(PRWEB) November 11, 2005
DALLAS-FORT WORTH, TX (PR WEB) November 11, 2005 -– After Sundown Film Partners (ASFP) has contracted with Barnholtz Entertainment of Calabasas, CA, to handle the domestic home video distribution (U.S. & Canada) of “After Sundown.” The independent horror flick was filmed in the Metroplex and at nearby Beaumont Ranch in Grandview, TX, during the past year.
Barnholtz, which also will distribute the film through Lions Gate Films, expects to begin distribution of the “vampire movie with zombies” to such outlets as Blockbuster Video, Hollywood Video, Netflix and others within six weeks. The deal was brokered by ASFP’s producer representatives, Lawrence Silverstein and Alex Barder of Strategic Film Partners, Universal City, CA. (http://www.strategicfilmpartners.com)
The DVD and video are expected to have two featurettes on the making of the film, a photo gallery, commentaries by the two stars and the Executive Producers and interactive menus. It will also be in letterboxed and full screen versions. To see the trailer for the movie go to: http://www.aftersundownmovie.com/distribution_inquiries.htm#final_cut_trailer__1
“We were contacted by six distributors before the directors’ first cut was finished in June,” said Christopher Abram, an Executive Producer, the film’s screenwriter and one of the two directors. “Television and cable airings, as well as international distribution are expected to be negotiated later in 2006.”
ASFP is comprised of two associated production companies, Windblown Films of Fort Worth (http://www.windblownfilms.com), headed by Abram, and ThinkTank Entertainment of Dallas (http://www.thinktankenter.com headed by Keith Randal Duncan. Both movie executives are listed at http://www.imdb.com.
“Distributors are genuinely eager to meet the growing demand for horror-thriller genre sought by the target audience of 17-to-24-year-olds,” Executive Producer Duncan said. “The audiences are seeking higher production quality and more engaging storylines. ‘After Sundown’ delivers on both with scenes that also generate nervous laughter from viewers.”
Official Festival Selection — Lakewood Screening
James d. Faust, Managing Director/Programming also has announced that “After Sundown” is “an Official Selection to the Deep Ellum Film Festival (DE/F2), Nov. 17-23, in Dallas/Deep Ellum Texas.” The film will be screened at 9:30 p.m., Friday, Nov.18, at the historic Lakewood Theater movie palace, 1825 Abrams Pkwy., Dallas. Tickets are priced $8 in advance and $10 at the door, with proceeds benefiting Hurricane Katrina victims suffering from cancer.
NOTE: On Wednesday, Nov. 23, at the closing ceremonies for DE/F2, "After Sundown" received the "Audience Award for Best Feature,"
The first public screening, a first cut of the film, drew more than 400 persons to Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky-tonk, in Fort Worth on a Tuesday night in June. Strong audience reactions came during the opening scenes of Old West townsfolk battling a vicious cowboy-vampire in search of his newborn offspring and the birth and death of the child. More than 200 audience comment cards were returned and about 65 had additional handwritten comments.
“With all the special effects and additional scenes shot by David Pinkston, we are confident the final version will be a crowd-pleaser,” said Duncan, a member of the Dallas Producers Association and the Texas Association of Film & Tape Professionals. Duncan’s previous film credits include “Ramming Speed,” “Dark Dealer” and “Something of Mine.”
"We think our original investors, cast and crew will be delighted with our progress, the prospect of worldwide exposure to movie fans and, ultimately, a potentially reasonable return on investment," Duncan said. "These developments and additional presence in festivals bode well for our ongoing and future film projects."
Abram is best known as Executive Producer, Writer and Director of “The Fanglys,” (The Asylum Distribution, Los Angeles) a micro-budgeted horror flick that has done well – selling an estimated 20,000 units nationwide – in its current home video release.
“This film is a serious effort to improve the micro-budgeted horror movie genre,” said the movie’s other team director, Michael W. Brown. “We’ve made a movie that supersedes the typical throw-away videos so common to other films in this genre.”
Brown, a regionally prominent, award-winning theatre director, also portrays an obsessive-compulsive, arrogant funeral director in the contemporary scenes. His antics provide comic relief for the film’s eye-popping plot: an action-packed story of a young woman who uncovers a dark secret, detailed in a diary found as an old cemetery is relocated to make way for a new subdivision.
The remarkably detailed western gothic mixes modern-day vampires and zombies with American Old West characters in pitched battles featuring viewer-startling gore and suspense.
Local citizens from both eras are plunged into a terrifying battle with a predatory vampire from the Old West who has the power to create undead zombie slaves to assist him in the search for his vampire offspring. A gory clash of wills and characters are played out on the screen.
The cast also includes stars Susana Gibb, Reece Rios, Natali Jones, J. Christopher and co-stars Jamie Amaral and Joey Galt. There also is a special co-star, Jake Billingsley, one of the most
popular participants in CBS Television’s reality series, “Survivor Thailand” (http://www.survivorjake.com) portrays the modern-day, cool-headed Sheriff. The Texarkana, Texas native is now a McKinney, Texas businessman and motivational speaker.
Principle photography began in November 2004 at locations throughout the DFW Metroplex, including the 1880s western town, Chisholm Fork, on the Beaumont Ranch, a destination resort and 800-acre working ranch. http://www.beaumontranch.com/ The original Chisholm Trail, famous for cattle drives, bisects the ranch.
The Deep Ellum Film Festival (DE/F2), sponsored by the Dallas-Fort Worth Lexus Dealers and Reel FX Creative Studios, is a "no-attitude allowed" film event where the words "festival" and "celebration" become a reality. DE/F2 is devoted to exposing and inspiring movie fans, critics, industry folk, movie stars and emerging talent about the art and craft of moviemaking. It provides enriching experiences to develop the film community and to appreciate the unique culture Dallas has to offer. For more information, visit http://www.def2.org or call 214-752-6759.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR INTERVIEWS:
Keith Randal Duncan, Producer
After Sundown Film Partners, Dallas
Preston F. Kirk
APR, Kirk Public Relations
Austin TX, 830-693-4447