Cult Projections interview! I talk The Shelter, AITH and beyond!

July 10th, 2015 No comments

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Hey guys, I was recently interviewed by the fine Ozzie site CULT PROJECTIONS to talk THE SHELTER and more! Here’s an excerpt!

CP: Was Michael Paré always the actor you had in mind, or did you have an audition process?

John: Having met Mike and spent time with him in Budapest on the set of Eric Red’s 100 Feet in 2008, I actually had him in mind when I wrote the script. The lead character looked like him in my head. But at the time I didn’t think he’d do the movie. He was very busy hence when it came down to it, I was looking for somebody “like Michael Pare” to star in The Shelter. That’s until co-producer Donny Broussard convinced me to just send him the script and see what happens. Mike read it, he dug it, I met him in LA, we talked it out and made a deal. It was meant to be. I didn’t audition him and I didn’t need to. I knew he was up the task and that he had that key quality this particular role needed: magnetism. The audience had to want to watch him being that he’s pretty much in every frame of the picture. Mike pulled it off and then some in my opinion; his visceral performance is one of The Shelter’s main strengths.

You can read the entire INTERVIEW HERE!

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The Shelter Film4 FrightFest screening date/time and first review of the film by AICN!

July 6th, 2015 No comments

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Things are finally starting to inch forward with my directional debut THE SHELTER. That’s actually one thing that I learned for myself recently; even if things are moving forward at a sedated snail’s pace, they are STILL moving forward, hence should be recognized as progress. For the last 6 months I wasn’t thinking that way. I was getting somewhat frustrated by the lack of results in light of my constant non-stop, daily efforts. But I get it now – inch, by inch – that’s how it’s going down –  must crank perseverance dial to “through the roof”. 10-4! Roger that!

So as mentioned here, THE SHELTER will premiere at FILM4 FRIGHTFEST and now we have the date and time of said screening Friday August at 8:40PM. See the FrightFest SHELTER PAGE HERE! Hope to see you there! I’m planning to bring some Shelter schwag to give away at the screening.

And while we’re talking good news, famous film site AINT IT COOL NEWS aka AICN reviewed the film (fairly at that) last Friday. I’m not gonna BS y’all, I was beaming after that review! That jolt of positive energy was much welcome.  Here’s an excerpt!

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“Writer/director John Fallon conveys this theme of loss and regret clearly and expertly. Sure, that makes for the exact opposite of the feel good movie of the year, but it does make for a pretty fantastic character study of a man who has crumbled to almost nothing.Pare really gives it his all here, plunging to emotional depths I never thought he was able to do and doing them with a real sense of soul. Pare still has the rugged good looks that made him a star in the Eighties, but it feels like, at least in the character he plays here, he really does understand what it is like to have it all and lose it.”

You can read the entire review HERE! So there you have it!  Back to the grind I go!

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YES! The Shelter to screen at Film4 FrightFest!

July 2nd, 2015 No comments

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I’m really happy to share with you all that my directorial debut THE SHELTER will screen at the Film4 FrightFest Festival (August 27th – 31st) aka London Frightfest Film Festival 2015 . Exact date and time are still to be determined. Yeehaw! Man I needed that!

Since the film finished with its Post Production in late 2014 all I’ve been doing is pushing, taking the hits and posing action after action after action… so yeah…  when you FINALLY get the reaction you’re seeking – you gotta relish it for a second or two before jumping back in the ring to fight yet another round. So, this is me relishing :)

Frightfest is actually a Film Festival (ran by some great dudes, shout out to Alan Jones, Ian Rattray, Paul McEvoy and Greg Day) that I’ve wanted to check out for a very long time now but that I never got around to.  And right now I’m happy that I didn’t as I’m glad that I get to attend the Fest as a filmmaker.

I want to say a big thank you to Frightfest for having me and the film! You’ve genuinely made my day. Expect more The Shelter good news to come soon!

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VISIT THE OFFICIAL THE SHELTER BLOG HERE

 

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Happy Canada Day! Win an autographed American Muscle Blu-Ray!

July 1st, 2015 No comments

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Today is Canada Day and I figured what better day to give out an autographed AMERICAN MUSCLE Blu-Ray, an all American exploitation film that this proud Canadian wrote and acted in. How do you win? Easy. Send me an e-mail HERE, write MUSCLE in the subject header and tell me WHY you think you should nab it! I’ll pick the person with the best answer, sign the thing and gun it your way!

