Wednesday, February 24, 2021

SW DocuFest – Panel Discussions

Panel Discussions are a huge part of the Something Wicked Events experience.  We love to have our guest film-makers participate in our panel discussions on various topics that have to do with the film industry.  For the SW DocuFest we were able to bring three panel discussions to the event!  If you missed them during the actual event we are now providing the links for you to watch them!  We hope you enjoy these panel discussions and we look forward to you joining us in August for our regular Something Wicked Film Festival!

 

PANEL DISCUSSION – “MAKING DOCUMENTARIES”

Join us for SW DocuFest 2021 Panel Discussions!  This panel will focus on the topic of "Making Documentaries" with Panel Discussion Moderator Philip Wray.

https://vimeo.com/514569542

 

PANEL DISCUSSION – “MEDIA IMPACT ON DOCUMENTARIES”

Join us for SW DocuFest 2021 Panel Discussions!  This panel will focus on the topic of "Media Impact on Documentaries" with Panel Discussion Moderator Philip Wray.

https://vimeo.com/514569978

 

PANEL DISCUSSION – “DIRECTING DOCUMENTARIES”

Join us for SW DocuFest 2021 Panel Discussions!  This panel will focus on the topic of "Directing Documentaries" with Panel Discussion Moderator Philip Wray.

https://vimeo.com/514570402

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

SW DocuFest - Award Winners!

 As our 2021 SW DocuFest comes to a close we wanted to congratulate all the Award Winners for this year's event!  We hope that you had a chance to see some of these films but if not you can always catch them as they make their festival rounds or when some of them inevitably find distribution.  We can't wait to see what all of our film-makes come up with next and we will see you at the 2022 SW DocuFest!




SW DocuFest - Nominations!

Our Festival Judge Philip Wray and his Jury had a tough time this year choosing who to nominate for awards but through careful deliberations we have now come up with the list of the best of the best!  As an added bonus we wanted to make sure that everyone knew that the films chosen for our Special Screening (Saturday, February 20th) included the Top 3 films as chosen by our staff members and not the Festival Judge and Jury.




SW DocuFest - Spotlight on ROBERT J. FLAHERTY


For our Something Wicked DocuFest 2021 we are presenting a special selection of celebrated documentary film-maker Robert J. Flaherty.  The following is a selected collection of shorts and features made available via online and free to view.  We hope that you enjoy these films and help us celebrate the achievements of this amazing film-maker and his films.  If you like these films we encourage you to add them to your personal collection as there have been many excellent transfers made available via online and physical media.

 

TITLE: LOUISIANA STORY (1948)

RUN TIME: 1:18

SYNOPSIS:

The idyllic life of a young Cajun boy and his pet raccoon is disrupted when the tranquility of the bayou is broken by an oil well drilling near his home.

 


TITLE: MAN OF ARAN (1934)

RUN TIME: 1:16

SYNOPSIS:

In this blend of documentary and fictional narrative from pioneering filmmaker Robert Flaherty, the everyday trials of life on Ireland's unforgiving Aran Islands are captured with attention to naturalistic beauty and historical detail.

 


TITLE: MOANA (1926)

RUN TIME: 1:25

SYNOPSIS:

Filmmaker Robert J. Flaherty presents a docufictional account of a family living in a Samoan village in the early 1920s.

 



TITLE: NANOOK OF THE NORTH (1922)

RUN TIME: 1:18

SYNOPSI
In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle.

 



TITLE: TWENTY-FOUR-DOLLAR-ISLAND (1927)

RUN TIME: 0:12

SYNOPSIS:

In 1626, Dutch traders bought Manhattan for $24 of beads and gift product. Within 30 years, there were 1,000 residents, and 300 years later, there were 8 million. This film celebrates the muscle, size, and majesty of Manhattan, starting at the river's edge where a huge-jawed steam shovel dredges. It's on to an ocean liner, then to a hole in the ground where men swing pickaxes, sledgehammers, and shovels. The camera then slowly examines a stately building by the shore. Behind and beside it is the city.




 

SW DocuFest - Official Selections

Here is a list of the "Official Selections"  for the 2021 SW DocuFest!  These selections were carefully chosen by our Festival Judge Philip Wray and the members of his Jury.  We hope that everyone enjoyed these films during our February 20-21 weekend.  Due to some festival regulations some of the films are unable to be screened but we hope audiences will seek out these films wherever they continue to be screened. 

