May 7, 2019
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SIZE UP wraps!

GEP filmworker Rigo Garay wraps directorial debut.

April 30, 2019
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Rue Morgue exclusive: “THE RANGER Kills Again In New Novelization”

From Rue Morgue: If you’re one of the many who enjoyed Jenn Wexler’s punk slasher movie THE RANGER, you can re-experience its terror with a little something extra thanks to a book version that drops this week. Read on for an exclusive first look at the cover and words on the adaptation from the filmmakers.

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April 26, 2019
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Deadline: DEPRAVED joins opening night film DEAD DON’T DIE by Jim Jarmusch in Overlook Film Festival lineup, Just announced!

Jim Jarmusch’s Cannes Opener ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ To Make U.S. Premiere At The Overlook Film Festival

Jim Jarmusch’s zombie pic The Dead Don’t Die, which will open the Cannes Film Festival next month, is set to make its U.S. premiere at the Overlook Film Festival, which kicks off May 30 and continues through June 2 in New Orleans. The news was announced today when the horror-centric fest unveiled third festival lineup.

In addition to the 41 films, the fest will feature television presentations, immersive presentations, virtual reality, interactive events, and live performances. This includes their closing night film The Lodge, a sneak preview of the forthcoming Universal Pictures horror Ma starring Octavia Spencer and a screening of DC Universe’s new series Swamp Thing. Robert Rodriguez will also be on hand to hold an educational master class on independent filmmaking before presenting his latest micro-budget independent effort Red 11 and a special screening of the ’90s sci-fi horror The Faculty.

“We’re so proud to unleash this terrifying lineup on audiences. Horror is in such a vibrant place and these films offer an exciting showcase of what you can do within genre cinema”, said festival co-director Michael Lerman. Added co-director Landon Zakheim, “It’s a real pleasure to put a focus on our new home of New Orleans as well, between features and shorts from homegrown talent to the immersive selections which have become the festival’s signature stamp on bringing horror off the screen into new forms of storytelling”.

Opening Night Film

The Dead Don’t Die
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez, Bill Murray, Tom Waits, RZA, Danny Glover

United States, 2019
Adam Driver and Bill Murray lead an all-star cast in indie maven Jim Jarmusch’s latest film, the story of the peaceful town of Centerville that finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

Depraved
Director: Larry Fessenden

Cast: David Call, Joshua Leonard, Alex Breaux, Ana Kayne, Maria Dizzia, Chloë Levine
United States, 2019
Heralded genre-bender Larry Fessenden returns with his millennial take on the Frankenstein myth in which a PTSD-riddled field surgeon deep in the heart of Brooklyn decides to reconstruct an unsuspecting man out of spare body parts.

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April 25, 2019
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TBT: Joe Begos and Fessenden

2015, Joe Begos and Fessenden on the set of THE MIND’S EYE.
Be sure to catch the world premiere of Begos’ bloodbath BLISS
at the Tribeca Film Festival.

April 25, 2019
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Bloody Disgusting: THE RANGER Gets a New Trailer Ahead of Next Month’s Shudder Premiere

Director Jenn Wexler‘s punk slasher The Ranger proved to be a hit on the festival circuit, and it’s next headed to Shudder‘s streaming service next month, on Thursday, May 9th!

Check out Shudder’s new trailer below, while you wait!

In the film:

When Chelsea and her friends get in trouble with the cops, they flee the city and go on the run. Fueled by a hallucinogenic drug called Echo, they hope to lay low-and get high-in an old family hideout in the woods. But Chelsea’s got reservations about going back to nature and secrets she’s not sharing with her friends. When a shot rings out, her past comes crashing back, and the punks find themselves pitted against the local authority- an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind.

Jeremy Holm (“House of Cards”, “Mr Robot”), Chloe Levine (The Transfiguration, The OA) and Amanda Grace Benitez (All Cheerleaders Die) star alongside Granit Lahu, Jeremy Popeand Bubba Weiler in the film from Larry Fessenden’s Glass Eye Pix and Andrew van den Houten’s Hood River Entertainment.

The killer soundtrack features The Grim, the Avengers, Fang and more.

The Ranger was written by Jenn Wexler and Giaco Furino.

Andrew van den Houten and Ashleigh Snead produced for Hood River Entertainment and Larry Fessenden and Heather Buckley produced for Glass Eye Pix, along with Wexler.

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April 23, 2019
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Eric Pennycoff has SADISTIC INTENTIONS

The film by GEP pal Eric Pennycoff is making the rounds at festivals and stars
Jeremy Gardner and Taylor Zaudtke, 
first seen together in Chris Skotchdopole’s
The EGG and The HATCHET.

From The Farsighted Blog: “The only other credited actor in the film is Larry Fessenden, whose role is somewhat meaningful, albeit very small. He’s called “homeowner” on the film’s IMDB, so let’s suffice it to say he’s the head of his household (an inside joke only those who have seen the film will understand, but my inner dad wouldn’t allow me to let the opportunity for a good dad jokes to go by unused or underutilized).”

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April 22, 2019
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EARTH DAY 2019

April 19, 2019
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Weekends with GEP: Stake Land 2

Streaming on Netflix

April 18, 2019
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TBT: The Egg and The Hatchet

2015, Jeremy Gardner and Taylor Zaudtke on set of THE EGG AND THE HATCHET,
a short film directed by Chris Skotchdopole.

April 14, 2019
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GEP pal Jesse Locascio in NYT

GEP stalwart Jesse Locascio (Camera AC on LATE PHASES, PRANKS, STRAY BULLETS, THE RANGER, LIKE ME, DEPRAVED) featured in New York Times article celebrating the art of the film projectionist:

For the 9:20 p.m. movie, Jesse Locascio threaded film through the projector. This was after he had sprayed compressed air on the sprockets and rollers, blowing out dust that could show up as black dots on the screen.

“This is not how they do it at the multiplex,” he said. “Not even close.”

Not in the digital age.

Mr. Locascio, 28, is a movie projectionist who can do things the old-fashioned way, operating projectors with big reels of celluloid. Projectionists, he says, are a dying breed and he learned much of what he knows in a long, narrow room of clattering machinery: a projectionist’s booth at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, N.Y.

The Jacob Burns, as it is known, operates a media arts lab that teaches digital literacy as well as a nonprofit art house that was screening “Where’s Poppa?” — a 1970 comedy directed by Carl Reiner — at 9:20 in theater two. But it also trains projectionists, and in an art house, that means learning to handle more than digital files.

It means learning to handle celluloid.

“It was a whole new education,” said Jesse Modica, who as the center’s technical director is Mr. Locascio’s boss. Mr. Modica had worked in commercial theaters before he arrived at the Jacob Burns in 2007.

“My previous training didn’t include any of the nuances,” he said, but he learned from the projectionists at the Jacob Burns. And now Mr. Modica trains newcomers like Mr. Locascio in the mechanics of showing film.

Training a projectionist is “like giving somebody private lessons,” Mr. Modica said. “A lot of this is muscle memory. Once I teach someone, ‘O.K., this is how you inspect the film, this is how you get the sound to work, this is how you make sure you’ve got the right aspect ratio,’ they’ve got to remember come showtime. It’s like someone taking karate. You can learn all the karate you want in the dojo, but are you going to remember when you’re being attacked in an alley?”

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