John C. Lyons - News Poster

News

The Filmakers Podcast #233: Directors John C. Lyons & Dorota Swies

The Filmakers Podcast #233: Directors John C. Lyons & Dorota Swies
Here’s the latest episode of the The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on the official podcast site, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

For those unfamiliar with the series, The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films from micro budget indie films to bigger budget studio films and everything in-between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Guests will come on and chat about their film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors.

The Filmmakers Podcast #233: From Crowdfunder to Proof of Concept to Feature Film
See full article at Nerdly »

‘Unearth’ DVD Review

‘Unearth’ DVD Review
Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Marc Blucas, P.J. Marshall, Allison McAtee, Rachel McKeon, Brooke Sorenson, Monica Wyche | Written by Kelsey Goldberg, John C. Lyons | Directed by John C. Lyons, Dorata Swies

When I read the terms “fracking” and “horror” linked together for a movie, I was curious but also unsure of what the hell it would even be. Enter Unearth, a horror flick written by Kelsey Goldberg (Painting Autumn) and John C. Lyons (Schism), who also directs along with Dorata Swies. The story of two Pennsylvania farming families whose relationships with one another become torn by the decision of one of the families to lease their land to a gas and oil conglomerate. The existing ties of these families is frayed with this decision, and as the drilling commences, there’s something underground that unleashes a new type of horror upon these two households.

It’s a film that dips its toes
See full article at Nerdly »

Something Emerges from Below in John C. Lyons' Unearth

Something Emerges from Below in John C. Lyons' Unearth
Tagline: "A Sacrifice Must Be Made." Unearth is a film from the U.S.A. Already released in North America, this indie horror feature is slated to launch in the United Kingdom - this month. In the film, environmental damage sets two neighbours against each other as something terrifying is released from the ground. Unearth is from directors John C. Lyons and Dorota Swies. The film's UK trailer and poster are here. Adrienne Barbeau stars as one of the neighbours. In the trailer, her character struggles with her farm - which is changing right before her eyes. Will big business win? UK fans can find out this June 28th. On this date, Unearth will be available on both Digital and DVD formats. Having completed its film festival run, this feature is set to show in more home entertainment markets this Summer. Release Date: June 28th, 2021. Directors: John C. Lyons, Dorota Swies.
See full article at 28 Days Later Analysis »

Official Trailer for 'Unearth' Eco-Horror Film About Farmers & Fracking

Official Trailer for 'Unearth' Eco-Horror Film About Farmers & Fracking
"Make it stop!" Cinedigm already released this film in the spring, but we're just catching up with this trailer for Unearth, an "eco-horror" thriller about farmers and the deadly consequences of allowing fracking. This originally premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival last year, where our writer Zofia gave it a positive review. The bond between two neighboring farm families is put to the test when one of them chooses to lease their land to a gas company with fracking plans. In the midst of this growing tension, the land is drilled and something long-dormant and terrifying is released. Don't mess with nature. "Unearth is about the horrifying repercussions sown by shortsighted decisions, and what our children reap from our actions." The film stars Adrienne Barbeau, P.J. Marshall, Allison McAtee, Rachel McKeon, Monica Wyche, Brooke Sorenson, and Marc Blucas. Yeah this does look incredibly terrifying. Don't frack! Keep that land intact.
See full article at FirstShowing.net »

A sacrifice must be made in trailer for eco-horror Unearth

A sacrifice must be made in trailer for eco-horror Unearth
Signature Entertainment has released a trailer and images for the eco-horror Unearth. Written and directed by John C. Lyons and Dorota Swies, the film centres on a small town that fall prey to mother nature after an oil and gas company starts drilling in the land, disturbing and releasing a killer pathogen; take a look […]

The post A sacrifice must be made in trailer for eco-horror Unearth appeared first on Flickering Myth.
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Fantasia 2020: 'Unearth' is a Chilling Eco-Horror Film About Farmers

