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Sliff 2017 Interview: Actor Patrick Fabian – Star of Driverx

Driverx screens Sunday, November 5th at 3:15pm at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Producer Mark Stolaroff will be in attendance. Ticket information can be found Here.

Skidding into middle age, a stay-at-home dad must drive for an Uber-like ride-share company to help support his working wife and two young daughters. Leonard (Patrick Fabian of “Better Call Saul”), a middle-aged man living in the suburbs, has lost his mojo. It’s been two years since the demise of his record store, and now he’s a stay-at-home dad taking care of two young daughters while wife Dawn (Tanya Clarke) works during the day. With both kids now in elementary school, he’s been interviewing for jobs, but

record companies aren’t looking for a 50-year-old music lover with a knowledge of classic rock and pre-’80s hip-hop.
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Sliff 2017 Review – Driverx

Driverx screens Sunday, November 5th at 3:15pm at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Actor Patrick Fabian and producer Mark Stolaroff will be in attendance. Ticket information can be found Here.

Skidding into middle age, a stay-at-home dad must drive for an Uber-like ride-share company to help support his working wife and two young daughters. Leonard (Patrick Fabian of “Better Call Saul”), a middle-aged man living in the suburbs, has lost his mojo. It’s been two years since the demise of his record store, and now he’s a stay-at-home dad taking care of two young daughters while wife Dawn (Tanya Clarke) works during the day. With both kids now in elementary school, he’s been interviewing for jobs, but record companies aren’t looking for a 50-year-old music lover with a knowledge of classic rock and pre-’80s hip-hop.
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Thug Life Re-Imagined in The House That Jack Built [Review]

A couple of years ago writer/director Henry Barrial appeared on our radar when his low budget, big brains sci-fi thriller Pig made waves across the American and International festival circuits. For his follow-up, Barrial has taken on something completely different: a drama written by acclaimed writer/director Joseph B. Vasquez (of Hangin' With The Homeboys fame) which has been sitting for nearly 20 years.

The House that Jack Built stars E.J. Bonilla as the titular Jack, a charismatic young man who seems to have everything. He owns an apparently successful business, an apartment building in the Bronx that he's moved his entire family into and he has a beautiful fiancé. He's the family success story, the one who will do whatever is necessary to take care of the [Continued ...]
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Pig | DVD Review

Inspired by Ray Kurzweil's book The Singularity Is Near, Henry Barrial's Pig quickly evolves from a film about a man's confounding rediscovery of his own identity into a science fiction treatise on the future of neurobiological science. To dismiss Pig as merely being derivative of Memento totally discredits the intellectual prowess of Barrial's film. Pig functions as an existential diatribe on how one's past informs one's sense of self. Then, by wiping the protagonist's memory, Barrial tests the epistemological theory of tabula rasa, allowing the man to be "reborn" without built-in mental content so that he can learn purely from his experiences and perceptions. The "reveal" might seem a bit rushed, but otherwise Pig is an intense rollercoaster ride in which we (thankfully!) never know more than the protagonist.
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Scifi Thriller Pig Arrives for Mass Consumption!

Some great news today for fans of interesting and through provoking sci-fi drama: Henry Barrial's Pig is finally available to the masses.

You may remember the movie from a few years ago when it won a major prize at Sci-Fi London before crossing the waters to play the B-Movie Celebration. The trailer, featuring a man who wakes up in the middle of the desert with no recollection of either his name or how he got there, looked intriguing. I had the opportunity to see the movie a few years back and was really impressed with what Barrial and his team managed to scrape together, a movie that doesn't feel at all limited by its budget and instead, manages to tell an interesting and dynamic [Continued ...]
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Emerging Talent Showcase ProyectoNEXT Kicks Off With E.J. Bonilla Starrer ‘The House That Jack Built’

Film to Premiere at a special one-night, invitation-only, engagement sponsored by HBO(R) on October at the AMC Empire 25 on 42nd Street

New York, NY – September 25, 2013 – (Hispanicize Wire) – ProyectoNEXT, a new showcase for emerging Latino and Urban talent sponsored by HBO, will debut next month with the New York premiere of director Henry Barrial’s “The House That Jack Built.” The one-night, invitation-only feature presentation will take place October 2 in Manhattan at the AMC Empire 25.

