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raymac Written by raymac
Feb. 22, 2012 | 9:55 PM





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Marrow: Viscera’s Bone Drive



It only takes a second to be swabbed for the bone marrow test and you might save a life. Then stay for some amazing horror shorts by women filmmakers.


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Viscera and WiHM Love Women and Horror Right Down to the Bone

In association with Cella Art Gallery, Femme Fatale Art Show, and City of Hope, the Viscera organization will be rolling out the bloody carpet in North Hollywood, California on February 25th to host a charity bone marrow swab registration to cap off our 2012 celebration of Women in Horror Recognition Month. Come out to support and help raise awareness about bone marrow donation through the City of Hope organization.

Right now, someone in your own organization or community may have a life-threatening illness that is so critical the only hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant.

Finding a matching marrow donor is not always easy, or even possible. There simply aren’t enough viable donors registered. Currently, only 2 out of 10 of those suffering from diseases like leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases ever get the treatment that could save their lives.

You can help change that.

The Be The Match Registry at City of Hope is working diligently to diversify our Registry of bone marrow donors in order to help more patients find lifesaving bone marrow matches. When you join the Be The Match Marrow Registry, you can save a life. Every day thousands of patients need a life-saving transplant and are in search of a donor. With only 30% finding a suitable donor within their family, the remaining 70% must reach out to unrelated donors whose tissue type matches. Even with the Registry of millions there are still patients waiting and hoping to find that match. That’s where you can help. Come to the Viscera Marrow Event and be swabbed and registered by City of Hope. You could save a life.

This event is FREE but please RSVP to either the facebook event page or email Stacy Pippi Hammon at stacy@viscerafilmfestival.​com. It will include a very special screening of “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest”. This was the last project Hammer horror icon Ingrid Pitt made, narrating her own story for a short animated film by an 11 year old boy, Perry Chen, under the mentorship of cartoonist Bill Plympton.

Marrow will also provide a carpet walk, food, open bar, femme fatale-inspired art, and a screening of horror films by women. Do it for charity. Do it for Women in Horror Month.

This event is sponsored by the new horror series Holliston, premiering on FEARnet April 3rd, 2012.

VISCERA FILM LINEUP

Adventure Girls by Jon Deitcher and Dara Jade Moats
Aftershock by Lori Bowen
Blood Bunny by Molly Madfis
Nursery Crimes by Laura Whyte
Candy by Sage Hall
Bon Apetit by Kate Shenton
I was a Tranny Werewolf by Lola Rock n Rolla
The Ghost and Us by Emily Carmichael
Doll Parts by Karen Lam
Together by Gigi Romero
The Party’s Over by Gigi Romero
Box by Nikki Wall
The Many Doors of Albert Whale by Marichelle Daywalt
7/29/1989 by Mae Catt
12/15/1996 by Mae Catt
Modern Grim by Kate Shenton
A Fever and a River by Rachael Deacon
The Key to Annabel Lee by Staci Layne Wilson
Belated by Valentines Lover by Ruby La’ Rocca
The Bride by Ana Almeida
Belle Nouveau by Cassandra Sechler
Gasp by Thomai Hatsios
The Room at the Top of the Stairs by Briony Kidd

MARROW EVENT SPONSORS

City of Hope
Cella Art Gallery
Femme Fatale Art Show
FEARnet
Kaci Hansen
Lyz Arts
Irene Langholm
Matt Orsman
StarFruit Productions
PlanetEtheria.com

For More Information Regarding the Organizations and Companies Above, Hit the Following Links:

http://www.viscerafilmfestival.co​m
http://www.womeninhorrormonth.com
http://www.cityofhope.org/Pages/​default.aspx
http://www.cellagallery.com/​Site_2/Home.html
http://www.fearnet.com/
http://www.mirthquake.net/
http://www.lyzarts.com/
http://http://​wilderwein77.deviantart.com​/
http://www.starfruitproductions.c​om/
http://www.facebook.com/​homicidalhomemaker?ref=ts&s​k=wall


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raymac Written by raymac
Feb. 13, 2012 | 9:04 PM





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Tara & Dark Del’s: Fundraiser for Victoria Burrows Star Paws Rescue



Come this Saturday to Dark Delicacies and donate to help save dogs, meet celebrities and maybe win a prize. Of course, you might want to save a little cash for all the awesome books, DVDs and fun knick knacks that they have in stock.

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Saturday, February 18th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Dark Delicacies*
3512 West Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505


Up and coming Hollywood actress Tara Cardinal has teamed up with Dark Delicacies Bookstore* again for another red carpet charity fundraiser.

Some of Hollywood’s best loved celebs will be gathered together to raise money for Star Paws Rescue, an independent unfunded dog rescue organization spearheaded by Victoria Burrows. Star Paws rescues abandoned, injured and death row dogs from the streets and pounds of Los Angeles, with the end goal of finding and delivering these dogs to good homes.

And the best part - it’s open to the public! Come get your dvds, 8X10s, posters, napkins or t-shirts signed by the celebs.
Take a red carpet photo with your favorite celebs too and help save some cute dogs at the same time!

In response to the overwhelming requests for an online fundraiser, interested parties can donate here:
http://www.indiegogo.com/Victoria-Burrows-Star-Paws-Rescue-Fundraising-event

Now you know why - but wait till you see WHO!

