How can you help this cool Independent film, “Croaker”!

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Croaker

 

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/croaker-a-ribbiting-tale

Four Friends, Two Brothers, One Curse…

 

I suppose I could start this by saying this has been a dream of mine since childhood, but I am sure most people who exercise the courage to make this step all share that commonality.  This is the first stop of a journey that began forty years ago.

 

Growing up, nothing was more exciting than the onset of summer school break. For weeks, the plan of summer took the forefront of EVERY conversation.  Ours was spent exploring railroad tracks, fishing in the local creek for carp and basically being on our own.  Well, independent enough to know it was a scant five-minute bike ride to lunch and instant iced tea.

 

This was the initial memory walk I took before crafting this story.  Revisiting those sites, taking a visual snapshot, closing my eyes and letting the other senses guide me to the past.  The feelings and sensations awoke the boy in me who played on these watery banks.  I drifted further into one of those “what if?” scenarios.  I gathered my love for film, its rich history and all those things that I would become.  The genre that I feel most passionate about and my introduction to them in the early 1970’s emerged from the depths of the creek.

 

It was time.  Time to take all the tools I had learned in the Marine Corps, sales, marketing, technology, politics, social media and bring them to bear on the only thing I’ve ever wanted to be since playing in that same stream, a filmmaker.

 

Harvesting all of those memories and feeling all of those sensations, I sat down and let them flow from me into keystrokes.  From the Hammer Films that haunted my Saturday nights, the love of monsters was created in the mad scientist lab sitting somewhere tucked away between my temporal and frontal lobes.  I decided to write a monster movie.  As I went from revision to revision, the monster began retreating into his lair and the story became more about people, the passage of time and missed opportunities.  I was ready to put this film into motion and the time is now.  Where to shoot this movie?  Where it all began, of course.

 

Over the past two and a half years, I successfully transitioned from working behind a desk, the furthest place from my dreams, to actually gathering the final skills that I would need to work behind a camera.  Those skills ranged from producing a horror host independent film monthly show and emceeing a comedy showcase on Broadway to serving as Board President of theater restoration project and hosting an international horror film competition.

 

What I learned about film in the present, it can be both artistic and a business at the same time.  There’s nothing wrong with that.  This is how we’ve handled the pre-production of this project from day one. Now we need your help.

 

Film Synopsis: Croaker

 

Florian Sirko and his one-time love, Macy Patterson face a problem. A curse was originally cast from the attack of Haidamark Cossacks on Nemirov Poland, 1648, spawning a mythological creature, the Vodnik. This curse now plagues the Sirko family and the citizens of his town are paying with their souls. Macy is of course hesitant to believe urban legend as is local County Sherriff, Ben Cade, who suspects Florian is dealing with the grief of losing his brother in a more sinister way.

 

Running parallel to the story, George Bulter III and Teddy Marsh are two culinary masters of a local greasy spoon diner trying to perfect the art of buffalo frog legs. George inherited the establishment from his Uncle Corey, who was the other boy with Dimi, Florian and Macy on the fateful day of Dimi’s disappearance 20 years prior. George is convinced that his recent nightmare of a strange, larger than life creature and his frog companions are stalking him and he wants payback.

 

As the two storylines head for a collision, both protagonists realize the only way to break the curse and send the Vodnik back to hell is for it to collect 10 souls. The problem? The creature has his eye on one final soul, Macy.

 

Our Progress

 

Currently, we have 3/4 of the film shot, all of our actors have been paid and editing will begin after two more scenes shot.  We will complete the shooting mid-July when the big lair set is constructed and the monster costume has been finished.  We are SUPER close to having this dream completed.  Just a bit more time and funding and we are home!

 

Team Croaker

 

We have assembled a cast and crew who all share the passion for filmmaking and have a deep commitment to the vision.  So much so, we have been able to gather our resource both behind and in front of the camera, making this dream a goal and enabling me to create a REAL budget with actual numbers providing a budget substantially below micro-budget films.  Additionally, we have the Mayor of Canonsburg enthusiastically on board and providing some resources that are simply going to make this film look like a big Hollywood production.

 

Now we need to get some things created: the monster (no cgi creature in my film – throw back to the old days), legal, distribution, replication, transportation being the biggies.  Speaking of distribution, Croaker has a release date of October 1, 2013 and we begin shooting May 12.  Through Distribber, the film will initially be available on Amazon.com, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes and Netflix.  Of course, we will be exploring wider distribution after the film is finished.

 

How You Can Help

 

Join Team Croaker by making a contribution or spreading the word.  Anywhere from five dollars and our thanks all the way up to $2,500 and a percentage of the film distribution.  If you can’t help financially, you have something more valuable than gold, your email networks – get the campaign out to your friends, family and associates through a personal touch.  Finally, you can use the Indiegogo share tools to help circulate Croaker!

