Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Interview Kristian Hanson - Sledge

The journey of making an independent film is usually riddled with disappoints, lengthy delays, and countless hiccups. Not so for filmmaker Kristian Hanson, who managed to put together his dream horror project in two and a half months. We spoke to the filmmaker about his latest project, Sledge.

How long had you been trying to get the movie made?

Sledge is something that I thought of in June and we filmed at the end of August of the same year. So it was only a two and a half month span between writing the script (I wrote it in a day and a half when I had the flu) and making the film in upstate New York.

What kind of troubles or issues along the way did you experience? Just the usual, or did something in particular hinder the journey?

To be honest, we did not have any trouble-making Sledge. The only real issue was not having any money for the film. And looking at it now, that was not even really a problem because it made us all become more creative on how to do the death scenes and to make them enjoyable if they could not look 100% realistic.

Why did you choose to make a horror movie? Is it your favorite genre?

I grew up a horror nerd since the age of five. My mom was the one that introduced me to my first horror film and that film was called Child’s play with Chucky. I still remember the nightmare I had that night where I woke up and saw Good Guy dolls all around me. When I was six I got to see A Nightmare on Elm Street and later that year I went to get my tonsils removed and I chose the talking Freddy Krueger doll as my ‘gift’. My dad was not pleased that I had seen that movie and was even shocked that I wanted a talking doll of a serial killer with a burned face and razor claw hand. So to answer your question, I am a die-hard horror fan boy.

Horror movies can also be made fairly cheap, I imagine?

Yes, horror films can be made for cheap, but so can comedies. Look at Kevin Smith’s Clerks film. That was made for $25,000 and love. The aspect that makes that film work so well besides having the set be an actual video and Quik Stop was the acting Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson and Marilyn Ghighliotti. They were unknown actors at the time but they were believable and hilarious in their roles. Movies can be made extremely cheap now with the creation of HD cameras and not having to use film. I say if you have a dream write it down and pick up a camera and make something fun. That is what I did, and it worked out in the end. Even if Sledge didn’t get picked up for distribution, at least I got to have fun making a movie that I wrote and something I would want to watch as a horror fan.

The effects in the film look like they were done practically. How did you manage that?

The effects are all practical and I am a fan of practical effects as a whole. The reason An American Werewolf in London holds up today the way it does is because Rick Baker and his team used practical effects. Now, please don’t think I am comparing Sledge to something as great as AWIL (my all time favorite film) but the use of CGI in horror films needs to take a step back to 1980. I believe CGI is a great tool to be used but it should not be the only tool in your tool box. Mix practical effects with CGI when you have to. If CGI doesn’t need to be used, go all practical because it looks more believable. We ended up making our own blood on Russ Matoes stove and we used a secret when creating the brains. The secret was my mom chewing up hot dog and spitting it into a cup of our home made blood. Little things like that can enhance a movie.

You wear a few hats in the film – which one did you prefer wearing the most?

I have been asked this a few times and I honestly loved both of them. I loved being able to play Adam Lynch and have the freedom to say things that popped into my head. I love improv acting and allowing my actors to enjoy their role. But I absolutely loved working with the actors and being the director of the film. I loved sitting down before each scene and talking to everyone and telling them what I was thinking when I wrote it and how I envisioned filming the scene. That is also where my co-director and cameraman extraordinaire John Sovie II came into play. We would discuss each page and he would give input on how he wanted to film a scene and why, and we would go from there. Directing is so much fun, so I would have to say Directing was my favorite hat to wear, mostly because that mask is heavy and hurts my neck after a while.

Where is the film being released and when?

The film will be released on VOD September 2nd and on DVD October 7th on DVD. It will be amazing to see something I thought of be distributed around the globe, and I hope when it is available those that watch the film reach out to me and tell me if they enjoy the film or not. Thank you for your time and for this interview, I thoroughly enjoyed it and thank you.

Sledge is released on VOD September 2nd and on DVD October 7th on DVD

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Interview - TRUE BLOOD actress Kristina Anapau on her starring role in the upcoming film ALTERGIEST, and the unique new product she has created.

