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I had the pleasure of meeting and working as an extra in a very remarkable young man’s movie, Rock and Roll Zombie Apocalypse a few months ago. That gentleman is named David Lockhart, He may very well become a household name by this time next year .He is making movies and strides at breakneck speed into the fabric of Movie cult folklore and  he agreed to be interviewed by COLD HEAT NEWS. That interview is as follows: 

1.  (a)   Hi David Lockhart. You are an extremely busy and talented artist. With the release of  your films Senior Entourage, Rock and Roll Zombie , and your November 11th Premiere of The highly  anticipated   Unleashing the Talisman you must be a bit winded or  gorged with teen spirit. Congrats!
Thank you for the interview.  I stay alive with coffee and yoga.
1   (b) The Talisman film is sort of autobiographical, a trueness about your         family is it not?     Please explain and enlighten us.
    I found some incredible true stories about my family history. For example, I discovered that the Lockhart name came from the Crusades era from an epic journey started by Robert the Bruce, the King of Scotland when he was lying on his deathbed. 
And that the Lockharts have been in possession of a healing stone called the Lee Penny which was passed down from generation to generation. You can even look up the court documents of James Lockhart who was tried for witchcraft in the 1700s for being in possession of the healing stone. The only reason he wasn’t convicted is because to be convicted of witchcraft, you have to be guilty of speaking spells and he wasn’t using words when he had the stone with him. 
I also uncovered secrets about my recent family history. My Grandfather was a pro golfer who helped create one of the first golf courses in the Central Valley of California. I also found out that prior to his life as a pro golfer in the 1930’s he was a teenage bootlegger and got into a serious car accident while evading the police down a country road at night.
I was simply amazed with the Lockhart history.  I was also amazed it hadn’t been made into a film yet. So I felt like it was my duty to do it. It is such an epic adventure, spanning many generations. The more research that I did, the more excited I got. But I also began to have more questions about who we all are and the reality of our perception about who we think we are.  You can see it on the big screen at the Sat. 11th at KIFF-Lockhart – You can check out the trailer at

 Rock n Roll ZomBIE APOCALYPSE !! Teaser
This is “Rock n Roll ZomBIE APOCALYPSE !! Teaser” by David Lockhart on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

2. Your collaborations with multi award winners Ed Asner, Mark Rydell, Marion Ross, Helen Reddy, and Charlie Robinson directed by Brian Conners in  Senior Entourage is hilarious!  Who is the priest that acts like a shrink from  his bath tub office in the film?
A very talented man name Jack Handy. You may recognize him from the Emmy award-winning West Wing.
3.  How did  you meet with ASNER and   crew and  how did this wacky funny project get  inspired?
The brain child behind Senior Entourage is non other than Mr. Brian Connors.  
 He had the idea for SE couple years and was talking to networks about the idea but they were taking a long time to get it going.  When one of the leads Doris Roberts passed away Brian wanted to make the film asap before anyone else became ..unable.
He directed a play we all acted in that he wrote called “Plays in the Park. ”  Brian directs  all these one-act plays with some Hollywood icons. When he told me about the idea I said I would love to Produce the film.  It is such an honor to be acting in a film with these legends.  Ed Asner, Mark Rydell, Helen Reddy, Marion Ross and Charlie Robinson plus more. Watching these guys act up close is like watching a pro tennis match from five feet away You can see why these guys are legends .
4.  Your diverse talents includes singing, acting, executive producer, photography , writing, producing and  Theatre , as well. What is your favorite dynamic?
Jack of all trades master of non…LOL
Acting is the primary passion, but I do love to write and direct as well. I get a different high from helping people come up with the ideas; brainstorming and collaborating with other people, coming up with cool camera angles and lighting schemes. It’s all so fun.
It all goes back to my high school days, when my friends and I made films. All of us took turns doing everything for every film, the acting, operating the camera, directing. It was very fluid and easy. I don’t remember how we decided who was going to do what for each movie. It just all sort of fell into place very naturally. I don’t remember any arguments. It had nothing to do with career or money. It was all for fun; pure enjoyment from collaborating and creating something, than watching it at the end of the day. It also wasn’t to be cool because I think people thought we were dorks for doing it.
I also love to Rock out on stage with a live audience and get their direct feedback. We feed off each other’s energy and it’s an amazing feeling.
5. Your  nonprofit Artistspalooza is dear to your heart.  When you decided to create it  was your intention to  educate   artists or anyone who was in need of help? Where is its physical location and  is it free to the public?
A few years back I co-founded  a 501©3 non-profit for musicians, actors, filmmakers, painters and every other artist called Artistspalooza ( The mission is to empower artists to inspire the world. We have an awesome one-act theater show with special guest Kevin Bacon coming up led by Allison Geddie on Nov. 19th, to raise money for hurricane relief. Check out our website for tickets to that..
6.   Your  soon to be released film, Playing with Dolls  is a horror film yes?  Can you       tell us about it?
I produced and acted in a film called Playing with Dolls starring myself, Natasha Blasick and Richard Tyson. It was directed by Rene Perez We shot up near Mt. Shasta and Lassen in the winter.  Very physically draining project, and very cold but looks great. You can actually see it on Amazon right now under the name “Metal face.”
 7.  You will be playing Lazarus in  the rock opera, Mary Magdalene,  Jefferson Davis in the Civil War film, Ellen Bond” and you are in post production of the sci-film “Dead Ants”, where as a rock star you battle giant ants! Your  passion, energy and vision is voracious. Are any of these films being shot in Asia or Europe ?
Stating shooting b-roll to the sequel to “Lockhart, Unleashing the Talisman” in Egypt, Israel, and Jordan The second film will be called “Through the Dark Pastly” and will dive more into the back story of where the healing stone or “Heart Crystal” originally comes from, which is before the Crusades and dating back thousands of years to ancient times
Most trilogies are linear part one, then part two, and part three. But this trilogy is more like the rings of a tree or the ripples when you throw a pebble into water. They expand around each other.
It really is an epic story interweaving between five different time eras and will have people question reality, time, space and the truth of our existence in general. It will really blow a lot of people’s minds.
Also looks like we will be shooting another film. A very funny comedy in India, where I don’t think I can talk about yet , but just got green lite.I also did some filming in Thailand for research for a feature film about Human Trafficking which I have been working on for a few years now and I believe is close to get funding
8. It is obvious that you are in great shape. What kind of physical training and diet do you follow to create  your energy?
Thank you. Here is what I do for exercise.
Right as I wake up I do 50 push ups and 100 sit-ups and 100 leg lifts on the floor. I do this before I have time to talk myself out of it.
I also like to go on walks. Anytime I’m on my phone I will try and walk. It helps me think and good exercise.  I also do yoga few times a week.
For diet I try to cut out as much sugar as possible. That means very limited bread. If I want to get in shape for a role I do something called the bullet-proof diet,  which begins the day with coffee and butter. yummy!!  
9. Does your theatrical training at San Francisco’s Conservatory assist you more  as an action actor, horror or in the comedy genre?
umm… yes 🙂
 10 .You worked five years at the national cable channel TechTV/G4 as a  producer, writer and correspondent for the two-time regional Emmy award-winning show Entertainment Tonight, do you miss those days and were they  the springboard to your success now?
Yes I do.  Didn’t realize it at the time but that was one of the best jobs ever. We were all a bunch of kids in the candy store. Or the patience running the asylum.. Didn’t realize how great we had it til it was gone. It was my first job out of college and I found myself being flown all over the country covering and doing crazy sports , interviewing celebs.  I also really miss all the great talented people who also worked there. Maybe one day we can have a reunion show.
 11. You have done a hefty amount of horror in such films as
 zombie cowboy, The Dead and the Damned, The Crow Purgatory Part 2, and Minty: The Assassin. I think it is safe to say that you like the horror genre but are you going to do any holiday themed films, screenplays or love  stories?

