About

Welcome to the madhouse! Join indie filmmakers, Brian Cottington, John Wooliscroft, and Elaine Wooliscroft as they dive into the latest films, film news, and entertainment-news. No movie is above entry into the madhouse, be it the finest filet mignon of cinema or the greasiest fast food of cinematic schlock.

Meet The Crew

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10850274_578576568942421_5882100346976621711_nBrian Cottington- Host/Show Producer

Indie Filmmaker, Podcast Host, Adjunct Professor and Occasional Mad Scientist (ok that last one isn’t true) Brian Cottington is the renaissance man of indie film.

Brian has made over 30 short films and 1 feature over 12 years, including his most recent film, the award winning feature film documentary, House of Oddities: The Story of the Atrocity Exhibition.

Brian Cottington graduated from Robert Morris University in 2009 with a Bachelors in Media Arts/TV Video Production.  While at RMU, Brian rose through the ranks of RMU TV, starting off as a camera operator, technical director, and ultimately Co-Producer/Editor/Talent for his own movie review show, Prime Cuts Theater.

After RMU, he worked for a short time as a freelance editor and crew member for various independent productions including WQED and Jamie Kennedy Entertainment.  It was also during this time that he collaborated with Daggervision Films.  Through that partnership, DaggerVision grew to create a successful internet horror talk radio show and increase the profile of the horror film company.

In the fall of 2010, Brian decided to pursue his MFA in Film & Digital Technology at Chatham University.  With an emphasis on learning the art of visual storytelling, Brian grew as a filmmaker.  At Chatham, Brian created lifelong relationships with fellow filmmakers, including fellow co hosts, John and Elaine Wooliscroft.

When he isn’t cranking out podcasts or making movies, Brian works at Chatham University as an Event Media Specialist and as an Adjunct Professor in the Film & Digital Technology Department instructing young filmmakers in the dark arts of visual effects.

Brian has had his films screened throughout Pittsburgh as part of Horror Realm, Most Wanted Fine Art, and RAW Art Exhibition; as well as Cleveland at the International Indie Gathering and Long Island, New York’s Macabre Faire Film Festival.

elaine wooliscroftLaine Wooliscroft- Co-Host
  • Laine Wooliscroft is a podcaster, filmmaker, and writer who dreams of a world where all media is creatively content-driven, coffee is bottomless, and you can bring your cat to work every day.

    As a story-teller with over 12 years of experience, she was an assistant editor for the 2016 Parsec short fiction anthology “Triangulation: Beneath the Surface,” and her documentary film, “Nip, Tuck, Click,” has been presented several times in the state this year by the National Organization for Women.

    When she’s not re-reading BSC and Sweet Valley High books for her other podcast, ‘Super Serials,’ Laine can be found camping, pawing through an estate sale, and cooking meals at home with good friends.

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John Wooliscroft- Co-Host

John Wooliscroft is a lot of things, but one thing he is not, is a killer. Having gotten that out of the way, perhaps it’s time to break down the old CV. John is a independent filmmaker, videographer, documentarian, and comedy writer. Don’t ask him to tell you a joke or he will punch you in whatever genitals you may have.

John puts his over 12 years of film experience to, let’s call it, good use, making an eclectic group of short films and the occasional feature. John’s short films and his documentary feature, “Electrical Disturbance,” have played in multiple film festivals and screenings.

When not being abrasive and off-putting in biographic descriptions, John spends his time developing his YouTube channel about film analysis, much like this podcast. Look for this YouTube channel to launch very soon, unless he   dies or wins PowerBall.

When not working, John enjoys cursing, being resentful of others’ success, and hating Terminator 3. If you feel the need to let this young lad know how you really feel about him, he will someday get Twitter; until then, write a letter to him, put it into a wish box, and hope that it gives him cancer.* Until next time, just remember, he loves you all, except those of you he doesn’t.