With the European Film Market kicking off this week in Berlin, expect lots of announcements, but first we have some North American distro news to share as Well Go USA Entertainment has just picked up those rights to the Sundance favorite Killers.
The company plans a domestic theatrical release date for the fourth quarter of 2014.
The Japanese/Indonesian co-production was directed by Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel (The Mo Brothers) and stars Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antara, Rin Takanashi, Luna Maya, and Ray Sahetapy.
Gareth Huw Evans (The Raid: Redemption) executive produced, with Yoshinori Chiba, Kimo Stamboel, Shinjiro Nishimura, Takuji Ushiyama, and Tjahjanto producing.
In the film, two serial killers, one Japanese and one Indonesian, post their violent crimes online in a psychotic battle for notoriety. It soon becomes clear that they will square off with one another face-to-face.
The deal was brokered by Well Go USA Entertainment President Doris Pfardrescher with XYZ Films’ Nate Bolotin on behalf of the filmmakers. XYZ Films also represents the film’s international distribution rights.
Developed by The Mo Brothers from a story by Nightmare Detective producer Ushiyama Takuji, Killers is a dark psychological look into the minds of two men with nothing in common: Nomura, a self-obsessed serial killer residing in Tokyo, and Bayu, a failing journalist and a struggling father in Jakarta. Connected through violent incidents, both men inexplicably start to feed off each other. As their lives become more uncontrollable, each of them starts to journey into a maze of violent self-discovery.
The official "Bates Motel" Season 2 artwork has arrived, and it comes with a reminder that "Blood Is Thicker." Check it out, and start counting down the days until the show's March 3rd return to A&E.
Season 2 of “Bates Motel,” starring Vera Farmiga in her Emmy-nominated role as Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore as Norman, premieres on the A&E Network on Monday, March 3rd, at 9 PM ET/PT, with Episode 2.01, "Gone But Not Forgotten."
Season 2 Synopsis:
In Season 2 of “Bates Motel,” executive producers Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights”) dig deeper into the twisted world of the Bates family. Picking up from last season, Norman (Freddie Highmore) is fixating on Miss Watson’s death while Norma’s mysterious past starts to haunt the family with the introduction of her brother.
Meanwhile, Norman’s brother, Dylan (Max Thieriot), gets more entrenched in the familial drug war that fuels White Pine Bay and finds himself right in the middle of the danger as Bradley (Nicola Peltz), who remains on the hunt to uncover her father’s killer, is driven to precarious extremes. Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell), is caught up on all fronts as everything in town escalates, and Emma (Olivia Cooke) complicates her relationship with Norman as the duo explore new love interests, bringing new and old characters along for the ride.
Guest stars checking into “Bates Motel” throughout the new season are Michael Vartan ("HawthoRNe," “Alias”), Kathleen Robertson ("Boss"), Paloma Kwiatkowski (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), Rebecca Creskoff ("The Practice," "Hung"), Kenny Johnson ("Sons of Anarchy"), Michael Eklund (88 Minutes, "Supernatural"), and Michael O’Neill (Dallas Buyers Club, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The West Wing”).
Just when we were getting ready to post a sneak peek of tomorrow night's Episode 1.13 of "The Originals," entitled "Crescent City," a Producers' Preview arrived so now you get both for the price of one!
In the clip Klaus attempts to make amends with Cami, and then in the preview executive producers Julie Plec and Michael Narducci break things down for us, including an introduction of the Crescent werewolves.
"The Originals" Episode 1.13 - "Crescent City" (airs 2/4/14, 8-9pm)
UNEXPECTED VISITORS — At the re-opening of St. Anne’s Church, Father Kieran (guest star Todd Stashwick) finds himself in a great deal of trouble after a run-in with a witch from his past.
Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) and Rebekah (Claire Holt) grow concerned when the reemergence of someone they once knew threatens to expose secrets they’ve kept buried for nearly a century.
