is inevitable, especially if your opponent is superior, and
Current Issue, Issue 10, Volume 1, for Tuesday, September
21, 2010. New Issue published every
Tuesday, and updated throughout the week. Next issue due online
September 28, 2010.
092110-0805 - Passinault:
Working on issue 10 now. It's not up, as I have a lot
to do, but I'll take my time, and write what needs to be
said. This issue will have information which will open eyes
to the meaning of the satire present in each and every issue
of Frontier Pop. Frontier Pop was created, in part, as a
backlash against, and an alternative to, the crap out there
now, mainly a sell-out, pompous Tampa pop culture site run
my a gang of fanboy nerds who hate and discriminate against
092410-0930 - Passinault:
Issue 10 is finally completely online! This issue is
sure to be controversial, as we help my other interests
and investment fight for change. The opposition will either
be put out of business, or, if they are worthy, assimilated
into the new order. Resistance is futile, clueless primitives!
092410-1640 - Passinault:
Watching the Oprah episode dealing with the reaction
to an earlier episode about the state of education in this
country, and the documentary "Waiting for Superman"
(I like documentaries... If you have a point to make, it's
a great platform to do so with. Documentaries can change
minds, and lives. I will be making documentaries, as well
as traditional genres of films, and one documentary that
I will be doing, once the story is further along, is THE
documentary about Tampa indie film, Tampa filmmakers, the
Tampa indie film clique, and the shady politics that were
defeated by someone (me) who refused to surrender to the
crimes being committed against me and go away; this will
be our story, and it will need to be told, especially since
we will be innovators, and leaders, in the independent film
industry worldwide, eventually.
Regarding Oprah, I am watching it because I wanted to see
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg interviewed, although education
is another issue which I feel strongly about. Well.....
Man, money does not make the person. I think that this person
is a boring nerd. Throwing 100 million into a leaky, broken
system is more of a band-aid than a fix. I’m sorry,
but Mark’s robotic, broken delivery about how the
public school system “made who is he today”
is total B.S. The public school system is ineffective, and
the most that it teaches kids how to do is to conform, conform,
conform. The system turns out sheep, and not leaders. Not
that Zuckerburg is a leader, however; my opinion is that
he is an opportunist. It does not take talent to do some
boring, flawed social networking site where herds of idiots
post pointless babble. This is more than I can write about
here.... I have much more to opine about. Expect more about
Zuckerburg and education in a future issue of Frontier Pop!
092410-1810 - Passinault:
Just watched Tez’s video blog. Not bad... really.
I didn’t care for the F-bombs, the right and wrong
judgements against the individual tastes of others (what
you might like, I might not, and that’s fine. I do
agree, however, with the statement that people who like
something because others tell them to have no taste), and
the comments about “hot girls” (Get laid much,
Tez? Judging from your comments, I’d say not!) and
lusting after “hot rods” (Tez, you either do,
or you don’t. You have to know what you are doing
in order to be involved in the hot rod culture. If you tried
to buy your way in by buying a hot rod, you’d be labeled
a noob and rejected by the others. You can’t fake
it.) It was educational, however, and he did a good job.
Although, personally, I don’t like Tez and his antisocial
attitude, and I think that he is a poor filmmaker, he does
make some good points. You have to respect some of what
he does, as everything that he is into does not suck. At
least my competition is somewhat of a challenge at times
(although your defeat is inevitable).
092710-0314 - Passinault:
Placed our social media accounts on standby. Although
we reserve the right to resume updates in the future, it
is not a cost-effective use of our time at the present.
All of our online time will be spent on our web sites themselves.
We're not sure at this time if the interlinked social media
buttons will be removed from the site, or replaced with
something else altogether. As for myself, I will be writing
a feature article in the future about why this is happening,
and how to properly utilize those sites.
092810-2148 - Passinault:
Will have the new issue of Frontier Pop, along with
some site adjustments, up by 0800 tomorrow morning. After
that, it's three days of working on my photography and design
marketing sites. This work will also benefit Independent
Modeling, which will be using thumbnails from the thumbnail
arrays on the new Venus 3 Venus Class marketing sites for
my photography (The Espy Model Testing Program will be in
gear in about another week; I'm just finishing up tools
and contracts now). Starting next week, four days a week
will be spent on photography marketing sites and talent
resource sites, and one on Frontier Pop. Will be updating
the talent resource sites, finishing Florida Modeling Career,
overhauling Independent Modeling, rebooting Independent
Acting, and working on a new Independent Talent brand /
resource site. Independent Acting, Tampa Bay Acting, and
Tampa Bay Talent will become very important next year as
I do a lot of auditions, and casting, for my indie films.
