Media Life: Fangoria features Auburn horror film musician-composer

By: Gus Thomson/Media Life
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Fright make-up guru Tom Savini made the cover but for Auburn’s Christopher Crites an appearance in the pages of horror magazine Fangoria is a huge triumph. Crites is the subject of a feature interview in Fangoria’s June issue. The magazine is the longest-running, most-followed horror-themed magazine out there, with a run of 250,000 issues monthly. Crites has found a niche writing scores for films in the horror genre and has stayed in his hometown of Auburn thanks to the power of the Internet. “After six years of virtually secluding myself in an office studio and working more hours than my poor wrists, spine, circulation and eyes will ever recover from, this is a pretty cool feeling,” Crites said. The featured interview feeling was heightened by his inclusion in a Fango issue honoring Savini, whose work on films such as “Dawn of the Dead,” “Friday the 13th” and “Creepshow,” made the actor-make-up artist a childhood hero of Crites. Crites won’t necessarily be sharing any horror-track music but he will be onstage Saturday with the more danceable Awesome 80s Boombox and Fox Trot Mary at their regular monthly Juke Club appearance. The live music starts at 8 p.m. at Pace Auto, 340 Grass Valley Highway in Auburn. Film focus for WS100 It’s always a bonus when the Western States 100 endurance run garner0s some international attention. And this year’s 38th ultramarathon from high in the Sierra to Auburn will be welcoming a film production company from Cape Town, South Africa. Greg Fell, producer with Cape Town’s The African Attachment, said the company will be traveling for a month in the United States filming for a project called “5 Races/5 Continents.” At the Western States run, the African Attachment cameras will zero in on Kilian Jornet, one of the world’s best ultra-runners. A native of Catalonia in Spain. Jornet finished third at last year’s Western States 100. He also climbed and descended Mount Kilimanjaro last year in a record time of 7 hours 14 minutes. Fell has already penciled in an interview with WS100 pioneer and Meadow Vista resident Gordy Ainsleigh to provide some historical context. Ainsleigh started things off when he ran with the Tevis Cup horses in the early 1970s. Fell said he’s looking for any vintage 8 mm or video footage, as well as photos from the early runs of Ainsleigh and other participants. With the snow lingering in the Sierra, this year’s version of the WS100 should be slow-going. Media Life’s prediction is about a 50 percent finish rate for the 400 or so runners taking part and no time even close to last year’s record 15 hour 7 minutes and change by Geoff Roes. Gumbo, Taxi ready to party in park Party in the Park’s set to go next Friday, June 17, with a 10th anniversary lineup that’s probably the strongest ever. Mumbo Gumbo will open and Great American Taxi will headline the evening performance. The Regional Park late-spring fun starts at 5:30 p.m. with Taxi taking the stage around 8 p.m. Mr. Party in the Park Scott Holbrook said that he’s pulling some strings and there may even be a “special guest” making an appearance. Here’s a hint: He’s a singer-songwriter with a penchant for storytelling. But Holbrook cautions that nothing’s guaranteed on that front. Barring a headliner going on trial for shooting someone or some kind of weird electrical malfunction (which have been challenges at previous Parties in the Park), Holbrook is expecting a crowd in the thousands for the free event and a great time for all ages. Media Life’s Gus Thomson can be reached at or (530) 852-0232.