Frontier Pop Issue 40: Indie Film Revolution In Tampa Bay. Actress Sarah Bray hams it up between takes on the set of the Chris Woods film Spaventare in early 2009.- C. A. Passinault

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Indie Film Revolution In Tampa Bay : Current Issue, Issue 40, Volume 2, for April, 2012. New Issue published every month, and updated throughout the month. Next issue due online May 2012.


041412-0800 - Passinault: Finishing up this issue of Frontier Pop, which is about an indie film revolution in Tampa Bay. I had intended to devote the next three issues of Frontier Pop to independent film and filmmaking, but I think that we can settle for two- April and May 2012. This issue will tie into my new Tampa Film Revolution site, which is a sister site of Frontier Pop. The next issue, which will be due on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, will have a lot of indie film reviews, which will be published, and referenced on, the Tampa Film Review Tampa Bay Film site. The May issue will use the extended publishing format, where content published on affiliated sites is used as a part of the actual issue, and that content is linked back for issue continuity. Frontier Pop is formatted to support extended content publishing, but I have not had the chance to use that feature mode until now. Also, I am finishing up Game Over?, last month's issue. Speaking of past issues, I have at least 8 past issues which either need to be written or need to be finished, so expect about two to three issues to be worked on each month. Enjoy!

050112-1236 - Passinault: Publishing the April 2012 issue in May, which makes this very late. This was due to the development and the launch of Tampa Film Revolution, which launched on April 4, 2012, and is now completely online; Tampa Film Revolution was needed online to tie into the April and the May issues of Frontier Pop. I will be keeping the April issue of Frontier Pop up on the front page for the first week or so of May, until the search engines index it, and then will be moving it into the archives, at which time the May issue will go live. The May issue is going to be very indie film review-centric, with Tampa Bay independent film reviews published on the Tampa Film Review Tampa Bay Film site, and with content also referenced on Tampa Film Revolution. With these issues being so late (AND with some past issues still needing some work), I am toying with the idea of making the June issue about Tampa indie film, production, and DJ'ing. With that, I have some writing to do right now.

070712-0900 - Passinault: Finishing this issue of Frontier Pop, so I can jump ahead and publish the July issue, which is the first issue of Volume 3; The May and June 2012 issues are M.I.A. due to circumstances beyond my control (which I will go into in the July issue). Although the issue numbering system is screwed up chronologically, with missing issues which may remain missing, the issue numbers are locked to the publishing schedule, which in this case is monthly. For continuity purposes, this issue count needs to be current, even if it is a virtual number and not literal. It really will no matter, though, because as I get into a regular monthly schedule of writing new issues of Frontier Pop, and do not miss any issues, no one will remember that there are some missing issues. I WILL, however, finish up the incomplete past issues, and may one day get around to publishing the missing issues, if too much time has not passed by (do not hold your breath, though). I just want to get this site back on track, and this is what I am doing.

122812-0800 - Passinault: After an 8 month hiatus, which was caused addressing things beyond my control, I am looking forward to getting Frontier Pop back on track with monthly issues in 2013. In a nut shell, and I will address this more in detail in the next issue, I had major problems with a search engine in May of 2012 (this is the April issue, and May comes next, so you can guess that, at the time that I published this issue, that I full intended to write and publish issues, on time, for May, June, July, etc.), and it led to a workload which made working on any issues of Frontier Pop impossible. A lot of my sites suffered, because I was spending all of my time working on others. I had to dump domain names, buy new ones, and overhaul many, many web sites, and this took months. Many months.
Because of the issues that led to all of this, this “special crossover issue” has been scaled back, dramatically. There will no longer be any back and forth linking between my sites, because people are using that as leverage to get a search engine to penalize me for it (I am convinced that some people from the modeling and photography industries whom hate me, and whom despised my dominance of the search engines, Pearl-Harbored me. Well, all of this work that I had to do to repair the damage will not be in vain, because I will not be making any mistakes from now on). This, my friends, was the problem, and overhauling 50+ web sites in such a short period of time was nothing short of a miracle. Hell, even Tampa Bay Film was reformatted, and its meta site strategy taken apart as I re branded some projects, took down web sites, and dumped domain names. It was a lot of work.
Things got interesting around September, too, as this work was interrupted by my acquisition of top regional talent resource sites Florida Models and Florida Actors. This was not easy, nor was it fast, and it was a lot of additional work.
So, now, 8 months later, I’m finally getting around to resuming publication of Frontier Pop, as well as the still-new sister site of Frontier Pop, Tampa Film Revolution. The third sister site, Advanced Model, is slated to launch in Q1 of 2013.
The 8+ issues of Frontier Pop which were missed out on may not be done (I will make a decision once the dust settles and I get all of the other things done), and those issues will remain lost for now; the ideas behind those issues will be used in future issues, if not used in the resurrection of the missing ones. I will be spending my time working on new issues, and keeping up a regular, monthly publishing schedule. I will also be spending time tidying up the site organization, adding new features, and finishing unfinished issues that have been started. Tampa Film Revolution has some really interesting features that will also be added to Frontier Pop, such as 3DS Mii and QR code support (this will NOT, however, replace or overhaul the existing site features such as the Reader Reaction section, which is awesome, and will continue. I have been adding more to that in the past few months as I had the chance). I will also be applying Frontier Pop technology and the site class to the Frontier Society web site, as the Frontier Society web site will serve as a back-end for Frontier Pop, and Frontier Pop will continue to serve as a lead-in to Frontier Society.
Although there will be issue gaps of missing issues (with 2012 being a large one), with the volume and issue numbers synched to the calendar, Frontier Pop is, literally, my most important web site (by taking fast action back in May, I also saved its search engine placement, too). Once the issues resume regular publication, and a lot of them have been published, everyone will forget that there was even a gap (although they will notice if they go back and read previous issues, which they will, because all issues remain in-play, and are referenced by subject, too; no issue is ever obsolete, archived, or retired as a result). The issues are all subject orientated, too, as well as by date. Expect video games to become a major part of Frontier Pop, too, as I am planning on adding a massive video game section which is unrelated to the issue format.
As old issues are worked on, they will be referenced from current ones, so that new content additions will not be missed by anyone.
Frontier Pop, despite the forced break, remains Tampa Bay’s top pop culture, entertainment, and subculture web site. Frontier Pop: Know Things. Going forward, this site will tie into all of my events, projects, and work. This site is what you, the readers, deserve.



This issue contains opinions, unless otherwise specified, as our opinions are expressed about named individuals in the Tampa Bay independent film scene, and the subject matter of this issue is very controversial. Read at your own risk.

Frontier Pop Issue 40: Indie Film Revolution In Tampa Bay. Actress Sarah Bray hams it up between takes on the set of the Chris Woods film Spaventare in early 2009.- C. A. PassinaultWelcome to a very special crossover issue of Frontier Pop, which ties in with the very new, and very special, Tampa Film Revolution! Tampa Film Revolution, which launched on-schedule on April 4, 2012 (delaying work on Frontier Pop in the process), is the new sister site of Frontier Pop, and it will be soon joined in our trio of sister sites with Advanced Model. Tampa Film Revolution is a publication of Tampa Bay Film, which is the voice of Tampa Bay indie film, just like Frontier Pop is a publication of the Frontier Society, and Advanced Model is a publication of Independent Modeling.
Frontier Pop is geared toward pop culture, art, entertainment, and enthusiast subjects. Still, just like a rival pop culture and entertainment site that we slammed into the ground, indie film and independent filmmaking in Tampa Bay is a very important subject for us, and Frontier Pop, just like our new sister site Tampa Film Revolution, will be addressing indie film in Tampa Bay. There will be overlap in our coverage.
Regarding a revolution in Tampa indie film, it is needed. Although there has been a war raging in Tampa Bay independent film between Tampa Bay Film and certain elements in the Tampa Bay independent film scene since early 2008, with Tampa Bay Film winning on all fronts and completely defeating most of the opposition, it is our opinion that, even without “interference” from Tampa Bay Film, that most of the players in Tampa Bay indie film have FAILED to put Tampa indie film on the map. With poor film festivals, poor independent films, and so-called Tampa Bay independent filmmakers who freely sell out their filmmaker brothers while professing support for them in the public eye, the past decade of Tampa indie film has been a disgrace. Indeed, one of the reasons that we are waiting to produce our film festivals and indie film events in the Tampa Bay area is because we can; it is highly unlikely, especially with the documented track record of flawed films and other failures from the current players in the Tampa Bay independent film scene, that if we were to give up and do nothing, that nothing would ever be accomplished from those people. It’s not like we are under any threat of any of them actually succeeding in putting Tampa Bay indie film on the map, so we can take as much time as we need to. And we will.
The following, and the rest, of this issue consists of our opinions, and should not be taken as fact unless otherwise specified, well, specifically.
Let’s take a look at what we have observed in Tampa independent film over the years.

