Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Supernatural, Jericho, & Criminal Minds Director, Guy Norman Bee Gives Us The Scoop On The Last Rock and Roll Show


Guy Norman Bee has become one of the most sought after directors in Hollywood. His television directing credits include: ER, Third Watch, Las Vegas, Veronica Mars, Supernatural, Jericho, Criminal Minds, Kyle XY, Knight Rider, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Arrow, Revolution, Southland, The Witches of East End, iZombie, The Messengers and many more. Prior to making the jump to director, Guy worked consistently for 12 years as a Steadicam/Camera operator honing his skills on such monster feature films as: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Bowfinger, Deep Impact, Titanic, Crazy in Alabama, The Peacemaker and more. When not behind the camera, Guy enjoys playing guitar and driving his 1969 Dodge SuperBee and his Tesla. 


Guy took time to chat with us about his upcoming film project, The Last Rock and Roll Show. The Last Rock and Roll Show film will be shot in a style described as a “graphic novel brought to life”. Imagine American Graffiti meets Sin City. The film is based on the novel by Danny White, a Nashville music producer and rock and roll historian.




How did the story The Last Rock and Roll Show first come to your attention?

Danny had just published the book and his lawyer and my manager at the time we're having lunch - When my manager heard the book was about Classic Rock & Roll and Hot Rods and that Danny wanted to make it into a movie someday, he said we gotta introduce these guys! So it was a blind date at a coffee shop in Santa Monica... we talked for 3 hours and shook hands on partnering up on it!


What appealed the most to you about the project?

I love period pieces... I felt like we haven't seen a good movie like this since maybe "American Graffiti" - I like the friendship between our two young heroes who get caught up in this extraordinary caper and are forced to set out on a cross country adventure - And, oh yeah... the cars and music are pretty cool too!


You have an impressive resume including directing credits on TV shows like Supernatural, Jericho, Criminal Minds, and so many more. Will The Last Rock and Roll Show be your first foray into directing a feature film?

It will indeed! I've been close to getting other features going but for one reason or another they've all collapsed before I actually got to shoot them! The great thing is that all my training in TV has more than prepared me for making this movie and the timing is perfect!


How are you preparing for directing this film?

Well the style that I'm going for is "Graphic Novel Brought to Life" ala: "300" or "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" so I've been talking with a few Visual Effects companies that will hopefully come on board as a producing partner. I'm also working on finding an artist who will make a companion piece graphic novel that will essentially be my storyboards for what we will end up shooting!


Do you feel it will be less time restrictive than directing a weekly episodic TV show?

I think we will have a slightly less hectic schedule, but not by much! A typical 1 hour show is around 43 minutes and we have 8 or 9 days to do it in. The movie will be between 95 to 110 minutes and we're not sure how many days we'll get until we get the movie budgeted and then funded but I'm sure I'll have to move quickly to get it done!





Where and when is it planned for the film to be shot?

We don't know yet but in a perfect world we'd like to use some of the real locations that the story takes place in (Clear Lake, Iowa - Southern California) and hopefully we can shoot in the spring of 2016.


Do you believe the modern Graphic Novel look is key to appealing to the younger generation of viewers?

I do and I think it's also a way to get kids and teens that aren't necessarily into 1950's music to watch and experience the origins of rock & roll music and the birth of hot-rodding. Hopefully learning who Buddy Holly and Richie Valens were will spark an interest in learning more about their music and that time period. It's funny, the original idea to "Graphic Novelize" the film started out as a way to shoot it on a budget because instead of replacing or removing light poles, signs, parking meters on "real" street locations for example, we would simply shoot it on our "virtual backlot" and use CGI to make our lives easier!


Funds from the Indiegogo campaign are going towards hiring a casting director, music supervisor, special effects house. How vital are each of these elements in making a film you and your team can be proud of?

I think to get this movie fully funded, getting some great actors attached in the parts is absolutely essential. I'm fortunate in that I know some great casting directors (one in particular that seems to be close to signing on!) that we would love to get on board but I don't want anyone to work for free and our campaign will hopefully raise the money to get them on board. Clearing the many songs we want to use in the movie's soundtrack will be a full time job and again securing the services of a music supervisor will be critical. Even if it's a fraction of what they normally make at least they know there's something for them and when the film is fully funded we can pay them their "real" rates! 


