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PALADIN and GREAT POINT MEDIA Present

 W E I G H T L E S S

  A FILM BY JARON ALBERTIN

 

From the writings of Enda Walsh (Once, Hunger) & Jaron Albertin

Cast: Alessandro Nivola, Julianne Nicholson, Johnny Knoxville and Eli Haley

Produced: Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker, The Immigrant)

 

Opening theatrically in New York (Village East) and Los Angeles (Arena Cinelounge Sunset ) on Friday, November 9

 

Alessandro Nivola, Julianne Nicholson, and Johnny Knoxville star in this haunting drama of a man, living on the margins of society, who suddenly finds himself responsible for a ten year-old son whom he hasn’t seen since infancy.  An alienated loner who can barely take care of himself, he struggles to forge a relationship with this lonely, at-risk child.

Canadian director Jaron Albertin is a celebrated talent in the video and commercial world. In 2015, year he won the most prestigious award for advertising, the Palm d’Or at Cannes for his directorial work on Under Armour’sI Will What I Want campaign with Gisele Bündchen. His other numerous accolades include a Bronze Cannes Lion and additional Cannes Lion Shortlist, a prestigious D&AD Yellow Pencil (and additional Pencil nomination), Gold and Bronze Clio Awards, an AICP Award, and the PLUG Award for Music Video of the Year.

Weightless, co-written by BAFTA and Tony winning writer/playwright Enda Walsh (OnceHunger) is his feature film directorial debut.

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AFM Announces New Buyers Set for 2018 https://filmsnobbery.com/afm-announces-new-buyers-set-for-2018/ https://filmsnobbery.com/afm-announces-new-buyers-set-for-2018/#respond Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:37:35 +0000 https://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19962 70+ BUYING COMPANIES FROM 28 COUNTRIES NEW TO 2018 AMERICAN FILM MARKET® Official Artwork for 39th AFM Revealed   Los Angeles, CA – October 16, 2018 – The 39th American Film Market® (AFM®), set for October 31-November 7 in Santa Monica, announced today that more than 70 companies from 28 countries will be attending AFM for the […]

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70+ BUYING COMPANIES FROM 28 COUNTRIES NEW TO 2018 AMERICAN FILM MARKET®

Official Artwork for 39th AFM Revealed

 

Los Angeles, CA – October 16, 2018 – The 39th American Film Market® (AFM®), set for October 31-November 7 in Santa Monica, announced today that more than 70 companies from 28 countries will be attending AFM for the first time as buyers. These companies hail from 28 countries, with the largest numbers coming from the United States with 19 companies; nine from China; four from both Italy and South Korea; three from countries that include Canada, Germany, Spain, Taiwan, and Vietnam; and two apiece from Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

A sampling of the new buying companies for this year includes:  Blue Finch Film Releasing, DREAMAX MEDIA, Eagle Communication Co., Ltd., DYNIT, Elevation Pictures, High Octane Pictures, Indie Rights, Mango Films Vietnam, Sun Film Group, Tangren Cultural Film Group, Times Film Group, LLC, Vudu, Weltkino Filmverleih GmbH, and Youplanet Pictures.

Jonathan Wolf, AFM Managing Director commented, “Every year new distribution companies and platforms are launched, connecting independent films with audiences throughout the world.  We look forward to welcoming all to their first AFM.”

 

About the American Film Market®

The American Film Market (AFM®) is the world’s largest motion picture business event. Over 7,000 industry leaders from more than 80 countries converge in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making, screenings, conferences, networking and parties. Participants include acquisition and development executives, agents, attorneys, directors, distributors, festival directors, financiers, film commissioners, producers, writers, the world’s press and all those who provide services to the motion picture industry.

Unlike a film festival, the AFM is a marketplace – with over 200,000 square feet of exhibition space – where production and distribution deals are closed. In just eight days, more than US$1 billion in deals will be sealed – on both completed films and those in every stage of development and production.

