FROM DREAM CHILD TO BRAIN CHILD
I felt compelled to do something, say something during this surreal and troubling time. My entire 2020 was filled with many wonderful opportunities such as fun fan filled conventions all over the world and three feature films.
Like many of us, our 2020 calendars were wiped clean.
I recently moved to Las Vegas and a city usually bustling with tourists was now a ghost town. A thought crossed my mind – how do we stop this nightmare? The Nightmare on Elm Street jingle started to play in my head and I began re-writing the lyrics. It occurred to me that this could be a public service announcement, an atypical PSA, edgy with some dark humor.
I reached out to a producer friend of mine, Ernesto Avina, and ran the idea by him. He was intrigued and called his musician/composer friend James Wineman and our collaboration began. We tweaked some lyrics and streamlined the vignettes. I reached out to my nightmare buddies and they were on board.
Although miles apart, through ingenuity and guerilla style filmmaking, we made it happen!
Though Lisa may be best known for Alice Johnson in A Nightmare On Elm Street 4, The Dream Master and N5, The Dream Child, the other characters she has played in her career run a full gamut – from nuns to prostitutes. Her agent quotes, “A true chameleon actress.”
Born and raised in Missouri, Lisa has performed in over 100 film, television, commercial and theatre productions. Lisa started her career in Equity Waiver theatre then completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at UCLA while also studying Grotowski.
For many years Lisa has had the pleasure of attending conventions all over the world meeting fans and signing autographs. She is now back to acting full time after raising her boys and married to the corporate world for a couple decades. She recently completed the feature film Mystery Spot and is awaiting release of the Bloody Man. Upcoming films include a comedy: Don’t Suck, Killer Babes and the Frightening Film Fiasco.
James Wineman is a Chicago music producer and composer originally hailing from Detroit. He has played synth in touring bands for the last ten years and most recently toured with his Electro-Funk band Ghosthouse which he founded in 2010. During the last few years he has composed and licensed music to TV shows, commercials, feature films and other media content under his pseudonym; Jimmy Con. He has also composed music for several independent films.
An avid horror movie buff since he was tortured by his older brothers with a My Buddy doll as a toddler, James lists Nightmare On Elm Street, Creepshow and Texas Chainsaw Massacre II among his favorites. Most recently, James has forayed into the film world by writing, directing and editing both film shorts and music videos. In 2019 he composed his own independent horror film Subdivisions which he looks to develop visually in the coming months.
Ernesto Avina is a graduate of the New England School of Law and an Executive Producer of several indie films such as Its Just A Game as well as Dee Snider’s “So What” music video. Most recently, he has been working on writing and producing a full feature movie titled Red America.
Ernesto's love for the horror industry dates back to his younger days and is heavily influenced by George Romero, Wes Craven and Sam Raimi.
This passion for horror led to him Becoming an avid collector of movie props for over 20 years. He has been with The Horror and Sci-Fi Prop Preservation Association (HSPPA) since it’s inception in 2015 as a Curator and Exhibitor. Some items in his personal collection are a set used bible and crucifix from The Exorcist (1973); a screen used puzzle box from Hellraiser: Hellworld (2017); and John Wick’s (Keanu Reeves) Kimber Warrior Handgun from John Wick: Chapter 2.
He also co-owns SPOOKY’s Swirls, an Arizona based gluten free pastry bakery which also showcases many of his and The HSPPA’s collection.