ADRIAN PAUL actor - [Highlander, Tracker, Eyeborgs]

BILLY BOYD actor [Lord of the Rings Trilogy as Pippin, Stone of Destiny, Master & Commander, Pimp]

UWE BOLL director   (In the Name of the King 1 & 2, Bloodrayne 1-4, Rampage, Attack on Darfur, Auschwitz, Postal, Alone in the Dark)

HO-SUNG PAK actor/martial arts Hall of Famer (Drunken Master, WMAC Masters, Last Airbender)

SPENCER LOCKE actress [Resident Evil:Extinction & Afterlife,  Cougar Town, Monster House]

CLINT HOWARD actor (The Dilemma, Frost/Nixon, Halloween, The Waterboy, Apollo 13, Cocoon, The Jungle Book)

CAROLINE WILLIAMS actress (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Halloween 2, Days of Thunder)

PALAK PATEL producer ( Snow White and the Huntsman, Alice in Wonderland)

STEVEN SEARS producer/creator (Xena Warrior Princess, Sheena, Swamp Thing)

GARY GRAHAM actor   (Alien Nation, Star Trek Enterprise)

RILEAH VANDERBILT actress/producer (Frozen, The Guild, Team Unicorn)

CLEVE HALL fx genius (Monster Man)

ROBBIE LAUGHLIN host/actor [queer eye for the straight girl, Another Gay movie, $100 makeover]

MARC & ELAINE ZICREE writers/producers [ Sliders, The Twilight Zone, Star Trek: New Voyages]

MICHAEL WALLACH talent manager /Author:  How to get Arrested

*Dark Delicacies is owned and operated by the incredible Del and Sue Howison


In addition to the fundraiser, there will be a FOOD DRIVE to support the local food banks. The food drive is officially sponsored by GREEK GODS, a generous company that has already donated 120 tubs of gourmet Greek yogurt.
Please bring non-perishable canned food to the event.

There will also be a raffle with many glamorous prizes. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s been donated so far:


STAR PAWS RESCUE RAFFLE 

BRENDA COOPER – Color analysis consultation -[$500.]  www.brendacooper.com

PET HEAD DOG BASKET  -shampoos & things [$50.00] www.pethead.com

SHANNON GRIFFIN HAIR STYLIST  - Haircut/shampoo [$85.] www.shannongriffing.com

2 HOURS OF SOCIAL MEDIA FROM HANNAH WELCH  [$200.]

ACTIVE HEALTH BEVERLY HILLS, -Consultation/Examination with and adjustment.  [$600.] www.activehealthbeverlyhills.com

WESTSIDE PET CLINIC - Free Exam & Vectra 3D flea prevention. [$75.]  www.westsidepetclinic.com

VICTORIA BURROWS -Casting Director- general meeting   1 hr - [$priceless]  www.burrowsboland.com

CANDACE CAMPBELL -Hair Extensions [$900.]

DEIDHRA FAHEY PHOTO SESSION - 2 looks – [$350.] www.deidhrafahey.com

CHRISTINE LAGUNA - Facial – 1 hour – Product: Eminence [$125.]  www.christinelaguna.com

BACKSTAGE BAR & GRILL or MOMS BAR [$50.] Certificate   www.backstageculvercity.comwww.momsbar.com

DOGSWELL  Doggie Goodie Basket [$75.] www.dogswell.com


The Red Carpet portion of the event is officially sponsored by: Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, San Diego’s First Annual Horror Film Festival

RSVP on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/events/349389528423934/

Of course you don’t *need* to rsvp to attend.

++ For their own safety, there will be NO dogs allowed at the event.


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raymac Written by raymac
Nov. 15, 2011 | 9:38 PM





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Beware ShockFest Is Coming This Weekend



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ShockFest rolls into town on Friday, November 18th & 19th. The festival will be honoring Clint Howard and James Gunn as well as presenting Eli Roth with the SHOCKING FILMMAKER of the DECADE AWARD. If you like your horror graphic and extreme, this will be the place to be.

You can win an all-access pass to ShockFest.  To enter, send an email with your name, the name of your favorite Eli Roth film and “Shockfest” in the subject line to contest@filmradar.com by Thursday, November 17th at noon PST.


SCHEDULE

Screenings are at Raleigh Studios at 5300 Melrose Avenue

FRIDAY
Red Carpet, 8:30pm

Opening Nightmare Screening, 9:30pm-12:00am*
* Ritual (World Premiere)                                 
* Addictions
* Pacino Paints (World Premiere)
* “Family Tree” Black Lips
* Who’s in Control
* Stockpiling Poison
* Hidden Sister
* Take a Step
* Liberty
* Incubator
* Burn
* Bong of the Dead (U.S. Premiere)

SATURDAY
First Screening, 12:00pm-2:00pm*
* Brother Wolf (World Premiere)
* Shock Troop (World Premiere)
* Viral
* At the Door (World Premiere)
* Down the Road (West Coast Premiere)

Second Screening, 2:00pm-4:30pm*
* Osteo (World Premiere)
* Cantata in C Major
* Predator/Prey (World Premiere)
* Summer of Massacre (World Premiere)

Shockfest/Mockfest Bonus Screening, 4:30pm-6:30pm*
Honoring “CLINT HOWARD”
* Lola
* Lincoln (West Coast Premiere)
* O Solitário Ataque de Vorgon (World Premiere)
* Vampire Vampire Vampire Vampire
* Rats on Cocaine in Swing (World Premiere)

Killers’ Korner Q&A Screening, 6:30pm-9:00pm*
* Nice Guys Finish Last
* Horror Movies Suck
* Kissing the Grave (World Premiere)
* The Houses October Built (World Premiere)

Closing Nightmare Director’s Screening with Eli Roth, 9:00pm-11pm
The Shocking Filmmaker of The Decade Award to Eli Roth
Cabin Fever (10th Anniversary Screening)

HARD ROCK CAFE in HOLLYWOOD
Midnight Bloodbath Bash Massacre & Awards Ceremony, 11:00pm-1am

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Jonathan Weichsel Written by Jonathan Weichsel
Oct. 30, 2011 | 11:01 AM





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Screamfest Favorites

by Jonathan Weichsel

Screamfest, the largest horror festival in Los Angeles, ran from October 14th to October 22nd. I didn’t get to watch all of the films, but I did watch most of them. These are my top four favorites from the festival:

The Innkeepers:

Ti West’s new film is a throwback to the horror films of old, when character and suspense drove a story told with dashes of humor and warmth. Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) are two working class nerds who manage the night shift at a hotel that is going out of business. With nothing much to do, they indulge in their hobby, paranormal investigations.

Things start to get creepy when it becomes apparent that a ghost is stalking Claire. Luckily, one of the hotel’s three guests is a professional psychic and knows a thing or two about these things.

The Innkeepers is very light on story, which is fine because the characters are interesting and well developed, the atmosphere is moody and draws you in, and the suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat.

