Dave Reda began dreaming of making films in general and horror films in particular from his earliest childhood memory. Actually this may well have been expected coming as he does from a family that owned and operated several movie theaters. But it was not until his fifth year when Dave got a big boost in his dream of making horror films owing in large part to a youthful indiscretion. Seems the punishment his dad came up with was to force Dave to watch, together with dad and grandpa, the Alfred Hitchcock horror classic “Psycho” in BLACK and WHITE. Screeeccchh. The experience was far more motivating than frightening and Dave became imbued with a powerful urge to make people, especially dad and grandpa, go “Wow!” in reaction to him just like they did to the actors on the screen in “Psycho.” So within the year Dave had his first acting gig at age 6 in a small local theatrical production and Dave’s future began to unfold.
It didn’t take Dave Reda very long to work his way to Hollywood via a most unusual television commercial casting in San Francisco. Once in Los Angeles it also didn’t take Dave Reda very long to realize that there are two kinds of actors in this town; those who dream of making it and those who work their butts off making it happen. Dave saw himself in the second group and went immediately to work creating a highly regarded half hour cable TV comedy show. To make that happen Dave Reda instantly realized he couldn’t do it alone and soon wrapped himself in a solid team of actors, writers and other critical contributors to the cause. After three good years his show got the positive attention of MTV. MTV was more than willing to buy out the show and Dave could have scored well financially. But the powers that be told Dave that he would have to fire all but two of his team in order to move the show to MTV. Dave Reda told MTV to take a hike and set about making his first film working primarily with the friends he had established in producing his television show.
“Bit Parts” got started as a feature film project in 2003 but wasn’t completed until 2006. The important element in this is that it did indeed get finished. That is Reda’s style and that sense of determination is the mark of a true winner. The screen play was written by John Rosenberg and is a bizarre tale of a plastic surgeon whose daughter is severely injured and her daddy begins an audition process to find people from whom he can harvest parts to reconstruct her. The film hit a few snags in the distribution arena and received some mixed reviews but overall set Dave Reda on course for rapidly becoming known in town as an emerging star in the horror film genre. Dave is also in talks aimed at a re-release and more effective distribution.
On the morning of August 19, 2010 Dave Reda awoke with a powerful sense of feeling “golden.” He could not then and cannot now fully explain the sensation but it was extremely powerful and pleasant. And then literally out of blue his phone rang and it was an old high school flame and Senior Prom date. She was insistent that Dave listen to a song from the band Ludo. She prevailed, Dave listened and then immediately set about writing his first horror short: “Horror of Our Love: A Short Film.” It started for Dave as a love note to his old flame. It garnered scores of film festival awards and wins and placed Dave Reda squarely on a path of great acclaim as a film maker extraordinaire. Sadly perhaps it has, at least not yet, done much for the relationship with his high school sweet heart.
Next up for Dave Reda was the super hot short “My Undeadly.” It stars scream queen Michelle Tomlinson and quickly earned over 25,000 views on YouTube. See for yourself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUhveusIP_E. It was at this point in our conversation that Dave choked up a little and told me about the tragedy that has befallen his friend and star Michelle Tomlinson. Just last April she was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. The good news is that it is treatable and enjoys an excellent survival rate. The bad news is that treating it is a very expensive proposition. It was here that Dave absolutely insisted that I provide details on how those who may want to help Michelle beat her cancer may do so. Actually I have zero reluctance in helping Michelle Tomlinson any way I can so if you care to join us in helping her please visit www.gofundme.com/2vnpug and make a pledge.
Dave Reda is now poised for the next giant leap forward with three feature films in development and one short film getting very close to going to camera. The short, “Love Potion Number 8” will star Kelly Maroney (Fast Time in Ridgemont High, Night of the Comet and Chopping Mall) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0549526/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 and supported by Kari Irwin (Hinnon Valley, Some Guy Who Kills People and Jekyll and Hyde) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3006187/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1. Dave is currently in discussion with a few potential backers and when “Love Potion Number 8” is in the can as they once said he is taking the film to both the Sundance Film Festival and to The Festival de Cannes. From there the world truly does become his stage.
Along this most interesting path Dave Reda earned the moniker “Zombie Dave” from his already large and rapidly growing fan base. So at the magical point sometime in the not too distant future in that revered theater on Hollywood Boulevard just off of Highland Boulevard will the presenter say that the “Oscar” goes to Dave Reda or will he or she say “Zombie Dave.” I am sure Dave would accept it either way. For more information about Dave Reda please visit his website at: http://davereda.com/.
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