INTRODUCTION BY EDITOR AND PUBLISHER C. A. PASSINAULT
to the 10th issue of Frontier Pop, Unstoppable!
This issue is about the overall agenda of Frontier Pop, Tampa
Bay Film, Independent Modeling, and all of the other Passinault
properties currently engaged in the three
front war described in the last
This is about a war for change on several distinct, but overlapping,
industries (one has a bearing on another, and is often relevant,
meaning that, in concert, each agenda enhances the others).
This particular issue is about the resources that are going
into these wars, and a look at those resource will indicate
that we are not only determined, but are in this for the long
haul. These conflicts are long term, and we are not only superior
to our competition in every way, but are determined. We also
know exactly what we are doing.
Is it any wonder that our competition is insecure, overly
concerned about what we are doing, and are as vindictive as
Take Tampa Bay Film, for example, as the conflict in Tampa
indie film is not only an ongoing affair, but it’s been
one of the most controversial, and visible, conflicts of the
In 2001, C. A. Passinault was working on his first feature
independent film, Reverence, as he had spent the
better part of the 1990's working in television projects,
being a popular underground DJ, acting in television commercials,
worked on film projects on indie film sets, doing work as
an event planner, and working a wide range of production projects.
In 2001, Passinault and his team not only had internal conflicts
with production partners which eventually led to the cancellation
of his film project, but had come into conflict with some
of the first Tampa indie film production companies that they
crossed paths with.
2001 was also the time that Passinault’s first talent
resource web sites came into existence, which began with Independent
Modeling. By 2002, Independent Acting was launched, too, joining
the already controversial Independent Modeling web site, then
known as Tampa Bay Independent Model.
In 2003, Passinault’s Reverence feature film
project was finally cancelled. A rival film company began
run a series of film festivals in the Tampa Bay area. Passinault,
concerned about their overall agenda, began to criticize what
they were doing on Independent Acting, as well as beginning
development of a film festival of his own, then known as the
Iris Film Festival. This conflict, however brief,
was the first Tampa indie film war of 2003. Of course, there
were no clear winners in that conflict, and by 2004 the film
festival series came to an end. That film festival series,
however, inspired, and led, to a monthly film festival series
which began life as the Coffeehouse Film Review,
or CFR, in Ybor city. A crude effort for a film festival
series, the CFR became a regular hangout for a clique
of friends in the Tampa indie film scene.
In 2005, Passinault, still wary about the film scene because
of the earlier conflict, attended the final CFR,
just before it changed venues and names, and introduced himself.
At first, everything seemed fine. At first.
The CFR was covered by an online pop culture review
web site operated by an aging man who portrayed himself as
the ultimate fanboy, a sort of poor version of Harry Knowles
from Aint It Cool News. This man knew exactly who
Passinault was, as did everyone who spent time on the Internet
in the past decade, due to Passinault's growing number of
popular web sites. It is thought that Nolan,
the wannabe Harry with the Tampa pop culture web site, was
intimidated by Passinault, as Nolan probably figured that
Passinault would bring more competition in web sites than
he could handle. Passinault, you see, was a better designer,
writer, and web master, and also had roots and experience
deep in the entertainment industry.
Passinault, though, did not have any designs on competing
with anyone at the time. He merely wanted to see where the
Tampa indie film scene was. Passinault, as an event planner,
was not impressed with the poorly organized, crude CFR.
He was also not impressed with a lot of local indie films
being shown at the CFR. Passinault briefly thought
about film festivals, again, and about a web site to cover
everything. It didn’t matter at the time, he concluded.
Local Tampa films were not that great, and the CFR
and the Tampa pop culture site combination was all that was
needed. He was content to just get involved, and let the others
do their thing.
In 2006, CFR organizers Paul Guzzo
and Pete Guzzo changed venues of their monthly
film festival in Ybor City, changing its name to The
Tampa Film Review, or TFR. With a larger
venue, the audience exploded in size. The problems that the
CFR had, however, continued on with the TFR.
Passinault went with what was going on, getting involved with
the newly formed Tampa Film Network,
and even reviewing indie films for Nolan at The Tampa
Film Review film festivals; the reviews published on
Nolan’s pop culture web site. On the subject of Tampa
film festivals, Passinault began to attend every film festival
that he could get to, and was determined to become an expert
on Tampa indie film in order to pave the way to making his
films. At the time, Passinault was more known for photography,
web sites, and writing than anything else, but what few realized
is that Passinault already had extensive experience in indie
film, far longer than most of the current filmmakers. Much
of Passinault’s professional training, and experience,
was in independent film.
