On April 20, 2013, I premiered an early internet version of my newest short film. Produced with my brothers C. J. Kinyon and C. C. Kinyon, the bulk of the film was shot on location at a long-abandoned, notoriously haunted cemetery in Half Moon Bay, CA. – legend has it that the cemetery can’t be located unless you are shown by a person who has once visited, and in our case, that proved true. The final version of the film is currently being submitted to film festivals across the U.S. and I’m hoping to arrange an official premiere in 2014.
Parody Albums & Live Stage Show
On August 23, 2007, I released a full length CD of parody songs I had written and produced, all inspired by a webcomic I had been publishing for a year or so. The first CD by The Jimi Homeless Experience was released on the exact day of the 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’ first album release Are You Experienced, my Are You Homeless? features “Weird Al” Yankovic-styled parodies of some of Hendrix’ biggest hits. In 2009 a follow-up EP was released featuring a parody of the Hendrix hit “Red House” and a heavy blues/rock cover of the classic blues song “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”. Various lineups of the band have been playing live at venues all over Southern CA. since 2007. In the latest incarnation, I am playing the part of Jimi.
Stop Motion Animation and Webcomic
On March 6, 2008, I was honored as the first “featured animator” on MyToons.com, which was a brand new YouTube-styled website specifically geared for 2-D and 3-D animation. My stop-motion clay animation which caught the site’s attention parodied Jimi Hendrix’ key performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. The piece features a fictional character named Jimi Homeless who first appeared in a series of webcomics published as The Jimi Homeless Experience (webcomic). The webcomics were written by me and drawn by my friend and underground cartoonist known only as Big Tasty.
Jimi Clay Animation #2
This was one of my crazier ideas, and like most, it started out as a simple joke. A friend and I were working on a screenplay for a comedy film called, “Six Million Dollar Manson” — Charlie Manson is in prison and his limbs get caught in a license plate pressing machine, the doctors rush in to save him and give him bionic arms and legs… you get the gist. Anyway, I came up with the idea that he should be running a business out of his cell in his spare time, making salad dressing called “Spahn Ranch Dressing”, which sells like hotcakes to his weirdo fans, eventually spawning an industry of commercial products made by incarcerated serial killers. One thing led to another and I began looking into ways I could manufacture and distribute this salad dressing in the real world. Eventually, I decided against it, but not before making some funny commercials for the product. I put these up on YouTube and wound up getting more than 120,000 views on them.
In 2002, I wrote, produced and directed God Squad!, a comedy film which parodied Christian Films and 1970s Buddy Cop Films. It featured cult film actress and former Penthouse Pet of the Year (1993) Julie Strain as well as actor Al Israel who is famous for his roles in Scarface, Carlito’s Way and Body Double. After its premiere at the Academy Award accredited Los Angeles International Short Film Festival the film went on to screen at Tromadance 2003, the Backseat Film Festival and several other U.S. film festivals. This film is included in the European version of “The Best of Tromadance” DVD and had more than 1 million views on Undergroundfilm.com.
It’s 2014 and it’s been 25 years now since I was banned from cable access TV – I’ve uploaded my favorite segment from the first episode of Wasteland TV, “The House of Voodoo” (see below) it aired on Channel 6 in Palo Alto, CA in the summer of 1989.
In the late 1980s I started making short sketch comedy videos which I put on VHS to hand out to friends and show at parties – a pre-internet viral video campaign. Later on, I compiled the skits and launched a cable access TV show – which quickly got me banned from cable access TV.
Palo Alto Cable Channel 6, a Public Access station in my hometown of Palo Alto, CA. aired the first episode with a disclaimer at the beginning. Other shows featuring nudity, gore and profanity aired regularly on the channel with no such scrutiny.
With two more 30 minute shows readied for broadcast, I arrived to submit them to the Program Director of the station who told me, “We’ll wait to see how these are received by the public before we accept any more.” I was dumbfounded.
This Public Access station was created as a condition of the cable company’s contract with the City of Palo Alto. Public Access stations are required to air any program produced by a local citizen. They don’t have the right to censor content or decide who gets on the air.
6 months went by and my shows weren’t aired. I kept being told that they couldn’t find room on the schedule but pointed out that they’d been rerunning programs to fill empty time slots on the station. Blank stares were all I got.
My show wasn’t advocating anything illegal or obscene – even if my show was something as repugnant as a KKK telethon they’d have to air it according to their own policies and legal obligations. Other Public Access stations in Mountain View and Cupertino aired my programs with no such problems.
My complaints in person and in writing to the station did not remedy the situation.
I have to conclude that I was singled out and censored because someone didn’t like my sense of humor.