Interview with Outlaw / Punk filmmaker Charles Vick Duncan

Posted: February 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

By Theron Moore

Charles Vick Duncan is about as outlaw and rebel as you get. He’s somewhat of a cult figure around the Albuquerque arts and indie movie scene having written, directed and produced flicks such as “Nazi Apocalypse” and more recently “Revenge Of Bathsalts: A Manson Musicalthat premiered at Albuquerque’s own Guild Cinema.

What makes him stand out is the fact that he’s done all of this often in the face of adversity, growing up gutter punk and having been homeless in the last few years.  But has that deterred him?  Hasn’t phased him.  In addition to all this he’s also produced a graphic novel and over a thousand unique pieces of art in the last ten years.

Meet Charles Vick Duncan, aka, Vick…

 

Church of the Necronomicon:  Tell me about the new movie “Revenge of the Bath Salts:  A Manson Musical.”  What’s it about?

Charles Vick Duncan:   Well, after I left Troma from working on Return To Class Of Nuke ‘Em High with Lloyd Kaufman I stopped in Dayton, Ohio, and some friends of mine and I decided to make a short film: Vick’s Vacation Dayton Style.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/VICKS-Vacation-Dayton-STYLE/218811588280373

Shortly after that I had so much fun doing an improv short I came up with the concept of doing a musical in the same manner. I decided it would be fun to make a film where nothing was written except the songs, hence Bathsalts The Musical.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ornJxko6XGo

Flash forward to now, I basically did the same thing again except I was turned on to The Beatles movie Across The Universe. The whole time I was watching it I thought to myself “Man, this would be great if it wasn’t Beatles music and it had a better conflict than Vietnam which is pretty out of date.”

Well, the next day I was listening to some Charles Manson songs and it just hit me like a ton of bricks. Anyway, before I drag on too much, Revenge Of Bathsalts: A Manson Musical starts from where the last film left off: our hero me is a bathsalt-addicted bum living a shitty life post the first film and dealing with thae same shit.

Think Jesus Christ Super Star meets the Texas Chainsaw Massacre while John Waters masterbates in the corner, or Across The Universe if The Beatles were Charles Manson and Vietnam was bathsalts.

Charles-Vick-Duncan-headshot

Church of the Necronomicon:  How long did it take to shoot?

Charles Vick Duncan:   Not too long; we lost a lot of footage but I’m pretty sure we filmed the whole thing in eight days of actual filming but over probably a month and a half, and maybe a month post. We were trying to get the feel of the first film: little planning and just going with it.

Church of the Necronomicon:  Has “Revenge of the Bath Salts:  A Manson Musical” had it’s premiere yet?

Charles Vick Duncan:   We will be premiering this month (January 16th & 17th) at The Guild Cinema in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It’s a double feature with Giussepe Makes A Movie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIGyGfknzNY

We also will be showing Revenge Of Bathsalts on Bizarre TV which you can find on Roku players or you can visit there sites:

https://www.facebook.com/BizarreTv?fref=ts

Church of the Necronomicon:  Are you taking the Herschell Gordon Lewis route to filmmaking where you just show up somewhere and shoot or do you get permits, etc?

Charles Vick Duncan:   I totally live by guerilla filmmaking! I have tattoos on my face so people don’t really take me seriously or trust me too much to try and to B.S. with that shit.

Usually I’ll just get a crew together and we hit the streets or mob a bar, etc. The cops and most people don’t know what to think so they don’t really know how to punish us. In the end they just tell us to leave but the damage is done and the footage is also done.

Church of the Necronomicon:  For those not familiar with Albuquerque is it a town that embraces it’s local artists whether they’re filmmakers, writers, etc., or do you have to be “in the club” to get any kind of recognition or exposure for what you do?

Charles Vick Duncan:   Well, Albuquerque is great and I do have a large cult following; I get recognized all the time or drinks bought for me at the bar. At the same time a lot of people think I’m just a crazy bum with delusions of grandeur.

They don’t even believe I actually make films and are kinda shocked when some one explains to them I’m not crazy and I actually do art and make films.

Church of the Necronomicon:  I met you at an Albuquerque Comic Con a few years back.  Your booth was right next to Troma’s booth and Lloyd Kaufman was there.  Did you guys talk, did he give you good advice on filmmaking,etc?

Charles Vick Duncan:   Lloyd’s great! Actually, I was helping with the Troma booth, too, under Kurly of Burning Paradise Video; he was in Stink Of Flesh.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7AAmmIarvw

Lloyd was starting to look for people to work on his newest film Return To Class Of Nuke Em High, a sequel to his first film Class Of Nuke Em High, so when they actually started I rolled up to Buffalo and acted as pre-production art director and all round handyman for pre-production.

I didn’t vibe on it too well because of constant power shifts. Uncle Lloyd from the conventions and slave driver Lloyd on a set are two different things, but I do love the guy. He was great to work with but the sets are always random, constantly changing, and if Lloyd gets an idea he’s usually pretty set in stone.