In 2006, the tide began to turn. Passinault planned on dusting
off his plans for the his 2003 Iris
Film Festival, which had originally been designed to
go head to head with the film festival of the rival film company,
and introduce it as the standard annual film festival for
Tampa filmmakers. During a fateful Tampa Film Network
meeting in the summer of 2006, Passinault announced plans
for his annual film festival, which was ignored when Paul
Guzzo and the Tampa film commissioner, Krista, announced plans
for their own film festival. This film festival would become
the Gasparilla Film Festival, which
would eventually be rebranded as the Gasparilla
International Film Festival.
Passinault was curious about why Paul Guzzo, who was running
The Tampa Film Review, and who was one of the more visible
Tampa indie filmmakers, would team up with the Tampa film
commission and work on a large film festival. The Tampa film
commission, Passinault realized, was a part of the Tampa convention
and visitors bureau, and their entire purpose was to bring
money from large productions into the local Tampa Bay economy.
Tampa filmmakers, on the other hand, didn’t have any
money, nor were they known for making good films. Why would
the film commission be interested in Tampa filmmakers? Could
it be (in our opinion) that they were not being honest about
their intentions, and, if the purpose of the Gasparilla Film
Festival was to market the Tampa Bay area as a location for
large movie productions from out of state, why would Paul
Guzzo, who publicly stated that he and his brother supported
indie filmmaking in the Tampa Bay area, mainly Tampa indie
filmmakers themselves, be so eager to jump on board with something
that was really not in the best interests of Tampa indie film?
Passinault knew that they stated that they would support Tampa
indie films, and that they said that large productions using
Tampa Bay as a location would benefit local indie filmmakers,
but he knew better. He had already seen the results of such
In 2003, a movie by the name of The Punisher
was made in the Tampa Bay area. During this time, it was demonstrated
that the production company trucked all of their crews and
actors in from outside of the area. What money was spent in
the Tampa Bay market were for non-filmmaking support resources,
such as food and lodging, as well as the resources that local
filmmakers needed to make their films. As a result, the production
for The Punisher COMPETED with Tampa filmmakers.
Even the actors couldn’t get a break. Sure, the production
was casting locally, but the most that Tampa actors could
hope for was for a job as an extra, which paid very little
(the production for Oceans 11 was
the same exact game). Worse, still, was the circus which resulted
from con artists marketing principle roles, which were not
being cast here, in those movies, con artists who had nothing
to do with the productions, but used them as bait in order
to sell them services such as acting classes. As a result,
the modeling and talent scams benefited from high profile
film projects, film projects which used up resources and media
How many Tampa filmmakers worked on those productions? How
many Tampa filmmakers had a much tougher time making their
films when these productions were in town? Who got all of
the attention, and the press?
in 2006, a local production company, which was in business
doing television commercials, and with which Pete Guzzo was
involved, pushed a plan of converting an old National Guard
armory in South Tampa into a production studio. Although they
claimed that such a studio would be a benefit for Tampa indie
filmmakers, the bottom line was that the production company
would have had controlling interest in the new studio, and
it would have been a business. How would that have helped
local filmmakers, other than making equipment available for
rent at industry-standard rates, which few filmmakers could
afford? In our opinion, The Armory,
had it gone forward, would have merely served to give that
single Tampa production company an advantage, and dominance,
in the Tampa Bay television commercial and production market.
Of course, Paul Guzzo had a hissy fit when the local government
voted the Armory production studio down; Paul claiming that
the city of Tampa did not support indie filmmakers here. It’s
speculated that he might have actually believed that, but
taking all of the other angles into consideration, what does
that say about his professional judgment, especially with
his involvement with the Gasparilla Film Festival?
Passinault continued to assist local filmmakers and involve
himself in the Tampa indie film scene. In late 2006, the Tampa
Film Network decided to get a group of Tampa filmmakers
together and make a collaborative short indie film. This film,
which was called The Quiet Place,
was the most controversial Tampa film ever made.
Quiet Place was a project from the main players in the
Tampa indie film scene. Passinault, who was friends with the
writer and editor of the film, Tampa filmmaker Chris
Woods, lent his services as the photographer for
the film. Woods needed a lead actress for the film, and Passinault
was friends with some of the best actors in Florida. Passinault
referred his friend, actress Harmony Oswald,
to the film. Harmony and Chris had been friends since 2005,
when Harmony had contracted Passinault’s photography
company to work on her headshots. After that, Harmony and
Passinault became good friends. It was well-known among the
filmmakers that Passinault had extensive talent connections,
as well as a lot of experience casting projects, although
they kept it to themselves, and few of the cast and crew of
the film production were aware of who Passinault was. After
all, it wasn’t like he was going around dropping his
last name among them (and Passinault did this intentionally).
