Thursday, June 22, 2017

Independent Film Reviews: Monsters Among Men

This film starts with the titles starting as we watch as a young woman is tortured , not sure what is really happening but am sure we will be filled in later.
Our lead is running to the camera as he dropped the box that is directly in front of the frame , it is a ring as he is going to propose to his girlfriend. Upon doing so they are both attacked and knocked out.
Upon awakening he finds she is nowhere in the area he is at, he is around some other people at an open grave where a man is still digging. Making off in an effort to find his girlfriend he keeps persistence in finding her and there is some good camera work here and a well shot chase scene through the woods, well edited.
The score composed by Thomas Berdinski remids me of Richard Band scores from the old Full Moon Entertainment days , I told Thomas this and he was flattered as Richard is one of his idols.
 I did enjoy this film overall , though some scenes felt as if they went on a little long. I loved the fact that they used practical effects in this and the locations are well chosen deep in the woods. I know some won't watch this only because there is no-one in it that they know of, to each their own. I like to support film , either way.
The ending had a good payoff maybe we will see more of this group?

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Anthony Nadeau

Upcoming Films--Star Wars --Untitled Han Solo Movie

I have not written anything on here in regards to Star Wars since I reviewed "The Force Awakens" which I was not fond of. Then came the equally as bad "Rogue One", which given the case that prior to these films were the original lead In's -if you will of Episodes 1, 2 & 3.....well then.

Now forward to 2017 and we have (or had--right side of picture above) two directors --Phil Lord & Chris Miller --working from a screenplay that is written by Lawrence Kasdan who has a great skill as a writer and has had many successful films made from his work. He has written three prior screenplays for Star Wars films, being The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, just to name a few.
The team had finished over four and a half months of directing the film and then had creative differences with Kasdan and the studio took his side and fired the two.

“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77," Howard tweeted Thursday afternoon. "I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film."

Ron Howard is no stranger to space having Directed the George Lucas screenplay of "Willow" and also the great story of "Apollo 13" screenplay by William Broyles Jr. & Al Reinhart. Howard would win Best Director in 2002 at The Oscars for "A Beautiful Mind" with Russell Crowe.

He starred in George Lucas's first feature film that was "American Graffiti". All this being said this is a separate venture from the other Star Wars films franchise. This initially was only going to be three films that started back in the late 70's. George Lucas wanted to spend more time with his children so he sold Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic to Walt Disney for $4.05 billion in 2012 with half in cash and half in Disney stock. Whoever says he is not a smart businessman should think again.
I will update this as more information comes about , but for now here is a fan made poster for the upcoming film.
The film is set to be released May 25, 2018
Fan Art by Augen

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Anthony Nadeau

Press Release-Whistler Film Festival Launches 5th Annual Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship

Short content development program open nationally for up to six emerging Aboriginal Canadian film artists.

Whistler, B.C. (June 21, 2017) - To mark National Aboriginal Day and to support the voices of Aboriginal Canadians, the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has opened the call for applications for its 5th annual Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship. The four-day creative and business immersion experience to be held from November 29th to December 3rd during the Whistler Film Festival and Summit is open nationally for up to six emerging Aboriginal Canadian film artists with short films, webisode projects or television pilots to attend.

The program is designed to advance Canadian Aboriginal talent, by focusing on strengthening and advancing short script projects by facilitating feedback from group of mentor filmmakers who are successful, well-respected members of the Canadian film community.

“WFF’s Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship is designed to nurture Aboriginal content creators from across Canada who are looking to advance their short form content from script to screen,” says Angie Nolan, WFF’s Director of Industry Programming. “We are proud that a number of participants have utilized the knowledge and contacts provided during the lab experience to further their projects past the development stage and into completion, and that it has been a platform for their success.”

Recent Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship success stories include: 

Allan Hopkins’ Indian Road Trip which grew from a short script into a feature and is currently in production; 

Mary Galloway’s Unintentional Mother completed in 2016 with the assistance of the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artist of Choice Award of which Mary was the first Canadian recipient; 

Trailer for Unintentional Mother(click here)

Daniel Foreman’s Raven and the Sea Wolf, which is part of an animated series of short stories now in production called Legendary Myths: Raven Adventures.