Fantasia 2020: 'Unearth' is a Chilling Eco-Horror Film About Farmers
Screened as a selection of the virtual 2020 Fantasia Film Festival. When nature is one of the key elements of a film, it usually touches on humanity's relentless power of destruction. This theme is a major part of the newest eco-horror feature, Unearth, co-directed by John C. Lyons and Dorota Swies (Schism), from a script written by Lyons and Kelsey Goldberg. This self-described "fracking horror story" captivates audiences with its intense storytelling and, most importantly, the lessons hidden within. Next to phenomenal directing, its cast, especially Allison McAtee, deliver gratifying performances. Two farm families, the Dolans and the Lomacks, have been neighbors and close friends for quite some time. Both family's daughters grew up together, and now a new member beginning the next generation arrives in the Lomack household. When times start to get tough and every penny counts, the two farming families face a difficult choice. They either firmly stand
See full article at FirstShowing.net »

Fantasia 2020: ‘Unearth’ Review

  • Nerdly
Fantasia 2020: ‘Unearth’ Review
Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Marc Blucas, P.J. Marshall, Allison McAtee, Rachel McKeon, Brooke Sorenson, Monica Wyche | Written by Kelsey Goldberg, John C. Lyons | Directed by John C. Lyons, Dorata Swies

When I read the terms “fracking” and “horror” linked together for a movie, I was curious but also unsure of what the hell it would even be. Enter Unearth, a horror flick written by Kelsey Goldberg (Painting Autumn) and John C. Lyons (Schism), who also directs along with Dorata Swies. The story of two Pennsylvania farming families whose relationships with one another become torn by the decision of one of the families to lease their land to a gas and oil conglomerate. The existing ties of these families is frayed with this decision, and as the drilling commences, there’s something underground that unleashes a new type of horror upon these two households.

It’s a film that dips its toes
See full article at Nerdly »

Reel Suspects Boards Fantasia Eco-Horror ‘Unearth’

Reel Suspects Boards Fantasia Eco-Horror ‘Unearth’
Exclusive: Paris-based sales company Reel Suspects has added Eco-Horror Unearth to its slate ahead of the film’s bow at Fantasia this week.

Directed by John C. Lyons and Dorota Swies, Unearth follows two neighboring farm families whose relationships become strained when one of them leases their land to a natural gas company. In the midst of growing tension, the land is drilled and something long-dormant and terrifying, deep beneath the earth’s surface, is released.

It stars Adrienne Barbeau, Allison McAtee, P.J. Marshall, Rachel McKeon, Monica Wyche, Brooke Sorenson and Marc Blucas. The film is written by Lyons and Kelsey Goldberg. Lyons, Swies, McAtee, and Blucas are the producers.

Reel Suspects will rep international rights, the filmmakers have domestic.

“We are thrilled to work with the filmmakers, John and Dorota. Unearth‘s arthouse approach and relevant, timely story fit perfectly into our elevated genre slate. We are confident both
See full article at Deadline »

Fantasia 2020 Review: Unearth Explores the Real-Life Horrors of Small Town America

Fantasia 2020 Review: Unearth Explores the Real-Life Horrors of Small Town America
Admittedly, there was a moment about halfway through Unearth, the “fracking horror movie” from directors John C. Lyons and Dorota Swies, when it felt like I was watching some more in line with an ecological drama than anything genre-related. But then as things began to amp up in the last 20 minutes or so, Unearth takes some severely sharp and twisted left turns and the narrative morphs into something more horrific, making the film something I’d ultimately define more as “genre adjacent” than a movie that’s pure horror.

And while I do wish Unearth had leaned into those horror-infused tendencies sooner, the film is definitely well-acted, gorgeously shot and perfectly captures the rising tensions surrounding two families who are faced with difficult decisions as an economic downturn threatens to destroy everything they’ve worked so hard for. Plus, anything with Adrienne Barbeau will always garner my attention, and she’s great here.
See full article at DailyDead »

UK’s Grimmfest reveals virtual line-up; opening with ‘Alone’ (exclusive)

UK’s Grimmfest reveals virtual line-up; opening with ‘Alone’ (exclusive)
More than 20 features and four world premieres selected for genre film festival.

UK genre film festival Grimmfest has revealed the line-up for its 2020 edition, which will take place online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Scroll down for full line-up

The festival, which runs October 7 to 11, will open with the European premiere of US psychological thriller Alone, directed by John Hyams, in which a grieving widow is pursued through the wilderness by a relentless psychopath.