Passinault was only there as a photographer, and he stressed
to those who knew him that he didn’t want the full scope
of what he did divulged on the set. He wanted to work on the
film as just a photographer, and see these people for who
they were. This, of course, made his job more difficult, because
Passinault was not treated well while working on the film,
as he was seen as just a photographer, and few of them actually
really did get to see exactly how everyone was. Damian, the
director, did not communicate well with much of the crew,
or the cast, and he did not cooperate with the efforts of
Passinault to do his job taking production stills. It was
as if the director did not understand the importance of production
stills. Harmony took Passinault aside at one point, while
on break, and told him that he needed to be more assertive
with the director. Passinault replied that he was just there
to help out and do a good job, and it wasn’t his place
to criticize what was going on, or to step on any toes. He
didn’t want to make any waves.
At another point during the production, someone on the crew,
who was a photographer, had the nerve to approach Passinault,
who was on break outside of the building with some other cast
and crew, and ask to borrow his camera. “No”
Passinault replied, “I’m the photographer
on this set. If you need any particular pictures taken, simply
tell me, and I’ll be more than happy to take them”.
The photographer left, and actor Jack Amos,
who was next to Passinault, told him “I was wondering
what you were going to say.....”
Of course, that photographer was caught, two years later,
stealing one of Passinault’s online ads. The production
of The Quiet Place was certainly the best place to
meet and network with other professionals (sarcasm intended).
after production wrapped on The Quiet Place, Chris
Woods relayed to Passinault that, during an outing with some
filmmakers, that a filmmaker was badmouthing Passinault for
no apparent reason. “I don’t like that guy.”
the filmmaker said of Passinault. Passinault inquired as to
why someone was saying that, as he had not done anything to
warrant that kind of outspoken opinion. Woods did not know,
but a loose thread in the tapestry of the illusion of a Tampa
film community was showing.
So, on Nolan’s pop culture web site, in late 2006, Passinault
asked Paul Guzzo about his involvement with The Gasparilla
Film Festival. Paul Guzzo proved to be evasive, and did
not answer the question. In another message board topic thread,
some filmmakers were arguing, and Passinault posted that he
was observing what was going on. Annoyed, Guzzo threw a slanderous
rumor about Passinault in his face, which Passinault had been
completely unaware of. The rumor had been about his conduct
on the set of The Quiet Place, and that Passinault
had supposedly been thrown off set because of it. This was
news to Passinault.
Could have it had been that one of the reasons, in 2006, that
Passinault was not receiving much cooperation was that people
in the film scene were spreading malicious rumors about him
behind his back?
Passinault quickly uncovered the extent of the slander, as
well as the motivation. It seemed that some Tampa filmmakers
had looked at Passinault’s web site, and deemed him
serious competition. The rumors were a campaign of character
assassination, meant to destroy the credibility of an innocent
who had done nothing wrong. Passinault also discovered that
this was a tactic of some of the filmmakers. If the filmmakers
saw a newcomer who they were afraid of competing with, they
would slander them, make it more difficult for them to work
by undermining their credibility, and, eventually, drive them
With this revelation, Passinault decided that he was
going to stop being so politically correct, and that he was
going to tell it how he saw it. He was about to allow his
outspoken, activist nature to become active. He was about
to become very assertive.
Passinault was the last person that they should have
made up things about, and the slander tactics employed by
the small clique of filmmakers was about to backfire.
During the production of The Quiet Place, Passinault
was telling Chris Woods about the idea for an online
film festival. Passinault, who was unaware
that someone had been listening to him other than
Woods, began to work on the online film festival, which relied
upon embedded videos from online video sources.
Work on Tampa Bay Film began.
January of 2007, Tampa
Bay Film and its online film festival launched.
Around the same time, Paul and Pete Guzzo announced
an online film festival of their own, which would
tie into their Tampa Film Review film festival. Some
people in the film scene accused Passinault of stealing the
idea for an online film festival from the Guzzo Brothers,
which was completely untrue. Passinault himself wondered if
the opposite, in fact, was true. He had already noticed some
of his web site design ideas showing up on the web sites of
certain Tampa filmmakers. Web site logs proved, too, that
he was being studied by those filmmakers, as a lot of them
were often on his web sites.
A blogger friend of Nolan's did a review of the new
Tampa Bay Film site, disparaging just about everything about
it. She also claimed that, because the online film
festival did not directly host the films, that it was not
a “real” film festival. The blogger also went
out of the way to promote what the Guzzo Brothers were doing,
working hard to sell them.
the spring of 2007, the Guzzo Brothers online film festival
was dead in the water, soundly defeated by the Tampa
Bay Film Online Film Festival. Throughout
2007, Tampa Bay Film exploded in growth, and popularity. Within
a year, Tampa Bay Film would become a superpower
resource site for Tampa filmmakers, becoming the
voice of Tampa indie film.