Elsewhere, Sophie (Daniella Pineda) is shocked when a discovery is made at the cemetery, but she soon realizes things may not be as they seem. With the full moon looming, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) lets Rebekah in on her plan to throw a party for her werewolf clan, but things take a dangerous turn when uninvited guests arrive.
Meanwhile, Cami (Leah Pipes) is conflicted when she makes a difficult decision involving the safety of Father Kieran, and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) finds himself facing his own dilemma when he has to choose between Hayley and his siblings.
Finally, when one of his plans fails, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) takes drastic measures in the Cauldron, resulting in dangerous repercussions that affect everyone involved.
Chris Grismer directed the episode written by Michael Narducci and Julie Plec.
He's not Casper, but he's just as friendly. The Little Ghost has been charming audiences over in Germany, and he's soon headed Stateside. Read on for all the details about the ghost with the most!
As per Variety, Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the family-friendly flick, which has thus far grossed over $6 million at the German box office.
The feature is live-action, apart from, of course, its central character, the Little Ghost, which is rendered in CGI. It is based on the best-selling children’s book by Otfried Preussler, which has been translated into more than 31 languages.
The titular Little Ghost lives in the castle of Eulenstein and is awake for one hour every night from midnight. The ghost would like to see the world by daylight for once, despite the warnings of a friend, Mr. Tu-Whit Tu-Whoo.
One night, three kids go on a trip to the castle, where they have their first encounter with the ghost. The following day, the ghost wakes up at 12 o’clock noontime and ventures into the town. Its joy soon passes, as — discolored by the first sunrays — it scares the town’s inhabitants and causes a commotion. Chased by the police, the ghost asks the children for help.
The pic’s producers are Uli Putz and Jakob Claussen of Claussen+Woebke+Putz Filmproduktion. ARRI Worldsales, which is part of the ARRI Group, is a co-producer.
It's been over six months since we've heard anything about Resident Evil 6, which at the time had a September 2014 release date attached to it. Today, director Paul W.S. Anderson offers an update. Read on to hear what he's got to say!
As per Collider, Anderson says there are no immediate plans in motion for a sixth installment in the popular franchise, but that both he and Screen Gems are eager to add at least one more entry to the series. "We’d like to do another Resident Evil movie," he said. "But the wheels aren’t quite in motion yet."
It seems that Anderson needs a break after filming disaster epic Pompeii and that production on Resident Evil 6 will begin when he's ready to get back behind the camera. He apparently has an idea for the film, which will neatly wrap up the franchise, but by all accounts a script hasn't yet been written.
More as we learn it!
A new UK theatrical trailer has arrived for Hammer's The Quiet Ones, and if you're local to that area, you get to see it a few weeks earlier than those of us here in the States.
Look for it in UK theatres on April 11th and here in the US on April 25th from Lionsgate.
The film is directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2) and produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through the Gift Shop), Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust, and Simon Oakes along with Steven Chester Prince and Ben Holden in association with The Traveling Picture Show Company (TPSC).
Starring Jared Harris ("Mad Men," The Ward) and Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), The Quiet Ones (inspired by true events) tells the story of an unorthodox professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. Based on the theory that paranormal activity is caused by human negative energy, the rogue scientists perform a series of tests on a young patient, pushing her to the edge of sanity. As frightening occurrences begin to take place with shocking and gruesome consequences, the group quickly realizes they have triggered a force more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.
Other cast members include Erin Richards ("Breaking In", "Being Human"), Olivia Cooke ("The Secret of Crickley Hall", "The Fuse"), and West End theatre actor Rory Fleck-Byrne.
For more info be sure to "like" The Quiet Ones on Facebook.
David Goyer has come a long way since penning the screenplay for Full Moon's Demonic Toys, and he's been a real busy dude of late. What's next for the powerhouse writer? He's headed to The Breach, and full details await ye!