SHORTS:


TITLE: “A 1969 COMET’S TALE”

RUN TIME: 0:25

SYNOPSIS:

This is a documentary about my car, a 1969 Mercury Comet. Some people say it has a personality all its own. This film was done, entirely long distance between myself editing and shooting some of the material, and Georgia resident Neil Strawbridge, who did the amazing music & animation. For the most part, this was a 2 person operation.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

 


TITLE: “CHESTY & OPAL”

RUN TIME: 0:11

SYNOPSIS:

CHESTY & OPAL is a 10 minute short documentary film about 2 burlesque legends talking about the golden years of burlesque. Burlesque legends Chesty Morgan and Wild Star share memories from their dancing days in the 60's and '70's. A hilarious, eye-opening, shocking underground short film, CHESTY & OPAL opens the audience's eyes to a lost era.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

 


TITLE: “IN A STRANGE ROOM”

RUN TIME: 0:38

SYNOPSIS:

In the summer of 2008, Enzo travels to Berlin to work on a creative documentary and find a former lover.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Spain

SPECIAL NOTES:

Film contains nudity and explicit sexual context.  Viewer discretion is advised.

 

TITLE: “THE LEGACY”

RUN TIME: 0:34

SYNOPSIS:

What traces do we leave behind after death? Climate change, extinction of species, environmental pollution - the last few decades have clearly shown that the earth is at its limit. And some people wonder if this is what they want to bequeath to future generations. This film is the legacy of such a person. After a cancer diagnosis, a man is facing the end of his life. And he decides to invest the money he has saved in a project that is dedicated to these issues. A film that takes stock of how we humans deal with the environment and nature. A film that should be made available to as many people as possible, free of charge and without looking at quota. On his behalf, animal filmmaker Jens Klingebiel is on the road to get an idea of ​​the situation. On his travels he discovers both shocking and encouraging things. Humanity now faces one of its greatest challenges. Which direction will it take?

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Germany

Website: http://eng.das-vermaechtnis.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TierfilmerJensKlingebiel

 

FEATURES:


TITLE: BEHINDTHE NAME SHAKESPEARE: POWER, LUST, SCORN & SCANDAL

RUN TIME: 1:39

SYNOPSIS:

WHO CREATED THE GREATEST WORK OF IAMBIC THUNDER IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE? “Behind the Name SHAKESPEARE: Power, Lust, Scorn & Scandal” answers that question in this fun yet important film. It is a costume-filled journey into literary history’s greatest mystery: Who really wrote the works of Shakespeare?

This charming documentary is clearly a labor of love, which one can feel in every scene. The world needs it and bravo to Christina di Marlo for doing it!" -- Don Rubin, Professor Emeritus, York University Editor, World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre.

VENICE FILM AWARDS REVIEW, 11/11/2020

"BEHIND THE NAME SHAKESPEARE is an extraordinary one-woman show/documentary.

The exceptional Robin Phillips guides us through the exciting investigation about who is really behind the most important plays in the whole world and therefore behind the name of William Shakespeare…

Robin Phillips puts all her talent as an author, actress, and storyteller, playing sort of comedian detective (a brilliant choice that makes us remain glued to the screen for the whole duration of the film) but contextualized in the era we are referring to. She transforms herself several times, she steps out and gets back into the narration with delicacy and without ever being out of tune.

And as a consequence of this, it's not difficult to get involved in the typical atmosphere of the sixteenth century, also thanks to the beautiful costumes designed by Phillips herself, who also worked on the music ("Best Sound Design," Venice Film Awards) hairstyles, make-up, and artistic direction.

The documentary is full of information, anecdotes, details, and spins around two centuries, between literature, history, and art. Despite being so full of news and quotes, you can easily follow it from start to finish. Not only without ever getting bored but remaining with bated breath in search of yet another proof that helps to agree with an increasing number of groups of people who support this extraordinarily beautiful and thrilling theory.

It's difficult, after having seen it, not to want to join the chorus of voices of these artists, historians, writers, who claim that a glove maker's son could not have created what are among the greatest masterpieces of world theater literature. And that it's much more likely that it was the 17th Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere, lover (to be reductive) of Queen Elizabeth, and an erudite and brilliant man of letters.