Are there plans already in place, in regards to the film’s distribution?

It's still early but as part of getting funded I would hope that we would get the distribution aspect of it nailed down at that time... There are so many outlets these days (Netflix, iTunes) for new movies that I'm very confident it will find an audience! Ultimately I'd really love to watch it in a theater with an audience... at a great film festival! THAT would be cool!













CALLING ALL SCREAM QUEENS! DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE THE NEXT QUEEN OF HORROR?



Los Angeles, CA (September 2, 2015) – After Dark Films will be crowning their next queen of horror, now known as A Scream Queen to Die For. This lucky woman, or man, will be crowned and awarded with $10,000 to reign as the queen of the next 8 Films to Die For horror festival, in theaters October 16, 2015.

Official Callout to Potential Scream Queens:
Do you think you have what it takes to be the next queen of horror? Whether you're the scariest, the sexiest, the strangest, the campiest or have the loudest scream – we want to hear from you!


Upload your 90 second video onto YouTube showing us why you should be selected as our next "Scream Queen to Die For". Then Submit your video at www.8filmstodiefor.com/scream by completing the application form and pasting the link of your YouTube video in the form. Costumes recommended but not required. Video must be under three minutes in length. Make sure to make us scream!


Finalists will be announced Thursday, October 1, 2015, with the winner announcement following on Thursday, October 8, 2015. The top 8 finalists will be decided through a combination of sponsor picks, and fan votes through YouTube likes and shares and www.8filmstodiefor.com/scream


If you are in the Los Angeles area and would like to attend our live auditions, email your name, contact information, and a recent photo to screamqueencasting@gmail.com for more details.


'8 Films to Die For' will be released in theaters on October 16, 2015, with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment handling all ancillary forms of media, including Digital HD™, DVD and VOD. The 8 films include the long awaited Re-Kill, Murder in the Dark, The Wicked Within, Lumberjack Man, Suspension, Unnatural, Bastard, and Wind Walkers.


For more information, visit us at www.8filmstodiefor.com


Official YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/horrorfest


Official Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/afterdarkfilms


Official Twitter:
https://twitter.com/afterdarkfilms


Official Instagram:
https://instagram.com/afterdarkfilms







About After Dark Films:
After Dark Films is an Independent motion picture studio formed in 2006 by director/filmmaker Courtney Solomon and Hong Kong based real estate magnate Allan Zeman. After Dark Films' first motion picture film release was An American Haunting (2006) starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland. Co-founder and CEO Courtney Solomon wrote, produced, and directed this film under the newly formed After Dark Films banner. An American Haunting reached number two at the box office the opening week of its release.


After the release of An American Haunting, partners Solomon and Zeman formed a multiyear marketing and distribution deal for Horrorfest "8 Films To Die For" between After Dark Films and Lionsgate Entertainment, with After Dark handling theatrical marketing & releases and Lionsgate handling the distribution of all the ancillary forms of media (Home Video, Pay TV, Pay Per View). After Dark Films released Horrorfest 4 in theaters on January 29, 2010.


Building on the success of Horrorfest, After Dark released their first 8 originally produced horror films in January 2011 under the moniker After Dark Originals. After Dark Originals 2 was released in the third quarter of 2013.


After Dark Films and Dark Castle Entertainment debuted their new action movie franchise After Dark Action in 2012. The first generation of After Dark Action included five original, adrenaline pumping films starring international stars such as Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Peter Weller, Jim Caviezel, Cung Le and Christian Slater. After Dark Action showcased the movies theatrically as a commercial film festival in markets nationwide and VOD on May 11th, 2012 with After Dark handling the theatrical marketing & releases and Warner Brothers Entertainment handling the distribution of the ancillary forms of media (Home Video, VOD, Pay Per View, etc.).


About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment:

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.





