13 items from 2015
The trailer recently dropped for The Funhouse Massacre, and it kicks off this morning's round-up. Also: a Kickstarter launch for Zombie Mouth Bubblegum, acquisition news for Terrordactyl, and Horror Hotel Season 2 premiere details.
The Funhouse Massacre: "The film, directed by Andy Palmer, stars Robert Englund, Jere Burns, Scottie Thompson, Clint Howard and Courtney Gains. The Funhouse Massacre, which was produced by Warner Davis, President of Petri Entertainment, will hit theaters in 15-20 U.S. markets on Friday, November 13th.
On Halloween night, a gruesome group of the United States' most notorious and colorful serial killers escape from Statesville Asylum and descend on a giant funhouse whose theme is based on their different reigns of terror. The unsuspecting carnival goers think that the carnage created is just part of the show, that is, until they become part of the main attraction. The only people left to stop them are a ragtag group of college kids, »
- Tamika Jones
Over the weekend, Jill Soloway brought her articulation and film smarts to the Cinefamily to promote Wifey.tv, a new digital platform for marginalized voices in media-making she co-founded in 2013 with Rebecca Odes. The video website is "a place where you can always go to watch something that's actually compelling. Complicated. Real. Funny. Sexy. Alive. Like you. Welcome," according to Soloway's "Womanfesto." (More on that here.) They partnered with bi-coastal female filmmaking collective Film Fatales to present six short films including Shaz Bennett’s “Alaska is a Drag,” Brooke Sebold’s “The Last Cigarette,” Sarah Gertrude Shapiro’s “Sequin Raze," Sian Heder’s “Mother,” Maggie Kiley’s “Some Boys Don’t Leave” and Jennifer Phang’s “Advantageous," which became a Sundance-winning feature now streaming on Netflix. Read More: Female Directors Pick Their Favorite Films Made By Women Soloway kicked off with a moving cry to action for female filmmakers, which. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
"Caught" Largely a four-hander featuring a high school track star, the older businessman with whom she’s having an affair, the man’s wife, and the wife’s sister, “Caught” unfolds in a single suburban house and breaks out all the machinations to keep them there. If you’ve seen “Wait Until Dark” or “Panic Room,” you know the hiding spots, the camera angles, the shifts in power dynamics over a single evening. But director Maggie Kiley floods every room with light, bumps the bright production design up to overt, and sets a satirical tone that sets the thriller apart. Her teenage protagonist Allie (Stefanie Scott) sits at the film’s moral and thematic center, as a flawed, failing student wrapped up in a seemingly perfect package. It’s the ideal picture for bubbly housewife Sabrina (Anna Camp) to covet, and also attempt to destroy by kidnapping Allie with her »
- Charlie Schmidlin
A darkly comedic spin on a familiar tale, Maggie Kiley’s Caught is an energetic and clever cat-and-mouse thriller revolving around the determination of one woman to preserve the sanctity of her marriage after she finds out she’s been cheated on. Written by Marcy Holland, Caught features a powerful and hilarious performance from True Blood’s Anna Camp and also co-stars Stefanie Scott (Insidious Chapter 3), Amelia Rose Blaire ( True Blood) and Sam Page (Mad Men) as the trio who must endure her madness after things go horribly awry.
Caught’s initial set-up is pretty straightforward; Sabrina (Camp) is a tightly-wound housewife who strives for perfection but discovers that her husband Justin (Page) is sleeping with a younger woman named Allie (Scott), forcing her to take drastic measures. Rather than confront her spouse, Sabrina decides to teach his lover a lesson by kidnapping Allie with the assistance of her sister »
- Heather Wixson
Set to premiere tonight at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival, Caught is a darkly comedic thriller centered around a desperate housewife who discovers that her husband is having an affair and as a mean-spirited prank, she kidnaps his unsuspecting mistress. But things begin to spin wildly out of control once her perfect plan starts to fall apart.
Written by Marcy Holland and directed by Maggie Kiley, Caught stars Anna Camp (True Blood), Stefanie Scott (Insidious: Chapter 3), Amelia Rose Blaire (True Blood), and Sam Page (Mad Men). Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to speak with Kiley as well as with producer Jennifer Westin and co-executive producer Hannah Pillemer about their experiences collaborating together on the film, how important getting the tone right was for Kiley, their thoughts on representing female genre filmmakers at the Laff and much more.
- Heather Wixson
Prank-gone-wrong is a tradition in horror, but in Maggie Kiley’s Los Angeles Film Festival thriller, the filmmaker swaps teen hijinks for a betrayed wife and a night spinning out of control. Premiering this Friday, June 12th as part of Laff’s Nightfall section, Caught stars Pitch Perfect and True Blood’s Anna Camp, as well as Insidious:…
- Samuel Zimmerman
After making quite an impression at the Stanley Film Festival, Todd Strauss-Schulson's meta horror hit, The Final Girls, will screen at the L.A. Film Fest next month, along with an advance look at MTV's Scream TV series and many more onscreen scares.