Kristina Anapau is an actress on the big and small screen. Born in Hawaii, Kristina Anapau spent her youth studying classical ballet, music and theatre. Anapau has trained and performed theatrically under the tutelage of The Royal Acadamy of Dramatic Art in London, and on the ballet front with American Ballet Theater and The Joffrey Ballet in New York City. Best known for playing the faerie 'Maurella' on HBO’s TRUE BLOODAnapau's numerous credits also include GRIMM and BLACK SWAN.

Kristina Anapau - Photography: Angela Marklew - Makeup and Hair: Teal Druda

Kristina took time to chat with us recently about her starring role in the upcoming feature film, ALTERGEIST and about the unique new product that she herself has created.

Your career has seen you starring in TV shows (GRIMM, and TRUE BLOOD) as well as in feature films (BLACK SWAN, and ALTERGIEST). What do you enjoy most about performing in each medium? 

Each medium has their respective pleasures and challenges. I love the speed of television, especially multi-camera, but it’s lovely to have the time to delve into a character, which usually the case in films. 

Do you take a different approach to preparing for TV roles versus roles in a film? 

I usually do more emotional preparation and character research for a film role. 

Did your experiences training and performing with American Ballet Theatre and The Joffrey Ballet in New York City inspire you to audition for the role of Galina in BLACK SWAN? 

Enabled me to much more than inspired. I was very fortunate to have had the great ballet training that I did growing up. 

Kristina Anapau - ALTERGIEST - Makeup Artist Teal Druda

What attracted you to play the part of Theresa in the upcoming film ALTERGIEST? 

I loved Theresa’s mental and physical strength and resilience – all while being four months pregnant! 

What was the most challenging part of working on ALTERGIEST? 

It was a very physical film- Theresa does a lot of running/escaping throughout. I was in fantastic shape by the end of the film! 

What was your favourite part of working on the set of ALTERGIEST? 

I love night shoots— it’s a wonderful bubble to live in. Creating art while the rest of the world sleeps. 

Kristina Anapau - ALTERGIEST

We understand that you have created your own fashion brand, COLOR IT NEW, which is slated to launch late this year (2014). What inspired COLOR IT NEW? 

Color It New is a very cool fashion product that I cannot wait to share with the world this fall! It was born out of my wanting to create a practical solution to an everyday problem that everyone faces. Visit www.coloritnew.com to learn more!

What else can you tell us about COLOR IT NEW? Will you open your own boutiques, or will the line be available exclusively at certain retailers? 

It will be available exclusively online beginning in September 2014, and then at select retail locations in the Spring of 2015.



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facebook: @kristina_anapau 

Kristina Anapau - Photography: Angela Marklew - Makeup and Hair: Teal Druda

Thursday, July 24, 2014

First Look At Trailer For Romantic Comedy, Geographically Desirable

Coming to Theaters Later This Year

THE NEWSROOM meets HOPE FLOATS in the new film from Mike Kravinsky 

From writer/director Mike Kravinsky, Geographically Desirable is a romantic-comedy about an overworked sleep deprived TV News woman's life is derailed when she inherits a house in a small quirky town.

When her uncle dies in a small town, Nicole, who works an overnight shift in TV News, finds he left her both his house and dog. While there, the people of this small quirky town grab her and won't let go in their kindness to her.

Blair Bowers (The Company We Keep), Boardwalk Empire's Rick Kain, Felicia Gonzalez Brown (Killing Kennedy), Paul Fahrenkopf (The Wire) and newcomer Sarah Allyn Collier star in Geographically Desirable, from Nextnik Films.


BREAKING NEWS: Horror/Sci-fi Film "CRAWL OR DIE" To be released in UNITED STATES and CANADA on August 12, 2014!

Tulsa, OK - 7/9/2014 - On June 3rd 2014 the film CRAWL OR DIE was released in Japan titled ALIEN CRAWL and was quickly labeled by critics as "The most CLAUSTROPHOBIC movie ever made!" 

On August 12, 2014 Uncork'd Entertainment and Vertical Entertainment are releasing CRAWL OR DIE in the USA and CANADA - you decide if JAPAN was correct.

