Monday, May 11, 2015

More HILLBILLY HORROR scaring up on online and on DVD


Hit horror series features film stars Rachel Faulkner (Ride Along 2) and Bo Keister (The Cabining)


The fourth volume of popular horror-comedy series HILLBILLY HORROR SHOW is now available to stream online. For just 99 cents, catch some terrific horror shorts, laugh at the antics of Lulu (Rachel Faulkner, Ride Along 2), Bo (Bo Keister, The Cabining), and Cephus (Scott Geiter), and find out what Kim Jung Un has to do with all of it.


HILLBILLY HORROR SHOW helps promote upcoming talent by packing together an hour’s worth of brilliant short horror films from some of today’s most gifted filmmakers. In between each short, there’s some hilarious banter between the show’s oddball redneck hosts.



We’re up to 4 volumes and each new episode seems to be better than the one before” Keister said in a recent interview. “As long as our audience likes what we’re doing, we’re going to keep going.”


Volume 4 begins in a strange way with STRANGE THING...keep those doors closed! Next, Bo & Cephus take a hilarious, horror-filled romp into the not-so-blissful side of marriage with 'TIL DEATH. After that, we've got a deliciously horrific feast with FOODIE, and round things out hanging the curves in THE HOURGLASS FIGURE. Be sure to stick around to the end for a surprise bonus short, COLLISION!


Here's a sneak peek for your readers of Volume 4:



Kim Jung Un Appearance 






Bama Ice Fishin'





You can rent volume 4 here now



Purists who like something physical to hold in their hands might want to get their hands on the new HILLBILLY HORROR SHOW : VOLUME 2 DVD, which you can pick up here. Volume 2 keeps this horror anthology series rolling, starting with the darkly hilarious short, HELP WANTED, which is guaranteed to make you rethink searching for a new job. Next up, we explore the war between vampires and angels in the slick action-horror flick, BLOODTRAFICK (Winner - Best Actress, Grace Huang - HollyShorts Film Festival). For the third short, we find a ghostly, modern day western called THE DEED. Look close, because that cowboy seems awful familiar. Finally, Volume 2 caps off with the chilling horror-fantasy, ROSE WHITE.



HILLBILLY HORROR SHOW has been such a success that the producers have reunited for a new film project to star Keister and Faulkner called FINDING WALDO. Also starring Richard Riehle and Tom Proctor, the road-trip comedy is using IndieGoGo to secure its finance. You can get involved by clicking here.








Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Black Sails' Zach McGowan in the award-winning SNAPSHOT on DVD May 1




Zach McGowan (Shameless, Black Sails) leads the cast of the confrontational new thriller Snapshot, on DVD and May 19 from Osiris Entertainment.


Robert Loggia (Prizzi’s Honor, Scarface), Angela Little (American Pie Presents: Band Camp), Joyce DeWitt (Three’s Company), Michael Pare (Eddie and the Cruisers), Martin Kove (The Karate Kid), Angela Gots (Dark House), Deirdre Lorenz (Santorini Blue) and David Chokachi (Witchblade) co-star in the Manhattan Film Festival winner from director Eric Estebari. 

Thomas Grady (Zach McGowan), former paparazzi, inadvertently captures a scandalous, revealing shot of one of the world's most prominent and beloved figures - the First Lady (Joyce DeWitt). What ensues is a terrific conflict of morals, love and money, while examining the fine line between an individual's right to privacy and the public's right to know. 



SNAPSHOT draws a parallel between the damage that can be inflicted by shooting someone with a camera instead of a gun. Possession of this photo forces Thomas to deal with ethical struggles and to confront the love of his life (Angela Gots), his brother (David Chokachi) and his father (Robert Loggia) as this photo puts the true nature of their relationships to a test, while an underlying life threatening danger exists, with an ending you would not expect. How far would you go to protect your privacy?


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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cannes: Wonderphil acquires Josh Meyers comedy, family film Gibby; and more!



Los Angeles, California: Ahead of Cannes, Wonderphil Entertainment has announced the acquisition of a range of high-profile titles they’ll be representing in France - including family comedy Gibby, starring Crystal the Monkey and Sean Patrick Flanery, and Josh Meyers comedy Last Supper.


Company has also acquired revenge thriller Branded, starring brothers Jeremy London (Mallrats) and Jason London (Dazed & Confused), for US release this year. Film tells of a young man, living in exile for the killing of his brother. Then one day he receives a mysterious letter that claims to be from the late sibling, and sets off on a journey to discover the truth.  

Last Supper stars Meyers, Penny Marshall, and Eddie Griffin, and tells of two lunatics that escape from a mental institution and document their quest to find a princess.

