SCREENING TIME & DATE: Saturday, September 14th @ 6:00 PM
SYNOPSIS: Somewhere in the North Atlantic, late 1945. A lift raft adrift at sea, and in it, the survivors of a torpedoed hospital ship: With no food, water, or shelter, all seems lost – until an abandoned German minesweeper drifts ominously towards them, giving them one last chance at survival.
AWARDS NOMINATIONS (10): Best Feature, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Sound, Best Production Design, Best Costumes, Best VFX, Best Makeup
DIRECTOR: Justin Dix
CAST: Nathan Phillips, Alyssa Sutherland, Robert Taylor, Christopher Kirby
RATINGS GUIDE: Violence & Language
Australia / 2019 / 1 hour, 34 minutes
DIRECTOR’S / FILMMAKER’S BIO: Writer/Director Justin Dix has more than twenty years of experience within the Australian film industry as a top Special Effects Makeup Designer, Art Director and Production Designer. Since working on big budget American productions including STAR WARS EPISODES 2 & 3, CHARLOTTES WEB and THE BANK JOB, Justin has been at the forefront of the Australian horror film industry as the founder and owner of special effects company Wicked of Oz Studios. Justin and Wicked have played a part in practically every Australian genre film to come down the pipeline in recent years, including Greg McLean’s ROGUE, THE LOVED ONES, RED HILL, THE BABADOOK and many more. In 2012 Justin focused his unique creativity and knowhow on his first feature film, CRAWLSPACE, In addition to the usual jobs of Production Designing and Makeup Effects Designer Upcoming projects include RIDING HOOD, Dix’s edgy reinvention of the Red Riding Hood mythology, an original Mars-set thriller A.R.I.E.S . and just this year, Justin has completed his latest feature film BLOOD VESSEL, a period vampire film set in World War 2.
TRAILER: Coming Soon
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FATALE COLLECTIVE: BLEED (USA)
SYNOPSIS: Six emerging female directors explore the horror of being a modern woman in this bloody anthology.
DIRECTOR: Megan Rosati, Lola Blanc, Natasha Halevi, Francesa Maldonado, Danin Jacquay, Linda Chen
RATINGS GUIDE: Violence, Strong Violence, Language, Strong Language
AWARDS NOMINATIONS (4): Best Horror Short, Best Ensemble Cast – Short, Best Editing – Short, The Minerva Award
DIRECTOR’S / FILMMAKER’S BIO: MEGAN ROSATI – Megan Rosati is a writer, actor, director, and one-woman nightmare factory. Her web series, “52 Ways to Break Up,” was featured in NY Mag, LA Mag, LA Weekly, and Paste Magazine. Megan was a finalist in the Project Greenlight, Clive Barker, and Shudder Reel Fear contest, and her project Bloom was selected for development with Shudder and Adaptive Studios. Most recently, Megan’s pilot “Killer Assistant” was a finalist in The Black List and Macro Lab’s series development contest. Megan is represented by Writ Large Management, and you can find more of her work on meganrosati.com
LOLA BLANC – Lola Blanc is a filmmaker and musician who’s written songs for artists like Britney Spears and whose directorial work has been spotlighted by Funny or Die and Billboard. The short film she co-wrote and directed, “In Other Words,” will premiere at Nantucket Film Festival, and her web series pilot “Pop” was a finalist in the Sundance New Voices Lab. Her cannibal cult-themed music video, “Don’t Say You Do,” received over a million views, and as an actress, Blanc has appeared in American Horror Story, David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake, & more. She briefly believed in a cult leader as a child, so naturally she’s obsessed with cults and horror.
NATASHA HALEVI – Natasha Halevi is at the top of the IMDb list of “TROMETTES! Sexy women featured in films released by Troma Entertainment” and takes pride in her b-movie horror roots. She has been a featured guest at comic-cons and horror cons for her role as Anaconda in “B.C. Butcher,” including 2016 San Diego Comic Con, 2017 Dragoncon, and 2016 Stan Lee’s Comiccon. Natasha in the creator of the award-winning web series Lunch Break Feminist Club and continues to create in short-form new media, including an upcoming Instagram project called “After Ray,” featuring actors like Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy).
FRANCESCA MALDONADO – Francesca Maldonado, known as Lilchilita, is a director, production designer, and art director who has designed award-winning short films, network television shows (Historical Roasts on Netflix, Bushido Battleground on El Rey Network), and commercials. Francesca has a following of 20,000 across social media for her horror visuals, shorts, and tutorials on YouTube, Twitter and Instagram. Her tag #26YearsofHorror has over 13 million impressions and her work has inspired fan art in horror cons across the world.
DANIN JACQUAY – Danin Jacquay is a photographer, director, and artist who loves all things cute, gross, disturbing and colorful. While she’s taken photos for companies like Wet’n’Wild, Lisa Frank, Sanrio, and Amazon, she’s known for her brightly colored art photography and video in which something’s always a little… off. Danin’s art has been featured by Paper Magazine and L’Officiel, and her work is followed by over 20k people on Instagram. You can see more at daninphoto.com.
LINDA CHEN – Linda Chen is an illustrator and animator based in Los Angeles. As Creepygals, she is known for her colorful, vintage Valentine aesthetic with a side of filth, and for her recurring eyeball people, clown, and devil characters. Her work spans across many mediums including illustrations, animation, merchandise, comics, and interactive installations, most notably the Love Motel at the Laser Kitten gallery in the heart of Melrose. Linda’s designs have been carried in stores including Dollskill, Junior High Gallery, and Roretta’s Room in Japan, and she has been featured in Nylon Japan, JumpFromPaper, Polyester Zine and Society6.
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SYNOPSIS: A young actress’ (Lisa Smit) audition for an older man (Derek de Lint) grows increasingly less comfortable with every line read, in this this single-take #metoo horror, about power, the misuse of power and female empowerment.
DIRECTOR: Yfke van Berckelaer
RATINGS GUIDE: Violence
AWARDS NOMINATIONS (2): Best Actress – Short, The Minerva Award
DIRECTOR’S / FILMMAKER’S BIO: Born and raised in the Netherlands, Yfke grew up wanting to be a magical princess but became a writer/director instead, so she could create her own fairytales. She graduated with an MFA in Film Directing (2006) from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Yfke has directed award-winning films like All The Single Ladies! and the documentaries Pepe and Xangadix Lives! which toured theatrically in the Netherlands and Belgium. Her zombie musical Zombie Love, played at countless festivals all over the world and won over two dozen international awards. She also wrote and directed for the Dutch Comedy Central series De Meisjes van Thijs. To this day, Yfke still wears sparkling pink dresses and waves a magical wand.
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