On the one hand, Claire and Luke are throwbacks to the characters you might have found in a film produced by Spielberg when he still had a soul. They are socially awkward, but still able to engage each other. They are vulnerable, but still able to communicate their feelings. They are good enough at their jobs, but not stellar, and even though they seem like they have been working at the hotel a long time, they still make mistakes. In other words, they are authentic, likeable characters.

But on the other hand, they are both completely modern. Their hobbies and passions all revolve around the internet.
They are snarky, sarcastic, and resigned to their dead end service jobs that they are about to get laid off from.

The real fun that is to be had from The Innkeepers comes from the interaction between these two characters, and between them and the hotel’s three guests. This is not to say that the film doesn’t work as horror. It does. Although The Innkeepers starts out fun and light, with joke-scares rather than real ones, the atmosphere gradually becomes dark and brooding, and the tension and suspense gradually rise until they reach a terrifying climax.

The Innkeepers is being released theatrically in February. It is a popcorn movie for people who love popcorn movies, and is highly recommended.





Chillerama:

Horror-comedy only works for me when it is completely fucked up, twisted, and deranged. In all of these areas, Chillerama delivers. You will see a giant Spermatozoon attack New York City in an attempt to impregnate the statue of liberty. You will see Hitler bumble through a series of pratfalls as he tries to create a monster from a diary he steals from Ann Frank, whose family changed their name from Frankenstein after an ancestor’s infamous experiments. You will see homosexual werebears who turn into killers every time they are sexually aroused. And you will see an experimental film with images designed to cause the audience members to release their bowels. 

Chillerama is my new favorite movie. I’ll be bugging my facebook friends to see it every time it plays. It’s just awesome.

From the shot during the opening scene of the film of a man’s balls through the back of his legs as his dick is being bitten off by his zombie ex-wife, you know exactly what kind of film Chillerama is going to be: A stylish, fucked up horror-comedy that sews a Freudian take on human sexuality through a rich tapestry of Grindhouse cinema.

Invoking Freud here may sound pretentious, but it fits. Men getting their dicks bitten off? Giant sperm? Homosexuals who turn into killers when they are aroused? This is the kind of material that demands a Freudian interpretation.

The success of both horror and comedy rests on the effect the film has on the viewer. Chillerama had a huge effect on me. I was disgusted. I was laughing so hard my ribs hurt. I was frightened. But the most amazing thing about the film is that despite the zaniness of all of it, I found myself really caring about its main characters.

In other words, Chillerama is the most fun I have had watching a movie in years.

Chillerama is an anthology film made by some pretty established filmmakers, and is a great example of what happens when established filmmakers are able to do whatever the fuck they want. The entire project displays a real, heartfelt, and authentic love for the B movies it parodies.

Of course, no anthology film can work without a strong wraparound story. It is the last night of films at the last drive in theater in America. The proprietor is contemplating suicide because with the end of drive in theaters he sees the death of movie magic. An eclectic group of film fans is watching the final show, and many of them have crushes on each other. The zombie juice from the man who gets his dick bit off at the top of the film gets into the popcorn butter and they all find themselves in the middle of a zombie massacre.

Chillerama is a film that must be seen to be believed. It evokes gut busting laughter and true fear.





Crawl:

Crawl is the only work I have seen from Australian writer-director Paul China, who won best director at the festival, but based on this single work, I can say that the man is a master of suspense.

Crawl is a small home invasion thriller, but what makes it stand out is the skill and absolute confidence of the filmmaking. China uses the camera, rather than dialogue, to tell the story, and makes smart choices about what to show the audience, and what not to show us, in order to build the maximum amount of suspense.

Much of the home invasion sequence is done without dialogue, and China does an amazing job using visual and auditory cues to fill us in. When the girl notices a trail of blood, the camera shows us the blood from her point of view. And when the home-invader is standing on the other end of a closed door and sees the shadow cast by her feet, and hears a gun being cocked, we see it from his point of view. The woman and the home invader are both very smart, and in both cases, we see the characters thinking and trying to outsmart and outwit each other, and we understand the choices they make based on nothing more than the visual clues and the looks on their faces.

Crawl is about a bar owner who dabbles in criminal activity on the side, who hires a hit man to kill someone who owes him money. Everything goes according to plan, but as the hit man is driving out of town, he gets into a serious accident, totaling his car. He breaks into the house of a woman who works at the bar in order to get the keys to some sort of transportation. What follows is a cat and mouse chase through her house, which plays out as a battle of wits as much as it does a physical alteration.

When you go to a lot of film festivals like I do, you quickly learn how rare it is to find a director who can make a film that is visually logical. Visually, Crawl is very innovative, and Paul China does an amazing job keeping everything smart.
I look forward to more films from this talented filmmaker.





Rites of Spring:

Rites of Spring is a rare kind of movie: A commercial extreme horror film that also has a great story.

A man who was wrongfully fired from his job conspires with a criminal to kidnap the daughter of his wealthy ex-boss and hold her for ransom. Meanwhile, the woman who actually caused the crisis that got the man fired is abducted by a farmer who sacrifices women to a monster every spring to make rain come and water the crops.

The kidnapping starts to go wrong when it turns out that the criminal the man has been conspiring with is a psychopath who takes things much further than the man is willing to go, when the conspirators all start to double cross each other, and when the father of the kidnapped girl turns out to be more badass than anybody expected.

The woman escapes from the farmer and the monster, after witnessing her friend being sacrificed, and is chased by the monster through farmland until she ends up at the abandoned building where the kidnappers are hiding out. Now all of these people, who have every reason to hate one another, must work together in order to survive.

I absolutely love extreme horror when it is done well. The problem is, most of the time it isn’t. Rites of Spring has some unique torture scenes, and a lot of hardcore, realistic killings and gore, but what makes it work is that it never loses sight of the fact that it is a plot driven movie, and the plot never lets up. It also benefits from a well thought out back story that is revealed gradually throughout the film.

It is very rare that you leave an extreme horror film saying, “God, that is a really great story,” but this is exactly what I said as I was leaving the theater.





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Jonathan Weichsel Written by Jonathan Weichsel
Oct. 8, 2011 | 5:21 PM





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Shriekfest 2011 Favorites

By Jonathan Weichsel

The 11th annual Shriekfest horror film festival ran from September 29th to October 2nd at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Shriekfest, founded and directed by Denise Gossett, is one of the longest running horror film festivals in North America. The festival features some of the most cutting edge films in the horror and sci-fi genres. This was my third year in a row reviewing Shriekfest.