Also throughout 2007, Passinault had been debating with several
people in the Tampa indie film scene on the pop culture web
site message board. To his dismay, Passinault noticed that,
on several occasions, that after he had defeated his opponents
in debates, that Nolan, if he was friends with the opponent,
would censor Passinault. Nolan had edited Passinault’s
posts, making it look as if Passinault could not make a good
point or argument, and would then support the opponent. This
censorship pissed off Passinault, and rightfully so. Around
this time, an anonymous poster calling themselves “the_truth”,
who would not reveal who they were, started posting on the
boards stirring up trouble, and inciting fights. Passinault
surmised that the very name “the_truth”
was an insult to the posters on the message board, as the
anonymous poster was basically implying that everyone else
was full of B.S. Not surprisingly, no one else, not even Nolan,
figured that out.
began working on his own monthly film festival, the Tampa
Film Showcase monthly film festival and professional networking
event series. The development of this film festival,
which is still underway, was a long one, and other film festival
properties soon joined the que. Passinault stated that he
would not rush out any film festivals, and that his
film festivals would debut when he was good and ready.
Besides, with the online film festival now giving Tampa film
festival events a run for their money, there was no need to
do anything, yet.
In late 2007, everything came to a head. A huge fight erupted
on the message board between Passinault and a rival writer
named Christian over Tampa Bay Film. Everyone began
fighting, and it’s then that more revelations appeared.
Joe Davison, one of the original founders
of the Tampa Film Network, which was failing around
that time, came to the defense of his friend, Christian, and
denounced Passinault, posting a lot of libelous statements
about him. Passinault had always known Davison as a friend,
and this public betrayal surprised him, even though Davison
had already threatened Passinault in a profanity-filled email.
Passinault ascertained the situation, and sized it up. The
success of Tampa Bay Film was pissing
off some of the people in the Tampa film scene who wanted
to control things. The Guzzo Brothers, two of the key people
in film scene, were saying one thing, and then doing another.
Passinault did have a long history fighting modeling scams
and bringing order to the modeling and photography industries,
and this was brought up by the_truth, and acknowledged,
with the_truth stating that Passinault had a history
of conducting smear campaigns on the Internet under pseudonyms.
This statement led Passinault to suspect that the_truth
was, in fact, a “casting director” who had been
scamming talent by baiting talent with auditions, and then
turning around and selling them workshops and acting classes.
Passinault and his Independent Modeling site were instrumental
in putting the Clearwater casting scam out of business in
2003. Could the_truth be that guy, out for revenge,
or was the_truth somehow connected with Joe Davison
and his friends? Passinault also countered the statement made
by the_truth, and pointed out that this anonymous
person was the one posting under a pseudonym, and not necessarily
A painful realization of another truth hit Passinault. He
despised scams and unethical people in the entertainment industry,
and everyone knew that. Passinault was one of the good guys,
and he worked hard to bring integrity into the entertainment
industry. Everyone knew that, too.
Passinault looked at the people who were claiming to be the
“Tampa film community”, and looked at their pattern
of undermining competition, and progress, through slander,
threats, and politics. A scam, basically, is a use of dishonest
means to obtain a goal. If this film community was actually
a clique which discouraged competitors by discrediting them
through slander and intimidation, this made them something
other than what they claimed. This made them a scam.
These people picked the wrong person to fight when they started
with Passinault. Passinault would not roll over and go away
like their other victims did.
Passinault mobilized Tampa Bay Film for war. It was
time to fight for change, and for integrity, in the Tampa
indie film scene. In December, 2007, Passinault and
Tampa Bay Film declared war on the Tampa indie
January 2008, a film festival review of The Tampa Film
Review film festival series was published on Tampa
Bay Film. This was the first review of The Tampa
Film Review which told it how it was, and it was the
first bad press which the Tampa indie film clique
had received. It was bad press that was long-overdue, and
well-deserved, too, as the review was full of facts, and excellent
points concerning the shortcomings of The Tampa Film Review
Paul Guzzo responded by sending Passinault a profanity-filled
email, slandering Passinault, and calling him a psycho and
a liar. Guzzo then went on the pop culture web site message
board and stated that Passinault was an “insane man”,
which was outright libel which was not backed up by any professional
evaluation. Indeed, to disagree with, or to criticize, anyone
in the Tampa indie film scene was a crime, in their eyes,
and you had to be crazy to do that.
