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The incredible producer Gale Anne Hurd will be honored for her many accomplishments in film and television at this year's Etheria Film Night. Also in today's Highlights: Head Count trailer and release details and new casting details for Spirit Reckoning.

Etheria Film Night and Inspiration Award Details: "Etheria Film Night is proud to present the 2019 Official Lineup of Shorts on Saturday, June 29. Eight Short Films will be screened at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA followed by a Q&A with directors in attendance conducted by Rebekah McKendry (Blumhouse’s Shock Waves Podcast). The 2019 Inspiration Award will be presented to producer Gale Anne Hurd at the live ceremony by legendary filmmaker Roger Corman. The 2019 Stephanie Rothman Fellowship winner will be announced.

Etheria Film Night is the world’s most respected annual showcase of genre films directed by women for an audience including producers, managers, showrunners, distributors, and genre fans. Past official selections have included films from directors Axelle Carolyn (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Christine Boylan (The Punisher TV series), Anna Biller (The Love Witch), Amber Benson (SheVenge), Jill Gevargizian (The Stylist), and Roseanne Liang (Shadow in the Cloud).

“I am so excited to show our audience the amazing films we found this year,” says Etheria programmer Heidi Honeycutt of the shorts lineup. “I’m very impressed with what these filmmakers have created and you will be too.”

Etheria’s 2019 Inspiration Award recipient, prolific, award-winning producer Gale Anne Hurd, says “I’m absolutely thrilled to receive the Inspiration Award from the Etheria Film Festival. Growing up as a huge genre fan, I was told over and over that science fiction, fantasy and horror simply weren’t meant for girls. Luckily I had Roger Corman as my mentor, and he encouraged me to dream big, genre dreams! Those naysayers were dead wrong, but sadly that misconception continues to this day. With women directors accounting for only 4% of the 2018 Top 100 Box Office releases, it’s clear that women aren’t being hired to direct genre films. Etheria showcases the work of women directors who I’m confident will be the future Steven Spielberg's, Jordan Peeles, Kathryn Bigelows, and Guillermo Del Toros.”

After graduating from Stanford University with degrees in Economics and Communications, Gale Anne Hurd worked in various capacities for legendary producer Roger Corman's New World Pictures. In 1984 she produced and co-wrote her first feature film, genre classic The Terminator. She then produced the legendary Academy Award-winning Aliens, followed by Academy Award®-winning films that include The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Ghost and the Darkness, and Armageddon. In television, she is an Executive Producer of AMC's The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, the Amazon streaming series Lore, and serves as a Consulting Producer on AMC’s top-rated talk show, Talking Dead. In 2012, Hurd received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She will be present on June 29, 2019, at the 6th annual Etheria Film Night showcase to receive the award in person and will act as a finalist judge of the 2019 Etheria Selections.

Etheria Film Night 2019 is co-presented by the American Cinematheque and will take place at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on June 29, 2019. The evening will include a courtyard cocktail reception and red carpet ceremony sponsored by Blumhouse, SHUDDER, Ving Vodka, Founders Brewing, Topo Chico, and Franca Rebecci Truffles. 2019 Etheria awards are sponsored by The BloodList, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, Final Draft, Fangoria Magazine, and Paramours and Poltergeists. 2019 Etheria community partners include Horrible Imaginings, Slaughter Movie House, Midsummer Scream, and Days of the Dead. The start times, screening schedule, and detailed information can be found on the official Etheria website at www.etheriafilmnight.com.

The 2019 Etheria Jury includes John Skipp (Book of the Dead), Peter Block (Saw), Phillip Kobylanski (Hell Fest), Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator trilogy), Rachel Talalay (Dr. Who), Kailey Marsh (The BloodList), Paul Feig (Bridemaids), Stephanie Rothman (The Student Nurses), Jay Kay (Horror Happens Radio), Chris Alexander (Delirium Magazine), Scott Bradley (Hellbent for Horror), Martin Olson (Encyclopedia of Hell), Amanda Reyes (Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium: 1964-1999), Darin Scott (Tales from the Hood 1 & 2), Kier-La Janisse (The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies), Rebekah McKendry (Shock Waves Podcast), and development executives from Shudder, Monkeypaw Productions, Dread Central Presents, Blumhouse, Fangoria Magazine, Crypt TV, Snowfort Pictures, and Atomic Monster."

