THE SHADOW SCARF, written and directed by Clay von Carlowitz, who stars alongside Asta Paredes, made its world festival premiere at the Great Western Catskills International Film Festival in Andes, NY. The psychological horror short had the distinction of screening alongside the works of other genre stalwarts Larry Fessenden, Beck Underwood and Jeremiah Kipp. Playing to a packed house in the rustic tap room of Wayside Cider on a chilly Sunday afternoon, 'Shadow Scarf' thrilled an audience of indie film lovers and sparked interesting debates about making art with limitations, exploring deeply personal issues through works of fantasy and trusting your collaborators to deliver.
June 11th, 2018
BEYOND KNIGHT TRAILER PREMIERES
A passion project if there ever was one, Leo Shevchuk's 'Batman Beyond' concept trailer BEYOND KNIGHT just hit the web! Starring Clay as Terry McGinnis, a troubled teen who stumbles into a mentorship with Bruce Wayne in his quest for vengeance, the gritty comic book adaptation brings the hit animated series into the real world with a full-fledged live action extravaganza. Check out the cool mini-movie below, and share with your friends!
June 5th, 2018
ABANDONED HOUSE HOSTS PRIVATE EROS POINT SCREENING
This past weekend, Clay von Carlowitz and Asta Paredes teamed up with director McKegg Collins to host a special preview screening of arthouse horror short EROS POINT at Videology Bar & Cinema in Brooklyn, NY. In attendance were a mixture of friends, family and industry professionals, all of whom received the film warmly and enthusiastically. The festival journey begins!
April 7th, 2018
EROS POINT WRAPS PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY
That's a wrap on arthouse horror-romance EROS POINT! Sharing the screen with Asta Paredes, Clay stars as Evan, a hopelessly idealistic man who faces the greatest challenge of his life when his wife (Paredes) encounters an unseen foe and falls ill. Holed up in a family cabin, this young couple must decide their next move before it's too late.
Writer McKegg Collins directed from his own script, while production duties rested on the combined efforts of Fitchfort Films and Abandoned House Productions. Stay tuned for updates on festivals as editing gets underway.
February 28th, 2018
EROS POINT IN PRE-PRODUCTION
Clay is currently preparing to act in a romantic post-apocalyptic drama short called EROS POINT. Written and directed by McKegg Collins, the film once again co-stars Asta Paredes. The pair portray a married couple - Evan and Sarah - who find themselves faced with the greatest challenge of their lives when one of them gets bitten by an unseen foe. As the drama unfolds, we learn more about what brought these two together, and we are forced to ponder whether their love will survive this unbearable predicament. Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to principal photography!
"handsome local actor Clay von Carlowitz does solid work opposite Jenny Matlack in the addiction allegory Scorch."
June 10th, 2017
Principal Photography Wraps on THE SHADOW SCARF
That's a wrap! After two full shooting days back-to-back at a certain bar in Brooklyn, THE SHADOW SCARF has wrapped principal photography and is heading to the edit bay. Lots of fog, lots of tricky shots, but cast and crew came together and made some movie magic. Equally cool is the fact that super-talented artist Richard Smykowski (THE VOID, THE EXPANSE, BLOOD DRIVE) is handling all poster design and key art for the production. Check out the teaser poster to the left, and stay tuned for updates on this spooky short thriller starring Asta Paredes and writer-director Clay von Carlowitz!
April 30th, 2017
Pre-Production Begins on THE SHADOW SCARF
Exciting news today as Abandoned House Productions Co-Owners (and Husband/Wife Duo) Clay von Carlowitz and Asta Paredes have begun preparing for their silver screen reunion! THE SHADOW SCARF, a spooky psychological thriller short set entirely over the course of one fateful night at a sleepy Brooklyn bar, will be directed by von Carlowitz from his own script with himself and Paredes in the lead roles. THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH DP Max Marcellus returns to handle cinematography, while AHP regular Antonio Piluso assists with sound, editing and BTS. Stephen Kuhn jumps back in as Key PA, on top of tackling a small supporting role. Details are being kept under wraps at the moment, but the film aims to lense late next month ahead of a planned festival run in the fall. Stay tuned for updates!
