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Luchagore Productions Receiving Fantastic Cinema Emerging Filmmakers Award

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Slap bang straight out of wrapping principal photography in a lead role in the Soskas-starring/Soskas-produced feature Puppet Killer, Gigi Saul Guerrero has just discovered that she and her trusty Luchagore Productions cohorts are to be recognized for their penchant for all things bloody and gory.

The Fantastic Cinema Emerging Filmmakers Award will be presented to the team behind short films such as El Gigante and Madre de Dios by The Film Society of Little Rock at this year’s Fantastic Cinema and Craft Beer Festival in April. You’ll find the full details below.

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From the Press Release:
The Film Society of Little Rock, Arkansas, has selected Luchagore Productions of Vancouver, B.C., to receive the Fantastic Cinema Emerging Filmmakers Award at the upcoming Fantastic Cinema and Craft Beer Festival, running April 7-10, 2016.  

“Fantastic Cinema has given us the honour of accepting the Emerging Filmmaker Award this year. As the producer of Luchagore Productions and on behalf of our team, this recognition strikes deep into the heart for what we have worked for. Not only does it strengthen our motivation in creating more visual stories but also pushes me to continue working harder,” said Raynor Shima, Luchagore Productions producer, production designer, and 1st A.D.

The special award recognizes up-and-coming filmmakers whose body of work displays the potential to have a significant impact on the world of genre films with an emphasis on horror – for the love of blood and gore!  

The aim of Luchagore Productions is “to push the boundaries of the genre and create sick and twisted, bloody-good-time films that will leave our audiences disgusted and cheering for more!” 

Mexico City native Gigi Saul Guerrero, who moved to Vancouver, B.C., where she graduated with honors with a B.A. in Motion Picture Production at Capilano University’s “Bosa Centre for Film and Animation,” serves as director, co-writer, co-editor, and head of marketing.

She exclaimed, “What can I say… Wow! I am absolutely speechless. It is a huge honor to be receive the Emerging Filmmaker Award. Luchagore Productions has worked so hard to get where we are today, and this recognition means the world to us. Gracias, Fantastic Cinema, for this beautiful award. I am thrilled and inspired to continue chasing my dreams in film!” 

Luke Bramley, cinematographer, co-director, and co-editor, said, “Thank you, Fantastic Cinema, for honoring us with the Emerging Filmmaker Award. We are huge fans of genre movies and love creating art for others to see, and this award ensures that we have connected with an audience who enjoy our passion. We will continue to push ourselves to make films that hopefully inspire others to pursue their dreams.” 

Official Website: luchagoreproductions.com
Facebook: Luchagore Productions
Twitter: @LuchaGoreFilm

In addition, Luchagore Productions will serve as this year’s panel judges for the Crypt TV presents Fantastic Phantasmagoria 60 Second Fake Trailer. The submission deadline is approaching!  Visit fantasticphantasmagoria.com for details. 

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Director Daniel Mark Young, you you may remember for the horror shorts Stranger, Night Terrors, and Run, is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to complete his latest ambitious project, the werewolf short Werehouse. Like most of Mark Young’s films, it will be penned by his frequent writing partner James Craigie.

As its name suggests, Werehouse will be a werewolf tale set inside, you’ve guessed it, a warehouse. A group of students seek refuge in the storage facility to escape from a violent protest, but they find that they may be in even greater danger after discovering that a ravenous beast may be trapped inside with them. The short will star Amy Tyger, Harriet Rees, Oliver Roy, and Derek Nelson.

Werehouse will be shot in black and white, although the filmmakers are using a special technique to isolate the color red in order to highlight the copious amounts of blood shown onscreen. Should the funding be successful, filming is expected to commence in April, and the film will be released on Amazon Instant Video this Halloween.

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The directorial debut of filmmaker Michael Chrisoulakis will launch a limited national, theatrical release on March 9, followed by a digital release through Freestyle Digital Media on March 20.

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Insidious Composer Joseph Bishara’s Score for The Worthy Being Released Tomorrow

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Tomorrow will see the digital release of the original soundtrack for The Worthy, a post-apocalyptic thriller that was one of the largest Arabic genre film productions in the Middle East. Featuring music by Joseph Bishara (Insidious, The Conjuring), the album will be released via the composer’s label, void recordings. Pre-orders are already open on Bandcamp.

Bishara explains, “Going into this, it was clear that [director] Ali [Mostafa] didn’t want a necessarily Middle Eastern sound though the film is of the region. He described it as taking place in a world after extremism, a relatable and possibly devastating scenario.

The composer adds, “Thematically the film deals with personalities that emerge through orchestrated chaos and how various types handle danger and adversity. There is a clear path for the hero to rise out of the situation, and his musical journey was worked backwards starting with the final scene, then deconstructing into the earlier setup.

The Worthy was directed by Ali F. Mostafa and written by Vikram Weet. It stars Ali Suliman, Maisa Abd Elhadi, Mahmoud Al Atrash, Samer Ismail, and Habib Ghuloom.

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