Saturday, August 25, 2012

V/H/S - Theatrical Release - Theater Locations!

 Here's where to find V/H/S in theaters starting October 5th!

Berkeley, CA: Shattuck Cinemas 10
San Diego, CA: Ken Cinema
San Francisco, CA: Lumiere Theatre 3
West Los Angeles, CA: Nuart Theatre
Denver, CO: Mayan Theatre
Washington, DC: E Street Cinema
Chicago, IL: Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
Indianapolis, IN: Keystone Art Cinema 7
Cambridge, MA: Kendall Square Cinema 9
Minneapolis, MN: Lagoon Cinema
University City, MO: Tivoli Theatre
New York, NY: Sunshine Cinema 5
Portland, OR: Hollywood Theatre
Philadelphia, PA: Ritz at the Bourse
Seattle, WA: Varsity Theatre

Mobile, AL: Crescent Theatre
Atlanta, GA: Midtown Art Cinemas 8
Brookline, MA: Coolidge Corner Theatre
Kansas City, MO: Screenland Crossroads Theatre
Omaha, NE: Dundee (Art)
Pleasantville, NY: Jacob Burns Film Center

Rochester, NY: Little Theatre

Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa, Bijou Theater

Charlotte, NC: Movies @ CrownPoint 12

Maitland, FL: Enzian Theatre
Keene, NH: Putnam Arts Lecture Hall
Toms River, NJ: Traco Theatre
Albuquerque, NM: Guild
Tulsa, OK: Circle Cinema

Columbus, OH: Gateway Film Center 8

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of V/H/S reviews

Some folks just don't get it, others don't want to, and some think it's genius or had the potential to be.
Enjoy the reviews here - one stop shopping for the good, the bad, and the ugly.

But on August 30th, you'll be able to decide for yourself.

My advise?  Watch it on VOD with a houseful of friends, or even better, if you can stand to wait, have a few cocktails and see it with an audience in the theater in October, cause it's a hell of a lot more fun on the big screen with an audience, you know, they way movies were meant to be experienced.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sundance '12: Filmmaker / Industry Reflections

Simon Barrett (co-writer/segment producer, V/H/S)

Like many filmmakers, we went to Sundance with no idea of what to expect in terms of how audiences there would respond to our film, or if audiences would show up to see it at all. I think literally less than a dozen people had watched the finished movie before its premiere, so it was entirely untested, and we had allocated approximately $20 to our festival poster art. Ultimately, the movie was a success beyond my wildest expectations, but my fondest memory at Sundance isn’t the film’s premiere, acquisition, or much publicized audience fainting incident (that part was kind of stressful, actually), but the first moment I realized people were actually excited to see the movie we had made. I had just got off a city bus with the film’s main producer, Roxanne Benjamin, and we were standing miserably in the wind and snow trying to figure out where the hell Main Street was.

Monday, January 30, 2012

25 Indie Movies You Should Be Excited About


Directors: Adam Wingard, Ti West, Joe Swanberg, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, David Bruckner
Stars: Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Joe Swanberg, Sophia Takal, Kate Lyn Sheil, Joe Sykes, Hannah Fierman, Mike Donlan, Drew Sawyer, Drew Moerlein, Jason Yachanin, Helen Rogers, Jas Samms
Release info: Sold at Sundance to Magnolia Pictures; a Fall 2012 release is expected

Why you should be excited:

Friday, January 27, 2012

Travel time.

Laying in bed with my skull and heart jammies after a great screening tonight on our last night in Park City.  Ready for a two hour nap before getting up and heading to the airport.

Kodak Party

Skizz and I with a flash.

Another packed house!

Wait list line starting to line up.

"Man Faints During V/H/S"

On your first day at Sundance, altitude sickness, plus a lack of food, and a badass sequence of gore equal a visit from the EMTs.  And, yea, it was during Bruckner's.  Scary for those who saw it go down.  So glad he's OK and it was something easily remediable.  Girlfriend wanted to go back in the theater and finish the film, but Producers gave them tickets for next screening.  Turned into controversy in the twitter-sphere.  Was it faked?  Wish it where.  Member of our group saw it.  But it became a thing and it shouldn't have...(update: and it's only getting crazier - see 1st link)

Silly video reviews

Variety says

First and best is "Amateur Night" by David Brucker, also a writing-directing contributor to 2007's ingenious horror omnibus "The Signal." With visuals as wildly unsteady as its party-hearty protags, the pic follows three frat types (Drew Sawyer, Mike Donlan, Joe Sykes) out on the town, intending to make some stealth porn using spy-cam eyeglasses. Umpteen drinks later, they land in a hotel room with one passed-out cutie and another (wide-eyed Hannah Fierman) who is a little ... off. This rocket ride toward Planet Succubus is a bloody slam dunk.