April 19th, 2017
Cameras Roll on Horror Short THEY NEVER LEFT
Principal photography is underway on Clay's latest acting vehicle: THEY NEVER LEFT, a mumblecore horror short scripted by Michael J. Kospiah, famed screenwriter of THE SUICIDE THEORY. Clay stars as Darwin, a cool hipster trying to get his act together after a really bad breakup. Darwin suspects his new apartment may be haunted after finding out a previous tenant committed suicide there. If only it were that simple. Directed by Rich Ahee and Jay Andrew Check, THEY NEVER LEFT is looking to hit genre festivals this summer.
April 3rd, 2017
Production Wraps on THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH
Clay recently had the pleasure of producing his wife Asta Paredes' writer-director debut, THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH, a hyper-sensory psychodrama about a day in the life of a Woman (Angela Carbone) struggling with PTSD. This short marks the first film produced under the Abandoned House Productions banner since feature length thriller THE HOUSE IN THE WOODS back in 2010. Shot in multiple locations across Brooklyn, and featuring ambitious camerawork from Director of Photography Max Marcellus (Under InspeKtion), TST takes a page from the work of John Cassavettes, European arthouse cinema and Dogme 95. Pictured here (top left to right) are production assistant Stephen Kuhn, actress Angela Carbone, the auteur herself, Paredes, actor Zachary Daniel Booth, BTS/editor extraordinaire Antonio Piluso, and DP Max Marcellus and von Carlowitz in the front. Keep your eye out for screenings across NYC, as well as a festival run in the summer and fall. Stay up to date on future Abandoned House endeavors here.
April 20th, 2016
That's a wrap for Clay on CALL SHEET! Indie filmmaker Mike Walker's mystery thriller has been shooting in the Poconos, PA, since late March. Clay portrays Cheech, a fun-loving, slightly deranged FX guy who's been making movies with the same North Carolina film collective since he was a boy. When actress Serena Brooks wins the lead in the gang's latest project, she gradually realizes that this production team will stop at nothing to create an authentic independent horror movie. Stay tuned for updates and check out the CALL SHEET gallery for a behind-the-scenes look!
February 21st, 2016
Shooting Wraps on YOUNG NIXON
Short Biopic YOUNG NIXON, a coming-of-age-tale written and directed by Jake Hirsch about the time in 1929 when a 17-year-old Richard Nixon (Cody Buege) ran for Student Body President of Whittier High School and lost to the charismatic student-athlete Bob Logue (Clay von Carlowitz), has just wrapped its 5-day shoot on Long Island, NY. A former football player himself, von Carlowitz went to great lengths to ensure an accurate portrayal of Logue, going so far as to communicate directly with alumni and faculty of Whittier High School. In addition to being granted unprecedented access to WHS yearbooks, Clay was put in touch with 102-year-old Hubert C. Perry of Whittier, CA, a friend and former classmate of both Nixon and Logue. Check out the photos section for exclusive production stills highlighting von Carlowitz' transformation. Stay tuned for details on the film's premiere!
January 16th, 2016
Happy New Year, everybody! To kick off 2016, I'll open with the news that BANJO has been nominated by the UK's National Film Academy for Best Thriller of 2015! For a full list of nominees, click here.
Now, for a batch round-up of all the latest updates:
*All episodes of UNDER INSPEKTION are now available to stream on YouTube. Carve out a few hours from your schedule this week and give this criminally underrated web series a watch!
*Shooting on the supernatural horror short SCORCH wrapped back in mid-November and the film, featuring Clay as struggling writer/lovesick college grad Jack, is set for festival release this May.