Over four days the Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship will focus on individual and project-specific feedback through a series of one-on-one sessions with mentors, as well as group sessions in order to strengthen their projects. Feedback will include everything from where to take your script, to changes the project may require in order to move it to the next level, as well as finding the project’s audience once it’s made. The facilitator will provide high level strategic advice and counsel to the filmmakers over the course of the Fellowship, and help them to receive feedback from Industry mentors. Participation includes access to WFF's Industry Summit where the fellows will gain firsthand insight into the world of narrative short form storytelling through panel discussions, pitches, networking, and screenings with filmmakers and industry experts, including the MPPIA Short Film Pitch and WFF’s ShortWork Showcase screening and reception. Participants will also have access to Festival screenings and WFF's Industry Summit from November 30th to December 3rd.

Short scripts in all genres can be submitted for consideration. Writers must be Canadian citizens and of Aboriginal descent. All rights remain with the filmmaker. WFF has no proprietary interest in any of the projects. The application deadline is August 30th, and the finalists and mentors will be announced by October 3rd. Application details and information are available at

Whistler Film Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous support and commitment to the Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship sponsored by Canada Media Fund, Creative BC and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), and supported by the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler.

From November 29th to December 3rd, the Whistler Film Festival + Summit (WFF) will celebrate its 17th edition with fresh films, special guests, unique industry initiatives, epic events, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination.
The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a cultural charitable organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, the industry and audiences in Whistler. WFFS produces one of Canada’s leading film festivals and plays a leadership role in offering project development programs for Canadian talent. Find out more at

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Anthony Nadeau

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Largest Suicide Awareness Event Set For July 22nd and July 23rd In Bangor, Maine

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Fifteen years deep into an incredibly consistent and rewarding career, Seether continues to thrive, pushing their creative boundaries while remaining true to their fiercely loyal, worldwide fan base. Poison the Parish is Seether at their very best, a gripping and self-assured affirmation of a quintessential hard rock band in peak form.

Here is their new music video for:
"Let You Down"

Seether’s 5th Annual Rise Above Fest, the largest suicide awareness event in the world, which will be held Saturday, July 22nd and Sunday, July 23rd at Darling’s Waterfront Park in Bangor, Maine will feature performers including Korn, Shinedown, Stone Sour, Skillet, Halestorm, Falling in Reverse, and more.

Here is the new music video for Korn's song 
"Black Is The Soul"

"I started this festival as a tribute to anyone who has lost someone. If this festival does something to help one person reconsider the tragic choice of suicide, then it will be the greatest success of my career," said Seether's Shaun Morgan.

Stone Sour
Here is the new "Live" video of Stone Sour performing 

Morgan, Rise Above Fest’s founder, was honored in 2016 with the “Artistic Expression” Award from the National Council for Behavioral Health at the Awards of Excellence in Las Vegas.
Here is their music video for
"Dear Daughter"--a nice ballad for daughters in the world.
For Rise Above Fest tickets and information, visit: Rise Above Fest

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Anthony Nadeau

Friday, June 16, 2017

New & Upcoming Films From Independent Studios

I have been given such an opportunity to be sent so many movies over the past few months, either by private links or screeners or DVDs/Blu Rays. I have not been a very good reviewer at my end so to make up for that somewhat I will share with you what I have been sent--NO, not the links etc but the information on the films and their release dates and platforms they are available in.

I have provided Trailers with each of the films to give you an idea of what they look like.
I will do another one of these soon from other studios 

                                                        On VOD June 13th
Studio:  Leomark Studios
Director: Joe McClean

Cast : Dane Bowman, Chris Ciccarelli, Barry Finnegan 

The first “must see” (Film Threat) independent movie of the year, The Drama Club arrives on VOD this June from Leomark Studios.

“Bringing to mind The Big Chill" (Indie Film Minute), The Drama Club features a solid ensemble cast in the story of a high school drama club that catch up twenty-years on.

It’s been twenty years since they met in their high school drama club, but the teenage romances, egos, and quarrels are lying just beneath the surface waiting to prove themselves once again. Touching on topics from male/female double standards, to politics, to LGBTQ and race relations, the group grows more this weekend than in the last two decades. In a twisted maze of ex-lovers, old grudges, and new spouses, the friends are thrown down a rabbit hole of alcohol-fueled bad decisions.

This June, “quality indie cinema” (The Independent Critic) can be found within the frames of writer-director Joe McClean’s The Drama Club, available 6/13 on VOD.

 On VOD June 13th
Studio: Wild Eye Releasing
Director: Milko Davis
Cast : Stacy Pederson, Ruselis Perry
This is gonna sting a little.
From Wild Eye Releasing comes the ultimate buzz kill Tsunambee, premiering on VOD 6/13!
After a catastrophe strikes Los Angeles, survivors face an even greater threat, thousands of giant killer bees, ushering in the end of the world!