I watched all eleven feature length films that screened at the festival. What follows are my four favorite films from the weekend.




The Dead Inside:

Writer-Director Travis Betz’s film Lo blew me away at the 2009 Shriekfest. It was a dark, beautiful gothic love story that stuck with me and continued to haunt me long after the festival ended. The film still haunts me. So I had very high expectations for his new film The Dead Inside. Not only did Betz’s new film meet my expectations, but it exceeded them by a lot.

This might be a shocking statement coming from a guy who writes horror reviews, but if it hasn’t been written before, let me be the first one to write it: Travis Betz is a genius. He is an important filmmaker. His films are important.

We have become accustomed to watching films that seem like mechanical exercises in story telling. Betz’s films are the perfect antidote to this. His inventive films are full of dark passion and a childlike whimsy. The overarching theme of Betz’s films is love. But his view of love is different from that of most filmmakers. Betz sees love as beautiful while it lasts, and tragic when it ends.

The Dead Inside, a supernatural musical, is about Wes (Dustin Fasching) and Fi (Sarah Lassez), two artists who live together and are in love. Wes is an artistic photographer who has to work shooting weddings in order to make ends meet, something he hates doing. Fi writes a popular series of zombie novels, but has a serious case of writer’s block. Specifically, Fi has her two zombie protagonists in a house attacking a woman, and can’t figure out how to make them open a bedroom door where their chosen victim is hiding.

Fi sings about her struggle with writer’s block, Wes sings about his dissatisfaction with his job, and they both sing about their love for each other. The tone here is really sweet, but the film gradually takes a turn towards the dark. Fi starts mutilating herself, and Wes admits her to a mental hospital. Once she is released and comes back home, Wes realizes that she has not gone crazy, but is possessed by a ghost with a tragic and mysterious past.

But no plot description can do this film justice. The Dead Inside is beautifully shot, with each shot seeming both natural and meticulously planned. The love story is engaging, and really makes you feel for the two central characters. Even the most cynical and jaded viewer will feel something, and if you are actually dead inside, this film will make you feel alive.

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Pig:

Pig, written and directed by Henry Barrial, is a twisty little mystery about a man who wakes up in the desert with a hood over his head, his hands bound behind his back, and no memory of who he is.

He is taken in and nursed back to health by a woman who lives alone in the desert with her son. The two travel to Los Angeles together in order to uncover the mystery of his identity.

In Los Angeles, the man uncovers clues to his existence. Some of these clues seem planted, while others seem organic. Many clues contradict each other, some pointing in one direction, others pointing in a wildly different one. Mysteriously, at seemingly random times, his journey ends and he wakes up in the desert again, with no memory of anything that has transpired. Whenever he wakes up in the desert, a number flashes on the bottom left of the screen, 1.2, 1.3, etc. Pig ends with a sci-fi twist, which is hinted at right at the top of the film when we see a snippet of the man in an orange jumpsuit reading a legal waver into a camera.

Pig is an excellent, well-crafted film and has been playing the festival circuit for awhile. Many critics compare it to Memento, but while both are great films that deal with amnesia, there are more differences than similarities. Memento is a puzzle-box of a film, and while Pig presents a compelling mystery, the presentation is more straightforward. Memento takes memory and how it influences our perception of reality as its major theme. Pig, on the other hand, is about identity, and how our memories affect how we perceive ourselves.

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The Millennium Bug: 

Pig and The Dead Inside are both thought provoking, intelligent films. The Millennium Bug, on the other hand, is pure adrenaline fuelled fun. The film, written and directed by Kenneth Crane, can best be summed up as the family from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre vs. Godzilla, but this description doesn’t really do this strange little film justice.

The Millennium Bug is a big special effects blockbuster, made for $50,000 dollars with no CGI. Instead of CGI, the film uses miniatures, models, rubber monster suits, and great art design to create a spectacle unlike anything else being made today.

The Millennium Bug is about a man, his daughter, and his new wife going on a honeymoon/camping trip in late 1999. The man is concerned that the Y2K computer bug will wreak havoc, and he wants to be away from civilization when that happens.

Things go bad when the family is kidnapped by an inbred family that lives in a dilapidated house in the woods. The inbred family wants a fresh bloodline to mate with, so that they will stop producing mutant offspring. Meanwhile, a cryptozoologist is out in the woods looking for a giant insect creature that only wakes up once every thousand years. The creature awakens, and starts attacking everybody.

In terms of scope, the film is the most ambitious I have seen at a horror festival, but what makes it work is the film’s attention to detail. I love all the little things in Millennium Bug, like the mold on the furniture and walls of the house. Little details like this anchor the craziness going on onscreen, and give a sense of a fully realized world. The little details are also a large part of what make you want to watch it over and over, just to see things you might have missed the first time.

Like Pig and The Dead Inside, The Millennium Bug has a weird little plot that eschews the traditional Hollywood formula, but still works. It is a fun, gory flick, full of weirdness and excitement. I bought a DVD at the festival so I could watch it again. You’ll want to watch it a couple of times too. A decade from now The Millennium Bug might be considered a classic, and I don’t mean the cult kind.

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Isle of Dogs:

Isle of Dogs is a stylish, twisty little film. Part neo-noir crime drama, and part home invasion thriller, the film adopts its visual style from Italian Giallo films and American Noir.

Isle of Dogs is about a man who is having an affair with an authoritarian crime boss’s wife. When the crime boss learns of the affair, he tells the man that he must murder the woman, or else he will be killed. The wife, however, turns out to be real tough to kill.

The majority of this film is nearly perfect. The acting has all the flair one would hope for from a noir thriller, the costumes and sets are appropriately sumptuous, and the camera picks everything up with class and style.

The crime-thriller aspect of Isle of Dogs is compelling, but the film really picks up during the extended home invasion sequence. The man has a clear reason for needing to kill the woman, even though he doesn’t want to, and the woman turns out to be way tougher than expected. The film takes an unexpected turn towards the comedic at the end, and reminded me of the ending of a Stuart Gordon film. Gordon is one of my favorite directors and surely an influence on Director Tammi Sutton due to her Full Moon background. Some viewers might complain that the film falls apart at the end, and in a way it does, but so does every Giallo I’ve ever seen, and it’s really all a matter of taste.