Participants may view more than 500 screenings of 300+ films – 29 new films every two hours – the majority world or U.S. premieres. Titles range from big budget blockbusters that will be released by the major studios to lower budget art and genre films recognized at international film festivals.

 

About the Independent Film & Television Alliance®

The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA®) is the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television programming industry.  Headquartered in Los Angeles, IFTA represents and provides significant entertainment industry services to more than 140 Member companies in 22 countries, consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, and financial institutions engaged in production finance.  Collectively, IFTA Members produce more than 400 independent films and countless hours of television programming each year, generating more than $4.5 billion in distribution revenues annually.  For more information on IFTA, please visit www.IFTA-online.org.

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AMERICAN MIRROR WITH SUSAN SARANDON TO WORLD PREMIERE AT DOC LA https://filmsnobbery.com/american-mirror-with-susan-sarandon-to-world-premiere-at-doc-la/ https://filmsnobbery.com/american-mirror-with-susan-sarandon-to-world-premiere-at-doc-la/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 23:36:59 +0000 https://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19956 Emilio Rivera to be honored with 2018 DOC LA Storyteller Award — Docs with Werner Herzog, Usher, Jim Jarmusch, Lance Bass & Gus Van Sant to premiere —   LOS ANGELES, CA (October 12) – 2018 DOC LA will open with the world premiere of “The Ravenite” with Jim Jarmusch, a documentary by  Dennis Mohr and Morgan Schmidt-Feng about mobster John Gotti’s […]

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Emilio Rivera to be honored with 2018 DOC LA Storyteller Award
— Docs with Werner Herzog, Usher, Jim Jarmusch, Lance Bass & Gus Van Sant to premiere —  

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 12) – 2018 DOC LA will open with the world premiere of “The Ravenite” with Jim Jarmusch, a documentary by  Dennis Mohr and Morgan Schmidt-Feng about mobster John Gotti’s famed club in New York. The opening night on October 18th will conclude with the LA Premiere of Steve Wystrach’s “Manry at Sea” about a happily married middle aged newspaperman Robert Manry who secretly and alone crossed the Atlantic from US to England in a tiny 13 foot boat in 1965.

“Guilty Until Proven Guilty” featuring Usher, directed by Harry Moses and scored by Grammy-winning composer Terence Blanchard, exposes Louisiana’s criminal justice system through the story of Tim Conerly, a young African-American man who was imprisoned for a crime he says he did not commit. After two years in jail, Conerly must choose between accepting a plea bargain of seven years or risking a sentence of 49  to 198 years if he is convicted at trial. The film will co-World Premiere at DOC LA  with the LA premiere of an Irina Patkanian’s animated doc “Little Fiel” about Mozambican artist who makes art of decommissioned guns donated by the public in exchange for food.

Oscar-winning screen icon Susan Sarandon and painter Tigran Tsitoghdzyan discuss how the apparently in conflict values of beauty and aging are perceived in our modern society dominated by social media, as he paints her portrait in “American Mirror” by Arthur Balder. The film will world premiere and close DOC LA with the world premiere of David Trevino’s “Soul of Lincoln Heights” about a drive-by shooting tragedy that devastated one Latino family in LA and how a 14-year-old boy brought back smiles into their lives. The doc is narrated by Emilio Rivera, who will be honored with the 2018 DOC LA Storyteller Award.

The shocking investigative documentary “The Guardians” by Billie Mintz exposes a corrupt system of the guardianship industry, focusing on the retired couple Rudy and Rennie North who were kidnapped from their home in Las Vegas and drugged by a state-appointed guardian who took control of their life savings and freedom. As an unprecedented portion of the population is about to become senior citizens, the perils of such government programs are brought into sharp focus in this unsettling cautionary tale. (LA premiere).

