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Aj Bowen (A Horrible Way to Die, You're Next) and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond) have signed on for Grow Up, Tony Phillips, the fourth feature film from writer-director Emily Hagins (My Sucky Teen Romance, Pathogen). The pair join previously attached cast members Tony Vespe, Devin Bonnée (both of My Sucky Teen Romance), and Jamie Landau (son of Jon Landau, in his feature film acting debut) in the independently-produced comedy about a Halloween-loving teenager who doesn't think childhood passions should have an expiration date.
Grow Up, Tony Phillips is the fourth feature film from young director Emily Hagins, who drew an international spotlight when she set out to make her first feature, the zombie film Pathogen, at only 11 years old. Her most recent film, the vampire comedy My Sucky Teen Romance, enjoyed its world premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival, where it was acquired by Dark Sky Films for American distribution. »
We've always supported Emily Hagins ever since she was an 11-year-old directing her first feature-length horror film back in 2006. That movie was Pathogen, and its unique story was the focus of a really entertaining documentary called Zombie Girl: The Movie. Since then Emily has continued to feed her dream of making movies by directing two additional feature films, The Retelling and My Sucky Teen Romance, the latter of which scored her a premiere at the SXSW Film Festival and a distribution deal through Dark Sky Films (watch My Sucky Teen Romance now on DVD/Blu-ray/iTunes/VOD). Now Emily is back -- she's older and wiser -- and she's taking her next feature film to Kickstarter for assistance in funding what will be her first movie that isn't set squarely in the...
- Erik Davis
Chicago – At age 12, Emily Hagins was literally surrounded by cameras. She was in the midst of directing her first feature, a zombie thriller entitled “Pathogen,” while a film crew chronicled her every move for their own documentary, “Zombie Girl: The Movie.” By the time production wrapped, Hagins was considered a budding sensation on the indie film circuit.
As the youngest director in the U.S., Hagins has displayed an enthusiasm, invention and craftsmanship that far exceeds that of many filmmakers three times her age. On the heels of her sophomore effort, a spooky mystery called “The Retelling,” Hagins has delved into the realm of comedy with a teen romance that deconstructs the “Twilight” phenomenon, while offering its own distinctive twist on the vampire genre. “My Sucky Teen Romance” stars Elaine Hurt as a girl looking to have a fling at the sci-fi/horror convention, SpaceCON, and ends up getting far more than she bargained for. »
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3 items from 2012