Hailed by The Hollywood Reporter as a “convincing portrait of a neighborhood and its Nuyorican culture,” and “a majestic journey of crime, family drama, and redemption” by The Awards Circuit, “The House That Jack Built” stars Bronx native E.J. Bonilla and features an all-Latino cast of Caribbean descent from New York, including Melissa Fumero, Leo Minaya, Flor De Liz Perez, Saundra Santiago, John Herrera, and Rosal Colon.

“HBO is extremely excited to partner in the
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News Shorts: July 25th 2013

New photos Michael Fassbender and Javier Bardem in The Counselor, Aaron Eckhart and Yvonne Strahovski in I, Frankenstein, Russell Brand in Diablo Cody's Paradise, Jude Law in Dom Hemingway, Liam Hemsworth in Cut Bank, and another shot of Dwayne Johnson on the set of Hercules.

Posters for Romeo and Juliet, Saving Mr. Banks, Tom at the Farm, The Canyons, Oldboy, Getaway, Edge of Tomorrow, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Gravity, Elysium, Rush and The To Do List.

"Fox Searchlight has set a May 2nd 2014 U.S. release date for Amma Asante's British period drama 'Belle', and an April 4th 2014 release date for the Jude Law-led British black comedy crime caper 'Dom Hemingway' Both films premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September…" (full details)

"Sony Pictures Classics has announced that Alex Gibney's documentary on disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong
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Kino Lorber Acquires Sci-Fi Film 'Pig' at Comic-Con

Kino Lorber Acquires Sci-Fi Film 'Pig' at Comic-Con
Kino Lorber's Horizon Movies label has acquired all North American rights to "Pig," the latest sci-fi flick from Henry Barrial ("The House That Jack Built"). The sci-fi/mystery feature had garnered great success on the festival circuit this past year. The film stars Rudolf Martin ("Swordfish," "High Art," "NCIS") and features Patrick Fabian ("The Last Exorcism"), Steve Tom (HBO's "Funny Or Die") and Keith Diamond ("The Drew Carey Show"). "Pig" tells the story of a man (Rudolf Martin), who wakes up alone and in critical condition in the middle of the desert with a black hood on his head and his hands tied behind his back. He is discovered by a woman and is nursed back to health, only to realize he has amnesia, and has no idea who he is. His only clue, a piece of paper in his pocket with the name "Manny Elder" on it, sends him
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Kino Lorber's Horizon Movies Catches Itself a Pig

So, you wake up in the desert one day, with absolutely no memory of anything that's happened to you or even how you got here. In my younger days I would refer to that as Thursday, but when it comes to the movie biz, what we are talking about is the sci-fi thriller Pig.

Deadline reports that Kino Lorber’s Horizon Movies scooped up North American rights to writer-director Henry Barrial’s Pig.

The flick has done well on the sci-fi fest circuit during the past year, and it tells the story of a man who wakes up in the desert with his hands bound and a hood over his head. After being rescued by a local woman, he realizes he has amnesia and has no idea of who he is and how he got there. A lone clue sends him on a dangerous journey of discovery.

Rudolf Martin, Heather Ankeny
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LatinoBuzz: The House That Joseph B. Vasquez Built

Upon the Los Angeles Film Festival announcing their 2013 roster I was excited to see a title familiar to me that would be having its world premiere there. That film is 'The House That Jack Built' – from a screenplay written by Joseph B. Vasquez (Hangin' With The Homeboys) that I'd read close to 15 years earlier as an intern and it was rumored that it would be a Spike Lee/John Leguizamo collaboration. The film itself is a 20 year old journey in the making for the producers. The story revolves around Jack, a Puerto Rican drug dealer who yearns for those long gone memories of what was once a happy, united family where he remembers everything as ethereal-like. So he decides to buy a tenement where they can all be under the same roof in hopes of re-creating that joy, when in reality it will never be the same again as his well intentioned gesture tests the families bond to the point of irreparable dysfunction.