Passinault wondered that, if he looked at a start twinkling
in the night sky for too long, if the star, too, would accuse
him of a crime for just looking at it. Indeed, taking a professional
interest in the integrity of the Tampa indie film scene, and
telling it how it was, was the right thing to do. The Tampa
indie film clique could not take criticism, and the only crime
that was being committed was against Passinault, as they slandered
The war in that first year was intense. The Tampa Film
Review was fairly hammered with bad
press from Tampa Bay Film, and soon other joined
in the criticism of the film festival. Tampa Bay Film
spun off three more web sites, bringing the total to four
in 2008, and one of those sites was the Tampa
Film Blog. Nolan’s blogger friend,
who had disparaged Tampa Bay Film when it first launched,
posted that she’d be “tickled” if the Tampa
Bay Film blog ever launched, if it would ever launch.
She was indeed tickled silly, because the Tampa Film Blog
did launch, and it was everything that it claimed to be, and
more. Within a few months, it took away most of the readers
of the film blogger’s highly biased, kiss-ass blog site,
and the Tampa Film Blog became the official
blog of the Tampa indie film scene. Paul Guzzo was
a regular reader, too, and he sent a profanity-filled email
to Passinault every time that there was a post.
In late 2008, each of the four Tampa Bay Film sites
moved under their own individual domain names, Tampa Bay Film
included. The massively successful Tampa
Bay Film Online Film Festival was moved
under its own domain name, too, and completely rebuilt. As
a result, Tampa Bay Film began to climb search engine
results for anything indie film related (see the image below
for evidence of that progress).
The Tampa Film Review began to have problems. It
couldn’t hold on to a venue. Indie film submissions
to it fell off. In early December, 2008, Paul Guzzo was all
gung-ho about the fifth anniversary of the TFR coming
in January 2009, posting about how they were going to make
it a huge celebration, and that the mayor of Tampa was going
to sign a proclamation of some sort for Tampa filmmakers.
He declared victory, and that The Tampa Film Review
had a long future ahead of it.
Oh, now such public declarations can be misleading. A week
later, the end of the TFR was announced. We can only
speculate about what happened in that last week, but speculation
from sources indicate that Guzzo was frustrated with the lack
of public support for the TFR, the declining submissions,
the bad press, and the competition from the Tampa Bay
Film Online Film Festival. In our opinion, instead of
fixing what was wrong, and what was pointed out, about The
Tampa Film Review, he simply gave up.
crash of the economy in late 2008 might have also had something
to do with what happened, but we may never entirely know,
although the economic downturn dramatically reduced Tampa
indie films being made, as well as Tampa film festivals.
In January, 2009, the final Tampa Film Review was
held in Ybor. It was publicly spun as the “successful
end of a five year run on the TFR”, but everyone
knew better. To most, the TFR ended as a failure,
and the question remained: Why wasn’t it fixed after
the problems were pointed out?
On January 10, 2009, Passinault attempted to end the war with
the indie film clique on his Tampa Film Blog. The
next day, Paul Guzzo emailed him a picture of a naked man
with Passinault’s head photoshopped onto it. The picture,
which did not come directly from Guzzo, was originally sent
from a Passinault hate group affiliated with the Tampa
indie film clique.
It was obvious that, although the Tampa indie film clique
no longer had a monthly hangout, and had lost their significance,
that the war was far from over.
In 2009, Tampa Bay Film spun off four more
web sites. In late 2009, all eight Tampa Bay
Film sites were upgraded to new web sites, and interconnected,
forming one huge meta site. At this point,
the resources poured into the fight to bring integrity and
professionalism to the Tampa indie film scene surpassed any
other investment into any other Passinault interests. Search
engine performance continued to increase (See the image of
a search engine result for “Tampa
indie film” on Yahoo made on 09/23/10 for an
indication of the progress being made in search engine results
for the Tampa Bay Film sites. Tampa Bay Film
is getting there; most of the search engine results on the
first page are for Tampa Bay Film sites. Google should
follow once the current content had been organized, and new
content added). The Tampa Film Blog itself was king
of content, and had over 200 pages of posts. Tampa Bay
Film became the dominant presence in the Tampa indie
For the past year, during 2010, the Tampa Bay Film
site network has been updated regularly, although all seems
quiet in the Tampa indie film scene. The war, however, continues,
as does progress.
mid 2010, Passinault decided to take on the one thing that
was left. He decided to create, and publish, his own pop culture
web site and online magazine, making Nolan’s nightmare
come true. In the summer of 2010, it finally happened. Frontier
Pop launched, and it was better
than Nolan’s pop culture web site in every way (please
keep the history recounted here in mind when you read our
readers reactions section below, which has posts by parodies
of real people. It’s much more interesting now, isn’t
it? Consider this to be added commentary, as well as superb
entertainment for our readers!).
Early reports indicate that Nolan's pop culture web site was
defeated by Frontier Pop in the first week, and it was well-deserved,
and Nolan’s hate site was put in its proper place: LAST
(As of press time, Frontier Pop easily defeats Nolan's
pop culture site on Google for the search term "Tampa
pop culture"). It’s too early to tell
if Passinault’s latest project will cause the closure
of the old pop culture site, much like what supposedly happened
to the TFR after a year.
