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15 Takeaways from Conecta Fiction

Santiago De Compostela, Spain — A higgledy-piggledy maze of cobbled streets, granite-stoned convents and white veranda towns houses, Santiago seems suspended in time. Over June 20-23, it bore witness at Conecta Fiction, an inaugural TV forum, to a revolution: That of scripted TV and nascent Latin America-Europe co-production. The two-and-a-half days were so packed with events as to make nigh impossible much on-site reporting. Following, in retrospect, 15 takeaways from the first-ever Conecta Fiction meet.

1.Latin America-europe TV Co-production: An Imperious Necessity

A boutique Latin America-Europe drama TV co-production forum, Conecta Forum brought together a swathe of high-caliber Latin America channel, broadcaster and fiction TV heads with producers and counterparts in Spain, plus a choice presence of largely French commissioning editors and producers from the rest of Europe. Many, maybe most, had never met. Nearly all sang the virtues, and necessity of international TV co-production. “A few years ago there were no international co-productions, now
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'Never Saw It Coming' wraps shoot in Canada

  • ScreenDaily
Exclusive First Look: Thriller stars Emily Hampshire and Eric Roberts. Marina Cordoni among producers.

Principal photography has wrapped in Sudbury, Ontario, on Never Saw It Coming.

Gail Harvey directed the thriller based on Linwood Barclay’s book about a young woman who passes herself off as a psychic.

When the charlatan targets the family of a missing woman, she becomes entangled in the dark secrets of the husband and daughter.

Emily Hampshire and Eric Roberts star alongside Katie Boland, Shaun Benson, Tamara Podemski, Nick Serino, Diane D’Aquila, Maria Del Mar, Jeff Clarke, and newcomer Keegan Hedley.

Producers Marina Cordoni of McE Inc, Harvey, and Boland of Straight Shooters Productions Inc aim to complete Never Saw It Coming by late summer in time for an autumn festival run.

Executive producers are Barclay, Jay Firestone and Steven Pasternak of Prodigy Pictures, and Michael Forsey of Rolling Pictures.

The thriller was made with the financial support of Telefilm Canada
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Mip: Spanish TV Producers Amp Up Original Drama

Mip: Spanish TV Producers Amp Up Original Drama
As streaming video on demand sweeps the world, the number of new TV operators in Spain looking for drama has risen sharply, led by the unprecedented bet of Telefonica paybox Movistar Plus on original series production.

Free-to-air broadcasters Atresmedia, Mediaset España and state-owned Rtve — the longtime driving forces of Spain’s TV fiction industry — now have a weighty rival.

Meanwhile, Spain’s limited size as a TV market is encouraging some producers, most prominently the giant Imagina-Mediapro — a partner on HBO’s drama “The Young Pope” — to seal co-production alliances with international players.

Bringing to the table a €70 million ($75 million) annual investment in original TV fiction, Movistar Plus is launching its first four original series in October. They are “La Zona,” from the Sanchez-Cabezudo brothers, and Alberto Rodríguez’s “La Peste,” both thrillers; melodrama “Velvet Colección”; and Enrique Lopez-Lavigne’s comedy “Verguenza.” Some 10 new releases will arrive in 2018.

Netflix has also commissioned its first original TV
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Eric Roberts Joins Indie Thriller 'Never Saw It Coming' (Exclusive)

Eric Roberts Joins Indie Thriller 'Never Saw It Coming' (Exclusive)
Eric Roberts has boarded the indie Never Saw It Coming, directed by Gail Harvey and shooting in northern Ontario.

The Dark Knight actor plays Wendell Garfield, the husband of a missing woman (Diane D'Aquila) whose disappearance is investigated by a psychic, played by Emily Hampshire (12 Monkeys).

Roberts joins an ensemble cast that also includes Katie Boland, Shaun Benson, Tamara Podemski, Nick Serino, Maria Del Mar, Jeff Clarke and newcomer Keegan Hedley.

Never Saw It Coming is based on the 2013 novel by Linwood Barclay, who also wrote the screenplay.

Marina Cordoni of McE Inc. is producing alongside Harvey's Straight...
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‘American Ghost Story’ DVD Review

Stars: David Hayter, Maria del Mar, Casey Hudecki, Amanda Joy Lim, Adrienne Kress, Frank Moore, Samantha Wan, Shara Kim, Craig Porritt | Written and Directed by Joseph O’Brien

I never really understand the need to rename horror films once they have already been released under a different name, but I guess there are plenty of reasons that the audience just don’t need to know. American Ghost Story, formally known as Devil’s Mile (the title this film screened under at last years GrimmFest) is a film that managed to go through this process for its release in the UK, but luckily the film outshines the confusion.

