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Film Festival Flix Acquires U.S. Rights to ‘Mary Queen of Scots’

Film Festival Flix Acquires U.S. Rights to ‘Mary Queen of Scots’
London — Mousetrap Films’ distribution platform Film Festival Flix has picked up U.S. rights to Thomas Imbach’s costume drama “Mary Queen of Scots,” which stars Camille Rutherford. The deal was inked by Picture Tree Intl.

The movie, which world preemed in competition in Locarno, tells the story of Mary’s struggles between duty, the love for another man and the politics of the crown, as told through letters written to Queen Elizabeth I of England. The letters ultimately lead to her imprisonment and death.

Film Festival Flix has also acquired North American rights for Katherine Randolph’s “Adulthood” and James Huang’s “Starting from Scratch.”

Adulthood” tells the tale of a group of friends entering their thirties, who, through unforeseen events, are forced to realize that adulthood means taking responsibility for themselves, their happiness, and their lives. The deal was made through Markwood Films.

“Starting from Scratch” stars James Huang,
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Film Festival Flix acquires trio

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Film Festival Flix acquires trio
Film Festival Flix has picked up North American rights to a three films led by Mary Queen Of Scots.

Mary Queen of Scots stars Camille Rutherford and Thomas Imbach directed the historical drama. President and CEO Benjamin Oberman brokered the deal with Picture Tree International.

Katherine Randolph’s Adulthood and James Huang’s Starting From Scratch round out the shopping spree.

Adulthood is a coming-of-age ensemble about of a group of friends entering their thirties. Film Festival Flix negotiated with Markwood Films.

Starting From Scratch stars Huang, who also wrote the script about a separated couple brought back together by a tax audit. Elizabeth Sandy also stars.

The new titles will be used as part of Mousetrap Films’ distribution platform Film Festival Flix.

Film Festival Flix is also launching a monthly online short film competition with $5,000 in cash prizes.

In November, the 10 finallists will screen together in select theatres across the Us. The winner
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‘Rites of Spring’ Review

Stars: Anessa Ramsey, Aj Bowen, Katherine Randolph, Sonny Marinelli | Written and Directed by Padraig Reynolds

In the spring of 1984 five teenagers went missing including Mississippi Beauty Queen Tara Grinstead. Then suddenly, the disappearances stopped. But the following spring it began again with the vanishing of a string of young girls, most notably Wendy Mullins, honours student and valedictorian of her graduating class. For the next 24 years the disappearances continued. No bodies were ever recovered. Flash forward to 2008 and after a night out drowning her work-related sorrows, Rachel and her friend are drugged and taken captive by a strange old man right in the parking lot. At the same time a group of kidnappers hatch a plan to take and ransom the daughter of a wealthy industrialist. However their plan goes awry, and not just because one of the gang plans to double-cross his fellow kidnappers…

A genre-bending mix of crime
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Rites of Spring DVD Review

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Rites of Spring DVD Review
Title: Rites of Spring Directed by: Padraig Reynolds Starring: Katherine Randolph, Aj Bowen, Sonny Marinelli and Anessa Ramsey Running time: 81 minutes, Not Rated Special Features: Cast & Crew Commentary, Storyboards, Poster Designs, “Worm Face” Art Work Gallery, Trailer & Sales Trailer & scene at the end of the credits Every spring for 24 years, several young girls/women in a small Mississippi town go missing and are never heard from again. Two girlfriends are at a bar late one night and discover a flat tire. They awaken strung up by their arms in a barn, a quiet old man comes in with a knife asking the girls if they’re “clean.” [ Read More ]

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GrimmFest 2012: Rites Of Spring Review

Director: Padraig Reynolds

Starring: Aj Bowen, Marco St. John, Sonny Marionelli, Anessa Ramsey, Katherine Randolph, Shanna Forrestall

Certificate: Tbc

Running time: 80 minutes

Synopsis: A kidnap and ransom plot turns into a nightmare for a group of desperate criminals who become victims of a horrifying secret that must be paid every spring…

