Avatar Press and Mischief Maker Studios proudly announce that legendary comic book writer Garth Ennis will be premiering his short film Stitched at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday evening, July 21, at 8:15 pm in Room 6DE. Stitched will also become an ongoing monthly comic series.
From the Press Release:
Featuring Ennis’ debut as a filmmaker, Stitched blends supernatural horror with a contemporary war story, creating a terrifying landscape.
The fifteen-minute long film is written and directed by Garth Ennis, best known as the writer of such best-selling comic books as Preacher, The Punisher, The Boys, and Crossed. A Mischief Maker Studios production, Stitched was produced by Brian Pulido, Francisca Pulido (The Graves), and Ed Polgardy (Laid To Rest). Adam Goldfine served as Director of Photography while both Garth Ennis and William Christensen, the founder of Avatar Press, served as Executive Producers.
In Stitched three survivors of an American helicopter crash (played by actors Tank Jones, Lauren Alonzo, and Kate Kugler) struggle across the high mountains of Afghanistan. They’re injured, without food, water, or medicine, and moving through Taliban-controlled territory. Among the sun-bleached rocks, they discover something worse than enemy fighters: an ancient supernatural power that’s murderous, unstoppable, and serving a twenty-first century evil.
“Ive been thinking about (directing films) for a number of years now,” says Ennis. “Ever since the interest in a Preacher film became more solid and the options on it and The Boys were picked up. I’ve written screenplays and treatments for things like Crossed, but I haven’t really devoted myself to a film project before, not the way I have with Stitched. I’ve always loved movies; my comics are much more heavily influenced by film and TV than they are by other comics. So having a go at this seems quite natural.”
Hosting the premiere of Stitched at San Diego Comic-Con marks a first for the convention; although it regularly host panels featuring actors or sneak peek footage of upcoming films, SDCC has never previously premiered a film on-site. With Ennis being a name brand in the comic book community, the convention anticipates that his one-evening-only film premiere will draw a maximum capacity crowd. San Diego Comic-Con attendees will also have an opportunity to purchase exclusive early release DVDs for an autographing opportunity with creator Garth Ennis.
The footage filmed for Stitched comprises the opening conflict of a script intended as a full-length feature film. The full Ennis-penned script will be the basis of the first story arc in the upcoming, ongoing comic book series. “From the behind-the-scenes footage available on the DVD release,” Ennis says, “Stitched is going to have legs beyond just this 15-minute short. Most immediately, we’re going to launch a new comic drawn by the always-excellent Mike Wolfer. The first series will tell the complete story that the film only begins. The first issue of the comic book series will be released in November alongside the nationwide Stitched DVD release.”
For more information on the Stitched film, its DVD release, the film premiere at San Diego Comic-Con, and the comic book series, please visit FearTheStitched.com. And be sure to keep it here for more San Diego Comic-Con 2011 news as it comes.
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