That is actually pretty interesting you bring that up.  I actually don’t like horror.. lol.  Maybe campy funny horror like “Sean of the Dead. ”  I would say “Dead and Damned” falls into the campy category.  Crow Purgatory and Minty are more over the top Action than horror.   I just started shooting a film I wrote called “Rock n Roll zombie Apocalypse” that is definitely campy horror. Lots of fun.  It’s Sean of the Dead meets Rock of Ages. Here’s a link to the trailer. Check out the bad ass zombie at the end. Looks very familiar:)
 I don’t like straight up horror. I need to talk to my PR person:)
I would love to do some Holiday theme family stuff. I actually have a romantic comedy I wrote many years ago SWAY that would be fun to dust off:) It’s a Romeo and juliet story between a Starbucks and a Mom and Pop café.

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I was born in Fountainbleu in Paris France to an army family. My father ,Ruben Smith, and my mother Nancy Smith, worked for the Army and as a school teacher in France, respectively.We are originally from the South. My father’s people from Misissippi and Alabama and my mom’s from South Carolina. I am an avid sports fan and I attended and played sports----football, wresting, and track----- at Bishop England High School, in Charleston, South Carolina; my mom chose both a Catholic high school and an elementary school, Immaculate Conception, for my sister and I. Initially, I wasted a lot of time in school pursuing sports and partying but nevertheless,I went to the College of Charleston, The University of South Carolina, where I majored in Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, with a minor in Theatre and Speech. I finally graduated from The University of Redlands, in Redlands, CA with a degree in business management. I managed to get into SAG-AFTRA, mostly as an extra, but I have done an occasional speaking stint here and there—CD-ROMs, experimental and industrial films, and voice overs in radio. My most recent endeavor was playing a doctor on "Grey's Anatomy". I like horror, love, thrillers, and I like to read. Weightliftingand jogging are some of my hobbies also. Interestingly enough, my family prepared me for a life on the move, as I have been to every state in The USA except for Alaska and Hawaii. I have an older sister who chose the teaching profession and is doing quite fine. What was i like as a child? Well I tend to think that I existed and flourished within "a culture of hate"--------however South Carolina has ceased and desisted with both "The jim Crow Laws' and flying the Confederate Flag------------I witnessed "colored only" bathrooms, and was in establishments where the Klan showed up. I stayed at hotels where my family and I found pounds of raw CHITTERLINS---hogs guts----- at our doorstep!! But don't get me wrong, as despite these ugly truths about the South, I grew up with some very cool whites, mexicans, Filipino's and other races. But it is what it is. It has Metamorphosized into being a cultural and real estate melting pot, as many from other states are recently flocking there for the cheaper home prices, very stable, safer lifestyle and "bible belt" mentality, and affordable education. I too have Metamorphosized , as I am not the militant little athletic, and partying freak I used to be and have settled into writing for Cold Heat News and assisting We Care for Humanity with their charitable functions. Consequently, I am pretty much a normal army brat who has realized that life is what you make it and people and things are subject to change. So change with life and let by gones be by gones. My dad has since passed away, and my mom and sister and most of my cousins are still alive, but their positive,significant influence, along with the impact my elementary and high school friends have had on me continues on;infact, I believe, where it not for my childhood friends, my high school football Coach Jack Cantey and occasional teenage battles with my dad, I would have become a gang member! Thus my personal manifesto is, Live hard, party when it is time, and utilize both education, and Love for God, and know that FAMILY AND FRIENDS are most important;They're one's conduit for a viable and happy life. ALSO, A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND---NOT A "FAIR WEATHER"------INDEED.

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