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Screamfest 2012 – Highlights From Shorts Block 3 & 4

22 October 2012 1:15 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

This year’s Screamfest has since finished its week long run. There were a few highlights of the festival for me and I’d be remiss if I were to leave out the short films that screened this past Friday night. It seems like Shorts Block 3 & 4 had a plethora (that’s right, plethora) of amazing films.  From horror comedy to animation, it felt like this year had some of the best shorts I’ve seen back to back in quite some time.  Seriously, almost every one of them impressed. But to keep with the consistency of my previous piece on this year’s shorts, I’ve narrowed it down to my five absolute favorites.

Incident On Highway 73

Cast: Elizabeth Schmidt & Ian Alda Writer: Michael Kirk  Director: Brian Thompson

Synopsis: On Christmas Eve of 2005 Jeff and Kelly took a trip through the desert and mysteriously disappeared. This is the account of their final hours. »

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Incident on Highway 73 Set to Premiere at Screamfest L.A. 2012

16 October 2012 4:36 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Former Ghost House Pictures executive Michael Kirk partnered with award-winning music video director Brian Thompson on the new sci-fi thriller Incident on Highway 73, which is having its world premiere this Friday, October 19th, at Screamfest L.A.

From the Press Release:

Incident on Highway 73 recounts the harrowing final hours of a newly engaged couple who mysteriously disappear while driving through the desert on Christmas Eve, 2005. Michael Kirk (co-producer of The Grudge and The Grudge 2) and Brian Thompson shared producing duties with Kirk writing and Thompson directing the tension-filled 26-minute short. The film stars Elizabeth Schmidt and Ian Alda (Alan Alda's nephew); it was lensed by Jason Hafer and edited by Dave Gallegos. Robert Borer, Kathleen St. Peter, and Jeff Beard served as executive producers.

Kirk and Thompson first met while Thompson was fulfilling a college internship at Ghost House Pictures in 2005. "Brian showed me some of his college work, »

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