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Head Count Trailer and Release Details: "Samuel Goldwyn Films will release the horror/thriller HEAD COUNT in theaters and on digital and On Demand June 14, 2019.

The film premiered at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival, and Ashleigh Morghan was honored with the Nightfall Special Jury Prize for a Lead Actor.

HEAD COUNT is directed by Elle Callahan ("Happy Deathday") in her feature film debut, and Callahan co-wrote the script with Michael Nader (The Toll, Flock of Four). The film features an up-and-coming cast including Ashleigh Morghan (Native Son, "Snowfall"), Isaac Jay (Flock of Four) and Sam Marra ("Homecoming," “Awkward”).

Newcomer Evan joins a group of teens on a getaway in Joshua Tree. While exchanging ghost stories around the campfire, Evan reads aloud a mysterious chant from an internet site. From that moment, someone--or something--is among them. As unsettling, inexplicable events become more frequent, Evan realizes this summoned shape-shifting creature is targeting them to fulfill a deadly ritual."

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Spirit Reckoning Casting Details: "Heart and Fire Productions and Spirit Reckoning LLC has attached iconic actor Sean Patrick Flanery of THE BOONDOCK SAINTS and Lew Temple from Rob Zombie’s THE DEVIL’S REJECTS to their upcoming film SPIRIT RECKONING. In this horror-western epic, Sean will play gunfighter Lawson Lovette whose psychotic tendencies and skills with a revolver make him the perfect candidate to aid our hero Sam Conley AKA The Skull Cowboy on his blood-soaked journey of revenge. While Lew Temple will play Ottis Clement who is just as crazed as Lawson, sparking an intense rivalry between the two men. Ottis causes chaos and anarchy in the Wild West alongside his brother Ed and leader of their posse Savage Bill. SPIRIT RECKONING will begin filming this year in both Colorado and California.

“SPIRIT RECKONING is a fun-filled action-horror-western that has never been done like this before and we’re billing it as John Woo meets Sergio Leone meets the horror genre”, said Jimmy Lee Combs, writer/director of Spirit Reckoning. “The Lawson Lovette character is a real ball of fire with some great wisecracks along the way and for me was the most fun to write of all the characters. Being huge fans of THE BOONDOCK SAINTS films and Sean Patrick Flanery’s work, we knew he would be the perfect choice to match the wit, charm and crazy side of Lawson.”

Things heat up between Lawson and Ottis played by Lew Temple much like the dynamic between Doc Holliday and Johnny Ringo in the 1993 classic TOMBSTONE, a chemistry Jimmy Lee finds important between these two characters. “We’re thrilled to be working with a veteran like Lew who not only has the look we’re going for but the range to play a character that can go to psychotic lengths… I mean just watch his performance as Psycho-Head in Rob Zombie’s 31.”

Fans of The WALKING DEAD will know Lew as Axle from season 3 and more notably as Adam Banjo from Rob Zombie’s THE DEVIL’S REJECTS. You can also catch Lew in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming 70’s set ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. While fans of Sean Patrick Flanery will remember him as Connor MacManus from 1999’s cult phenomena THE BOONDOCK SAINTS and 2009’s THE BOONDOCKS SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY. Sean also starred as Indiana Jones in 1992’s THE YOUNG INDIANA JONES CHRONICLES TV Series, 1995’s POWDER and 2010’s SAW 3D to name a few.

SPIRIT RECKONING is aiming for a 2020 release.

To learn more about the film and the latest news you can follow their facebook page: www.facebook.com/spiritreckoning"

Tamika Jones
About the Author - Tamika Jones

Tamika hails from North Beach, Maryland, a tiny town inches from the Chesapeake Bay.She knew she wanted to be an actor after reciting a soliloquy by Sojourner Truth in front of her entire fifth grade class. Since then, she's appeared in over 20 film and television projects. In addition to acting, Tamika is the Indie Spotlight manager for Daily Dead, where she brings readers news on independent horror projects every weekend.

The first horror film Tamika watched was Child's Play. Being eight years old at the time, she remembers being so scared when Chucky came to life that she projectile vomited. It's tough for her to choose only one movie as her favorite horror film, so she picked two: Nosferatu and The Stepford Wives (1975).

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