Art Harman enriches the movie with his cinematography and his technical effects, which join the narrative moments in a fluid and coherent way .To quote Anna Rice, even within the documentary itself this is "very very interesting stuff", which could not tell this crazy part of history in a better way.

I challenge the public not to fall in love with this story, with their protagonists, and with Robin Phillips in this delightful documentary film, which teaches and entertains, thus remaining faithful to the primary purpose of Elizabethan theater."

 

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

SPECIAL NOTES:

Due to ongoing distribution arrangements this film is not being screened at this event since it is an online event but it is eligible for festival awards and prices.  Please remember to seek out this wonderful film in whatever festivals and outlets that you can. 

Website: https://groundbreakerfilms.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GroundbreakerFilms/

 


TITLE: F.E.A.R.: FACE EVERYTHING AND RISE

RUN TIME: 1:03

SYNOPSIS:

"Cultural expectations” and “values” can often clash with our innermost desires. Many women today feel caught between what has been conditioned into them by their family, culture or society and their own dreams and aspirations. Many are consumed by what has been put upon them instead of fighting for what they believe is their freedom and the opportunity to make a better life for themselves and the world around them.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

SPECIAL NOTES:

Due to ongoing distribution arrangements this film is not being screened at this event since it is an online event but it is eligible for festival awards and prices.  Please remember to seek out this wonderful film in whatever festivals and outlets that you can. 

Website: https://findyourselfseries.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gtasamn



TITLE: KILLING THE SHEPHERD

RUN TIME: 1:28

SYNOPSIS:

A remote community in Africa, led by a woman chief, attempts to break the stranglehold of absolute poverty by waging a war on wildlife poaching. For decades illegal wildlife poaching by both subsistence and bush meat gangs has led to the government declaring this community’s homeland “depleted” of wildlife.

The chief finds help in the form of a safari operator and they work together to bring stability to the community. But all was not well. Disease, food stability, and rampant alcoholism hamper basic needs like health care and education. Even young girls, just after reaching puberty, are sold by their parents as child brides in order to feed their family for one year. Dark forces including South African land speculators, criminal poaching gangs, and her own people conspire against the chief. Even elements from the modern world work against the chief’s wishes.

Will the chief and her community see success?

 

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

Website: https://www.shepherdsofwildlife.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shepherdsofwildlifesociety

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wildshepherds

 


TITLE: WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?

RUN TIME: 1:10

SYNOPSIS:

Filmed over the last decade, a reach into the minds of one person from every country in the world; revealing their spontaneous response to the title question, sharing their views, fears & hopes for the future.

‘What is Going to Happen Next?’ is a large-scale and ambitious documentary that showcases a curated selection of unrehearsed video responses to the title question, put to one person in every country around the world.

The film emerged from a ten-year-long socially engaged project to capture opinions from all 203 sovereign states as defined by the United Nations. The documentary, which was completed in 2020, presents a curated selection of these participants. This film creates a global discussion that serves to highlight the diversity and complexity of humanity.

To initiate a genuinely unplanned answer to the title question, the participants were not informed of the question in advance. Instead, the participants were asked to record themselves reading the question, and were given just two minutes to respond. By removing the participant’s ability to prepare, the film presents its audience with a series of natural responses and a variety of behavioural nuances within an international cultural context.

By showcasing participants’ choice in visual setting, manner and practice of participating, along with a series of complex personal, social and political responses, the film attempts to give voice to the incredible diversity of our planet’s population.

 

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Ireland

Website: http://whatisgoingtohappennext.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coreproject/

 

 


TITLE: ZE PEDRO: ROCK ‘N Roll

RUN TIME: 1:49

SYNOPSIS:

Zé Pedro, the legendary guitar player of Xutos e Pontapés, is the greatest name in Portuguese rock ‘n’ roll. He was its main driving force, not only as the founding guitar player of the greatest Portuguese band ever, but also by promoting the genre as a music critic, radio broadcaster and owner of Johnny Guitar, a mythic club and concert hall in Lisbon where so many bands took their first steps.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Portugal

Website: https://hot-chilli-films.pt/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zepedrorocknroll

 


Sunday, September 27, 2020

Here Comes Something Wicked DocuFest 2021!