The joy for me at the time was reading the last screenplay written by Joe before he passed away in 1995. My friends and I used to quote the hell out of 'Hangin' With The Homeboys' and laugh at the way he wrote these richly drawn urban characters that could walk a very fine line and he was never afraid to push a few buttons when it came to sex, race and class. He knew the comedy in tragedy. The melancholy in reading his last screenplay was that it was his last screenplay.

Born to drug addicted parents in the South Bronx, Joseph started making movies on a Super 8mm camera at the age of 12. Eventually this would lead him to study film at City College in New York where he honed his craft and would later make a low budget, gritty, if not unwatchable film called 'Street Story' (later barely released as 'Street Hitz') where according to Joe, he was writer, director, cinematographer, editor, sound editor, gaffer, negative cutter and music editor. Working with a slightly larger budget and a little more experience his next film would be 'The Bronx War' (which I own on DVD courtesy of a spot on 125th st). It was another film with a story line firmly cemented in the street life that he was familiar and comfortable with. 'The Bronx War' would be the one to catch the attention of New Line Cinema. After all, there weren't many Puerto Rican/Black filmmakers coming out of the Bronx, especially ones that spoke to the surging urban market like he did. They would decide to finance a semi-autobiographical screenplay he wrote in about three days called 'Hangin' With The Homeboys' about an epic, odyssey-like guys night out in New York City with four friends. Each of the four characters represented a different part of Vasquez. He was now making a film for a studio and not paying for it out of his own pocket. But Joseph's life played out much like one of his screenplays. During the shoot, he was slashed down the middle of his forehead to his nose by a homeless man as he took the subway to the set, ending what he believed could have been another career as an actor. The tension on the set was unbearable according to his leads. Still, the film was completed and premiered at the '91 Sundance Film Festival to great success and even walked away with a best screenwriting award. Joseph, suffering from severe Bi-polar disorder started to grow wary of studios like New Line Cinema, the very studio that helped him achieve the success he had enjoyed and started turning down projects such as 'House Party 2', citing that the films had gotten too big and were slipping away from his creative and artistic grasp. Instead he opted to do things his own way as before. A result was 'Manhattan Merengue'. This film, understandably failed to move his career to the next level and Joseph began suffering from manic depression when the offers that once presented themselves to him stopped coming in. Once thought to be the next Spike Lee (a comparison he didn't care for), he alienated those around him and at some later point claimed to be Jesus. His behavior became increasingly erratic and drew great concern from those around him as his health deteriorated. At the time no one knew he had AIDS, to which he would succumb to far from the South Bronx he loved and wrote about. At aged 33 he passed away in San Diego, CA. penniless but with his mother, who got clean, by his side.

Producer Mike Lieber, who had known Joe for many years including during his tumultuous times, held on to the script of 'The House That Jack Built', hoping that one day he could finally get it made. It was something he promised Joseph on his death bed that he would do. After attaching Cuban-American, Henry Barrial (Pig) to direct, they raised a budget that was enough to cover a shoot on HD and raised the rest on Kickstarter to bring it home. Casting was primarily done in the Bronx with E.J Bonilla (Four, Mamitas) cast to play 'Jack' and joined by an all Latino cast that includes Melissa Fumero, Leo Minaya, Saundra Santiago, John Herrera, Flor De Liz Perez and Rosal Colon.

Mike Lieber fulfilled his promise and Joseph Benjamin Vasquez' new film will premiere at The Los Angeles Film Festival which runs June 13-23. Tickets can be bought at http://www.lafilmfest.com . Give them a “Like”: https://www.facebook.com/thehousethatjackbuiltmovie.

