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January 8, 2017

SMT: “Sun Choke” and 2017 Preview and Updates

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Sun Choke
SMT is back to provide the best coverage of the indie film world, starting with one you might have overlooked, SUN CHOKE along with news and previews of the best upcoming indie films for 2017.
Beloved performer Barbara Hershey( RE ANIMATOR) makes her presence known, along with a number strong newcomers. Since indie fun is our middle name, check out our take right now!

COMING ATTRACTIONS: DON’T KNOCK TWICE: From the director of the award-winning UK feature film ‘The Machine’, IFC Midnight is proud to announce the theatrical, VOD and HD Digital release of DON’T KNOCK TWICE on February 3, 2017.
Check the Trailer Debut right here:

“Knock once to wake her from her bed, twice to raise her from the dead…” So goes a disturbing urban legend involving an abandoned house supposedly inhabited by a vengeful, child-stealing witch. When troubled teen Chloe (Lucy Boynton) raps at the door one night, she has no idea the horror she’s about to unleash. Fleeing to the country home of her estranged mother (Katee Sackhoff)-a recovering addict who’s turned her life around to become a famous artist-Chloe must learn to trust the woman who gave her up years ago in order to stop the bloodthirsty, shape-shifting demon stalking them. This wild supernatural shocker delivers a barrage of nonstop jolts and searing nightmare images.


Directed by: Caradog James

Produced by: John Giwa-Amu, Claire Moorsom

Cast: Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, Longmire), Lucy Boynton (The Blackcoat’s Daughter), Nick Moran (Lock, Stock and Two Smocking Barrels), Richard Mylan (Grownups), Pooneh Hajimohammadi (The Machine)

Language: English


Sun Choke COMING ATTRACTIONS: BLOOD MACHINES: David Sandberg, the Swedish director of the acclaimed short film Kung Fury, has come aboard as an executive producer on Blood Machines by Seth Ickerman, a French director duo composed of Raphaël Hernandez and Savitri Joly-Gonfard.

Following two space hunters chasing the female ghost of a machine through the galaxy, Blood Machines is a 30-minutes Sci-Fi short and the sequel of music video Turbo Killer by synthwave artist Carpenter Brut.

Currently campaigning on Kickstarter since Dec. 1st, Seth Ickerman already reached his goal after only two weeks. Now passed 100,000 Euros, the French team would like to reach bigger objectives and expand Blood Machines into a Virtual Reality experience (in addition to the short version)or a feature film à la Interstella 5555 by Daft Punk.

Seduced by the world of Blood Machines, David Sandberg reached out to Seth Ickerman in the early days of the campaign. As they share the same do it yourself approach and passion for the 80’s movies, a collaboration soon appears to be a logical move.

Seth Ickerman are hands down some of the most talented and exciting visual artists I’ve come across. Each of their frames are gorgeous, show a painstaking attention to detail, and most of all, an undeniable love for movies. I can’t wait to see these guys get their shot to tell this story , said David Sandberg.

As synthwave music and retro films are labelled as fringe movements, which limit the traditional sources of financing, David Sandberg and Seth Ickerman decided to pull together and “cross the streams” to make such an ambitious project happen. Blood Machines remains quite bold for a short film while it needs to remain independent and true to the director‘s vision.

Bringing David on board is a natural association for us after ten years in our garage. He went through the same process and what he did on Kickstarter with Kung Fury and later on with the distribution is a true reference for us in terms of maintaining the creative control of his film, while reaching out to a world audience and bridging the garage and professional mindsets. We are really happy that he’s joining our team in this exciting adventure!”, said Seth Ickerman.

After raising $630,000 on Kickstarter with Kung Fury, which premiered in Cannes and was released on Netflix, Sandberg will be bringing his experience to a production team composed of Frederic Fiore and Alexis Perrin. Focused on elevated genre movies, their venture Logical Pictures is currently co-producing An Incident in A Ghost Land by Pascal Laugier (Martyrs, The Tall Man), and has several films lined up including Ickerman, the first feature film of Seth Ickerman.

Sun ChokeCOMING ATTRACTIONS : SHE RISES: Blanc-Biehn Productions (BBP), the independent film studio founded by actors/filmmakers Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, announces the Official Selection – and U.S. premiere – of new film She Rises at the 2017 Macabre Faire Film Festival, January 13-15 in Long Island, New York.
 The twisted thriller also received five Macabre Faire Film Awards nominations, including Best Cinematography in a Feature (Steve Romano), Best Actor in a Feature (Angus Macfadyen), Best Screenplay in a Feature (Macfadyen), Best Actress in a Feature (Daisy McCrackin) and Best Supporting Actress (Blanc-Biehn).
 Directed by award-winning filmmaker Larry Wade Carrell (Jacob), She Rises takes a creepy road trip with a film director (Blanc-Biehn) and her leading man (Macfadyen) to their rural set location, a quaint country inn run by an odd, seemingly shy young woman (McCrackin).
She Rises was also an official selection at this fall’s Dublin’s Irish Film Institute’s Horrorthon Film Festival, and a special screening at the event proved to be enormously successful.
 Blanc-Biehn Productions’ distribution deals have given Biehn and Blanc-Biehn the opportunity to boost their movies’ international viewing audience – and the company’s public profile – as they continue to create quality horror, sci-fi and action films that tell compelling, emotional stories.
 The Macabre Faire Film Festival will be held at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 3845 Veterans Memorial Hwy, ​Ronkonkoma, NY 11779. Tickets are now available at the Festival’s website.

About the Author

Jason Stewart
Jason Malcolm Stewart is a Northern California-based author, journalist and public relations/marketing professional. He holds degrees in Political Science and Comparative Religion, but can have a conversation without starting a small war. When he's not writing or reading, J. Malcolm spends his weekends talking about how to avoid being in a real-life horror movie. add blog


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