THR reports that Lionsgate has picked up an adaptation of Patrick Lee's sci-fi thriller novel Breach, which Goyer is attached to direct. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing with Justin Rhodes writing the script.
The story centers on a corrupt ex-cop who is trying to get his life back in order when he discovers a crashed plane in the Alaska wilderness. The first lady is among those dead in the wreckage. That sets off an adventure featuring a beautiful survivor, assassins, a secret organization, alien technology and an end-of-the-world scenario.
Breach is the first of a three-novel series from Lee. The next book in the trilogy is Ghost Country, followed by Deep Sky.
Nellie Stevens-Reed of Phantom 4, Goyer's production banner, will co-produce.
The three movies listed in the headline above already had something in common, and now they've got two things in common. All three are movies we're very much looking forward to seeing this year, and all three have just been acquired for UK distribution. Read on for details!
Screen Daily reports that the recently relaunched UK label Icon Film Distribution has announced its comeback slate of seven titles, which includes horror flicks The Babadook, The Guest, and Cold in July.
Acclaimed Sundance horror The Babadook (trailer below), the directorial debut of writer/director Jennifer Kent starring Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, and Noah Wiseman, follows a single mother struggling to cope with her seven-year-old son’s feral temperament. eOne handles sales.
Director Adam Wingard’s thriller The Guest, sold by HanWay, stars fomer "Downton Abbey" star Dan Stevens in the story of a family that befriends a man who is not what he claims to be.
Jim Mickle’s thriller Cold in July, acquired from Memento, charts the stories of two fathers pitted against each other in revenge who must band together to uncover a darker truth. "Dexter"’s Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, and Don Johnson star.
Whether you like any given movie or hate it, or if you have even watched it yet, I think you'll agree that it's always a great thing to see horror dominating the box office. Such is the case with a new 3D film called Viy, which scared up huge numbers over the weekend in Russia. Read on for the exciting news!
THR Reports that director Oleg Stephcehnko's adaptation of the classic Russian story grossed $17 million at the box office and is reportedly on track for a record opening for a 3D film in the country.
A faithful adaptation of Nikolay Gogol's famous novel, starring an international cast that includes Jason Flemyng and Charles Dance as well as Russia’s Alexey Chadov, the film opened to $2.5 million, before adding $3.2 million Friday and $6 million Saturday.
The novel was last adapted for the screen in Russia by Georgy Kropachev and Konstantin Ershov in 1967. The new film, which shot on location in the Czech Republic, reprises the classic story of an ancient evil force that is awoken deep in the bowels of a monastery after the death of a beautiful maiden.
Willing to bet it won't be long before we're announcing the American remake!
Summit has released what's being called the "final teaser" for its upcoming film Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet. Will it be the next big thing? Only time will tell, and we'll all find out this spring.
Look for Divergent in theaters and IMAX nationwide beginning March 21, 2014.
The highly anticipated feature film adaptation of DIVERGENT stars Golden Globe® nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet. The film also features Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Tony Goldwyn, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, and Amy Newbold.
The futuristic action adventure based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller is directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor. The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty.
DIVERGENT is a thrilling action-adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late.
Word has come today that Joe Johnston's Not Safe for Work is going to be headed straight to video come this April. Read on for details and of course the artwork, which incidentally is completely safe for work.
Look for it in stores on April 15th.
For the film Johnston reteamed with his Captain America star JJ Feild (Neil Marshall's Centurion) along with Tom Gallop (The Bourne Identity) and Emmy winner Christian Clemenson ("CSI: Miami"). Max Minghella (The Social Network) stars as the cunning protagonist, while Eloise Mumford (ABC's "The River") plays his girlfriend, who works at the same office along with Clemenson.
Horror favorites Adam Mason and Simon Boyes (Blood River, The Devil's Chair) wrote the script, which follows an unsuspecting office worker, Tom Miller (Max Minghella), who becomes trapped in his office building with a demented killer (JJ Feild). As Tom rushes to protect those employees working late, he soon discovers that his legal firm has been hiding sinister secrets that could put thousands of lives at risk.