Written by Juan Caceres and Vanessa Erazo, LatinoBuzz is a weekly feature on SydneysBuzz that highlights Latino indie talent and upcoming trends in Latino film with the specific objective of presenting a broad range of Latino voices. Follow @LatinoBuzz on Twitter and Facebook.
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Sliff ’11 Review: ‘Pig’

What make us who we are? Is it our family and friends? Is it our memories of our past? Or is it the future that lies ahead of us? For a lot of people, the answer could be all of the above. It’s a complicated issue when you begin to think why you are who you are. Many people will agree that every single person and event that has been incorporated in their life since day one has helped form who they have become. However, what if you wake up one morning not knowing any of those people or events. Your memory is blank. Would you want to search out those individuals and rediscover those occurrences? Would you want to find out who you are?

Henry Barrial’s 2011 film Pig poses these exact questions. A confused and helpless “man” (Rudolf Martin) wakes up in the middle of the desert with a hood cloaking him.
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Pig – Sliff Review

Pig” can be defined in many ways. A common farm animal, a person inclined to eat too much, a derogatory slang toward law enforcement, or a fitting short hand for a selfish, sexist man who hates every bone in a woman’s body. None of these truly fit within the confines of the film Pig, which can lead an audience astray. The title is most likely derived from the ramblings of the main character in reflection on his own past behavior, but this plays only a supplementary role in this complex science-fiction story of one man’s odyssey to regain his own mind.

Written and directed by Henry Barrial, Pig is as much a psychological thriller as it is science-fiction. This surely has its roots in Barrial’s education in psychology, which comes through in the script. Rudolph Martin plays the nameless main character, who wakes up in the middle
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Shriekfest announces it’s Winners!

Los Angeles: Shriekfest, the Los Angeles International Film Festival & Screenplay Competiton was a huge success!

Shriekfest took place on Sept 29-Oct 2nd at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Shriekfest screened almost 40 films and had 40 screenplay finalists & 9 original song finalists. “Absentia” directed by Mike Flanagan took the Grand Jury prize for Best Horror Feature Film, “Pig” directed by Henry Barrial took the Best SciFi Feature Film award, “Isle of Dogs” directed by Tammi Sutton took the Best Thriller Feature Film award, “The Dead Inside” directed by Travis Betz took the Best Supernatural Feature Film Award. “Negative Image”… More
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2011 Shriekfest Film Fest Names Winners; Absentia Takes Home Best Feature!

And the praise continues to come in for director Mike Flanagan's stunning atmospheric thriller Absentia as the film nabbed the Grand Jury prize during the 2011 Shriekfest Film Festival awards ceremony last night, closing out the Shriekfest's four-day celebration of the world of independent horror.

Other winners of the night included Henry Barrial's Pig, which was named the Best Sci-Fi Feature Film of Shriekfest, Tammi Sutton's Isle of Dogs took home the Best Thriller Feature Film award, and Travis Betz's The Dead Inside was chosen as the Best Supernatural Feature Film during the festival.

In terms of short film winners, Karl Holt's Negative Image won the Best Short Film prize, and Certified by Luke Asa Guidici took home the best Super Short Film award. Screenplay awards were also handed out during the 2011 Shriekfest Film Festival with the Best Horror Feature Screenplay honors going to "Shut In" by T.J. Cimfel and David White.
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2011 Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival: Official Lineup

The Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival is, once again, set to push the boundaries of modern horror with their sixth annual edition that will run for four terrifying nights on Oct. 13-16 at the Artisphere theater in Washington, D.C.

For the opening night event on Oct. 13, Spooky Movie proves its international flair with the over-the-top Japanese zombie gorefest and action flick Helldriver, directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura, which will have two screenings, one for the early birds at 7:00 p.m. and one for the late-night crowd at 10:00 p.m.

The closing night film on the 16th is also an international affair: Joe Bauer’s The Killage, an Australian horror comedy that sends up the teen camp counselors slasher genre. Plus, there will be several Aussie short films accompanying this final feature.

