When Tara Reid tweeted the poster for her latest cinema, the internet assumed it was a joke. But the truth is far more peculiar, and shines a light on modern low-budget moviemaking

No journalist likes to admit this, but I lately blew a scoop. Last month I had to interview Tara Reid about Sharknado 5. I’d planned to ask her about some of her upcoming roles- in cinemas with titles such as Party Bus to Hell, United Colour of Bennett Song and Andy the Talking Hedgehog– but before I could get there, Reid cut me off with what voiced like a well-practised wrap-up speech.

That was fine; she’d invested most of the interview revealing that she’s been the victim of browbeat, so it would have seemed cruel to directly follow that up with a sneery” Hey Tara, tell me about your dumb hedgehog movie “. But now Andy the Talking Hedgehog is one of the hottest films on countries around the world, and I’m kicking myself a little.

Tara Reid (@ TaraReid)

Also another movie I have coming out. #andythetalkinghedgehog pic.twitter.com/ 0AQpYz7w8L

September 8, 2017

When Reid tweeted the Andy the Talking Hedgehog poster on Friday, the internet moved nuts. That was partly because the poster featured a hedgehog, two felines, Dean Cain, Tara Reid’s Twitter profile pic manipulated to looking slightly more wholesome and an unattributed quote calling it” a magical good time “. But it was also because the IMDb plot summary for the movie read” Tara Reid brings her Oscar award-winning prowess to this documentary about a hedgehog that Dean Cain farted on dedicating it the ability to talk. It’s a fun-loving household movie that they are able to for sure induce “theyre saying” ” WOWZA. That’s a stinky fart !”‘ That summary, incidentally, was attributed to Scott Baio.

Obviously, like the rest of the world, I desperately wanted to know the narrative behind Andy the Talking Hedgehog. Although we can rule out the summary as nothing more than internet high jinks, it would appear that the cinema is real. Back in November actress Maria Wasikowski tweeted a photo from the Andy the Talking Hedgehog set, alongside Dean Cain and, one month afterwards, Tara Reid Instagrammed a shot of her character, Fairy BFF.

The production company listed on the film’s IMDb page is Be Your Own Hollywood. Alongside Andy the Talking Hedgehog, it has 10 movies in its filmography. These include Baby Bulldog( a film about a girl who wants a puppy, starring Dean Cain and Tara Reid ), A Dog for Christmas( a film about a girl who wants a puppy, starring Dean Cain and Dustin Diamond ), Amanda and the Fox( a film about a girl who wants a puppy , not starring Dean Cain ), two different movies about ponies( only one of which stars Dean Cain) and A Parent’s Worst Nightmare( a drama about child sex trafficking, starring Dean Cain ).

A Parent’s Worst Nightmare formed my behavior into the machinations of Be Your Own Hollywood. Some light Googling uncovered both a trailer, introduced by footage of Dean Cain talking into his phone, and an Indiegogo page that successfully funded its $10,000 target, perhaps because it offered the role of” Dean Cain’s spouse” as a reward for donations.

The Indiegogo page was created by Joel Paul Reisig, the film’s director. And it would appear that Reisig is the mastermind behind Be Your Own Hollywood. He’s a 33 -year-old self-taught Michigan native who writes, aims and makes an astounding number of movies each year. He balances his film-making career with a series of $395 two-day seminars on how to write, create, fund and distribute movies. These workshops might also double as a story-finding strategy, since in 2012 he produced a film called Mary’s Buttons, which was written by a seminar attendee.

According to IMDb, Reisig is also a boxer, a member of the Libertarian Party and he once scored 150 on an IQ test. He has not responded to requests for an interview.

Aside from puppies and Dean Cain, the Be Your Own Hollywood movies all have one thing in common; they’re cheap genre movies churned out specifically to sell to cable channels and streaming services. They won’t win any awardings, but they presumably make money and shape dependable work for a number of actors who might otherwise battle. They’re likewise produced in a very modern style- financed under crowdfunding, promoted through social media- that would have been unthinkable even ten years ago. Reisig discovered an opening and ran for it, and you can’t deny him that.

As for Andy the Talking Hedgehog , no freeing date has been announced. Nonetheless, its spiritual cousin might be a real film that Reisig rendered last year, entitled Arlo the Burping Pig. If the trailer is any show, Arlo the Burping Pig is about a pig that they are able burp so hard that folks’ hats fall off. If Andy the Talking Hedgehog is anything like Arlo the Burping Pig, you can pretty much count me in.

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