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Three ways The Shelter experience has changed me…

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As you may know my directorial debut THE SHELTER has locked domestic distribution and will be released in North America this coming November in theaters and on VOD via Uncork’d Entertainment. I haven’t commented about it here yet, because being that this is my Personal Blog, I wanted to wait until I had something further to say than “ We locked it, thanks to everybody who helped make the film happen and everybody who supported me” (which I do earnestly mean by the way). So I finally came up with something. Here are three ways how the challenge that was THE SHELTER has bettered me as a person.

Producing: When it’s “your movie” and you’re responsible for everything, even other people’s mistakes that go down under your watch – it’s an all new ball game. I had co-produced before on other people’s movies, mostly pre-prod/prod stuff,  but that was NOTHING compared to what I had to go through on this one. Once the shoot was done it was obstacle after obstacle after obstacle and to say I learned so much the hard way would be an understatement. As I type this, 2 years since we wrapped, I’m still going through hurdles when it comes to the bureaucratic nature of making a film (Note: hurdles have since been conquered). On that, even though I wasn’t smiling the countless times I got kicked in the face for the last two years, I can now safely say that I am happy all of these challenges went down as I will bring that knowledge and a stronger shield to my next picture. Every director should know the ins and outs of producing a film IMO – you got to understand the machine fully to operate it to its max! So although it put me through the ringer, almost broke me and tested my tolerance level like mad – the knowledge I got out of this experience was priceless. They didn’t teach me that shit in film school that’s for sure! And yes I have an all-new respect for the Producers of the world.

On set talking a scene out with Michael Pare.
On set talking a scene out with Michael Pare.

Change of reaction: One can be strong, but after taking hit after hit after hit, you start to lower you gloves and begin to react to curve balls in a bitter and discouraged fashion. Through making The Shelter, I had to learn to “roll with it”, to see the positive in the negative “like gaining knowledge by way of hardships” and to have faith that every misstep, every sucker punch was for a greater good that maybe I didn’t see at the time. The amount of Festivals that turned me down, people who I thought would back me up but didn’t, the two forward – ten steps back rinse and repeat routine – I was focusing on that drivel instead of: The Festivals that did take us on, the people that have been there with me through thick and thin or the progress (no matter how little) that was achieved. So I am grateful for that, as that change in “reaction” is now something that I try to apply in my everyday life. I’m not perfect at it just yet, I slip now and again, but I am now even more self aware, hence when I get hit, I make a conscious choice to try to NOT react in a negative way, to take it on the chin and to see the positive within the dire situation instead. Looking back, getting discouraged or bitter only made the battle harder than it already was – nothing was gained from reacting in that fashion. NOTHING. Lesson learned and applying it is still a work in progress. One thing is for sure, I am a much stronger and evened out person due to it.

Spirituality: I was raised Catholic for the bulk of my life – had to pray at school – all that jive.  But my problem with organized religion has always been the evil that men did in its name (and in terms of Christianity, totally negating what Christ was all about in the process, but that’s another convo). Hence, none of it is black and white for me – it’s grey. THE SHELTER sent me on a new route though. Being that the film does sport Biblical inspired elements; I did lots of research on the subject matter. Through that, I became fascinated with the history behind it all; hence I started devouring books outside of the usual tomes, like the Hebrew Bible for example or the writings I could find by the “Church Fathers” (ancient Christian writers also known as the Apostolic Fathers). Today, when I travel (specially in Europe), I visit old churches and am completely fascinated as to the beauty before me and the history behind said locations. The many texts that I have since been introduced to coupled with the countless left field happenings that befell me throughout the writing and post production process has guided me a in a direction i.e. what works for me spiritually – my own path if you will. And it’s a trip to walk it!  At the same time, I now have a new kind of hobby and I am having lots of fun researching and discovering.

And that’s pretty much it, what I have gained from all of this thus far. It’s been a rock and roll two years that’s for sure! Thanks for reading! John

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The Shelter and I at the American Film Market!