American Muscle is about: After 10 years of hard time, John Falcon (Nick Principe) is hell-bent on revenge. Screaming across the scarred landscape of the Yucca Valley, Falcon’s got 24 hours to inflict brutal vengeance on everyone he holds responsible for putting him away. Including his own brother.

The film was directed by Ravi Dhar and stars Nick Principe, Todd Farmer, Robin Sydney, George P. Wilbur, Jennifer Wenger and Trent Haaga. It was produced by Snowfort Pictures and Automatic Entertainment. On that, HAPPY CANADA DAY to my fellow Canucks! Off to crack open a AM Molson!

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Michael Paré talks the Horror in The Shelter! My thoughts on Cannes screening!

May 11th, 2015 No comments

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In anticipation for  THE SHELTER Cannes Screening on May 16 ( 4:00PM in the GRAY 3 THEATRE) here is an excerpt (from a longer interview which should be on the Blu-Ray when released) of star Michael Paré (Thomas) talking about the “type” of film The Shelter is. Scroll down at the end o this Post to watch it!

Will I be at the screening myself? To be honest, I was on the fence in terms of attending the Festival or not. On one end, I want to be there for my film and would love to see all of my friends from around the world and make new ones as I always do. On the other end, I’m an independent filmmaker; Cannes is mucho pricey and there is still a very long road ahead for The Shelter – one that I have to prep for financially. So I kept going back and forth. Recently, a new film opportunity arose and it made the decision for me.

The final outcome is: I will not be going to Cannes but I will be working on a new film project shortly one that will enrich me and give me further experience. Sometimes when you can’t make a choice – life does it for you! I said “sometimes”… I’m usually not one for waiting :) On that, THE SHELTER screens in 5 days (man that’s soon) on May 16 at 4:00PM at the Gray 3 theatre and is represented by DC MEDIAS. Contact them here! The Shelter wants a home!

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Full trailer for The Shelter and Cannes screening deets!

April 20th, 2015 No comments

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Happy Monday! You can check out our new trailer for THE SHELTER below! A big high-five and hit to David Cholewa for his invaluable trailer input! Dude’s got the touch. As for the Cannes Film Festival market, the film will screen on May, 16 at 4:00PM in the GRAY 3 THEATRE. Spread the word!

The release of this trailer feels like yet another reached echelon for me personally and for the film itself which is getting closer and closer to its Cannes screening. I knew that THE SHELTER would be a battle and a huge part of my life once I took it on – but hey, you don’t REALLY KNOW until you actually go through it and find out first had. To say this film has been a fight would be an understatement and I am very much aware that I’m not close to being done. A huge thank you to my friends, peers and family who have been supporting me throughout this journey. I couldn’t do it without you all. All right, internal monologue done!

 THE SHELTER stars Michael Paré, Gayle James, Rachel Whittle and Amy Wickenheiser. It is represented by DC MEDIAS in terms of sales.  The film was executive produced by Bruise Productions and JoBlo Movie Productions. Holbrook Multi Media completed both production and post production elements. The film was produced by Donny Broussard and John Fallon.

The film is about: On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas (Michael Paré) finds shelter for the night when he falls upon a vast two story house with the lights on and an inviting open front door. He strolls on in thinking he just caught a lucky break and for a while, it would appear as though he did. Inside, with nobody in sight, he finds all of the comforts that he used to have. After taking a bath, feasting wholeheartedly on some food and relishing the silliness on the tube, he gets some well-earned shut eye. All is well until a restless Thomas wakes up in a panic and finds a loaded revolver resting on his lap. Baffled, he picks up the weapon, checks the barrel and notes that it is fully loaded. A visceral sense of unease invades him immediately. Something is very wrong and he decides that it is time to leave. Alas he finds out swiftly that the premises won’t let him depart so quickly. The doors are all locked, and the windows puzzlingly cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. Will he survive the ordeal?

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Dead Shadows! Why the film means so much to me and pics of cast/crew Paris signing!

April 14th, 2015 No comments

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Hey all! I’m back from Paris, France and I am happy that I got to support the French release of DEAD SHADOWS in person. Of course its home country was the last to distribute it, but hey better late than never. I will personally always look back at DEAD SHADOWS fondly. The flick means a lot to me for many reasons and allow me to share with you the main one: You see, at the end of 2009 I had a near stroke. It was one of the scariest moments of my life and it acted as a trigger for changes I HAD TO make. At the same time, the end of 2009 was when the film market bubble burst and the movie projects (i.e years of work) I had going went tits up. So all that to say, I was not doing too well. It took the bulk of 2010 for me to change my lifestyle and get my health, drive and my mind back on track (hardest year of my life thus far).  And although I had made some major headway come 2011, I was still dealing with leftovers of that awful night, something I was still learning to deal with: random anxiety/panic attacks.