Isle of Dogs is a compelling and engaging thriller, and a must see for fans of Italian Giallo or neo-noir. 

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raymac Written by raymac
Sep. 19, 2011 | 8:30 PM





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Shriekfest 2011 is almost here!

Get the Halloween season off to a bang with Shriekfest. This festival is always a fun, intimate affair. Support independent horror and see these films on a big screen. Order your tickets today!


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SHRIEKFEST INTERNATIONAL HORROR FILM FESTIVAL is thrilled to announce the full, expanded schedule for the ELEVENTH annual horror film festival, returning to Raleigh Studios Chaplin theatres, September 29-October 2nd, 2011.


Festival goers will once again enjoy the finest in independent cinema from around the globe, selected from submissions that came in everywhere from London to New York; from Utah to Spain. From our opening night screening of THE FEED, featuring Lloyd Kaufman, to the shorts from Australia, Brazil, United Kingdom, France, Germany, New Zealand, and finally to the World Premiere of Tammi Sutton’s ISLE OF DOGS, starring Barbara Nedeljakova (Hostel) and Andrew Howard (I Spit On Your Grave, Limitless). The 11th Annual Shriekfest International Horror Film Festival has worked hard to present a festival as diverse as the fans of the Los Angeles city itself.


American independent films are also well represented this year, on Friday, September 30th - THE MILLENNIUM BUG, as well as RAGE and OPUS, both of which are screening on Saturday, October 1st. We can’t leave out THE MOLEMAN OF BELMONT AVENUE starring Robert England, THE ORPHAN KILLER and ABSENTIA, starring Doug Jones.


Not to leave out our fabulous selection of short films. Movies like MURDERABILIA, ZOMBIE, PROFILE, SADNESS, ROTTING HILL and the stunning NEGATIVE IMAGE challenge the viewers with provocative, well crafted original stories.


Once again SHRIEKFEST Film Festival exceeds at challenging the idea of what a horror film festival should screen, with eclectic selections (THE DEAD INSIDE), to science fiction (PIG), comedy (THE LIVING WANT ME DEAD), and even the bizarre (SUMMER OF THE ZOMBIES).


All films are un-rated, and unless specifically noted no one under 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian’s accompaniment or permission. For more information on THE 2011 SHRIEKFEST FILM FESTIVAL, as well as news about other related events, including the Opening Night Party and the networking events, please visit our website: www.shriekfest.com



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Jonathan Weichsel Written by Jonathan Weichsel
Aug. 20, 2011 | 4:24 PM





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A look at HollyShort’s Fright Night



Our correspondent, Jonathan Weichsel, braved HollyShort’s Fright Night, here’s his take.


Friday August 12th I attended the Fright Night at Hollyshorts, a screening of horror shorts. There were twelve films screened, but only three stuck with me. These three films were really cool, and made the screening worthwhile.



“My Undeadly”, written and directed by Dave Reda and starring Dave Reda and scream queen Michelle Thomlinson was the standout film of the screening. Although the horror-comedy was only a few minutes long, it was very well structured. The structure of the film was that of a classic joke, with a setup and punch line. You can’t really talk about the content of a film that’s a couple of minutes long without giving away the film, and for a film like this one, that relies on a twist, giving anything away would spoil it. So, let’s just say that it deals with zombies as they relate to sexual fetishes, it was shot at the original Halloween house, it’s funny, and you should see it.



“An Evening with My Comatose Mother”, running thirty-three minutes and directed by Jonathan Martin, was a close second. The film, also a horror-comedy, features the kind of camp humor that I just live for, but also manages to be a genuinely creepy film. Dorothy Pritchard (Wendy Macy) is house sitting for a wealthy couple, The Poe’s, on Halloween. Mrs. Poe has a comatose mother, and one of Dorothy’s responsibilities is to look after her. When Dorothy doesn’t change the elder Poe’s bedpan, the comatose woman uses her psychic powers to torment the girl. Things soon get really weird.

An Evening with my Comatose Mother features amazing makeup and prosthetic effects, is very well shot, features a skillful tongue in cheek performance by Wendy Macy, and will have you laughing and creeped out at the same time. If you like camp humor as much as I do, it’s a can’t-miss film.



“Nowhere Road”, running at 14 minutes and directed by Benjamin Dynice, was a pleasant surprise. The film deals a group of twenty-something’s whose car breaks down. They are picked up by a group of rednecks. At first my reaction was, “Oh Jesus why do horror filmmakers think rednecks are scary?” But then the film goes in an unpredicted direction that makes it all work.. It was nice to see a smart horror film that comments on the trappings on the genre, rather than fall into them.

And that’s the best of Hollyshorts Fright Night.


“Nowhere Road” was the winner of Best Horror short at HollyShorts.


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THE HORROR OF OUR LOVE is a funny, imaginative love letter to our favorite slasher films. Director Dave Reda strikes the right balance between horror and humor. This short treat deserves to be seen by a wider audience and you can help out by watching the film and sharing it with your friends.



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Jonathan Weichsel Written by Jonathan Weichsel
Jul. 26, 2011 | 10:28 PM





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2011 Viscera Film Festival Recap



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By Jonathan Weichsel

Let’s start this review with a story. Back when I first came to Hollywood, I was sitting at a coffee shop working on one of my screenplays. There was a woman sitting across from me, also working on a screenplay. She sighed and buried her head in her hands. “Tough scene,” I joked.

She looked up with a pained look and smiled. I asked her what she was working on. “I’m writing a romantic comedy.”

I asked her what some of her favorite romantic comedies were. “I hate romantic comedies.” I asked her why she was writing a romantic comedy if she hates them. “Because I am a woman, and that’s what they expect women to write in Hollywood.” I asked her what kind of movies she likes. “Horror.”

If I knew then what I know now I would have told her about Heidi, and about the Viscera film festival, and this huge movement of women horror filmmakers sprouting from the ground up in Hollywood. But I was new then, and didn’t know anything. The transaction, however, struck me at the time as very sad. 