The Icelandic environmental doc “UseLess” by female directing duo Rakel Gardarsdottir and Augusta Olafsdottir addresses the seldom discussed impact of the fashion industry on global warming. “The world’s population currently consumes 80 billion garments of clothing every year with devastating consequences to the planet. The doc, that also covers food waste which can feed 3 billion people, will have it’s US premiere.

DOC LA will pay tribute to Werner Herzog with the LA premiere of “Ballad of a Righteous Merchant” a rare intimate glimpse at the master at work by his longtime friend Herbert Golder. Golder co wrote Herzog’s Golden Lion nominated “My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done” and filmed Herzog during the making of the film which stars Willem Dafoe, Michael Shannon and Chloe Sevigny.  Unlike other documentaries, this film shows a side of Herzog known only to his friends and close collaborators, and it manages to explore some of the most abiding and deepest themes of Herzog’s films.

Children of the Snow Land” is about 3 teenagers in Nepal who were left as young kids at a boarding school and have not seen their poor parents in 12 years. Now they must climb back to the world’s highest villages where they were born and find their families. It’s a unique coming of age story set in an epic landscape that depicts the sacrifice poor villages must often make to give their children a chance a better life. Directed by Zara Balfour and Marcus Stephenson, the film will have its North American premiere on October 21.

Carolann Stoney’s and W. Alexander Jones’ “Thank you for Supporting the Arts” is about a stripper-rocker-writer named Viva Las Vegas, a daughter of a Lutheran minister, and her lifelong battle against cultural expectations. Viva celebrates the female form and commands respect for women whose careers depend on their bodies. A breast cancer diagnosis and double mastectomy do not dampen her missionary zeal and she continues to dance, scars and all, reminding that art is everywhere and everything. The film featuring Gus Van Sant will have its LA premiere with an animated doc about Frank Zappa and Gabor Csupo by Patrick Waldrop.

The incredible success story of Mississippi based Clinton high school’s journey in creating and sustaining the number one show choir in the world for the past 36 years is depicted in first time filmmaker Melissa Pace Overholt’s “Attache”The film featuring Lance Bass of NSYNC will have its West Coast Premiere on October 20th.

Other standouts include Dane Christensen’s “Faithful” about a mormon gay couple stuck between love and religion, Gustav Ahlgren’s 8mm Swedish doc about domestic abuse “Before I Jump”, experimental black and white docs “Mitzvot” by Bader AlAwadhi, “City of Dreams” by S1ree1, “Gods from Space” by Annalise Pasztor, “Pain is Mine” by Farshid Akhlaghi, “The Muay Thai Kid” by Andy Schlachtenhaufen, “The End of Weed” by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Joshua Gray, “Baby You’re Like a Drug” by Joshua Butler, starring Joshua Jackson, Meghan Flather and rock band MENEW, and the genre defying Storytella section with “Diwa” by Aina Dumlao and Bru Muller, “The Lost Footage of Leah Sullivan” by Burt Grinstead, “Ingest” by Ankur Malhotra, “Twice Upon a Time” by Vojin Vasovic and “Rockstar” by Tane McClure.

DOC LA, presented by Parajanov-Vartanov Institute, runs 18-21 October 2018 at Chaplin/Fairbanks/Pickford theaters at Raleigh Studios: 5300 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Limited Free standby passes or $10 tickets are available at www.docla.org

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Lightning International acquires international distribution rights to ‘Eullenia’ https://filmsnobbery.com/lightning-international-acquires-international-distribution-rights-to-eullenia/ https://filmsnobbery.com/lightning-international-acquires-international-distribution-rights-to-eullenia/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:42:34 +0000 https://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19953 Thailand’s first international English-language TV series to launch at MIPCOM   15th October 2018, Cannes/Hong Kong/Bangkok: Lightning International today announces their agreement with Commercial Films Siam to become the exclusive distributor (except China) for Thailand’s first English-language TV series. ‘Eullenia’ from Commercial Films Siam is a psychological thriller tackling timely issues of wealth, power, and abuse […]

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Thailand’s first international English-language TV series to launch at MIPCOM

 

15th October 2018, Cannes/Hong Kong/Bangkok: Lightning International today announces their agreement with Commercial Films Siam to become the exclusive distributor (except China) for Thailand’s first English-language TV series. ‘Eullenia’ from Commercial Films Siam is a psychological thriller tackling timely issues of wealth, power, and abuse in developing countries.

