It’s hip to be scared at the Art of Brooklyn Film FestivalMovies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
Horror filmmaking has been tied to the independent scene since the birth of the cinematic genre, as renegade filmmaking and subversive storytelling often beget imaginative and frightening results. Therefore, one should not be surprised by the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival embracing The Dark Side, a one-night-only event showcasing the macabre and malevolent by Brooklyn-based independent filmmakers, which will also feature an industry panel hosted by FANGORIA editor emeritus Tony Timpone. The Dark Side will begin at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, May 16 at the Tuohy Hall Auditorium (located in St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Avenue in Brooklyn).
The Dark Side will compromise three diverse horror shorts and one feature-length anthology movie. The selected short films include:
THE DARK: a 16-minute film about an abused blind boy who befriends a lonely monster with blackened eyes from director Justin P. Lange.
THE DOOR: a 13-minute film from director Richard Termini about a young man who becomes obsessed with an enigmatic door that cannot be opened in his new home, forcing him to face his fears and question his reality.
SHADES OF YELLOW: a Garette Henson-directed six-minute film following a shut-in torn apart by his familiar past and uncertain future following the loss of his mother.
Following the three shorts, The Dark Side will present its headlining attraction, CHILLING VISIONS: 5 SENSES OF FEAR, a feature length anthology with each story centered around a specific human sense. CHILLING VISIONS: 5 SENSES OF FEAR doubles as the debut original omnibus feature from horror network Chiller, the sister channel to Syfy. Furthermore, an exclusive Q&A event will be held after the screening, featuring Chiller executive Shane O’Brien, Synthetic Cinema’s Zach O’Brien, director Nick Everhart (mockbuster specialist behind 666: THE BEAST, 2012: DOOMSDAY) and segment actors Corey Scott Rutledge and Lowell Byers, moderated by Fango’s own native Brooklynite, Tony Timpone!
CHILLING VISIONS: 5 SENSES OF FEAR is comprised of a quintet of short segments from six up-and-coming horror talents. These include: Everhart’s SMELL, a Faustian tale of a down-and-out man and his deadly effective cologne; SEE, a film helmed by PET SEMETARY actor Miko Hughes, about an optometrist who can see through his patients’ eyes, taking their personal matters into his own hands; TOUCH, from Emily Hagins (recently represented at the SXSW fest with her comedy GROW UP, TONY PHILLIPS), in which a stranded and blind 12-year-old uses his memory and sense of touch to escape a pursuing serial killer; TASTE by Eric England, where a streetwise hacker butts heads with an enigmatic cannibal (watch for more of England when his horrifying feature, CONTRACTED, starts hitting the festival circuit); and LISTEN, a tale about a cursed recording and the consequences on the group of friends who uncover it, from YELLOWBRICKROAD directing duo Jesse Holland & Andy Mitton.
The Dark Side is a proud addition to the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, celebrating the work of independent filmmakers based out of, connected to or inspired by Brooklyn. To purchase tickets or learn more about The Dark Side and see trailers for many of the shorts, go here. To learn more about Chiller, you can visit their official site here. You can also support the festival (now in its third year) by visiting their Facebook or following the festival on Twitter (@TheArtofBklyn).