In the year 2000, urged by best bud and JoBlo.com head honcho Berge Garabedian, I started a dinky little site called Arrow in Head under his JoBlo.com dome, thinking that only me and my mom would read it. And here we are 17 years later and the site is still one of the top horror sites on the net, kicking that ass! Who knew?!
On that, I just wanted to give you all a heads up, that Arrow in the Head has teamed up with PUFF i.e. the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival. We’ll be the go-to site for all of the updates on the Festival. Moreover, Managing Editor of AITH Eric Walkuski and myself (above) will be on hand in Philly to present the Opening Night film and receive the Legacy Award.
The Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival is currently slated to take place on September 28th to October 1st at the Proscenium Theater at the Drake. PUFF 2017 is still currently accepting short and feature submissions through Withoutabox, Film Freeway, and FFLife through their official site HERE; submissions will close on August 18, 2017.
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!
David Cholewa’s Dead Shadows will screen at the upcoming UTOPIALES FILM FESTIVAL in Nantes, France on Saturday November 10 at 9PM (ideal time, not too late, not too early). Dead Shadows stars Fabian Wolfrom, Blandine Marmigère, badass Rurik Sallé and myself as tough guy John. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS! Here’s the film’s synopsis, and the trailer below!
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?
The fine French horror mag MAD MOVIES did a fairly positive blurb about DEAD SHADOWS after its Cannes Market screening. It’s in French, click the pic below to see the large version. It is to note that the Cannes screening was a showing of the unfinished film, with temp sound and unfinished special effects. There’s always a danger in showing a movie in rough form like that. Cause no matter how much people say they “understand” a rough cut, they usually don’t. At least that screening locked some distribution as to some territories. The finished and final cut of DEAD SHADOWS is set to premiere at the L’ETRANGE FESTIVAL in France this coming September and then it will play SITGES 2012.
My site Arrowinthehead.com has been covering the FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL for over 7 years or something (I lost count) and this year is a first: I am a member of the Jury. Yup (along with some cool peeps) I’ll be judging the International Short Film selection. This is now the third time that I am a Jury member at a slick Festival; having done the Jury doo at the 2006 Sitges Film Festival and the 2010 Fantastic Fest Festival. In between this, prepping for Comic Con (which always conflicts with Fantasia…sigh) and everything else going on (jerking off with my left hand), I got my balls in a vice begging for mercy… all good. Hope to see some of ya at Fantasia!
Yes that’s a Mike Tyson t-shirt! He will always be the champ to me!
Old Number 7 is about: Roy (John Fallon), a no nonsense kind of guy, arrives from the United States in Barcelona on a mission of retribution. He’s there to confront his wife, Mariona (Saida Lamas), who aborted their baby without his consent, and to clear the air with his brother Gonzalo (Sergio Bernal) who has since began an intimate relationship with his wife. Unbeknownst to all of them though, there is a ruthless killer at large and powerful supernatural forces looming around them.
OLD NUMBER 7 stars Saida Lamas, Sergio Bernal and myself. It was written by Gonzalo Lopez and I. It was produced by Sweet Water Pictures, Aved Productions and my company Fallon Productions. See the TRAILER here. Dates and time when I get them!
After a rough cut screened at Sitges 2008, a win at the One Night of Horror Fest in 2009 and a US premiere at Pollygrind 2010, our little flick The Red Hours comes home, yup the short will have its Canadian premiere at Montreal’s best: The Fantasia Film Festival (date and time TBA). Unless that Brazilian Fest I submitted it to accepts it, this will be the last Fest RH will screen at. After that I will make the little dittie available on DVD and for download. The Red Hours stars Deke Richards, Amy Wickenheiser and Heather Westwood. Donny Broussard produced with me. The flick was edited by Michael Nouryeh and Christian Viel and mixed by Benoit Babin. Here’s its synopsis for shits and giggles:
A quiet war is transpiring between lovers Mark (Deke Richards) and Natasha (Amy Wickenheiser). The more mature and old fashion fashioned Mark can’t come to terms with his better half being bisexual hence is constantly feeling resentful. On her end, Natasha feels un-accepted by her man, consequently finding comfort in the arms of her girlfriend Drew (Heather). One fateful night, at a lowly dive bar, the conflict between the two finally explodes, resulting in a soiree of blood and bullets.
My short film THE RED HOURS will have it US premiere tonight at 8 p.m. via the POLLYGRIND FEST in Las Vegas. The fim will play just before fellow Canucks Jen Soska & Sylvia Soska’s “Dead Hooker in a Trunk” (great title). Get tickets HERE. If ya see the film, shoot me an e-mail with your feedback, good or bad, I can take it. Hope yall dig! The Red Hours stars Deke Richards, Amy Wickenheiser and Heather Westwood. Donny Broussard produced with me. The flick was edited by Michael Nouryeh and Christian Viel and mixed by Benoit Babin. A rough cut screened at Sitges 2008 and the film won at the One Night of Horror Fest in 2009.
After its stint at the 2009 Sitges Film Festival, the sci fi, action, horror, smut fest, comedy RECON 2023 (directed by Christian Viel) will now be screening at the FANTASTIC PLANET FILM FESTIVAL in Sydney, Australia on November 1st at 9.00PM . CLICK HERE for all the details. I of course co wrote RECON 2023 and I play the lovely cyborg CyberMerc in the flick.