Alec Newman (‘Strike Back’, ‘Dune’, ‘Children of Dune’) stars as Marcus Hammond, a tycoon banker who establishes a financial base in Asia, but whose financial prowess hides a dark purpose. Co-starring is Vithaya Pansringarm, Thailand’s most famous actor (‘The Meg’, ‘Only God Forgives’ ‘The Hangover II’)

‘Eullenia’ premiered at SeriesFest in Denver, and has since won a number of international festival awards.

James Ross, CEO of Lightning International, said,“’Eullenia’ is a great example of the skills and talents that have developed in Asia, and marks the first time that a series from Thailand has been produced in English language for the international market.”

Director Paul Spurrier (P, The Forest) said, “There is a global hunger for television drama that tackles contemporary issues, and Thailand provided a rich environment in which to set a story that is exotic and exciting while at the same time exposing the dark truth of international power.”

LIGHTNING INTERNATIONAL will represent EULLENIA (6 x 60’) at MIPCOM Stand P3.B16

 

About Eullenia:

We’ve probably all wondered what special ambition, ruthlessness and dedication motivates the super-rich. Marcus Hammond’s absolute desire for control, power and domination has raised him to become the head of a multi-billion finance company, EULLENIA. But it has also created a monster, who sees human life as just another commodity to be traded. ‘Eullenia’ reveals the rise of his empire, and his personal descent into the depths of evil. His unstoppable power is beyond the control of law and authority. But one innocent girl threatens to destroy him.

About Lightning International:

LIGHTNING INTERNATIONAL is a TV channel, programme and format distributor headquartered in Hong Kong, with offices in London, Sydney and Tokyo. The company currently represents content from around the world including Rannoch (Canada), Bravevision (Australia) HJ Production (Indonesia), Phoenix (UK), RTHK (Hong Kong), TRACE (France), Creative Media Partners (UK), Lagardere (France), The Group Entertainment (Singapore), Cinevision Global (U.S), Shanghai Media Group (China), and others.

About Commercial Films Siam:

COMMERCIAL FILMS SIAM was established by British-born filmmaker Paul Spurrier to develop film and television productions in South East Asia. Its previous productions ‘P’ and ‘The Forest’ have gained international festival success and worldwide distribution. ‘Eullenia’ was created through partnership with US producer David Cluck, and from Executive Vice President of Warner Bros, Jeffrey Calman.

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Pappy’s World https://filmsnobbery.com/pappys-world/ https://filmsnobbery.com/pappys-world/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:31:53 +0000 https://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19950 Pappy’s World follows a sinister doll intent on stalking down a war veteran. A young girl discovers Pappy at the very top of the Christmas gift pile, but when she unwraps his box she unleashes a doll bent on destruction and pain. I still feel a little unnerved by this film. Pappy is indeed a […]

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Pappy’s World follows a sinister doll intent on stalking down a war veteran. A young girl discovers Pappy at the very top of the Christmas gift pile, but when she unwraps his box she unleashes a doll bent on destruction and pain.

I still feel a little unnerved by this film. Pappy is indeed a creepy and sinister character, and his behavior during the film ensures you won’t look at other dolls in the same way again. Set during the Christmas season, with flashbacks and disturbing behavior from the doll, Pappy’s World seems to reach into the darkness and present you with a spine-chilling tale.

I think the direction and style of this movie are fantastic, and it produces a really sleek finish from beginning to end. The music within the movie offers a creepy and relentless vibe, and I certainly felt uncomfortable as I watched Pappy hunt down his prey.

