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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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The Shelter world premiere at Film4 Frightfest! Personal recap!

September 2nd, 2015 No comments
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Ready and able to dodge tomatoes!

Hey all! So executive producer Berge Garabedian and I are back from THE SHELTER world premiere at FILM4 FRIGHTFEST in London England. I’m a bit sick, jet lagged and I probably gained 5 pounds by way of all them pints of Trooper Ale I guzzled (back in the Gym tomorrow), but I am happy!

The screening went well from my POV. Granted not everybody will like what you create, especially when it’s something that is in some ways “non-traditional” like The Shelter, and that is fine. On that, I found it very rewarding to hear from the people who did esteem it, those who were moved by it and got something out of it. That has been my favorite part of this process thus far. Moreover, the reviews that came out of the Fest (below) were positive for the most part.  I’m anticipating more reviews/interviews to surface in the following week. I’ll of course keep you all in the loop!

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Thanks for the support goombah! None of this would have happened without you.

In closing, I want to say a big thank you to the Film4 Frightfest team ( Alan Jones, Greg Day, Ian Rattray, Paul McEvoy) for having us and the film. We had lots of fun and I was happy to learn first hand WHY Frightfest is considered to be one of the best genre Film Festivals in the world! And of course a huge thank you to the people who showed up at the screening!  I also saw old friends on this trip and made many new ones. In short,  I’m feeling blessed like a mothertrucker today! – All love baby! All love.

You can expect more THE SHELTER news shortly. I am hoping that the Frightfest showing will act as the beginning of a new chapter for the movie. This has been and still is a long and hard f*cking road. I’m learning a lot as I forge forward (like just how much longer of a journey getting an Indie film from point A to point Z truly is). All good though. Onward and forward!

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SCIFINOW: “The Shelter swirls Christianity and Silent Hill-levels of guilt to torment its protagonist, and Fallon’s strong visual style combines with a very strong turn from Pare to good effect. There’s a confidence to Fallon’s choices too, as he gives us a not particularly likeable protagonist and maintains a sombre tone throughout this emotionally raw journey.” – READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

STARBURST MAGAZINE: “For all its anger and impressive visuals, The Shelter is a meditative piece about moving from confusion to the acceptance of something perhaps cannot be fully understood. Fallon’s piece is piercing as a disconcerting family dreamscape.” – READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

MOVIERAMBLINGS.COM: “Director John Fallon keeps the audience on their toes, as well as off balance, with a series of scenes that practically force the viewer to pay attention. From what appears a simple opening the film opens up into musings on life, love, loss, suffering and redemption.” – READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS:The Shelter is the directorial debut of John Fallon who, up until now, has had a steady career as an actor and writer. His first venture running things highlights a lot of visual flair and a head full of ideas. A tale of one man’s existential plight, the horrors within The Shelter aren’t your usual jump scares or buckets of blood. Imagine being trapped, watching a movie of all your greatest mistakes with no way to turn it off, that’s way more horrifying than anything Carpenter could dream up. ” – READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

NERDLY: “The Shelter is at its core a one-man production, with Michael Paré carrying the film entirely on his shoulders and often without saying so much as a word – often backed only by atmospheric visuals and a strong, sullen, score. And Paré revels in it, easily giving his best performance since the actors early 80s heyday.” -READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

BRITFLICKS: “It’s an uncomfortable watch as real become unreal! THE SHELTER broods on the edges of hope, but like all falls from grace, rock bottom is as high as Thomas will ever get and this story rubs him into the dirt like a discarded cigarette.” – READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

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AINT IT COOL NEWS: ” 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. – READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE!

FROMDUSKTILLCON: “The Shelter is a beautifully crafted movie that every horror fan should see. It’s clearly a love letter to the genre.  If you love movies that don’t spell everything out for you and leaves it up for debate and discussion, then this is the movie for you.  I personally can’t give it high enough praise for accomplishing what it did.  You owe it to yourself to check it out ! – READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE!

 

DREAD CENTRAL: “Paré, doing most of his acting alone and in relative silence, is a standout. He’s got to carry this whole film on his shoulders, and he does it ably. It’s Paré’s parade, lock and stock.   Overall The Shelter is enjoyable, well made and ably acted. It is definitely worth a look for fans of psychological slow burns.” – READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

 

SUPERMARCEY: “THE SHELTER is one of those special indie films that comes along out of the blue and completely floors you. Since watching this film, I haven’t stopped thinking about it and its deeper meanings. You know you have seen something special when it leaves you shaking and wanting more. A fine film, that fit me like a glove. - READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

 

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Dead Shadows get its Canadian premiere via Montreal Horrorfest!

August 27th, 2013 No comments

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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OLD NUMBER 7 @ Filmets!

October 26th, 2009 No comments

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After its stint at the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL, my short flick with GONZALO LOPEZ OLD NUMBER 7 will now be screening in competition at the FILMETS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL on NOVEMBER 12TH at 21:00 at the Zorilla theater (Zorrilla means little bitches in Spanish slang… nice!). Get all the details and more info on the FILMETS FILM FEST HERE.

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Old Number 7 screening – my thoughts.

October 15th, 2009 No comments

sitesnumber71Shaking Jake’s West hand on stage.

On October 10 2009, OLD NUMBER 7 (which I co wrote, co produced and acted in) was unleashed upon its first audience at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain. The mammoth crowd at hand was a party crowd and they were there to have a good time and a good time they had. So after great man Jake West (Evil Aliens) introduced my sorry ass, I ran up on the Sitges stage winged a speech and the film rolled on.

NOTE: I discovered that night that I am a natural at talking at crowds when sober that is – when drunk I make a fool of myself, so lesson learned – no more drunk speeches.

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From my perspective the screening went well for 4 reasons. 1- Lots of the audience seemed to like it. They were obviously entertained, they clapped and cheered. 2- No booing. 3- I actually liked the film. The intro is KILLER and at least 2 other scenes really work in my opinion. 4- When you work on a film for a long period of time, you don’t see it anymore and it takes a screening like this, with folks totally detached from the production watching it, to TRULY discover what works and what doesn’t work.

So in the case of Old Number 7, a couple of times, the audience laughed at parts that were not supposed to be funny. Now you can take this two ways, get bummed about it and sulk or you can take it MY WAY, be happy that you now know that these bits don’t work and that you can go back and fix them. IMO, 85% of the film worked.

oldnumber7wrapMe and co star Sergio Bernal. Love that dude!

When the screening was done, we had a mini wrap party in Gonzalo Lopez’s (who directed the film) Hotel room. We had a bottle of Jack going (Old Number 7 – get it!) and we basically enjoyed each other’s company and discussed the pros and the cons of the screening. So where we at? After much talk with director Lopez, we’re going in the editing room one last time to fix what didn’t work.

I personally SEE the film again and feel confident that this further trip in the cutting room will make a good short film even better. To be continued on that shite!

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FINAL NOTE: Man I look like crap in that movie. During the shoot I didn’t sleep much (insomnia) so I got bloated and tired. I swear I look 50 years old in some scenes. The fact that we didn’t have makeup didn’t help either. Yup, another lesson learned – I will NEVER agree to act in a film with no makeup. Never, EVER!

Ah the joys of Indie filmmaking…how I love thee… later yall!

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