Recently I had the chance to visit the set of a local film called “Peekers”, directed by Dead @ 17 (review) helmer Mark Steensland, where I was witness to a scene being shot using the green screen equipment at Mercyhurst College here in Erie, PA (pictured, see more pics from the set below!). Peekers is based on a short story written by Kealan Patrick Burke.
I won’t give too many details about the movie’s content, but I will say this much; Peekers is by far the best work I’ve seen from Steensland.
I’ve been watching the film’s progress for some time now and it’s been a very interesting process, so it was quite exciting to be asked on the set visit. Not only did I learn some things I had never known before about filmmaking, but Mark actually got me out of the house for a few hours! Plus, I even got to be a sadistic monster and hold a blazing hot light in a poor actor’s face while they filmed. Torture is right up my alley don’t ya know?
Now, after a lot of hard work, the film is finally ready for its public debut and that’s why I’m here. This Thursday the 29th of November, the Eerie Horror Film Festival will proudly unveil Peekers
by presenting Mark Steensland’s Eerie Erie Short Films. The event will take place at the Penn State Erie campus Research and Economic Development Center, and will begin at 7:30 with screenings of Mark’s previous horror shorts Sucker, Lovecraft’s Pillow (review), and Dead @ 17. The featured premiere of the short film Peekers will be at 8:15, and will be followed by a Q&A.
Did I mention the event is also free and open to the public?
I would recommend that anyone who is able to attend should do so. The body of Steensland’s work is quite varied and entertaining. Plus, being at the premiere of his newest cinematic effort will be well worth braving the Erie weather for. At least in my opinion, but like Levar Burton always says; “You don’t have to take my word for it!”
Check it out yourself this Thursday!
Good Luck Mark!
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