Gibby, starring Flanery, Shannon Elizabeth, and Vivica. A.Fox, fixes on a teenager’s friendship with a Capuchin monkey (played by Crystal from The Hangover Part 2 and the Night at the Museum trilogy).  Two sequels are already in development.

US Release dates to be announced.

Shingle, led by independent filmmaker Phil Gorn, has also acquired drama Curveball,a sports drama starring acclaimed actress Lynn Whitfield, about the star pitcher of a  high school baseball team who makes one wrong decision which quickly curveballs into a life of unexpected mayhem.

Wonderphil’s recent crop of releases include Sex, Marriage and Infidelity and Richard: The Lionheart starring Malcolm McDowell.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

James Cullen Bressack’s Pernicious headed to cinemas and VOD June 19


Benetone Films releases Pernicious, the new film from James Cullen Bressack, June 19 in theatres and On Demand.


Pernicious, starring Emmy-nominated Emily O’Brien (Young and the Restless), Ciara Hanna (Power Rangers) and Jackie Moore (100 Ghost Street), is “a carnival for the eyes” (Dread Central) and “sexy, bloody, and heinous” (Horror News). The movie tells of three young girls, holidaying in Thailand, who unleash the spirit of a murdered child with only one thing on her mind - revenge. 


Film is written by Bressack and Taryn Hillin.


Producers are Rachvin Narula, Kulthep Narula, and Daemon Hillin, with Rajpal Narula, Deepak Simhal, Ajay Vasu, Farid Khan, and Albert Sandoval as executive producers.








Tuesday, April 21, 2015

MAKE CONTACT WITH THE ENCOUNTER JUNE 2



The Encounter, from director Robert Conway, makes contact with DVD and VOD this June.


A camping trip goes horribly wrong in the supernatural thriller starring Clint James and Megan Drust, out June 2 from Uncork’d Entertainment.


Things start out normal when Colin Bastrow is camping with his wife and friends but an inexplicable event occurs resulting in Colin being found naked and cold in the forest the next day with no sign of his wife and friends. Colin can’t recount these events initially but they come back to him over time in shocking fashion. Can he remember before the same happens to others?


The Encounter out June 2 from Uncork’d Entertainment.


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

TRACEY BIRDSALL TO RECEIVE INDEPENDENT TRAILBLAZER AWARD



Temecula, California – Out of the vineyards and rolling vistas, the Temecula Independent Film Festival will present over 50 independent films from across the world and the US selected by a filmmaker panel.


Each year the festival selects an up-and-coming filmmaker to receive the Independent Trailblazer Award for pioneering in independent film. This year's honoree is Tracey Birdsall. As an accomplished independent actor, producer, and vocalist, Tracey has been a pathfinder on all frontiers of independent filmmaking.


After sizzling the screen in "Tick Tock", a dark romantic thriller she produced, wrote, and starred in, Tracey received rave reviews, accolades and numerous top awards on the festival circuit. "Tick Tock" was hailed by acclaimed critic Paul Pritchard (of Pulpmovies.com) as "one of the most memorable independent films of 2010". Releasing this year, Tracey showed her hilarious side in "Going Very Badly" as a trophy wife with a lustful appetite. In the up-coming "Dawn of the Crescent Moon" the role "Tracey" was specifically written with casting her in mind. Tracey currently has two films in production, including “Robot Fighter” – which she also produced – and the comedy “Who’s Jenna Jameson?”, and five to be released this year.


Tracey will be Guest of Honor at the Temecula Independent Film Festival's Opening Night Gala on June 10, 7-9 pm tickets and information: www.tiFilmFest.org.


The Festival is still accepting Film Entries and Poster Contest Entries until May 4th, 2015. Details can also be found at: www.tiFilmFest.org


The Temecula Independent Film Festival is a non-profit corporation dedicated to fostering and recognizing independent filmmakers. Organizers understand the special challenges of independent filmmaking and seek to recognize and support these resourceful artists.



Award-winning independent filmmaker, Gary Vinant-Tang is festival founder and director. A festival veteran, he understands the importance for filmmakers to network and help each other. Gary is also a long-time Temecula resident raising four children there and has always wanted to bring the film festival experience to the community.




Thursday, April 9, 2015

Shaun Mazoka Talks Cooked - This Webseries Is Heating Up!








Actor Shaun Mazoka took time to chat with us about his new webseries "Cooked". The web series had a Kickstarter launch this week and things are really heating up!


What can you tell us about your character in "COOKED" and his relationship to the other characters?


I play the character Dave Mason. Dave is one of the line cooks at the Dominion House restaurant. He works with his best friends, Patrick (Brent Bondy), Pope (Joel Bishop), and Duey (Paul Doman) - The relationship between these characters is evident throughout the series as each character deals with various challenges in their respective lives, but I believe the writers are really itching to explore the roots of their relationships - specifically how they met as kids and how each character has grown and changed since kindergarten!

