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There were so many people to meet, in so many different time zones, that we are extending our meetings through next week (16-21 Nov, 2020).
NEW FILM LINEUP
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Recently Completed

LOVELAND

Sci-fi Noir

 

In a near future Asian megacity, Jack, a hired mercenary, lives a lonely and monotonous existence filled with robotic lovers and callous executions. Everything changes after he meets April, a soulful Karaoke geisha. But as his heart comes alive for the first time, his body mysteriously begins to break down. Finding himself pursued by robotic henchmen, Jack seeks the help of Dr. Bergman, a reclusive scientist who may hold the answers to his dark predicament. 

 

 

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RYAN KWANTEN

True Blood, Hurricane Heist

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HUGO WEAVING

The Matrix Trilogy & The Lord of the Rings Trilogy,

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LAVA

 

English Dub Starring Actress & Comedian

Janeane Garofalo

(Ratatouille, My Wet Hot American Summer, Dogma)

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Genre: ADULT ANIMATION - SCI-FI - COMEDY

 

This animated sci-fi tells the story of Deborah, a lonely and disenfranchised tattoo artist who endeavors to save herself and her town from an alien invasion. The aliens come in the form of large cats, cackling witches, and never-ending snakes; what’s more, these dangerous invaders have harnessed the media as a means to hypnotize humanity into submission. Deborah must learn to resist their control and convince others to do the same.

 

LAVA playfully speaks to the different mechanisms of control that act upon society and the need to unite against them. 

 

Director: Ayar Blasco

Producers: Florencia Franco, Jimena Monteoliva

 

Voice: Sofía Gala Castiglione (Alanis, The Crimes That Bind, Tetro), Martín Piroyansky, Justina Bustos, Darío Lopilato,

 

 

(English Trailer Coming Soon!)

 
 

 

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REGGAE SUNSPLASH (FEATURING Bob Marley)

 

Genre: Music Documentary

Dir: Stephan Paul

 

A new 4k version of this iconic 70's music documentary. Set against the backdrop of Jamaica during a tumultuous period of political and social strife, we see the transformative nature of Reggae music and the role Bob Marley played in uniting the country.

 

Features never before seen footage of Bob Marley’s last live performance at the Reggae Sunsplash festival in Montego Bay. Additional performances include: Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Third World Band, Eek-a-Mouse, and Steal Pulse.

 

This gem of a film has been out of circulation for 40 years and has never been digitally released.

 
 

 

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DOMINO

Starring David Arquette & Snoop Dogg

 

Genre: Comedy

Dir: Baron Davis

 

 

DOMINO: Battle of the Bones follows a competitive domino player from Compton who reluctantly agrees to babysit his nerdy stepson. When he discovers the kid’s crazy domino skills, the two put aside their differences and team up to win the domino tournament. But, they aren’t the only team bringing their A-Game, as heavy hitters from every block throw down, each with a special trick up their sleeve. 

 

US Theatrical Release in Q1 2021

TRAILER COMING SOON!

 
 

 

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FRIED BARRY

TV cut now available, too!

Genre: HORROR / SCI FI / COMEDY

 

AN ALIEN ASSUMES CONTROL OF A DRUG ADDICT'S BODY AND TAKES IT ON A BIZARRE JOYRIDE THROUGH CAPE TOWN

 

Cast: Gary Green (Escape Room), Chanelle de Jager (The Widow, Outlander Show), Brett Williams (Raised by Wolves), Bianka Hartenstein, Sean Cameron Michael (Shooter, 24), Jonathan Pienaar (Blood Diamond, Roots)

 

Director: Ryan Kruger

 

FESTIVALS..........Sitges Film Festival 2020

Fantasia 2020...........................Cinequest 2020

Rapid Lion 2020 (3 Wins).........Comic-Con Africa 2020 

Comic-Con Cape Town 2021....Fastaspoa 2020

 

SOLD TERRITORIES:US/UK/ANZ

 

 
 

 

SOME OF THE MANY FESTIVALS FRIED BARRY HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR:

 

 

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"Achieves remarkable poignancy for something so irreverent."

-Eye For Film

 

"Do not sleep until seeking out this SA genre gem when it becomes available to the masses."

-Pop Horror

 

"Fried Barry is like having an acid trip during an out of body experience. It's surreal, wild, exciting, disturbing and ultimately a must see. I can promise you won't see anything like this movie this year, or any year, maybe ever."

-Ghastly Grinning

 

"You’ll want to see Fried Barry solely for the experience."

-Film Threat

 

"It's "Starman" crossed with "Street Trash," and dosed with MDMA for good measure."

-Arts Fuse

 

 

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CAMP TWILIGHT

Genre: HORROR

 

AFTER DISCOVERING THEY ARE AT RISK OF FAILING TO GRADUATE, 6 STUDENTS AGREE TO A WEEKEND CAMPING TRIP FOR EXTRA CREDIT. WHEN THEY UNCOVER THE CAMP'S DANGEROUS PAST, THEY SOON LEARN THEY MUST STICK TOGETHER TO SURVIVE.

