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An Independent Filmmaker Confronts Piracy

Producer Matt Compton says he knew the feature he produced — a “thinking man’s horror film,” Midnight Son, directed by Scott Leberecht — would eventually be pirated. “I always knew the film would end up on the torrent sites,” he writes in an email, “and that there would be nothing I could do about it. If the major studios can’t stop piracy, surely an indie producer such as myself can do nothing.” But he wasn’t prepared for his film to show up three weeks before the film was commercially available, when whatever word-of-mouth to be gained by the filesharing couldn’t lead to sales. So, Compton decided to confront the pirates. I asked Compton a few questions about his experience in the high seas of filesharing.

Filmmaker: How do you think your film wound up on The Pirate Bay?

Compton: As best as I can tell, one of the
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Killer Vampire Film Midnight Son Hits FEARnet in January 2012

The unique vampire thriller Midnight Son will make its debut on FEARnet early in 2012. With both television and VOD capabilities, the FEARnet launch is an excellent opportunity for the filmmakers to get their picture out to the masses. Midnight Son is a totally original new look at the vampire genre. Read on for the deets.

From the Press Release

Midday Moon, LLC, the producer of the motion picture Midnight Son, is happy to announce that FEARnet will premiere the film in the United States in January 2012.

“I’m really thrilled that FEARnet is going to premiere the film,” says writer/director Scott Leberecht. “FEARnet is such a great way to reach out to horror fans, via both their television and VOD platforms, so we’re extremely excited for the movie to be premiering this way.” Producer Matt Compton adds, “FEARnet gives the film an amazing opportunity to be seen by
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Scary Movies Film Series Returns to New York's Lincoln Center

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will again be offering its popular Scary Movies Film Series. And it’s not just any scary movies they’ll be showing. They’ve got classics, and they’ve got New York City premieres. They’ve even got Stuart Gordon’s live theater presentation of Nevermore starring Jeffrey Combs accompanying the screening of The Black Cat.

All right New Yorkers, check this out ... from October 27 to 31 Lincoln Center will present an ass-load of horror. Unfortunately, brevity is not one of their strong points so I’m going to sign off here and turn it over to the good folks of Lincoln Center to give you all the film titles and schedule. With NYC premieres of Ben Wheatley’s Kill List and Ti West’s The Innkeepers, along with a ton of other great titles, this is the film festival you don’t want to miss.
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Indie Horror Month - Exclusive: Scott Leberecht and Matt Compton Talk Midnight Son

Before writer/director Scott Leberecht embarked on the sometimes difficult journey making his latest film Midnight Son (review here), he was working as a visual effects artist for Industrial Light & Magic. He said it was while he was still working for the prestigious company when the inspiration for his twist on modern vampires struck.

“I actually had the idea for Midnight Son percolating for a few years before I wrote the script,” explained Leberecht. “I got the inspiration for the story from when I was working up in San Francisco for Ilm. There was this one house on a corner I would pass all the time that had all the windows blocked out, and there were handmade paintings in the windows. I can vividly remember just standing there, staring at this house, and found the idea of someone living like that so fascinating - like there was someone inside that
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New 'Midnight Son' Key Art Revealed

by Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com reveal

Ever since I saw the trailer for the upcoming gritty Vampire film Midnight Son, I've been looking forward to seeing it. The folks over at Midday Moon, LLC, the producer of the motion picture "Midnight Son," have just revealed the new key art for the movie, and you can check it out over on the left.

The filmmakers released the new art in celebration of the upcoming festival screenings for the movie.

"Midnight Son" will have its World Premiere screeni9ng at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California on March 4 @ 9:30 Pm. Writer/Director Scott Leberecht, Producer Matt Compton, and several cast members will be in attendance, and will participate in a Q&A after the film.

The movie will have two additional screenings at Cinequest: March 6 @ 6:45 Pm and March 11 @ 12:30 Pm. It will also screen at the Omaha Film Festival on March 5 @ 8:30 Pm.
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A Bloody Kiss in New 'Midnight Son' Art

A Bloody Kiss in New 'Midnight Son' Art
Midday Moon, the producer of the motion picture Midnight Son, has just released new key art for the film celebrate the upcoming festival screenings: Midnight Son will make it's World Premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California on March 4 @ 9:30 Pm. Writer/Director Scott Leberecht, Producer Matt Compton, and several cast members will be in attendance, and will participate in a Q&A after the screening. The film will have two additional screenings at Cinequest: March 6 @ 6:45 Pm and March 11 @ 12:30 Pm. It will also screen at the Omaha Film Festival on March 5 @ 8:30 Pm.
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Indie Watch: New Poster, Trailer for Midnight Son

