“Tura Thursday” is a regular series celebrating the legacy of the late, great Tura Satana, best known as Varla in the 1965 Russ Meyer cult classic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. This series is curated by Tura’s longtime manager, friend, confidant and CEO of Tura Satana Productions, Siouxzan Perry.
We are now in week four of our crowdfunding campaign so we can finish TURA! HER STORY and it’s foot down on the gas pedal as we tear towards the finishing line… we are over 55% funded so we’re hoping we don’t run out of gas by midnight on 11th April! You will know by Tura Thursday next week if we finally get Tura Satana back on the big screen where she belongs!
INTERVIEWS ON FILM
Continuing our showcase of interviews already canned over the last three years we ran an excerpt with Eric Charmelo, producer and writer, known for Supernatural (2005), Ringer (2011) and I Do (But I Don’t) (2004) for a special Supernatural Sunday. Eric kindly donated 5 SPN script copies autographed by himself and co-writer Nichole Snider which were snapped up in an afternoon! Tura not only was a huge icon for him from a very young age but she was a huge influence on his female characters in his writing. He stresses, “”The A-listed actresses of today absolutely owe a debt of gratitude to Tura Satana as she paved the way for their careers. She really did!” You got it in one Eric!
The Vegetable that’s not for vegetarians
Dennis “The Vegetable” Busch
Tura’s co-star Dennis “The Vegetable” Busch in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (who she is in fact killing in the photo above) talks about Russ Meyer, being on the set, and Tura. His interview with us was one of the most moving tributes… intensely emotional at times, funny, and above all — heartfelt. One can plainly see how Tura affected people. Thank you, Dennis, for all your endless support and love throughout this project. Get your tissues out before you watch this one.
Here is a photo taken on set on the day of the interview with Dennis in Palm Springs, 2014.
My interview with Mike Faber and Mike Gordon for the Earth Station One podcast is finally on-line! . They asked me to “let my inner geek out to play!” I hope I did when I told them about my work and friendship with Tura for the podcast. If you only have time to hear my story about how Tura chose me as her manager and what evolved from the decision I didn’t have to make, go straight to minute 18.17!
PERKS PERKS AND MORE PERKS
We have amassed an amazing amount of limited perks over the last weeks.
Here are some of the new perks:
We have even more surprise perks to come including some goodies from our TURA! narrator the one and only Margaret Cho, pictured here with her friend and ours the fabulous comic, host, speaker, male illusionist, actor, writer and burlesque artist – Selene Luna, who also features in TURA!
We have been busy using all the Kickstarter features including a new one called “Kickstarter LIVE! which you can catch up on by going to our Kickstarter page.
THE TURA SATANA COCKTAIL
We have been overwhelmed by the support and donations from fans and friends, which have come in many forms. One of our favorites comes in the form of a TURA SATANA cocktail invented by the mixologist extraordinaire, Steven Matthews from The Below Decks
The Below Decks Tura Satana cocktai!
2 oz. Nikka Coffey Grain Whiskey
1 oz. King’s Ginger liquor
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
2 pinches cayenne pepper
Shake with ice, strain into chilled coupe, garnish with a lemon peel and two Luxardo maraschino cherries!
Check out the Below Decks on Facebook for more mouthwatering libations and a glimpse into the exquisite Tiki bar, and if you’re lucky you might hear the dulcet tones of Mr Matthews singing on his Ukulele! CHEERS and much Aloha!
Finally, I think you might have got the drift concerning the core message of our blog. HURRY OVER to our Kickass Kickstarter campaign for TURA! She’s waiting for you…and so are we!
The depth and breadth of Tura Satana’s life experiences could fill ten films. Tura “brings a lot to the table.” The challenge here is not so much production delays (as this is a documentary), but rather choosing which of the many the impactful, meaningful events go into the film. No easy task! We’re not just “glossing over” Tura’s looks and career; her real life was much more harrowing than any movie script could be.