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I look back at my 2015 and I raise my gloves, ready to take on 2016!


Looking back at 2015, all I remember off hand are two things: 1- Greg Plitt died out of no where on January 17 of 2015 (a man who helped me get back on track via his site/videos years ago. His passing prompted me to go back to his site and once again he helped a lot this year) and my film THE SHELTER, which took over the bulk of my thoughts and efforts. The film resulted in some positive things like cool festival runs, positive reviews, meeting new people, making new contacts and new opportunities arising.

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Work hard – play hard. Always.

It also came with its fair share of hardships (that I will go into when all is said and done some day – I may write a book 🙂 ) and some trial by fire i.e. gaining further knowledge as to the current state of the film market through my mistakes. Shelter aside, I actually had to look back at my 2015 pictures to remind me of what else I did that year and yeah, I had yet another groovy year of doing what makes me happy: training, nature, my friends, traveling and challenging myself.

Top of my head here are some of my favorite personal moments of 2015!

Tackled one of the biggest mountains I have ever scaled. What a rush. I want more!
My dad got hit with larynx cancer early this year. I was sure he was gonzo. But the man fought and with the help of my family's support he rose back uo and lived further...
My dad got hit with larynx cancer early this year. I was sure he was a goner, but the man fought (respect) and with the help of our support, he prevailed. Happy to still have him around.
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In Paris, France with the Dead Shadows cast/crew for an autograph session. It was so cool to see everybody again, to be in Paris, a city that I love, and to spend time with the Cholewa clan aka awesome people.
The Shelter has its world premiere at Firghtfest in the UK. The critcis loved it - the public was half/half. It was a great moment to share with exec producer Berge Garabedian,
The Shelter had its world premiere at Frightfest in the UK and we got lots of solid reviews out of it.  It was a great moment to share with exec producer/buddy Berge Garabedian, Seeing old friends (Richard Cosgrove!) and drinking Trooper Ale were also big pluses 🙂
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Spent even more time at the lake house. Can’t go wrong when your time is all about nature, training, reading, exploring, writing and the water.
Although the Sitges Film Festival The Shelter screening didn’t go as well as I wanted it to for varied reasons (image problems on our DCP being one of them), I got to hang with my brother Mike Hostench, hit some fly parties, appreciated the setting once again, had fun with Rurik Salle and met new great peeps like Julien Seri and Pascal Sid. VIVA SITGES!
Eric Red and I worked on the same set together. I did photography and second unit directing/camera work. Although it was easily the lousiest set I had ever been on, it solidified my brotherhood with Eric Red. We survived this and remained hombres -we can survive anything. And for that and the experience - I was grateful...
Eric Red and I worked on the same set together for the first time time since 100 Feet. This time I did second unit directing/camera work and took on set pics. Without going into details;  the war that was this set solidified my brotherhood with Eric.  And for that and the experience – I was grateful…
The Shelter, which is a film that addresses spirituality or lack of, has been responsible for an eviloution in my own faith. Hence after Sitgges, I spend a week in Barcelona, and my borther Gnzalo Lopez and I woukd up havong a pilhramege. We visited an old church or old monestary every day for 7 days. Once all was said and done, I was a new man. Love you Gonz, till the next time!
Streamlining The Shelter, which is a film that addresses spirituality or lack of, has been responsible for an evolution in my own spiritual path. Hence after Sitges, I spend a week in Barcelona with my bro Gonzalo.  We wound up having a pilgrimage of sorts and I found it very rewarding.
Last but certainly not least; I was very happy to see that A Night of Horror programmer Dean Bertram respj nded so mcuh t The Shelter, enogh to screen i at his prestigious Fetsival. The crowd dug t and star Mcuhgael Pare won a career achievemnt award for his work n teh film. Twas a good ending for The Shelter in 2015
I was very happy to see The Shelter screen at the prestigious A Night of Horror Film Festival in Australia. The crowd dug it and star Michael Pare won a career achievement award for his work in the film. Twas a good ending for The Shelter in 2015
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At Greg Plitt’s place of death. It was very important for me to pay respect. He inspired/motivated me so much all year, it was the least I could do. It took hours to find the exact spot of his passing. Was worth it. RIP Legend.

In terms of negatives, I’m not one to dwell on those cause, well, what will that achieve? Nothing. I’ll just say that the odd energy around The Shelter gave me a run for my patience, maximum effort often led to maximum frustrations as opposed to results and knives stabbed in my back here and a severe “misjudgement of character on my part” there should be noted… nothing new at this point, people are people. Lastly, my 14 year old dog is on her way out (going deaf,  blind and very old) it’s coming and I am bracing myself… such is life. 🙁

My dog can't swim alone anymore...too old. I still have her work-out though. Use it or lose it.
My dog Toby can’t swim alone anymore…she’s too old. I still have her work-out though. Use it or lose it.

