Great news for festival darling Luz and the Christmas-themed A Man in the Dark, as both have been acquired by Yellow Veil Pictures, a distribution arm that focuses on films coming out of the Frontières Market and Fantasia International Film Festival. Also in today's Highlights: a look at the new Game of Thrones beer from Brewery Ommegang and HBO, Bizzare States co-hosts Jessica Chobot and Andrew Bowser celebrate 200 episodes with an event at San Diego Comic-Con, and Brooke Lewis joins the cast of the thriller To Avenge.

Yellow Veil Pictures Acquires Luz and A Man in the Dark: Press Release: "MONTREAL, Canada, July 16, 2018 -- Yellow Veil Pictures, Inc. a new worldwide film sales company focusing exclusively on arthouse genre cinema launches out of the Frontières Co-Production Market at the Fantasia International Film Festival.

Formed by Hugues Barbier, Ithaca Fantastik Founder and Festival Manager and Acquisitions for Raven Banner, Brooklyn Horror Film Festival founder and former Theatrical Manager of FilmRise, Justin Timms, and the former Festivals and Non-Theatrical Assistant Director of Visit Films, Joe Yanick, Co-Director of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies - NYC. In addition to Barbier, Timms, and Yanick, the team has brought on Fantasia International Film Festival’s International publicist Kaila Sarah Hier to handle the company’s press and publicity.

Acquired after its world premiere at the Berlinale 2018, Luz has been celebrated internationally at festivals such as BAFICI, Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, and Fantaspoa (Best Actress winner - Luana Velis). It will make its North American premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in the Camera Lucida competitive section on July 20th.

“From the first image, hell even the first sound, in Luz, it’s not only Tilman’s incredible talent but also his understanding of horror cinema is cemented. We just fell in love with the movie, and we knew we had to have it. It’s frankly one of the most impressive debuts I’ve ever seen. We couldn’t have found another film to better demonstrate our mission statement,” said Joe Yanick.

Wrapping post-production, Josh Lobo’s directorial debut A Man in the Dark also joins Yellow Veil’s slate. Starring AJ Bowen (You’re Next), Jocelin Donahue (House of the Devil), Chris Sullivan (Stranger Things), Scott Poythress (The Signal), and Susan Burke (Southbound), the Christmas-set psychological horror focuses on man’s descent into paranoia, after he traps what he believes to be the devil in his basement.

Yellow Veil Pictures will also extend its company reach towards projects in development and have struck a deal with Man Underground (New Flesh Award Winner - Fantasia Film Festival 2016) filmmaking team Michael Borowiec and Sam Marine to package and secure financing for their sophomoric effort, Desert Witch. The script follows a punk singer, who, after being exiled from her community, is thrust into a small town conflict between religious extremists and an alleged coven of witches her estranged mother once belonged. The film will take place in a small desert community in the American West, and is slated for a 2019 production schedule.

With a focus on the sustainability of the festival circuit, Yellow Veil Pictures offers their hand to titles needing festival strategy consultation and bookings. As part of this effort, they’ve penned a deal with Glass Eye Pix and Hood River Entertainment for the exclusive festival/non-theatrical rights on Jenn Wexler’s punk rock slasher, The Ranger, out of SXSW's Midnight's program.

"We seek to challenge the limits for commercial viability of arthouse genre and foreign language films for a redefined distribution landscape. These films were often lost in the festival circuit in years past, despite a noticeable growing interest from a more adventurous audience looking for new, exciting films with greater representation”, Hugues Barbier added.

Luz will make its North American premiere at Fantasia on Friday, July 20th, and The Ranger is set for its Canadian premiere Monday, July 23rd."


New Game of Thrones Beer: Press Release: "(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Brewery Ommegang and HBO Licensing & Retail have announced the newest beer in their collaborative series inspired by the award-winning drama Game of Thrones! Mother of Dragons, a beer brewed for Daenerys Targaryen, is the third beer in this year’s Royal Reserve Collection, a series of four limited release beers, each designed and brewed as an homage to one of four epic figures engaged in the battle for the Seven Kingdoms.

Brewed and blended for a leader who takes what is hers with fire and blood, Mother of Dragons is a blend of a smoked porter and a Belgian kriek, representing the smoke and fire that Daenerys has unleashed on her opponents. The beer will be available throughout Ommegang’s distribution network on September 28 both on draft and in 750ml bottles and the suggested retail price for a bottle is $12.99.

“Mother of Dragons represents in beer one of our favorite characters from Game of Thrones. Daenerys’s ascent from obscurity has been one of the most inspiring storylines of the show, and we’re thrilled to release a blend that embodies the character traits that have underpinned that rise,” said Doug Campbell, Brewery Ommegang president.

