Jerome Sable and Eli Batalion have made the shift from stage to screen with a splash — of blood, that is. Their filmmaking debut, a horror musical short film called “The Legend of Beaver Dam” will have its world premiere on September 9th at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, and we’ve got a look at the flick’s poster and trailer.
Following its premiere at TIFF 2010, “The Legend of Beaver Dam” will then go on to play a slew of film fests around the world.
The film tells the story of Danny Zigwitz, a nerdy young camper who needs to save his fellow campers from a bloody massacre when a campfire ghost story awakens an evil monster. And it’s a musical. For the cast Sable and Batalion handpicked musical theatre all-stars Seán Cullen, Rick Miller, and newcomer L.J. Benet. “We knew we needed actors with some serious pipes, and that’s what these guys are — super-talents who can do it all,” says Jerome Sable, who directed the film.
Sable and Batalion, who grew up as childhood friends in Montreal, Quebec, are best known for their work in musical theatre, especially J.O.B. The Hip-Hopera, a retelling of the biblical Book of Job through hip-hop. The show ran in Los Angeles (2005) and New York (2006), where it won awards and earned numerous rave reviews.
Now, over a decade after their first play, they are set to have the world premiere of their horror musical short at TIFF, one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. “It all started with ‘fringe theatre’,” Sable explains. “We cut our teeth doing wacky musicals that tried to combine cleverness with extreme silliness and absurdity, and hopefully audiences will find that we’ve preserved this strange combination in our film work.”
Check out the poster and trailer below, and for more visit the official “The Legend of Beaver Dam” website, where you’ll also find links to the film’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
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