To read more, click on the link!

‘V/H/S’ Reinvents the Horror Anthology Movie With Terrifying “Found Footage”

The short films range in subject matter from paranormal experiences to serial killers, haunted houses to monster attacks. It’s nice and varied, with something for everyone — and its not always what you expect. The highlight is probably a story which follows a bunch of kids who take two girls back to a hotel room. Something is odd about one of the girls, and I won’t give away more.

These shorts are terrifying, but also clever. One of the stories is shot from a pair of video sunglasses that you would buy in a spy shop, giving a POV view of the horror. Swanberg’s segment is shot using a Skype video call between a a college-aged girl who is experiencing strange noises in her house, and her long distance boyfriend. As you can imagine, both of these segments use their limitations to great effect.

To read more, click on the link!

V/H/S crew.

Simon Barrett, Brad Miska, Roxanne Benjamin, Helen Rogers, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, Chad Villella, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Ti West, Adam Wingard, Zak Zeman, David Bruckner and Justin Martinez.

All about me.

Nate Dorn photo that makes the Sundance instagram daily photo blog.  Victoria and I at 6am on our way to the ticket box office.

V/H/S punk rock poster

First impressions of Sundance’s scariest film

A quick rundown: first is David Bruckner, director of “The Signal,” and a film about three douchey guys who use the aforementioned glasses-cam to scope out women. They pick up two girls at a bar and head back to the motel, but it is clear that one of them (the one who keeps staring directly at the camera in a REALLY CREEPY WAY) is a bit off. It is sexy, scary and solid.

To read more, click on the link!

IndieWire says

Bruckner's "Amateur Night," the standout of the bunch, opens the anthology with a frat party night gone very wrong. When a trio of heavy drinkers take a creepy goth girl back to their motel, they fail to realize her taste for human blood (or the possibility that she might not be human at all). The mortifying final chase scene, which literally covers a lot of ground but never loses coherence, turns the long take into the doorway to a terrified victim's subjectivity.

Hollwood Reporter announces sale of V/H/S!

The found-footage-within-found-footage creeper is the first horror title to be acquired at the festival this year. Magnolia Pictures nabbed North American rights to the horror film V/H/S for slightly more than $1 million after coming out on top in a late-night bidding war that involved three prospective buyers, according to sources. - video blog

The found footage "genre" has become trend in Hollywood, with new Paranormal Activity's replacing the Saw films every year, and many more to come. When it comes to horror found footage films, Sundance has a strong history, with Blair Witch Project premiering back in 1999. Jump ahead 13 years to 2012 and here we are with another genre reinvention, this time refreshing the horror anthology idea with a found-footage film titled V/H/S, about VHS footage, produced by Brad Miska of Bloody-Disgusting. It's an awesome collection of six freaky, fantastic horror films rolled into one and we've got our first video blog about it to watch below.

To read more, click on the link!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ai WeiWei movie

Really interesting and scary - Chinese Government sucks, but we knew that already.  Ai WeiWei shows the government what he thinks in this photo.


If only I could tell you what's been happening here...more later, but HOLY SHIT.  We have lots of fantastic news from our trip!

Premiere Night of V/H/S

 Dinner for 12 at Bistro 412

Yahoo, Bing, and Cal State

Yarn balls.

SAGIndie Filmmaker Breakfast

Needed the strong coffee, eggs, and conversation.  Thanks SAGIndie.

Sundance POV

Main Street.

Philadelia Party

Free t-shirts and Tasty Cakes

This was the party I was headed to when I stumbled upon the free Patron.

Patron Lounge - swagalicious

 Free Vita Coco

Local 600 (camera union) Party

Excellent Food!  Seriously...the best food I've eaten at any Sundance party.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sundance in 60 Seconds

Sunday night's midnight movie was the anthology horror V/H/S, probably the section's most anticipated film because of the great up-and-coming horror filmmakers (Ti West, Adam Wingard, David Bruckner) involved.

Here are some of the post-screening Tweets:

Movieline says

"If you've grown tired of the gimmickry and diminishing quality of "found footage" horror, Sundance's Midnight program just delivered the cure: V/H/S, an anthology film comprised of shorts by six up-and-coming horror/indie filmmakers, each working within the parameter that their story be told via found media. The Devil Inside this ain't; V/H/S is fresh and pulse-quickening to the end, one of the best discoveries of this year's fest."