Mother of Dragons pours a deep ruby-tinted mahogany with a creamy tan head. Aromas of chocolate covered cherries intertwine with subtle smoke and roasted malt. The flavor is rich with tart cherry up front leading to a center palate of semi-sweet chocolate then resolving to subtle smoke and mild sweetness. The mouthfeel is luxuriously creamy and full, and the finish is semi-dry with lingering notes of smoke and cherry sweetness. Mother of Dragons is 6.5% ABV and pairs well with smoked gouda and charcuterie, braised meats, and rich desserts like flourless chocolate cake and cherry cheese cake.

The Royal Reserve Collection features four brand new beers in the brewery’s Game of Thrones-inspired series with HBO. All of the beers will be available on draft and in 750ml bottles. The series began in April with Hand of the Queen, a barleywine, and was followed in June by Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, a sour blonde blend. Following the release of Mother of Dragons, the final beer will be announced later this year.

About Brewery Ommegang
Founded in 1997 on the site of an old hop farm near Cooperstown, NY, Brewery Ommegang brews imaginative beers in a wide variety of styles, with particular emphasis on Belgian brewing traditions. For more information, visit, or follow us on Facebook at, on Twitter at @BreweryOmmegang, and on Instagram at @BreweryOmmegang.

About HBO Licensing and Retail
HBO Licensing & Retail, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., partners with best-in-class licensees around the world to give HBO's global audience new and exciting ways to engage with their favorite shows. The division leverages iconic, award-winning HBO programs such as Game of Thrones, VEEP, Sex and the City, Silicon Valley, Insecure, The Sopranos, Big Little Lies, True Blood and more to create officially licensed consumer products, innovative merchandise programs, retail activations and live immersive experiences. HBO Licensing & Retail works across a broad range of product categories, including collectibles, apparel, publishing, live branded experiences, digital gaming, fashion and beauty collaborations, luxury accessories, and beyond. Officially licensed HBO merchandise can be purchased in retail stores around the world, online in the US at and in Europe at, and at the groundbreaking HBO retail hub, the HBO Shop®, located at 42nd and 6th Avenue in New York City."


Bizarre States Celebrating 200th Episode at San Diego Comic-Con: "Join Bizarre States hosts Jessica Chobot and Andrew Bowser as they lift the veil and showcase the hauntings, urban myths, unsolved murders, and general oddities that everyone has experienced but no one wants to talk about.

Saturday, July 21, 2018 8PM-12AM
Bizarre States 200th Episode Party hosted by Jessica Chobot and Andrew Bowser
Location: Sparks Gallery Address: 530 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Description: Party with Jessica Chobot and Andrew Bowser! Celebrate the 200th episode of Bizarre States with music from our Nerdist House DJ, food, beverages, and more surprises thematically inspired by the show. Bizarre States 200th Episode Party will be open to Alpha members and invite-only industry and talent. Not a member yet? Sign up at and join the fun.

Sunday, July 22, 2018 2PM-3PM
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Bizarre States - Host Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, Bizarre States), Andrew Bowser (Bizarre States), and a special guest as they take their popular podcast Bizarre States on the road! They explore the mysteries of the weird, supernatural and occult, dragging into the light current and historical paranormal activities and personal experiences. Room: 7AB"


Brooke Lewis Joins the Cast of To Avenge: "Brooke Lewis Joins The Cast of To Avenge With Other Genre Stars Zach Galligan And Kelli Maroney.

When a young woman is brutally assaulted and the justice system fails her, a stranger takes matters into her own hands.

Days after her college graduation, Vera heads to the shore to meet up with her friend Christina. While on the Ocean City, Maryland boardwalk one evening, the girls attract the unwanted attention of four men. Returning to her family's beach house later that night, the men follow Vera home and sexually assault her.

When her attackers are arrested, Vera is unaware of the media storm that awaits. Two of the men are brothers from the wealthy and powerful Danvers family. Coercion and blackmail behind-the-scenes lead to the DA dropping the charges. Unknown to Vera, someone is watching. Taarna is a young woman outraged by the way women are often treated during sexual assault proceedings. Though she does not know Vera, she is determined to avenge the crime and right the wrong. In Taarna's mind, if the system won't obtain justice-- she will.

Director: Nick Belial
Writers: Nick Belial and Erin Hazelhurst

Brooke Lewis will join the cast in the role of Rape Victim Advocate, Jenny Price. Jenny calls herself a "Rape Survivor's Advocate", who meets Vera at the hospital to comfort and support her after she has been sexually assaulted. Jenny is a strong and aggressive advocate who pushes Vera to seek help after her devastating experience.

Brooke will join this cast, including Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Kelli Maroney (Chopping Mall), Bernard Robichaud (Trailer Park Boys), Lauren Francesca (Louie), the young lead Taylor Hay (Strings), and many more.

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    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).