5 Nominations and 2 Wins at ACTION ON FILM Festival for Dawn of the Crescent Moon!
What did we do last week? we Kevin and I went to Monrovia to see how we did at the Action On Film Festival last week. We were nominated for Best Horror Film, Best Special Effects, Best Supporting Actor (Barry Corbin), Best Cast, and Best Actress (Shiree Nelson).
As if that wasn't enough, we nabbed two awards. Congrats to Shiree for her win and to the whole cast for theirs as well!
Shiree and her beau were their to pick up her award and also help grab the cast award with Tracy Birdsall.
RAVES FOR DAWN OF THE CRESCENT MOON!
So, this film falls into the small budget, throwback, 'horror-fanatic drinking game' category. What that means is that, while this film has a SMALL budget, is full of throwback and referential elements, it manages to be a great party film for horror officiants. Particularly slasher/Argento lovers.
The film, while solidly entertaining, even with a few solid jumps and laughs here and there, is a bingo board of tropes, guidelines, staples and norms. And frankly it was handed very well.
I cared about the leads, even though I cheered for them to be decimated. I enjoyed the scenery, even though I knew it was staged. I adored the soundtrack, even though it was campy and winking at me coyly. And most of all, I smiled and nodded my way through the film, never truly surprised, but never let down. This is a genre piece, and it is a solid one.
For all the film did right, and the few moments the film could have used pruning/re-tooling, I found myself most in love with the opening. Since 'Jaws', and even before, really, it has been the norm for slashers/killers/monsters/beasts to have an opening kill, a sort of greeting shot prior to the credits. It gives us our first jump. It glues us in, and it sets the tables. This opening was among the best I have seen all year, and actually had me grinning to watch it. And then we got the opening credits. True, gorgeous, wonderful opening credits... I loved them. They reminded me of Argento, they reminded me of Goblin. I felt nostalgic while they colored my darkened living room.
If you are in the mood for a good 'death in the woods' kinda flick, and you want to feel right at home, this is a safe jump for you.
2014 Film and Screenplay Winners Announced
After much deliberation and scrambling to watch and read all of our submissions for TrindieFest 2014, we have wrapped up our list of finalists.
We have 17 Feature Film Winners, 4 Calling Card Winners and 9 Short Film Winners. Our plan, as in the past, is to screen all 30 of these films in the 3 days of our festival. No easy task! As an added bonus, Dawn of the Crescent Moon will also show for the first time in Trinidad sometime during the festival. Bring your friends and family to enjoy a wide spectrum of films for this fun-filled weekend. Our selection of films range from Comedy to Drama, and Thrillers to Animated and Live Action Shorts. And for the first time...Music Videos. Pack up the family and join us this September 18-21.
We have not forgotten our screenplay winners either...
There have been 15 screenplays selected to win awards and we hope to soon see them in film.
Originating in 2013, we filmed and screened an excerpt from each of the top screenplays to give our winners some added recognition during the festival. We have plans to continue this again this year with the help of the local theater and film students at Trinidad State Junior College.
Congratulations to all our winners. We look forward to meeting you.
Check back to see when your films will be screening.
2014 FILM WINNERS - BY CATEGORY - IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
I Believe In Unicorns - This film will not be screened
Lilet Never Happened
Taken By Grace
The House That Jack Built
The God Question
Dust Of War
Arlo & Julie
Stop Pepper Palmer
Farewell To Factory Towns ?
The Italian Character
Windy Lou's Last Mission
The Nightmare Stumbles Past
LIVE ACTION SHORT:
As It Used To Be
Love, And Other Devices
Red Blue And Purple
LIVE ACTION/MUSIC VIDEO:
Yours For The Taking
LIVE ACTION CALLING CARD:
One Armed Man
The Man Who Fed His Shadow
2014 SCREENPLAY WINNERS - BY CATEGORY - IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
A Clash of Iron - Richard Reed
Moon Of Popping Trees - Daniel Leonetti
Opur's Blade - James Ross
Stages - Ron Podell
White Water Rescue - Harold Brown
Evil, Inc. - Julia Watson
Ship Of The Dead - Robert Kois
The Devil's Hammer - Craig Walendziak
Gunslinger - David Craig
McIntyre's Mountain - Nathan Goldman
Setting Square - Neil Chase
The Night Witches - Steven Prowse
Life Support - Noah Edelson
The Spy And The Fence - Michael Gibrall
Time And Space - Steven Prowse
PHOTO GALLERY TRINDIEFEST 2013
2013 TrindieFest Helps Winners With Film Distribution Leads
As of today TrindieFest has had the privilage of helping three films from our festival get their films in the hands of a few distribution companies. This is the second year that we have had distribution compnies interested in our festival entries. Good luck to those films!
YOU NOW HAVE A CHOICE...SUBMIT YOUR FILM OR SCREENPLAY WITH THE DATABASE OF YOUR CHOICE.
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