I feel very positive in terms of 2016 though (just got back from a stay in the wilderness – that always sets me right)! The Shelter will screen at a handful of Festivals and will lock distribution, am pumped to get my next film The Prize off the ground, I’m starting boxing again (after dealing with a stubborn tennis elbow in 2015 that got in my way, I finally healed it), I’ll be part of handful of exciting projects (as a writer and actor), already have some traveling on the horizon, mother nature is always in my plans and I will focus on awakening by creative side again, specially when it comes to writing for myself. Producing The Shelter in 2015 kind of numbed by creative juices, I won’t let that happen this year.  That’s it in a nutshell! Welcome to 2016 people! I leave you with my 2016 National Anthem:


My National Anthem for 2016!

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Latest Eye See Death one-sheet!


The AFM is upon us and EYE SEE DEATH will be there! Written by Jason Hewlett from a story by myself and Rurik Salle. EYE SEE DEATH stars myself and Rurik Salle while the fight choreography will be done by Manu Lanzi (JCVD, Chinese Zodiac, Kiss of the Dragon, District 13, Unleashed). The film is a horror, action hybrid.

Here’s a new one-sheet for the film and the synopsis is below!

New York. One year, ten women brutally stabbed to death in their homes. This is the work of the serial killer the media have dubbed ‘The Uptown Slasher’, and it’s a case that has become an obsession for no-nonsense homicide cop Shane Carter (John Fallon). In France, the maverick Inspector Malterre (Rurik Sallé) has dedicated a good portion of his career in patrolling the most violent of suburbs, dealing with the toughest gangs and street thugs. When Carter takes down The Uptown Slasher in a decoy operation, they find out that the assassin is actually french.

In order to help the US unit on the case and to bring the madman back home for trial, the french Police sends Inspector Malterre over to New York. Alas, the Uptown Slasher eventually escapes his captors, and heads back to France with Carter and Malterre hot on his trail. But things are about to get worse. The psychopath has a secret; he can’t sleep and has been living under heavy medication for years. Without his pills, not only is he awake twenty-four hours a day, but his perception of reality gets heavily distorted, bringing forth horrific visions. During his evasion, his medication was lost and now The Uptown Slasher sees hell everywhere he looks and he won’t stop until he lets the apocalypse loose onto the world… Will the clock run out before justice is served?


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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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My new action project with Rurik Salle at Cannes: Eye See Death!

Even though I am not at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in person (I got The Shelter to prep), two of my projects are. Dead Shadows will screen there (Cannes Market) as it still has some territories to lock and there’s my new project EYE SEE DEATH which Rurik Salle and I have been developing.

EYE SEE DEATH is written by Jason Hewlett from a story by myself and Rurik Salle. It will star myself and Rurik while the fight choreography will be done by Manu Lanzi (JCVD, Chinese Zodiac, Kiss of the Dragon, District 13, Unleashed). The film is a horror, action hybrid.

See a promo poster within this story (this is by no means the final poster, it’s something we whipped up real fast to make Cannes) and the synopsis is below.

New York. One year, ten women brutally stabbed to death in their homes. This is the work of the serial killer the media have dubbed ‘The Uptown Slasher’, and it’s a case that has become an obsession for no-nonsense homicide cop Shane Carter (John Fallon). In France, the maverick Inspecteur Malterre (Rurik Sallé) has dedicated a good portion of his career in patrolling the most violent of suburbs, dealing with the toughest gangs and street thugs. When Carter takes down The Uptown Slasher in a decoy operation, they find out that the assassin is actually french.

In order to help the US unit on the case and to bring the madman back home for trial, the french Police sends Inspecteur Malterre over to New York. Alas, the Uptown Slasher eventually escapes his captors, and heads back to France with Carter and Malterre hot on his trail. But things are about to get worse. The psychopath has a secret; he can’t sleep and has been living under heavy medication for years. Without his pills, not only is he awake twenty-four hours a day, but his perception of reality gets heavily distorted, bringing forth horrific visions. During his eva-sion, his medication was lost and now The Uptown Slasher sees hell everywhere he looks and he won’t stop until he lets the apocalypse loose onto the world… Will the clock run out before justice is served?

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My thoughts on the French premiere of Dead Shadows at L’Etrange Festival!

