Ted V. Mikels
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Ted V. Mikels
Ted V. Mikels with a fan in 2008
Theodore Vincent Mikacevich
April 29, 1929
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
|Died||October 16, 2016 (aged 87)|
|Occupation||Film producer, film director, screenwriter, actor|
Ted V. Mikels (born Theodore Vincent Mikacevich; April 29, 1929 – October 16, 2016) was an American independent filmmaker primarily of the horror cult film genre. Movies that he both produced and directed include Girl in Gold Boots (1968), The Astro-Zombies (1968), and The Doll Squad (1973).
During the 1960s and 1970s, Mikels also operated his own recording label, Geneni Records, which primarily issued radio spot advertisement records used to promote his various movie projects but also released a number of stand-alone singles by such artists as Vic Lance and Little Leon Payne.
Life and career
During his grade school years, he was an amateur photographer who developed his own film in his bathtub. While in 8th grade, he was awarded his first acting role in a film that was to star William Powell, but World War II forced the cancellation of the production. By the age of 15, he was a regular stage performer and developed an interest in film-making when he attempted to shoot his performances. In 2008, he said, "I figured out that you have to move the camera around to get different angles, and then you have to edit the film when you're done."
In the 1950s, Mikels moved to Bend, Oregon, joined the Bend Community Players little theater group, and founded his own film production company. Soon, he began producing both educational documentaries, and short dramatic features.
Additionally, as horseman, archery expert, Indian and stuntman, he contributed to the production of several Hollywood films made in Central Oregon. Notably, during on location filming of The Indian Fighter, he taught studio special effects crews a technique for making flaming arrows appear authentic. Before leaving Oregon in the early 1960s, Mikels wrote and directed his first feature-length film in 1963, entitled Strike Me Deadly.
In 1993, Mikels began running TVM Studios, a film and video production studio based in Las Vegas, Nevada. On August 28, 2005, he was presented with a Certificate of Recognition by Nevada Lieutenant Governor Lorraine T. Hunt on the day of screening of his then-latest film, Heart of a Boy, which was the only G-rated film of his career. The certificate was awarded to Mikels for his contributions to the filmmaking industry.
In 2010, Mikels released the third installment in his Astro-Zombies franchise, Astro-Zombies M3: Cloned, followed two years later by Astro-Zombies M4: Invaders from Cyberspace. Both were produced by TVM Global Entertainment in association with Blue Heron International Pictures, and distributed by Alpha New Cinema.
In 2007, Alpha Video released ten of Mikels' films on DVD under the Alpha New Cinema imprint. Six of these titles included 10 Violent Women, The Doll Squad, The Corpse Grinders, The Corpse Grinders II, Girl in Gold Boots and Blood Orgy of the She-Devils, all of which Alpha later released as a six-DVD set titled Ted V. Mikels Signature Collection, which was autographed by Mikels.
Complete filmography as a director
- 1963: Strike Me Deadly
- 1964: Dr. Sex
- 1965: One Shocking Moment
- 1966: The Black Klansman
- 1968: Girl in Gold Boots
- 1968: The Astro-Zombies
- 1971: The Corpse Grinders
- 1973: Blood Orgy of the She-Devils
- 1973: The Doll Squad
- 1977: Alex Joseph and His Wives
- 1982: 10 Violent Women
- 1987: Angel of Vengeance
- 1991: Mission: Killfast
- 1993: Little Red Riding Hood Saves the Big Bad Wolf (short)
- 1994: Spooky World (documentary short)
- 1997: Apartheid Slave-Women's Justice
- 1998: Dimensions in Fear
- 2002: The Corpse Grinders 2
- 2004: Cauldron: Baptism of Blood
- 2004: Mark of the Astro-Zombies
- 2006: Heart of a Boy
- 2009: Demon Haunt
- 2010: Astro-Zombies M3: Cloned
- 2012: Astro-Zombies M4: Invaders from Cyberspace
- 2015: Paranormal Extremes: Text Messages from the Dead
- Curry, Christopher Wayne (2007). Film Alchemy: The Independent Cinema of Ted V. Mikels. McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0786432370.
- Collier, Kevin Scott (2016). Unmasking the Astro-Zombies. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1540590947.
- Collier, Kevin Scott (2017). The Life and Cinema of Ted V. Mikels. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1546318743.
- The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels (documentary). Directed by Kevin Sean Michaels. Narrated by John Waters. Alpha Video (2010).
- "Select discography for Geneni Records". Discogs.com. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
- "Ted Mikels Dead". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-06-23. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
- Betty L. Oakley, "The Torch Bearers of Bend Oregon, 1912-1978", Maverick Publications, Bend, Oregon, 1993, p. 49.
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- "The Heart Of A Boy". Tedvmikels.com. Archived from the original on 2004-12-04. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
- Cling, Carol. "Las Vegas cult filmmaker Ted V. Mikels dies at 87". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 18 October 2016.