Donner Pass Finds its Way Home in a Couple of Weeks

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The latest twist on the horrific events surrounding the group of hungry folks known as the Donner Party, entitled Donner Pass, is getting set to come home in a couple of weeks, and we’ve got all the info you need right here. Eat up!

From the Press Release
Freestyle Digital Media (FDM) has set January 17, 2012, for the US release of DONNER PASS, Arroyo Filmworks’ dark thriller that will debut on DVD, Digital Download, and On Demand. The film was directed by multi-hyphenate Elise Robertson and produced by Mouncey Ferguson with the screenplay by Scott Adams. DONNER PASS will be available via FDM’s distribution partners that include the iTunes store, Amazon, Vudu, Dish Networks, Blockbuster.com, Sony PSN, Redbox, and most cable VOD services.

DONNER PASS tells the story of settlers in 1846 that became snowbound in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and had to resort to cannibalism to survive. Some 150 years later, a group of teens on a snowboard trip discover that the curse of the Donner Party still haunts those mountains when members of their group start turning up not only dead, but half-eaten. Nothing – and no one – is what it seems in this provocative dark thriller. And history doesn’t always stay in the past.

FDM recently acquired DONNER PASS in November during the American Film Market, where the company also picked-up the award-winning horror comedy DEADHEADS starring Michael McKiddy and Ross Kidder.

Special Features

  • The Making of Donner Pass
  • On Set with Horror Icon John Kassir
  • The Makeup & FX Secrets of Donner Pass
  • Trailer

    In addition, beginning January 11, 2012, a special five-day series of event screenings will take place on Constellation, the leading innovator of virtual online movie theater experiences. Read on for the details.

    This unique concept is delivering on Freestyle’s mandate to reach every corner of the market by leveraging “FreeStyle Social Cinema” using social network platforms and capitalizing on the power and reach of web-connected video. DONNER PASS is one of several titles included in an agreement made by Freestyle and Constellation to do selective online theatrical screenings of Freestyle’s upcoming release slate. Using Constellation’s revolutionary virtual theatrical (VT) technology, screenings will be hosted by directors, actors, and other filmmakers to provide online a dialog with the audience and to deliver an intimate film festival like experience. Special screenings for Freestyle’s other titles will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Tickets for the screening are $4.99; just click here on January 11th to watch.


    · On Wednesday, January 11th at 7:30PM PST, Elise Robertson, Director and Mouncey Ferguson, Producer will host a live Q&A about Donner Pass. Robertson began her career in the film industry as an intern character painter on Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, went on to direct Emmy-award winning regional television, won a Cine Golden Eagle for her adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s King of the Bingo Game, and is also a working SAG actor whose recent credits include “Sons of Anarchy”, “True Blood”, and “NCIS LA”. In addition to Donner Pass, Elise and Mouncey have recently completed the script for Forger, a caper/biopic about the famous World War II-era art forger Han Van Meegeren.

    · On Thursday, January 12th at 7:30 PM PST, horror icon John Kassir will host a live Q&A of Donner Pass. Kassir is most notably known for his work in the “Tales from the Crypt” series as the voice of Crypt Keeper.

    ·On Friday, January 13th at 7:30 PM PST, Michael Defellipo, writer for Horrorsociety.com, will host a live Q&A about Donner Pass.

    · On Saturday, January 14th at 7:30 PM PST, cast members Desiree Hall and Brandon Morales will host a live Q&A about the film. Desiree Hall is known for her recurring roles in the MTV series “Teen Wolf” and “CSI: Miami”. Brandon Morales is known for his roles in The Office Escapes and “Criminal Minds”.

    · On Sunday, January 15th at 7:30 PM PST, Shannon Lark, Stacy Hammon, and Heidi Honeycutt of Viscera Film Festival will host a live Q&A about the film. Viscera is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization expanding opportunities for contemporary female genre filmmakers and raising awareness about the changing roles for women in the film industry.

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    Steve Barton

    You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

    • Genrewriter

      Might as well get this out of the way now. I hope this movie is done in good taste.

      Plus, I’m not sure I’d trust the opinion of a man whose last name is McFeely so that blurb on the cover isn’t going to bring me in.