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The Shelter with Michael Paré now on Redbox! The film to be shopped at EFM!

February 6th, 2017 No comments

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After its theatrical, VOD and DVD release, my directorial debut  THE SHELTER, starring Michael Paré (Eddie and the Cruisers, Streets of Fire) is now be available (in the USA) on RedBox TODAY (February 7, 2017)!

I gotta say it; I’m really happy that The Shelter is getting a wider reach in North America via Redbox, with the main reason being (and I know this is gonna sound f-ing pretentious) that I had “something to say” with the film in terms of the human condition. Again, the most rewarding aspect of having made this movie thus far has been the people who have contacted me to let me know how after watching it they entered a state of self-reflection…

In related news; the film will be shopped at the upcoming EFM (European Film Market) in Berlin starting February 9. For distribution queries or to set up a meeting at said market, E-MAIL Uncork’d Entertainment HERE!

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Final words on The Shelter LA premiere and post screening QNA video!

November 14th, 2016 No comments

unnamed-333WATCH THE SHELTER HERE
CANADIANS CAN WATCH IT HERE OR ON ITUNES

Am I now back from Los Angeles where we had THE SHELTER premiere (peep the QNA video below or here) and yes, that event and the film’s domestic release on VOD have definitely acted as a “victory point” for the film and for me personally. It’s finally out there after a two-year battle to get it done. Phew! On that, for me the fight is not over. Still got to sell the film foreign, still have to make my money back and want to broaden the film’s reach in terms of the type of audience that I think should see the movie, but more on that down the road.

A lot has come out of The Shelter’s release. I’ve never been interviewed this much in my life (Thanks Clint Morris for your hustle), the film got a slew of solid reviews (and yes the LA Times one was a highlight for me), The Academy of Motion Pictures (Oscar baby) put the script in their library, I’m starting to get known outside of the horror niche and personally the most rewarding thing of all is the folks that have expressed to me how much the film moved them or/and made them think. That was the point of that one, hence mission accomplished.

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Having some laughs with my leading man Michael Pare!

I want to take a moment and thank some of the key people behind the picture. Thank you to Producer Donny Broussard who came in early on the project, hustled with me through the hurdles and busted his ass to get me all that I needed to shoot this puppy. Couldn’t have done without you! Thank you Bobby Holbrook (and the Holbrook Multi Media team), who gave me all that he had during production and then stayed with me in the trenches during the baffling “technical-warfare” laced process that was Post Production. We went through some serious (and un-explainable) obstacles and one mammoth let down but Bobby fought with me till the bitter end.

Also a big thank you to Executive Producer and hombre Berge Garabedian for believing in the film and being my rock throughout this emotional roller coaster ride, always kicking me in the ass when I started to feel defeated. And of course a huge thanks to star Michael Pare who took a chance on a first time director and went all out for the movie. Every positive review in terms of his performance is MUCHO deserved. I couldn’t go on without thanking my pal Writer/Director/Author/Great cook Eric Red (who gave me solid tips during Pre and Post) and his wonderful wife Meredith Red. Both of them had my back throughout this journey and it was much esteemed. PS: Shout out to my amazing cast and crew! The crew was a well-oiled machine, my cast rose to the task, no way this would have happened with lesser talented people, specially taking into account the short production time we had. Pat yourselves on the back!

Writer/Director Eric Red and Michael Pare. Yes, I photobombed ;)

I’ve learned and changed a lot in the last 2 years. This undertaking acted as tough love Producer school, my persistence never got this tested before ever and I am proud to have pulled through, I loved every second of directing and am in love with the process, I grew spiritually and as a man; learning to forgive, to be humble, to not let the haters affect me, to react to obstacles in a rational fashion and to find the positive in the low blows instead of becoming cynical – cause yeah, this business will do that you, turn you into a bitter f*ck…  if you let it, and I did for a while, but I have since evolved.

The Shelter’s release has acted as a first firm step on a new professional path, one that I am eager to explore and exceed in. New doors are opening, new film projects are shaping up and I am grateful for that. Thanks to all of you that have supported me and are still supporting me in my endeavors, I honestly could not have done it without you. Every positive e-mail, PM, tweet etc. fuels me to keep on going! Much love and God Bless! John


The Shelter post premiere QNA with Michael Pare and John Fallon
from John Fallon on Vimeo.

THE-SHELTER-Fallon-2-725x1024WATCH THE SHELTER HERE
CANADIANS CAN WATCH IT HERE OR ON ITUNES

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Icons of Fright reviews The Shelter & a recent interview!

March 30th, 2016 No comments

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The fine folks at ICONS OF FRIGHT (thanks for the support guys, much appreciated) just took a look at THE SHELTER. You can read an excerpt below and check out the entire review HERE.