Terminator and Aliens alum Tom Woodruff Jr takes us to FIRE CITY: END OF DAYS on October 6


On DVD and Digital from Uncork’d Entertainment


Burbank, CA - Academy Award Winning Creature and Character Effects Designer Tom Woodruff Jr makes his highly-anticipated directorial debut with Fire City: End of Days, hitting DVD and Digital October 6 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Set in a world where demons live among us, this exhilarating vitrine of effects and action sees a hard-boiled demon named Vine confronted with the ultimate choice between the salvation of his own kind and the life of an innocent human girl. Tobias Jelinek (Hocus Pocus), Danielle Chuchran (SAGA: Curse of the Shadow), Glee’s Harry Shum Jr, and Kristin Minter (TVs E.R) star.



Fire City, written by Brian Lubocki and Michael Hayes and inspired by Woodruff’s short film, Fire City: King of Miseries, was successfully financed by way of a Kickstarter campaign in 2013.



The Highland Film Group handled sales for the film





CRIME DRAMA UP FOR AOFF AWARD SCOOP



The acclaimed crime drama The Wolves of Savin Hill will has been nominated for 3 awards at the prestigious Action on Film Film Festival (LA): Best Supporting Actress for Suzanne Willard, Best Feature Film and Best Feature Film (Drama).

The film will screen at the festival on Sept 18th at 5pm.


The film, written and directed by John Beaton Hill, stars David Cooley, Kurt Fuller, Brian Scannell, Jack McGee, Michael Massee, Paul Carafotes, Tim De Zarn, Tonya Cornelisse, Megan Davis, Suzanne Willard, and Jordan Van Vranken.


Here's the official synopsis for the film:

Childhood friends from the streets of Boston drift apart following a shocking discovery deep in the woods of Savin Hill. Years later a tragic murder brings them together again. But for one man, it’s no mistake. A trap has been set…


After serving time for a crime he didn’t commit, Tom Grey (David Cooley) is released from prison with a score to settle: he is dead-set on tracking down the man who set him up…his childhood best friend and L.A. cop, Sean O’Brien (Brian Scannell from “Gone Baby Gone.”)


Ravaged by his friend’s betrayal, Tom hunts Sean through the dark streets of Los Angeles and finds himself trapped in a web of lies only a devil could weave. Face to face at last, the two men are caught in a final and explosive showdown. After years of gut-wrenching deception, it can only end with one man standing.


Trailer:







Friday, August 28, 2015

Sage's Wildcats to take Raindance!



Linnea Sage nominated for Best Lead Actor for Wildcats




Los Angeles, California – Acclaimed actor Linnea Sage, rapidly emerging as one of the most popular and in-demand independent actors in New York, has been nominated Best Lead Actor by the Raindance Independent Series Awards for her performance in hit web series ‘’Wildcats’’.



‘’Wildcats’’, the first five episodes of which are now online, tells of a cheerleader’s fall from grace. Sage plays Allison, a varsity cheerleader struggling with her sexuality, who retells how she quit the team and what she discovered by doing so.


“There are teens in high schools all over America, just like Wallis Hills, who are realizing they’re different in the same ways Allison is, and they are trying to figure out if standing up for their beliefs and views and opinions is the right thing to do” Sage said in a recent interview. 

Wildcats is here to tell them that they should go for it, and the worst that could happen probably isn’t that bad in the long run. It was really exciting to get to be a part of that opportunity. It’s about time that people (especially teens) of any age, sex, orientation, or lifestyle realize that being yourself is the best thing you could possibly be. It’s inevitable that kids reach an age where they realize they are different. Sometimes their community embraces it and it’s wonderful. There are many more times, in America and around the world, that these differences are met with hatred and confusion and bullying. There’s really no room for that in the short time that we have here. Sometimes, it’s hard to embrace differences because we may not understand them, but as long as it’s not hurting anyone else, we need to realize that differences advance humanity.

The series has received wide praise and press from such outlets as After Ellen and even former President Bill Clinton!

The Rachel Puchkoff –created “Wildcats” has also been nominated as best international series, best directing (Puchkoff), best achievement in production (sound design) and Raindance discovery (Puchkoff).

The Raindance awards take place September 27. 


27-year-old Sage, whose other film and TV credits include “The A Plate” and “Boxed In With You”, is also one of the most reputable voice over artists in America. 


Watch “Wildcats” at www.catsgoingwild.com



This SLASH From the PAST Will Leave You Shaking in the Dark!