1988 - Primitive independent films shot on video cameras are done. C. A. Passinault begins planning and hosting parties, as his Friday Night Party Animals (FNPA) organization is founded. From the very first party, Passinault screens movies, making the parties small film festivals. Passinault writes a variety of short stories, most of which are well-received. Most of the current “players” in the Tampa Bay independent film scene, at this point in history, are either little crying babies soiling their diapers (and some stayed in this state in their arrested emotional and social development. Some would continue to wear diapers until adulthood, it is speculated, because they smell like they are), or have not been born yet. To those who had not been born, if we knew what a waste that these people would turn out to be, we would have suggested that their parents use birth control- forever; The Tampa Bay area would have benefitted from their absence. Other filmmakers are adults at this point, even older than Passinault, and it is speculated that this is the last time that they had sex; those hypothetical intimate encounters with the opposite sex or the same species being highly debatable. One filmmaker started to wear the same shirt with his registered trade mark on it, never washing it from this point on, and began to absorb fatty junk food, mich like a bipedal Amoeba, at crappy convenience stores, in which he made his home eventually. His health problems, persistent obesity, and stench became a part of him from this point on, in our opinion.

1989 - Passinault continues throwing parties, with the final year of the Friday Night Party Animals being the most intense. Passinault begins experiments in production work, with early work in DJ programming.

1990 - The Alpha Beta Delta fraternity and the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority are founded by Passinault and friends at Tampa College in Sable Park. Passinault begins DJ’ing events, with the fraternity and the sorority having a series of awesome parties. Passinault begins official DJ production work as DJ Wiz Kid on October 6, 1990. His third release, an audio tape program, Horizons, released on November 2, 1990, is his first hit.
Passinault is first published as a writer.

1991 - The second year of the Alpha Beta Delta fraternity and the Alpha Omega Delta sorority. Passinault, as DJ Wiz Kid, is on his second generation (GEN 2) of Cassette Program Releases (CPR), by the summer of 1991, starting with his 12th release, Waveform. With the GEN 2 programs having covers made for the programs, Passinault begins his design career.
The fraternity and sorority begin work on new types of events, theme events which would eventually become interactive theme events seven years later.
The fraternity and the sorority, more organized, take action against the college after a student loan aid scandal is exposed. The result is that the college loses millions of dollars. The fraternity and sorority are disbanded after being declared illegal by the college. Passinault, after finding out that the college is not accredited by the University system, later leaves (the student loans come back to haunt Passinault 16 years later, however, in 2007, and are resolved by 2008).
On November 2, 1991, “Sex On The Beach”, a beach party in Apollo Beach by Passinault, ends in a riot when a gang invades.
Passinault makes his last program as DJ Wiz Kid, Waveform 2, on December 7, 1991, which feebly addresses the riot. It is one of his weakest programs.

1992 - The final GEN 2 Cassette Program Release is made. Passinault and roommate get into a fight, the result of which is his DJ gear being destroyed. Unable to make more GEN 2 releases, Passinault vows to rebuild and continue.
Passinault loses everything, however, and does not get re-established in Tampa until mid 1992. With the worst year of his life being 1992, Passinault decides to get serious about his career.

1993 - Passinault re-enters college, this time without taking out student loans, and taking courses from a junior college which is accredited in the University system. Passinault takes theater, music, and writing courses.
Passinault writes his first two stage plays. Actor friends teach him about auditions, and how to cast, and one play comes close to being produced at a local church. Passinault begins his first auditions as a casting director. A conflict with the church results, however, and Passinault pulls the plug on the production, pulling his people out.
Passinault takes television production courses, and is certified as a producer. Passinault begins planning his first television series.
Passinault begins to build a new production studio for audio releases at his home in Tampa. He changes his name from DJ Wiz Kid to DJ Frontier. His underground cyber subculture, the Frontier Society, is founded.
Passinault begins working on independent film projects with filmakers.

1994 - Passinault resumes DJ’ing, this time as DJ Frontier, in June 1994. The first GEN 3 release, and the 22nd release, Futura, is released. Futura, which is the first sidekick program, ties into his upcoming television series of the same name.
Passinault, as DJ Frontier, releases his 23rd Cassette Program Release, Party Zone 2, in July, 1994.
Aurora PhotoArts, Passinault’s photography and design company, is founded on June 10, 1994, as a support company for Passinault’s projects.
With controversy at the television studio and production rules changed, Passinault’s television series, Futura, is cancelled.
Passinault begins a career as a banker.

1995 - Production of GEN 3 DJ releases as DJ Frontier continues, with revolutionary programs being produced, such as Horizons RMX (a remake/ remix of the original Horizons release), Waveform 3, Futura 2, and Generation. Party Zone 3, the most popular Party Zone program, is released.
Passinault moves his production studio to a luxury apartment in Temple Terrace.
Planning on relaunching the Alpha Beta Delta fraternity and the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority at the University of South Florida, Passinault spends months studying parliamentary law, writing new bylaws, and negotiating with officials at the university. The result of this research caused the name of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority to be changed, officially, to the Alpha Omega Delta.
Passinault continues indie film work with Tampa filmmakers, and is on the crew of a local major sci fi channel production.
Passinault begins acting in television commercials.
Passinault finalized Interactive Theme Event (ITE) technology and formatting.

1996 - GEN 3 production work as DJ Frontier continues. Passinault finishes the bylaws of the Alpha Beta Delta and the Alpha Omega Delta sorority, as well as branding and marketing material for the organizations. Due to lack of funding and resources, however, the organizations cannot be launched at USF. The fraternity and the sorority are finally retired, as Passinault decides to focus on business, instead. Passinault plans on bringing back both organizations in the future, when the resources needed are available.
Passinault moves his studio, Geomedia 2, back to Riverview, where it all began in 1990. He begins working on a dedicated production facility, Geomedia 3.

1997 - Production of Gen 3 Cassette Program Releases as DJ Frontier continue. Passinault finishes the script for a new type of DJ program, a radio parody named Rush Hour, and casts actors for voice acting sessions. The recording sessions are completed.
Passinault begins DJ’ing events, weddings, and corporate events.
Passinault resumes DJ’ing his own events and parties, with video gaming being integrated into events for the first time.
Passinault finishes five Interactive Theme Event (ITE) scripts, and plans for future independent film work.

1998 - Passinault unveils first Interactive Theme Event, Silvertree, on January 31, 1998. The prototype theme event was a success.
Passinault, building Geomedia 3 facility, invests in computers, and begins learning digital production tools. Passinault learns web design.
With photographs needed for web site and production work, Aurora PhotoArts increases photography work for the first time in its 4 years.
Passinault’s first web site, Colony Alpha, launches. Colony Alpha, which eventually would go through several incarnations and would ultimately become Frontier Pop, is Tampa Bay’s first pop culture and entertainment site, predating a rival pop culture site by two years.
With digital production paving the way to the future, but with some costs still too high, GEN 3 production work is at its end. Passinault, as DJ Frontier, finishes his final analog GEN 3 releases, with plans to resume production and to create digitally produced GEN 4 CD releases by 2000. Rush Hour, which has been in preproduction for almost a year, but was stalled in the editing phase due to the limitations of GEN 3 production technology, is put on ice for a later release as a digitally produced release.

1999 - Passinault continues photography work with shootout events with models and other photographers. Passinault builds his first photography portfolio.
Geomedia 3 production facility commissioned in Spring 1999.