The performances were quite cheesy and in keeping with regular horror movies, but the dialogue felt lacking somewhat. I wasn’t really sure what the overall point was during the story, and the final word from the girl/Pappy was lost on me, possibly because of the editing process.

I think the effects, puppetry, and overall finish are extremely professional, especially for a low budget film. The horror side of the movie certainly left me feeling uncomfortable, but I didn’t gain much comedy from it. It felt almost… sinister in its message and attempt at humor.

Overall I felt unnerved by this short film and I think that’s exactly what it intends to do.

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ReRun Trailer https://filmsnobbery.com/rerun-trailer/ https://filmsnobbery.com/rerun-trailer/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:26:14 +0000 https://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19947 ReRun, a new feature film directed by Alyssa Rallo Bennett   and written by    Gary O. Bennett of    Stonestreet Studios, which premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival.       In a modern-day twist on ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, George Benson, played by Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit)    is haunted by tragedy, […]

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ReRun, a new feature film directed by Alyssa Rallo Bennett   and written by    Gary O. Bennett of    Stonestreet Studios, which premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival.

     

In a modern-day twist on ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, George Benson, played by Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit)    is haunted by tragedy, the loss of Violet, the ‘wayward girl’ who he had a soft heart for, due to an accident he may have been able to prevent.  Humoring what he thinks is the youthful imagination of his grandson, George stumbles into an invisible portal hiding in his closet. Falling ‘to the other side’ into his younger body, he is able to face his conflicts and troubles with new light along with a temptation to try to change the past or possibly re-envision it.

     

ReRUN, marks the Bennetts third feature film collaboration.  The Pack , which they co-wrote and was directed by Alyssa, was accepted into the Tribeca Film Festival and a dozen other film festivals, winning multiple awards, it was released theatrically in NY & LA and distributed by FilmRise.  The Bennetts first collaboration,   Rain Without Thunder, and has become a cult classic. The film stars Jeff Daniels, Linda Hunt, Betty Buckley, Frederick Forrest, Graham Greene, Ming Na Wen, Austin Pendleton, and Steve Zahn. Rain was theatrically released and distributed by Orion Classics, featured in over a dozen major international film festivals from the Berlin Film Festival to the Toronto International Film Festival and now available on Amazon Prime.

     

As a writer/director team, the Bennetts just completed a new pilot Leading Story and are in development with the new pilot  DOT, an anthology series about women’s rights in 50 states that Danny Ramirez (Assassination Nation, Top Gun: Maverick) & Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth) will star in. Many of their shorts have been featured in festivals and distributed by HG Distribution and ShortsHD.  

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FilmSnobbery Podcast – Episode 4 https://filmsnobbery.com/filmsnobbery-podcast-episode-4/ https://filmsnobbery.com/filmsnobbery-podcast-episode-4/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 07:45:09 +0000 https://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19943   Co-Host Devin Watson returns for another epic episode of The FilmSnobbery Podcast.  We get a little political in this show as we chat about how the current economic and political climate affect the flow of funding into independent film.  We also go a little mainstream chatting about the firing of Marvel director James Gunn […]

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Co-Host Devin Watson returns for another epic episode of The FilmSnobbery Podcast.  We get a little political in this show as we chat about how the current economic and political climate affect the flow of funding into independent film.  We also go a little mainstream chatting about the firing of Marvel director James Gunn and their recent firing of writer Chuck Wendig, and the potential effects of policing by “feeling”.  Tune in every Monday for a new episode of our show!