With Producer/Director David Cholewa.

With Producer/Director/French brother David Cholewa.

So in 2011 when Director/Producer David Cholewa asked me to play John in DEAD SHADOWS, the film resulted in me getting back on the “film biz horse” after basically taking a year and half off to heal and rebuild myself. I hadn’t acted in anything since the near stroke, apart from a short stint on a webseries (which I did right after said life uppercut, thinking it would help me psychologically – it did not, – I was a scarred and overweight mess). Hence at the time, I perceived DEAD SHADOWS as the kick-off to the NEW beginning I was striving towards and I was right, it was and I haven’t looked back since. What doesn’t kill you… you know the rest :)

On that, a big thank you (s) to David Cholewa for involving me in this adventure, to Sylvie Cholewa and Laurie Cholewa for their kindness and hospitality (ratatouille!), to the cast/crew that were a pleasure to work with, to Producer Julien Dunand for also having me onboard and to the peeps who have supported the picture. Here are some pics from the signing in Paris (at the Metaluna Store), which also acted as a sort of reunion for us! It was great to see everybody! A little older, a little wiser – still hungry! With the film having had its home turf wide release; I can now say with a straight face that my DEAD SHADOWS ride is over. Lets get that sequel going! ;)

With co-star Fabian Wolfrom.

With co-star Fabian Wolfrom.

With my nemesis in the film Rurik Salle!

With my nemesis in the film Rurik Salle!

With co-editor Cesar Ducasse!

With co-editor and Tennis champ Cesar Ducasse!

Thank you DEAD SHADOWS! Hope to work with all of you again in the future!

Thank you DEAD SHADOWS!

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Dead Shadows French disk release and signing in Paris, France!

March 20th, 2015 No comments

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David Cholewa’s DEAD SHADOWS will finally come full circle and be released on disk in its home country of France on April 7th. To celebrate, there will be a signing event with some of the DEAD SHADOWS cast and crew on April 4th at the Metaluna Store (7 rue Dante), which will of course sell the disk, and I am happy to announce that I will be there to partake in the event.

Here’s who will be there thus far: Co Writer, Director and Co Producer David Cholewa, fellow actors Rurik Salle and Fabian Wolfrom, editor César Ducasse and producer Julien Dunand

Here’s the film’s synopsis:

Dead Shadows tells the terrifying story of a young man, named Chris (Wolfrom), whose parents were brutally killed 11 years ago, on the same day that Halley’s comet could be seen from earth. Tonight, a new comet is appearing and everyone in his building are getting ready for a party to celebrate the event. There’s even an apocalypse theory going around. As the night falls, Chris discovers that people are starting to act strange – and it seems to somehow be connected to the comet. They are becoming disoriented and violent and it doesn’t take long before they begin to mutate into something far beyond this world. In a fight for survival, Chris tries to escape from his building with the help of a gun taunting tenant named John (Fallon) – but will they make it out alive?

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Thanks for the joy and the pain 2014, here I come 2015!

January 2nd, 2015 No comments
Montserrat in Spain. Third time there! Love it!

Montserrat in Spain. Third time there! Love it!

I didn’t do a retrospective of 2013 on this blog, because it just wasn’t worth it. It was a year filled with waste of my time, thick bullshit and negative energy. Not one for the records. A year to forget. But at the end of the year, I had a burning desire to turn it all around and I went back to the basic rule of life. You have to pose an action to get a reaction; nothing will happen unless you prod life to budge…  so that’s what I did.

So in 2014 I “cut myself off” from said BS that ruined 2013 and started off the year by taking a huge risk, putting it all on the line in the name of directing my first film; THE SHELTER. It needs to be said that the film would not have happened without pal and producer Donny Broussard who took on and aced the pre production of the film early on. He and his team got me everything I needed and efficiently at that! I couldn’t have asked for more! Our hard working cast/crew who hustled hard on the shoot and JoBlo Movie Productions who came in and financed the Post Production once the shoot was done also helped make this dream a reality. So thank you all for that, I will never forget it.

da-boysWith Producer Donny Broussard and actor Michael Pare on The Shelter set!

Yup, getting The Shelter done was my highlight of 2014.

I felt alive on that set and in my element if you will. Having a veteran like Michael Pare as a lead was a pleasure (and an education), the Holbrooks were on f-ing fire (loved their on set ethics) and I was finally able to accomplish a dream that I’ve had for over 10 years. So I can stop this retrospective right here! In January of 2014 I finally reached what had been my Holy Grail for eons; I directed my first feature. But ya known what? I feel like babbling, so lets move on!