Last night was the French premiere of DEAD SHADOWS (a film I acted in) at the L’Etrange Festival in Paris. I was there to support the screening and I loved the experience. After introducing the film (SEE THE VIDEO BELOW) to an enthusiastic and packed crowd (screening was sold out) with my brothers in tentacles (producer Julien Dunand, actors Fabian Wolfrom and Rurik Sallé, screenwriter Vincent Jule and director/producer David Cholewa), the flick finally kicked in and from my end it went swell. Peeps laughed at all the right spots (lots of my improvised lines got some giggles), clapped at some of the kills and the crowd stayed till the end and even clapped at the end of the final credits. After the screening lots of the audience members came up to me to shake my hand and tell me they dug my shit. So for me, yeah, that was a very positive screening.

What did I personally think of the film? Well I was on set, I lived it, was part of it, so I can’t be objective AT ALL. The flick was quite the battle to pull off. So fucking ambitious, so little money, so little time. With that, it came out better than I thought it would and it’s pretty much as good as it’s gonna get. It is flawed but I find the film’s lack of pretension and what it pulled off with so little time and coin very charming. It’s a B Movie akin to the ones we got in the 80’s. Where it lacked in means it made up in heart.  On a personal level, I liked my performance in it (which is always good) and dug the chemistry I had with the young lead (Fabian Wolfrom) and the bad guy (Rurik Sallé). So all in all am proud of the film. All I need.

In closing even though it’s the beginning for the movie (as it hits more festivals like Sitges in October and locks its impending worldwide DVD distribution) for me this screening acted as a semi ending. I will of course still report on the movie and keep tabs on it. But the screening gave me closure. A big thank you to the whole cast and crew for their hard work! And a special gracias to director David Cholewa and Producer Julien Dunand for hiring me and involving me in their crazy adventure. I loved working in French, adored Paris and I hope Dead Shadows will be the first of many. And of course thank you to L’Etrange Festival for giving the film such a lavish showing. I had a freaking blast! Onward and forward!

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Date and time for Dead Shadows French premiere! I’ll be there!


And we got a date and a time! David Cholewa’s Dead Shadows French premiere will go down at the upcoming 2012 L’Etrange Festival on September 10 at 8:00PM in Paris, France. I can also confirm that I will be there in person to support the film and the talent behind it. I missed the Cannes market screening, I won’t miss this one!  Here’s the film’s synopsis, and the trailer below! Booya!

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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Dead Shadows at Sitges 2012!

Well this is good news; David Cholewa’s DEAD SHADOWS will screen at this year’s SITGES FILM FESTIVAL ( my favorite film Festival… period) as part of the Extreme Midnight section.  Last time I was there with a movie was in 2008 with RECON 2023 and 100 FEET. So it’s a long overdue. Not sure if I will be there in person yet ( a bit too early to tell) but am definitely shooting for it! Lets see what life has to say about that! Time to brush up on my Spanish either way! Dos putas por favor! Ya see! Getting better already!

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Dead Shadows at the 2012 Cannes Film festival!

David Cholewa’s DEAD SHADOWS will be screening at this years CANNES FILM FESTIVAL and here are the deets: It will play at ARCADES 2  on 18/05/2012  at 20:30. And at the PALAIS K  on 21/05/2012 at 18:00.

Now I was slated to be at Cannes to support the film but alas, it looks like I will be acting in another movie at the time, so I may not make it. Out of my hands, am waiting see how the chips fall.

DEAD SHADOWS stars Fabian Wolfrom, Blandine Marmigère, badass Rurik Sallé and myself and here’s what it’s about: 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?

Visit the DEAD SHADOWS FACEBOOK HERE and look out for the film’s full trailer within the next 10 days. It will of course premiere on the OFFICIAL SITE.

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New pics and talking Dead Shadows with Fangoria!

I grew up reading Fangoria. There would be no Arrow in the Head without Fangoria. I pretty much learned all I needed to learn about horror, filmmaking, FX etc. reading that mag. So yeah, it’s always a trip for me when I appear in Fango. With that; I recently chatted with the FANGORIA WEBSITE about DEAD SHADOWS and here’s an except below, read the whole thing HERE.

“Once all hell breaks loose, my character becomes a father figure to the young lead—one who is all about tough love, and has no time for weak-tit behavior, but a father figure nonetheless.” The character, also named John (“Big stretch there,” the actor deadpans), left a lot of room for interpretation. “When I got the script, he was very vague and mysterious, which I thought was kind of cool because it gave me the opportunity to make my own decisions and define him the way I saw him—come up with a background, why’s he like this, why’s he like that. John was always basically a man who hates people, is very angry, and once the shit hits the fan, he finally finds himself in a scenario he’s comfortable in. Basically, he’s good at killing, and it’s time to kill.”


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