by Process Blue: Side Projects
Hmm... if Lewis himself has said he hasn't made them, then I'm afraid he likely is aware of this campaign and may not be thrilled about Black Love seeing the light of day. I can kinda understand that, but yet I still hope that wouldn't somehow hurt the chance of getting these films out there. Even though it is his right to disown a film, there are still fans out there who would really enjoy getting the complete picture of his work. I have much respect for the man but have loved his films for too long to not want to see more!
Seems like an odd choice to distance himself from these certain films. They seem somewhat in line (at least in spirit) with his other works. Hopefully, somehow, he becomes aware of this Kickstarter campaign, and sees how much we are all clamoring for these films.
The issue was actually started by Lewis himself who recently told a number of people that he had not made the films. Of course, they were concerned and sent us emails asking us to confirm that these were indeed Lewis' work. As we can see, there's ample evidence confirming that he did, most of which comes from Lewis himself!
It's a bit disheartening that he's decided to distance himself from these titles, but that's his right and his choice.
I had no idea there was ever even a question that he was involved with these films. Lewis has been discussing Linda and Abilene forever, and aside from the mentions in the book A Taste of Blood, these were also referenced by Daniel Krogh in his excellent book from the '80s, The Amazing Herschell Gordon Lewis. Aside from Lewis' Sheldon Seymour pseudonym appearing on the Black Love credits, one can easily spot Ray Sager's credit (under his real name Ray Szegho) also. Well, let's hope this clarification gets us seeing even more movement on the contributions in the next two weeks!
Wait, why did people think HGL didn't make these movies? He's listed as the director/writer of all of them on IMDB. Also, love the clip.