HWP 61

Gigi Saul Guerrero is a director, actress, and co-founder of Luchagore Productions. 

Empire, Dread Central and Bloody Disgusting agree that she is one of the most exciting emerging directors in horror. Her self-described style is gritty, gory, Tex-Mex horror. She is the 2016 WINNER of the Innovation Award at the Women In Film & Television’s Vancouver Spotlight Awards

Her NEW series, 'LA QUINCEAÑERA', is nominated for a 2018 Leo Award for Best Web-Series.  It enjoyed a premiere at Morbido Fest where it won the Golden Skull Award for Audience Favorite.

The coming-of-age revenge series is available now on the Studio+ App. Check availability at

Gigi has also directed 18 short films through Luchagore including ‘EL GIGANTE’, adapted from Shane McKenzie’s novel, ‘Muerte Con Carne’. 

The short has been lauded internationally, racked up a ton of awards for ‘Best Short Film’ and ‘Best Director’, and been adapted into graphic novels in English and Japanese. 

In the podcast, we don't even get to 'DIA DE LOS MUERTOS ', (now on Netflix as part of the 'MEXICO BARBARO' anthology film) or 'M IS FOR MATADOR', Gigi's contribution to 'ABC's OF DEATH 2.5'

Gigi has built something amazing with her collaborators over the past decade, and she brings her insight to the HWP to tell the hammers how to be filmmakers!

Twitter - @HorrorGuerrero

HWP 60

Luchagore Productions, represented by director/actor Gigi Saul Guerrero, producer Raynor Shima and actor Mathias Retamal, takes over Hamster Wheel Podcast to offer insight on the Luchagore body of work, including award winning shorts, 'Bestia', 'El Gigante', 'M is for Matador', and their new coming-of-age revenge series 'La Quinceañera'. 

They get real talking about the struggles of filmmaking, challenges they've faced in an almost decade-long odyssey, and big plans they have for the future including a feature on a boat. 

HWP 59


Shimon Machida, [AMBITIONS] cinematographer, writer, director, editor, tells us about the film he just completed, and is most proud of. He just screened it at his film school and tells HWP about reaction, production, and inspiration. 

Co-host: Jasleen Kaur [REMEMBERING MAPLE] returns to HWP for the film chat. 

HWP 58

Producer / director Jasleen Kaur tells about her documentary film 'Remembering Maple', profiling the life and tragic loss of Maple Batalia, 19 year old health sciences student, aspiring actress and model. 

Jasleen spoke to Maple's family and community in the film, as they waited years for justice. Now, 'Remembering Maple' is a resource and educational tool that is screened in schools to grow awareness of domestic violence and red flags.  #WeAreAllMaple

She also talks about her role as producer on 'Red Chef Revival', a unique food and travel TV series currently in production. 

Jasleen also just travelled back from New York City and the Tribeca Film Festival as part of the crew of Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary.

Jasleen Kaur stays busy. HWP is grateful she took some time to tell the hammers about her film experience!

HWP 57

The Prettys [Code Andrusko, Josh Gatien and Pierce Kingan] (17:30) talk about their upcoming record Tapas, and their show where they SHUT DOWN the Cobalt as the final performing act at that establishment. 

They even perform LIVE in the booth. 

Hear their music and learn more at www.theprettys.com

Songs - 
'Philanthropy' by The Prettys
'Stellar Feeling' LIVE by The Prettys
'Friendship' by The Prettys

HWP 56

Singer/songwriter Sophia Danai joins HWP to talk about her new single, 'Come Thru' off of her upcoming 'Real Lies' EP. 

She also talks about creative process, being an independent artist, her albums 'Wishing Well' and 'Love Royale', and the production of the 'Come Thru' music video.

Plus, Sophia treats us to an exclusive acoustic performance LIVE on HW Pod!

Get 'Come Thru' NOW on iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, Google Play Store, Bandcamp, and watch the video on Youtube. 

For all things Sophia Danai:

HWP 55

Patrick Roccas is a Greek-Canadian acting product appearing in television juggernauts Supernatural, Arrow, Timeless, The Flash, The 100, and more! 

You can see him in his first feature 'The Women of Marwen' in theatres this November.

As a young man, Patrick was inspired to pick up bodybuilding after watching the Arnold Schwarzenegger documentary, 'Pumping Iron'. The mental disciplines learned there help him in his craft today!

Coming from a background of security, bricklaying construction, and searching for his path, Patrick offers insight on the mental hurdles to starting out as an actor, auditioning, and carrying oneself on set. 

HWP 53

cmyk Productions joins HWP for the second time, represented on this episode by director Josh Richardson and director of photography Mitchell Rowland. 

They describe their process on their newly released video for ‘Let Me Go’ by Mathew V.

After that we touch on their recent music video productions, and talk about procrastination, inspiration, and visualization. 

All the BS in filmmaking is worth it if you prepare, and the final frame is everything you imagined, (and hoped) it would be. 

see their work at

HWP 49

Hamster Wheel Podcast hosts the hottest comedy web-series about infertility on the market. 

What happens when a controlled perfectionist, desperate to get pregnant, is forced to live with her spiritual but wild sister in law? If you giggle pass it on and you will help turn this web series concept into an actual show!

Help PERFECTLY NATURAL THE SERIES secure IPF funding by SUBSCRIBING, LIKING, COMMENTING AND SHARING with those you know will love it! 

@perfectlynaturaltheseries - Facebook / insta
@pntheseries - twitter

HWP 48

Joining the HWP this week, Chef Ryan Byrd, Culinary Director [Mark Brand Inc., Save-On-Meats, The Diamond in Gastown] and Sustainability Advocate. (28:00)

Ryan gives us a MEATY interview, talking about adapting on the fly to the never-ending gauntlet of projects, social programs, maintenance, and special events in his role. Working with 'A Better Life Foundation' and the 'Greasy Spoon Supper Series'. 
Mental health stigma, how it affects where we live, and how to fight it.

HWP 47

SHUTTLECOCK takes over the HWP. 
The comedy short just premiered at the Crazy 8's Gala at the Centre for Performing Arts, within the same week that it was completed in just 8 days.

Today on the podcast, writer/director Melanie Jones, star/writer Rhona Rees, producer Kristyn Stilling and associate producer Amelia Morris talk about the ride of producing the film, their chemistry as a team, and what's next for SHUTTLECOCK!

HWP 43

Film / Television / Theatre performers Kendall Cross & Scott Bellis join HWP to discuss their starring roles as Rita and Albert James in the indie gem, 'Grand Unified Theory'. 

Then,  associate producer of 'Grand Unified Theory', and producer from Yellow Heart Pictures, Krista Rand talks about helping to build a feature with a microbudget among other producer-y things. 

BUY / RENT the film now on iTunes / Google Play grandunifiedtheoryfilm.com

HWP 42

Andrew McNee, appears as 'Victor' in Grand Unified Theory, is the star of the 'Diary Of A Wimpy Kid' mega-franchise, and graces the stage in theatre performances  that awarded him TWO Jessie Awards. ('One Man, Two Guvnors', 'Romeo and Juliet' - Bard on the Beach)

Today, he joins HWP to talk about 'Theory'.

Plus, the indie gem's writer / director (and Matt's screenwriting teacher) DAVID RAY returns to HWP alongside Andrew to discuss the film.

GRAND UNIFIED THEORY, an indie comedy about family and the universe is now available to own/rent on iTunes / Google Play Store / Amazon Prime Direct. Buy NOW!