The Viscera Film festival is the longest running and best festival celebrating women filmmakers in the horror genre. The 2010 festival was like, nine hours long and seemed to be making the point that there are so many talented women horror filmmakers in Hollywood and around the world. The 2011 festival was much leaner, clocking in at three hours, and made a point of reinforcing how amazing their films are.



The festival started with trailers for feature horror films directed by women. The trailers all did their job, which is making me want to see the films, but the standouts were American Mary, The Blood Shop, and L.A.G.P.

American Mary is The Soska Sister’s first feature since Dead Hooker in a Trunk, which is one of my favorite films of the last couple of years. From the trailer, the film seems to have something to do with plastic surgery, looks like it has a more serious tone than Dead Hooker, and looks really, really creepy.

The Blood Shop, written and directed by Annette Slomka, is a Grindhouse film in the style of Robert Rodriguez. The film is about a body shop where grizzly murders take place, but has roots in the filmmaker’s childhood. Her dad owns a shop in Detroit, and when he was welding it would always scare her as a child. Slomka got the idea for the film when she was home for Christmas.

L.A.G.P., which stands for Los Angeles Ghost Patrol, is a horror film in the style of Paranormal Activity about a reality TV shoot gone wrong. Before I even saw the trailer I spoke with Director Susan Bell and asked her why I should watch L.A.G.P. She replied without a beat, “Because it will scare the shit out of you.” Based on what I saw in the trailer, I agree.



As awesome as the trailers were, the short films were really the meat of the festival. My favorite short was 12-15-96, which also won the award for best film.

12-15-96 is a drama about two serial killers who are best friends. They are driving through the desert together, and we can see that their friendship is starting to unravel. By the end of the film, their friendship is over for good. The film features drama in the style of Quentin Tarentino, in that it is a lengthy scene that slowly builds to a crescendo, and has clever dialogue that only tells you half of what is really going on, so I wasn’t surprised to learn when I spoke with writer-director Mae Catt that Tarentino was a huge influence on the project.

For Catt, the horror of the film comes from the characters. During a chat about the film she said, “Their normalcy is horrific to us but it’s still their norm.” I asked Catt what some of her favorite films are. “Evil Dead, Re-Animator, and From Dusk Till Dawn.” Catt made the film because she always wanted to know what the second half of From Dusk Till Dawn should have been like, before the characters walked into a zombie film. So, she came up with the idea for a film about serial killers who were all friends. Catt hopes to turn 12-15-96 into a feature. I can’t wait to watch it.

A Fever and a River is an experimental short made for $25 dollars by Rachael Deacon. The film is full of symbolism and violence straight out of Un Cien Andalou or the Cremaster Cycle. I’m not saying A Fever and a River is as masterful as either of these works, but it is a first film, and its heart is in the right place, and its images come from the right place. Like all the best films in the festival, it made me want to watch more.

Aftershock is a short, scary zombie movie about a woman trapped in her house during a zombie invasion, deciding whether to commit suicide or fight. Director Lori Bowen explained that the reason you don’t see the zombies in the film is because zombie movies are about humanity, or the lack thereof. 

Doll Parts is an awesome film about a serial killer who picks up female hitchhikers to rape and kill them. He picks up a seemingly innocent girl, and starts attacking her, but she transforms into a killer doll. I asked Filmmaker Karen Lam what inspires her to make horror films. She replied, “Women aren’t as nice as they seem. Looks are deceptive. I make movies to get women to embrace their inner demons.”

Blood Bunny, a faux-trailer made by animator Molly Madfis, is an animated parody of slasher films where the killer is a bunny. The film was funny, and I wasn’t surprised to find out that Molly had a great sense of humor. When I met her I said, “You must have a lot of knowledge about slasher movies to make an homage/parody of them. What are your some of your favorites?” She replied, “Friday the 13th Part 4, Friday the 13th part 7, and Black Christmas. Actually, cross out Black Christmas. Friday the 13th Part 4 and Friday the 13th Part 7 is funnier.”

Box, directed by Nikki Wall and starring festival director Heidi Honeycutt, is a very graphic film about a woman who gives herself an abortion so she can sacrifice the fetus (or something like that). Nikki’s husband Matt is a prolific director, and I hope Nikki keeps on making films like this.

Lump is a medical thriller directed by Faye Jackson, about a woman who keeps on getting lumps in her breast that need to be removed. It ends with an unbelievable twist that I really shouldn’t give away. Well, whatever. The surgeon is removing the lump and then putting it back in over and over again, so she keeps on having to get the same one removed.

The Many Doors of Albert Whale, by Marichelle Daywalt, is about a man who puts a spell of holding on a demon. The spell can only be broken if two doors are open at once, so he is very careful to shut each door immediately after opening it. The demon is played by the always awesome and amazing Tara Cardinal.

The festival ended with Daddy’s Girl, a very charming coming of age tale about a young girl who kills her father, grinds him up, and serves him to her family at a family reunion. Really, the film was very charming and sweet.



As you can tell, I had a great time at the Viscera film festival. As one audience member pointed out at the Q&A, the films were all more professionally made than the films screened at many larger festivals. They were all fresh, original, and exciting. They were also edgy, thought provoking, and unique. And, they were all a lot of fun.



Let’s make a distinction for a minute between mainstream horror and underground horror. Mainstream horror tends to be bland and generic. Some really smart director will make a really great and unique film, the film will go on to become a hit, and then for the next ten years every single theatrically released horror film will totally rip it off and steal it’s plot, while removing any context, theme, or meaning from the story.

Underground horror films are made by true horror fans, and aren’t afraid to be too smart for a mainstream audience. They are also made for true horror fans, fans who appreciate the horror genre, and know that a horror film can contain character development and subtext, and who actually expect to see these things in the films they watch. 

The Viscera film festival is a celebration of women in horror. It is also the best underground horror festival out there.



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Get your frights this Sunday at the Viscera Film Festival

Forget Carmageddon! Don’t let a little traffic frighten you away from this excellent festival of cutting edge horror by women film makers. With an amazing line up of films and special guests plus an afterparty, you would have to be psycho to miss one of the best festival events of the year.



