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It's that spooky time of the year again folks. If you are in Los Angeles, that means another year of the awesome Razorblades in your Reese's short film fest and Halloween costume party. Now in its 4th year at the Downtown Independent, this free event curated and hosted by Landon Zakheim (Sundance Film Festival) and Todd Luoto (newly appointed Chancelor of Transylvania) was a total blast last year. Come on down for the costume party and watch shorts by Nic Gorman & Paul Glubb, Jon Hurst, Adam Kelemen, Bo Mathorne, Michael Mohan, MK12, Joe Nicolosi, Pedro Pires, Riley Stearns, and Andrew Zuchero. There is more info on the Downtown Independent site. But wait! There's more! We have 3 special shorts for you to watch...
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The Stanley Hotel might not harbor ghosts in the traditional sense, but the empty hallways and surrounding desolation of this remote chunk of wooden real estate adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado suggest the sort of phantom presence that active imaginations tend to create. That's exactly what Stephen King did when, decades ago, he stayed at the Stanley and felt spooked enough to write "The Shining." Now horror fans are getting the chance to pay back the favor by relishing the genre's appeal with the first edition of the Stanley Film Festival, a horror festival that kicked off last night. Shortly before a screening of opening night film "The Purge," a rough but crowd-pleasing near-future thriller produced by Universal Pictures, director of programming Landon Zakheim stood before a packed audience and embraced the concept behind the event. "Welcome, everyone, to our haunted hotel," he said. Alongside »
- Eric Kohn
Hot on the heels of their first wave announcement, the amazing crew behind the Stanley Film Festival, which runs at the iconic and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Co May 2-5, has selected The Purge as its opening night film.
“In the near future, a daring new edict keeps the nation safe. Called simply The Purge, it is a 24 hour release from all laws. When vicious outsiders break into an innocent family’s home on the one night that crime is legal each year, everyone will find out how far they would go to protect themselves. “
- Brad McHargue
After announcing a solid feature line-up, The Stanley Film Festival has announced their short film screenings and special presentations. They have also revealed that their opening night film will be The Purge:
April 9, 2013 (Denver, Co) – The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), presented by NBC Universal’s Chiller, announced today its Opening Night film, Centerpiece film, special presentations and shorts programs for the inaugural event that will run May 2 – 5, 2013 in Estes Park, Colo. Celebrating the best in independent horror cinema, Sff will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels, student competitions and special events – with Festival headquarters set at The Stanley Hotel. The haunted landmark opened in 1909 and was the inspiration for Stephen King’s Overlook Hotel in The Shining.
The Stanley Film Festival opens Thursday, May 2, with a Gala Presentation of Universal Pictures’ The Purge, a speculative thriller directed by James DeMonaco and starring Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane and Max Burkholder. »
- Jonathan James
The Stanley Film Festival, a new inaugural festival celebrating the best in independent horror, will present its 2013 Visionary Award to to Eli Roth and close with his latest film "Aftershock." Presented by NBC Universal's horror network Chiller, the festival will take place in Estes Park, Colorado at the famous Stanley Hotel, the haunted landmark that inspired "The Shining"'s Overlook Hotel. "Aftershock," co-written, produced by, and starring modern horror master Roth, follows a group of tourists in Chile whose vacation turns to hell after an earthquake hits. On the festival's recognition of Roth's career, Festival Director Jenny Bloom commented, “Since his debut on the film festival scene with "Cabin Fever" in 2002, Eli Roth has become a leading force in the horror genre. His body of work will set the Stanley Film Festival Visionary Award precedent high for years to come.” The festival's feature program, which was curated by Programming Director Landon Zakheim and Programmer. »
- Erin Whitney
The Stanley Film Festival, which will host its debut fest at the iconic and legendary Stanley Hotel in Colorado from May 2-5, has announced its official feature film line-up, with the Eli Roth-starring earthquake thriller Aftershock taking center stage as the fest’s closing night film.
Roth will be on hand to accept the Inaugural Visionary Award and take part in a Q&A after the film.
“Since his debut on the film festival scene with Cabin Fever in 2002, Eli Roth has become a leading force in the horror genre. Whether acting, producing, directing or writing – his many talents are what made titles like Hostel and Inglourious Basterds shine,” says Festival Director Jenny Bloom. “His body of work will set the Stanley Film Festival Visionary Award precedent high for years to come.”
- Brad McHargue
The Bradford International Film Festival is typically an underground-friendly fest. This year appears to be no exception with two very special experimental film retrospectives, as well as a few modern underground-type flicks.
The 19th annual Biff will roll on April 11-21 at several locations around Bradford and Leeds in England, including the National Media Museum, Hebden Bridge Picture House, Hyde Park Picture House and other venues.
Biff is hosting a tribute to Stan Brakhage this year by screening the prolific filmmaker’s magnum opus, Dog Star Man, as well as a selection of his short films, from 1963′s legendary Mothlight to 1994′s Black Ice. There’s also going to be an epic-sized tribute/retrospective of experimental films from Austria, a country with a proud avant-garde filmmaking tradition that’s typically overlooked.
From Austria, Biff is, of course, screening two works from one of the experimental film world’s biggest masters, »
- Mike Everleth
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