2000 - Passinault continues photography work. He becomes a professional photographer in late 2000, with Aurora PhotoArts photography and design work displacing his event and DJ work.
GEN 5 DJ production work, to have been digitally produced and done on CD’s, is stalled due to slow computers and limited CD format (old programs were 90 minutes long, and CD’s were limited to 70 minutes). State of computer production technology prevents new CD releases from being made, although some cover mock-ups with photographs and graphics were made.
Although there was an independent film scene in Tampa Bay before 2000 (we know, as C. A. Passinault worked on Tampa indie films as far back as 1993, well before 99% of most of the players in Tampa indie film were around, or even before they knew what independent filmmaking was. Indie filmmaking in the 1990's and 1980's mainly consisted of shooting on analog video or doing work at Public Access on local cable, with next to nothing shot on 8MM or conventional film stock), we really consider 2000 to be the dawn of independent filmmaking in Tampa Bay, as digital video (DV) camcorders and computer-based editing solutions were becoming more affordable. Still, with computers powerful enough to edit films still pricy, as well as storage (10 Terrabytes ran about $19,000.00), filmmaking was still expensive, and cost-prohibitive for most who wanted to become filmmakers. As a result, there were only a few filmmakers in the market at that time. Passinault began working on his Bloody Mary feature independent film, which was derived from a short film script that he had written in 1994. Bloody Mary later became Reverence.

2001 - Passinault, with a professional photography portfolio already established, invests in digital production equipment and new computers. Despite the new computers, GEN 4 production work was still in limbo, due to the limitations of the production technology, hard drive storage, file quality, and the CD format. The GEN 4 CD releases were continually postponed, and then delayed until the technology improved and costs came down. As a result, GEN 4 CD releases were eventually leapfrogged to new GEN 5 production standards, which would not be possible for many years. Passinault decided to wait.
With GEN 4 DJ productions delayed, and then cancelled, Passinault turned his creative efforts to indie filmmaking.
At least three feature independent films were in various stages of production at this time. C. A. Passinault’s “Reverence”, by his Dream Nine Studios production company, “Web Of Darkness” by Renegade Films, and “Unearthed” by Phereomone Studios. Passinault was dependent upon subcontractors for equipment and support resources, however, so he concentrated on casting and writing the script. The other two film projects were further along. Reverence, Web Of Darkness, and Unearthed were known as the big three. Reverence, too, was originally known as “Bloody Mary”, derived from a short film project to have been shot on video back in 1994 and based upon the urban legend, but the premise, story, and the title were changed when Renegade Films did a short film called “Bloody Mary”.
Passinault increases his web site work, building and deploying more web sites.

2002 - Auditions for Reverence (a film about a sorority initiation gone horribly wrong in a haunted graveyard) were in full swing. Unearthed (a film about archeology and aliens) and Web Of Darkness (a film about vampires who had an online community and who met up at night clubs) were in production. A misunderstanding between Dream Nine Studios (DNS) and Renegade Films led to a brief indie film conflict after two DNS actresses turned up in the Renegade Films short film, The Pledge. The Pledge is completed, and is innocuous, with many of the future players in Tampa indie film involved in the production. Passinault was not involved, however, as Dream Nine Studios and Renegade Films remained in conflict after one of the DNS actresses started talking. Independent Acting, then known as Tampa Bay Independent Actor, launches, and begins slamming Tampa filmmaking as the first indie film war between Dream Nine Studios and Renegade continues.
Passinault’s Aurora PhotoArts photography business takes the lead, as Passinault’s DJ’ing and event work takes a back seat, and then declines into stagnation.

2003 - Reverence is cancelled after two production teams flake out, which ends Passinault’s attempt at independent filmmaking the “Hollywood way”. With indie filmmaking still expensive, Passinault decides to wait until technology brings down costs before attempting another independent film. Despite this, Reverence was cast with a group of some of the best actors in Florida, and the script was done; before it was cancelled, the first rehearsals for Reverence had been scheduled. Principle photography for Web Of Darkness competed, and Unearthed production continues. The conflict between Dream Nine Studios and Renegade continues, which is a shame because Renegade Films begins a series of one of the best independent film festivals ever done in the Tampa Bay area, Saints and Sinners. Passinault begins work on a film festival property of his own which would have become a Saints and Sinners killer.
Passinault, after a bad event on December 7, 2002, spends a lot of time auditing other mobile DJ companies. Passinault decides to hold off DJ’ing events until he can sort out his feelings about mobile DJ’ing, the DJ’ing that he had been doing, and how to make it work for him.

2004 - After four successful film festivals, Saints and Sinners is no more, and ends. Paul Guzzo and Pete Guzzo, inspired by Saints and Sinners, start a monthly film festival in Ybor City, The Coffeehouse Film Review. Passinault observes from the Internet, but is reluctant to get involved because of the previous conflict with Renegade Films.
Remnants of Renegade Films begin producing small film festivals, the Halloween Horror Picture Show.

2005 - Nolan Canova attempts a pop culture and entertainment convention, NolanCon, which fails.
Passinault introduces himself to the local indie film scene, and makes peace with the former filmmakers of Renegade Films. He attends the last Coffeehouse Film Review, just before it becomes The Tampa Film Review. He also attends the third Halloween Horror Picture Show film festival at the University of South Florida.
All is at peace.

2006 - Passinault collaborates with filmmakers, referring them actors for independent films. The Tampa Film Network is founded by actor Joe Davison and filmmaker Chris Woods. Passinault helps with the production of a short indie film, The Quiet Place, which was produced by the Tampa Film Network. Passinault begins working on a web site for Tampa independent filmmaking, Tampa Bay Film, and starts experimenting with embedded video files from video hosting sites.
Passinault and Chris Woods discuss Passinault’s idea for a local online film festival while working on the set of The Quiet Place. Someone listens in nearby, eavesdropping.
A Tampa filmmaker sells out other filmmakers by assisting local officials with creating a film festival which does not have the best interests of indie filmmaking in Tampa Bay in mind. Announced at a controversial Tampa Film Network meeting, several indie filmmakers begin to fight over different aspects of the Tampa indie film scene. The more visible parts of this fighting are on the message board of a Tampa pop culture site.

2007 - Passinault launches Tampa Bay Film, which has a built-in online film festival. The first Tampa Bay Film site was launched under the Tampa Hub domain, a mistake, as a Raptor Class site. He becomes aware of slanderous rumors about him by so-called Tampa filmmakers, which were both unexpected and undeserved. A rival online film festival is launched by some filmmakers, but it is defeated by Tampa Bay Film’s online film festival. It is speculated that the filmmakers overheard Passinault telling Chris Woods about online film festival on the set of a short film, and that they used the idea for themselves. They failed, however.
The Gasparilla Film Festival debuts. It sparks controversy among local Tampa Bay indie filmmakers because of its perceived lack of support for local filmmaking.
Some filmmakers begin stating that “Passinault was right” about his observations of the Tampa Bay indie film scene.
Passinault, upon hearing of lies being spread about him, decides that he has been quiet for too long, and begins to debate with filmmakers on the message board. He also begins to voice his opinions. The filmmakers, who were in a gang-like indie film clique, react by attempting to assassinate his character with more lies and rumors. The fighting between Passinault and filmmakers becomes vicious.
Passinault begins to be stalked by an anonymous message board poster.
On December 17, 2007, the Tampa Bay Film was upgraded to a Raptor 3 Raptor Class site, which was much improved.
In December 2007, Tampa Bay Film declared war on the Tampa indie film clique, and the site is mobilized to fight that war.

2008 - Tampa Bay Film begins the Tampa indie film war in January 2008, criticizing the Tampa Bay indie film scene and the actions/ motivation of the Tampa indie film clique. The Tampa Film Review, the monthly film festival by Paul and Pete Guzzo, receives a bad review which enrages Paul Guzzo. Paul Guzzo sends Passinault a profanity-filled email.
The pop culture site with the hate-filled message board continues to attack Passinault and Tampa Bay film. Passinault threatens to compete with the pop culture site, and the owner laughs. Passinault declares a boycott on the pop culture site, and takes action against it, which begins to whittle away at their readers and writers; the pop culture site loses readers as a result of Passinault's boycott.
On March 23, 2008, Tampa Bay Film moved its site under its own domain name, TampaBayFilm.Com. It still used a Raptor 3 Raptor Class site, the same kind of site that Tampa Bay Modeling used. The Tampa Hub site was decommissioned.
Tampa Bay Film splits off into a network of integrated web sites, with much of the content for the other web sites cannibalized from Tampa Bay Film. The online film festival is overhauled and relaunched under its own domain name, becoming the most effective, and most watched, film festival in Tampa Bay.
The Tampa indie film clique begins fighting among themselves due to the stress of the Tampa indie film war. Unable to correct the flaws pointed out with The Tampa Film Review, Paul Guzzo struggles to keep the film festival stable and relevant.
The Tampa Bay Film online film festival begins effectively competing with film festival events in the Tampa Bay area.
The Tampa Film Blog launches, with some very controversial, eye-opening posts. The site suffers, though, from way too much unorganized content, which sinks the blog in search engine results.
The great recession is in full swing, stalling most of the projects in the Tampa Bay indie film scene.
In December 2008, Paul Guzzo announced that he and Pete were ending The Tampa Film Review.

