Jun 16, 2013

Reunion Film seeking Production support through CrowdFunding site Indiegogo

Reunion is an independent thriller/horror film spearheaded by a diverse team of professional industry veterans.

It's a cold, stormy and thunderous night. Trapped in his own home, former rock stars Brad Norton and Grant Foley prepare for the return of their infamous band when a strange woman, Mia, shows up at their door looking for her son she calls "Alan." Unbeknownst to them, she is guided by a dark spirit and is convinced Brad kidnapped her long-lost son.

The filmmakers have assembled an experienced crew from Emmy-award winning TV shows, studios such as Lionsgate, and feature films such as "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Star Trek: Into Darkness," and "The Dark Knight." Starting with a rock solid screenplay written by Bert Havird and led by Producer Thelonius Alexander and Director Shawn Chou, the philosophy of the filmmakers was to look for undiscovered talent that wouldn’t break the bank. After laboring through months of casting, they recruited talented up-and-coming actors Sarah Schreiber, Cara Santana, Reign Morton, Arielle Brachfeld and Leif Gantvoort. The independent movie also features a young heartthrob Jack Turner in his debut as well as veteran actor-producer Maria Olsen, who plays Mia, who is best known for her role as Mrs Dodds/The Fury in Fox’s “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief”.

“We rely on our team’s passion and dedication to bring our vision to life,” says Shawn. “The most important thing is to tell a story about a ghost who tries to reunite his lookalike twin with this mysterious murderer. It’s filled with twists and turns. Ultimately, we ask tough questions about why people repress their memories to cope with life.”

Jack adds, “It's an incredibly interesting relationship to investigate with all its myriad complexities, amnesia, abuse and sexual tensions, and Maria is wonderful to act with.”

The Trailer 

The film has plans for theatrical distribution and aims to break new boundaries in the thriller/horror genre. And why not? They have a great script, cast, crew, and an established formula in place. Join Team Reunion on their journey.

Reunion is raising $75,000.

Indiegogo Link: http://bit.ly/197Hr2W

Jun 4, 2013

Way Down In Chinatown Premiering at Hollywood Fringe Festival June 15th

WMM Fest and 2013 Hollywood Fringe Fest present: Post-Apocalyptic Noir Feature Way Down In Chinatown


June 03, 2013 – Described by the director as the ”best damn thing out of old Hollywood town since VON STRONHEIM’S GREED”. The 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival in conjunction with We Make Movies’ WMM FEST is proud to present a preview screening of feature film WAY DOWN IN CHINATOWN. Written and directed by EMK (alias for director Eric Michael Kochmer, a protégé of experimental filmmaker/artist George Landow aka Owen Land) - and co-produced by Maria Olsen of MOnsterworks66, who can also be seen playing Bob - WDiC chronicles over-sexed theater couple, playwright Victor and director Jessica Mitchum who while creating a performance piece about the apocalypse begin experiencing the world slowly falling apart. They are slowly seduced by an underworld created to preserve the few who will survive an on-coming apocalypse brought on by worm-people. The theatrical preview will book-end the Hollywood Fringe Festival with appropriately timed midnight screenings on June 15th, and 29th 2013.

WDiC stars Stephanie Sanditz (Strangers with Candy) and Justin Dray (Lake City) with sparkling cameos by Lisa Loring (original Wednesday Addams) and Nancy Wolfe (Helter Skelter). The film has already polarized critics with claims that audiences will either “…love or hate [it] but whatever your reaction, it’ll get the grey matter working harder than any movie you’ll see this year.”-Knifed In Venice. Some find it “avant garde at its finest”-Gemini Moon, while other critics find it “…a stream of nonsense …”-John Sandel.

