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The Transfiguration

The Transfiguration(AOTN) With such spring offerings like ‘The Transfiguration,’ ‘The Student,’ ‘Take Me’ and ‘Rupture,’ indie horror is rising from the earth like a hibernating zombie!  The Coming Attractions section is primed and ready. Grab a seat and let’s go check out some hot, fresh trailers…






Written and Directed by: Michael O’Shea

Starring: Eric Ruffin and Chloe Levine

Check out the Trailer here:



An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Michael O’Shea’s debut feature  follows troubled teen Milo who hides behind his fascination with vampire lore. When he meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo’s dark obsession, blurring his fantasy into reality. A chilling portrait of violence, The Transfiguration is an atmospheric thriller set against the grit of New York City.Official Selection: Cannes Film Festival 2016, SXSW 2017
Opens in New York on Friday, April 7th at the Angelika Film Center

Opens in Los Angeles on Friday, April 21st at The Nuart Theater



The TransfigurationTHE STUDENT

Writer and Director: Kirill Serebrennikov

Based on the play “Martyr” by: Marius von Mayenburg

Starring: Petr Skvortsov, Aleksandr Gorchilin, Victoria Isakova, Julia Aug

After Venya’s mother receives a call from school reporting her son’s refusal to participate in mixed swimming lessons, she first suspects her teenager of being shy and derides his claim that it is “against his religion.” As Venya is finally exempted by the school’s devout principal, he grows confident that his strict and rigorous study of the Bible gives him the ability to manipulate all forms of authority.

Challenged by a teacher who refuses to consent to his dogma, he sets out to eliminate her and subdue an entire community. At a time when arguments over the teaching of religion in public schools are prominent in the media, this wildly escalating classroom drama — based on a play by German playwright Marius von Mayenburg — serves as a frightening cautionary tale.

THE STUDENT, which opens in San Francisco on April 21, with a national release to follow.


The TransfigurationTAKE ME




In TAKE ME, Ray is in the boutique simulated abduction business.  An understandably threadbare market, he jumps at the chance when a mysterious call contracts him for a weekend kidnapping with a handsome payday at the end.  But the job isn’t all that it seems.  A black comedy that threads the needle between crime thriller and slapstick farce, TAKE ME is as twisty as it is funny.


The filmmaking team of TAKE ME recently set up a website promoting the faux-company “Kidnap Solutions LLC”, which claims to be a fully immersive exposure therapy that has been known to cure alcoholism, drug addiction, overeating, nicotine addiction, sex/love addiction and bad habits.

As a writer, Healy has authored a dozen feature film screenplays including STRANGE SKIES and SNOW PONIES, both of which appeared on The Black List of the best un-produced scripts in Hollywood in 2006 and 2007, respectively. SNOW PONIES is currently in pre-production starring Gerard Butler and directed by Darrin Prescott. He also wrote several episodes of HBO’s critically acclaimed drama series IN TREATMENT.  His first short film MULLITT, which he wrote, directed and starred in, premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in 2001.


Pat Healy commented “I was too lazy and/or afraid to direct a feature film for years until I read Mike Makowsky’s inspired script. I knew I had to do it. Thankfully Jay, Mark & Taylor agreed and gave me the chance to make this crazy thing. It’s the weird/funny movie I hope audiences would expect I’d unleash on the world.”

“We are thrilled to collaborate once again with the Duplass brothers,” said Julie Dansker, VP Sales and Marketing for The Orchard. “We greatly value our relationship with them and continue to be impressed by their ability to cultivate such inspired projects with stellar talent like Pat and Taylor. ‘Take Me’ is a uniquely funny film that we know audiences will love.”


The TransfigurationRUPTURE 

Directed by Steven Shainberg (SECRETARY)

Written by Steven Shainberg and Brian Nelson (HARD CANDY, DEVIL)

 Starring: Noomi Rapace, Peter Stormare, Michael Chiklis & Lesley Manville 


Single mom Renee Morgan (Noomi Rapace) has learned to be strong by necessity. One day, after dropping her son off at school and going about daily chores, she’s suddenly abducted and locked away in a truck that drives off — and continues driving for days. Wherever she’s being taken, it’s very far away. The truck finally arrives at a large, mysterious facility that could be pharmaceutical, could be governmental, could be anything. A mysterious man begins to question her about her medical history. He then starts asking about her fears. Renee realizes just how irrational and frightening a situation she’s in. Others arrive, observing her. Why Renee? What could these people want? The answers to both questions lie far from any scenario she could possibly imagine.


Award-winning, iconoclastic writer/director Steven Shainberg became an international indie film sensation with 2002’s extraordinary kink masterpiece SECRETARY, his second feature following 1998’s powerful Jim Thompson adaptation HIT ME. Four years after, he returned with the poetic and beautiful FUR: AN IMAGINARY PORTRAIT OF DIANE ARBUS. Now, ten years later, Steven Shainberg is back. Brace yourself, because sinister things have been brewing. The gifted filmmaker’s first exploration into horror/science-fiction storytelling, RUPTURE is a dark and discomforting dive into a unique abyss that has the remarkable Rapace matching wits against Peter Stormare, Michael Chiklis, Lesley Manville and Kerry Bishé in a transfigured underworld of nightmares. Scripted by Shainberg and Brian Nelson (HARD CANDY) and featuring stunning, color-splashed cinematography by Karim Hussain ( ANTIVIRAL, WE ARE STILL HERE).



DirecTV Launch on March 30th


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.
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