Sunday, May 4, 2008

Film Fest Friday - Results from 'Dead by Dawn' and 'Nevermore' Film Festivals

As usual, my Friday post is a little late, but here it is... Dead by Dawn just wrapped up on April 27th and they already sent out an email with notes on all the winners... here's some exerpts, plus I added a few notes in there.

Our thanks as ever to the gorgeous Stuart Gordon for continuing to make movies that take our breath away - STUCK is the winner of Dead by Dawn's 2008 Audience Award for Best Feature. (DH note - "Stuck" is the film, starring Mena Suvari and Stephen Rea, where she hits a guy with her car and he survives, but is stuck in the windshield. Then she drives home and parks the car in the garage... Believe it or not, it's based on a true story)

In second and third place respectively were THE MIST and MACHINE GIRL, just beating FIVE ACROSS THE EYES by one vote, for which it definitely gets an honourable mention! (DH note - Man alive, I have to see "Machine Girl" soon, check out the trailer)

The Audience Award for Best Short goes to Nash Edgerton's SPIDER with DR TRAN in second place and BUTCHER'S HILL completing our top three. (DH note - we actually covered Jason Noto's "Butcher's Hill" quite some time ago, we're hoping to have some updates on that, soon)

In case you missed the announcement about our Cutting Edge short film competition, the winner was Richard Gale's CRITICIZED and in second place was Liz Adams' SIDE EFFECT and in third, Mark Steensland's PEEKERS.

We also received some updates from the NEVERMORE Film Festival...

The NEVERMORE Film Festival actually ended back on February 24th, but we checked in with Jim Carl to see how it went. He informed us that it was the 3rd highest attended festival of its kind with almost 2500 attendees and there were more artists in attendance than any other year.

As for how things went, Director Kevin Tenney (Witchboard, Night of the Demons) was in attendance with his newest flick, "Brain Dead", which is the story of six people stranded in a deserted fishing lodge with a host of alien-infected, mutant amoeba-controlled zombies. They also had the world festival premiere of "13 Hours in a Warehouse", which is sort of like "Reservoir Dogs" with ghosts.

Although they don't give awards, if they did, Jim told us that the winners of the audience favorites would probably have been Shawn Linden's directorial debut, NOBODY, which is "part mystery, part gangster film, part time-travel paradox, and part extraordinarily ambitious supernatural thriller" and Yfke van Berckelaer's ZOMBIE LOVE (short).

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