“THE SHELTER is most definitely the smart man’s horror film, putting more effort into giving its viewers a character study of a man, lost and broken and forced to face and overcome the past mistakes that caused his life to spiral out of control. It’s great to see Pare shine again, he really gives a powerful performance, one that is broken and jaded, yet damaged and full of pain in ways that we as a viewers seek to put together.”

And I was also interviewed by Punk Globe recently and didn’t plug it here yet.

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Hence here is an excerpt!

“We had a fairly smooth shoot. But post-production proved to be very challenging. A lot of weird technical things kept happening, which slowed down the film’s progress considerably. It got to the point that we all started to think that we were messing with things that we’re not supposed to be messing with. I can almost write a book about the very strange things that happened around The Shelter; mostly during the writing and post-production stages.”

You can read the entire interview here!

I have been hustling hard for this film (which I now affectionately call: “My Vietnam”) non stop for a bit now – on that, I am starting to see the light i.e. looks like the constant effort is starting to pay off. More news soon!

 

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I talk The Shelter with AICN!

September 30th, 2015 No comments

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I was recently interviewed by the famous fan site  AIN’T IT COOL NEWS aka AICN. We talked THE SHELTER…what else?! All I got these days :)  Here is an excerpt:

CO: Was there anything else that changed between the script and what was shot?

JF: The religious imagery. There was a statue of Christ and I do little ‘push ins’ on it. When I walked into the house location, the man who owned it was a hardcore Christian and it was filled with religious imagery everywhere. Everywhere. EVERYWHERE. It was a shrine to Christ. And I was like, okay, we’re in the right house.

 You can read the whole interview here!


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THE SHELTER will be screening at the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL on October 9th at 8:00PM at the Retiro as part of the Panorama Fantastic section! Writer/Director John Fallon will be on hand to present the screening.

CONTACT DC-MEDIAS FOR ALL DISTRIBUTION INQUIRIES

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New The Shelter review!

August 26th, 2015 No comments

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A new THE SHELTER review just surfaced via Fromdusktillcon.com. Here’s an exceprt:

“John Fallon certainly has an interesting style of direction.  He gets the most out of his actors certainly, which is an amazing skill for any director to have.  But on top of that, you can clearly see how much he loves the genre as his influences show up on screen. There were times the film reminded me of the works of David Lynch, Dario Argento, and even the legendary Alfred Hitchcock.  This is perhaps the highest compliment I can pay to Mr. Fallon.  His work is evocative of such luminous names in the industry yet this is undoubtedly his own film.  It’s quite frankly a horrifically beautiful sight to behold.”

You can read the entire review HERE!

Am now prepping up to fly to England tomorrow for the film’s premiere at Film4 Frightfest! STOKED! Send good vibes my way guys and dolls! Talk soon!

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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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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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Producer Christopher White joins me on The Shadowing! New poster!

April 30th, 2014 No comments

Hey all! As you know we are presently in Post production on The Shelter and it’s shaping up great. With that, I’m already eager to direct again, hence started setting up my next feature, the horror/action/sci-fi THE SHADOWING (LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE). I’ll let our official press release do the talking and our one-sheet is at the end of this story! Share the news around if you can!

Producer Christopher White and Producer/Director John Fallon team up on
The Shadowing! Teaser Poster revealed!

HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 30, 2014) - Producer Christopher White (MTV’s hit franchise My Super Psycho Sweet 16 – The ABCs of Death: “D Is For Dogfight” segment) and Producer/Director John Fallon (The Shelter) under his company Bruise Productions Inc. have teamed up to produce the action, sci-fi thriller THE SHADOWING, which Fallon is set to direct.

From a story by John Fallon and written by Jason Hewlett and Fallon; THE SHADOWING is a relentless action/ sci-fi/ horror hybrid in the veins of Predator. You can download its teaser poster HERE (poster Art by Alan Robert).

Christopher White had this to say about the project: “John sent me The Shadowing and it read like a really cool 80’s throwback action flick. It’s fast paced, violent and has enough testosterone packed action to make Schwarzenegger and Stallone giddy like a couple of gossiping school girls. It’s going to be fun to make this movie with a long time friend of mine.”

John Fallon: “The Shadowing has been a pet project of mine for years. It has all of the elements I personally look for in terms of a good time at the movies. I am elated to have Christopher White on board. We’ve known each other for eons and I am looking forward in seeing the project through with him. And directing something completely different and more action oriented than The Shelter is very appealing to me.”

And some words from screenwriter Jason Hewlett: “John Fallon told me about The Shadowing back in 2012, when he was a guest of honor at a genre festival I co-hosted. At the time, I thought it’d make a great movie, and I was excited when he asked me if I wanted to write it a few months later. I’m damn proud of our finished script, and I know audiences will be in for a ballsy and intense ride.”

