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Written by By Kevin Lindenmuth   
May 06, 2004 at 02:00 AM
Probably best known for producing and acting in FIVE DEAD ON THE CRIMSON CANVAS, Joe Zaso is one of the leads in THE ALIEN AGENDA: ENDANGERED SPECIES.
Q: Tell us a bit about the character you portray...
Zaso: My character \"John\" could easily be anyone\'s husband, boyfriend lover. .a typical executive workaholic type whose one-track mind often gravitates him away from the very beautiful, sincerely loving woman who shares his life. Basically, John is a go-getter who is too busy to realize how good he has it. Later, once his dark secret is revealed, he displays very human and loving attributes more than before We never do get to see if This warm human attributes are only a front for his hidden agenda.
Q: How did you become involved with this project?
Zaso: I knew Kevin Lindenmuth\'s name through trade magazines and colleagues Although I am a feature film producer like Kevin, I am also an actor who makes a living as such. After a few brief phone chats with Kevin about the industry, I decided to send him my photo should he have any upcoming projects. Two weeks later he asked me to appear in THE ALIEN AGENDA: ENDANGERED SPECIES. The experience was enjoyable and I admire Kevin\'s drive and efficiency. Probably because as a producer, that\'s how I work. Not hastily but passionately. Kevin, myself and other filmmakers like Scooter McCrae and Joseph F. Parda all seem to be part of some unofficial fraternity of rising low-budget horror/sci-fi filmmakers. Since there seems to be only the majors and us--and no middle ground--I\'m sure (and hoping) you\'ll be seeing more of us.
Q: Are you a big fan of alien invasion movies?
Zaso: In all honesty no, I\'m afraid to say. I\'m really more of a horror fan and not a sci-fi fanatic. I do, however, love certain alien invasion films like ALIEN, ALIENS, STAR WARS, old and new versions of THE THING and INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, even Cozzi\'s inept ALIEN CONTAMINATTON was amusing. I can\'t wait to see MARS ATTACKS!!
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.
Zaso: I am a film producer/actor. I own a small production company called Cinema Image Productions. My most recent credit is producer/lead actor of 5 DEAD ON THE CRIMSON CANVAS, a modern American attempt to revive the Italian gaiallo horror film made popular by Dario Argento and Mario Bava. My previous (and barely seen) writing, directing feature-film efforts include: MALIGNO (1986) and IT\'S ONLY A MOVIE! (1991). I\'ve also directed a l6mm music video for a Christmas ballad called THAT OLD HOUSE (my only \"nice\" film). I\'ve acted on stage and screen. SCREEN: DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY, INDECENT PROPOSAL, SIX DEGREE OF SEPARATION, ALL MY CHILDREN, and PLAYBOY\'S SECRET CONFESSIONS. STAGE: THE WINTER\'S TALE, RED SCARE ON SUNSET, I HATE HAMLET!, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE. I also do many character appearances, the most popular of which is Spider-Man. I\'ve lived in Hollywood, Rome-Italy, and, although I\'m born and bred on the North Shore of Long Island, I hope to move to New York City very soon, The horror/suspense genre is my favorite to work in.
Q: What are you currently working on?
Zaso: Currently I\'m preparing a series for Cinema Image Productions called GUILTY PLEASURES, There are four one-hour episodes, each telling a dark story. Each story will be written and directed by four different directors (one of which is me) . The stories all will have the look feel and flavor of Italian horror. This series will go into production in late February/early March. I\'m also producing a large-scale feature called THE CONTESSA DEATH. No further details on this project at this time. I also hope to continue acting--professionally.

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