The 21st L.A. Film Fest takes place June 10th-18th in downtown Los Angeles. The festival will feature screenings of 74 feature films, 60 short films, and more, including the following genre offerings:
The Final Girls – USA (Director Todd Strauss-Schulson Writer Producer Cast Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam Devine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev) – An unconventional comedy about Max, a high school senior, who is mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred Max’s mother, a celebrated scream queen. Los Angeles Premiere
- Derek Anderson
The Los Angeles Film Festival has unveiled its lineup with 39 world premieres including Baron Davis’ documentary “The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce” and Will Slocombe’s “The Escort,” starring Lyndsy Fonseca.
The festival also announced notable titles from Sundance and other festivals including Netflix’s “Manson Family Vacation,” thriller “Victoria,” “Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Infinitely Polar Bear,” Russell Brand’s “Brand: A Second Coming” and “The Vanished Elephant.”
The festival, now in its 21st year, returns to downtown Los Angeles at the Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live. Lily Tomlin comedy “Grandma” was announced last month as the opening night film of this year’s festival on June 10.
The lineup includes 74 feature films, 60 short films and over 50 new media works representing 35 countries. New sections include the U.S. fiction and world fiction competitions and launch, as well as the previously announced Buzz, Nightfall and Zeitgeist programs.
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- Dave McNary
The Los Angeles Film Festival has announced the eight titles in their genre-centric Nightfall slate, including Maggie Kiley’s Anna Camp-starrer Caught, 5 Second Films’ slasher comedy Dude Bro Party Massacre III, Mexican thriller Plan Sexenal and more. Jennifer Cochis, Senior Programmer at Laff, says, “We created Nightfall to celebrate films that will make audiences squirm.…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
Running June 10-18 in downtown La, the Los Angeles Film Festival has announced two inaugural programs, Zeitgeist and Nightfall, plus its second consecutive Muse lineup of films set in, shot by or inspired by the city. Read More: La Film Fest Adds Buzzy Indies and First-Ever TV Program Senior Programmer Jennifer Cochis said the films in the Nightfall section range "from the creepy to the sinister, homages to 80s and 90s era horror, psychodramas and waking nightmares." Films premiering for the first time in the U.S. are nominated for the Nightfall Award. Three arrive off the festival circuit, including "Ratter" (Slamdance), "Plan Sexenal" (well-reviewed out of Morelia) and "Crumbs" (admired in Rotterdam). "Caught," dir. Maggie Kiley, USA, World Premiere "The Confines," dir. Eytan Rockaway, USA, World Premiere "Crumbs," dir. Miguel Llansó, Spain/Ethiopia/Finland, North American Premiere »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The world premiere of cult web series creators 5-Second Films’ first feature Dude Bro Party Massacre III will screen at the upcoming festival as top brass introduced the Zeitgeist and Nightfall sections.
The festival, set to run from June 10-18, announced programming in both strands as well as the second edition of La Muse strand.
Associate director of programming and curated content Roya Rastegar said Zeitgeist comprised films that speak to pivotal junctures in the lives of young people.
Zeitgeist programme encompasses six world premieres of Us films: Band Of Robbers by Aaron Nee and Adam Nee; A Girl Like Grace by Ty Hodges; In The Treetops by Matthew Brown; Manifest Destiny by Michael Dwyer and Kaitlin McLaughlin; Stealing Cars by Bradley Kaplan; and What Lola Wants by Rupert Glasson.
Describing Nightfall, senior programmer Jennifer Cochis said the films were designed to make audiences squirm.
Films premiering for the first time in the Us are nominated for the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Sundance: Hot on the heels of the event cinema fund launched by Tugg and New Balloon, Indiegogo and Vimeo have announced a distribution partnership. Separately, Vertical has acquired Dial A Prayer and Gravitas Ventures has picked up Any Day.
The content grab for Vimeo sees it become the preferred platform for films that Indiegogo back and gain exclusive distribution rights on Vimeo On Demand to select titles it supports via a new fund.
Indiegogo will also join the fledgling Vimeo On Demand Publisher Network and will embed a dedicated VOD storefront on its site featuring titles available for purchase.
Vimeo will also create a dedicated Indiegogo VOD home on Vimeo featuring a carousel of curated titles from the crowdfunder.
The venture launches with Malcom Carter’s documentary Connected Universe.
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The film stars Brittany Snow, William H. Macy and Glenne Headly. Vertical Entertainment co-presidents Rich Goldberg and Mitch Budin closed the deal during a meeting at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival with producer Jason Potash, Paul Finkel, and representatives from Xyz Films and Preferred Content.
The picture centers on a troubled young woman who works at a prayer call center. The prayers she says make a difference in callers’ lives, forcing her to reconcile her reckless past with the faith she inspires in others.
“Dial a Prayer” was written and directed by Maggie Kiley, produced by Storyboard’s Paul Finkel and Jason Potash, producer Dan Hyman, executive producers Marcus Dean Fuller and Julie S. Fuller. The film was financed and produced by Storyboard Entertainment in association with Compass Entertainment. »
- Brent Lang
13 items from 2015
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