 

Cast: Felissa Rose (Krampus: The Devil Returns), Dave Sheridan (Scary Movie), Vernon Wells (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior), Linnea Quigley (The Return of the Living Dead)

 

Director: Brandon Amelotte

 

FESTIVALS..........(A Major Festival To Be Announced)

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

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SWEET TASTE OF SOULS

Genre: FANTASY, HORROR, THRILLER

 

WHEN FOUR STRUGGLING BAND MEMBERS STOP AT A LONELY ROADSIDE CAFE FOR A SLICE OF PIE, THEY FIND THEMSELVES IMPRISONED IN THE DERANGED CAFE OWNERS' BIZARRE ART COLLECTION AND MUST BATTLE A SINISTER FORCE WITH AN APPETITE FOR SOULS.

 

Cast: Dawna Lee Heising (Finding Purpose:The Road to Redemption), Sarah J. Bartholomew (Waste), Honey Lauren (Wives of the Skies), Thom Michael Mulligan (Callous)

 

Director: Terry Ross

 

FESTIVALS..........(A Major Festival To Be Announced)

 

 
 

 

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DOLLHOUSE: the Eradication of Female Subjectivity from American Popular Culture

Genre: ADULT / COMEDY SATIRE / PUPPETS

 

A SATIRICAL LOOK AT THE MACHINERY OF CELEBRITY, DOLLHOUSE CHRONICLES THE TRIUMPH AND TRAIN-WRECKS OF FICTIONAL CHILD POP STAR JUNIE SPOONS.

 

Cast: Nicole Brending, Sydney Bonar, Aneikit Bonnel, Erik Hoover, Peter Ooley

 

Director:  Nicole Brending

 

 
 

 

SOME OF THE FESTIVALS DOLLHOUSE HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR:

 

 

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"it’s always nice to have a good laugh at the expense of our ridiculous, horrible society.”

- Film Threat

 

“one of the most outrageous, brutal, painfully sharp satires I've ever seen.”

- Cinefile Chicago 

 

“It’s wicked, intelligent, so damn relevant yet mind-blowing… Brending’s film is the only piece you should be concerned about and must not be missed.”

- Movie Moves Me

 

“there are moments in Dollhouse that make Trey Parker and Matt Stone look almost refined.”

- Coffee Coffee and more Coffee

 

“A savage takedown of the Whitney/Britney industrial complex…”

- Steve Dollar, Indiewire

 

 

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ILLUMINATED

Genre: DOCUMENTARY

 

ILLUMINATED exposes the truth behind the controversial group, the Illuminati. This 4K documentary reveals the origins, documents, rituals, and degree ceremonies of the Illuminati.

 

Director:  Johnny Royal (33 and Beyond)

 

Over 2,300,000 streams on Amazon Prime, USA

 

"Visually stunning and shockingly revealing" / Adrian Fulle VARIETY

"Riveting, I couldn't take my eyes off the screen." / David Winter CBS

 

AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE

 

 
 

 

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MARIONETTE

Genre: PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER

 

Living in an alternate reality, MARIONETTE tells the story of a therapist who loses her grip on reality when a ten-year-old boy claims he can control her future. Reminiscent of THE SIXTH SENSE, GONE GIRL.

 

Cast: Thekla Reuten (In Bruges, Red Sparrow, The American)  

Elijah Wolf (T2, Trainspotting) 

Bill Paterson (The Witches, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, Kingdom of Heaven) 

Peter Mullan (Children of Men, War Horse)

 

Director:  Elbert van Strien (Two Eyes Staring / Winner Fantasporto)

Country of Origin: Netherlands

 

 
 

 

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NEW SIZZLE SPOT        PW: 11124

 

MAX WINSLOW

AND THE HOUSE OF SECRETS

Genre: YOUNG ADULT (TEEN) / ADVENTURE

 

Five teenagers compete to win a mansion owned by a billionaire/scientist. To win, the teens must face-off against super computer "HAVEN", who controls the mansion.

 

Cast: Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill, A Cinderella Story) 

Marina Sirtis (Crash, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection)

Tanner Buchanan (Designated Survivor)

Jade Chynoweth / 2.4m Instagram fans (Step Up High Water)

 

Director:  Sean Olson, F.R.E.D.I. (multi-award winning), Christmas Wonderland , The Other Mother, A Christmas Reunion

USA THEATRICAL 2020

 

 
 

 

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BRIGHTHEART 1

Genre: ANIMATED KIDS

 

Brightheart the firefly is the hero of her village. But her celebrity is challenged when a robot Aurora visits the village. Will Brighheart learn to get along with this stranger or will they be bitter enemies? 

 

Director:  Weifeng Deng

 

 
 

 

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BRIGHTHEART 2

Genre: ANIMATED KIDS

 

In the insect village Brightheart the firefly and her insect friends have formed a task force called the: Firefly Action Brigade. The Firefly Action Brigade is put to the test when alien invaders try to take one of their members. Will Brightheart be able to save her friend and her village from the aliens? 

 

Director:  Weifeng Deng

 

 
 

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