The HORROR film CRAWL OR DIE is...

Synopsis: Earth as we know it is gone. A virus has destroyed the planet and rendered all its women infertile, all but one. An elite team of soldiers are tasked with bringing the woman to safety on the newly habitable Earth Two. But when they are forced underground they find themselves fighting for survival from an bloodthirsty creature in a maze of ever shrinking tunnels. As the team's ranks start to dwindle, the tunnels shrink and the ammunition run out, the crawl for survival becomes more and more desperate.

Check out the OFFICIAL USA/CANADA DVD art below:

Click to view the EXCLUSIVE NEW Official Trailer: 


CRAWL OR DIE is available for PRE-ORDER now! 


Pre-Order CRAWL OR DIE before August 12, 2014 on one of the above platforms and receive:

1: A digital copy of the Official CRAWL OR DIE Comic Book

(Artwork by Japanese artist Kurabayshi)

2. A free download of the CRAWL OR DIE theme song 'ROCK WITH ME' (By NIKKI). 

*To receive your free Comic and song download - send us visual confirmation of your Pre-Order purchase at crawlmovie@gmail.com - the comic will be available for download September 1st. The song will be available immediately. 

What horror fans are saying about CRAWL OR DIE...

"...Get through this horror tunnel..."

"...A Fist-Clenching, Breath-Holding, Claustrophobic Thrill-Ride..."

"The most claustrophobic movie ever made!!"

"...Breakout Actress Nicole Alonso...kicks some serious ass..."

For More Press Quotes, visit the PRESS PAGE at our official website www.CRAWLorDIEtrilogy.com


Release Date for the movie CRAWL OR DIE is August 12 2014 -- follow these sites for updates and find out more information on the film.

CRAWL OR DIE is a full length feature film due out on August 12, 2014

Directed By: Oklahoma Ward

Written By: Oklahoma Ward

Starring: Nicole Alonso, Torey Byrne, Tom Chamberlain, David P. Baker, Wil Crown, Tommy Ball, Clayton Burgess

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Purge: Anarchy Prize Pack Giveaway

The Purge: Anarchy hits theaters next Friday July 18th!  We have one (1) official The Purge: Anarchy Prize Pack to giveaway courtesy of Universal Pictures:

The Purge: Anarchy Prize Pack includes:
- The Purge: Anarchy Promo T-shirt (size L)
- The Purge: Anarchy Promo Flashlight

About The Purge: Anarchy

The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge. The Purge: Anarchy follows an unlikely group of five citizens who, over the course of the night, are hunted across the city in a kill-or-be-killed series of survival scenarios during the annual Purge.





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2.) Comment on this post telling us how you would stay safe and what you would do if the Purge night really happened.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Producer Del Weston Brings Action On Film To the Screens Big and Small

Monrovia, CA. Writer, Producer, Director Del Weston returns to the beautiful city of Monrovia and the incredible Krikorian Theaters for the 10th Annual Action On Film International Film Festival. The festival, which will showcase nearly 500 projects the 2014 season, is one of the fastest growing festivals in the country.

Weston said, “I’m so proud to be able to say that we made it through a decade when many people said we wouldn’t last a year.” The festival which has hosted Tom Sizemore, Harry Lennix, Talia Shire, Kim Coates, Ron Perlman and many others combines the best in film with international filmmakers and those from the US as well.

Weston went on to say, “This festival is why we now have a television program, Del Weston’s Action On Film which features many of the personalities, celebrities and creators of the films we show at the live event.”

The television show can be seen on Champion Broadband, Time Warner Cable and across the country in many states via Peg Media and it is distributed internationally via Multivisionnarie Distribution.

The 2014 event will run from August 22 – 30, 2014 in the city of Monrovia and is sponsored by a myriad of local businesses. The event will feature fundraisers for the Kawanis, Rotary Club, YMCA and the National Organization MAMMA.

Festival Director, Theresa Coscarelli said, “We are so proud of what we have been able to accopmplish in just ten years. Over the next ten we expect even bigger and better success for our filmmakers and writers; many of which have gone on to great careers in film and television.”