*OPHELIA, the satirical dramedy co-starring Clay as high-strung Hollywood agent Frankie Sullivan, turned out to be a sleeper hit in the Brooklyn theatre scene last month. Playing four straight nights at Standard Toykraft, the new work generated lots of buzz about Gotham Dance Theater, the company that funded the project. Read this glowing review for a breakdown of the show's high points, including a shoutout to Mr. von Carlowitz himself.
*After a minor location setback, THE FACE OF A YOUNG NIXON, the short film in which Clay plays Nixon's rival for high school class president, will shoot next month.
That's all for now, folks. Stay tuned for more!
November 4th, 2015
Lots to announce today. First off, the oft-referenced '70s Special Mummy Cop episode, co-written by and starring Clay as rebel Detective Johnnycake Van Dicksmith, has officially hit the Internet. Check it out here.
Secondly, two major casting announcements:
1) Clay will return to the stage this December in the searing satire OPHELIA. Von Carlowitz takes on the role of Frankie, the motormouth agent of a doofus Hollywood actor starring in a Renaissance-style production of Hamlet as the leading lady herself, Ophelia. Written by San Francisco-based playwright Mitchell Van Landingham and produced by Gotham Dance Theater and The Tank, the play is set for a four-day run December 14th-17th at Standard ToyKraft in Brooklyn, NY. Click here to purchase tickets.
2) Clay has scored a lead role in mini-biopic THE FACE OF A YOUNG NIXON. Set in 1929, pic tells the story of how a young Richard Nixon learns all he needs to know about politics when he's chosen by the faculty of his new high school to run for class president. Von Carlowitz enters the fold as Bob Logue, the clean-cut, All-American sports-star student-athlete who enters the race on a whim and proves to be formidable competition to the scheming and nerve-rattled Richard. Shooting is set to kick off mid-November with NYU grad student Jake Hirsch directing from his own script.
Next up, some promising news on the feature film front: BANJO, the horror-comedy co-starring Clay as devilish office hotshot Stiles Rembrandt, has won the Best Feature Film 2015 award at SpookyEmpire Film Festival in Orlando, FL. Stay tuned for word on distribution deals as this little-indie-that-could continues to make waves around the globe.
Finally, the latest episode of Kafkaesque comedy UNDER INSPEKTION is online. Click here for the latest adventures of Mr. K and his loyal Inspector Hans Freie (Clay von Carlowitz).
Banjo Opens with a Bang
September 28th, 2015
Liam Regan's Banjo, featuring Clay as the Patrick Bateman-esque lead villain Stiles Rembrandt, has begun its world tour of indie film festivals with a widely-praised premiere at Film4 FrightFest, the biggest horror film festival in Europe. Among those cited for their stellar work was Mr. von Carlowitz himself in Flickering Myth writer Luke Owen's 3-star review. Visit the official Banjo Facebook Fan Page for a comprehensive roundup of praise for the horror-comedy so far.
Under InspeKtion Episode 2
July 9th, 2015
If you enjoyed last week's pilot episode of Under InspeKtion, featuring Clay at his brooding best, check out Episode 2 right here! For faithful followers, Episode 3 premieres next Wednesday.
Under InspeKtion Episode 1 Premiere
July 3rd, 2015
For those who've been eagerly awaiting, the Kafka-themed web series Under InspeKtion, which features Clay as the enigmatic Inspector Hans Freie, has just released its pilot episode! Click here to check it out, and tune in every subsequent Wednesday for all-new episodes of this quirky web series.
Big News for Banjo
July 3rd, 2015
Yesterday afternoon, Liam Regan's Banjo, in which Clay stars as the suave and sinister office employee Stiles Rembrandt, was officially selected to screen in competition at FrightFest, the biggest and most influential horror film festival in the UK. Recent FrighFest selections have included acclaimed horror thrillers TheBabadook, You're Next and The Guest. Held in London every year, the festival seeks to spotlight the best in the genre, from low-budget indies to higher profile works with mainstream stars. Banjo screens August 31st. Click here for more info.