The rest of 2014 also had more The Shelter, The Shelter and The Shelter in it. Holbrook Multi Media and I took on Post Production duties with the whole of the process taking 8 months (on and off) to bring home.  It was a lot of work (note to self, next film, I have to pay myself), but work is fine when you enjoy what you’re doing. And what really stimulated me was that it was all creative.

Colby-Huvall-John-Fallon-Bobby-HolbrookPost on The Shelter with sound designer Colby Huval and editor Bobby Holbrook!

Locking the cut with editor Bobby Holbrook, working the score with composer Shawn Knippleberg, overseeing the VFX with Thomas Wilson or sitting down with Colby “Road House” Huval to nail that sound design; all mucho stimulating processes, made all that much more easy, being that these were fun fucking guys to work with. Needless to say I learned more about every aspect of filmmaking (and producing…ahhh…producing…  learn from your mistakes Johnny, LEARN!) from The Shelter, than I did in my entire life. That includes film school and the countless sets I have been on. So I will bring all of this new knowledge with me onto the next film (The Shadowing baby!). To say I am a better man for it would be an understatement.

Other than The Shelter, it was swell to see past work come to fruition. David Cholewa’s DEAD SHADOWS ( a sci-fi/action film that I acted in) got its North American release via Scream Factory while Ravi Dhar’s AMERICAN MUSCLE (a film that I wrote and acted in) was unleashed on disk and Netflix via WellGoUsa. Both got good to middle ground to negative reviews but nothing entertained me more than than the “critics” who got their underpants in a bunch over American Muscle’s depiction of slutty women (the film was set in the biker world, not a Royal Wedding). Of course the fact that all the men in the film were all PURE SCUM with our leading man being the biggest SLUT of them all went over their heads but I digress. Highly entertaining reads from my POV. Thank you! needless to say that those were two projects that I am VERY PROUD to be a part of.

am-muscle-trailer-japanAmerican Muscle came out this year! It pissed some people off. That made me happy!

I also planted more seeds in 2014 in the form of two screenplays that I gunned out. I was hired to adapt/translate a french graphic novel into a script and I’m very happy as to how it turned out (I can’t say which novel it is at this stage) and then I was hired to do a polish on another script (initially written by somebody I grew up admiring), which in time wound up basically being a Page 1 rewrite to fit the producer’s wants. I can’t say which script that was either just yet but you’ll all know in due time. So two scripts in the bank and two acting roles on hold as well!

In between all that; I spent some considerable time in LA (always great to see my bro Eric Red and his lovely better half Meredith), I then fled to Spain again for a while (saw my bro Gonzalo there, hiked Montserrat once more, partied with my bud Mike Hostench and the beautiful city that is Barcelona always warms my heart), worked a script at my friend’s beach house (ideal place to write) and I got to experience some Navy Seal training in Washington DC. It was just a TINY taste of it, but I got hooked and I’ll be back to do the whole course when my wallet says I can.

kayak-johnAt home in nature.

In between all of that, I saw all kinds of Habs games live at the Bell Center (all winning games too, thx Bryant and Berge) spent lots of time in nature (nothing makes me happier than being there… nothing), hiking mountains, kayaking, sea-dooing, skiing, snowmobiling,  tree climbing, running and had a memorable booze/hockey fueled party week with my bud Bryant who came down from Australia to let loose. Fun, alcohol laced, weight gaining good times! Always great to see the lad.

Speaking of weight gain; I considerably cut down on my boozing this year. I have been spending more time in the Gym, playing hockey (not as much as I wanted), being in the wild, and more time boxing than in Pubs. I kind of like it that way to be honest It keeps me out of trouble, keeps me fit and really helps in terms of relieving stress. And more importantly – it makes me happy. I’ll be trying out Kickboxing early next year and giving classic boxing a rest for a bit, lets see how it goes!

arrow-gun-1Got a SMALL taste of Navy Seals training! LOVED IT!

2014 wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows though. As much as it was productive and rewarding, it also came with its fair share of hick-ups… such is life.  As opposed to listing all that went wrong, I’ll just list what I learned from it all and what I will bring with me in 2015

-Always back up your work cause you never know when your computer will die on you. I lost 25 pages of a spec script cause of that when my laptop went kaput. And now my PC just went down on me too (that didn’t sound right).

