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04.07.2009by: The Arrow



THE RED HOURS @ A NIGHT OF HORROR

Been wanting to go to Australia for a long time. LONG TIME! And when the Oz genre Festival A NIGHT OF HORROR asked for my short film THE RED HOURS to play there, I saw it as the perfect opportunity to go already. The fact that good bud and actor Deke Richards, who stars in THE RED HOURS had family in Australia also helped my decision. We’d have a free place to crash at. So even though timing wasn’t really ideal (I had just come back from Spain - was playing work catch up & the Montreal Canadians Hockey team were fighting for a Playoff spot.... yeah I'm that guy...); I said f*ck it, you only live once and got my ass on a plane.

Man am I happy that I did. Australia is a beautiful place. So far I've seen downtown Sydney, the country (Blue Mountains baby) and am now in Nelson Bay. Am loving it! As for my two days with the A NIGHT OF HORROR Festival, well, they were a blast to say the least. The people behind the Festival were an awesome bunch. Friendly, down to earth and as booze loving as I am. I couldn't have been surrounded by cooler people. Now, one thing that I noticed here in Oz is that unlike North America where horror is mainstream or Spain where it’s worshipped, the mass population has little love for the genre. It’s a bastard child begging for a whooping here which made what the NIGHT OF HORROR FESTIVAL does even more important. Although still a young Festival (3 years so far); the peeps behind this event are driven by passion and a pure love for scary and I couldn’t help but find it incredibly endearing. Keep at it guys and dolls, the only way horror will one day get FULL RESPECT in Oz.


Deke and I meeting Festival director and cool ass mofo Dr. Dean Bertram in front of the Dendy theatre.

THE RED HOURS screening itself went down on April 2nd at the DENDY THEATRE in Newtown Sydney and it went very well. Being that the sound hadn't been mixed on the movie (my last step in terms of this never ending 8 minutes project), I had a sound test done before the screening. It sounded acceptable. So after that, still incredibly jet lagged and driven by the beer running through our veins, Deke Richards and I introduced the film to the audience and then it rolled on. The flick looked slick on the big screen. First time I had seen the final cut in a theatre (The Sitges screening was a black and white rough cut). The crowd was enthusiastic, laughed at the right parts and if I go by the reaction as the end credits rolled, they were entertained by the film. Always nice to get that vibe; I don’t feel accomplished often in life, because I'm too busy striving for more to stop and think, but this time I did.


Presenting RED HOURS with beers in hand! Hey, its Australia man!

People came up to me and Deke after the screening to share their thoughts as to the flick. One dude actually called it an “Action Horror Lynch” flick and that saying stuck with me off the bat – cause its so damn right. Through talking to peeps, I also figured out quickly that they all had a different interpretation of the chain events, being that it’s so ambiguous. And that’s okay. The film was always meant to be a semi mindf*ck. A stream of hazed consciousness, made physical through horror scenarios. With that said, I always felt that it was MORE obvious than how people perceived it… I guess I was wrong...all good... I'm wrong often. When asked what my true intent was I always answered: “It is what it means to you”. Yup I stole that saying from David Lynch…sue me : ) So that night, we all went drinking and had a gnarly time. I met so many cool folks and made new friends, always a perk of the Festival circuit.


Two tired dudes, hanging with Fest Coordinator and cool cat of the year in my book Bryant Johnston.

The following night was the CLOSING CEREMONY i.e. the giving of speeches and Awards.. Deke and I attended. We actually almost didn't make it being that we were so damn EXHAUSTED from the night before. But hey, lets sleep when were dead I thought, I couldn't miss it, so off we went. Thank Zeus that we did cause to my surprise THE RED HOURS wound up winning the INDIE SPIRIT AWARD. I didn’t see that one coming...like... AT ALL! You should've seen my face when they called out my name as the winner. If that face had a name, it would be: DUH??? I hit the stage, took to the mike and winged a "thank you" speech. A cool little Nosferatu look-alike statuette was given to me and yes once again, I felt accomplished. WOW! F*cking cool.


With cutie Festival Director Lisa Mitchell and my groovy award...

After the ceremony, we once again all went to party like it was 1969. Had yet another kick butt night that ended at like 7AM in the morning or something. GOOD TIMES! In closing, I’d like to thank the people behind the Festival for showing Deke and I such a good time and for putting out a kick ass horror Fest. LISA MITCHELL, DEAN BERTRAM, SHANE K, BRYANT JOHNSON and their army... thank you! You own! And thanks to everybody that kicked it with us and made for wonderful company. Drinks wouldn't have tasted as good without yall around. I also wanna prop everybody that worked on THE RED HOURS in front and behind the camera. That little Award was not just for me but for all of you. So congrats to YOU TOO! So that's it, am done. You can find some random pics and related URLS below. Time for me to clean my system up and enjoy Aussie nature : )

RANDOM PICS


Posing for one of the Fest Sponsors! I don't drink...wine baby...wine...


Hanging with filmmaker John Michael Elfers (Finale).


With Dean and most drunk non-boozer I have ever met Fest Programmer Shane K!


Chilling with actress Shailla Quadra and Blondie (ie I don't remember her name).


With my boy PABLO!!!!!!!!!!!! Make your film bro! You the man!


Actress Justine Keim and I striking a pose.


Messing around with Lisa, Shailla and badass actor and real cool dude Dritan Arbana. Dee Allamani!


On the road again...

SEE ALL OF THE A NIGHT OF HORROR WINNERS HERE

VISIT THE A NIGHT OF HORROR WEBSITE HERE

VISIT THE A NIGHT OF HORROR FACEBOOK HERE

VISIT THE ONE NIGHT OF HORROR MYSPACE HERE

VISIT THE RED HOURS WEBSITE HERE

VISIT THE RED HOURS MYSPACE HERE

Source: AITH

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