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With Screamfest LA celebrating its 11th anniversary this fall (the venerated Los Angeles film festival spearheaded by Rachel Belofsky runs October 14-23 in Hollywood, CA), the fest hosted another of its monthly mixers this past Thursday, March 12, and we were there to snap a few photos and chat with the filmmakers in attendance.
On hand for the event (which took place at Hollywood Boulevard’s tequila bar Te’Kila) were FX artist and reality TV star Frank Ippolito (who teased that his short flick ‘Night of the Little Dead’ is slated for a fest debut in the near future), Kiss Before the Slaughter director John Elfers, Hell’s Belles filmmaker Christian Ackerman, producer Drina Durazo and actor Luke Thompson.
Also in attendance were Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 actress Allison Kyler and that flick’s producer Chang Tseng and director (and Almost Human EFX guru) Robert Hall, the latter of whom hinted that the film may bow at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (prior to its planned September DVD/Blu-ray release). Actresses Jessica Cameron (Hell-O-Ween) and Denesa Chan and filmmaker Chris Sivertson (The Lost, Brawler) turned out for the festivities as well.
The high point of the evening came when producer Michael Hayes gave Dread a sneak peek of his project Fire City, which incidentally looks rather amazing. Existing at present as only a trailer and opening sequence (like many, Hayes decided to produce them as tools to secure financing for his planned feature version), Fire City is slated as a ‘demon noir thriller’, and if the tone of what we saw is any indication, this is the property that Dylan Dog aspired to be. Gritty, stylish and flat-out cool, we’re enthusiastic to see Fire City grow into its intended feature length boots. A teaser page for the project can be found here.
Screamfest LA’s 2011 call for entries is now open so filmmakers and screenwriters looking to submit to the festival should do so ASAP. Information on submission guidelines and all things Screamfest can be found at Screamfest LA online, and be sure to also check out the official Screamfest LA Facebook page for more.