Described as a Lovecraftian supernatural horror American Ghost Story sees a trio of kidnappers take a detour while on the road to delivering their hostages to a mysterious and powerful employer. When one of the victims are accidentally killed the kidnappers and the
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DVD Review – American Ghost Story (2015)

American Ghost Story, 2015.

Directed by Joseph O’Brien.

Starring David Hayter, Maria del Mar, Casey Hudecki, Frank Moore, Amanda Joy Lim, Adrienne Kress and Shara Kim.

Synopsis:

A trio of kidnappers delivering their hostages to their boss take a detour along a deserted highway and incur the wrath of the demonic forces that dwell there.

American Ghost Story is a bit of a misleading title as it conjures up images of a Woman in Black-style haunted house tale, albeit an American one. The original title of The Devil’s Mile is a much better one and is more relevant to what actually happens in the film. “What happens in the film?” you may ask. Well, what happens is that three kidnappers named Toby (David Hayter), Cally (Maria del Mar) and Jackie (Casey Hudecki) have taken two teenaged girls captive and are delivering them to their mysterious boss Mr. Arkadi (Frank Moore
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Grimmfest 2014: ‘Devil’s Mile’ Review

Stars: David Hayter, Maria del Mar, Casey Hudecki, Amanda Joy Lim, Adrienne Kress, Frank Moore, Samantha Wan, Shara Kim, Craig Porritt | Written and Directed by Joseph O’Brien

A gang of psychotic convicts take a dangerous and ill-advised detour after brutally kidnapping two young girls. As the captors speed away, events quickly turn out to be much more dangerous and gruesome than they had planned for. While driving down a long and dark stretch of deserted highway, the car becomes surrounded by mysterious sinister spirits, forcing the captors and young girls to work together in hopes of surviving the deadly evil force.

Well done to Devil’s Mile for being the first of the last few horror films I have reviewed to actually make me shout out in fear. I’m sure it was some kind of a battle cry, drawn from some baser human instinct to fight the scary
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Devil's Mile is a Winding Road to Nowhere? A Movie Review

*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by Phase 4 Films. Director/writer: Joseph O'Brien. Cast: David Hayter, Maria del Mar, Casey Hudecki and Frank Moore. Devil's Mile is the first feature film from writer Joseph O'Brien (Fresh Meat) as director. Both, Devil's Mile and Fresh Meat (2012) blend genres, with this one going for more mystery and horror, over comedy. Devil's Mile is the second film this reviewer has seen, recently, which deals with a circular curse. Characters go in circles, with no obvious way out of a complex trap. Still, one character manages to square off with Satan, late in the picture. Earlier, O'Brien brings some Japanese horror influences to the film as seen in the antagonist's awkward movements and sounds. Pacing issues slow down the middle portions of the film, while lighting effects amplify the horror elements. Devil's Mile is a slow-burning indie production that offers a mostly entertaining time.
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David Hayter Talks Devil’S Mile, Creature Movie Magic, A New Sci-Fi Franchise He’s Developing, Black Widow and More

  • Collider.com
With writing credits like X-Men and Watchmen to his name, it can be easy to overlook the fact that David Hayter has also kept quite busy in the acting and voice acting realms as well. He’s still pushing forward as a writer/director and has his latest directorial endeavor, Wolves, due in the fall, but Hayter also abides by one very important acting rule; if someone asks him to take a part, he’s going to do it, and that’s how Devil’s Mile came up. Hayter steps in as Toby, a henchman of sorts to an evil crime boss named Mr. Arkadi who orders him and his cohorts, Cally (Maria del Mar) and Jacinta (Casey Hudecki), to kidnap two girls. They manage to get them, but delivering them becomes the problem due to the rather sinister nature of the route home. With Devil’s Mile hitting DVD and VOD on August 12th,
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Review: Set Your Gps to Avoid Devil’s Mile

Say you’re a criminal, and you’ve kidnapped two teenage girls for your deranged boss, who you are very frightened of. You need to safely and swiftly transport those girls to him. Wouldn’t it make sense to know where you are going and take the most direct way possible? Apparently not if you are the dimwit trio of criminals in Devil’s Mile.

Toby (David Hayter, writer of X-Men among others), Cally (Maria del Mar), and Jacinta (Casey Hudecki) are the aforementioned trio. For some reason they take a desolate road in the middle of nowhere, and of course they quickly get lost (does that still happen in 2014, what with Gps and Google maps?). They stop at a gas station for directions, and the weird dude behind the counter tells them to turn back. They don’t listen. Guess how that works out?