Midday Moon, LLC, the producer of Midnight Son , has just released new key art for the film. The filmmakers released this image to celebrate the upcoming festival screenings the film will have. Midnight Son will make it's World Premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California on March 4 at 9:30. Writer-director Scott Leberecht, producer Matt Compton, and several cast members will be in attendance, and will participate in a Q&A after the screening. The film will have two additional screenings at Cinequest: March 6 @ 6:45 Pm and March 11 at 12:30pm. It will also screen at the Omaha Film Festival on March 5 at 8:30pm. Midnight Son is described as a dark, character-driven drama that plays on horror themes in an understated, subtle way. The story centers...
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Midnight Son Preview Blow-Out: New Stills! New Art! Screening Info! Q&A with Director Scott Leberecht!

With Midnight Son getting set for its festival premiere and run, we have a veritable grab-bag of goodies for you to get the blood pumping. Then spraying.

The filmmakers released new key art and more to celebrate the upcoming festival screenings the film will have.

Midnight Son will make its World Premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California on March 4 @ 9:30 Pm. Writer/director Scott Leberecht, producer Matt Compton, and several cast members will be in attendance and will participate in a Q&A after the screening. The film will have two additional screenings at Cinequest: March 6 @ 6:45 Pm and March 11 @ 12:30 Pm. Tickets are available by clicking here. It will also screen at the Omaha Film Festival on March 5 @ 8:30 Pm.

"We're really excited about the festival screenings we have coming up. So many people have worked so hard on the film, and it's very rewarding
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Midnight Son - Review and First Screening Info!

Well what do you know? A new vampire flick that delivers more than just pretty sparkling heartthrobs and fanged face freaks! Dread Central had the opportunity to get our claws into Scott Leberecht's latest film Midnight Son, and we happily dug in deep!

Before we get into the particulars we want to let you guys know that the movie will be screening for the first time publicly at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California, on Friday, March 4th at 9:30Pm at the San Jose Repertory Theatre. It will repeat on March 6th at 6:45Pm and March 11th at 12:30 Pm at Camera 12. Tickets are available by clicking here.

It's also playing at the Omaha Film Festival on Saturday, March 5th at 8:30Pm. Tickets aren't on sale yet but will be in just a few days. Keep your eyes locked right here to buy tickets when available.
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Midnight Son: vampirism, violence and murder – Trailer posted

Synopsis: Midnight Son is the story of Jacob, a young man confined to a life of isolation, due to a rare skin disorder that prevents him from being exposed to sunlight. His world opens up when he meets Mary, a local bartender, and falls in love. Tragically, Jacob’s actions become increasingly bizarre as he struggles to cope with the effects of his worsening condition. Forced by the disease to drink human blood for sustenance, he must control his increasingly violent tendencies as local law enforcement narrow their focus on him as a suspect in a series of grisly murders. Cast: Zak Kilberg, Maya Parish, Jo D. Jonz, Arlen Escarpeta, Larry Cedar, and Tracey Walter. Writer/Director: Scott Leberecht Producers: Matt Compton & Scott Leberecht Eduardo Sanchez, co-creator of “The Blair Witch Project”, is an Executive Producer. Website: http://www.midnightsonmovie.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MidnightSonMovie Twitter: http://twitter.
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Final Touches Being Added to Upcoming Vampire Movie "Midnight Son"

Matt Compton, the producer of a hip little vampire movie called 'Midnight Son' sent us over the synopsis, key art and movie trailer today to share with our More Horror readers.

"Midnight Son", and is a gritty, realistic new look at the vampire genre. They are putting the finishing touches on it at the moment, and have yet to find a distributor but they are hoping to find one soon.

Check out the synopsis and trailer below the key artwork and expect to see the film sometime in 2011. This looks great already!

Synopsis:

Midnight Son is the story of Jacob, a young man confined to a life of isolation, due to a rare skin disorder that prevents him from being exposed to sunlight. His world opens up when he meets Mary, a local bartender, and falls in love. Tragically, Jacob’s actions become increasingly bizarre as he struggles
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Exclusive Trailer Debut and First Info - Midnight Son

Here at Dread Central we're always on the lookout for the next cool fright film that shows the potential to send some much needed shivers down your spine. This latest vampyric flick which looks to be in the same vein as Habit and Romero's Martin, titled Midnight Son, may just do the trick!