More posters are here for Vampire Academy. On tap is the first batch of one-sheets that when all is said and done we think will spell out the film's title. Or something like that. Dig 'em!
Based on the bestselling book series by Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy will open in theaters on February 7, 2014 (note that the date on the one-sheets is incorrect).
It's directed by Mark Waters, written by Daniel Waters, and stars Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Joely Richardson, Cameron Monaghan, Sami Gayle, Claire Foy, and Ashley Charles.
VAMPIRE ACADEMY tells the legend of Rose Hathaway (Deutch) and Lissa Dragomir (Fry), two 17-year-old girls who attend a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal, peaceful Vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire/half-human guardians). Rose, a rebellious Guardian-in-training and her best friend, Lissa - a royal vampire Princess - have been on the run when they are captured and returned to St. Vladamir's Academy, the very place where they believe their lives may be in most jeopardy.
Thrust back into the perils of Moroi Society and high school, Lissa struggles to reclaim her status while Rose trains with her mentor and love interest, Dimitri (Kozlovsky), to guarantee her place as Lissa's guardian. Rose will sacrifice everything to protect Lissa from those who intend to exploit her from within the Academy walls and the Strigoi (immortal, evil vampires) who hunt her kind from outside its sanctuary.
Word of a new "must see" horror short film playing during the 2014 Hollywood Reel Indie Film Fest landed in our inbox so here's the scoop on David Portorreal's Prisoner 614 plus a few stills.
From the Press Release:
Award-winning short film Prisoner 614, starring Hemky Madera ("Weeds") and Celestin Cornielle ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D") is set to screen on February 12th at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, being held February 11th–23rd at the New Beverly Cinema in Hollywood, CA.
The thriller, which is currently enjoying a successful festival run, was written, directed, and produced by David Portorreal, whose father was born and raised in the Dominican Republic during the reign of the dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina and was the inspiration for Portorreal’s award-winning film.
“The Dominican Republic is a special place to me not only because of my father, but also because of my many relatives that currently live there,” says David Portorreal. “The country’s history has always fascinated me. One day I was speaking with my father and doing research about the Trujillo era, with the goal of writing a feature script about the time period, when I was hit with the idea for Prisoner 614. The resulting short film is an abstract, supernatural thriller which I have dedicated to him because of his courageous experiences in 1960.”
Prisoner 614 is a short (about 10 mins), intense drama thriller about an off-kilter prisoner (Hemky Madera) who is brought before a determined military interrogator (Celestin Cornielle), unafraid of using violent methods for information. Things begin to heat up when one of them soon realizes that he got more than what he bargained for. Prisoner 614, which is a film festival "must see," was an official selection at the Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival and premiered at the Festival de Cine Global Dominicano.
Audiences can see Prisoner 614 and meet some of the key cast on February 12th at 3:30 pm at the New Beverly Cinema, 7165 West Beverly Boulevard in Hollywood, CA 90036. Portorreal’s next film, currently in development with a Federal agent, is Maite, which is set for production in the Dominican Republic later this year.
The official artwork is here for the sea-faring indie monster flick Dead Sea, which will be hitting DVD on April 15, and we truly dig it! In fact, it's a fine example of artwork alone being enough to make us watch the flick. Remember those times? Ah, the 80s!
Dead Sea follows a marine biologist who reluctantly returns to the town she grew up in, only to encounter the violent paranoia that has overtaken its locals as they prepare for the return of a serpentine creature said to appear every thirty years to feed.
