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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ted V. Mikels

Written  April 23, 2014.

Ted has since passed away and is missed....

When I arrived in town Ted Mikels befriended my wife and myself, threw the best eccentric movie world parties at his "castle" and taught or worked with a wide range of crew on projects including "Mission Killfast" and "Chad".

A giant heart and generous soul, he shares with those who will listen about the craft of filmmaking, the way it has been done for a century, and the techniques of the .future

While he is not a union film maker, so I never appeared on film in his projects. He is prolific and a pioneer in many areas. I was taught film making in ways I never learned during similar classes I took back in college. Being around Ted led to hands on editing of film based sound, 16 and 35 mm film and as a Script Supervisor on two projects.

I am sorry I missed (and was not invited to) a screening of his latest Grind House film last Thursday.

Ted, and the people around him, have a passion for life and find joy in ways most of us never fully understand. I enjoyed and embraced my time with Ted, and the teams of talent he attracts.

In the years since the early and mid 1980's, my life took a different path, as a solid union activist and educator.  I have fond memories of the world of Ted V. Mikels, his friends and followers. My heart warms when I do see him at an event or a friend's home. I am very glad to see Ted is still active and making "cult" movies. 

For more information on Ted V. Mikels, visit
First Published 8/30/2012

Dramaturge, Continuity, there is more to me than meets the eye.

Revealing a few things about my background not generally known...

I am a Dramaturge, trained by the dramaturgist who did "Angels in America."

I am trained and have some experience as a Script Supervisor or Continuity, trained by Ted V. Mikels.

I have theater, film, television experience on camera, and as a voice artist.

A younger me played romantic leads in many musicals, comedies and dramas.

I am an experienced writer, journalist, broadcaster, marketing professional and advertising director.

I have started theater companies, been artistic director, produced, directed and done the tech work running lights, moving sets and lots of painting.

I have an MA in Communication, was all but thesis from an MA in Theatre, and am all but dissertation from a PhD in Education. 

I am accomplished public speaker.

I am basically shy, and prefer not to puff up and promote myself (but in this business you can't escape doing it from time to time...darn it!)

I am passionate about my students and both coaching and teaching. It is about them not me or my ego.    

I have done classical theater.
I was a member of the SEG and SAG.

I am a member of SAG-AFTRA.

I have given 17 years of national board service for actors.

I am looking for representation and a mentor.

-July 29, 2012


Ted Mikels' Mark of the Astrozombies

(click title above to link to film and comments)
The opening three minutes of the cult classic, MARK OF THE ASTRO-ZOMBIES, music and sound effects by BENTMEN. MARK OF THE ASTRO-ZOMBIES stars the immortal Tura Satana (FASTER PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!), Brinke Stevens (HAUNTING FEAR, SLAVE GIRLS FROM BEYOND INFINITY) and Liz Renay (John Waters's DESPERATE LIVING, BLACKENSTEIN) as well as the disembodied head of John Carradine (you won't believe it)! The movie is written, produced, directed, photographed and edited by Ted V. Mikels. For the uninitiated, Ted is the living legend behind such drive-in classics as THE CORPSE GRINDERS, BLOOD ORGY OF THE SHE-DEVILS, THE DOLL SQUAD, the original ASTRO-ZOMBIES and GIRL IN GOLD BOOTS (as seen on Mystery Science Theater 3000). The BENTMEN wrote over five hours of music for the film without seeing a single frame of footage -- just going by Ted's synopsis, a few stills on his site and our own imaginations. Ted’s primary direction to us was that we leave no dead spots in the movie -- fill it with as much music as possible -- and to treat it as "serious camp," in other words, nothing jokey about the tone. In fact, the only intentional joke we put in was using the sound of a modem as part of the titular Mark administered by Zekith and the Bad Aliens. Judging from the copious amount of duct tape and styrofoam in their spaceship, we felt it likely these guys were using a dial-up connection! Cheap, bargain-basement technology, pressed into the service of something greater, both primitive and futuristic at the same time, is a key BENTMEN signature, and a major contributing reason as to why we feel such an affinity for films like MARK OF THE ASTRO-ZOMBIES. BENTMEN: Des - Vocals, Hammered Dulcimer, Keyboards, Percussion, Sound Effects and Treatments Katherine Desomnd - Keyboards, Guitar, Guitar Synth Crazy Eddie Nowik - Lead Guitar Dark Mark White - Acoustic and Electric Basses Geoff Chase - Acoustic and Found Drums Frank Coleman - Electronic Drums, Keyboards, Treatments, Post-Processing (Editing and Loops) Ross Kennedy - Human Prop
Length: 3:07