The post Review: Set Your
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Exclusive Clip Speeds Down the Devil's Mile

On tap right now we have an exclusive clip from Joseph O'Brien's directorial debut, Devil's Mile, to help kickstart your asses into gear this Monday morning. Don't fall asleep at the wheel. Dig it right now!

Joining David Hayter and Casey Hudecki on this terrifying journey are Maria Del Mar ("24", Terminal City, Jekyll + Hyde) and Frank Moore (David Cronenberg’s Rabid) as crime lord Mr. Arkadi, whose machinations set the sinister events of Devil’s Mile in motion.

Look for the indie thriller on August 12th via both DVD and VOD outlets!

Synopsis

A gang of psychotic convicts take a dangerous and ill-advised detour after brutally kidnapping two young girls. As the captors speed away, events quickly turn out to be much more dangerous and gruesome than they had planned for. While driving down a long and dark stretch of deserted highway, the car becomes surrounded by mysterious sinister spirits,
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This Devil's Mile Clip Will Rip Your Face Off!

A clip from Joseph O'Brien's directorial debut, Devil's Mile has arrived; and we have it right here for you. It's a bloody, face-ripping good time for sure!

Joining David Hayter and Casey Hudecki on this terrifying journey are Maria Del Mar ("24", Terminal City, Jekyll + Hyde) and Frank Moore (David Cronenberg’s Rabid) as crime lord Mr. Arkadi, whose machinations set the sinister events of Devil’s Mile in motion.

Look for the indie thriller on August 12th via both DVD and VOD outlets!

Synopsis

A gang of psychotic convicts take a dangerous and ill-advised detour after brutally kidnapping two young girls. As the captors speed away, events quickly turn out to be much more dangerous and gruesome than they had planned for. While driving down a long and dark stretch of deserted highway, the car becomes surrounded by mysterious sinister spirits, forcing the captors and young girls to work
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Joseph O'Brien Talks Walking the Devil's Mile

  • Dread Central
Forget Route 666. The Devil’s Mile is an even more evil stretch of road in this new horror thriller starring David Hayter and directed by Joseph O’Brien, with whom we recently had a chance to chat about the film.

Devil's Mile follows a trio of kidnappers who take an ill-advised detour (is there any other kind?) en route to deliver their hostages – a pair of teenage girls - to their mysterious employer. When one of the girls dies along the way, the trio’s slowly-boiling mistrust explodes into chaos.

But what they thought was their worst day ever is only beginning as they are engulfed by the hellish forces that haunt the road - a road they may never escape.

Dread Central: This is one of the few indie horror movies that really lives up to the promo material. I'm curious to know how much the story evolved
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New Stills Travel the Devil's Mile

A pair of new stills from Joseph O'Brien's directorial debut, Devil's Mile, have arrived; and we have them right here for you along with the previously released goodies. Read on for all that you need!

Joining David Hayter and Casey Hudecki on this terrifying journey are Maria Del Mar ("24", Terminal City, Jekyll + Hyde) and Frank Moore (David Cronenberg’s Rabid) as crime lord Mr. Arkadi, whose machinations set the sinister events of Devil’s Mile in motion.

Look for the indie thriller on August 12th via both DVD and VOD outlets!

Synopsis

A gang of psychotic convicts take a dangerous and ill-advised detour after brutally kidnapping two young girls. As the captors speed away, events quickly turn out to be much more dangerous and gruesome than they had planned for. While driving down a long and dark stretch of deserted highway, the car becomes surrounded by mysterious sinister spirits,
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Indie Spotlight

  • DailyDead
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes casting news for the post-apocalyptic horror film, State of Desolation, a new clip from Crawlspace, release details for Worm, Devil’s Mile, Glorious Plague, and much more:

State of Desolation Casting Details: “Writer/Director Jim Towns (House of Bad), is at work again filming his next feature film, a post-apocalyptic horror called “State of Desolation”. The film takes us on the journey of an unusual relationship forged between an aging mercenary, played by Craig Stark (Django Unchained) and a young pampered suburbanite, played by Jamie Bernadette (Axeman), as they both try to survive the Apocalypse. Rounding out the cast are Daniel Buran (True Blood), Jessica Morris (Haunting of the Innocent), Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3), and Victoria De Mare (Stripped). In the coming weeks, more roles will be filled and director Jim Towns states,
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The Devil's Mile Leads to Home Video Release

We've been talking about Joseph O'Brien's directorial debut, Devil's Mile, for a few years now, and as we learned back in February, Phase 4 Films scooped it up for distribution. Today a release date has been set, at long last bringing this devilish journey to a conclusion.