Debut writer-director Padraig ReynoldsRites Of Spring may not surprise many with its opening, which is another retread of something we’ve many times before. It’s the familiar old supernatural/slasher yarn, with a welcome flash of elements from the kidnap/crime story, adding something extra, albeit not very special. What lifts the film is the actual coming together of the two genres. Following the introduction, we’re introduced to Rachel (Ramsey) and female friend drinking in a bar. One bears the guilt of losing her company millions in a major business deal, even though someone else has taken the blame.
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Exclusive: Aj Bowen Talks Rites of Spring

Exclusive: Aj Bowen Talks Rites of Spring
Aj Bowen Talks Rites of Spring, in select theaters this Friday, July 27th

If you've been disappointed by this summer's lack of horror, or are craving the type of true creature feature usually reserved for October, you're in luck! As IFC Midnight will be releasing Rites of Spring in select theaters this Friday, July 27th. Directed by Padraig Reynolds, this greasy little caper follows a group of kidnappers who unwittingly drag their hostage into the nest of a mysterious entity that needs to feed on a spring time sacrifice. We caught up with star Aj Bowen, a horror genre mainstay whose made a name for himself in such films as The Signal and The House of the Devil, to unwrap some of the secrets surrounding Rites of Spring.

Here is our conversation.

Did you always intend to fall primarily into the horror genre? Or is that just something that has
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Win Tickets to Padraig Reynolds' Rites of Spring Screening in NYC

The chilling supernatural horror/thriller Rites of Spring, written and directed by Padraig Reynolds, is being screened in New York City on July 27 with a Q&A by the director to follow. And we've got a pair of tickets for one lucky fan.

The screening will be held at the IFC Center on July 27 at 11:59 pm Et. Rites of Spring stars Aj Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, Sonny Marinelli, Katherine Randolph, Marco St. John, Shanna Forrestall, Sarah Pachelli, Hannah Bryan, James Bartz, Andrew Breland, and Skylar Burke.

As for the ticket giveaway, the first reader to send an E-mail Here including your name and the answer to the question What is the name of the supernatural creature featured in Rites of Spring? will win two tickets to the screening and Q&A.

For more visit the official Rites of Spring website, "like" Rites of Spring on Facebook and follow Rites of Spring
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The Creature from Indie Horror Film 'Rites of Spring' Revealed

By Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

Every once in a while an Indie Horror Movie steps up and rears its head above the rest.

The intrigue surrounding the upcoming horror film Rites of Spring continues to grow, and now we have a peak of the creature known as "Wormface" for you to feast your eyes upon (don't worry, it's not a spoiler).

The film, written and directed by Padraig Reynolds is a bit of a genre mash-up starring Aj Bowen and Anessa Ramsey that starts out as a kidnapping flick and ends up becoming creature feature. And no, that's not a spoiler.

Rites of Spring hits theaters and will be available nationwide on IFC Midnight Cable VOD and Digital Outlets (SundanceNOW, iTunes, Amazon Streaming, Xbox Zune, Playstation Unlimited) on July 27, 2012.

Synopsis

A group of kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite and hide out in an abandoned school in the middle of the woods.
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Gruesome Images of Rites of Spring Monster, “Wormface”

The upcoming indie creature feature, Rites of Spring has media outlets chattering, big time. Dare I say for good reason? This feature sounds like everything one could ask for from a horror film: malicious kidnapping, ransom… an absolutely grotesque monster. Sounds like a dream flick right? Padraig Reynolds writes and directs this seasonal chiller, which offers forth an impressive cast made up of Katherine Randolph (Jarhead), Anessa Ramsey (The Signal), Skylar Burke, Hannah Bryan (Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies), Shanna Forrestall (The Last Exorcism) and indie horror stud, Aj Bowen (The House of the Devil).
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Celebrating the Bloodiest in Genre with the Rites of Spring: A Movie Review