Writer/Director Milko Davis's ferociously fun ode to golden age creature makes its digital debut June 13!

                                       On DVD June 20th
Studio: MTI Home Video
Director: Jared Cohn
Cast : Randy Wayne, Demetrius Stear
Director Jared Cohn (Little Dead Rotting Hood, The Horde) marinades the screen with suspense this June with Death Pool from MTI Home Video.
Randy Wayne (Hellraiser : Judgement) gives an electric performance in  a sexy, spine-chilling fusion of American Psycho and Maniac,  premiering on DVD and VOD June 20. Sara Malakul Lane (Kickboxer : Vengeance), Demetrius Stear (Evil Nanny),  Shawn C. Phillips (Ghostquake) and James Cullen Bressack (Bethany) co- star.
After nearly drowning at the hands of his babysitter, a troubled young man grows up to become a serial killer with a compulsion to drowned young beautiful women. Based on true events, this conniving killer becomes a cultural phenomenon, known throughout the streets of Los Angeles.

                               On DVD/Blu-Ray July 4th
Studio: Uncork'd Entertainment
Director: Sevé Schelenz 
Cast : Wren Walker, Caz Odin Darko and Madison J. Loos
From Sevé Schelenz, director of Skew, comes the gooey, gory instant classic Peelers, on DVD and Blu-ray this July.

Wren Walker, Caz Odin Darko and Madison J. Loos star in “a pretty damn fun trip” (Dread Central) that ‘’any horror fan is going to love from start to finish” (HEAVY Magazine).

Extras on both the DVD and Blu-ray disc include deleted scenes, featurettes - includiung 'behind the scenes', audio commentary, gag reel, trailers, digital comic and more!
Exclusive to Blu-ray, 'special effects' featurette, behind the scenes part 2, an additional commentary, and festival intro!

DVD Extras 
Deleted Scenes (2:30)
"Getting A-Head" (10:03)
Gag Reel (4:00)
Behind The Scenes (13:18)
Script To Scene (3:48)
Teaser Trailer (0:45)
Theatrical Trailer (1:48)
Digital Comic Link to Website
Commentary x 1 - Director/Writer
TOTAL = 36:12

Blu-ray Extras
All the above AND...
"Special Effects" (10:55)
Behind The Scenes Part 2 (15:48)
Festival Intro (0:45)
Additional Commentary x 1 - Actors/Director

Former baseball player Blue Jean Douglas is closing down her small-town strip club and leaving for good. But her plans are not so easily attained when a group of coal miners show up and with them a deadly contaminant. What starts out as a last hurrah for the infamous strip club, turns into a blood bath. With time running out, Blue Jean must step up to the plate to try and put a stop to the spread of destruction before it’s too late and she loses everything she holds dear.

Studio: High Octane Pictures
Director: Tom Getty
Cast : Tom Getty
This July, Ryan Taylor has two hours to save the president in the “fast and furious”* actioner America Has Fallen, on VOD from High Octane Pictures.

When a former marine is framed for a deadly terrorist bombing, he must track down the mastermind behind the plot. But soon he discovers an even deadlier conspiracy that threatens the nation. One that will force him to choose between the freedom of millions, and his own survival.

Writer/director Tom Getty’s adrenaline-pumping “action epic”* premieres on VOD July 4.


                              On VOD July 7th:
Studio: Gravitas Ventures
Director: Tony Germinario

Cast : Kevin Interdonato, Tom Sizemore, Brian O'Halloran, Ray 'Boom-Boom' Mancini

The Indie underdog making a worldwide impact, finally coming to VOD 7/7. 

Writer/Director Tony Germinario's Award-Winning 'tour-de-force' thriller BAD FRANK punches its way to VOD this July from Gravitas Ventures.

Headlined with a true Breakout Performance by Award-Winner Kevin Interdonato, and featuring electric support from Amanda Clayton (Bleed For This), Tom Sizemore (Showtime's Twin Peaks, Saving Private Ryan, HEAT), Brian O'Halloran (Clerks 1 & 2), and boxing icon Ray 'Boom-Boom' Mancini, BAD FRANK has become a majorly sought after Film this year, and acquired by heavyweight Foreign Rep, Lotus Entertainment. 

Frank Pierce (played by Interdonato) leads a seemingly normal life, but when a disturbing past re emerges and something precious is taken from him, his mask of sanity loosens and unearths the urge to be violent once again.