Trailer Debut for Under InspeKtion
June 19th, 2015
Watch Clay be a total badass inspector in the first official trailer for his upcoming Kafka-inspired web series, Under InspeKtion. The quirky thriller stars writer-director Alessio Franko as paranoid office employee K and Clay von Carlowitz himself as the menacing, enigmatic Inspector Hans Freie, the German detective assigned to investigate K after he is accused of committing a crime. Check out the trailer here - and stay tuned for the first episode premiere on July 1st!
Banjo to Premiere in Cannes
May 10th, 2015
Roll out the red carpet and dust off your sunglasses!
Liam Regan's indie fantasy-thriller Banjo, in which Clay plays the lead baddie Stiles Rembrandt, is set to premiere in the Marche du Film at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The film will screen at the Hotel Gray d'Albion on Thursday, May 14th, and Saturday, May 16th. Writer-director Liam Regan will be in attendance, along with some of the film's cast and crew. For more info on the screenings, check out the official website.
Trailer Debut for Clay's Latest Indie
February 16th, 2015
This past fall Clay made a trip to Baltimore to shoot a small part in an indie thriller called Pig Pen, directed Jason Koch of Dire Wit Films. Check out the trailer below - and look for Clay's instantly-quotable tagline near the end!
Web Series and Short Films Galore
December 23rd, 2014
Following his return from the UK 'Banjo' shoot, Clay hit the bricks and scored roles in several shorts and web series. They are as follows:
*SMOKE BREAK as "Bully" *AFTER HOURS as "Detective Paul" *THESE THREE GIRLS as "Ernie" *MUMMY COP as "Det. Johnnycake Van Dicksmith" *UNDER INSPEKTION as "Hans" *BETWEEN THE SIDEWALK AND THE STREET as "Rob"
SMOKE BREAK and AFTER HOURS can be viewed in the "Videos" section, while MUMMY COP, THESE THREE GIRLS, UNDER INSPEKTION and BETWEEN THE SIDEWALK AND THE STREET are all set to premiere early 2015.
Happy Holidays! See you next year!
Back from Banjo
August 21st, 2014
That's a wrap for Clay's shooting days on Liam Regan's dark comedy-thriller Banjo! From August 2nd - 17th, Mr. von Carlowitz worked with an immensely talented cast and crew to bring the character of Stiles to life. Of all the baddies he's played, this guy has to be the most deliciously sinister. The prototypical office bully, Stiles Rembrandt has it all: the looks, the charm, the popularity, success, fame and fortune. But when unhinged, Peter Parker-esque Reams for Less employee Peltzer Arbuckle starts flirting with his girlfriend Melissa (Peltzer's ex), Stiles sets out to make Peltzer's life a living hell. But what Mr. Rembrandt doesn't know is that this seemingly harmless dweeb has an imaginary friend named Ronnie with a penchant for one-liners...and murder. Visit the Facebook Fan Page to learn more!
A Successful Dive into the Deep Blue Sea
July 13th, 2014
Fresh off an enormously well-received production of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Clay sat down with Christopher Saenz of Review Fix and his co-star/co-producer Asta Paredes to talk about the trials and tribulations of producing a play in New York City. Check out the interview here.
Get Your Tickets For 'Danny' Here!
May 29th, 2014
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea has a home now: this particular take on John Patrick Shanley's classic play, starring Clay von Carlowitz and Asta Paredes and directed by Meg Grujon, will run at the Robert Moss Theater, 440 Studios, NYC, on June 19th and 20th at 8 p.m. Get your tickets here.
Rehearsals for 'Danny' are in Full Swing!