Everyone lived in fear of losing their jobs or getting demoted, but honestly I don’t blame the guy for having a no B.S. policy. He was wrangling a bunch of teenagers and twenty something’s to make a film. It’s hard enough just to make a movie, a lot of people don’t realize that, but it did take its toll.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsaynkcF6ds

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Church of the Necronomicon:  What titles are available?

Charles Vick Duncan:   NAZI APOCALYPSE

https://www.facebook.com/pages/NAZI-Apocalypse/571157119616741

SKUM QUIXOTE

https://www.facebook.com/pages/SKUM-Quixote/212060108962964

DUNGEON BRIGADE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoRTraIu25s

VICKS VACATION DAYTON STYLE

https://www.facebook.com/pages/VICKS-Vacation-Dayton-STYLE/218811588280373

BATHSALTS THE MUSICAL

https://www.facebook.com/pages/BATH-SALTS-the-Musical/174353712756292

DUKE CITY WICKED

https://www.facebook.com/dukecitywicked

GUTTER PUNK MASSACRE

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gutter-PUNK-Massacre/587709757963480

REVENGE OF BATH SALTS A MANSON MUSICAL

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Revenge-of-Bath-Salts-a-Manson-Musical/619475274842288

Church of the Necronomicon:  Where can people find your movies?

Charles Vick Duncan:   Pretty much everthing I have now is online:

http://www.youtube.com/user/vicklikevick

Or bootlegs of double features you can buy cheap, $5 a pop. Contact me at

nafilmcrew@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/charlesvickduncan

Church of the Necronomicon:  What role does punk rock or music in general play in writing a script and shooting a movie?

Charles Vick Duncan:   I love punk rock! I grew up on The Misfits, The Cramps, Butthole Surfers, The Dead Milkmen, Upside Down Cross, Dayglo Abortions, Necrophagia…

I’m also a huge fan of the punk rock cinema movement of under ground filmmaking. It’s a cheap acceptable way for any person to be able to reach any one else medium, which is great.

I grew up as a gutter punk, I was on the street at a very young age, so I’ve always listened to punk and I’m sure a lot of people just think I’m a punk rocker… shit, it seems like these days I listen to eighties music like Pet Shop Boys and Duran Duran more than Dropkick Murphys and Bad Religion.

cvd bath salts photo

Church of the Necronomicon:  What got you into filmmaking?

Charles Vick Duncan:   When I was growing up my mom always would watch a lot of foreign films and not really restrict or censor things, so I saw a lot of weird shit, things like Delicatessen and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, And Her Lover, but besides weird shit my mom would just watch a lot of movies constantly, so I just became a fan of deconstructing them and trying to figure out special effects, which I found especially intriguing. I always wanted to make a movie, so in 2012, after I made a graphic novel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQ0WkJEOwOY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20wkOU-UnSE

out of a script idea I had tossed out years earlier I decided to make it into a film. I started making props and just went from there. I haven’t looked back since.

Church of the Necronomicon:  Has there been any outside interest with maybe an indie production company wanting to finance any of your projects?

Charles Vick Duncan:   Honestly, not really; I have worked with Raveyard

( https://www.facebook.com/raveyardmusic?fref=ts )

in the past; they actually want to come out with a VHS copy of Gutter Punk Massacre as well as DVDs of us and they have contributed a lot of music, including the music to the intro to GPM.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65ccmvvlsYk

But it’s a more casual collaboration than business deal.

Church of the Necronomicon:  You also paint.  Tell me about your paintings and where does your inspiration come from when you’re in front of a canvas.

Charles Vick Duncan:   Well, you can look at my past art projects on my Deviant art account.

http://charlesduncan.deviantart.com/

As far as inspiration, I love horror movies, just love the shit out of them and horror culture, so I draw a lot on that for inspiration. I also enjoy zines and graphic novels. I started painting when I was young and homeless.

I found some paint while dumpster diving in L.A. so I grabbed some card board and started fucking around with it. I was doing it to give to people for donations and it just kinda stuck with me; I started using real paint and brushes, but honestly I still finger paint for the most part. Hell, most of the time I still use cardboard because, well, it’s cheap and it’s everywhere.

Church of the Necronomicon:  Where can people buy your paintings?

Charles Vick Duncan:   Feel free to check my page for updated art or inquire about commissions (I do ’em cheap!). Contact me at nafilmcrew@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/charlesvickduncan

Church of the Necronomicon:  What didn’t I cover that you’d like to include?

Charles Vick Duncan:   Well, honestly I can’t think of anything else, but here are some links for people to find my stuff:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/NA-FILM-CREW/405542699547445

https://www.facebook.com/ReEducatingPunkRockers

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Revenge-of-Bath-Salts-a-Manson-Musical/619475274842288

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Garage-Screenings-INC/675159322495629

https://www.facebook.com/pages/PRAM/564442520304733

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charles-vick-duncan/207232382650412

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