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Wild Man of the Tribeca Film Festival

The Wild Man of the Navidad (click for larger image)I got an email the other day from The Wild Man of the Navidad co-writer/director Duane Graves (along with partner Justin Meeks) asking me to pass along word that their film has been selected to screen at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival starting next month as part of Tribeca’s Discovery series spotlighting the works of emerging filmmakers with fresh voices. I was happy to do so since I was amongst the first to begin spreading the word of the film, including one of the first reviews of it last year; I’m told I’m quoted on the poster.

Only problem was I couldn’t get Tribeca’s website to load for some reason for two straight days and then I couldn’t find any info about the film on their website. Turns out I was looking for it under their Midnight movies series. Oops! It’s been one of those weeks.

The Wild Man of the Navidad (review here) is filmed in the style of a vintage, early 1970’s era horror movie – no surprise considering it’s from Kim Henkel, the producer of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre – and purports to be based on the real-life journals of Dale S. Rogers, recounting his supposed encounters with a terrifying hairy creature that haunted the woods of a small Texas town for years.

I’ve been told that since my positive review last year there’s been some reshoots to give the original rather abrupt ending some much needed extra oopmh. Whether or not this little something extra elevates a pretty good movie on the verge of being a really good movie to being that really good movie is something you’ll be able to see if you’re in the area when Wild Man of the Navidad screens at the Tribeca Film Festival at these times:

Thursday, April 24 at 7:45 p.m. at the AMC Village VII, 66 Third Avenue (at 11th St.)

Saturday, April 26 at 11:59 p.m. at Tishman Auditorium at The New School, 66 West 12th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

Monday, April 28 at 6:45 p.m. at the AMC Village VII

Thursday, May 1 at 8 p.m. at the AMC Village VII

Saturday, May 3 at 10:30 p.m. at the AMC Village VII

And for those attending Tribeca in search of more genre flicks, there’s also their Midnight movie series. Here’s a rundown of the Midnight movies screening this year.

The Auteur, directed and written by James Westby. (USA) – World Premiere Narrative. With a body of work that includes Five Easy Nieces and My Left Nut, Italian auteur Arturo Domingo is the foremost artist among pornographic filmmakers. In this hilarious spoof, Domingo hopes to revive his sagging career by reuniting with his former lead actor and making his greatest triumph yet.

The Cottage, directed and written by Paul Andrew Williams. (UK) – International Premiere Narrative. A kidnapping plot goes horribly awry when two brothers and their potty-mouthed hostage stumble into the wrong farmhouse in this gory horror-comedy.

Dying Breed, directed by Jody Dwyer, written by Michael Boughen, Rod Morris, and Dwyer. (Australia). – World Premiere Narrative. Inspired by the legends of a 19th-century cannibal and an extinct tiger, this brutal horror-thriller centers on four friends who find out that something—or someone—murderous lurks in the rain-slogged Australian bush.

From Within, directed by Phedon Papamichael, written by Brad Keene. (USA) – World Premiere Narrative. Evil comes from within in this smart, supernatural thriller, set in a small extremist evangelical town that is mysteriously afflicted with serial suicides. Up-and-coming cast includes Elizabeth Rice, Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Laura Allen (Dirt), and Rumer Willis.

Killer Movie, directed and written by Jeff Fisher. (USA) – World Premiere Narrative. A reality TV director copes with a spoiled celebutante and a show gone haywire when a masked killer starts bumping off the crew in this slasher-movie satire from a director who did time working on The Simple Life.

Sick Nurses (Suay Laak Sai), directed by Thospol Sirivivat and Piraphan Laoyont, written by Chanop Sirikamolmas, Buddhiporn Boossbarati, Sirivivat, and Laoyont. (Thailand) – New York Premiere Narrative. A vengeful ghost forces a group of sexy organ-harvesting nurses to confront their own demons in this deliriously twisted and vibrantly designed Thai splatterfest. Thai with English subtitles. A Magnet Release

SqueezeBox!, directed by Zach Shaffer and Steve Saporito. (USA) – World Premiere Documentary. Like the weekly pansexual party it pays tribute to, SqueezeBox! immortalizes the no-holds-barred, anything-goes attitude that its denizens embodied. The legendary club where the Toilet Boys and Hedwig were born gets the ultimate rock-and-roll tribute where all are welcome.

Visit the The Official Wild Man of the Navidad website for more!

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