October 15, 2016
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STAKE LAND 2 Premiere TONIGHT – 9pm ET

STAKE LAND 2 premieres on Syfy channel TONIGHT at 9/8c!

Directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, written by Nick Damici, produced by Peter Phok and Fessenden for GEP, Greg Newman of Dark Sky Films and co-produced by the Syfy Channel.  Damici returns as Mister and Connor Paolo as Martin.

“When his home of New Eden is destroyed by a revitalized Brotherhood and its new Vamp leader, Martin finds himself alone in the badlands of America with only the distant memory of his mentor and legendary vampire hunter, Mister, to guide him. Roaming the wilderness of a steadily decaying country, Martin goes in search of the one man who can help him get revenge. Once reunited, Mister and Martin prepare to battle a now-ravenous Brotherhood and its monstrous overlord. But it’ll take more than the two of them to take down this terrifying new threat, and with more than just their lives now at risk, the stakes are higher than ever before.”

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The film saw its world premiere last night at the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival with Berk, Olsen, Phok, and associate producer Chadd Harbold in attendance.

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September 14, 2016
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THE STAKELANDER to Premiere at Sitges!

THE STAKELANDER, the follow-up to GEP’s acclaimed action horror hit STAKE LAND, will premiere at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain this October.

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THE STAKELANDER is directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, written by Nick Damici, and stars Damici and Connor Paolo. Produced by Peter Phok and Larry Fessenden of Glass Eye Pix, Greg Newman of Dark Sky Films and co-produced by the Syfy Channel, as well as Mark Montague of Berkserker Entertainment.

More at SitgesFilmFestival.com.

June 21, 2016
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More on the Secretly Shot STAKELANDER

From Bloody Disgusting:

Dark Sky Secretly Filmed a Sequel to STAKE LAND and It’s Called THE STAKELANDER

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Dark Sky Films, Glass Eye Pix and Syfy today announced the completion of production on The Stakelander, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed action horror hit Stake Land.

The film, based on an original screenplay by Nick Damici, wrapped shooting in Saskatchewan this past week. Damici and co-star Connor Paolo reprise their Stake Land roles in the new film, which was directed by the team of Dan Berk and Robert Olsen of Last Pictures, creators of the 2015 thriller Body.

Damici, co-writer and star of We Are What We Are and Cold in July, returns in the role of Mister and Connor Paolo (Mystic River, TV’s Revenge) is back as Martin in a new adventure set a few years after the events in Stake Land, in which mankind must struggle to survive in the wake of a vampire apocalypse. Also starring are Laura Abramsen (Basic Human Needs), AC Peterson (Shooter), Bonnie Dennison (Beneath)Kristina Hughes (Green River) and Steven Williams (TV’s Supernatural).

The Stakelander was produced by Peter Phok and Larry Fessenden of Glass Eye Pix, Greg Newman of Dark Sky Films and co-produced by the Syfy Channel, where the film will premiere as a Syfy Original, as well as Mark Montague of Berkserker Entertainment. Chadd Harbold of Last Pictures supported as Associate Producer. The film marks the latest collaboration between Dark Sky Films and Glass Eye Pix, the production teams that have brought audiences countless successful elevated genre films, including Stake Land, The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers and Late Phases, among others.

Check out the full coverage at Bloody-Disgusting.com.

June 21, 2016
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Stake Land sequel digs fangs into post production!

Shooting has wrapped on the STAKE LAND sequel!!! Directed by BODY directors Dan Berk and Robert Olson, written by Nick Damici, who stars alongside Connor Paolo. Produced by GEP & Dark Sky Films. EW has all the details; check it at the link!stake-land_0

December 12, 2015
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Berk and Olsen’s BODY opens theatrically 12.11.15 at Midnight

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Fessenden with costars Molina, Turshen & Rogers
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from the review at rogerebert.com;

The film follows three twenty-something women on the night before Christmas Eve. Cali (Alexandra Turshen) and Holly (Helen Rogers) visit their friend Melissa (Lauren Molina) at Melissa’s parents’ house.

Turshen, Roger, and Molina have genuine sisterly camaraderie, so much so that it doesn’t matter that the dialogue and situations they find themselves in before being discovered is so light that you’ll barely remember it when the film ends. That’s actually the secret of the film’s success: it maintains a certain tempo and interest that you’re so immediately involved you don’t even realize you’re being sucked in.

A perfect example of the unassuming spell “Body” casts: Larry Fessenden’s excellent performance as … well, I can’t really tell you that. Fessenden, a horror filmmaker who has nurtured several talented American indie horror filmmakers at his own Glass Eye Pix distribution label, is an exceptional character actor. He steals every scene he’s in, and his big scene in “Body” is no different. Fessenden is an ideal bit player: he lures viewers in without going so far over the top that his performance seems to hail from a completely different film. He can be a ham, but Fessenden’s performance in “Body” is magnetic, and leaves you feeling like you’ve been turned inside-out.

But “Body” is not about Fessenden. He’s a key part of the film’s success, but no single part of the movie is more important than the rest. The film’s exceptionally consistent mood is its main appeal. For that reason, “Body” reminded me of supposedly minor Alfred Hitchcock masterworks “Dial M for Murder” and “Rope.” In those earlier thrillers, Hitchcock’s unmistakable talent serves ideas that seem to evaporate, or at least lose their thematic weight as soon as soon as you’re done watching. One can only hope that Berk and Olsen’s body of work grows to the point where “Body” is unfairly remembered as a minor success.

Still, right now, we’re at the beginning of Berk and Olsen’s promising career, and most viewers don’t know that “Body” is a must-see. “Body” may be the kind of genre film you take for granted, but there’s nothing inessential about a sharp, well-crafted thriller just because it’s not particularly flashy, and doesn’t have any big ideas. No, “Body” may not be the kind of modern-day B-movie that wins awards, but it does exactly what it sets out to, and that’s a fair amount. So go ahead: see this film for yourself. You won’t know what hit you.

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January 5, 2015
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Exclusive Eerie Trailer For BODY on Indiewire

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From Indiewire.com:

“The time is now for new voices in the horror/thriller genre…And at the Slamdance Film Festival, co-directors Dan Berk and Robert Olsen are hoping they too will join those filmmakers with “Body.”

Starring Helen Rogers, Alexandra Turshen, Lauren Molina, and Larry Fessenden, the wintry thriller kicks off with a killing and turns the screws from there. Here’s the official synopsis: After three twenty-something girls break into a mansion and inadvertently murder the groundskeeper, they slowly self-destruct as they decide what to do with the dead body in the living room. And as you’ll see from this eerie teaser, “Body” promises a spine-tingling atmosphere and some carefully calibrated suspense.

“Body” will have its first screening at Slamdance on Sunday, January 25th at 10:30 PM at the Treasure Mountain Inn in the Ballroom…”

Check out the trailer and more images from the film here.

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December 1, 2014
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BODY Set For Slamdance World Premiere

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Congrats to our friends at Last Pictures, whose thriller BODY is set to world premiere at Slamdance. The film features Fessenden alongside Helen Rogers, Alexandra Turshen, and Lauren Molina. It’s written and directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, and produced by Berk, Olsen, Chadd Harbold, Bryan Gaynor, and Michael Gray.

Synopsis:
After three twenty-something girls break into a mansion and inadvertently murder the groundskeeper, they slowly self-destruct as they decide what to do with the dead body in the living room.

Check out the announcement in Variety, and keep up to date with BODY by following the film on Facebook and @LastPictures on Twitter.

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