own web site. Texas metal band Freak 13 provide the music for some of the flash intros on ICON's web
site. And Simon Lynx meets the rock band Cold.
OCTOBER: The hurricanes are not over yet when Hurricane Wilma
hits the south east of Florida. The NHL finally returns after
a lockout that lasted a year. Rosa Parks who made an impact on
Civil Rights during the 1950s passes away. Actor and Filmmaker
Joe Davison returns to states and the bay area and creates Pop Gun Pictures. Chris Woods meets another wrestling legend Jimmy Hart. ICON
post another new section on their site which shows all their awards and a list of all the festivals their films have played. The Horror Channel makes a come back and tries to launch on a Turner based network,
The Men's Channel. Andy Lalino and Chris Woods become involve
with the launch show. But unfortunately it never happens. The Halloween Horror Picture Show resurfaces for 2005 but it has a disappointing turnout due to
a bad location, no advertising, and not enough people to help
out. The event was headed up by Rick Danford with some help from
Chris Woods. The event had a good line up of films except the
open film which was Web of Darkness, a film Danford made five
years ago and he keeps clinging on to and he won't let it die.
The guest on the other hand were great, all of them were wonderful.
Cult favorites like Brinke Stevens, Denise Duff, Debbie Rochon,
Amy Lynn Best, and others were among the guest list. The huge
guest of the night, Ron Jeremy was a no show. His film Andre The
Butcher was playing as the closing film of the night. Tons of
familiar faces were there, like Nolan Canova, Greg Rivera, Nichole
Peterson. Jason Liquori, Andy Lalino, and Sheri Lawrence. Plus
lots of new ones and new talent like Taylor M. Dooley, Aaliyah Madyun, and Ann Poonkasem who was with Chris Passinault of Passinault Entertainment. Woods' friend Dan Goncalves was there helping out also ICON's
Jorge Gimenez was there as well. And on a sad note Walter Romeo
owner of Studio 1515 Coffeehouse closes up shop. The coffeehouse
was the location for The Coffeehouse Film Review. Now the Guzzo brothers look for a new spot for CFR. But for the last two years some of the best films that were
made in the bay area came out of Walter's coffeehouse.
NOVEMBER: Some tragic news in the world of wrestling, when WWE
superstar Eddie Guerrero passes away. Guerrero was with the other
WWE wrestlers at a hotel in Minneapolis where they were to wrestle
the next night. They found Eddie dead the next morning from heart
failure. At the time, Guerrero was a main event star at the peek
of his career. The follow night on WWE's Monday Night RAW, his fellow wrestlers paid tribute to their late great friend.
Also some sad news hits close to home in the ICON family, when
good friend Ray Secor looses his battle with cancer. Ray lived
in Utica, NY and was a longtime friend to Simon Lynx. The Secor
family and Simon's were very close for many years. In The World
Series, The Chicago White Sox beat The Houston Astros. The Horror
Channel lives yet again. When they announce that they'll launch
the channel on line. Lalino and Woods continue to work with the
channel to get it up and running. THC does a soft launch when
they show the classic film Night of the Living Dead. The official launch will take place in December. CFR gets a new location at the International Bazaar in Ybor City.
The next showing of CFR will be in January. And ICON's site reaches 10,000 on their hit
DECEMBER: Former USF professor Sami Al-Arian was found Not Guilty
of charges relating to conspiracy to fund Palestinian Islamic
Jihad actions. The Horror Channel is set for their official launch
on line by the end of December. Other Side Cinema's Mark Terry
starts a column on Crazedfanboy.com's PCR called My Middle Toe is Longer Than Yours. And ICON gets two new members, Steve DeGrace and Dan Goncalves.
So, that was 2005. Now a new year is upon us. We ask the same
question from last year...Will the new year be better than last
year. Will ICON get its break. Will the film scene become more
supportive of each other. Will their be more film festivals in
the bay area. And who will be break out stars of the new year.
See you in 2006.
(Some resources gathered from Crazedfanboy.com)