Allan Arkush on

Blast

Released 1976
Distributor New World Pictures

Under the auspices of Roger Corman, Oscar Williams directed 1972’s The Final Comedown, a rote Blaxploitation thriller starring Billy Dee Williams. In 1976, again under Mr. Corman’s auspices, “Frank Arthur Wilson” was hired to spruce up the earlier film with new footage. Mr. Wilson was in fact Allan Arkush and he’s here to share the story about making Blast.

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About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from birth, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Back in the day Allan was directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere, Fame, A Series of Unfortunate Events and TV Movies like Elvis Meets Nixon and Shake Rattle & Rock as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He used to have a lost film, Get Crazy, but Kino/Lorber found it in time for Christmas 2021. His day job is teaching Film production & history at the AFI.