2009 - The last Tampa Film Review film festival is held in January. The failure is spun as a “success”, and the Guzzos and their supporters all claim that it is “mission accomplished”, as they take credit for other film festivals in the area being inspired to start. Most people know better, however; they know the_truth. The end of The Tampa Film Review spells the end of the Tampa indie film clique, too. With nowhere to meet and plot every month, and infighting between them escalating, it all begins to fall apart. The indie film war in Tampa Bay, as well as the boycott against the pop culture web site, begin to take its toll on the pop culture site, too, which will soon have competition which it is not prepared to handle. The Tampa indie film war continues, with Tampa Bay Film and its sites dominating, although not doing nearly as well in search engine performance.
The Tampa indie film clique collapses. They failed.
The Tampa Bay Film online film festival continues to be a more effective, and visited, film festival than all of the Tampa Bay film festival events combined.

2010 - The Tampa pop culture site is losing readers and writers faster than ever, mostly due to the boycott and the infighting. Posts on its message board decline, and one of its writers, before flipping out and fighting with the owner and his friends by posting criimal threats on the message board, suggests putting the message board out of its misery. Competition is in the wings, however, as development of Frontier Pop begins in April 2010. The owner of the pop culture site makes a video about his enemies trying to slam his site, and this inspires a lot of rage from both his friends and his opponents. Frontier Pop launches on July 20, 2010, and it proves to be too much for the pop culture site to handle, as the readers of the pop culture site flock to Frontier Pop. Frontier Pop, which was designed to be able to easily defeat the pop culture site even when it was at its prime, makes short work of the severely weakened site. Frontier Pop becomes the top pop culture and entertainment web site in Tampa Bay, which enrages the pop culture web site owner and his few remaining friends.
On October 7, 2009, Tampa Bay Film split into 8 interconnected web sites, each with its own operating and marketing domain name. A new kind of Raptor Class site, the Super Raptor, was used for the upgraded sites, and the Super Raptor has an additional menu on the right side of the screen for intersite navigation. Had most of the content for the additional site not been cannibalized from Tampa Bay Film, it might have worked, but it did not work, especially with few updates to most of the sites. Still, Tampa Bay Film, now a composite site made up of 8 web sites, had a serious psychological impact on the Tampa Bay indie film scene. The online film festival, which was the most watched film festival in Florida, and the Tampa Film Blog, received the most updates.

2011 - Passinault, sure of leaks with rumors about him, stops talking to the one remaining filmmaker friend that he has who is affiliated with what used to be the Tampa indie film clique.
The boycott against the Tampa pop culture site, coupled with competition from the dominant Frontier Pop web site, begins taking a severe toll on the pop culture site. They disable their reader comments section at the bottom of their front page in an attempt to steer the readers to the message board, which is now a ghost town. Since there are few readers left, and they have to log in in order to post comments, it fails. The state of the message board, with few people posting, are a glaring, and an obvious, reminder that the site has finally failed.
The pop culture site owner announces that he quitting the web site, which really was no surprise, and that he will turn ownership over to his assistant, who ironically was one of the worst, most crass troublemakers on the site. Many wonder if it was a plan of the assistant to discourage the owner so that he could take over the site. The owner maintained that the decline of his web site was because of increased “competition” with social media (which had nothing to do with it, as it is like comparing Apples and Oranges. Social media might be more active, but it cannot compete with a site which has actual compelling, good content on it. In our opinion, because his site had a lot of poor content, and it was had an undeserved elitist attitude which was hostile to readers, as well as other issues of things such as censorship of readers comments and message board post, that it what led to its decline!), and not because of his growing list of vocal detractors and critics.
On May 14, 2011, the Tampa Film Blog finally completed organizing its over 500 pages of content. Although it would have worked had it been done from the start in 2008, the search engines do not index the newly organized content like they should have, and it is too little, too late. Despite this, however, from word of mouth and because it was connected to the hugely successful and popular online film festival, the blog has a lot of readers, and it is the most read indie film blog in Tampa Bay. It ends up virtually shutting down a rival indie film blog run by a blogger who blindly supported everyone, and who was overly friendly just to be accepted by fanboys, in our opinion.
Passinault runs into the pop culture web site owner at a Tampa Comic Con. The owner has a civil conversation with Passinault, and asks him what he will do with Frontier Pop if his pop culture site goes dark after he hands over the site to his assistant editor. Passinault stresses that Frontier Pop is not published specifically to counter the pop culture site, although he admits that the pop culture site did a better job at covering fringe things like Comic Con because Passinault was not into those things. Although the owner of the site and Passinault had a pleasant conversation, his friends treated Passinault rudely, which was expected.
Paul Guzzo begins running a coffee shop in the Tampa Bay area, and attempts to resurrect the Coffeehouse Film Review. Passinault finds out, and buys the domain name so that he can cover the film festivals properly. Passinault is shocked that the Guzzo brothers made the mistake of not buying the domain name themselves when they decided to re launch the film festival.
Passinault assesses the Tampa Bay Film sites, which are failing to dominate search engine results because of a series of mistakes that Passinault made at the beginning. Although the online film festival is the most successful of the sites, and it does extremely well in search results, and the Tampa Film Blog has a lot of readers, primarily because the online film festival is connected to it, there are a lot of problems with the sites, which include a lack of updates and new content. Passinault begins researching what went wrong, and planning on how to fix it. At this point, the Tampa indie film war slows, and Passinault ponders on if he should end the war, as his opponents had long been defeated.
At the end of the year, the owner of the pop culture site ends his career as the editor, and hands over ownership to his assistant.
At the end of 2011, the Tampa Film Commission shut down. Indie filmmakers, remembering the years of questionable politics, other filmmakers who sold them out to the film commission, and the unfulfilled promises of support, cheered. It was another victory for independent filmmaking in Tampa Bay, and Tampa Bay Film and its allies were winning the ongoing Tampa indie film war.