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You can get tickets in advance by going to http://www.brownpaperticke​ts.com/event/154825


...Advance tickets - $15.00
Door Price - $20.00


During the festival you will be witnessing some of the most creative and original new short horror films made by women today. Some are terrifying, some are pulse pounding, and some are hilarious. All showcase what can be accomplished when women work together. Okay, when twisted, cool horror chicks work together.


SCHEDULE:


3:45 PM - Bloody Carpet and mingling with special guests, filmmakers on back patio of theater.


5:00 PM - Festival begins! Sit in your seats!


8:00 PM - After Party on the back patio.


10:00 pm - After, After Party at the Rosewood Tavern


2011 SCHEDULE LINK
http://www.viscerafilmfest​ival.com/#!__big-event/sch​edule




SPECIAL GUESTS:


ATTENDING GUESTS



Denise Gossett, Brea Grant, Jonathan Tiersten, Elizabeth Stanley, Amanda Diebert, Cat Staggs, Joe Lynch, Mark Hengst, Dave Decoteau, Brinke Stevens, Chris Gore, Anthony Masi, Paul Solet, Jamie Andrews, Michelle Boyd, Peter Cornwell, Michelle Tomlinson, Dai Green, Devanny Pinn, Danielle Harris, Susanna Lo, Gabby West, Reggie Bannister, Gigi Bannister, Hart D. Fisher, Bill Moseley, John Skipp, Emma Jacobs, Tara Cardinal, Elissa Dowling, Jeff Dylan Graham, Rhianne Bergado, Natalie Pohorski, Bill Oberst, Matt Chassin, Rachel Grubb, Kevin Tenney, Paula Rhodes, Stephanie Thorpe, Nicholas Harsin, Devi Snively and Chela Johnson


ATTENDING FILMMAKERS


Annette Slomka, Nikki Wall, Lori Bowen, Karen Lam, Staci Layne Wilson, Marichelle Daywalt, Mae Catt, Tyrrell Shaffner, Molly Madfis, Susan Bell and Rachael Deacon


But what is everyone turning out to see? Why are we so excited? Look below for the list of films to be screened. These are the reason for our jubilation. If you join us, you can celebrate the following right along with us:


TRAILERS:


American Mary by the Soska Sisters - WORLD PREMIERE
Adventure Girls by Dara Moats and Jon Deitcher
Blood on the Flat Track by Lainy Bagwelll, Lacey Leavitt
The Blood Shop by Annette Slomka- WORLD PREMIERE
WIH Month PSA by the Soska Sisters
You Can Execute Her but You Can’t Kill Her by Jasmine Hirst
L.A.G.P. by Susan Bell - WORLD PREMIERE


FILMS*:


2-15-1996 - Mae Catt (USA) - WORLD PREMIERE
Aftershock - Lori Bowen (USA)
Bon Appetit - Kate Shenton (U.K.) - US PREMIERE
Doll Parts - Karen Lam (Canada)
Blood Bunny - Molly Madfis (USA)
A Fever and a River - Rachael Deacon (USA) - LA PREMIERE
Short Lease - Jennifer Eiss (U.K.)
Box - Nikki Wall (USA) - WORLD PREMIERE
The Ghost and Us - Emily Carmichael (USA)


Intermission - 15 Minutes


The Party’s Over - Gigi Romero (Spain) - US PREMIERE
Lump - Faye Jackson (U.K.)
Threnody - Tyrrell Shaffner (USA)
Nursery Crimes - Laura Whyte (U.K.)
The Key to Annabel Lee - Staci Layne Wilson (USA)
The Many Doors of Albert Whale - Marichelle Daywalt (USA)
Daddy’s Girl - Helen Komini Olsen (Norway)


*Mature Content. Parental Discretion Advised


FILMMAKERS Q&A


Filmmakers Karen Lam, Mae Catt, Rachael Deacon, Nikki Wall, Lori Bowen, Molly Madfis, Staci Layne Wilson, Marichelle Daywalt, and Tyrrel Shaffner onstage to answer your questions!


AWARDS!


Winners of Best Film, Best Director, and Best Cinematography announced!


See what I mean? This is some exciting stuff! But don’t grab your hat yet. The fun and festivities don’t end there. Immediately following the festival will be the After Party on the back patio until 10PM! Drinks, food, and fun with filmmakers, guests, and more!


And for those who just can’t stop the party, you can join us for the After, After Party.


Rosewood Tavern
448 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, Ca 90036
(323) 944-0980
http://rosewoodtavern.com/


VISCERA FILM FESTIVAL SPONSORS!


Of course this gruesome good time wouldn’t be so swank if it wasn’t for the generosity of our incredible sponsors! See who made the cool list then keep checking back at the website for updates.


Fearnet.com, Final Draft, Gorilla Software, Fangoria Entertainment, Fangirltastic, The Chainsaw Mafia, 33 Rooms, Women in Horror Month, Malibu Wines, Farmer’s Daughter Hotel, Matt Orsman, Crimson Stained Lace Productions, Kimyoo Films, The Horror Digest, DOA Bloodbath Entertainment, Rotten Cotton, Hot Zombie Chicks, There is No Halo, Annie M. Vickar Dolls & Skellery, Angel City Derby Girls, Zerner Law, Jessica Grundy, Morgue Art Films, Friendly Misanthrope, 1428 Films, Dan Dillard, Mike Merryman, Caisson Films, Hannah Foreman, Nick Goodrick, Assorted Oddities, Jen Morgart, Scary Art, The Big Bad, Lia Scott Price, Amityville Studios, Quirk Films, Philly Chick Pictures, Laughing Vixen Lounge, Brent Schoonover, Irene Langholm, Shannon Rose, Mark Berryman, Cassandra Sechler, Mike Snoonian, Mary Katherine Sisco, Simon Nisbet, Post-Mortem Depression, Susan Bell, Jeffrey Kane, Dreams for Dead Cats, Charon Pictures, Fable & Fury, Entertainment Partners.com, Emy’s Gift Shop, The Womanimal, FoamyWader, Neverland Jewelry, Red Carpet Crash, Kaci Hansen, Fright Rags, Drix Productions, Rude and Reckless, Gabrielle Faust, The Big Bad, The Zombified, Alternative Cinema, Obscure Artifacts, Have a Heart for Horror Cookbook, Terrorscribe and Cryes Creations.


