It will screen at the Tramuntana Meliá Sitges Theatre on October 10, 2018 at 4:00PM. You can get your tickets here! Star, producer and martial arts expert Marc Natoli and myself will be in attendance to support the picture. My Sitges friends better be there, belly well fed with beer, ready to have a good time! 😉
The film is Directed by Ben Whimpey (producer of Quanta and Arrowhead), Produced by Antonio Raiola, Edited by Elizna van der Walt while the Juzzy Kane was the DP. The Music is by Dmitri Golovko. It also stars Kahli Williams (Neighbors), action star Paul Allica (Trigonal) and actor/stuntman Lincoln Barros (The Wheel).
Synopsis: When gun for hire and all around tough customer Mason Stone (Marc Natoli) takes his long time girlfriend Emma (Kahli Williams) out on the town with the intent of popping the big question, he finds his proposal plans rudely interrupted by a group of highly skilled assassins who are after him. What’s a man to do in this kind of situation? Only one thing: kick butt.
Natoli Productions, ARR Productions, Indimax Productions and Bruise Productions are behind the film.
You can follow the production via the Official Instagram page here:
The SITGES FILM FESTIVAL screening of THE SHELTER has come and gone and here are my quick thoughts on how it went down. When I presented the film I said: “You know me for films with tits and gore” and the crowd went wild and then I said “Well, this isn’t one of those” and the crowd groaned. This was the first day of the Fest, the audience wanted to party and if there’s one thing THE SHELTER is NOT is a party movie. With that aside; the crowd didn’t boo (those trustee whistles) which I saw as a positive thing and they all clapped at a certain point which at least told me they were involved in the happenings.
PPS: When the flick finally rolled, I did a double take. The image didn’t look too good with the colors being all over the place. Not sure if it was my DCP, the projector or a bit of both, but the film never looked this bad on a big screen. I am still in Spain now, but when I get home, I will get to the bottom of things as I NEVER want the movie to look like that on a big screen again.
Post screening, I corresponded in person with folks at the Fest and online with people who enjoyed the picture and on the flip side I read some negative things online but nothing that I would call too thought out i.e. no sweat off my bulldog balls. Hence overall my SITGES was a positive one , saw old amigos (too many to name, you know who you are), made new ones, saw one film that I LOVED (Julien Seri’s Night Fare – see it), dealt with one sucker-punch burst of negative energy in a surprisingly admirable fashion (I impressed myself… God bless this new maturity), appreciated all of the fans who came to see me (signed some Shelter and even Dead Shadows stuff) and that supported me and left Sitges to hit Barcelona with a smile on my face.
I am now talking with varied distributors who are interested in putting out THE SHELTER, say prayers, knock on wood, do whatever you do – send that positive energy our way! In closing: big thank you to the Sitges Film Festival and specifically to the great Mike Hostench for having me and making my stay there yet another memorable one. See you with the next film!
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.
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.
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.
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
-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 NOWHERE!
-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.NETHERE
while his genre career was dissected on my site AITHHERE.
-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.
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!? 🙂
Two positive reviews surfaced (in Spanish) from the DEAD SHADOWS screening at the Sitges Film Festival. I translated these segments to the best of my ability.
The first was a small one from Miradas.net:
David Cholewa’s debut Dead Shadows lack of pretension was its best advantage and its worst handicap. The film is a sensible but innocent homage to the creature that fed the creators as children. We have Lovecraft imagery, John Carpenter influences, some visuals that evoked the best of Yuzna, the comics of Eleuteri Serpieri and the delirium of Toshio Maeda. A simple film with, a good rhythm, notable visual effects, an apocalyptic romance and a cast that works well enough where John Fallon easily stands out with a character with iconic potential but not fully capitalized on by the filmmakers.
The second is from the site El terror Tiene Forma:
The actors are better than average, the protagonist Wolfrom Fabian and his partner Blandine Marmigère give it their all as the helpless hero and his romantic interest. One must recognize that Wolfrom is a lot better than the norm in communicating sadness. Also one must emphasize the presence of Rurik Sallé, a familiar face in the French horror cinema scene. But the big surprise is cult actor John Fallon, as a he steals the scenes he’s in with a character tailor made for him..
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!
The SITGES FILM FESTIVAL kicks in today and our short giallo-ish film OLD NUMBER 7 will be premiering (in competition no less) on OCTOBER 10Th at the AUDITORIUM THEATER (great venue for a screening BTW, I love it), be there or be dead. To celebrate the unveiling of our baby, Director GONZALO LOPEZand I are doing a little give-away. We’re giving out 3 MINI POSTERS of the groovy OLD NUMBER 7 ONE SHEET (which you can see below), signed by both Gonz and myself (may be worth 25 cents and a hand-job someday).
How do you enter? Easy; send an E-MAIL at firstname.lastname@example.org, write NUMBER 7 in the subject header, include your MAILING ADDRESS and that’s it. Three WINNERS will be chosen at random. OLD NUMBER 7 stars my sorry ass, the sexy Saida Lamas and the talented Sergio Bernal. It was written by Gonzalo Lopez and myself. The flick was produced by Sweet Water Pictures, Aved Productions and this twat. You can CLICK HERE to get all the details as to the SITGES SCREENING.
The short OLD NUMBER 7 which I co wrote, co produced and acted in will be screening on OCTOBER 10 in competition. OLD NUMBER 7 is an ode to giallos of old. It was directed/written by Gonzalo Lopez (EMBRION) and it stars Saida Lamas and Sergio Bernal.
And the action/sci fi/comedy/smut fest RECON 2023 will be whooping skulls on OCTOBER 11 as part of the MIDNIGHT EXTREME section. I co wrote RECON 2023 (with director Christian Viel) and I act in it. The film stars Andy Bradsaw, Deke Richards and Valerie Wiseman.
Unless the good Lord plays against me, I am slated once again to attend the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL this year, to support both screenings and of course bring back some horror goods to the site. If you’re attending the Fest, come say hello and lets have a beer!
We are close in seeing our little short film OLD NUMBER 7 premiere (in competition) at this year’s SITGES FILM FESTIVAL… real close (screening dates should be announced shortly). Till we get all the info for ya, you can check out the recently slapped up OLD NUMBER 7 OFFICIAL SITE HERE and its brand spanking new TEASER TRAILER below. Hope ya dig!
OLD NUMBER 7 is about Roy (played by moi), a no nonsense kind of guy, arrives from the United States in Barcelona (Spain.) 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. Unbeknown to all of them though, there is a ruthless killer at large and powerful supernatural forces looming around them.
The film stars SAIDA LAMAS, SERGIO BERNAL and myself. It was directed/produced by Gonzalo Lopez (Sweet Water Pictures) and co produced by Javier Rueda (Aved Productions) and myself. Gonzalo and I wrote the screenplay together.