Former Ghost House Pictures executive Michael Kirk partnered with award-winning music video director Brian Thompson on the new sci-fi thriller Incident on Highway 73, which is having its world premiere this Friday, October 19th, at Screamfest L.A.
From the Press Release:
Incident on Highway 73 recounts the harrowing final hours of a newly engaged couple who mysteriously disappear while driving through the desert on Christmas Eve, 2005. Michael Kirk (co-producer of The Grudge and The Grudge 2) and Brian Thompson shared producing duties with Kirk writing and Thompson directing the tension-filled 26-minute short. The film stars Elizabeth Schmidt and Ian Alda (Alan Alda’s nephew); it was lensed by Jason Hafer and edited by Dave Gallegos. Robert Borer, Kathleen St. Peter, and Jeff Beard served as executive producers.
Kirk and Thompson first met while Thompson was fulfilling a college internship at Ghost House Pictures in 2005. “Brian showed me some of his college work, and I was immediately impressed with his style and his natural aesthetic,” says Kirk. The two kept in touch, and after Kirk left Ghost House Pictures, he approached Thompson, who had since become a successful music video director (including the epic two-part, multi-award-winning video “The Sound of Truth” for As I Lay Dying and the cult classic “Holy Diver” cover by Killswitch Engage), about developing a project together. While running ideas, Thompson recounted a chilling story he and his wife lived through while on a road trip through the Grand Canyon, which served as the genesis for Incident on Highway 73.
Kirk and Thompson have developed a feature length script based on the short that they will be shopping after the film’s world premiere, which takes place at 7:30 pm on October 19th at Screamfest LA. Click here for tickets to the entire Shorts Program 3, which also includes HENRi, Eaglewalk, Fade into You, Suckablood, and The Captured Bird.
Screamfest L.A. 2012 is taking place at the Regal Cinemas Stadium 14 (1000 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015). Full festival passes can be purchased here, and the full schedule can be found here. For more info follow Screamfest (official site here) on Twitter or Facebook.
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