Look for the indie thriller on August 12th on both DVD and VOD outlets!

Joining David Hayter and Casey Hudecki on this terrifying journey are Maria Del Mar ("24", Terminal City, Jekyll + Hyde) and Frank Moore (best known to genre fans for his lead role in David Cronenberg’s Rabid, opposite the late Marilyn Chambers) as crime lord Mr. Arkadi, whose machinations set the sinister events of Devil’s Mile in motion.

Synopsis

A gang of psychotic convicts take a dangerous and ill-advised detour after brutally kidnapping two young girls. As the captors speed away, events quickly turn out to be much more
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Play a Game with These Stills and Preview of Hannibal Episode 2.03 - Hassun

Serious doubts are raised about the case against Will in next week's Episode 2.03 of "Hannibal," entitled "Hassun." Have a look at some new images and a preview of the ep for clues about where things are going from here.

"Hannibal" Episode 2.03 - "Hassun" (airs 3/14/14; 10-11Pm)

Will Graham’S Trial Begins, But When An Avid Fan Starts Recreating Crimes Similar To Those Will Is Accused Of Committing, Even His Strongest Detractors Are Forced To Reconsider The Case Against Him:

Will Graham’s (Hugh Dancy) trial begins, and he must watch as those closest to him are forced to take sides.

Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), already in hot water from Alana Bloom’s (Caroline Dhavernas) scathing report about his conduct with Will, is pulled in conflicting directions. He acknowledges that he may be partially to blame for pushing his star pupil over the edge.

To add confusion to an already suspenseful trial,
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Travel Down the Devil's Mile with Poster and Release Details

It was way back in 2011 that we told you Joseph O'Brien's directorial debut Devil's Mile was finished filming, and all has been quiet on that front since then. Finally, we've got new things to report, and it's all good news!

Phase 4 Films has acquired the North American rights to the flick, which they will be releasing this coming summer. No word yet on specific release details, but you can check out a brand new poster for the film below, which should whet your appetite for the devilish destruction!

Joining David Hayter and Casey Hudecki on this terrifying journey are Maria Del Mar ("24", Terminal City, Jekyll + Hyde) and Frank Moore (best known to genre fans for his lead role in David Cronenberg’s Rabid, opposite the late Marilyn Chambers) as crimelord Mr. Arkadi, whose machinations set the sinister events of The Devil’s Mile in motion.

Synopsis

A relentlessly-paced
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The Devil's Mile Wraps! First Still Appears!

We've been talking about indie flick The Devil's Mile for a while now around these parts, and some good news has come our way for those looking forward to it. Read on for all the details as well as the very first still!

From the Press Release

Filming has completed on The Devil’s Mile, the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Joseph O’Brien (Robocop: Prime Directives), who most recently collaborated with filmmaker and Rue Morgue founder Rodrigo Gudino on the screenplay for the Gudino-directed remake of Cutthroats Nine starring Mads Mikkelsen and Harvey Keitel.

“It’s been a wild ride,” says O’Brien of his first time in the director’s chair. “Guns, chases, vehicular manslaughter, demonically-resurrected murder victims, slashed throats and one seriously nasty mauling (the latter three courtesy of makeup FX maestro Allan Cooke). On top of all that we shot a vicious knock-down drag-out fight between
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Gorgeous First Still from Lovecraftian 'The Devil's Mile'!

Gorgeous First Still from Lovecraftian 'The Devil's Mile'!
Filming has completed on The Devil's Mile, the feature directorial debut of screenwriter Joseph O'Brien (Robocop: Prime Directives), who most recently collaborated with filmmaker and Rue Morgue founder Rodrigo Gudino on the screenplay for the Gudino-directed remake of Cutthroats Nine starring Mads Mikkelsen and Harvey Keitel. Starring Maria Del Mar, Casey Hudecki, David Hayter, Samantha Wan, Amanda Joy Lim, Frank Moore, Craig Porritt and Shara Kim, the horror pic is described as "a relentlessly-paced hybrid of gritty crime thriller and Lovecraftian supernatural horror. 'The Devil's Mile' follows a trio of kidnappers who take an ill-advised detour en route to deliver their hostages -- two teenage girls -- to their mysterious and powerful employer. When they accidentally kill one of the girls during a botched escape attempt, their simmering mistrust explodes into shocking violence...."
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