One month to go! While awaiting the final round of filming, keep circulating the link and reach out to friends and family through personal emails or even an old fashioned phone call. Nothing like a personal touch. GO TEAM CROAKER!!!

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Episode 71 is now up!

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episode 71

 

This week T-Shirt Joe comes back into the fold to dismantle The Dark Knight Rises.  Along the way we manage to talk about the worst wrestling jobbers, all sorts of comic book movies, French horror and what happened to it, Sledgehammer and shot on video horror, Nazi-spoliation, The Trailer Park Boys, and all sorts of other bullcrap from these 3 buttholes.

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Blood of 1000 Virgins now available!

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Thanks to http://www.fullmoonhorror.com

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The young and the innocent have their lives threatened by sick degenerates, evil creatures, and the devil himself! All this and more will be stripped down and explored in the sultriest series of trailers and clips hosted by “Playboy Playmate” Nikki Leigh, plus appearances by Linda Blair, Don Johnson, Linnea Quigley, & John Carradine.

You can still watch it instantly on http://www.GrindhouseFlix.com/ PLUS you can take ALL the virgins home with you on DVD!

Special Features Include:
– Mike Diva Grindhouse Megamix
– Six Grindhouse Trailers
– Blood of 1000 Virgins Trailer
– Charles Band Grindhouse Intro
– Nikki Leigh Interview

Acort International Acquires “Axeman At Cutter’s Creek” For Worldwide Distribution

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 Thanks to Jeff Miller 

Acort International, one of the top distributors of independent films in the global marketplace, has recently acquired horror/slasher film “Axeman at Cutter’s Creek” for world-wide distribution. Distribution plans are currently in consideration which will include a North American DVD on the indie-horror label Midnight Releasing and cable/satellite/internet VOD run  as well as being showcased at this year’s 2013 American Film Market.

 

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About The Film:

Axeman at Cutter’s Creek is a vacation to dismember when nine vacationing twenty-somethings are hunted by an axe-wielding local legend in true 80’s style slasher fashion. The film features scream queens Tiffany Sheppis, Elissa Dowling and Brinke Stevens. The ominous killer is played by NBA superstar Scot Pollard.

More information on the official release date in the United States is yet to be announced. Official artwork and more news coming soon!

Official Teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Gek8LgnN-g

About Acort International:

As a full service independent distributor, Las Vegas, Nevada and Scottsdale, Arizona-based Acort International distributes feature films to the international marketplace. Acort International and their associates release 50-60 films a year into a variety of domestic and international outlets including theatrical, DVD, VOD, broadcast, internet and mobile. For more information please visit AcortInternational.com and MidnightReleasing.com.

Official artwork for Darkest Night from Brain Damage Films

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Thanks to Jeff Miller and Brain Damage Films:

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Darkest Night will be available on DVD July 16th, 2013 from Brain Damage Films.

About the Film

 

“Darkest Night” has its roots in horror styles and moods from many eastern and western traditions. Filmed in a “found video and documentary” style, “Darkest Night” depicts a family holiday reunion at an isolated home in the Sagada Mountains. The family’s celebration is shattered by bizarre, supernatural and tragic terrors no one can explain. This film is a psychological horror story with intense family drama, suspense, action and shock.

 

Full Synopsis:

 

The film is presented as a part-documentary by a TV announcer, Danny Valencia, from “found videotape” he discovered at the site of a 2003 tragedy in the Philippine Sagada Mountains. There are a few interview scenes at the beginning, but most of the film is the main story. On December 25, 2003, an upscale Filipino family gathers at a remote place in the mountains, some distance from any town, for a Christmas Day reunion dinner. Their holiday is disrupted by a series of bizarre, supernatural, and deadly events. The group is cut off from civilization and plunged into darkness by forces that defy natural laws and shut down all modern technology. One by one, the family members die or disappear in weird and horrific ways. The few who are left, including the main character Susan, struggle for survival and against family conflicts, to find out what is happening to them and how to survive. Finally they discover to their own shock, who their true tormentor is, as well as how and why these terrible things are happening. Is it too late to keep the rest of them from dying? Is the fate that awaits them even worse than death or hell? Does a mystical book they find hold the key to controlling the dark forces that threaten to unleash ghosts and demons of an evil past? And finally, can they trust each other, or even themselves to contain the fears that threaten to destroy them? Suspense and mystery keep you unsettled and guessing till the very end, when the fate and outcome of all is finally revealed.