 

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At Your Own Risk Trailer https://filmsnobbery.com/at-your-own-risk-trailer/ https://filmsnobbery.com/at-your-own-risk-trailer/#respond Mon, 08 Oct 2018 12:09:37 +0000 https://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19936 AT YOUR OWN RISK – feature film Independent/Psychological Thriller Now available for Pre-Order and releasing exclusively on iTunes, October 9th, 2018.  Starring Alexandra Boylan, Helenna Santos and Jeff Schroeder.  Directed by John KD Graham.  Cinematography byRick Galli.  Written by Andrew Boylan.  Edited by Lex Benedict, Longlost Pictures.  Score by Sean Barrett. Pre-Order on iTunes NOW […]

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AT YOUR OWN RISK – feature film Independent/Psychological Thriller Now available for Pre-Order and releasing exclusively on iTunes, October 9th, 2018.  Starring Alexandra Boylan, Helenna Santos and Jeff Schroeder.  Directed by John KD Graham.  Cinematography byRick Galli.  Written by Andrew Boylan.  Edited by Lex Benedict, Longlost Pictures.  Score by Sean Barrett.

Pre-Order on iTunes NOW at http://tinyurl.com/AtYourOwnRiskiTunes

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FilmSnobbery Podcast – Episode 3 https://filmsnobbery.com/filmsnobbery-podcast-episode-3/ https://filmsnobbery.com/filmsnobbery-podcast-episode-3/#respond Mon, 08 Oct 2018 11:01:52 +0000 https://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19928 This week our co-host Devin Watson was away so we brought in a guest, Helenna Santos, to talk about her new film “At Your Own Risk”.  We also talk about work/life balance in the industry and the advantages of working in, and sometimes out of, Los Angeles. About Helenna Santos – Helenna Santos is an actor, writer, producer […]

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This week our co-host Devin Watson was away so we brought in a guest, Helenna Santos, to talk about her new film “At Your Own Risk”.  We also talk about work/life balance in the industry and the advantages of working in, and sometimes out of, Los Angeles.
About Helenna Santos –
Helenna Santos is an actor, writer, producer and founder of Ms. In The Biz. Her latest project, the feature film “At Your Own Risk” is now available on iTunes and also via atyourownriskmovie.com.  To learn more about how this micro-budget movie was shot with primarily only four people deep in the New Mexico desert, visit the website for filmmaker bundles that include a behind the scenes video and commentary. Find Helenna on Instagram and Twitter at “@helennamsantos“.

 

Links:
Pre-Order “At Your Own Risk” on iTunes today at http://tinyurl.com/AtYourOwnRiskiTunes
“At Your Own Risk” – feature film Independent/Psychological Thriller Now available for Pre-Order and releasing exclusively on iTunes, October 9th, 2018 Starring Alexandra Boylan @Helenna Santos and Jeff Schroeder Directed by John KD Graham Cinematography byRick Galli Written by Andrew Boylan Edited by Lex Benedict, Longlost Pictures Score by Sean Barrett

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Occult Feature “Soul To Keep” Announces World Premiere at Shriekfest https://filmsnobbery.com/occult-feature-soul-to-keep-announces-world-premiere-at-shriekfest/ https://filmsnobbery.com/occult-feature-soul-to-keep-announces-world-premiere-at-shriekfest/#respond Sun, 07 Oct 2018 08:57:54 +0000 https://filmsnobbery.com/?p=19924 *** First ever open-captioned film presented at the festival ***   (Hollywood, CA) – October 5th, 2018. The anticipated supernatural horror film Soul To Keep, co-directed by David Allensworth and Monière, will have its world premiere at Shriekfest on Saturday October 6th in Hollywood. The Cast and Crew will be in attendance.   Shriekfest Film Festival Saturday, October 6th • 10:00pm Raleigh […]

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*** First ever open-captioned film presented at the festival ***

 

(Hollywood, CA) – October 5th, 2018. The anticipated supernatural horror film Soul To Keep, co-directed by David Allensworth and Monière, will have its world premiere at Shriekfest on Saturday October 6th in Hollywood. The Cast and Crew will be in attendance.

 

Shriekfest Film Festival

Saturday, October 6th • 10:00pm

Raleigh Studios – Chaplin Theater (View)
5300 Melrose Ave
Hollywood, CA 90038
United States

Followed by a Q&A

 

Soul To Keep tells the story of Beelzebub, a demon hell-bent on consuming and taking control of souls, who hunts down siblings and their lifelong friends at a rundown country house.