2012 -
The new owner of the pop culture site makes the previous owner his sidekick, and they begin a series of podcasts and video series. The podcasts, although they address obscure, fringe subjects such as UFO’s and conspiracies, are actually quite good. Passinault wonders if they got the idea for the podcast from his early announcement on Frontier Pop that Frontier Pop would eventually have a podcast program. His fears turn out to be largely unfounded, as the podcasts served entirely different audiences.
Paul Guzzo finds out about Passinault owning CoffeehouseFilmReview.Com and TheCoffeeHouseFilmReview.Com, especially since the Coffeehouse Film Review site is tops on search engine results after a few short months online. Guzzo changes the name to “Coffeehouse Films”, failing to realize that the name was already taken as a domain name, and that is was being used by a production company outside of the Tampa Bay area. Passinault saw this, and did not want Guzzo to lose his brand; he offered Guzzo, through a mutual filmmaker friend, ownership of both domain names and web sites, free of charge, with no strings attached or obligations. Guzzo declined, and Passinault decided to keep the domain names.
The Coffeehouse Film Review/ Coffeehouse Films film festival events continue to sputter, plagued by the same problems that the original Coffeehouse Film Review and The Tampa Film Review had. This time, however, it had even worse problems, such as much poorer promotion, issues communicating with their target audience and marketing the film festival, and showing even worse films. The premature reliance upon social media also hurt them, as their announcements were lost in the sea of social media noise, especially without a real web site to effectively market and support the film festivals. At the time of the this writing, it is unknown if the film festival will survive the year, and we do not think that it deserves to last, especially since it is our opinion that Paul Guzzo is now trying to cash in on the film festival, and people see right through him.
In April 2012, Tampa Film Revolution, an online publication of Tampa Bay Film, launched. It was a new sister site of Frontier Pop, and used an upgraded version of the Pioneer Class web site. It was one of the most advanced web sites ever built by Passinault.
In May 2012, Passinault encountered severe problems with his web sites and a top search engine. All of his sites linked to each other. His most high profile sites, which have consistently dominated the search results for years, were penalized because they linked to each other. Passinault spent weeks disconnecting all of his sites from each other, as well as doing a lot of research into what was going on. Most of his sites, including Frontier Pop, were spared being penalized, as he fixed everything in time. Realizing that the interconnected site strategy would no longer work, and that, with well-organized content and regular updates, that such tactics were not needed, Passinault began dumping domain names and web sites. This was a headache, but saved him money, and enabled him to focus on his remaining web sites. Passinault also invested in new web sites to reclaim what was lost, this time with the strategy of using a number of stand-alone web sites addressing specific markets. Passinault completely overhauled his web site strategy, and in some cases, changed tactics by reversing them.
Tampa Bay Film, which was spared by default because it was not a high profile site in the search results, was targeted by Passinault for an overhaul. Still, Passinault disabled the intersite link array between the Tampa Bay Film sites. He brought some of the sites offline. He began work to re absorb the Tampa Bay Film sites, which were spun-off back in 2008, back into the a new Tampa Bay Film site, including his two most popular sites, the online film festival and the Tampa Film Blog. The plan was to decommission the Tampa Bay Film Super Raptor Raptor Class site, and to replaced it with a late 3rd generation Revolution Class site. The new Tampa Bay Film site would be entirely new from the ground up, with new code, new directories, and new content; fixing all of the early mistakes that later incarnations of the original site had to burdened with. The new Tampa Bay Film would also have an updated, enhanced online film festival and a Tampa Bay Film Blog, which would replace the existing online film festival and the Tampa Film Blog, despite their successes. It was also decided to keep the original online film festival online until the new one had more films online, and to keep the Tampa Film Blog online indefinitely as an archive, possibly to be downgraded to a Raptor 3 Raptor Class site. The new Tampa Bay Film site is scheduled to launch in late September, 2012, and because the old site will be completely erased in the process, links to existing sections of the site will go dark (bookmark the main index, which the the first pge at TampaBayFilm.Com). It was the end of an era, and the beginning of a new one, even though the official launch date of 2007 for Tampa Bay Film remains.
Passinault also decided to expand upon the Tampa Bay indie film war, even though his opponents were in defeat, because the war was now against what was still going on in the Tampa Bay indie film scene. Passinault also realized that, with his work increasing in photography, modeling, and events, that it would be some time before his first short indie films could be made, and before he would debut his film festival and events. He had time. With the Reverence Film Festival now due around the fall of 2014, his monthly film festival series now due around January 2015, and his annual Frontier Film Festival, and the first film conference indie film event now due in 2016, he had time. 2012 and 2013 were time for a renewed, expanded offensive in the indie film war, to soften up the market for what was to come, and the new Tampa Bay Film site, with all of the mistakes fixed, would take point and do it quite effectively. Of course, support sites such as Tampa Film Revolution, Tampa Film Review, and Coffeehouse Film Review would also assist; the Tampa Film Review and the Coffeehouse Film Review sites would be converted into resource, review, and opinion sites optimized to specifically address those film festivals and what went wrong, as Passinault would not allow people to forget. Even more in-depth reviews and features about those film festivals were also planned for the new Tampa Bay Film site, which would cause those film festivals to be addressed on two separate fronts.
The future of Tampa Bay indie film finally looks brighter.

The future of Tampa Bay independent film
The following is our opinion, and time lines are tentative. At the time of this writing, this is what we predict will happen.

The pop culture site never regains its former popularity, and continues on in relative obscurity, with Frontier Pop dominating all. There is a 50% chance that it will soon fail. Since the pop culture site no longer covers independent film in Tampa Bay, it no longer has any bearing in Tampa Bay independent film, despite its owners attempting to make indie films. Their contribution to indie film will be so insignificant, that they no longer warrant being mentioned in these predictions.
Underground film festivals by Tampa Bay Film will run, and will be covered on the Tampa Bay Film site.
Passinault makes first short indie films with basic equipment and on tiny budgets, proving that a portfolio of diverse, innovative independent films with good stories and good acting can be done inexpensively. The stories will be original and unique, too, often taking on topics that Hollywood does not. Tampa Film Revolution will publish tutorial articles covering the making of Passinault films, and Tampa Bay Film will have the resources to support indie filmmaking efforts in Tampa Bay. A new generation of independent filmmakers will be inspired by this innovative work and the coverage that they can easily reference online.
Passinault begins filming his online television series.
Tampa Bay Film and Tampa Film Revolution dominate search results relevant to indie film in Tampa Bay, their only competition here being the word of mouth driving people to the sites, which is a win-win.
The Tampa Bay indie film war goes on, in its most intense levels ever. Many filmmakers are driven from the market in defeat, displaced by a new generation of indie filmmakers who actually have talent, and who quickly overtake them in experience and skill.
The new Tampa Bay Film online film festival, better than the previous incarnations, becomes a huge marketing platform for the promotion of indie films. The first Passinault films are debuted on the online film festival, and the older filmmakers will be humiliated by the results of that work. Some of the older filmmakers will try to adapt and make better films, but their lack of talent, and their ego’s, will prevent them from succeeding.

A new generation of indie filmmakers are making some good films in the Tampa Bay area. The Tampa Bay Film Online Film Festival continues to be the top platform for marketing indie films, and it is easily more effective than all of the film festival events in Florida, combined.
Passinualt completes his Reverence short film.
Passinault and his Frontier Stage Productions company debuts the Reverence Film Festival in fall of 2014. It is easily the best, and most creative, film festival event ever done in the Tampa Bay area, with new ideas and features that have never been done before. Passinault’s Reverence short film debuts at this film festival, and it is available for viewing, free of charge, on the Tampa Bay Film Online Film Festival the following day. Like all of Passinault’s film festivals and events, Tampa Bay Film, Tampa Film Revolution, and Frontier Pop are heavily promoted, as are sites such as Tampa Film Review and Coffeehouse Film Review, for those who want to know the history of Tampa Bay indie film, and work to avoid repeating the mistakes of those who tried and failed in the past.
Passinault’s upcoming monthly film festival and networking event series, months away, is promoted.

In January, the Tampa Bay Film monthly film festival and networking event series debuts. It runs every month, and becomes the best event venue for indie filmmakers to show their work.
During this year, we expect the new generation of indie filmmakers to make the earlier filmmakers from 2000-2012 look pathetic, and most of them will be driven from the market in defeat. The Tampa Bay indie film war will finally wind down, as Tampa Bay Film and our growing army of allies win.
The old players in the Tampa Bay indie film scene who worked against progress, such as the ones affiliated with the Tampa indie film clique, and who attempt to remain relevant, will attempt to become involved with the new indie film scene, and they will be denied; forever in the wastelands on the outskirts of the new Tampa Bay indie film scene.
The Guzzo Brothers will give up trying to do film festivals and indie films. Their mindless, but talented, supporters will bow before the new generation of indie filmmakers, and they will be assimilated into the first Tampa film community. All involved will benefit.
The second Reverence Film Festival will debut in the fall of 2015.
Passinault, now with a large portfolio of short indie films, gets investors to invest in ambitious feature independent films. Other innovative filmmakers do the same. With investors and money, they all invest in the best equipment available, and begin making independent films which are able to compete with the best in the world.
Victory will be complete. Well, almost.

The Tampa Bay Film monthly film festivals and networking events will continue to run. They will make the large film festivals look overblown, over hyped, and like a poor investment, and sponsors will cease sponsoring those large film festivals.
The Frontier Film Festival, a large annual film festival from Tampa Bay Film and Frontier Stage Productions, and which ties into the monthly film festival and networking event series, will debut. Rival film festivals will not be able to compete, and most will be forced to change their format and to adapt to new conditions in the market.
We expect the Gasparilla International Film Festival to fail soon after, within 3 years, if it still exists at this point (and we will throw a celebration when the GIFF fails, as it is our opinion that this film festival is set up to promote the Tampa Bay area as a movie making location for Hollywood, which does not support indie filmmaking in Tampa Bay). Specialty niche film festivals, such as the alternative lifestyle film festivals, will probably survive. We expect the Sunscreen Film Festival to adapt and survive.
Film schools in the Bay area will fail, as filmmakers will finally realize that the schools are useless, and that better information and experience is available for free. Film festivals will give up on marketing overpriced workshops, as better, more relevant ones take the market from them.
The remaining film festivals will be forced to respect, and support, Tampa Bay indie filmmakers and their films. There will be a transition from promoting the Tampa Bay area as a location for Hollywood, to promoting independent films made my indie filmmakers here in Tampa Bay.
The indie film conference event from Tampa Bay Film will debut in the Spring of 2016, and will be a conference for indie filmmakers in Tampa Bay every year.
The third Reverence Film Festival will debut in the Fall of 2016.
The revolution in Tampa Bay indie film will be fully underway, and there will be no denying it. Tampa Film Revolution becomes a popular, highly-referenced online publication of indie filmmaking throughout the world.