In 2011, a lot of major developments will be made in Tampa
indie film, and the investment into resources such as Tampa
Bay Film will make all of that possible.
Change is inevitable, and what is coming is quite unstoppable.
With the support infrastructure and resources now in place,
Passinault will begin by making a series of short indie films,
demonstrating that good independent films can be made using
minimal equipment and at low cost. With the short films being
added to his portfolio, he will then start producing a series
of interconnected film festivals and indie film events. The
plan is to inspire creative people and writers to make their
own films, and to eventually establish the first Tampa indie
film community with a new generation of filmmakers. Most of
the current filmmakers will be outnumbered, and the few worth
saving will be assimilated into the new order.
With a new Tampa film community, supporting film festivals
and events, and a wide range of good films being produced
in Tampa Bay my local indie filmmakers, Tampa indie film will
finally get on the map, and will finally earn the respect
of others. Hopefully, within five years, the change into becoming
a worldwide leader in independent film will be well underway,
and it will be because Passinault decided to fight back and
make a difference.
LATEST ON THE OFFICIAL FRONTIER POP SOCIAL MEDIA SITES
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Pop @ Twitter
Good inside information and upcoming features revealed
Pop @ Myspace
LATEST UPDATES ON FRONTIER POP FEATURES
for the Tampa stageplay "Women want everything!"
was updated on 09/19/10. This was one of the first things
published on Frontier Pop, and was online before the site
officially launched. We added video excerpts of the play (and
may add those videos to the
Tampa Bay Film online film festival,
section for September 2010 is now up. It's late,
but that's because it's long.
LATEST UPDATES AND NEWS ON OUR SUPPORTING WEB SITES AND COMPANIES
Modeling has just been updated, again, with the
new site online in October!
Frontier Pop Reader Reactor
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Tez - Posted
Nolan! You were right! Passinault is being a dick with this
web site. It's better than ours, too. We had better get together
and plan a strategy. I don't want to have to surrender to
Frontier Pop. Our Insane Pop Culture Fanboy site MUST do battle
with this threat to our egos! Remember when you said that
all of our readers were gone? Yeah, they left us and came
here! What are we going to do, Nolan, what are we going to
do? Our web site is going the way of my hairline! We are all
Crazed Blog Grrl
he kicks our butts with web sites and blogs, and now he takes
on our pop culture web site with this Frontier Pop! Nolan,
what ARE we going to do? We can't compete with this maniac!
We should have never made up all of that stuff about him and
ganged up on him. We have awakened a sleeping giant, and there
is no stopping him! NO STOPPING HIM! He's like the Borg in
this issue, which I think he is using as a witty metaphor.
Passinault is evil, and he destroys his competition and the
industries that they operate in. Something needs to be done!
He has already taken away all of the readers of my crazed
film blog with his Tampa Film Blog, and you, Nolan, must find
a way to counter his nefarious plans! I HATE his film blog,
I hate it! It's better than mine. Passinault does not have
to kiss butt to get readers, either, like I do. Curses!
Evil Nolan - Posted
worry about it, my boys. Passinault's weakness is that he
spreads himself too thin. He doesn't even have the content
for this issue up right now. At least I get things done when
I say they will get done. Yes, Frontier Pop is the greatest
threat to our crazed pop culture web site in our illustrious
history, but he can't focus on it. I don't have a life, I
can focus all of my time on our site, and Passinault will
never be able to put us out of contention! We will keep the
faith, and we will defeat the dark lord through hard work
and perseverance. YES!
Changeling - Posted
solids... I will never understand your chaotic, petty ways.
Nolan, I have scanned your crazed pop culture web site. Unfortunately,
Frontier Pop has you beat in every way. First off, the design
of your web site is poor, and although it does have a lot
of content, it is not organized well. Frontier Pop is very
well designed, and the content organization is superior (it
looks as if this Passinault genius updated the advanced organization
format from the Frontier Society web site and adapted it for
Frontier Pop. I am very impressed by the way that he has organized
this!). Frontier Pop, although it has been scaled back, also
is updating every week, at least, so I'd say that the days
of your web site are numbered. If only you had the clarity
that I have, Nolan. You would not be so lonely and stressed
Crazed Blog Grrl
is that changeling person?!?!?! Oh my God! He's so creepy!