May 8th, 2014
They pulled it off! After 35 days of reaching out and reconnecting with family, friends and fans, Asta Paredes and Mr. von Carlowitz achieved their goal of $3,000 for a showcase production of John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, via Indiegogo. That money will pay for rehearsal space, the performance venue, director (Meg Grujon), promo photographer (Brooke DiDonato), logo designer (Lauren Hom), incentives promised to donors, costumes, set pieces, and all materials needed to solicit agents and managers. For further details on the production, visit the Danny and the Deep Blue Sea campaign page. In the meantime, check out the Photos section for an exclusive look at our Danny and Roberta photo shoot, featuring the work of Brooke DiDonato Photography. Clay wishes to thank everyone for supporting him, from Troma to Shanley. He's so glad to be acting again.
My Next Project
April 17th, 2014
Thank you so much for visiting this website over the past year to learn about all Clay's latest adventures and his continually evolving career. The outpouring of love for Return to Nuke 'Em High - and the performances in it - has been legitimately touching, and he will always speak highly of Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team.
However, the time has come to move onto another challenge. This summer, alongside RTNH co-star Asta Paredes, Clay will be starring in and producing a showcase production of John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. The idea is not only to attract agents and managers who can help us get better work, but to revisit their roots as classically-trained actors who long for the thrill of performance and the opportunity to tell deeply personal stories. Paredes and von Carlowitz have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise the funds necessary to get the show on its feet. So far, with the help of friends, family and fans, they've managed to rack up about $1,200 of their $3,000 goal. Please support Clay's next venture by making a contribution or simply sharing this link: Danny & the Deep Blue Sea.
Return to Nuke 'Em High Vol. 1 Opens to Big Crowds on Both Coasts
January 20th, 2014
Over the past two weeks, Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1 opened to the public in New York City and Los Angeles for exclusive weeklong engagements, several of which were followed by a Q&A with Lloyd Kaufman, myself and co-stars Asta Paredes and Catherine Corcoran. The premiere in LA doubled as a poignant reunion, as Stefan Dezil and Gabriella Fuhr, Slater and Kelly in the film, were invited to share the stage after the screening, marking the first time the Tromaville High ensemble has gathered since production wrapped in the summer of 2012. The fact that opening nights in NYC and LA were both sold out bodes well for a healthy theatrical run in other major U.S. cities, and an even healthier run when the film is released on DVD and Bluray March 18th.
RTNH Vol. 1 Scores Theatrical Release in NYC & LA!
January 2nd, 2014
The wait is over! To celebrate the New Year, general audiences in New York City and Los Angeles will be treated to exclusive theatrical engagements of Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1. Following the much-anticipated Contenders Series screening at MoMA on January 9th at 8 p.m., RTNHV1 will play at the Village East Cinema in NYC from January 10th - 16th, followed by a run at the North Hollywood Laemmle in LA from January 16th - 23rd. If you live on either coast, gather a big group of friends and go see this movie the way it was meant to be seen: with a packed house that likes to laugh, clap and holler.
RTNH Vol. 1 Named Among Year's Best by MoMA
October 24th, 2013
Troma has entered the big leagues. This morning, the Museum of Modern Art announced its selections for The Contenders, a list of the past year's films from around the world which the folks at MoMA deem influential, innovative and capable of standing the test of time as culturally and historically significant - and which must be viewed on a big screen. Among the Contenders of 2013 is none other than Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1, directed by Lloyd Kaufman, starring Asta Paredes, Catherine Corcoran and myself. The monumental screening will take place January 9th, in the midst of a planned theatrical release in New York and LA. Click here for more information.
Return to nUKE 'em High volume 1 premieres at Fantasia
Making their grand entrance via tricked-out school bus (after dancing on top of it to the Nuke 'Em High theme song), the Troma Team took Montreal by storm with Lloyd Kaufman's Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 1, drawing a near-capacity crowd of 700+ people. After a brief intro featuring Lloyd and the cast and crew, the subversive scifi-comedy event film made its grand debut - and boy did they love it! Oscillating between raucous laughter, gagging and cheering, the audience whole-heartedly embraced the flick, and stuck around after the Michael Gingold-moderated Q&A to say so. Click here for photos from this momentous occasion!
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