Tampa Bay Film festivals and conferences continue to run.
The last generation of indie filmmakers, failed, are no longer relevant in the market. Joe Davison flees the Tampa Bay market to try to make his career work somewhere else. No one misses him or his poorly made films. Davison makes a film about how much he hates Passinault and Tampa Bay Film, and spends the entire time that he spends on screen crying, which ironically is the best “acting” that he has ever done because he is not acting, but is finally being sincere. No one watches it, though, as they have long given up on his films.
Some of the best, and most innovative films, ever made will be made here in the Tampa Bay area by Tampa filmmakers.

Tampa Bay independent filmmaking, and the films, will be on the map. Joe Davison, from his new hideout and home base in Alaska, where he tries to make money teaching people to write screenplays and make films, will try to take the credit. His “students” will read about him online, and see his films, where his poor writing cripples the films, and he plays himself in each one with a different name, and they will go “WTF?”. Joe will fail as a teacher, too. He will become a server at a restaurant in an Eskimo village, and will continue to self-publish badly-written books on Amazon which no one reads or buys, but which allow him to continue to claim that he has been published. At night, as he says his prayers, he will weep, and will cry out “But I founded the Tampa Film Network!”, deluding himself from realizing that he failed at that, too, and it took the hard work of Dan Brienza to finally make that work, and a success.
Joe Davison’s film Experiment 7, however, now known as “Excrement 7", becomes popular as a film that is so bad that it is unintentionally funny. Many college students use it for drinking games, and to make fun of Joe trying to be a tough action star. Of course, due to bad decisions made, Joe doesn’t see a dime from its popularity, and is remembered as a joke.
Wynkoop will become an “A” list celebrity. Rod Grant will become a famous filmmaker, finally recognized for his talent and his writing, as well as his acting.

Tampa Bay indie filmmakers and indie film in the area will become leaders in independent film worldwide. Our films will be among the best, and most creative, in the industry. Hollywood will start to look to the Tampa Bay area as a source of films to buy and distribute, instead of a region in which to make movies.
The cities of the Tampa Bay area will apologize for not supporting indie filmmaking in the area.

Tampa Bay independent film will expand its leadership and influence in the indie film industry. Tampa Bay indie filmmakers will make this a Hollywood east on their own, and create an industry which will rival the one in Hollywood.

New, advanced types of films will be done in the Tampa Bay area by the world’s best filmmakers. Films will begin merging with other types of media, including interactive media.

Some of the best entertainment and creative projects in the world will be produced in the Tampa Bay area, including new types of indie films. Our leadership and influence on the industry will continue to grow.

“We will pave the way with conflict, but we will conquer with peace.”
- C. A. Passinault


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Joeba The Butt Joeba The Butt - Posted 04/24/12: 2212

PASSINAULT! How dare you! You have crossed the line even more, now! You are a piece of S..T, you! Next time I see you, I’m going to hit you in the face! Well, I don’t care what you write on this hate site! No one really reads it! You havent been able to destroy me before, and you wont be able to do it, ever! At least I make films and have been published! You only write about films and publish web sites that no one reads! You only slam the real filmmakers in Tampa Bay, and you are a joke and a sore on the indie film community!

Evil Nolan Evil Nolan - Posted 04/25/12: 0852

This is pure fantasy and far-out, make-believe speculation. Passinault rewrites the facts about history to make himself look good. That “pop culture site” that he keeps referring to was first in Tampa Bay, and Frontier Pop, for whatever good that it does, did not exist until 2010, and even then it was not published or updated regularly (At least I finished my issues!). Nice to see that he thinks that he is a time traveler now, and now states that Frontier Pop was around in 1998. Passinault is not longer satisfied in thinking that he is better than all of us. He is now telling people that he was first, too. Film festivals at parties in 1988? Making independent films with Tampa filmmakers in 1993? I’ve never heard about any of this until now! Also, glad to see that you finally figure out how to make a paragraph on your web site. I guess that it is so that you can edit your fantasy-filled history better! Passinault SHOULD be a writer, though, because he has one hell of an imagination, even if it has no basis in reality. Ha ha!
I should also add that Passinault tries to do too much, and tries too hard to be an expert in everything. He has so many stupid web sites that he can’t publish anything regularly on them, or do a good job when he does!

Tez Nutjob Tez - Posted 09/21/10: 0815

He can’t beat the podcast, Nolan, so now he says that it is good! Whatever.... Nice way to admit to defeat. I would like to see Passinault make a podcast, if he can. I’ll listen to it just to laugh. It’s also funny that, despite announcing his so-called “podcast”, that he hasn’t done it yet. Like every one of his other projects in his long list of projects, it will always be “next year”. Ha ha! That’s brilliant.... He can announce things and take credit for doing them without actually doing them! Too bad he will not actually get anywhere going on like that, and no one will take him seriously! How long has he been working on his film festivals? 10 years? When will we ever see one? Oh, no, we will just keep reading about them! At least reading about what he is going to do (next year) is entertaining, and it gives us ideas!

Crazed Blog Grrl Crazed Blog Grrl - Posted 09/21/10: 0823

He did NOT put me out of business! I am still blogging! I just have not had the time lately because I have been dealing with personal issues. What kind of MAN beats up on a woman online constantly? Passinault is a bully! I am being persecuted!
I also agree that Passinault only talks about things. He is all talk and no action. How can he compete with us if he does not ever do anything? I guess that is one way to claim that you won’t fail. His projects take way too long, and all that I see are endless web sites with long-winded rants.

Monica Stevens - Model and Advanced Model Staffer Monica Stevens - Posted 07/20/10: 0803

Pot, meet kettle. We see right through you people and your defensive bitching on here. The history on here is accurate, and not revisionist. You people are just sore losers. Passinault has already stated, numerous times, that Frontier Pop had its roots in Colony Alpha, which launched in 1998, as well as his other web sites. Just because you people are arrogant enough to assume that, just because you haven’t heard of it, that it did not happen does not change the fact that it did happen. You are all in denial, and are accusing Passinault, once again, of what you are all guilty of. Everyone knows that Passinault did not start this feud, and that he did not do anything wrong when you all began discriminating against him and slandering him behind his back, in an attempt to discredit him because you were afraid of competing with him. That is so pathetic and unprofessional! When Passinault stuck up for himself and fought back, you guys would not admit that you were beat, and instead tried to say that he was crazy. Passinault is right, and he still hasn’t done anything wrong, unlike the rest of you neurotic, unethical, insecure, idiotic fools! No one respects you people. Everyone knows the_truth!
Oh, and Tez, you might want to check your comments. I recall Nolan saying the same thing about Passinault competing with his site, and when Passinault finally did, with Frontier Pop, it made Nolan regret those statements. Passinault easily defeated Nolan, and he will easily defeat, you, too, emo-boy! If you knew what you were talking about, you would know that Passinault has a hell of a lot more experience than you do doing podcast-like programs, as he was doing podcasts, while breaking music, many years before podcasts even existed. From 1990 to 1998, he did a lot of releases as an underground DJ, and even though that was a long time ago, they all blew away your current “podcasts”! If you people have been reading the Tampa DJ Blog, which I believe that you have, you would know that Passinault knows what he is doing, and that he is better at these things than you people will ever be. He will eventually get his podcast program going, and I’d bet everything that it will make your podcasts look pathetic, just like Frontier Pop made the pop culture site look pathetic. He beat you. He will continue to beat you. You people can’t accept that, and are angry little people who hate someone because they are real and talented. Everyone knows! Your insecurities are obvious, not to mention pathetic! Oh, and Joeba, your ego writes checks that your talent and skill cannot cash; you rely upon others to do your films, and your insistence on writing the scripts and casting yourself in the lead cripples your films, IMO.

Muse Boy - Posted 07/20/10: 0803
Frontier Pop is a HATE site against Nolan and Tez! Passinault needs to concentrate on writing good content on this site instead of constantly SLAMMING the good, talented people of the Tampa Bay arts and pop culture community. He is a no-talent, angry looser who spends all of his time criticizing what is wrong instead of doing something to fix it. Stop stating the obvious, and attacking innocent people, and do something to make things better! What a looser! Nolan and Tez should sue Passinault for slander!