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Hey all! Just letting you know that I will be at this year’s AMERICAN FILM MARKET (aka AFM) pushing THE SHELTER in terms of locking distribution. I’ll also be pimping my next film as a director THE PRIZE (now in development) and other cool projects. I’ll be on hand for the duration of the market and I will then stick around Los Angeles till November 17 or so in the name of catching up with old friends (get ready Red) and attending a handful of key meetings.  If you wanna meet up while I’m there, send me an e-mail ( john.h.fallon@gmail.com ) and we’ll take it from there! Here we go again! WAR TIME.

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New The Shelter review, audio interview and more!

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Building up to THE SHELTER Sitges Screening, lots of Shelter related goodies have been popping up online. First we had new reviews by Horrornews.net and This is Horror. Here are excerpts.

Horrornews.net: “It reminded me a lot of the films of David Lynch and Roman Polanski and is just a very strong, intelligent character-driven piece that is sure to satisfy viewers. Pare does an excellent job bringing him (his character) to life. As a matter of fact I really couldn’t see anyone else playing the part as well as Pare did and he really shows just how talented of an actor he truly is with this performance.” –  You can read the whole review here!

This is Horror: “The Shelter is pretty much a one man vehicle for Michael Pare who is never anything but captivating as he owns the screen. It’s not easy to hold an audience’s attention for an entire movie, but the combinations of Pare’s experience as an actor and Fallon’s energy, vision and storytelling style  is both entrancing and intoxicating. For those who are prepared to engage with it The Shelter will run deep and resonate within for a long time after the credits have rolled.” – Read the entire review here!

Then DP Bobby Holbrook and I stopped by the WE CAME FROM THE BASEMENT show to talk about the shoot, post prod and beyond! Listen to it here! It made for a very candid and funny sit down.

Finally, swift QNA’s have been appearing on the official THE SHELTER BLOG. So far DP Bobby Holbrook, producer Donny Broussard and actresses Rachel Whittle and Amy Wickenheiser have been covered! Click the names to read the chats!

And that’s it for now! On my end, I am now prepping for Spain as it’s around the corner (October 9 baby), we’re trying to lock distribution for the film, am submitting the flick to more Festivals and at the same I am hustling to get my next film off the ground. Lots of work, lots of actions, won’t stop till I get the wanted reactions. Peace, love and God bless! JF

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The Shelter at Sitges, varied interviews and reviews!

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A lot has been going on in terms of my directorial debut THE SHELTER since its FRIGHTFEST screening (read all about that and see the reviews here). And hey I’m not complaining! Here we go!

-The film will be screening at the prestigious SITGES FILM FESTIVAL on October 9th at 8:00PM at the Retiro as part of the Panorama Fantastic section! I will be there to present it. The last time I was in Sitges was as press for AITH in 2010. I promised myself then I wouldn’t go back unless I had my first feature as a director under my belt – so there ya have it!

More press on the film surfaced:

-I talked about the film with SCI FI NOW HERE!
-Talked with THIS IS HORROR about the film HERE!
HORRORNEWS and I had a chat about the movie HERE!
-I had a “deep” chat about the film and spirituality with STARBURST MAGAZINE HERE
-I yapped with HORRORTALK.COM about the flick HERE.
-The Shelter star Michael Pare was interviewed by HORRORNEWS.NET HERE
while his genre career was dissected on my site AITH HERE.

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-Finally HORRORTALK gave it a semi conflicted review HERE and the UK genre site THIS IS HORROR covered it too! Here is an excerpt:

“The Shelter is pretty much a one man vehicle for Michael Pare who is never anything but captivating as he owns the screen. It’s not easy to hold an audience’s attention for an entire movie, but the combinations of Pare’s experience as an actor and Fallon’s energy, vision and storytelling style  is both entrancing and intoxicating.For those who are prepared to engage with it The Shelter will run deep and resonate within for a long time after the credits have rolled.” Read the entire review HERE!

So that’s it for now! Lots of hustling and strategizing on my end in the name of getting the film where it needs to be. Posing lots of actions, not always getting the intended reactions – but that’s the nature of the beast. I just keep forging forward man, with faith that through perseverance, the movie will be where it needs to be at the end of this journey. THE SHELTER is a HUGE chunk of my life right now. Huge.