With countless Best Film and Best Actor accolades in US and Europe, and heralded by as, 'Nastily Entertaining", 2017's mightiest Independent feature sits with viewers for days. BAD FRANK hits the U.S. Market on iTunes July 4th. Pre-Order now.  

                               In Theaters July 7th

Studio: Uncork'd Entertainment
Director: Roberto Andò 
Cast : Connie Nielsen, Toni Servillo, Daniel Auteuil
Wonder Woman’s Connie Nielsen stars in Award-winning director Roberto Andò’s “refreshing suspense thriller” (The Iris)  The Confession, premiering in US theaters this July from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Toni Servillo (Gomorrah), Daniel Auteuil (Jean de Florette), and Lambert Wilson (The Matrix Reloaded) co-star in a uniquely metaphysical whodunit, screening nationwide from July 7.

A G8 meeting is being held at a luxury hotel on the German coast. The world's most powerful economists are gathered to enact important provisions that will deeply influence the world economy. One of the guests is a mysterious Italian monk, invited by Daniel Roché, the director of the International Monetary Fund. He wants the monk to receive his confession, that night, in secret. The next morning, Roché is found dead...

                                 On VOD July 11th

Studio:  High Octane Pictures
Director: Iqbal Ahmed
Cast : Austin Hébert, Alexis Carra, and David S. Lee
“A thrilling and captivating movie experience” – DecayMag
“A high-quality, fast-paced Thriller” – Cryptic Rock

High Octane Pictures will offer The Answer, an exhilarating new sci-fi thriller from Iqbal Ahmed, this July.

Premiering on VOD 7/11, The Answer tells of an introverted young man that - after an attack- must follow clues left by his dead parents in order to figure out who is after him - and who he really is. 

I have watched this film, review coming soon:

The film is now available to rent on VOD, with a Blu-ray release set for July 17.
 Directed by LITTLE DEAD ROTTING HOOD’s Jared Cohn the movie stars Sticky Fingers, Fred Rose, Rene Nezhola and Madi Vodane.  The killer soundtrack features Iggy Pop, DMX, The Onyx and more.

Synopsis : Lisa Pomson, a troubled, social media-obsessed teen, clashes with her parents on just about everything. When Lisa is secretly filmed performing a sex act, cyber bullies release the video, and Lisa is viciously attacked online. Suicidal and on the brink of insanity, Lisa is approached by a beautiful, mysterious stranger who strikes up a relationship with her. As they grow closer, the stranger offers to help her out of her predicament in exchange for a favor.

                   On DVD, Blu-Ray & VOD July 18th
Studio: Petri Entertainment
Director: Kurando Mitsutake 
Cast : Hayate, Asami , Kirk Geiger, Mana Sakura, Noriaki Kamata

Tarantino meets Cannon Films in Karate Kill, from acclaimed filmmaker Kurando Mitsutake, on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD July 18.

Featuring a "grimly relentless performance” (Japan Times) from Hayate, with solid support from Iron Fist’s David Sakurai and WWE icon Katarina Leigh Waters, Karate Kill will be available on Blu-ray and DVD - exclusive to Target, Walmart, Best Buy and Amazon – on July 18.  VOD will be day and date on iTunes, VHX, Google Play, Fandango, Vudu, Dish, Vubiquity, Comcast, Charter, Cox and Xbox. 

A “must see” (Terror Weekend) action masterpiece from the director of Gun Woman and Blind Wolf comes to the U.S. When Karate master Kenji’s (Hayate) young sister (Mana Sakura) is kidnapped by a dangerous cult, and taken to the U.S. he will stop at nothing to find her. Partnered with a mysterious shot-gun toting partner, Kenji must use his mastery of Karate to dismantle the cult members one by one in spectacular and bloody fashion, until he finds his sister.

                              On VOD July 18th

Studio: Wild Eye Releasing
Director: Brett DeJager
Cast : Reggie Bannister, Elissa Dowling

This July, Wild Eye Releasing lets loose the next iconic movie monster!

While transporting the legendary killer Bonejangles, a group of police break down in a town cursed with monsters, and must release him to survive!

Reggie Bannister, Elissa Dowling, Kelly Misek, Jr., Julia Cavanaugh, Devin Toft, Jamie Scott Gordon, Lawrence Wayne Curry, and Hannah Richter star in a Brett DeJager film, written by Keith Melcher.

The highly anticipated Watch The Sunset will have its world premiere next month at this year’s Revelation Perth International Film Festival.

Shot in just one take, BarrLipp Productions' gritty crime drama  follows an ex-bikie who is trying to reunite his broken family torn apart by his devastating drug addiction.

