One stumbling block that a lot of indie filmmakers hit is trying to stretch what should be left as a short into a feature-length film. Fortunately, there’s a writer/director out there who understands that longer doesn’t always mean better: Kansas-based Patrick Rea. And apparently we’re not the only people who feel that way about Patrick as his cup runneth over with numerous film festivals clamoring to show his wares … and also rewarding him for his efforts!
He recently dropped us a line with an update on when and where some of his short films will be playing along with a status report on his next two full-length features, Nailbiter and The Mirror Watcher.
“Get Off My Porch“, a short film about a man being terrorized by persistent girl scouts selling ‘delicious’ cookies screened recently at A Nightmare to Remember Film Festival in San Francisco; Fright Night Film Festival in Louisville, Kentucky; and won last weekend’s Killer Shorts Competition at the Chicago Wizard Con sponsored by the New York City Horror Film Festival. Upcoming film festivals include The Bonebat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival, September 2nd in Redmond, Washington; The HorrorFind Weekend Film Festival, September 3rd-5th in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Estes Park Film Festival, September 17th-19th in Estes Park, Colorado; Cinema Wasteland, October 1st in Cleveland, Ohio; and Buried Alive Film Festival, November 12th-13th in Atlanta, Georgia.
The film shot in Shawnee, Kansas, was written and directed by Rea. The Director of Photography was Hanuman Brown-Eagle; it was produced by Ryan Jones and Patrick Rea, executive produced by Free State Studios; and it stars Brad Meehan, Katherine McNamara, Andrea Strickler, and Jennifer Plas. The film was scored by Harry Manfredini.
Other SenoReality Pictures and Free State Studios shorts screening at fests include “Now That You’re Dead“, which also won the Killer Shorts Competition at the Philadelphia Comic-Con and will be screened next at The HorrorFind Film Festival and The ICON SF Film Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel, September 25th-30th, along with “Next Caller“.
“Mrs. Brumett’s Garden” a Heartland Emmy-nominated short film about an elderly woman who believes she is speaking to fairies in her garden, will screen at the Tri-City Independent Film Festival, October 16th in Richland, Washington.
SenoReality is currently putting the finishing touches on its latest short film, “Time’s Up, Eve“, a black and white supernatural noir set in the 40’s, which will start making festival rounds soon.
Rea is also in post-production on his indie horror feature Nailbiter, which is scheduled to have its premiere in April/May 2011. Rea and company’s next projects include the sci-fi suspense feature The Mirror Watcher, which will begin pre-production next year.
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