With Midnight Son writer/director Scott Leberecht, who also directed the insane short The Lobo Para-Military Christmas Special starring Andrew Bryniarski of Texas Chainsaw fame, makes his feature film debut with Zak Kilberg, Maya Parish, Jo D. Jonz, Arlen Escarpeta (Friday the 13th remake and the upcoming Final Destination 5), Larry Cedar (The Crazies), and Tracey Walter (Repo Man and the I Spit On Your Grave remake) all set to star.

Eduardo Sanchez, co-creator of The Blair Witch Project, is on board as executive producer of the film along with Matt Compton, who served as co-producer on Sanchez's
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Fantastic Fest 2008 Filmmaker Guests

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We'll have lots of guests at Fantastic Fest this year, more than ever before. Here are just a few of the many interesting people who'll be joining us this year, in no particular order. We'll continually update our roster so keep an eye on this page.

Filmmakers and Actors

Norihiro Koizumi (Gachi Boy: Wrestling With A Memory)

A young, talented director who is quickly making his mark in the Japanese filmmaking scene. At the tender age of 25, he directed his first major feature-length film, “Midnight Sun.” “Midnight Sun” was not only critically-acclaimed, but became a commercial hit, grossing over 1 billion yen at the Japanese boxoffice. His latest film, “Gachi Boy Wrestling with a Memory,” won the grand prix at the Udine Far East Film Festival.

Nacho Vigalondo (Shorts Program)

Last year at Fantastic Fest noted Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo won the Next Wave competition, later securing domestic distribution for Timecrimes
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Second wave of Fantastic Fest titles announced

The second round has been announced which includes some feature length world premiers as well as a host of crazy shorts. Nicolás López's Santos will be premiering in a sweeping tale of comic book nerds vs superheroes in a battle for the future makind, with a Chilean tip. Also playing will be Acolytes or how kids blackmail a serial killer which is quite beautifully shot. One of our favorite shorts will be playing, Osbert Parker's Film Noir. Eel Girl and the twisted Butcher's Hill will also be screened. Check out all the films after the break!

Santos

World Premiere / dir. Nicolás López / Chile / 2008 / 100 min.

Three years after his SXSW debut feature Promedio Rojo, Chilean prodigy director Nicolás López returns with Santos, a wild, sweeping tale of comic book nerds versus superheroes in a battle for the future of mankind. Think Ultraman with a Latin American brain transplant. From
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2nd Wave of Fantastic Fest Content Announced

Date: Thursday, August 7, 2008

Press Release: For Immediate Release

Subject: Second Wave of Fantastic Fest content announced

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar, Austin, TX

Fantastic Fest, September 18-25, 2008

Contact:

Tim League

(512) 912-0529

info@fantasticfest.com

www.fantasticfest.com

We are proud to announce the second wave of our feature film programming for the 2008 edition of Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. For the past 9 months, we have been scouring the globe for the strangest, the most heart-pounding and the most challenging new genre films. With over 100 films representing over 30 countries, Fantastic Fest is the largest festival of its kind in the United States. We are proud to announce our second announcement of 15 confirmed feature films as well as our first announcement of official short film selections and details on special “fantastic-fest-themed” Alamo signature events.

Round 2: Fantastic Features:

Santos

World Premiere / dir. Nicolás López / Chile / 2008 / 100 min.

Three years after his SXSW debut feature Promedio Rojo,
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2nd Wave of Fantastic Fest Content Announced

  • FantasticFest
Date: Thursday, August 7, 2008

Press Release: For Immediate Release

Subject: Second Wave of Fantastic Fest content announced

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar, Austin, TX

Fantastic Fest, September 18-25, 2008

Contact:

Tim League

(512) 912-0529

info@fantasticfest.com

www.fantasticfest.com

We are proud to announce the second wave of our feature film programming for the 2008 edition of Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. For the past 9 months, we have been scouring the globe for the strangest, the most heart-pounding and the most challenging new genre films. With over 100 films representing over 30 countries, Fantastic Fest is the largest festival of its kind in the United States. We are proud to announce our second announcement of 15 confirmed feature films as well as our first announcement of official short film selections and details on special “fantastic-fest-themed” Alamo signature events.

Round 2: Fantastic Features:

Santos

World Premiere / dir. Nicolás López / Chile / 2008 / 100 min.

Three years after his SXSW debut feature Promedio Rojo,
See full article at FantasticFest »

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