“ABCs OF DEATH 1.5” showcases “M is for…” competition shorts


Only one submission in the “Search for the 26th Director” competition could be selected for inclusion in the upcoming ABCs OF DEATH 2, so a compilation of the best of the runners-up is coming to VOD.

Drafthouse Films has announced that producers Ant Timpson and Tim League, in association with producer and competition organizer Ted Geoghegan, have selected 26 of the 541 entries for ABCs OF DEATH 2 (the winner was Robert Boocheck’s “M is for Masticate”), and combined them for ABCs OF DEATH 1.5. This omnibus will be available digitally early this year, and will also screen at select Alamo Drafthouse cinemas. “The production team had a real blast selecting the 26 shorts that make up ABCs OF DEATH 1.5,” says Timpson. “The hard part was only selecting 26, as the competition provided so many outstanding entries. We couldn’t be happier with the final lineup. There’s enough horror, humor, weirdness and, frankly, truly f**ked-up material to give even the most jaded fan a wakeup call from hell.”

The selected shorts are:

• Maria Ivanova’s “M is for Mactation”
• Tim Rutherford and Cody Kennedy’s “M is for Magnetic Tape”
• Christopher Younes’ “M is for Maieusiophobia”
• Dante Vescio and Rodrigo Gasparini’s “M is for Mailbox” (pictured above)
• Summer Johnson’s “M is for Make Believe”
• Peter Czikrai’s “M is for Malnutrition”
• Michael Schwartz’s “M is for Manure”
• Steve Daniels’ “M is for Marauder”
• Zac Blair’s “M is for Marble”
• Eric Pennycoff’s “M is for Mariachi”
• Todd Freeman’s “M is for Marriage”
• Jeff Stewart’s “M is for Martyr”
• Gigi Saul Guerrero’s “M is for Matador”
• Wolfgang Matzl’s “M is for Meat”
• Ama Lea’s “M is for Mermaid”
• Joe and Lloyd Staszkiewicz’s “M is for Merry Christmas”
• Carlos Faria’s “M is for Mess”
• Nicholas Humphries’ “M is for Messiah”
• Brett Glassberg’s “M is for Mind Meld”
• Álvaro Núñez’s “M is for Miracle”
• Baris Erdog­an’s “M is for Mobile”
• Carles Torrens’ “M is for Mom”
• Travis Betz’s “M is for Moonstruck”
• Peter Podgursky’s “M is for Mormon Missionaries”
• Mia’Kate Russell’s “M is for Muff”
• Jason Koch and Clint Kelly’s “M is for Munging”

ABCs OF DEATH 2, which features shorts by Larry Fessenden, Julian Gilbey, E.L. Katz, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, Vincenzo Natali, Bill Plympton, Dennison Ramalhlo, Jen and Sylvia Soska and many others, hits theaters, DVD, Blu-ray and VOD later this year from Magnet Releasing.

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