*here be some spoilers. Director/writer: Padraig Reynolds. Cast: Katherine Randolph, Anessa Ramsey, Aj Bowen, Hannah Bryan, Marco St. John and Sonny Marinelli. Rites of Spring is Padraig Reynolds' first feature as director. This title is meant to be the first of three pictures that deal with a Pagan god, of sorts. The film found here brings two genres together in a compelling fashion: a crime thriller and a horror film. This blend of formulas brings new life into the slasher film. As well, Reynolds, shows a lot of quality and dedication in this first feature. Rites of Spring begins with a series of disappearances. Unbelievably, these disappearances continues for twenty-four years. And, no one thought to call the FBI? With that unusual plot point aside, an older farmer stalks a couple of women leaving a nearby bar. He captures them. Later, he tortures, humiliates, and bleeds these two
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‘Rites of Spring’ Trailer Makes the Mistake of Kidnapping Your Daughter

In the indie horror flick Rites of Spring, some kidnappers snag a rich kid and then hides out in an abandoned building. Unfortunately for them, it’s the most dangerous spot they could have picked because there’s something monstrous waiting to take its yearly sacrifice. From writer/director Padraig Reynolds, it stars A.J. Bowen, Katherine Randolph, and Anessa Ramsey. Check out the trailer for yourself. It’s a good reminder that stealing children might be a bad idea. Rites of Spring hits theaters in New York on July 27th. Source: IFC, Movies.com
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Exclusive: Rites of Spring Photos with Aj Bowen and Anessa Ramsey

Exclusive: Rites of Spring Photos with Aj Bowen and Anessa Ramsey
"Fear has a season!" Coming to select theaters and VOD July 27th is Padraig Reynolds's crowd-pleasing thriller Rites of Spring. This gritty, edge-of-your-seat ride follows a group of kidnappers who abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite, hiding her in an abandoned school out in the middle of the woods. Feelings of guilt soon overtake the group, dividing the captors and putting their entire plan in jeopardy. The evening further spirals out of control when their poorly chosen hideout becomes a hunting ground for a mysterious creature that requires springtime ritualistic sacrifices. We have three exclusive photos from this IFC Midnight treat. Check out genre favorite Aj Bowen and Anessa Ramsey moments before their lives take a drastic turn for the worse.

Rites of Spring is available nationwide on IFC Midnight Cable VOD and Digital Outlets (SundanceNOW, iTunes, Amazon Streaming, Xbox Zune, Playstation Unlimited) starting July 27, 2012.

Rites of Spring comes to theaters July 27th,
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Something Looms Within the Darkness in Rites of Passage

Tagline: "Fear has a Season." IFC Films is getting set to release the thriller Rites of Passage. This title blends the supernatural with a kidnapping plotline. Socialites are targeted, but so are the kidnappers. A creature lurks near their hideout. Fans of the bizarre can see this title through video-on-demand July 27th. For now, the official poster is shown here with one character in dire straits. Cast and crew details are below. Release Date: July 27th (Video-on-demand). Director/writer: Padraig Reynolds. Cast: Aj Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, Sonny Marinelli, Marco St. John and Katherine Randolph. Source: IFC Films. 21 June 2012. Press Release.  |  |  |  Advertise Here - Contact me Michael Allen at 28Dla Subscribe to 28 Days Later: An Analysis Email Subscription

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Padraig Reynolds's 'Rites of Spring' Hits Digital Outlets and Midnight Cable

by MoreHorror.com

'Rites of Spring', the latest offering from IFC Midnight and writer/director Padraig Reynolds is set to hit digital outlets on July 27, 2012, so mark your calendars, horror fans! The film (now available to watch in theaters) will be made available via not only IFC Midnight cable VOD, but also iTunes, SundanceNOW, Amazon Streaming, Xbox Zune, and Playstation Unlimited. The film also features the stellar acting talents of Aj Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, Sonny Marinelli, Marco St. John and Katherine Randolph.

