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Published:February 11th, 2007 11:01 EST

Up Close and Personal with Filmmaker Michael J. Hein

By Denise Kaminsky

Welcome Michael, It`s nice to talk with you tonight.  Why don`t we start with by telling me what inspired you to get started in filmmaking?

My love of the horror genre eventually blossomed into a love of film making and I eventually decided that`s what I wanted to do with my life. Since horror was my passion, it was natural that I make a few horror films. I have worked a lot of other types of films; love stories, hard core drug addition dramas, etc. but horror films are what I love doing.

Tell me about some of the films you worked on, produced, and directed?

I`ve been working in the industry for fifteen years now, so I`ve worked on a lot of films and TV projects. I began doing special effects make-up, worked on a few Troma films (The Class of Nuk`um High 2, among others) when I was a teen, then I went on to do a slew of horror shorts and features. In 1999, I started my own company Moodude Films where I wrote and directed "Biohazardous" a very low budget zombie film. Since then, I have produced many films including "Cyclone", "This is how my Brother Died", "Glow", the very well received horror/comedy "Dead Serious" which stars genre scream queen Felissa Rose and the new one we are currently in post production on is "Devil`s Grove."

For the folks that don`t know, tell us about the NYC Horror Festival?

I started the "New York City Horror Film Festival" because when I started making my own films, I quickly realized there were no serious genre film festivals in America. So with much determination and hard work from both myself and special effects makeup artist Anthony Pepe, I put together the NYCHFF, which has since grown into the countries largest and most respected genre film festival.

Do you have any future plans for another project?

The next thing I`m doing is Co-producing and Directing my first drama titled "The Word." Based on the off Broadway play by Tom Cahill. It`s about a priest accused of molesting a young child. It`s a really strong, important story and I hope I can do it justice.

Name 3 of your favorite horror films?

My absolute favorites are "The Exorcist", "Dawn of the Dead"(the original), and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" parts 1 and 2.

Thanks for the interview Michael and keep up the great work.

Thanks for having me.

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