All the movies were really great and showcased some fantastic talent both in front of and behind the camera. Big shout out to Michael Ray Williams who starred in no less than three of them (Watch Your Back, Between Hall and a Hard Place, & 4oo Ways to Kill a Vampire). Eryk Pruitt, who organized the event, was also the writer of both Foodie and Disengaged, both of which were amazing. Christine Parker's 400 Ways to Kill a Vampire was a perfect blend of humor and suspense. And the world premiere of Roger Paris's The Vampire did what any great horror movie does: made half the room cheer and the other half walk out.
As proud as I am of our red carpet coverage, there were a few filmmakers we weren't able to talk to before the event, and I'd like to take this opportunity to give them the credit they deserve.
Dean Garris, whom we spoke to last summer, shared his film The Man In The Cellar which was a great surprise. It was much more than I'd expected from the trailer and I hope to sit down with him again sometime to talk about this film now that I've had a chance to see it. For what is ostensibly someone's first narrative short the pacing is perfect and the special effects are restrained yet highly effective. It's also clear Dean has a knack for working with kids, which he did again in his follow up Parlay.
We also missed Roger Paris (The Vampire), Todd Tinkham (What The Frock), Alan Watkins (Watch Your Back), and Jaysen Buterin (Between Hell And A Hard Place) on the red carpet, but they did do Q&As during the show. Hopefully we'll be able to get some episodes out of that footage so you can hear these folks discuss their projects in their own words.
In the meantime I highly recommend you seek out all the above films. They're all amazing and different in their own way and if nothing else will remind you that there is amazing talent in our local filmmaking community, which is the whole reason we created Local Film Talk in the first place.
Anyway, thank you to everyone who came out to the event. We had a blast! Same time next year?