OUR PARTNERS


National Horror Festival of Wales
Mile High Horror Festival
Shriekfest
Fanta Festival
FilmDemic festival
The International Horror & Sci-Fi Festival
Jaipur International Film Festival
ZedFest
A NightMare to Remember Film Festival


For further information regarding the festival and everything we are about, please visit http://viscerafilmfestival​.com/


If all of that doesn’t get your blood pumping, then I’m afraid you might be a zombie. But don’t worry, we have room for boys AND ghouls at our celebration.
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Jul. 8, 2011 | 4:58 PM





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INSIDIOUS to Arrive on Blu-Ray/DVD on July 12th

INSIDIOUS TO ARRIVE ON BLU-RAY(tm)/DVD ON JULY 12th


WHO: Insidious Director James Wan and Screenwriter Leigh Whannell


WHAT: Fangoria will host a FREE screening of Insidious for fans directly followed by a Q&A with Wan and Whannell that will be streamed live for fans nationwide. Fans are encouraged to send in questions for the director and screenwriter in advance via Facebook and Twitter using #InsidiousLIVE. Questions will be answered as part of the LIVE stream at www.facebook.com/InsidiousFilm.


WHEN: Monday, July 11
Screening begins at 7:30PM
Live streamed Q&A starts at 9:00PM on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/InsidiousFilm (Check in early online for event!)


WHERE: Los Angeles - Silent Movie Theater
611 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90048


Nationwide - www.facebook.com/InsidiousFilm

Described as the “the scariest horror film since Poltergeist” (Jason Bene, KillerFilm.com), the hair-raising horror film Insidious debuts on Blu-ray(tm) and DVD July 12th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Director James Wan and Screenwriter Leigh Whannell will be available for interviews following the screening of the film. For more information on Insidious on Blu-ray(tm) and DVD, visit www.sphepublicity.com.





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Summer scares this Sunday at BLEEDFEST

This looks to be the best Bleedfest so far. I AM NANCY is an excellent fun filled documentary that you won’t want to miss plus you’ll get to meet Nancy herself, Heather Langenkamp. Check out the full schedule below. It’s the best way to spend your Sunday afternoon and all for the low cost of $10. - Ray


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JUNE PROGRAM: SUMMER SCARES


June features Master of Horror Lucky McKee receiving the Partnership Award! The feature film is the westcoast premier of badass documentary I AM NANCY directed by Arlene Marachel starring Heather Langenkamp, with both in attendance for a Q &A!


Nine horror shorts by women including world premiers of SLASHDANCE by Cindy Baer, HARD TO DO directed by Elisabeth Fies, written by and starring Kit Williamson, A HAMMER FELL ON JERUSALEM: AND BE AT REST by Lori Bowen who will by flying in from Florida for a personal appearance. There will be a special screening of NEIGHBORS by Robyn Simms and Stephen Johnson of Fewdio. The June charity is Impact Personal Safety, and there will be a full contact live demonstration of the world’s most effective self defense techniques for women by director Heidi Hornbacher. Comedian Candice Rankin returns for a live preview of the second part of her incredible One Woman Show UNDER THE HOOD.


Sunday, June 5th from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Location: CAP Theatre
13752 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423


$10 cash at door for all day ticket and open bar


11:00am-11:15am Red Carpet, Mixer, Open Bar


11:15am-11:30am Self Defense Demonstration
June Charity: Impact Personal Safety.com


11:30am-11:35am Screenwriting Award
-DEAR JOHN (5 minutes)
written by Sharon Davis & Cameron McCulloch


11:35am-11:55am Shorts - Exclusive Sneak Peaks
-COLLEGE GIRLS ROAD TRIP (3 minutes)
writers/directors Brenda Fies and Elisabeth Fies
Q&A with stars Casey Whalen and Sarah Walsh
-HARD TO DO (8 minutes) director Elisabeth Fies, writer Kit Williamson Q&A


11:55am-12:15pm BREAK: Open Bar, Red Carpet, Mixer


12:15pm-12:25pm Live One Woman Show
Part 2 of Candice Rankin’s UNDER THE HOOD


12:25pm-1:30pm Shorts in Competition
-SLASHDANCE (8 minutes) by Cindy Baer Q&A
-TEPPAN DEAD (7 minutes) by Hilary B. Lavin
-NEIGHBORS (4 minutes) by Robyn Simms and Stephen Johnson Q&A
-ZEKE (15 minutes) by Dana Buning
-A HAMMER FELL ON JERUSALEM: AND BE AT REST (3 minutes) by Lori Bowen Q&A
-WE’RE JUST LIKE YOU (6 minutes)
by Chelsea Christer Q&A Cast and Crew


1:30pm-1:40pm INANNA PARTNERSHIP AWARD
presented live to director Lucky McKee (MAY, THE WOMAN), Q&A


1:40pm-2:10pm BREAK: Open Bar, Red Carpet, Mixer, I AM NANCY DVD purchasing and signing


2:10pm-2:15pm LIVE MUSIC
Jamie Coon sings theme song “I AM NANCY”


2:15pm-2:20pm Audience Award Certificate presented


2:20pm-2:25pm Film Radar Award Certificate presented


2:25-3:30pm FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
WEST COAST PREMIER
Co-presented with Lori Bowen


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I AM NANCY, 2011 (71 minutes)
Directed and produced by Arlene Marechal, produced by and starring Heather Langenkamp
Also starring Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Jessica Craven, and the fans of five horror conventions
In the autobiographical I AM NANCY, the focus is squarely on Heather Langenkamp and her unique experience playing Wes Craven’s legendary teen heroine Nancy Thompson. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Heather asks the burning question: “Why Freddymania, and not Nancymania?” After personally experiencing the Freddy Krueger marketing craze, the rise of horror convention fandom and the phenomenon of eight Nightmare On Elm Street films, Heather reflects on the relevance of heroes in this modern age of monster lovers. Prepare to put yourself in Nancy’s shoes and think about Elm Street in a whole new way.


3:30pm-3:50pm Inanna Award presented live to director/producer
Arlene Marechal & producer/star Heather Langenkamp, Q&A



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