THE 80'S ARE BACK AND BLOODIER THAN 

EVER AS BASTARD TAKES THE 7TH SLOT 

OF '8 FILMS TO DIE FOR' 


Remember those classic 80's slasher movies that were all the rave? Well, hold on to your heads, we're bringing it back to the extreme. Bastard will be the 7th film in the '8 Films to Die For' lineup, in theaters October 16, 2015.


"Bastard encompasses all the classic qualities that horror fans crave," says Franchesca Lantz, Director of Creative Affairs & Acquisitions at After Dark Films, "it's hard to watch, yet it's impossible to look away."


Written by Patrick Robert Young and directed by Powell Robinson and Patrick Robert Young, this character-driven film has been referred to as a "Triumph for independent horror."


The film stars Tonya Kay (Get Him to the Greek), Rebekah Kennedy (Season of the Witch), Burt Culver (The Paper Boat), Ellis Greer (A Small Death), Dan Creed (Dinner Party), and Will Tranfo (The Creation of Aspen).


"Bastard is a labor of horror love crafted on a budget of blood, sweat, and visceral synth score," says directors Powell Robinson and Patrick Robert Young, "Shot under the influence of Tom Savini and Jamie Lee Curtis' lungs, Bastard hearkens back to a time when people couldn't complain about the state of horror. Our approach was not to spoof or make fun of these old slashers, but rather embrace the mindset of how these films were made, and make our story with the same technique and passion. We wanted to give our fellow horror lovers the 80's cult flick they never got to see in theaters - the one that inspires them to go out and make their own. Because that's what films like Halloween, My Bloody Valentine, and Zombi have done for us."


Official Synopsis:

Five strangers - newlywed serial killers, a suicidal cop, and two runaways - become suspect and victim when a masked murderer makes its presence known in an isolated mountain town.


'8 Films to Die For' will be released in theaters on October 16, 2015, with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment handling all ancillary forms of media, including Digital HD™, DVD and VOD.

Ian Brereton negotiated the deal on behalf of After Dark Films. Elsa Ramo negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.

For more information, visit us at www.8filmstodiefor.com.

Official YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/horrorfest

Official Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/afterdarkfilms


Official Twitter:
https://twitter.com/afterdarkfilms

Official Instagram:
https://instagram.com/afterdarkfilms



About After Dark Films:

After Dark Films is an Independent motion picture studio formed in 2006 by director/filmmaker Courtney Solomon and Hong Kong based real estate magnate Allan Zeman. After Dark Films' first motion picture film release was An American Haunting (2006) starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland. Co-founder and CEO Courtney Solomon wrote, produced, and directed this film under the newly formed After Dark Films banner. An American Haunting reached number two at the box office the opening week of its release.

After the release of An American Haunting, partners Solomon and Zeman formed a multiyear marketing and distribution deal for Horrorfest "8 Films To Die For" between After Dark Films and Lionsgate Entertainment, with After Dark handling theatrical marketing & releases and Lionsgate handling the distribution of all the ancillary forms of media (Home Video, Pay TV, Pay Per View). After Dark Films released Horrorfest 4 in theaters on January 29, 2010.

Building on the success of Horrorfest, After Dark released their first 8 originally produced horror films in January 2011 under the moniker After Dark Originals. After Dark Originals 2 was released in the third quarter of 2013.


After Dark Films and Dark Castle Entertainment debuted their new action movie franchise After Dark Action in 2012. The first generation of After Dark Action included five original, adrenaline pumping films starring international stars such as Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Peter Weller, Jim Caviezel, Cung Le and Christian Slater. After Dark Action showcased the movies theatrically as a commercial film festival in markets nationwide and VOD on May 11th, 2012 with After Dark handling the theatrical marketing & releases and Warner Brothers Entertainment handling the distribution of the ancillary forms of media (Home Video, VOD, Pay Per View, etc.).

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.



Sunday, August 23, 2015

THE LAST ROCK AND ROLL SHOW Our story begins the day the music died…




Los Angeles, CA — (August 11, 2015) — Director Guy Norman Bee is teaming up with writer Danny White and co-writer Stacey David to create The Last Rock and Roll Show live action feature film. A campaign just launched to help with the film’s pre-production stage and to gather together people who love hot rods, classic rock and roll and music’s historic vintage time period.