“Soul to Keep is a great possession horror film that uses a deaf character to uniquely tell the story,” says Shriekfest’s festival director Denise Gossett“This is a film that horror fans are going to love and we are thrilled to be showing our first ever open captioned film!” she adds.

 

The introduction of a deaf lead character, Tara, played by deaf actress Sandra Mae Frank, allows the exploration of unique modalities in the narrative style, notably the use of sign language throughout the film. All the actors flawlessly learnt and incorporated the sign language into their performances to serve the purpose of the story. This inclusive aspect of the unrepresented Deaf Community makes the production accessible to hard-of-hearing audiences as well as creating a dialogue between the Deaf and Hearing populations.

 

“The Deaf element in this film came to me originally as something of a scare tactic, and it blossomed into an important statement about bringing communities together,” says director David Allensworth. “Our co-writer Eric Bram’s wife is partially deaf, as well as one of our producers, Matt Meyer, who has partial hearing loss.”

 

“I wanted to bring out the elements of a minority group – the deaf and hard at hearing – and showcase them as heroes. In addition, I wanted to tell a horror story with real proven metaphysical elements, not another horror-slasher film,”adds co-director Monière.

 

About Soul To Keep:

Soul To Keep showcases an ensemble cast composed of eight up-and-coming actors: Sandra Mae Frank (Tara), Aurora Heimbach (Erin), Kate Rose Reynolds (Grace), Tony Spitz (Josh), Craig Fogel (Freddy), Jordan Theodore (Brandon), Derek Long (Toby) and Jessie Jordan (Kimberly).

Soul To Keep is a Shady Tree Films and Cineque Pictures production. Directed by David Allensworth and Monière. Written by Eric Bram and David Allensworth. Produced by Patrick Kendall, p.g.a., Monière, David Allensworth, p.g.a., and Matt Meyer. Co-Produced by Bears Rebecca Fonté and Rachel Morgan. Cinematography by Eric Giovon. Sound Design by Angelo Panetta. Music Composed by Irv Johnson. Editing by Ray Chung. Production Design by Lisa Ramsey. Visual Effects by Carlos Aldana.

 

The film is repped by sales agent Taylor & Dodge.

 

About the filmmakers:

 

David Allensworth, director, co-writer, producer

David Allensworth’s storytelling circles around how we connect to characters and stories resulting in positive changes, enlightenment and an opportunity to escape. From surprise plot twists, to secret character motives, to authentic situations turned upside down, he infuses his visionary “gotcha” style with every film, series, screenplay, and pitch he’s been involved in. “Soul To Keep” marks his first featurefilm, and it is a perfect reflection of that style.  Though he maintains an office in Los Angeles for his production company Shady Tree Films, he makes New York City his home with his wife and three children. He finds New York to be a hotbed of culture and characters, all of which inspire his storytelling. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America.

 

Monière, director, producer

Monière’s storytelling is significantly influenced by his upbringing; born in Kandahar, Afghanistan and raised in Flatbush & Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. He comes from a lineage of Sufis and healers, strong believers in metaphysics and the unknown. “If angels are real, why can’t demons be real,” Grace, Soul To Keep. Every project he attaches himself to must raise the collective consciousness of humanity as a whole, creating a morphic resonance. Monière formed his company in 1999 during grad film school. He merged the words Cinematically & Unique, to form his company name Cineque Pictures. He lives in Midtown Manhattan with his wife and baby son.

 

For more information and updates about Soul To Keep, please follow them on Instagram at @SoulToKeepMovie.

 

Other Links:

 Official Website: www.SoulToKeepMovie.com

Facebook (Film): www.facebook.com/SoulToKeepMovie

Twitter (Directors): @DjAllensworth & @Monierism

Hashtag: #SoulToKeepMovie

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