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Putting together a genre film festival of any type takes time, commitment (or committed), a reliable team, a diverse lineup, luck plus so much more. The western part of North America is rich with talent, history and film festivals that break the mold and continue to redefine the experience for everyone that becomes part of the events. From such cities in California like Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego to Edmonton, Alberta Canada to Seattle, Washington, we sat down with five diverse film festival programmers to ask questions that not only connect these festivals but explore their development, growth and survival. These five key organizers and programmers bring different perspectives, experience, selective eye as well as personality to this discussion as we covered a wide variety of topics gaining insight into what makes this annual celebration of film, fans and filmmakers a must to attend!
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- Jay Kay
Mathieu Turi's post-apocalyptic thriller, Hostile, is currently in production with shooting in New York, Paris and Ouarzazate where the shoot will end on the 7th of October. The first official image has arrived from the hotly anticipated film.
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One of the west coast's premiere genre festivals Screamfest La is gearing up for another year. The festival will run from October 18-27, 2016 at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood and has just dropped the first wave of titles for 2016. A couple of current festival faves The Master Cleanse and Trash Fire made the cut this year. There is also the new flick from Xavier Gens (Frontier(s), The Divide and Hitman) Cricifixion. We will keep you posted on more titles as they are announced. Badges can be purchased at ScreamfestLA.com. The Master Cleanse (USA) 2016 Directed by Bobby Miller Written by Bobby Miller Cast: Anna Friel, Johnny Galecki, Anjelica Huston, Oliver Platt La Premiere Down, out, and heartbroken, Paul attends a spiritual...
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Many know Michael Biehn from his iconic roles in James Cameron’s Aliens, The Terminator, and The Abyss, but in recent years he and his wife and business partner Jennifer Blanc-Biehn have been a tremendous force on the indie scene with their production company, Blanc-Biehn Productions, which provides a platform for indie filmmakers—including themselves—to tell new stories and interact with their dedicated fan base.
Michael and Jennifer were recently at San Diego Comic-Con to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Aliens, and I had a chance to sit down with the duo to discuss their grassroots approach to indie filmmaking, Michael’s desire to play Hicks once again in a new Alien movie, and much more.
Jennifer talked about the key to being a grassroots production company by interacting with fans and getting involved with talented actors, writers, and female filmmakers.
Jennifer Blanc-Biehn: There are a lot of people like this. »
- Jonathan James
When I hear the words "we are not a cult" the first thing I think is: this is definitely a cult and you just know that when that mantra is followed by "you can leave any time," you're definitely in trouble.
Written and directed by Karl Mueller (one of the co-writers behind Xavier Gens' divisive The Divide), Rebirth stars Fran Kranz as Kyle, a regular Joe living an ordinary life until he has a run in with an old college friend. Zack (Adam Goldberg) convinces Kyle to join him on a life changing experience called Rebirth. Zack sells it as a retreat to re-invigorate Kyle's life and though at first sceptical, Kyle is sold on the idea when he sees the woman sent to pick-up the new recruits but from the moment he steps onto the bus, things start to get strange.
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It’s been a busy year for Xavier Gens (The Divide, Frontiere(s)). Not only did the French director wrap production on supernatural thriller The Crucifixion, but he just completed photography on the long in-development adaptation of Albert Sanchez Piñol’s Spanish novel, Cold Skin. As previously reported, The Lovecraftian tale of isolation and madness has been in the works since 2009 […] »
- Chris Webster
Here's some news about a film we're very excited to see movement on. Late last year we announced that French director and friend to Qe Mathieu Turi had partnered with Xavier Gens (The Divide, Frontier(s)) to produce his first feature film called Hostile, a post-apocalyptic horror thriller with a great concept.
Now we're hearing out of Cannes that the film has its official cast locked in Brittany Ashworth (The Crucifixion) in the lead, Javier Botet (Crimson Peak, The Revenant) and Grégory Fitoussi (World [Continued ...] »
7 items from 2016
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