Watch the Sunset has an underlying theme about effects of Crystal Meth or Ice, which is very real contemporary Australian issue. The one shot concept of our film allows the viewers to observe the harsh reality of this regional problem on an intimate and raw level. But at the core of this film we find a story of love and an unrelenting quest for redemption.

Tristan Barr, Chelsea Zeller, Annabelle Williamson, Aaron Walton, Michael Gosden,  Zia Zantis-Vinycomb, Catherine Dawson, and Dennis Robertson star in a BarrLipp Productions film.

The cast and crew will participate in special Q&A screenings of the film during the Revelation Perth International Film Festival in both Perth and Fremantle.

Official synopsis:
Outlaw bikie member Danny Biaro wants to change his ways and start a new life with his estranged family. But his past quickly catches up to him and he is compelled to make a decision that will affect his life forever. Now he must race against the clock to save his family.

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(VANCOUVER, BC) ~ Out On Screen’s Vancouver Queer Film Festival announced its film Spotlights today: The Experiential Lens: Filmmakers of Colour; Young Hearts, Bright Eyes: Spotlight on Youth; Intergenerations; and Indigenous Cinema. With over 50 films from 15 countries, the Festival will showcase these spotlights from August 10-20 at various venues throughout Vancouver. 

The Experiential Lens: Filmmakers of Colour shines a light on directors and writers of colour. With integrity of voice and personal perspective, directors and writers of colour from around the world bring the stories closest to them to the big screen. From the humour and sweetness of Signature Move (USA) and Fathers (Thailand), to the detailed complexities of Doris Yeung’s Taxi Stories (China) and the deep care and respect of Ernesto Contreras’ I Dream in Another Language (Sueño en Otro Idioma) (Mexico), audiences will be charmed and stunned by the talent, skill, and heart of these artists. 
Taxi Stories

Films featuring queer and trans youth are moving far beyond the typical coming-of-age story, pushing both artistic and narrative boundaries in this year’s Youth Spotlight. Maria Govan’s breathtaking, lush and intense Play the Devil (Trinidad and Tobago) delves deeply into what it means for a young queer man of colour who lacks role models to carve his way through the world, and Jacqueline Gares’ FREE CeCe (USA) is a searing and heartfelt participatory documentary that lifts up the story of young trans woman activist, CeCe McDonald. 
I Dream In Another Language

The Intergenerations Spotlight invites audiences into conversations with our elders, our peers, and our futures. In what is perhaps the most intimate documentary of the Festival, Small Talk (Ri Chang Dui Hua) (Taiwan) charts the life and loves of butch lesbian A-nu through the eyes of her daughter, director Huang Hui-chen. Many of the films in this Spotlight feature the lives of local and international elders and trailblazers: David France’s The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (USA) investigates the circumstances of the legendary trans activist’s mysterious death and reverently looks back at the generous and outspoken person she was in life; Antonette (Canada) lifts up the remarkable life and work of local artist and elder Antonette Rea; and additional local documentaries, The March Sweater Project (Canada) and Stay Gold: Man Up (Canada), explore formative queer geographies and people of Vancouver. 

Free CeCe

The Indigenous Cinema Spotlight is a tribute to Two-Spirit role models and other Indigenous queer filmmakers who work to decolonize cinema and preserve tradition, knowledge, and creativity. The intimate and moving Kumu Hina (USA/Fiji), which previously screened at VQFF as a short film, returns to the Festival as a full-length documentary. Indigifemme (a term gifted to the program by Gitxan artist Jessica Wood) honours the many facets of Indigenous and Two-Spirit femme identities and experiences. This powerhouse double-bill will feature archival classics and new shorts from Dana Claxton, Thirza Cuthand, Shelley Niro, Kent Monkman and Gail Maurice to name a few, as well as live performances by local multidisciplinary artists. 

Kumu Hina

Festival Artistic Directors Amber Dawn and Anoushka Ratnarajah say, “Once again, the Festival will bring the best in international queer cinema, with directors from over 15 different countries worldwide. This year, we’re seeing an increase in local films, showcasing the wide breadth of intersectional identities and talented individuals right here in Vancouver. We anticipate the local programming will be some of our audience favourites this year.”

Early Bird passes for the 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival go on sale Thursday, July 6 and all tickets go on sale Thursday, July 13 at

For more information on the 2017 Vancouver Queer Film Festival, please visit the following platforms: 

Twitter: (#VQFF2017)

Full ticketing details, including pricing, can be found at 

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