As if we weren’t looking forward to the upcoming 2015 Etheria Film Night already, we’ve just gotten the exclusive early word that guest directors Karen Gillan and Axelle Carolyn are going to kick off this year’s fest on June 13th with special viewings of their new short films!
Gillan’s directorial debut short, Coward, about two people who bond over the mutual experience of murder, stars Rose McIver (“iZombie”) and was produced by Mali Elfman and Mikey May. Gillan, you may recall, was a co-star of last year’s horror hit Oculus.
After presenting her first feature, Soulmate, last year, Etheria alumna Axelle Carolyn returns to introduce the North American premiere of Grim Grinning Ghost. Starring Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes), Lin Shaye (Insidious franchise), and Barbara Crampton, the short film tells the story of a woman who starts hearing mysterious footsteps behind her on her way home from a Halloween party.
Grim Grinning Ghost is part of horror anthology Tales of Halloween, which Carolyn also created and co-produced with Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson of Epic Pictures and Mike Mendez. Besides Carolyn and Mendez, directors in the anthology include Neil Marshall, Darren Lynn Bousman, Lucky McKee, Paul Solet, and many others. Tales of Halloween will be released in October 2015. Check out an exclusive still from Grim Grinning Ghost below.
Both shorts screen at 4:00 PM PT on Saturday, June 13th, before the horror feature Inner Demon by Ursula Dabrowsky. Gillan and Carolyn will both be in attendance to introduce their films.
Other special guests at Etheria 2015 include Jane Espenson (who will receive the 2015 Inspiration Award), Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”), Clare Kramer (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Emilie Ullerup (“Sanctuary”), Kyle Cassie (Deadpool), Juliet Landau (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Rae Dawn Chong (Tales from the Darkside: The Movie), Caroline Williams (Tales of Halloween), Rena Riffel (Mulholland Drive), Richard Elfman (Forbidden Zone), Jeffrey Riddick (Final Destination), Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Emme Rylan (“General Hospital”), Megan Lee Joy (“Days of Our Lives”), Eugene Byrd (“True Blood”), David Blue (“SGU Stargate Universe”), Tiffany Shepis-Tretta (Sharknado 2), and more.
Tickets are available at this link: etheriafilmnight.com/tickets
About Etheria Film Night 2015:
Etheria Film Night 2015 is co-presented by the American Cinematheque and will take place at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on June 13, 2015. The evening will include a cocktail reception sponsored by Fangoria Magazine and Horrible Imaginings and a red carpet ceremony sponsored by Monstrosity Films and Birns & Sawyer. 2015 Etheria awards and screenings are sponsored by Digital Bolex, Rapid Heart Pictures, All Things Horror, and Darling Nikki’s.
2015 judges include Larry Fessenden (Glass Eye Pix), Rachel Talalay (“Dr. Who”), Patty West (AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women), Brea Grant (Best Friends Forever), Elle Schneider (Digital Bolex), Elizabeth Stanley (Trailers from Hell), John Skipp (Book of the Dead), Peter Block (A Bigger Boat Productions), Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki (Dark Dunes Productions), Neil Marshall “The Descent) Thuc Nguyen (BTCHFLCKS), Mick Garris (“Masters of Horror”), Ashlee Blackwell (graveyardshiftsisters.com), Elizabeth Kaiden (Tangerine Entertainment), Tasha Lowe-Newsome (WGA Committee of Women Writers & WoWga), Ryan Turek (Blumhouse Productions), Mynette Louie (Gamechanger Films), Brad Miska (V/H/S I & II), Jairo Alvarado (Circle of Confusion), Darin Scott (Tales from the Hood), Emily Silver (“Bones”, “Finding Carter”), Mark Alan Miller (Seraphim Films), Jessie Lilley Campbell (Mondo Cult Magazine), Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project), and David DeCoteau (Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama).