And its over. This year's SITGES FILM FESTIVAL in Catalan, Spain was yet another heavy duty, high five and hit experience for yours truly. Films wise, I caught a couple of gems that made me forget the genre crap I've been dealt this year. My favs had to be SURVEILLANCE (which totally blew me away), the stylish gorefest MARTYRS, the highly engaging LONG WEEKEND and the mucho fun TRICK R TREAT. You can find the list of the SITGES FILMS and the TALENT INTERVIEWS that were covered by the site below.
On a more personal front; I was well backed up on this round, with writer/director and bud ERIC RED there to present his ghost story 100 FEET (in which I have a small role in) and actor DEKE RICHARDS (who also happens to be one of my best buds) there to support my short film THE RED HOURS in which he starred in. Nothing like going to a foreign country with good friends in tow to show off your work for better and for worse... always smacks a smile on my face.
Some SITGES movie banners!
And it should be said that it's not a SITGES without hooking up with old friends and making new ones. Straight up, in my every day life, I spend 85% of my time stuck behind a f*cking computer either working the site or screenplays; so yeah its freaking AMAZING to go to a Fest like Sitges and basically get to socialize, PR and party with your peers for like 12 days straight. It does the body and the soul good! Pass it on!
To 100 FEET baby!
In closing, I'd like to put out a big THANK YOU to the SITGES TEAM for giving me yet another INCREDIBLE experience. Every year SITGES tops itself and every year I'm baffled as to how they pull it off. Props! Now scroll down for a retrospective of the content and of course my SITGES PICTURE GALLERY.
SITGES FILMS REVIEWED:
SURVEILLANCE - VINYAN - LONG WEEKEND - MARTYRS - EMBRION - YOUR NAME HERE - BLINDNESS - JCVD - MIRRORS - ANAMORPH - SYNECDOCHE NEW YORK - HOME MOVIE - TRANSSIBERIAN -THE COTTAGE - REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA - AUTOMATON TRANSFUSION - RED - LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
REVIEWS STILL TO COME:
SPLINTER -TRICK R TREAT - DEAD
SPACE - DEAD BONES
SITGES SPECIAL FEATURES:
The Melia Hotel, where the Sitges magic happens!
Eric Red and I given them stogies some love!
Deke and I with EMBRION star Mariona Tena.
With director Darren Bousman and his better half Laura.
He proposed to her at Sitges and she said yes.
You see that rock? Hey! Darren! propose to me too yo!
With the GREAT Greg Nicotero.
Deke meets genre icon Coffin Joe.
The NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (original) cast!
Deke and I happy with how THE RED HOURS went!
Troma bad boy Lloyd Kaufman accepts an Award given by Festival Director Angel Sala.
With the real deal - THE HAMMER!
Sitges Film Festival founder and horror legend PAUL NASHY!
Deke with Cannibal Ferox director Umberto Lenzi!
The EMBRION cast and crew celebrating their first screening!
Chilling with Girl Next Door producer Andrew van den Houten
Deke talking shop with Kubrick's 2001 stars Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood.
With Talent Agent and all around nice guy Chris Roe and good friend Sara.
Lights, camera, SITGES!
Festival Director and the hardest working mofo I know Mike Hostench and director Gonzalo Lopez.
All roads lead to Sitges...
Lloyd Kaufman came to us after THE RED HOURS to tell us how much he dug it.
Yes I swam in there ...nude...got a problem with that?
With EMBRION star and fellow Stallone fan Sergio Bernal!
We named this waiter THE GRIM REAPER - due to the ridiculous amount of alcohol he'd put in our drinks. We love you Grim!
Speaking of grim, this cemetery IS gothic. A place to see if you're ever in Sitges!
Hanging with a friend on the last night of Sitges!
Cheers to yet another GREAT Sitges Film Fest! See ya next year!