Exclusive: Second Annual PollyGrind Film Festival Announces Winners

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The 2011 PollyGrind Film Festival recently wrapped up in Las Vegas, and the madman behind the scenes, Chad Clinton Freeman, checked in with Dread Central to share with us exclusively the winners of this year’s fest.

Reveling in everything from arthouse to grindhouse to everything in between, PollyGrind has quickly made a name for itself as one of the up-and-coming premiere genre fests out there due to the success of each year of programming. This year’s big winners (and flicks that will no doubt go on to find audiences soon) include the highly controversial The Bunny Game, The Super, Dear God No!, The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol and Ratline.

“I was very happy with the quantity of quality films and the diversity I was able to program this year,” Freeman said. “Being able to world premiere films like Mondo Sexxxx: The Terry Kobrah Story and The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol, and being one of the few festivals that’s shown Dear God No!, Ratline, The Los Angeles Ripper and so many more of the great films PollyGrind showcased this year was such an honor.”

“The Bunny Game is the epitome of what PollyGrind is about. Shot with a one-man crew, it looks and sounds great. It’s stylistic; beautiful to look at, while still being horrific and ugly and more importantly, it is like nothing I have ever seen or felt with any cinematic experience. In the tradition of Eric Stanze’s Scrapbook and Shane Ryan’s Amateur Porn Star Killer, The Bunny Game is a very brave film, one that is surely to be misunderstood by many. Both brutal and thought provoking with one of the best on-screen performances ever by an actress, this film truly shakes you to your core,” added Freeman.

Adam Rehmeier, director of The Bunny Game said, “I was so happy to be a part of the PollyGrind Film Festival this year. Chad’s programming is out of sight- its ten days of Cinema’s bastards and red-headed step children on display under one roof and I’m already looking forward to next year’s program.”

Director James Bickert, who landed a few nods for his flick Dear God No! discussed his feelings regarding his involvement with the festival this year. “PollyGrind meant the world to us because its run by people who respect and cherish genre films. It’s the friendliest festival for off kilter cinema that I’ve experienced and I will be back for years to come regardless of a film entry because it’s the real deal. Chad and his staff get it. They respect film and filmmakers and I’m ecstatic Dear God No! won amongst such a diverse lineup of quality films.”

Visit the official PollyGrind website for more.


Check out the full awards list below from the 2011 PollyGrind Film Festival!


  • Features: The Big 3

    The Biggest Baddest Mother of the PollyGrindThe Bunny Game (Directed by Adam Rehmeier / Written by Rodleen Getsic & Adam Rehmeier / produced by Rodleen Getsic, Sarah Rehmeier, and Adam Rehmeier)

    Best Horror FilmThe Super (Written & Directed by Evan Makrogiannis & Brian Weaver / Produced by Alex Lugones)

    Best Exploitation FilmDear God No! (Written & Directed by James Bickert / Produced by James Bickert, Robin Gray, Olivia LaCroix, Nik Morgan and Shane Morton)

  • Best of the Rest:

    Best Experimental FilmZooey & Adam (Sean Garrity)

    Best Action Film25K (Billy Chase Goforth)

    Best Crime FilmRatline (Eric Stanze)

    Best Dark ComedyThe Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol (Aramis Sartorio)

    Best Documentary Run Run It’s Him (Matthew Pollack)

    Best of ZombiepaloozaAshes (Elias Matar)

  • Best in Categories:

    Best Sound DesignThe Bunny Game (Adam Rehmeier)

    Best DirectorThe Super (Evan Makrogiannis / Brian Weaver)

    Best ScreenplayButterfly (Edward E. Romero)

    Best CinematographyThe Bunny Game (Adam Rehmeier)

    Best EditingThe Bunny Game (Adam Rehmeier)

  • Best in Acting:

    Best Overall Individual Performance in a Film – Rodleen Getsic as Bunny in The Bunny Game

    Best Overall Cast – Demetri Kallas as George Rossi, Lynn Lowry as Maureen Rossi, Ron Braunstein as Det. Sardusky, Manoush as Olga, Ruby Larocca as Karen, Edgar Moye as Andre, Brandon Slagle as Franny the Tranny, with David Francis Calderazzo, Bill McLaughlin, Raine Brown and Kathryn Zawiski in The Super

    Best Actor — Aramis Sartorio as Tommy Pistol in The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol

    Best Actress — Mandi Kreisher as Laney Darrow in Butterfly

    Best Supporting Actor – Brett Hundley as Tommy Spioch in Frankie in Blunderland

    Best Supporting Actress – Manoush as Olga in The Super

    Best Cameo Appearance — Evan Stone as The Butterfly in Frankie in Blunderland

  • Best Use of:

    Best Use of Nudity/SexualityPlanet of the Vampire Women (Darin Wood)

    Best Use of Violence/GoreSella Turcica (Fred Vogel)

    Best Use of MusicRatline (Eric Stanze)

  • Films with the Most:

    Most OutrageousThe Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol (Aramis Sartorio)

    Most CreativeMondo Sexxxx: The Terry Kobrah Story (Logan Myers)

    Most InnovativeThe Earl Sessions (Ginnetta Correli)

    Most HeartThe Girl Who Wasn’t Missing (Shane Ryan)

    Most CoolEl Monstro Del Mar (Stuart Simpson)

  • Shorts, Music Videos and Trailers:

    Best Exploitation ShortThy Kill Be Done (Greg Hanson / Casey Regan)

    Best Action ShortRed Princess Blues (Alex Ferrari)

    Best Crime ShortDot Got Shot (Honey Lauren / Carlos Ramos Jr.)

    Best Experimental Short The Freight 4 (Ryen McPherson)

    Best Horror ShortAcro-Love (Ron Rierson)

    Best of ZombiepaloozaAxed (Joshua Long)

    Best Dark ComedyKiller Bra (Yakov Levi)

    Best Music VideoDirty Girlz by Dan Diamond featuring Mike E. Clark (Jimmie Gonzalez)

    Best Fake TrailerWacko Jacko (Moe Irvin)

    Best Real TrailerBettie Page Reveals All (Mark Mori)

    Best Actor – Jakob Von Eichel as Sam in Damn Your Eyes

    Best Actress – Brooke Lewis as Maura in Sprinkles

    Best DirectorAll Flowers in Time (Jonathan Caouette)

    Best ScreenplayKitty Kitty (Michael Medaglia)

  • Audience Awards:

    Favorite FeatureDear God No! (James Bickert)

    Favorite Short FilmKuriosity Killz (Trey McGriff)

    Favorite Music VideoCemetery Pogo by The Secretions (Jonathan Morken)

    Favorite TrailerElectric (Crystal Stranger)

    Favorite Special Showcase — Yakov Levi (Shorts: Shameless, Tasteless; Promos: Penisella 1 and 2)

  • Special PollyGrind Awards:

    Bad Girl Award — Beverly Lynne as Janis Drake in The Atonement of Janis Drake

    Ultimate Badass Award — Ezra Buzzington in Breath of Hate

    Director to Watch Out For – Alex Ferrari for Red Princess Blues

  • Still Got It Awards:

    Directing – Herschell Gordon Lewis for The Uh-oh Show

    Acting – Camille Keaton in Sella Turcica

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