Submissions for our 2021 Something Wicked DocuFest is now Open!  We want to see all your non-fiction films whether they be political, social, environmental, character, and personal short and feature films.  We want this to be a film festival dedicated to the non-fiction film arts and to showcase films from around the world.  During the February 6-7, 2021 event part of the festival will be online while there will be a live component as well!  Other the course of the two days audiences from everywhere will be able to view all the films and then on Sunday we will be screening the best of the festival as chosen by our staff (at a location still to be determined due to COVID-19 safety procedures) followed by a Live Awards Ceremony!

Like our 2020 Something Wicked Film Festival Online Festival Event we will have Filmmaker Interviews, Panel Discussions, and Live Chat opportunities for all the filmmakers from all over the world!  We want this to be a very immersive experience for everyone!  This will be a great opportunity to network with other filmmakers and express your opinions and ideas about your own film as well as others!  For more info about this event please visit us on Film Freeway - https://filmfreeway.com/SomethingWickedDocuFest of on our Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/somethingwickeddocufest and updates for all Something Wicked Events can be found on www.somethingwickedfilmfestival.com

 

Something Wicked Brings Something NEW!


In 2021 Something Wicked Film Festival & Events will be bringing out a plethora of new and exciting things first of which is our first of two companion film festivals – Something Wicked DocuFest!  This February 6-7 we will be having a two-day event supporting everything in the non-fiction filmmakers.  We have always wanted to support our non-fiction filmmakers and now we will be able to.  This film festival will showcase political, social, environmental, character, and personal short and feature films.  If you love non-fiction films like we do then this is the film festival for you done in Something Wicked style!  For more info on this event and to submit your films visit us on Film Freeway - https://filmfreeway.com/SomethingWickedDocuFest

 


Next up is our all-new Something Wicked FanFest coming next December 11-12, 2021!  This two-day event focuses on fan-films, westerns, musicals, and post-apocalyptic films!  We already screen some of these at our Main Event but here we get the chance to focus on the fan-films and other sub genres that usually go overlooked.  This is an event we have been planning for several years now and we are proud to finally be able to bring this event to audiences as only Something Wicked can!  We don’t start taking submissions until the end of 2020 but that just means you have plenty of time to dust off those old fan-films or to finally make the fan-film you’ve always wanted to as there are no age limitations on submissions.  For more info on this event visit our Film Freeway page here - https://filmfreeway.com/SomethingWickedFanFest

 

Last up is our regular Main Event – Something Wicked Film Festival 2021 which will be August 13-15, 2021 which means we will be celebrating Friday the 13th in style to continue bringing you the best in animation, fantasy, sci-fi, experimental, fan-film, horror, and fantasy films traveling the festival circuit!  We will have all the things you’ve come to love from Something Wicked Events with a few added bonuses as well!  Submissions open in November like usual and you can discover more about the event at Film Freeway - https://filmfreeway.com/somethingwickedfilmfestival

 


These are the three festival events we have lined up for 2021 to help us celebrate everything indie film and indie filmmakers!  We hope you’ll continue to follow up and don’t forget that we have lots of other amazing things in store coming from Something Wicked Events so make sure to continue checking out our Website – www.somethingwickedfilmfestival.com and all our social media pages!  We will continue to update the blog as things happen!

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Congrats 2020 AWARD WINNERS!


We want to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Something Wicked Film Festival 2020 Online Festival Event!  It was a weekend of amazing short and feature films in addition to the live Panel Discussions, Filmmaker Interviews and Live Chat through Discord!  We had a lot of fun and my team and I hope you did too.


If you are not already aware, SWFF gives out awards in two categories – our Main Award category and our secondary category Festival Director Awards.  The difference between the two is that our Main Awards winners are chosen by our Festival Judge Philip Wray and his Jury Members (whom are made up of film critics and film professionals).  Our Festival Director Awards are chosen between my staff and myself and are usually the more outlandish categories (i.e. Scream Queen of the Year, Bad Ass of the Year, Goriest Film, etc.) and are revealed on Friday whereas the Main Awards are announced on Sunday.