Be gone, creepy changeling weirdo, or my friends and I will
tell everyone that you are a stalker, and we will destroy
your credibility! Oh, my! I am so freaked out by the weirdo's
on here! This web site is a web site for stalkers, criminals,
and other miscreants! It must be stopped! Nolan we need to
Changeling - Posted
Passinault was right! You people DO discriminate against people
who are different, and who you don't try to understand. You
DO try to assassinate their character with slander and spreading
unprofessional rumors! I feel sorry for you solids. You are
so ignorant and petty. Ultimately, you sell yourself short,
undermine your own credibility, and make enemies who are in
the position to put you in your place. I would not be surprised
if you people are not in business in the near future! You
will be your own undoing!
Michael - Posted
are you calling weird, fat lady? I'm the only singer on here,
so it's not over, yet!
- Posted 09/22/10: 1310
not worry, Crazed Blog Grrl. I will keep my eyes on them!
No one knows who I am, so I do not have to fear stalkers.
Evil Nolan - Posted
truth, buddy, good to see you again! Can you believe that
the content for this issue of Frontier Pop is STILL not up?
Whatever could Passinault be doing instead? At least I publish
my pop culture web site on time every week! Ha ha!
A. Passinault - Posted
Stalkers watching alleged stalkers. That's all that we need
on here. FYI, guys, I'm working on it. The issue should be
up later today, and by tomorrow morning at the latest. The
letters section and editorial took a lot of time. Oh, and
Nolan, why don't you write more for your site? My letters
section alone is larger than what you have up, now. Jeez......
Everyone is a critic!
Tez - Posted
been up all night, not getting much sleep, guys. Someone told
me that Passinault is reviewing my film on this issue. I can't
find it here, or on his Tampa Bay Film sites. Where is the
review? TELL ME! I just know that he is going to trash it!
Wht am I going to do?!?! Passinault just pisses me off. He
thinks that he is a better filmmaker than we are, and he is
all talk and no action. Has anyone seen a film that he has
done? Of course not! He just makes all of these web sites
to trash us! Passinault just wants to be like us, and like
you, Nolan, for making this stupid site. I hate him, and I
hate Frontier Pop! Do you hear me?!?!?!? I bet Passinault
is a crappy DJ, too! Have you read that stupid DJ Blog of
his? Nolan, call me. I need to talk to you. Cuddles.
A. Passinault - Posted
if only you knew. I was a popular underground DJ as DJ Wiz
Kid, and as DJ Frontier, in the 1990's. With technology now
caught up to many of my concepts, and my pogramming formats
refined through years of testing and feeback, you haven't
seen anything yet! DJ Frontier will rise again! Oh, and regarding
my filmmaking, don't worry about it. They'll come out when
I am am good and ready. Additionally, you do not have to be
a filmmaker to be a critic. Remember that. It just so happens
that I am a filmmaker, too, and I've been working on film
projects since 1993. Weren't you in diapers back then, or
is that still the case? I have a feeling that my films will
be as revolutionary as I intend for them to be, and you idiots
will have no choice but to admit it (not to mention this will
give you all a lot more to worry about. When my indie films
make feature films produced in Tampa Bay look far less cost-effective,
and wasteful, many filmmakers are going to be forced to redefine
their concept of filmmaking. This will go the same way with
the array of film festivals that I'm working on. Both the
indie films and the film festivals will soon set standards
in the Tampa indie film scene.). Regarding reviews, I will
say that you're not a good filmmaker, and that most children
with a video camera and their parents computer could probably
put together a better film than you can. You know it, too.
Oh, and your review is the first one that I'm writing. Promise.
I should have it up by tomorrow on the Tampa Film Review Tmpa
Bay Film site, and will be referenced from this issue of Frontier
Pop as a part of the issue.
Tez - Posted
you, Passinault! You're a pyscho! You are a fake, a phoney,and
a fraud! We will expose you for the liar that you are! Cuddles.
A. Passinault - Posted
to slander again, Tez? Why don't you people debate the issues
at hand instead of getting all defensives and resorting to
unprofessional attempts at character assassination with slander
as the tool of choice? I'm not a fake, phony and a fraud (which
are all the same thing, by the way, you moron). If I were,
wouldn't I try to make myself look as good as possible to
everyone? By being real, and telling it how it is, that alone
undermines your slander. I'm not popular with certain people,
and I wouldn't have it any other way. You're just mad because
Frontier Pop is a superior site to that tired, poorly-organized
pop culture site that you and Nolan have. You're also angry
because you are a no-talent failure who is bitter at the world,
are jealous of me for some reason, and because you and Nolan
cannot censor me on here. You're pathetic!
- Posted 09/23/10: 0900
I have seen your film on an online film festival from my mansion
here on the lot! I liked it! You're a talented filmmaker!
A. Passinault - Posted
God.... Carrie, give it a rest! You say that to everyone!
Do you even know what you are saying? Take your medication
and go back to bed!