Bill LumberghBill Lumbergh - Posted 11/24/11: 1124

Yeah. Right. What’s happening? I have been reading this site, and the ones who are in the wrong, IMO, are the fanboys who are sore losers and keep complaining about Passinault. Passinault is right. Yeah.........

General Zod, ruler of planet Houston General Zod - Posted 11/24/11: 1124

You insane fanboys are not worthy of kneeling before me, your lord Zod! You fanboys are idiots and the real losers. Passinault is the only one who can stand before me, as he is truly powerful. Now, everyone else can kneel before me and pledge their allegiance to me!

Stevie BeetleStevie Beetle - Posted 11/23/10: 0915

Passinault is spending too much time sucking off his gay lovers. Speaking on behalf of the fanboy and pop culture community in Tampa Bay, he is a pretentious hate monger who attacks the real talent and the enthusiasts in the Tampa Bay area.

Michael J. Michael - Posted 07/20/10: 1939

Who you calling gay, you fat beetle? I would know a gay person, and Passinault is not gay! Sounds to me like it is wishful thinking on your part, and that you are wishing that Passinault were gay for your own self-serving needs. Come out of the closet, fanboys! Woooooooo!

Changeling Changeling - Posted 09/21/10: 1019

Sounds like the fanboys cannot debate with Passinault, and have to resort to slander, accusing him of things that they cannot prove. Makes sense. The fanboys, which include Nolan and his friends, cannot compete with Passinault and are afraid of competing with him, so they try to assassinate his character with lies. I guess that slander is the new way of discriminating against someone and getting away with it. Except that Passinault did not allow you all to get away with the unethical tactics that you have used against people before, tactics of slander which you continue to use. He fought back, called you out for what you do, and made you accountable. Now, you are all sore losers, and someone with the integrity and the courage to fight back against you makes you all mad. All of your B.S. only proves that Passinault won, and continues to win.

Monica Stevens - Model and Advanced Model Staffer Monica Stevens - Posted 07/20/10: 0803

Right? These fanboys are losers... Fat, balding losers. Now, I am not superficial, like some models are, and I do not judge people based upon their appearance. I give them a chance. It’s just that I am really happy when these fat, balding losers lend credibility to the stereotypes that their appearance inspires; they are exactly as they are perceived when you first lay eyes upon them. Nolan smells badly, too, in my opinion, and I laughed out loud when I read in the history on Tampa Bay indie film that he has been wearing the same shirt, without washing it, for years. Disgusting! Fanboy stench will keep all of you from dating and getting a girl, or guy, I gather from the thinly-veiled closet mentalities that you all have. I can’t help but imagine the fanboys becoming the human centipede as they all train each other in smelly passion, their heads bobbing in unison for the few moments that they last. How fitting, literally!
God, that is so sick. It’s funny, too, at their expense!
No wonder these insane fanboys are so fanatical about whatever it is that they are into. No one loves them, and they need something to give their pathetic lives a purpose!
I bet that Passinault regrets ever meeting these losers and trying to help them out with their indie film projects, especially as dishonorable as they behaved when they backstabbed him.
Oh, and to Nolan and Tez’s remarks about Passinault not getting anything done, and just writing. Well, he HAS accomplished a lot. You people only see what you want to see.

Bill LumberghBill Lumbergh - Posted 11/24/11: 1124

Ew. Yeah.


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Kendrix - Frontier Pop staff writer Kendrix - Posted 11/24/11: 1124

Passinault has been a great help and an inspiration for the real artists and professionals in the Tampa Bay area. He has our support. The so-called “fanboys” are idiots, in my opinion, as well as fools who need help and reject it when it comes along. They cannot succeed. If you look at all of the dedication and hard work that Passinault has done, he will succeed, and no one will be able to stop him. The fanboys need to know that using slander to attack someone’s credibility backfires, and it is a stupid tactic!

Joeba The Butt Joeba The Butt - Posted 02/24/12: 2212

I am not fat! I am not! I’m going to put you in your place, Monica, do you hear me?!?! Your writhing skinny-ass model body will be in my clutches, soon, and I will make you pay for your silly words!

Monica Stevens - Model and Advanced Model Staffer Monica Stevens - Posted 07/20/10: 0803

Keep dreaming, fat boy. Maybe you should try putting yourself in your place, if you can find it. You’re pathetic, you sleazy clown. Why does it seem that you are someone who tries to take things from people? Get laid from something who will consent to being with you, if you can find such a thing. Maybe then you will stop being so insecure and whiney.

Muse Boy
Everyone knows that all of the readers on this site are fake characters which Passinault makes up! I want a fake readers profile, too! If Passinault had real readers, he would not have to hide behind these made-up characters. Passinault is lonely and pathetic. Paul said that Passinault has no friends or supporters. Ha!

Monica Stevens - Model and Advanced Model Staffer Monica Stevens - Posted 07/20/10: 0803

Just because we do not post real pictures does not mean that we are fake, muse boy. Hey, weren’t you the one who failed with their web site? Aren’t you the hyper, neurotic fanboy who claims one thing and then does another? Anyway, I’m sure that Passinault is such a good writer, and has such a powerful imagination, that all of his friends are made-up. All of the models and talent that he hangs out with, and is seen in public with, must be imaginary! All of the models and talent in his photographs must be make-believe, too! Also, the actresses that he referred to your indie film projects back in the day, before he found out that you all were slandering him behind his back, must be imaginary, too! Harmony and Sarah must be make-believe characters that Passinault just made-up! For imaginary characters, you all seemed to be eager to try to get them to help you with other projects, and then were made when they refused to help you because they found out that you fanboys were a bunch of fakes, and you slandered Passinault. I wonder what you guys will do now that you have been cut off from good actresses and models. Oh, that’s right, the latest Chris Woods films already answered that. Those actresses are disgusting, and they can’t act, either!
Just because you idiots convince yourselves that your lies are the truth does not make it reality. You know what is going on. You’re just mad because Passinault and his actress friends refuse to help you anymore.

C. A. PassinaultC. A. Passinault - Posted 11/23/10: 1020

I’m not going to dignify the slander with a response. I’m sure that all of the players on here, especially the angry fanboys, most of whom are pissed off because I put their pop culture site out of business with Frontier Pop, know the reality of the situation.
I know who I am, and so do my friends. The fanboys really lost when they proved to me that they could not be trusted, and I stopped helping them. Now, they are in the position where they are forced to compete with me, and I am sure that it is frustrating for them when they discover that they cannot compete with me.
They screwed up. They are certainly reaping what they have sowed this time. They also regret starting with me, as I have put them in their place, and will continue to do so.
I will address the “always next year” criticism that is always leveled at me. First of all, the history that I write about is real and has happened. Nothing can undo that. I know it happened, and that is all that is important, and that’s good enough for me. Others, however, including my friends, also know what happened. Just because some idiots go around saying that none of this happened does not make it true, and they cannot take my accomplishments away with their lies.
It is true that some of my plans are taking longer to do than I want. That happens to everyone, and in most cases, the only mistake that I made would be announcing those projects well before I was in position to do them. Anticipating future market conditions, and what the market will need, however, is one of the things that I do well, and I will continue to do that. I plan years ahead, and have long-term plans. It’s jut amusing that none of my critics will admit to what I HAVE done, even when they themselves witnessed it. I actually have a better track record than most, especially them, and often it is not a question of “if”, but rather “when”. With the indie films and the film festivals, etc, the economy has had a lot to do with what I have been able to do. Another ongoing issue is that I do have a lot going on, and it slows down progress on some projects, especially when those projects may be dependent upon other projects to be in place, first, before they can proceed. Sometimes, you just have to do what you can do, and continue to work toward what you want to do. There isn’t anything wrong with that. Although everyone fails every now and then, and no one can claim a perfect success rate, my success rate has always been far better than what others can claim. In the case of these projects which are interconnected, it may delay them and make it tougher to make them happen, but I need to take the time to do them right, and will not compromise their integrity by taking short cuts like others do, especially since cutting corners and rushing out half-baked events and other projects increase the likelihood that they WILL fail. Also, market conditions have to be right for some projects. I will do these things when they are ready. I do not answer to the fanboy critics, either. After all, I know what I am doing, and cannot be blamed for things such as NolanCon, which was aptly named, in my opinion. Wait and see. Soon, all of these complaints will be rendered pointless. Eventually, many of my events and projects will happen, and I am confident that they will also succeed. At any rate, who’s up for next year’s NolanCon convention, where we can all learn to believe about UFO’s and old B movies that no one, except for a handful of obsesive fanboys with bad taste, cares about? I thought so!