Synopsis: A group of kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite and hide out in an abandoned school in the middle of the woods. But feelings of guilt soon overtake the kidnappers, dividing the group and putting their entire plan in jeopardy. The evening further spirals out of control when their poorly chosen hideout becomes a hunting ground for a mysterious creature that requires springtime ritualistic sacrifices.
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Glasgow Frightfest 2012 Review: Rites of Spring

Rites Of Spring

Stars: Anessa Ramsey, Aj Bowen, Katherine Randolph, Sonny Marinelli | Written and Directed by Padraig Reynolds

In the spring of 1984 five teenagers went missing including Mississippi Beauty Queen Tara Grinstead. Then suddenly, the disappearances stopped. But the following spring it began again with the vanishing of a string of young girls, most notably Wendy Mullins, honours student and valedictorian of her graduating class. For the next 24 years the disappearances continued. No bodies were ever recovered.

Flash forward to 2008 and after a night out drowning her work-related sorrows, Rachel and her friend are drugged and taken captive by a strange old man right in the parking lot. At the same time a group of kidnappers hatch a plan to take and ransom the daughter of a wealthy industrialist. However their plan goes awry, and not just because one of the gang plans to double-cross his fellow kidnappers…

A genre-bending
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IFC Midnight Acquires "Rites of Spring"

IFC Midnight is acquiring U.S. rights to director Padraig Reynolds' thriller "Rites of Spring".

The story follows a group of kidnappers who abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite and hide out in an abandoned school in the middle of the woods. As guilt divides the group, they all become fodder for a mysterious creature that requires springtime ritualistic sacrifices.

Aj Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, Sonny Marinelli, Katherine Randolph and Marco St. John star. Reynolds also penned the screenplay.
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IFC Midnight Acquires "Rites of Spring"

IFC Midnight is acquiring U.S. rights to director Padraig Reynolds' thriller "Rites of Spring".

The story follows a group of kidnappers who abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite and hide out in an abandoned school in the middle of the woods. As guilt divides the group, they all become fodder for a mysterious creature that requires springtime ritualistic sacrifices.

Aj Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, Sonny Marinelli, Katherine Randolph and Marco St. John star. Reynolds also penned the screenplay.
See full article at Dark Horizons »

Rites of Spring Acquired by IFC Films

Rites of Spring Acquired by IFC Films
IFC Midnight announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to director Padraig Reynolds' thriller Rites of Spring. The film, with a screenplay also by Reynolds, stars Aj Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, Sonny Marinelli, Katherine Randolph, Marco St. John, Hannah Bryan, Sarah Pachelli, James Bartz, Shanna Forrestall, Skylar Burke, and Andrew Breland. Bobby Benton and John Norris served as executive producers while Wes Benton and Eric Thompson produced.

In Rites of Spring, a group of kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite and hide out in an abandoned school in the middle of the woods. But feelings of guilt soon overtake the kidnappers, dividing the group and putting their entire plan in jeopardy. The evening further spirals out of control when their poorly chosen hideout becomes a hunting ground for a mysterious creature that requires springtime ritualistic sacrifices.

The deal for the film was negotiated by Jeff Deutchman,
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'Rites Of Spring' : Fear Has A Season! Check Out The New Trailer Debut

From writer-director Padraig Reynolds comes Rites Of Spring, A super natural horror/thriller starring Aj Bowen (House Of The Devil, A Horrible Way To Die), Anessa Ramsey (Footloose, The Signal), Sonny Marilnelli (ER, The Fallen Faithful), Katherine Randolph (Jarhead), and Marco St. John (Treme, Monster). The film is one of several features which will be shown at this year's Screamfest festival held in sunny Los Angeles, so If your interested…
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1 in the Gun and Two Sides to Every Story: A Movie Review

*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by Mti Home VIdeo.

Director/writer: Rolfe Kanefsky.

Mti Home Video's latest release is one part noir thriller with a second story involving a surreal world in an isolated locale. This film stars Steven Bauer (Scarface), Steven Man and Katherine Randolph. Director Rolfe Kanefsky might be best known for his work and After Dark's Nightmare Man and here he trades in the horror genre for a moderately paced thriller. 1 in the Gun is really two stories in one, with the first part a standard noir film and the second half a surrealist experiment in a character's dreamscape. This reviewer preferred the first story, while the second seemed more like filler.

The first noir story involves a quadrangle or a four character love/lust story. There is a lot of loving going on with Randolph's character Katrina, the center of much of the attention.
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