Smooshed in between these two events are some of the most original and provocative terror flicks around,
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2011 B-Movie Underground And Trash Film Festival: Official Lineup

The B-Movie Underground and Trash Film Festival brings their unique collection of international sleaze on Sept. 7-11 in the city of Breda in the Netherlands. Violence, gore, general grossness and perversion are, once again, near and dear to the heart of this fun fest.

From the U.S., the But Fest is screening a few modern underground classics while also celebrating a few of the old masters. Included in the lineup are Usama Alshaibi‘s mind-blowing Muslim sex worker flick Profane, Zach Clark‘s wild weekend of debauchery Vacation! and Dan Nelson & Drew Bolduc‘s over-the-top The Taint.

Plus, But is honoring Cinema of Transgression mastermind Nick Zedd with several screenings of his classic works, such as Thrust in Me, Police State and Whoregasm, as well as his recent public access TV series Electra Elf.

Other films from around world include horror hits like César Ducasse & Mathieu Peteul’s Dark Souls,
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La Shriekfest 2011 International Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival Announces Official Line-Up

Can you smell it, kids? It's the faint aroma of fall all around us; the kids are back to school, the days are shorter and the nights are longer which all indicate one thing- Halloween, our favorite time of the year, is fast approaching!

Rejoice, fiends!

And if you live in the Los Angeles area, one of the best ways to kick off the Halloween season every year is definitely Shriekfest: The Los Angeles International Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival & Screenplay Competition, created by co-founder Denise Gossett in 2001 and recently heralded as "L.A's most successful and entertaining horror film festival" by La Weekly.

Celebrating some of the finest filmmakers, writers and in the independent horror world, Shriekfest is slated to run this year from September 29th through October 2nd at the Chaplin Theater located at Raleigh Studios (5300 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA) in Hollywood.

This year, Shriekfest kicks off with
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Discover the mystery of Henry Barrial's Pig

I would tell you to close your eyes to fully enjoy the telling of this story but alas, if you did that, you wouldn't be reading this little write up and that would, to put it plainly, suck. So image instead that you wake up in the middle of the desert. You're alone and injured, you don't know where you are other than to note that there isn�t much around and to make matters worse, you can't remember who you are or how you got there. A woman finds you, helps you get back on your feet and with a clue you find scribbled on a piece of paper in your pocket, you head to La to figure out who you are and what happed.

That's the premise of Henry Barrial's new indie Pig, the film that took home the best feature film prize at Sci-Fi London earlier
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For Those About to Schlock, the B Movie Celebration Salutes You

If you have a deep rooted love for b-movies and will be in or near Franklin, Indiana this September, there’s a film festival taking place that is just for you. With everything from b-movie classics to world premieres and several top names from the world of B-filmdom in attendance, think of the B Movie Celebration as the Cannes Film Festival for aficionados of fine schlock.

The annual center of all b-Movie fandom celebration is back again September 23rd-25th in Franklin, Indiana. This year, besides a Huge list of classic films being screened, there are also a few world premieres and screenings of some very eagerly anticipated films. There's the world premieres of Fred Olen Ray's "Dino Wolf" [aka "Dire-Wolf"], David A. Prior's "Night Claws", Jim Wynorski's "Camel Spiders", and screenings of other hotly anticipated titles such as "The Millennium Bug", "El Monstro Del Mar", "Rare Exports:
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Horror Related Events and Panels at WonderCon 2011

It may not be as well known as San Diego Comic-Con, its Southern California counterpart, but the San Francisco WonderCon is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year as one of the country's best comics and popular arts events. On the fence about attending? Here's a rundown of what genre fans can look forward to at the show.

WonderCon runs at the Moscone Center South from April 1 through 3 with an incredible roster of comics' greatest writers and artists as special guests and featured in spotlight panels throughout the weekend. The show's programming schedule includes panels and previews from the comics industry's biggest publishers, including DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, Aspen, Idw, Boom!, Slg, and many more. All of these publishers have booths in the giant Exhibit Hall so you can visit and interact with them all weekend plus shop in a pop culture paradise! The Exhibit Hall includes vendors selling items
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