BIO: Gene Freese
I was born in Ohio and graduated from Purdue University in Indiana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. I was a collegiate athlete playing baseball on scholarship. I work in the healthcare industry monitoring EGK rhythms. Chief among my hobbies is hiking mountain summits around the state.
As an independent writer I have authored five film-related historical/biographical books for McFarland Publishing on the subject of character actors, fight scenes, and stuntmen.
I have also authored several fiction books and worked as a background actor on films and TV.
I am currently putting the finishing touches on an “A-to-Z” encyclopedic book on Arizona Western Films covering the state’s historic movie sets and locations as well as the locals that contributed to filmmaking. I have been giving and will continue to give presentations and lectures around Arizona in support of this project.
Phone: (480) 241-4381
BIO: Marty Freese
Western Film Historian
Worked 20 years for Old Tucson Studios as film historian and tour guide, re-an actor. Involved as film location an expert at Mescal movie set and Empire ranch. Panel discussions with actor Don Collier at Empire Ranch and Movie guide at White Stallion Ranch.
Worked on railroad, for 28 years and then the movie studios. Entertaining at assisted living homes and memory care. Plus talks at senior centers and public events.
Phone: (520) 882-0100
Meet the Hosts:
About ~ Ben Freese
Ben Freese, a writer, director, actor and editor in the movie industry is the host of this exploratory emporium of ideas and insights into the local scene here in Tucson. Ben, with his trusty co-host Zach Rhein (himself a local producer, filmmaker and writer), sets out to make movies fun and entertaining while pushing what the local community has got going on. With his upcoming directorial debut feature film, “In Terror” releasing in 2023, Ben has his plate full with new upcoming projects as well, like his short horror film “Witchery”. Ben loves to chat it up with his guests every month and hit it off with his buddy Zach the only way they know how: Talking about the movies!
Contact number: (520) 909-9170
About Zach Rhein:
Zachary or Zach for most people is originally from Spokane, Washington and developed a love of the arts at an early age. One of my earliest experiences making movies was helping on a music video a friend.
I then moved down to Tucson, AZ where I continued my love of the arts and joined the theater department. While I didn’t pursue acting I rediscovered my love of filmmaking and am ready to become the local mogul.
While I may not have decades of experience handling a full fledge business, I make up for it in my drive and determination and am willing to learn from the school of hard knocks.
My current business is In Flight Productions, a local film production company ready to make high quality movies of all genres that give people a chance to see themselves in the movie.
Contact number: (520) 975-0847
ABOUT THE SHOW
Each month, we take a deep dive into the state of the movie industry, with a focus on local Tucson projects. Every month, we will have a guest from who started in the Tucson independent scene and pry their brain for knowledge of filmdom while we hype their latest works.
WHY MOVIES MATTER
During the course of our podcast, we will go over details such as the past month’s box office, the top wrung movies, independent film, Blu Ray and 4K releases for the diligent movie fan and ending with a on Tucson talent, including a podcast guest connected our local film industry.
We are here to educate and have fun discussing film. Explore what Tucson has to offer in a meaningful way and entertain while doing it. We have arrived!