To read more, click on the link!

Holy shit Holy Shit Holy SHIT

I wish I could tell you what's going on here...but I can't.  Really great premiere last night and the film has gotten great buzz.  David's piece is grabbing lots of attention by some big names in Hollywood.  Hopefully you'll hear some good news soon!

"Terrifying anthology 'V/H/S' creates new ghost stories for the video age"

The film is also ordered in what I think is the exact right order.  The first segment by David Bruckner sets the tone for just how crazy things might get, and the final segment by Radio Silence feels like the brakes are off and you're flying off the mountain into the void.  It's crazy, and the audience tonight was screaming, jumping, viscerally reacting.  This is the sort of film that's going to creep into the permanent nightmare vocabulary of the audience, and I think the cheap, shitty VHS look of everything is a big part of why.  We have learned over the past 20 years that if you're watching something on film, it's not real.  But if you're watching something on video, especially low-grade unpolished video, that's "real."  And the filmmakers play off of that idea with such glee that I almost feel like I got mugged by an entire gang.  It is a film designed to shake you with abandon.

And there is no doubt… I am shaken.  Well-played.

Distributors, start your engines.  Someone's getting rich.

To read more, click on the link!

Ain't It Cool News says

The first story is called Amateur Night and is directed by David Bruckner (one of the directors of The Signal). When it started, I thought it was going to be a typical found footage story… the overly loud and erratic shaky-cam as a group of douchebag friends give the nerdy one those spy-cam glasses with the tiny lens in the bridge. They want him to record chicks as they go out and party. “Great,” I thought. “This is Diary of the Dead all over again. Shaky footage filled with horrible, unlikable assholes.” But this segment quickly turns great as they take a pair of girls back to their hotel and find out one of them is a little… weird.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Box Office Score!

Same people as yesterday are here today.  Theory of them sleeping in the box office nightly pans out.  Why not?  Restrooms, heat and a water station.  What more do you need?

When the parties over...

We recycle.

What is that fucking beeping!!!

Every 15 minutes or so something in my room beeps. It's nothing I own, and I've unplugged everything in the room. I might be losing my mind after no sleep. Tried to nap today...didn't work. It's now after midnight and I'll be getting up at 5am, then seeing a midnight movie and going to our afterparty that starts at 2am.

I've pulled the battery out of the smoke detector.  I've pulled the batteries out of the numerous alarm clocks in dresser drawers.  I've pulled all of these things out of my room.  Nothing is plugged in.

What is that fucking beeping!!!

"An Oversimplification of Her Beauty"

I remember why I love movies. Saw what I considered to be a great experimental film.  Inspiring, beautiful and really creative.

"An Oversimplification of Her Beauty"

It's good we're getting cozy!

Everyone is arriving! Blake Myers just landed along with Hannah's brother. Mike D and his brother showed up tonight. Just a few more and we'll be a full house. It was a real pain in the ass dealing with all the travel arrangements, but it sure is nice having the Amateur Night family under one roof.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

It's dumping in Park City!

ATL represent!!

Thanks to Mike at Fallen Arrows for the ATL buttons! 

Craig Zobel was sporting one at his Compliance premiere.  And I got one from him too.

To the Box Office!

Up at 6am to get tickets to whatever we can.  We kinda found out we were going to Sundance too late for passes.  I was a big fan of the adrenaline pass - entry to all movies before 10a and after 10p.

Photos from Day 2

 Our 3 story house - 18 people plus a hot tub!  The top right lighted room was mine.

Parties and Ditch Your Date Night

After leaving the fabulous Patron bar, we headed up the street for the SundanceChannelHQ Happy Hour. Sure...I'll drink free Grey Goose after Patron on the rocks! This Happy Hour is also every day.  The only lame thing is the munches were literally a tortilla chip with a dab of guac.  Oh, and there's no bathroom in the place.  Seriously.

Free Stuff Friday

Day 2 of Sundance was all about swag.

MTV likes us.

"V/H/S" The old-school video format should make for some old-school scares in this horror collaboration from some of the genre's most notable up-and-comers, including Ti West and Adam Wingard. The movie centers on a group of burglars who are hired by a mysterious man to break into an abandoned house to retrieve a VHS cassette. From there, things get a little creepy. 

To read more, click on the link!


Seriously...slept 3 hours in 3 days...will catch up on blogs after some zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.......