September 13, 2016
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GEP Shorts News: THE PAST INSIDE THE PRESENT

James Siewert’s visionary hand-crafted short THE PAST INSIDE THE PRESENT
continues its roll out to festivals:

Selected for the 2016 Grand Jury Prize Winners Short Form category at Film Invasion L.A.

Officially added to the Fantastic Fest short programming!

Heads south of the border to Oaxaca Film Fest!

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October 2, 2015
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DARLING – The Fantastic Fest Reviews Are In

Fantastic Fest just wrapped up, and the reviews have been pouring in for the Mickey Keating-directed GEP Psychothriller DARLING. Starring Lauren Ashley Carter and featuring Fessenden (who also starred in the Fantastic Fest flicks THE MIND’S EYE and SOUTHBOUND), the movie centers on Carter as a young woman tasked with looking after a mysterious old home.

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Here’s what the reviews are saying:

A shocking, hallucinatory and masterful film, DARLING doesn’t just happen in front of you, it pulls you into the story of a woman who takes on the job of looking after a mansion-like home that may or may not be haunted, and throws you into her complete descent into absolute madness.

Jerry Smith, Icons of Fright 

Shot entirely in black and white, the film is simply gorgeous to look at. The empty streets of New York City and  lonely hallways of the house look even more desolate without color. It was a bold decision, but it pays off in spades.

Trace Thurman, Bloody-Disgusting

On only his third film, Keating has already established an instantly recognizable style. Call them Keating Beats: Whether it’s strobe-speed edit, a sound mix that will deliberately challenge the listener, or simply the decision to shoot in stark black and white, they constantly throw the audience off guard.

Richard Whittaker, The Austin Chronicle

Also, it is not often that the sound design of a film stands out from all of the other elements, but in this film the complexity of the sound design sets itself apart from other films. The balance between what is real and what is not real, a strong score and jarring metal song to shake loose the audience expectations, is not an easy one. The sound in Darling totally nails the many levels or reality in DARLING.

Deidre Crimmins, All Things Horror

Carter puts in a devestatingly memorable performance, but the real star of the film is Mickey Keating’s stark, stylish direction.

Daniel Lackey, The Nightmare Gallery

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To round out the festivities, Writer/Director Mickey Keating boxed THE MIND’S EYE Director Joe Begos in the ring, and DARLING was picked up for worldwide distribution rights by Screen Media Films.

September 25, 2015
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A.V. Club on DARLING

One of the first reviews of DARLING, directed by Mickey Keating, just hit. Katie Rife wrote about the experiences of day one at Fantastic Fest, and included this about GEP’s newest psycho-thriller:

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Darling (B+), the fourth feature from Pod’s Mickey Keating. Lauren Ashley Carter (Pod, Jug Face) turns in a mesmerizing performance as Darling, an anonymous woman in an indeterminate year who takes a care-taking job in an elegant New York townhouse. On her way out the door, the owner tells Darling that there have been rumors about the house and its former caretaker, who committed suicide. But, she assures her, “nothing like that could ever happen again.” Shot in gorgeous black and white, this pseudo-Satanic riff on Repulsion and The Shining uses minimal locations and minimal characters; Sean Young and Larry Fessenden provide genre cred in small roles, but Carter is alone on screen for most of the movie. Her breakdown (or maybe it’s a possession?) is underscored by jarring sound effects and flashy editing tricks that, applied incorrectly, could seem pretentious. But here, they work, because they actually makes sense in the context of the story. Deeply unsettling, with flashes of extreme violence, Darling is a ghost story with no ghost, just Carter’s intense eyes, expressive face, and an ominous white door at the end of a hallway.

September 17, 2015
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New Teaser Trailer for GEP’s DARLING

Entertainment Weekly has the first teaser trailer for GEP’s DARLING. The film premieres at Fantastic Fest, is directed by Mickey Keating, starring Lauren Ashley Carter, and, as the trailer states, “This film contains flashing lights and hallucinatory images.”

September 9, 2015
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Fangoria has First Exclusive Poster for DARLING

Fangoria’s got a brand new poster for Mickey Keating’s DARLING, which Fangoria describes as:

Written and directed by Mickey Keating, whose POD just saw release (see story here), DARLING stars JUG FACE’s Lauren Ashley Carter as a young woman who takes a job as a caretaker in a mysterious Manhattan mansion, where the last person to have the job committed suicide and her own sanity begins to crumble. The cast also includes Brian Morvant, Sean Young, Larry Fessenden, John Speredakos and Helen Rogers, and the film was produced by Fessenden, Jenn Wexler, Sean Fowler, Keating and Carter.

 

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For the full post and an exclusive image, head to Fangoria.

July 30, 2015
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DARLING’s World Premiere Announced for Fantastic Fest

Mickey Keating’s DARLING, produced by Glass Eye Pix, starring Lauren Ashley Carter (JUG FACE, THE WOMAN, upcoming THE MIND’S EYE), will have its World Premiere at Fantastic Fest! Hollywood Reporter announced the news today, and the Fantastic Fest site has more details on the movie:

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In DARLING, a young woman takes a seemingly simple job as the caretaker for an enormous, historical New York home. In fact, as she’s picking up the keys, the lady who hired her mentions that it’s the oldest home in New York. And with that age comes several stories… and then there was that incident with the caretaker. When the young woman asks what happened, the lady begrudgingly admits that the he committed suicide, but they don’t know why and “it’s nothing to worry about. Nothing like that could ever happen again.” With that, the woman is out the door, leaving the young lady with a check and the first pangs of anxiety about her latest career move. But with no other choice, she resigns herself to her decision, and starts to look around. She discovers an odd necklace with an upside down cross as well as a single locked door at the end of a short hallway. Both are strangely ominous, just like the odd noises she hears at night. When she finds herself frightened by an innocuous encounter with a man on the street, she starts to slowly spiral out of control.

Mickey Keating returns to Austin hot on the heels of the SXSW premiere of his film POD. Filmed in black and white with disorienting sequences of fast edits, DARLING feels nightmarish with a thick atmosphere of fear and apprehension that calls to mind elements of REPULSION. Lauren Ashley Carter, who fans will recognize from JUG FACE as well as POD, stars as the main character and perfectly portrays a descent into madness. Punctuated by heightened sound effects and a score that’s constantly evolving to drive the tension, DARLING is a dark, unsettling experience filled with dread and the constant threat of impending doom. (Luke Mullen)

 

September 2, 2014
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ABCs OF DEATH 2 – New Red-Band Trailer

Check out the red-band ABCs of Death 2 trailer! The film, which includes a segment from Fessenden, premieres at Fantastic Fest and hits theaters in October!

ABCS OF DEATH 2 Extreme Red Band Trailer from Magnolia Pictures & Magnet on Vimeo.

August 5, 2014
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ABCs OF DEATH 2 at Fantastic Fest

We are proud to report that ABCs OF DEATH 2 will have its world premiere at this year’s Fantastic Fest! 2014 marks the tenth anniversary of the festival, and the anthology sequel will help kick off the proceedings when it premieres on opening night. ABCs OF DEATH 2 features 26 terrorizing tales, one of which was directed by Fessenden! Check out the full writeup at the Fantastic Fest site. Fantastic Fest 2014 will run September 18-25th in Austin, Texas.