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SundanceTV Kicks Off the Joe R. Lansdale Short Film Festival

Joe R. Landsale is a name horror fans are (or should be) familiar with, and if you’ve been enjoying SundanceTV’s new series “Hap and Leonard” and want to see more adaptations of his stories, this one is for you as the network has just launched the Joe R. Lansdale Short Film Festival.  Read on for the full details and to see the films!

As the first season of SundanceTV’s hit series “Hap and Leonard” comes to an end (the finale airs on Wednesday, April 6, at 10p/9c), fans can further explore the creative mind of Joe R. Lansdale with short films based on his work at the network’s digital destination, Sundance.tv. The Joe R. Lansdale Short Film Festival includes three short films based on stories by one of the greatest contemporary writers of today. The shorts launched today (Thursday, March 24th) and can be found below and at Sundance.tv/series/shorts-on-sundancetv.

The films included are as follows:

Hit Call
Following a murder, a desperate man receives a phone call from a femme fatale who’s about to turn his world upside down.
· Directed by award-winning director Phillip Guzman
· Starring Elle LaMont (“From Dusk till Dawn,” Machete Kills) and Denton Blane Everett (“The Leftovers”)

Bar Talk
In a dusty Texas bar, a chatty stranger insists on striking up a conversation with the man sitting next to him. The more this out-of-towner talks, the more obvious it is that he’s not from around here.
· “Best Kill Scene” Silver Scream Festival 2016
· Official Selection Courmayeur Noir In Festival 2015
· “Best Short Film” Phoenix FearCon 2014

The Drunken Moon
A strange, lonely drunk wanders the streets at night in a small Texas town. Nobody knows much about him, until it is too late.
· Official Selection Living Dead Horror Convention 2015
· Official Selection FantomFest 2015

Joe R. Lansdale is a prolific fiction writer who has published more than 40 novels and numerous short stories in many genres, including western, horror, science-fiction, mystery, and suspense. Lansdale is the winner of the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, the Edgar Award, and nine Bram Stoker Awards. In 2007 he received the World Horror Convention Grand Master Award, and in 2015 he was honored with the Raymond Chandler Award, celebrating a lifetime of achievement in noir storytelling.

Shorts on Sundance.tv is a new online destination within the network’s website featuring award-winning and notable drama and comedy short films from the past decade. It represents a continued commitment by SundanceTV and its online platforms to deliver innovative, compelling content alongside its critically acclaimed original series.

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