The 5th annual Ax Wound Film Festival wants to keep the frights coming now that, sadly, Halloween is over. Continue reading for more details before the festival kicks off on Friday, November 15th. Also: Sea Fever acquisition news, This is Our Home release details, and info on the new comic series The Traveller .
Ax Wound Film Festival 2019 Announced: "Need a cure for your post-spooky-season blues? The Ax Wound Film Festival (AWFF)— now in its fifth year—is ushering in more scares deep into the Fall 2019 season. Spend Friday evening, November 15th and all-day Saturday, November 16th at the Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery (https:// www.hookerdunham.org) in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont with some of the most riveting and intense shorts directed by women.
“Many films are darkly funny and more likely to utilize experimental storytelling over the traditional narratives,” says festival director Hannah “Neurotica” Forman. Neurotica’s vision each year is focused on the myriad perspectives of today’s social climate. “2019 is horror, and we are left to our own devices, camera, pens, and paints to collectively process it.”
Doors open to the public on Friday at 7:30 PM and Saturday at 10:00 AM. Expect free giveaways, raffles, vendors, workshops, presentations, a Filmmaker Q&A, and more. The proceeds earned from the raffle go to the Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery and the Scleroderma Research Foundation (https://srfcure. org). All-access passes that are good for both days are available for purchase at the door for $20.00 (students with ID receive 50% off). Cash only.
About Ax Wound Film Festival: The Ax Wound Film Festival—the official film festival of Women in Horror Month—is an annual event featuring a diverse selection of horror films written and directed by women around the world. Our showcase includes short film blocks along with a full day of workshops and panels. Described as having a “family vibe,” we aim to empower, inspire, and provide networking opportunities for women-identified filmmakers and artists from all walks of life to end gender inequality in the film industry. AWFF is extremely honored to have been recognized by MovieMaker Magazine as one of their “30 Bloody Best Genre Fests in the World in 2019” (https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/annual-lists/ moviemakers-30-bloody-best-genre-fests-in-the-world-2019-presented-by-horrorhound/3/).
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Sea Fever Acquisition Details: "Gunpowder & Sky, a fast-growing independent global entertainment company, announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to filmmaker Neasa Hardiman’s critically-acclaimed Irish sci-fi/thriller SEA FEVER following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Gunpowder & Sky will release the film theatrically in the U.S. in early 2020 through its sci-fi label, DUST.
SEA FEVER stars Hermione Corfield (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) as Siobhan, a young marine biology student who boards a trawler run by a couple played by Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman 1984, Gladiator) and Dougray Scott (Batwoman, Mission: Impossible 2). When the ship hits an unseen object, a mysterious bioluminescent force infiltrates the vessel, and the crew begins a fight for survival while marooned at sea.
The feature debut from BAFTA-winning director Neasa Hardiman (Happy Valley, Jessica Jones), SEA FEVER has drawn comparisons to claustrophobic classics such as Alien and The Thing, and received rave reviews out of TIFF, with RogerEbert.com declaring it, “One of those out-of-nowhere stunners” and “a masterful genre film.” Collider hails the films as, “A nightmare you can’t take your eyes off of, and can’t stop thinking about after it wraps up.”
“I’m thrilled Gunpowder & Sky’s DUST will bring SEA FEVER to a U.S. audience,” said Hardiman. The film is a dreamlike and devastating parable, where a neurodivergent heroine struggles with individual responsibility and threat in our increasingly fragile world."
SEA FEVER is produced by Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell of Fantastic Films in co-production with Borje Hansson of Bright Pictures (Sweden), Jean-Yves Roubin and Cassandre Warnauts of Frakas Productions (Belgium), and Eddie Dick of Makar Productions (Scotland), and executive produced by Patrick Ewald, Shaked Berenson, Patrick Fischer, Jonathan Feuer, Lesley Mckimm, Peter Possne.
SEA FEVER will be the second theatrical release from DUST, following 2018’s sci-fi western PROSPECT, starring Sophie Thatcher (The Exorcist), Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian, Kingsman: The Golden Circle) and Jay Duplass (Transparent, Room 104). Gunpowder & Sky currently has horror-comedy VILLAINS, starring Bill Skarsgard, Maika Monroe, Jeffrey Donovan, and Kyra Sedgwick in theaters via its horror brand ALTER, with Lil Peep documentary EVERYBODY’S EVERYTHING set to open mid-November. Previously released films this year include the Gotham Awards-nominated HER SMELL and music biopic/true crime story hybrid LORDS OF CHAOS.
Gunpowder & Sky’s ALTER has also recently announced 50 STATES OF FRIGHT, a horror anthology series from DIGA Studios and Executive Producer Sam Raimi, starring Rachel Brosnahan, Travis Fimmel and Christina Ricci; and SURVIVE, a thriller starring Sophie Turner and Corey Hawkins, based on the novel by Richard Abate. Both are set to premiere on Quibi."
This is Our Home Release Details and Trailer: "Executive produced by Inga Vainshtein Smith of “Hardcore Henry”.
Omri Dorani’s caravan of suspense This is Our Home premieres on DVD and Demand this December from Uncork’d Entertainment.
Jeff Ayars and Simone Policano star in the chilling account of a struggling couple who, during a weekend getaway, is greeted in the middle of the night by a child claiming to be their son.
Scripted by Rob Harmon, This is our Home is a “measured piece of psychological horror that will follow you home” (Horror Buzz), hitting disc and digital December 3."
A Look at The Traveller Comic Series: "The Traveller is a Steampunk adventure comic about Iosef, a poor shepherd from Georgia at the turn of the 19th century.
Lonely and depressed, with only diseased sheep to his name, Iosef decides to end his life. Before he can pull the trigger, though, an otherworldly traveller appears before him. In a panic, Iosef shoots and kills him.
Searching through the visitor’s possessions, Iosef accidentally puts on a gauntlet that clamps to his arm, binding to him. In a panic, he accidentally activates the gauntlet and is pulled into a parallel world.
In exploring many worlds, he tries to find somewhere that he can be happy and find his true calling – but the results aren’t what anyone would expect.
Here’s what a few others have had to say about this project:
"It has a thought-provoking and fascinating moral depth to it that really makes it into a compelling read." – Pipe Dream Comics
"(Gibson) and his team pinned human behaviour to the page perfectly and laid the uglier parts on the page that others might have shied away from." – Sarah Deeming, British Fantasy Society."
For more information on this new comic series from T-Pub Comics, head on over to https://tpub.co.uk/