Grimmfest has also secured four world premieres for this year’s edition, which include US features The Special, from filmmaker B. Harrison Smith, and They Reach,
See full article at ScreenDaily »

“Filmmaking is Not a Job, It’s a State of Mind”: Directors John C. Lyons and Dorota Swies on Unearth

“Filmmaking is Not a Job, It’s a State of Mind”: Directors John C. Lyons and Dorota Swies on Unearth
Fifteen years ago I was touring the regional horror film festival circuit with my first feature when I discovered the work of John C. Lyons, a filmmaker based in Erie, Pennsylvania whose short Hunting Camp was one of the more inventive and compelling movies I encountered that year. It was also one of the most interestingly photographed, by cinematographer Dorota Swies, who formed Lyons Den Productions with Lyons in 2004; the two of them have been working together ever since. Their latest collaboration and first feature together is the environmental horror movie Unearth, set to premiere on August 25 at this year’s virtual […]
See full article at Filmmaker Magazine »

“Filmmaking is Not a Job, It’s a State of Mind”: Directors John C. Lyons and Dorota Swies on Unearth

“Filmmaking is Not a Job, It’s a State of Mind”: Directors John C. Lyons and Dorota Swies on Unearth
Fifteen years ago I was touring the regional horror film festival circuit with my first feature when I discovered the work of John C. Lyons, a filmmaker based in Erie, Pennsylvania whose short Hunting Camp was one of the more inventive and compelling movies I encountered that year. It was also one of the most interestingly photographed, by cinematographer Dorota Swies, who formed Lyons Den Productions with Lyons in 2004; the two of them have been working together ever since. Their latest collaboration and first feature together is the environmental horror movie Unearth, set to premiere on August 25 at this year’s virtual […]
See full article at Filmmaker Magazine_Director Interviews »

A Fracking Tale of Terror with Unearth: A Preview

A Fracking Tale of Terror with Unearth: A Preview
Tagline: "A Fracking Horror Story." Unearth is an ecological survival horror story. Set to show at this year's virtual Fantasia Film Festival, Unearth looks at the dangers of fracking and a looming environmental crisis. This title was developed by John C. Lyons (Schism) and Dorota Swies. And, the cast consists of horror favourite Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog), along with: Brooke Sorenson ("Modern Family"), P.J. Marshall and Rachel McKeon. This title appears at Fantasia in late August, with a preview available here. The movie poster for Unearth shows some of the environmental damage as an icon of Mother Earth suffers above. This graphic hosts skull and bones as trees wither. Very smokey, characters Kathryn (Barbeau) and Christina (Allison McAtee) hover above. All of the film's promotional materials have been intriguing thus far. Unearth will have two appearances at this year's festival. First, the film will show on August 25th, followed by another showing on August 30th.
See full article at 28 Days Later Analysis »

Fantasia Virtual Edition To Open With Neil Marshall’s Plague Horror ‘The Reckoning’

Fantasia Virtual Edition To Open With Neil Marshall’s Plague Horror ‘The Reckoning’
Fantasia’s upcoming virtual edition, which will run August 20 – September 2, will kick off with the first showing of Neil Marshall’s horror The Reckoning. Set in 1665 against the backdrop of the Great Plague, Charlotte Kirk leads the cast of the movie about the witch hunts that followed the crisis.

The fest has revealed a total of eight world premieres alongside films from the SXSW and Tribeca line-ups that have yet to screen for the public. Also debuting are: Chino Moya’s Undergods, Thomas Robert Lee’s The Curse Of Audrey Earnshaw, Sidharth Srinivasan’s Kriya, Mauro Iván Ojeda’s The Undertaker’s Home, and Anthony Scott Burns’s Come True. Scroll down for the full list.

Bad luck for international Fantasia fans, however, as the online screenings, which will run via Festival Scope and Shift72’s virtual screening platform, will only be accessible to those based in Canada.