Aside from childhood friends, the relationships between Dave and other coworkers at the Dominion House are explored as well as relationships between Dave and his immediate family, specifically his mother, “Mrs. M” played by the fun-loving Lisa Lorteau, and his grandfather, played by Eugene Santini.

The cool thing about “Cooked” is that most of the characters have their own moments in the show where relationships between them are hinted at, foreshadowed, referenced, etc. You get a cool perspective of how a lot of people in the show interact with a lot of other people in the show. It’s a very inviting universe.





What's it like filming on location in The Dominion House?

I personally love filming at the Dominion House because it’s at the point where I know most of the people that work there by their first names, and they know me by mine. It’s a friendly place, and everyone there - both employees and patrons - are very supportive of the show and our work as artists. The food is great too. I’ve become a pretty “selective” eater and there’s always something new to explore on the menu. The drinks are poured pretty nicely as well

Always great live entertainment to enjoy there, and in the summer the patio is really cool - it’s almost like a secret little backyard deck with a sand volleyball court. There’s lots of action and everyone is always having fun.

I’ve also been hearing more and more stories about people that have nothing to do with the show - about the upstairs part of the Dominion House and how it’s really “creepy” and “spooky” up there. I’ve even heard people use the word “haunted!” I have yet to experience any phenomenon, but I’ve heard it from several people and it is over 130 years old. So, who knows!?





Do you feel that adds a layer to the series that makes it more special?

I really do! I think it’s the people that become involved in one way or another, both patrons and employees, help us out so much that it makes the project that much more special, because there’s more love going into it. All you need is Love baby.


                            



What's the most challenging aspect of working on this project?

Coordinating schedules with everyone in order to shoot scenes and coordinating schedules and locations. That was our biggest setback and it is a huge reason we are hoping to have some huge support from fans backing us with our Kickstarter program. Having the funds to keep actors, crew, and locations people in the budget would help us produce our content in smooth, time-efficient manner. It would also help improve the quality of our work which benefits the audience as well!




A Kickstarter is underway for “COOKED,” what can you tell us about the campaign? (Perks, possible surprises from cast etc.)


The campaign’s main goal is to help us finish what we have already filmed. What I mean by “finish” is a majority of post-production activities such as, but not limited to:

- editing

- colour correction

- audio mastering (I don’t know if that’s the term, I’m not an expert. Ian McClaughlin is probably laughing his ass off as he reads this)

- soundtrack and music

- effects

- marketing


There are a lot of things involved in putting a bunch of filmed material and audio recordings together to create a hilarious 20 minute episode of “Cooked,” this campaign is helping us accomplish that.


The goal is $25,000, but anything after that would only go into helping us make more content - shoot more episodes and pump out more for the audience to take in and enjoy. Our campaign is in full swing at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2113242610/cooked


Perks are pretty cool - As I mentioned before, we have a very inviting universe, and we invite you to become an even bigger part of our universe the more you are able to donate. We had a lot of people become a part of our universe by donating time. Countless hours of many people’s valuable time has been donated to create our project. Now we need some financial help, and anyone that can help us is invited into our universe. I wish we could have everyone join us - but at this point we are limited to those who can donate a lot, and once we pass this small bump in the path of our universe-then we can invite everyone because we will have a way to get our episodes out for all to see and be a part of! Never underestimate the power of Kickstarter, even if someone can only afford to pledge $5. It all adds up and because Kickstarter is “all or nothing,” we have to work hard to get to our $25,000 goal. After the end of day two, we were at $1441.00 and I want to help keep that going

Our cast is pretty dedicated, so anyone who wants to meet or interact with any of our cast members should look into those Perks listed on the Kickstarter page!



We understand there are four episodes already in the can, how does the Kickstarter influence future episodes?

As aforementioned - the Kickstarter’s main goal is to complete the episodes we already have in the can. The goal is $25,000. If we can meet and exceed that, every extra dollar will be going into making more content and continuing on with “Cooked.”



Ultimately what would like to have happen to you character and the show?


Well, I don’t want to give away anything that is already happening with my character, or anything that will eventually happen with him - but in a perfect dream world I’d like to see my character in a romantic relationship with a supermodel after learning he has super powers and gaining the inner confidence he needed to become a balanced individual. He goes on to destroy the Dominion House (With NO casualties) in a harsh battle with a creature that grew from the radiation poisoning in the Detroit River. After the long battle, and the destruction of the Dominion House, Dave starts an awesome Kickstarter campaign with his best friends and fellow employees and super hot supermodel girlfriend and they use the money to rebuild the Dominion House so that everyone can go and enjoy it and continue to have all the fun and interact with all the ghosts that they used to before the original was destroyed. Now THAT would be cool.