The science fiction thriller is written and directed by Brandon Slagle (2012 Shockfest Award Winner - Best Director, The Black Dahlia Haunting) and stars Alexis Iacono (The Penny Dreadful Picture Show, Blue Caprice), Britt Griffith (Syfy's "Ghost Hunters"), Devanny Pinn (Nude Nuns with Big Guns), James Duval (Independence Day, Donnie Darko), Chanel Ryan (Bad Kids Go to Hell, BASEketball), Candace Kita (Barb Wire, "Nip/Tuck"), Jw Wiseman ("Deadliest Warrior"), Tawny Amber Young (The Guilt Trip, Bloodsucka Jones), and KJ McCormick (Syfy's "Ghost Hunters").
Creature effects are being provided by Phil Nichols of Facades FX Lab (Arlington Road, Boggy Creek, the upcoming Bigfoot Wars).
For more information, "like" the newly launched Dead Sea Facebook page.
Full Moon has been steadily beefing up its streaming service, and if you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, this latest announcement should persuade you and then some. Read on for details, and get those smart TVs ready!
From the Press Release
Full Moon Features is proud to announce their most exciting acquisition yet – fifty of cinema’s most obscure and beloved classics from the Blue Underground label will debut on their new subscription-based video streaming service, FullMoonStreaming.com, home to the entire Full Moon Features library.
Blue Underground titles will include VENOM (a beloved thriller about a killer snake starring Klaus Kinski, Susan George, and Oliver Reed), MONDO CANE (the award-winning documentary that launched the whole “Mondo” craze of the Sixties), CONTAMINATION (a gory Italian homage to ALIEN), VIOLENT CITY (the Charles Bronson action classic), DON’T TORTURE A DUCKLING (horror/thriller from Italian godfather of gore Lucio Fulci), THE CHURCH (a haunted church tale from Italian masters of terror Dario Argento and Michele Soavi), and TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD (the first in the series of popular Spanish BLIND DEAD films), amongst many others.
“Full Moon Streaming’s fanbase is growing rapidly, and fans have come to expect the most amazing content imaginable,” explained Full Moon’s Charles Band. “I knew these Blue Underground titles would perfectly satiate that need, as we are the only subscriber-based streaming service to curate the world’s best, kookiest, and most hard-to-find cinema treasures.”
“As the mainstream VOD sites like Netflix, Hulu, and iTunes have turned their backs on classic genre films in favor of TV shows and new theatrical releases, I’m excited my pal Charlie Band has launched Full Moon Streaming to fill that void,” said William Lustig, acclaimed filmmaker and president of Blue Underground. “Now, fans have a streaming site of their own dedicated to grindhouse/drive-in classics presented in uncompromising quality.”
Complete list of Blue Underground titles to be available on FullMoonStreaming.com:
There have been many stories told in the Mars Attacks universe, but nothing quite like this! Beginning in May, Chris Ryall and Sam Kieth (The Hollows) join forces once again for Mars Attacks: First Born, the story of the first Earth-born Martian.
Mars Attacks: First Born, a four-issue series from IDW Publishing written by Ryall from a story co-plotted by Ryall and Kieth, featuring art and covers by Kieth, tells a deceptively quiet story of the aftereffects of the Martian invasion:
In a devastated neighborhood, a few survivors try to rebuild their lives. One of those survivors is an infant Martian, left behind in the attacks. But was she left behind on accident or as part of a more nefarious plan? Does nature versus nurture apply to horrible invaders from Mars? These are some of the themes being explored in this series. Also: giant bugs.
“This series is a multi-tiered love letter,” said series writer and IDW Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall. “Every page shows not only the love Sam and I have for Mars Attacks, but also wild science-fiction tales from the past, the sorts of things Wally Wood drew in the pages of Weird Science-Fantasy and other EC comics. Our adoration of Wally’s work is front and center in this series, but it’s also a great next move for Sam and I after the working relationship we developed on The Hollows. And it surely gives Mars Attacks fans something special, in addition to also giving them some of the wanton carnage and gallows humor they’ve come to expect.”
The influence of classic science-fiction stories of years past extends to the variant covers for each issue, too. Artist Loston Wallace pays homage to classic Wally Wood EC covers in each image he’s creating for the series.