The Last Rock and Roll Show film will be shot in a style described as a “graphic novel brought to life”. Imagine American Graffiti meets Sin City. The film is based on the novel by Danny White, a Nashville music producer and rock and roll historian.



“I’ve been attached to this project for over six years now and through many drafts of the script so it’s really exciting to finally get this movie made!” said Bee. “We’re trying to be as grassroots and ‘indie' as possible. The hope is that it will be a film BY fans, FOR fans and a real love letter to Classic Rock & Roll and Hot Rods and serve as this generation’s ‘American Graffiti’ with a modern Graphic Novel look!”



Funds being raised for The Last Rock and Roll Show film’s pre-production will go towards hiring a casting director, music supervisor, special effects house and a graphic artist to bring Guys’ unique vision to life. The fundraising campaign will run until September 23, 2015.

The perks available throughout the campaign at Indiegogo currently include:


Chance to show off your vehicle on Stacey David’s GearZ® show.
Hand crafted Doheny Reefmaster guitars by Master Luthier, Kevin Hefferman.
Custom Doheny Del Toro Guitar, uniquely designed to capture the authentic Southern California Hot Rod culture of the 1950’s.
Your pre-1959 automobile featured in the film, part of cinematic history.
A private tour for you and three guests by Stacey David at the Gearz Garage.
A nonspeaking role in the film with special thanks credit.
Film set V.I.P. all access guest-pass to mingle with cast and crew.
For more information about the film’s campaign, visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-last-rock-and-roll-show/



ABOUT GUY NORMAN BEE (DIRECTOR)


Guy Norman Bee has become one of the most sought after directors in Hollywood. His television directing credits include: ER, Third Watch, Las Vegas, Veronica Mars, Supernatural, Jericho, Criminal Minds, Kyle XY, Knight Rider, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Arrow, Revolution, Southland, The Witches of East End, iZombie, The Messengers and many more. Prior to making the jump to director, Guy worked consistently for 12 years as a Steadicam/Camera operator honing his skills on such monster feature films as: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Bowfinger, Deep Impact, Titanic, Crazy in Alabama, The Peacemaker and more. When not behind the camera, Guy enjoys playing guitar and driving his 1969 Dodge SuperBee and his Tesla. http://guybee.com


ABOUT DANNY WHITE (WRITER)

Danny White has always found a common thread between his work and his passions. A musician who’s worked with the likes of Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Alice Cooper, Nils Lofgren and many more, White is also an avid hot rod enthusiast. So it is completely understandable that his book, The Last Rock & Roll Show, would blend elements from both worlds. White began playing music in clubs in Southern Indiana and Northern Kentucky when he was just 16. After working as a touring musician for years, White eventually opened a top-shelf recording studio on Nashville’s famed Music Row, 16 Ton, where many top artists now call their recording home. http://www.thelastrockandrollshow.com


ABOUT STACEY DAVID (CO-WRITER)

Stacey David is the person that every car guy wants in the garage to help on their project. With decades of working in shops, over 15 years on national television, and two hit TV shows to his credit, Stacey has been showing people how to build cool cars and trucks for a long time. His mechanical abilities and fabrication skills have made him one of the most trusted and respected custom car builders in the world today. His incredible work and positive influence have earned him many awards and accolades from the automotive industry, and his wild, trend-setting custom vehicles like Copperhead, The V8 Interceptor, and Sgt. Rock have inspired legions of gearheads all across the nation to “get out there and build something”.

Also an accomplished musician, Stacey made a living for many years playing guitar professionally giving him first-hand experience with the unique connection between Cars and Guitars. Because of this, most of Stacey’s custom vehicles also feature a custom guitar from companies like Gibson, Fender, PRS, and McPherson. https://www.staceydavid.com



ABOUT INDIEGOGO

Indiegogo is a way for people all over the world to join forces to make ideas happen. Since 2008, millions of contributors have empowered hundreds of thousands of inventors, musicians, do-gooders, filmmakers—and other game-changers—to bring big dreams to life. http://www.indiegogo.com