-I’m not a very trusting person by nature. But I was reminded the HARD WAY that mistrust shouldn’t just be applied to the people in your day to day surroundings, it also should be applied to complete strangers. People are fucking nuts out there! You have to watch your back, ALL THE TIME.

-Many are all talk and don’t keep their word, specially in the film biz. Just how it is. I have to deal with it and stop getting so pissed about it. The saying: You scratch my back, I scratch yours should be re-named as: I scratch yours, I scratch yours, I scratch yours.

-The saying: You want something done right, do it yourself, should be re-named as: You want something done, period, do it yourself, period.

hockey-johnPracticing my hockey.

-I fell for the oldest film financing deception in the book in 2014 at the hand of a scumbag “producer”, I was ashamed that after all that I have been through that I fell for such an old trick AGAIN and wasted so much of my time and efforts. It won’t happen again. Stern reminder.

-If you don’t want some nut-job out there to throw your cats in an abandoned pool and drown them to death; don’t let your cats out the house. I lost two of my feline buddies that way this year, and it broke my heart. Then I broke something else…

There’s another end of the year whopper that has already started to change my life and I will address that one when the time is right. Look for a blog entry about it in the near future.

In closing; if 2014 was the year THE SHELTER got made; 2015 will be the year when I find it a HOME! Sales, distribution and Festivals in should be interesting! I’m also excited to take on THE SHADOWING full time and get that bad-boy off the ground! I have a plan. It’s my next film as a director and I’m totally in love with the script. it’s gonna OWN! I  also got other projects up in the air with other people, a couple of acting roles too, but it’s too early for me to feel 100% excited about them i.e. I’ll believe it when it happens. I don’t buy talk – I buy action.

fallon-waterOnward and forward!

Do I have any resolutions? I guess quit Nicotine gum without getting back to cigarettes. Yeah, that would be it. Tough one. I also have a French sports spec script I’ve been wanting to write forever. I think 2015 is the year. Other than that just keep doing what I’m doing; challenge myself, work my butt off and continue to achieve. Oh and keep enjoying life. I’m thankfully a simple man and I don’t need much. Give me a lake to sit by or a mountain to hike and I’m happy as a pig in shit.

To some degree, 2015 will be uncharted territory for me; meaning that basically, my whole life changed in 2014 and now it’s time for me to find out where it goes in 2015. I anticipate lots of traveling and new endeavors that may surprise me. I made all kinds of new film biz connections in 2014 and I hope it leads to more exciting film projects in 2015. Whatever the case, I know I’ll have a good time traveling the path to find out what is in store for me! Successful or not. Rich or poor. I don’t sit on my hands and I always find a way to have a good time :) Here’s my 2015 National Anthem. RISE. :)

Happy New Year everybody! Much love and God bless!

2-sThis one’s ready to rise.

the-shelter-final-aitheadThis one’s ready to fly.

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Final one-sheet for The Shelter starring Michael Pare!

December 29th, 2014 No comments

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Hey all! You can see the final ONE-SHEET i.e. POSTER for my directorial debut THE SHELTER within this blog post! It was created by the talented Fredrik Lund. Hope you all dig it!

The film is represented by Sales Agent company DC MEDIAS who can be contacted HERE. We are presently working on creating the Official Site and the full trailer. We now have a TWITTER PAGE HERE and a FACEBOOK PAGE HERE. You can look for the film by way of DC MEDIAS at the 2015 BERLIN MARKET. Now to find the right Festival for it to premiere at… to be continued on that!

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The Shelter stars Michael Paré, Gayle James, Rachel Whittle and Amy Wickenheiser. It was produced by Bruise Productions Inc. and Donny Broussard. And executive produced by JoBlo Movie Productions and Bruise Productions Inc. Bobby Holbrook was the DP and Holbrook Multi Media handled the Post duties.
The film is about:
On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas (Michael Paré) finds shelter for the night when he falls upon a vast two story house with the lights on and an inviting open front door. He strolls on in thinking he just caught a lucky break and for a while, it would appear as though he did. Inside, with nobody in sight, he finds all of the comforts that he used to have. After taking a bath, feasting wholeheartedly on some food and relishing the silliness on the tube, he gets some well-earned shut eye. All is well until a restless Thomas wakes up in a panic and finds a loaded revolver resting on his lap. Baffled, he picks up the weapon, checks the barrel and notes that it is fully loaded. A visceral sense of unease invades him immediately. Something is very wrong and he decides that it is time to leave. Alas he finds out swiftly that the premises won’t let him depart so quickly. The doors are all locked, and the windows puzzlingly cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. Will he survive the ordeal?
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