“Sam has been a friend to Topps for more than 20 years, and we’re happy to see him finally put his stamp on Mars Attacks,” says Adam Levine, Topps’ Head of Outbound Licensing. “His wild style and one-of-a-kind sense of storytelling will no doubt bring a fresh take to our classic Martians.”
Mars Attacks: First Born #1 (of 4) launches in May.
Horror comedy Deadly Retreat, the first full-length feature to be released by Artigo Indie, began filming yesterday, February 2nd, in Idyllwild, CA; and we have the early details along with a look at the film's teaser artwork.
Jon Artigo wrote and directs Deadly Retreat through his production company, Artigo Indie, along with his wife, Danielle Artigo (pictured), who will be producing as well as starring in the picture. Danielle's co-stars include genre vet Jennifer Blanc-Biehn and Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls), who also recently worked together in Lifetime's "The Wrong Woman."
Matt Kohler and Barry Alexander have joined the producing team as producer and co-producer, respectively.
Deadly Retreat marks Ms. Artigo's third feature producing credit in the last six months, having recently come on to produce for Blanc/Biehn Productions She Rises, starring Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Daisy McCrackin, and Angus McFadyen of AMC's new series "Turn." That project is currently in post-production.
“I have a great working relationship with Jon and Danielle," said Blanc-Biehn. “I had the opportunity to work with them for films produced by Blanc/Biehn Productions so I am delighted to be a part of Deadly Retreat, and I look forward to future collaborations with the husband and wife team.”
Employees of a dot-com company travel to the mountains for their annual winter retreat. Unfortunately for them, the trip takes a deadly turn when a self-proclaimed serial killer and avid practical joker tries to make a name for himself and targets this group of young professionals for execution.
Look for more soon!
A few weeks back we told you that Dr. Uwe Boll was already hard at work on a sequel to his - honestly - great film Rampage, and now, just in time for the European Film Market, we have the exclusive premiere of the film's teaser artwork along with a first look trailer.
Rampage 2 stars Rogue's Brendan Fletcher. The sequel to the original 2009 mass murder thriller was shot over six days in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. Rampage 2 has Fletcher returning as a man who takes over a TV station and holds a number of hostages as a political platform to awaken humanity, instead of for money.
The feature from the prolific German director, who shoots most of his movies in Vancouver, also stars Lochlyn Munro (Tomorrowland), Mike Dopud, and Michaela Ross. Rampage 2 is produced by Natalia Tudge.
When we last heard about The Ganzfeld Haunting, it was April of last year, and it was still called The Ganzfeld Experiment. But with the new year has come a new title and some early screening news. If you're in or around LA, you have a chance to see it soon.
The Ganzfeld Haunting, a bold, erotic psychological thriller from director Michael Oblowitz (The Breed), will premiere on February 6th and then run for an exclusive one-week engagement beginning Friday, February 7th, at Laemmle's Beverly Hills (9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA).
Are you more of a night owl? Then you can attend special midnight shows at Laemmle's NoHo 7 (5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA) on February 6th and 7th.
The film stars Rumer Willis (Sorority Row), Taylor Cole (The Green Hornet), Ryan Donowho (Altitude), Billy Zane, and Dominic Purcell and follows five college psychology students who set out to perform an ESP experiment. Along their path of self-discovery, the characters get sidetracked by hard drugs, sex, and... the supernatural. When a compelling killer steps into the picture and begins to stalk the protagonists, the real craziness begins.
In a world where past meets present and the present gets lost in time, reality is blurred for five college students who push all boundaries over a lost weekend. Memories, dreams, past, future... Can they forget what they cannot remember? For those five students a new kind of terror awaits. Senses are dazed as they meet their destiny and the present collides with a past shared secret. Is anything real?
With the Viscera Film Festival now defunct, a new event has arrived to fill the void. Some Viscera alums are bringing the Somerville, Mass., Etheria Film Night to Hollywood, and submissions for films helmed by female directors are now open.