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For more information or additional press materials please contact:

Jeff Miller

JeffM@BrainDamageFilms.com

Welcome to The Collective… V.6

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Welcome to The Collective… V.6

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The one of a kind short film collection featuring 10 short films all based on the same theme is back and this time our filmmakers go deep inside themselves to show us what scares the scarers. They have each brought fear to the big screen in the form of monsters, ghosts and psychos but in this edition of the Award winning series they show us that everyday life can be just as scary.

Featuring the best up and coming Writers, Directors and Actors in the independent scene, The Collective V.6 is sure to terrify even the hardest of horror fans.

The films range from intimate to insane with each filmmaker putting their own unique twist on the idea. These filmmakers stand as proof that it doesn’t take a huge budget to make a great film, it only requires a huge imagination.

10 Filmmakers – 10 Short Films – Unlimited Fear

 

The Collective V.6 will make its World Premiere debut at Days of the Dead Indianapolis on July 6th 2013.

 

The Collective will have a vendor table set up at the show with DVD copies of the film available. Some of the filmmakers involved will also be in attendance to meet fans and discuss their films. The World Premiere screening will be July 6th, 2013 at 1:00pm

 

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http://www.daysofthedead.net/indianapolis/ for more info

The Collective and Days of the Dead are working together to shine a light on the best up and coming independent horror filmmakers in the scene. Often overlooked by other conventions, independent and no budget filmmakers are creating the most interesting and unique films today. Days of the Dead recognizes this talent and has gone out of its way to prove it. By providing screenings and discount vendor tables for artists and filmmakers, they have introduced fans to a whole new crop of talented individuals. We are proud of this relationship and hope to continue working with Days of the Dead in the future.

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Beginning July 5th 2013 The Collective V.6 will be available through the websites of the filmmakers involved as well as many online retailers. Contact Jason Hoover at jabbpictures@gmail.com for a full list of online retailers.

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Reviewer quotes

“If you have not seen The Collective yet, you are truly missing out on some indie genius gold.”

James DePaolo

Wicked Channel

“The Collective is what independent genre filmmaking should be. Its original, fresh, sometimes scary and always keeps your attention.”

Jude Felton

The Lair of Filth

“Fans of indie horror or those who simply want to do what you can to support indie filmmakers will definitely want to get ahold of this stellar example of ultra-indie filmmaking.”

Richard Propes

The Independent Critic

“These 10 films have something that very few studio films possess…….heart.”

Scott Ruth

D’Ment’D Cinema

“This is filmmaking the way it was always meant to be. For the love of the art.”

Scott Ruth

D’Ment’D Cinema

“The Collective is an excellent release that I wholeheartedly recommend to fans of quality independent cinema.”

Jude Felton

The Lair of Filth

“The Collective is an all-around terrific shorts collection and the various shorts featured contain elements that are humorous, disturbing, surreal, and creepy.”

Mario Dominick

Horror Society

“If you can’t find something to love about this set of short films then you might as well quit watching movies.”

Jason Schneeberger

Beyond the Realms

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Episode 70 is now up for human consumption!

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This week we welcome back Steve Benningfield A.K.A. Ben Grimm to talk about subjects ranging from what we watched this week, devil movies from the 70’s, JSB assault of a midget in a movie theater, The new superman movie, Jesse Ventura and his stint as captain Freedom, Linnea Quigley’s horror workout, Gorgon video, Warren Oats, best all time ensemble movies, JSB fails doing his homework and has to choose a new movie to review.  And a boatload more, so check it out.

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EPISODE 70

Thank you Charles Band for more boobs!

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Thanks to http://www.fullmoonhorror.com

This is the first time the world has seen the amazing new cover art for our latest film, coming to Home Video and Video on Demand in July.

 

Five beautiful girls vie for a chance to become the spokesmodel for diva DeeDee DeVille’s (Jeryl Prescott Sales from “The Walking Dead”) new high-end line of lingerie. The claws come out when the competition gets fierce, but when they begin to disappear one by one, they soon find that they are competing for their lives. DeeDee invokes four mythical beings – The Cyclops, The Banshee, The Hobgoblin and the mischievous, red leprechaun, Farr Darrig – from an ancient charm bracelet to steal the girls’ souls, but the creatures from the underworld have plans of their own. Whomever wields the power of these UNLUCKY CHARMS, beware. They’re magically malicious!

Produced and directed by Charles Band

Starring Tiffany Thornton, Seth Peterson, Charlie O’Connell, Nathan Phillips,
Nikki Leigh, Alex Rose Wiesel, Masuimi Max, Mike Diva, Peter Badalamenti,
Ben Woolf, Katrina Kemp, with Anna Sophia Berglund and Jeryl Prescott Sales