Carrie Fishface
All of the indie filmmakers in the Tampa Bay area are so talented! I love all of the films that you do!

C. A. PassinaultC. A. Passinault - Posted 11/23/10: 1020

If you say so, Carrie. Read my reviews on Tampa Bay Film, and your eyes will be opened. Right now, indie film in Tampa Bay sucks, IMO, and that is why no one respects, or likes, films which are made here. That is also why, IMO, indie film in Tampa Bay is not on the map, and unless some talented, professional people do something about it, it never will be. It is my opinion that current filmmakers are not good enough, or even that talented, and we need a new generation of indie filmmakers to make the Tampa Bay indie film scene happen.

Who is this Monica? Is it Passinault again? Pretending to be actresses is just sad, Passinault! My actresses in my latest films are awesome, and they are real! At least I am still making films, which Passinault has yet to do! Idiots!

C. A. PassinaultC. A. Passinault - Posted 11/23/10: 1020

Passinault again? What is that supposed to imply? Again? I wasn’t aware that there was a first time, that you can prove. Also, both Harmony and Sarah are both quite real, unless you are now claiming that you are so mentally weak that I convinced you that these actresses were real (and it would not explain how they were captured on film, either). You know that my friends, actresses, and models are real. You also know that I have delivered on all of my promises, such as referring you great, talented actresses. You are jut mad, now, that you’ve been cut off from my actresses, and now you just want to claiming that they were never real to begin with. Delusional much? From your latest casting efforts, it is my opinion, as a casting director, that you are now getting your talent from the bottom of the barrel, and it is hurting your films. Your actors are hard on the eyes, and they cannot act! Their lack of skill acting destroys the integrity of your films? What, you cannot even get attractive women to act in your films without me helping you? If you must cast actresses who cannot act, at least get attractive ones. My actresses are all attractive, and more importantly, they can all act! I think that you are just made because the actress friends of mine whom you are aware of don’t want to work with you (and they won’t if I don’t refer them, although this should not be an issue, and you should not be upset, if they are truly make-believe), and you will never work with the ones whom you are not aware of. Those talented actresses will be too busy working in my films, anyway, which will be worth working on. Are your films worth working on, well, anymore? They used to be! Not so much anymore, and that’s sad, because of all of the current independent filmmakers in Tampa Bay, you actually have talent. It’s too bad that your most recent films are sloppy and poor efforts.
Also, although my indie filmmaking projects have been delayed, they will eventually happen, and when that happens, I will endeavor to make some of the best independent films ever made in the Tampa Bay market. While I cannot guarantee that they will be the best films ever made, many of them will be completely original works of art, and it will not be for lack of effort on my part, or on the part of my team. There is a good chance, however, that my films, even my low-budget short films, will be better than the other films, however, especially when the bar is currently quite low. Part of my agenda, however, is to inspire a new generation of indie filmmakers in Tampa Bay, and I would love to see new filmmakers make better films than mine. One thing that the old filmmakers never realized is that competition is good for the market, and should not be feared. They only fear it because they are insecure, and are afraid of competition. Competition, however, inspires innovation, and THAT will be what puts Tampa Bay independent film on the map of indie film worldwide.

I am watching you, Passinault. Don’t you wish that you knew who I was? You could run into me at one of our film festivals, and you would never know that it was me. Mmmmmmmmmm........

Monica Stevens
I think that the reason that many of the filmmakers in Tampa Bay are paranoid, and they make up things alleging people that they do not like is that they are obsessed with making horror films where people are getting killed. Garbage in, garbage out; if you live, eat, and breath that stuff, you will think it. You will also act like it. That Truth character, for example, is, in my opinion, a coward who hides behind a false identity, just to follow and harass people. He is the sock puppet of some sad filmmaker who has to hide so that they can lash out.

C. A. PassinaultC. A. Passinault - Posted 11/23/10: 1020

And now you know why one of the reasons that I am delaying my events is because I need to take security precautions. I’m certainly not paranoid, but with some of these people acting like psychos toward me, and some cyberstalker calling himself the-truth “watching” me, I need to be careful. I’m sure that the_truth is a pissed off filmmaker who was angry that I called him out, and is trying to intimidate me with some alter-ego which cannot be verified (I have verified who this person was, of course, because they made the mistake of going onto one of my web sites. I obtained their I.P. from the logs, traced it back, and I know who they are. If they show at one of my events, I will certainly have them removed, and trespassed, if they persist. I could also get them for cyber stalking, I am sure).
At any rate, when Frontier Pop took out the pop culture site, which includes its screwed-up message board, and put them out of business, the_truth no longer had a place to haunt. I think that they are a coward for not revealing their identity. Also, the other filmmakers from the message board were too stupid to realize that the name “the_truth” was an insult to them, as it implied that they were full of crap. I think that this entire Truth crap is pathetic, and an ongoing obsessive attempt from a filmmaker to attack a critic while insulting other filmmakers. Could it be that the filmmaker who is responsible for The_Truth is the one who vocally had the most problem with them? Talk about trying to get attention and sympathy by generating your own “drama” and your own worst critic. Right, Joeba?
People like the_truth only persist if people react to them, and play their game, too. This is Frontier Pop, and it is not that lame message board. I can prevent them from posting here, and ignore them. The_truth will no longer be able to post here. I’m done entertaining them. It’s over. Of course, if they plan on taking it to the next level, well, they will have legal problems. Is it worth it? I didn’t think so!

Monica Stevens
I wasn’t referring to you, Passinault, when I was talking about filmmakers (and, no, I am not posting this to add fuel to the fire of his critics that claim that Passinault is not a filmmaker, and has not made any films. It is obvious that my friend, C. A. Passinault, knows that he is doing, and he is passionate about independent film. I think that he may very well be the indie film savior that Tampa Bay needs!). I was referring to those other filmmakers who are insecure and lack talent. I think that you need to make a horror film, Passinault, just to walk on their domain, and show them how it needs to be done!

Indie Film Savior
My children, I say unto you that the indie film savior that you seek may very well be the efforts of all talented filmmakers. Behold, it cannot be the work of any one person in the Tampa Bay indie film community. While you do need a leader to make your work come to pass, it will require a community of talented professionals to put independent film on the map for Tampa Bay, and especially to become a leader in indie film, worldwide. Behold, this shall come to pass. Amen. My children, it is up to all of you to make it happen, though I say unto you that the filmmakers who have done bad works in the past, and in the present, are as to false profits, and there will still be a great time of trials and tribulation in the Tampa indie film scene. The Tampa indie film satans must be revealed for what they are, and cast out of the market, I say unto thee! The fork-tongued deceivers, and the liars, who have sold out their filmmaker brothers must be held accountable for their sins!

I had nothing to do with the truth! Nothing! I am a REAL filmmaker, Passinault, unlike you. Oh, and indie film savior (Passinault), you are the indie film antichrist! You are! YOU are the liar and the deceiver, and YOU are the one who sells out the filmmaking scene in Tampa Bay instead of supporting it! YOU are the satan of Tampa indie film, and you tear down the good work of real filmmakers while working against us! You cannot destroy us! You cannot destroy me, you sorry-ass P.O.S.!!!!!! I would like to see Passinault go out and make a film! If he ever did, I am sure that we will have plenty of terrible things to say about his work, too!

You know it, Joeba! Passinault is always tearing down the work of real filmmakers! Filmakers need to watch out, because if Passinault decides that he does not like you, he will trash your hard work on sites like his Tampa Bay Film site! Passinault will review you, and you will regret it!

Passinault killed my pop culture site. It was all that I had to live for! He will kill indie film in Tampa Bay, too! I am sure of it!
Tez, little buddy, I am lonely. Could you come over tonight? I need a friend. I need...... you.

Monica Stevens
Heads bobbing in unison. Sick, twisted, and totally funny at your expense. You can’t have none of this, either!
If I were a fly on THAT wall, I’d probably fall of dead due to the stench of sweat. That is just speculation on my part, though, and it is my opinion. You fanboys deserve each other, and you are pathetic excuses for human beings!

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