Fantasia’s
See full article at Deadline »

‘Rhobh’s Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave, Jack Vale Join ‘Next Level’; ‘Unearth’ Film Sets Ensemble Cast

‘Rhobh’s Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave, Jack Vale Join ‘Next Level’; ‘Unearth’ Film Sets Ensemble Cast
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave (daughter of musician John Mellencamp) and comedic social influencer Jack Vale have been added to the cast of Next Level, a Ya dance drama directed by A Cinderella Story producer Ilyssa Goodman. Starring Chloe Lukasiak, Lauren Orlando, and Emily Skinner the film follows teens who compete for best performer of the summer while at Next Level, a specialized dance/hip-hop/songwriting performing arts program. Byron Kavanagh penned the screenplay, which is being produced by Kristi Kaylor and Lisa McGuire of The Loft Entertainment. Arroyave is repped by CAA, while Vale is with Ensemble Digital Studios and Cohen and Silver.

Adrienne Barbeau (Escape from New York), Allison McAtee (Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots), P.J. Marshall (American Horror Story) and Rachel McKeon (Marvel’s Jessica Jones) will star in indie horror thriller Unearth, which is being directed by
See full article at Deadline »

John Leguizamo Joins Party Comedy 'The Nest'

John Leguizamo Joins Party Comedy 'The Nest'
John Leguizamo is the latest to join the burgeoning cast of Universal Pictures' new comedy The Nest. We reported yesterday, when Madison Davenport signed on to star, that production is already under way in New York City.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler star as two sisters who return to their hometown, only to learn that their childhood home has been put up for sale. They decide to throw one last massive party in the house before it is sold.

The supporting cast also includes James Brolin as the siblings' father, Maya Rudolph as a childhood friend of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's characters, and Madison Davenport as the daughter Tina Fey's character. Ike Barinholtz also co-stars in an unspecified role. No details were given for John Leguizamo's character.

Pitch Perfect filmmaker Jason Moore is directing from a script by Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell. Jay Roach
See full article at MovieWeb »

Madison Davenport Joins 'The Nest' as Tina Fey's Daughter

Madison Davenport Joins 'The Nest' as Tina Fey's Daughter
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series star Madison Davenport has signed on for a role in Universal Pictures' The Nest, which has started production in New York City.

Madison Davenport will play the daughter of Tina Fey's character, an artist who is angry because she has to look over her mother. Amy Poehler plays Tina Fey's sister, as both siblings decide to throw one last major party in their childhood home, before it is sold. James Brolin, Ike Barinholtz and Maya Rudolph, who joined the cast last week, also star.

Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) is directing from a screenplay by Paula Pell (Saturday Night Live). Tina Fey is producing alongside Jay Roach and John C. Lyons, with Amy Poehler, Jeff Richmond and Brian Bell serving as executive producers.

Aside from her role as Kate Fuller in El Rey's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Madison Davenport has
See full article at MovieWeb »

Maya Rudolph Joins Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in 'The Nest'

Maya Rudolph Joins Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in 'The Nest'
Universal Pictures' upcoming comedy The Nest is shaping up to be a Saturday Night Live reunion, with Maya Rudolph signing on to join her former SNL cast mates Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

The story, written by former Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell, centers on two sisters (Tina Fey and Amy Poehler) who decide to throw one last massive party in their childhood home, before it is sold, which turns into a "cathartic experience" for the siblings and their friends. Maya Rudolph is playing a longtime childhood friend of the sisters, with James Brolin signing on earlier this week to play Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's father, and Ike Barinholtz starring as the male lead.

Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) is directing, with Tina Fey, Jay Roach and John C. Lyons producing, and Amy Poehler, Jeff Richmond and Brian Bell serving as executive producers.

In related news, Maya Rudolph
See full article at MovieWeb »

James Brolin Will Play Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Father in 'The Nest'

James Brolin Will Play Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Father in 'The Nest'
James Brolin has signed on to star in The Nest, portraying the father of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's characters.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler portray two sisters, who decide to throw one last massive party in their childhood home before it is sold. Ike Barinholtz also stars in an unspecified role.

Jason Moore is directing from a script by Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell, with Jay Roach producing alongside John C. Lyons and Tina Fey. Amy Poehler is executive producing alongside Jeff Richmond and Brian Bell. It isn't known when production will begin, although Universal Pictures has slated the comedy for release on December 18, 2015.

James Brolin recently wrapped production on The 33 alongside Antonio Banderas and Jennifer Lopez.

The Nest comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, James Brolin, Ike Barinholtz. The film is directed by Jason Moore.
See full article at MovieWeb »

See also

Credited With |  External Sites


Recently Viewed