Combining horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, and thrillers, Etheria Film Night promises a little something for everyone!
From the Press Release:
In 2014, emerging women directors of genre films will have a platform to share their new shorts with the world. Heidi Honeycutt, former Director of Programming for the Viscera Film Festival, has teamed up with fellow former Viscera Board Director Stacy Pippi Hammon to revamp the Etheria Film Night, Honeycutt’s science fiction and fantasy festival, originally held in Somerville, MA, in partnership with the former Viscera Organization and movie website/screening series All Things Horror. The content of Honeycutt’s all-female-directed action and thriller festival, Full Throttle, will be combined with the new Etheria Film Night.
With the closure of The Viscera Organization in 2013, which curated and screened new short horror films directed by women, there is a void in the world of independent and genre film. The new Etheria Film Festival will also fill that empty space by including horror when they present a one-night showcase of the best brand new and innovative genre films directed by women at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California, on July 12, 2014.
Co-owner and Director of Programming Heidi Honeycutt says, “It’s time to expand our concept of what it means to be a genre film director. I am going to deliberately seek out films that will make people think, scream, feel, and rethink what it means to be a ‘female director.’ I want to see the number of women making great genre films go up; I want women to feel an unprecedented sense of equality in the film industry, and I think this is one small way we can help make that happen. Things can only go up from here for women directors; I am excited that we can do something to change the perception that women directors are only good at period dramas, documentaries, and romantic comedies. There are some vicious, violent, stunning, surreal, scary, and crazy films being made by women every day; and we’re going to show you just a few of the very best ones to blow your mind.”
Hammon is co-owner and the Film Night Director. From Hammon: “Although I left the Viscera Organization after the 2012 festival, I have remained passionate about providing a venue for women filmmakers to have their hard work celebrated. I had no interest in ever competing against Viscera as a perfect outlet for the filmmakers already existed. Now that this is not available for the filmmakers, I want to ensure that they continue to have a voice supporting their work. In meeting with Heidi and learning her ideas to reorganize her existing ventures into one, consolidated product that keeps the filmmakers and their work front and center, how could I say no?”
American Cinematheque, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting all forms of films through screenings at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, are just as dedicated to providing an outlet for women genre filmmakers. The 2014 Etheria Film Festival will be co-presented by American Cinematheque on July 12, 2014, at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, California.
Though the main event is being moved to Hollywood, Etheria will continue to partner with All Things Horror to include Somerville, MA, as the East Coast premiere location. The tour will include stand-alone events, other festivals, and university presentations around the world and will be under the direction of another Viscera alum, Director of Media and Distribution and co-owner James Morgart. "The lack of women filmmakers in Hollywood is a social problem,” says Morgart. “A festival like Etheria, where we plan to screen films internationally in varied commercial and academic settings assists, is accomplishing three things: raises public awareness of established female talent and of the current social problem, cultivates aspiring talent, and encourages the public to demand more of their art and entertainment.”
Completing the Etheria team is Film Programmer and co-owner Kayley Viteo. “Etheria Film Night is about widening the scope not only for what it means to be a female director in general, but also what it means to be a genre film director in particular,” she says. “I think that making and viewing genre film both have the potential to be powerfully transgressive, and Etheria Film Night recognizes that at its core. Giving female filmmakers a space to showcase their creative ability across any number of genre lines is an important step forward in the movement for equality in the film industry. I'm extremely excited about being a part of that.”
The Etheria Film Night is open for submissions now through March 31st, 2014. Filmmakers can submit online at etheriafilmfestival.com/submissions. The lineup will be curated by an array of film festival programmers from around the world such as Mitch Davis (Fantasia Film Festival), Kier-La Janisse (House of Psychotic Women), and Briony Kidd (Stranger With My Face Film Festival), and many more.
The Etheria Film Night is currently at work on a new website. In the meantime, they will post updates on their Facebook page.