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EXCLUSIVE: Charles Band Announces Wizard Studios

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Here’s some exciting news coming down the pipeline from legendary producer, director and genre movie mogul Charles Band and his iconic double-decade plus imprint Full Moon Features: the rebirth of the legendary WIZARD Video as the newly minted distribution label WIZARD Studios.

WIZARD Studios is an evolution of Band’s iconic WIZARD Video label, the home video imprint that blazed trails in the early 1980s, bringing the world’s weirdest horror, fantasy and exploitation films to audiences everywhere via big box rental and sell-through VHS. WIZARD Video not only pioneered many concepts in how we watch films, it introduced young audiences to a cavalcade of exciting, erotic, esoteric and avant-garde international genre films and auteurs with such now celebrated pictures as Lucio Fulci’s ZOMBIE, Meir Zarchi’s I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, Jess Franco’s OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES and A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD and Joe D’Amato’s MONSTER HUNTER (aka ABSURD). Many of these legendary releases are now highly sought after and WIZARD Video maintains a level of myth among serious film culture collectors.

WIZARD Studios, however, is a bit of a different beast; an acquisition program and distribution outfit designed to spotlight rising independent filmmakers and their cutting-edge genre pictures.

Filmmakers are invited to submit their feature length, undistributed films to WIZARD Studios and, after an internal screening process, a new movie will be selected every week to premiere on the WIZARD Studios portal located at FullMoonStreaming.com. Filmmakers will then promote their film and share it with cast, crew, friends and family, encouraging them to sign up for a minimum three month term to FullMoonStreaming.com (a rate of only $18.00). As soon as the filmmaker signs up just 50 people, he or she will automatically receive a $2500.00 advance and WIZARD Studios will additionally distribute the film on DVD and other high profile digital platforms. The filmmaker will then receive an additional 50% of all profit from those sales.

“We’re incredibly excited to re-launch Wizard Studios as a portal to spotlight the best in new genre filmmaking talent,” said Band.

“The spirit of Wizard Video was to always champion films that defied the conventions of the mainstream. We’re thrilled to be able to provide an outlet to do this again, working with filmmakers from the ground up to nurture and support their vision.”

Visit www.Fullmoonstreaming.com/Wizard for details on how you can be part of the new WIZARD STUDIOS cinema streaming and distribution program!

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Chris Alexander
Author, film critic, teacher, musician and filmmaker (not to mention failed boxer) Chris Alexander is the editor-in-chief of FANGORIA Magazine. He got his first professional break as the “Schizoid Cinephile” in the pages of Canadian horror film magazine RUE MORGUE before making the move to FANGO in 2007. His words have appeared in The Toronto Star, Metro News, Wired, Montage, The Dark Side, Tenebre and many other notable publications and he appears regularly on international television and radio.
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