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I know more press about the film will arise in due time, more Festival screenings are up in the air and I am also hoping that the Sitges screening will be a good push for the picture in terms of it finding a home ( for distribution inquiries, e-mail us here ).  I’ll keep keeping you all in the loop as always! Please keep tabs on the film via the Official The Shelter blog (we’re having cast and crew QNA’s pop up there at random) and the FB page!

Again, a big thank you to those of you who have are still supporting me and the film. Cheers and God bless! John

PS: Here’s a behind the scenes shot from The Shelter. Why? Why not!? 🙂

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Making sure the noose is nice and comfy for star Michael Pare!
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Michael Paré talks the Horror in The Shelter! My thoughts on Cannes screening!

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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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Dead Shadows get its Canadian premiere via Montreal Horrorfest!

David Cholewa’s DEAD SHADOWS will finally gets its Canadian premiere via the Montreal Horrorfest which is part of the Montreal Comic Con. I of course have a role in the film and will be there to present the picture which will screen on Sunday, September 15th 2013, closing the Festival. Get all the deets HERE! Dead Shadows stars Fabian Wolfrom, Blandine Narnigère and Rurik Sallé. Check out the trailer below!

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Dead Shadows gets its UK and France distribution locked!

A film I starred in; David Cholewa’s DEAD SHADOWS finally comes home, yes the French film just nabbed its France and UK distribution. About F-ing time! Here are the deets from the Hollywood Reporter:

TLA Releasing has closed a pair of multi-territory deals in Cannes, snatching up David Cholewa’s genre feature Dead Shadows from DC Medias for release in the U.K. and France. Cholewa’s French sci-fi horror film is set against the arrival of Haley’s comet, an event that begins to turn the world’s populace into violent mutants. TLA is planning a cross-platform release in France and U.K. for the title.

Congrats to David Cholewa and everybody else who had a hand in making DEAD SHADOWS happen!

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Dead Shadows nabs its North American distribution via “Shout! Factory”

Well this is great news! David Cholewa’s DEAD SHADOWS will finally see the light of day in North America through a company that I really esteem: SHOUT! FACTORY. Peep the Official Press Release below! I am very happy right now! Congrats to the Dead Shadows team! Felicitation a l’equipe Dead Shadows!

SHOUT! FACTORY ACQUIRES INDIE FEATURE DEAD SHADOWS

FOR STRATEGIC CROSS-PLATFORM DISTRIBUTION

IN BOTH U.S AND CANADA

Fabian Wolfrom, Blandine Marmigère, John Fallon and Rurik Sallé

Star in Popular French Sci-Fi Horror Produced and Directed by David Cholewa

Berlin, Los Angeles, CA and Paris, FranceFebruary 8, 2013 – Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company, has acquired from DC MEDIAS the U.S and Canadian distribution rights to popular French horror action thriller DEAD SHADOWS, produced and directed by David Cholewa. The announcement was made by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and filmmaker David Cholewa, DC MEDIAS.

In this deal, Shout! Factory secured extensive rights to DEAD SHADOWS, including home entertainment, digital and broadcast for cross-platform releases. Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout of the film on all packaged media, electronic-sell-through (EST), video-on-demand (VOD), subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) and television. DEAD SHADOWS is set to hit U.S and Canadian home entertainment marketplace and a variety of digital entertainment platforms later this year.

“This highly entertaining feature is a perfect addition to our ever-growing horror and world cinema library; and we look forward to present this film to movie fans and reach new audiences through a variety of distribution platforms,” stated Shout! Factory’s founders in a joint statement.

David Cholewa’s first feature film DEAD SHADOWS tells the terrifying story about a young man, Chris, whose parents were brutally killed 11 years ago, on the same day that the comet of Haley could be seen from earth. Tonight, a new comet is going to appear 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 starts to discover that people are acting strange – and it seems to somehow be connected to the comet. People are becoming disoriented and violent and it doesn’t take long before they start mutating into something from beyond this world. In a fight for survival, Chris has to try to escape from his building with the help from some other tenants – but will they make it out alive?

About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras.  Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations.  In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America.  Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records and HighTone Records. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention.  Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com

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