We Make Movies (www.wemakemovies.org) is a Los Angeles based film collective of over 2000 filmmakers dedicated to making some really cool shit. WMM gears their energy toward empowering independent filmmakers and providing the resources and connections that will help them get their movies made. Since 2009, more than 40 shorts and 6 features were developed, produced or directly funded through WMM. The group alternates free weekly writers workshops, improv nights, and industry guest interviews in an effort to help filmmakers get feedback on their work, try new ideas, and learn what's working for others. #wemakemovies @wemakemoviez

Media Contacts:
Sapna Gandhi Nicol Razon HWFF PR

Jun 3, 2013

The 2013 Viscera Film Festival Official Selections

Anniversary Dinner - USA
Directed by Jessi Gotta
Synopsis: A survivor of the zombie apocalypse is about to discover that 'Til Death Do Us Part' was just the beginning.
Dead Crossing - LOS ANGELES PREMIERE - Canada/Mexico
Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero
Synopsis: A Mexican family attempting to cross the border with a group of immigrants encounter a vicious and terrifying secret involving the way the United States deals with illegal immigration.

Eternal Springs - WORLD PREMIERE - USA
Directed by Kate Rhamey, Allison Rohm
Synopsis: Erma, a deranged old woman who thinks she's eleven years old, captures young women to be her dolls.

Halloween Bash - WORLD PREMIERE - USA
Directed by Jenn Wexler
Synopsis: A mean girl bent on playing tricks receives a mysterious Halloween treat.

In the Dark - USA
Directed by Helen Truong
Synopsis: As the only survivor of a psychological experiment that killed her fellow participants, a woman must find the courage to face a terrifying truth -- one that will finally set her free or trap her forever.

My Brother’s Keeper - UK
Directed by Jen Moss
Synopsis: Holed up at the end of the world with her well-meaning but dim-witted brother Jo (Alex Esmail), Jess (April Pearson) isn’t sure what will destroy her will to live first: the zombies or Jo’s incessant optimism.

No Place Like Home - WORLD PREMIERE - Japan
Directed by Nicholas Humphries
Produced by Mai Nakanishi, Christine DeJoy
Synopsis: What happens when Dorothy's desperate wish to go home faces a most unexpected turn where she finds herself in zombie apocalyptic Kansas?

Orange County Hill Killers - USA
Directed by Katie Downer
Synopsis: Storytelling and reality are blurred when four teenagers enter the infamous Blackstar Canyon.

Directed by Maddison Lopez
Synopsis: A toxic plant explosion releases a fume that does strange things to nearby high school students. Everyone's trying to get out alive.

Directed by Lark O. Arrowood
Synopsis: Jeffery has always suspected that something was wrong with his body. We find him in the eye of the storm, on the verge of collapse. He is disheveled and beginning to suspect that he has made a grave error.

Self-Portrait - Canada
Directed by Jovanka Vuckovic
Synopsis: In the process of taking off her make-up, a young woman reveals her true face.

Slumber Party - USA
Directed by Jenn Wexler
Synopsis: A dark wish becomes a nightmarish reality when best friends play a game of Bloody Mary.

The Meeting - US Premiere - Canada
Directed by Karen Lam
Synopsis: In a weekly meet-up, four serial killers confess their sins and hope for redemption. But all hell breaks loose when a newcomer pops in, and threatens to join the group...
**This film was made by a member of the Viscera Staff.**

Other films that will be joining the 2013 Viscera Tour include:
Estigma - Spain
Directed by Sara Ibáñez Mayor
Synopsis: A girl commits murder in a bath, but the crime may not be over... still.

Fashion Victim - Canada
Directed by Caroline Trudel
Synopsis: A woman awakens in her party dress & heels. The sounds of distress she hears make it clear she needs to find a way out fast. Will her attire impede her ability to escape? Will she be fashion’s latest victim?

Racist Zombies - USA
Directed by Jennifer Treuting
Synopsis: The only thing worse than zombies is racist zombies. A comedy short by The Charlies.

Shelter - USA
Directed Eve Edelson

Synopsis: A battered woman finds an unusual way out of a very unusual relationship in a night of cosmic justice in an animal shelter.