For more information on The Action On Film International Film Festival and Writers Event visit www.aoffest.com For more information on the televison show visit www.delwestononfilm.com

Monday, July 14, 2014

Interview With 'Expecting Amish' Director, Richard Gabai

EXPECTING AMISH” is the story of four Amish teenagers who are given permission to leave their Pennsylvania homes for Rumspringa where they discover an amazing new world, but when it is over they have to make the difficult decision to stay or return home

Starring Jesse McCartney (“ARMY WIVES,” “YOUNG AND HUNGY”), AJ Michalka (“THE GOLDBERGS”), Jean-Luc Bilodeau (“BABY DADDY”), Alyson Stoner (“STEP UP”), Brian Krause (“CHARMED”) and Ron Ely (“TARZAN”) Premiering Saturday, July 19, 8PM ON LIFETIME.

(L - R Jesse McCartney, Richard Gabai, AJ Michalka)

I had an opportunity to chat with director Richard Gabai about his film, 'Expecting Amish'

You have established yourself as an expert at crafting suspenseful thrillers with spine tingling twists. Expecting Amish is your first romantic drama. Did you approach directing Expecting Amish any differently than your previous works?

Good question. The short answer is yes. With "Expecting Amish" our job is to build dramatic tension and emotion - as opposed to the type of suspense we hope to create in a traditional thriller. The approach is a bit different - we want the audience not only to identify with one or more of the characters, but we want them to develop an emotional bond. We want them to care. Enough can't be said about something that hasn't changed - and that is my team; Michael Amato and John Constantine producing along side me, Scott Peck as my Director of Photography, Katie Boyum Operating Camera (and Directing some 2nd Unit this time) and Jeff Murphy Editing and supervising the post. Sean Murray again provided the score and this one I do believe is his finest.

What was it about Expecting Amish’s story that spiked your interest and made it the first romantic drama you choose to direct?

I hadn't actually thought about that until you, and some of your fellow journalists brought it to my attention. So I guess it chose me - I just love the characters and the story. I am very pro-romance - with or without the drama :-)

How much did you know about the Amish culture before you began production?

Not too much, but I've always been fascinated with the culture. It was really important to me that we didn't tell a story that was insulting or disrespectful to the Amish culture, and I think we accomplished that; though that's a theory that will go untested as we will have very few if any Amish viewers :-)

All your films have exceptional casting; their people who not only draw audiences but bring solid talent to the table. Did you have a say in the casting process?

100%. Casting is everything. I am very involved and I take my hat off to my Casting Director Don Carol who continues to bring me the greatest people. If I don't have the right actors there's just no point to making the film.

Where there certain actors you hand in mind for the parts in this film?

Before we began the process only one. I had met Ron Ely at a charity event and he was a childhood hero of mine as TVs Tarzan. We had a great conversation and he said if I ever came across something special he'd consider coming out of retirement. Ron hadn't done a movie in almost 20 years. He is amazing as "The Elder" of our Amish community, and I think his fans will be thrilled to see him again!

You have been writing and recording songs since the beginning of your career. Two of your lead cast members, Jesse McCartney (Josh) and AJ Michalka (Hannah) are both musicians. Did you chat with them about music during filming?

We did a lot more than that! "Punch Drunk Recreation" a cut from Jesse's soon to be released album (July 22) is on the soundtrack and plays when we meet "Josh," Jesse's character. We also have a track "Welcome to the Majors" from cast member and recording artist Alyson Stoner, who plays "Mary." And yes there are also two of my tracks on the soundtrack, "Tonight is a Brand New Day," and "Buddah in a Banzai."

What do hope the audience takes away from watching Expecting Amish?

First of all I hope people are entertained. If they can take away the idea that it's okay to be different, I'll consider that a bonus.

(L-R) Jean-Luc Bilodeau, AJ Michalka, Micah Tayloe Owens and Brian Krause in, Expecting Amish, premiering Saturday, July 19th, at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime. ©2014 A&E Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.
Photo by Jack Zeman
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