Synopsis:

A group of Special Forces soldiers on leave after a successful mission in Iraq head out to a cabin in the mountains with their beloved wives and their children in the name of having a good time and getting some well deserved relaxation. But as the night falls, it brings with it an unexpected and particularly strong snow storm hence forcing everyone to remain indoors. The following morning, the men wake up to find their children dead and their better halves missing, with the only clue left behind being an odd pair of footprints in the snow. Panicked, the men fall back on their military training to get them through the dire situation. They proceed to arm themselves and head out into the wilderness to find their spouses. What they will encounter will prove to be cunning, deadly and not of this world.

THE SHADOWING is presently in development. The producers are looking at cast and are in the process of securing financing.

Contact

Bruise Productions
john.h.fallon@gmail.com

Christopher White
laststop2006@gmail.com

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My directorial debut The Shelter, starring Michael Paré wraps production!

January 24th, 2014 No comments

Hey all! We just wrapped production on my feature length directorial debut called THE SHELTER, starring Michael Paré. I am in the process of writing a production journal that I will share with you all sooner than later, but first, I have to beat this damn flu that sneaked up on me after the shoot. So for now, here is the official press release. Thanks to all who supported me in this crazy suicide mission. More soon!

JOHN FALLON’S THE SHELTER, STARRING MICHAEL PARE WRAPS PRODUCTION

Producer Donny Broussard, Writer/Director John Fallon and star Michael Paré!

Louisiana, January 23, 2014: John Fallon, founder of the horror website ArrowintheHead.com and his team have wrapped production on The Shelter in Louisiana on January 19th, 2014.

The film is a supernatural thriller that stars veteran actor Michael Paré (The Lincoln Lawyer, Eddie and the Cruisers) along with Gayle James, Rachel Whittle, Brigette Rose, Anastasia Brook and Amy Wickenheiser. The film is financed by Bruise Productions and JoBlo Movie Productions, an affiliate of the film site JoBlo.com, will enter post production shortly and is at the same time seeking distribution.

Fallon directed the film from his own screenplay, Donny Broussard (Little Houses) produced the film while Bobby Holbrook of Holbrook Multi-Media is its director of photography. Thomas Wilson (James Wan’s The Conjuring and Insidious: Chapter 2) acts as the film’s VFX Supervisor.

Director of Photography Bobby Holbrook at work!

John Fallon has acted in over 20 films including such genre favorites as Saw 2, Death Race and 100 Feet, and has written 8 produced screenplays. This film is his full-length feature directorial debut, although he previously directed the award-winning short The Red Hours. “Directing a feature has been my Holy Grail for 10 years. I am elated that my dream has finally come true. I was blessed with a relentless and talented team, a solid cast and a fearless lead actor and even with the hardships in tow, it was the most fun I’ve ever had working on a film. Post Production can’t come soon enough. We have something special on our hands.”

Paré, a veteran actor with over 100 credits to his name was immediately intrigued by the film’s screenplay: “The Shelter tells a great and painful tragedy. Not about global disaster or war or economic collapse but of the individual human heart. The human heart and soul is what all art seeks to unravel. Guilt, regret and shame kill the heart and soul. When our lower animal nature dominates our character our soul is lost.”

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. But soon enough, he realizes that the house won’t let him leave, as its doors are all locked while its windows cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. What does it want from him? Will he survive the ordeal?

You can follow the production on the film’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thesheltermovie

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Bruise Productions Inc. and my feature length directorial debut The Shelter are born!

March 10th, 2013 No comments

And it’s on! I recently founded my new production company BRUISE PRODUCTIONS INC. (see our slate of films here) and the next one out of the box will be my feature length directorial debut THE SHELTER, a film that I also wrote (it took me 3 years to crack that script, a first and hopefully a last for me) and that is produced by my brother in arms Donny Broussard.

We’re presently at the development stage, meaning we’re looking for our leading man, getting our budget together (we have some money locked but expect a crowd funding campaign to pop up online sooner or later to gap what is missing), scouting locations and I am shot-listing the whole thing. I am very proud of my screenplay for THE SHELTER; it’s unique within the subgenre it’s toying in and it’s something people won’t expect coming from me. It’s a horror film no doubt, but with “more” tagged to it. You’ll see…

I’ve waited a long time to direct my first feature. THE RED HOURS was gonna be it until I gave up on it after 4 years of trying to get it made. I eventually turned it into a short film (see it here) to get it out of my system. Later on, TRANCE was almost it, but I was offered enough money for the screenplay, that I gave it up, cashed in and it got shot without my involvement. And now we’re at THE SHETLER and the beauty is with that one; I know that nobody can shoot it but me. And I am very comfortable with that.

Find below our PROMO POSTER for the film and the SYNOPSIS, which I tried to make as vague as possible. Enjoy! We plan to shoot THE SHELTER at the end of the year, stay tuned for more updates!

One-Sheet by Paul Shirey

Synopsis: On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas 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 that he did. Inside, there’s nobody in sight and he finds all of the comforts that he used to have. After taking a bath, feasting whole heartily 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, 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. 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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