 

Below are our Winners for both award Categories!  We congratulate all filmmakers and look forward to what they have in store for us in the future:

 

MAIN AWARD WINNERS:

Best Animation/Puppetry Arts Short Film-

Blue & Malone: Impossible Cases (Producers Emilio Lujan, Gerardo Alvarez, Pablo de la Chica, Manuel Carbajo Martin, & Nathalie Martinez)

 

Best Experimental Short Film-

Colonna (Producers Petra K. Wagner & Jorg Wagner)

 

Best Fan-Film-

Willa (Producer Barbara Szeman)

 

Best Fantasy Short Film-

The Fever (Producers Luisa Bellido, Alberto Sarmiento, & Isabel Castro)

 

Best Horror Short Film- 

Make A Wish (Producers Diane Foster, Edward Hong, & Josephine Chang)

 

Best Sci-Fi Short Film-

The Uncanny Valley (Producers Ian Vatcher & Ian Vardy)

 

Best Female Actor in a Short Film-

Babs George (Power)

 

Best Female Actor in a Feature Film- 

Hanna Oldenburg (Mareld)

 

Best Male Actor in a Short Film- 

José Lozano (Polter)

 

Best Male Actor in a Feature Film- 

Markus Fetter (Reel Me- The Film Musical)

Best Direction of a Short Film-  

Polter (Directed by Alvaro Vicario)

 

Best Direction of a Feature- 

Reel Me- The Film Musical (Directed by Peter Lund)

 

Best Feature- 

Reel Me- The Film Musical (Producers Peter Lund & Thomas Zaufke)

 

 

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR AWARD WINNERS:

BEST HORROR FILM – “MAKE A WISH”

BEST ANIMATION FILM – “DIVISION SERIES”

BEST FANTASY FILM – “POWER”

BEST SCI-FI FILM – “THE UNCANNY VALLEY”

BEST FAN FILM FILM – “WILLA”

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM – “COLONNA”

BEST FEATURE FILM – MARELD

 

BEST DIRECTION OF A FILM:

                SHORT FILM – “CURSED GRANNY” Directed by Suso Imbernon & Juanjo Moscardo

                FEATURE FILM– REEL ME – THE FILM MUSICAL Directed by Peter Lund

 

BEST FEMALE ACTOR IN A FILM:

                SHORT FILM – Josephine Chang, “MAKE A WISH”

                FEATURE FILM – Linda Hartmann, REEL ME - THE FILM MUSICAL

 

BEST MALE ACTOR IN A FILM:

                SHORT FILM – Kevin Saunders, “KUNG PAO CORPSE”

                FEATURE FILM– Markus Fetter, REEL ME - THE FILM MUSICAL

 

GORIEST FILM:

                SHORT FILM – “NEFARIOUS”

                FEATURE FILM – BIGFOOT’S BRIDE

 

SCARIEST FILM:

                SHORT FILM – “SÉANCE”

                FEATURE FILM – MARELD

 

BEST MAKEUP FX IN A FILM:

                SHORT FILM – “THE GREAT PARODY”

                FEATURE FILM – CAMP WEDDING

 

BEST VISUAL FX IN A FILM:

                SHORT FILM – [TIE] “EQUALS” and “CIRCLE OF STONE”

                FEATURE FILM – UNDER CONTROLL

 

MOST BELIEVABLE FILM:

                SHORT FILM – “MAKE A WISH”

                FEATURE FILM – MARELD

 

MOST INNOVATIVE ANIMATION IN A FILM:

                “BLUE & MALONE: IMPOSSIBLE CASES”

 

MOST MEMORABLE VILLAIN:

                SHORT FILM – Greg Lee “The Adventurer”, “LOST TREASURE OF THE VALLEY”

                FEATURE FILM – Roger Connors “Mr. Perry – The Killer”, TEACHER SHORTAGE

 

SCREAM QUEEN OF THE YEAR AWARD:

                SHORT FILM – Olivia Day “Casey”, FEED ME DEATH

                FEATURE FILM – Kelley Gates “Mia” CAMP WEDDING

 

BAD ASS OF THE YEAR AWARD:

                SHORT FILM – Morttando Malone & Big Blue Cat, “BLUE & MALONE: IMPOSSIBLE CASES”

                FEATURE FILM – Morgan McGuire, CAMP WEDDING

Thursday, August 6, 2020

FANTASY Films at SWFF 2020 Online Festival Event!

So, this year we have one of our largest and most diverse selection of fantasy films and these are just the ones we decided to screen.  Usually, fantasy films have been the genre that we’ve screened the fewest number of films (next to experimental) and I also attributed that to filmmakers thinking that you need a large budget to tell a good fantasy film but this year’s crop is very diverse and different then anything we’ve seen in a long time.

This year we have two films from Spain and they are very similar in tone and execution despite being directed by different individuals.  “The Fever”, directed by Jose Maria Flores Miranda, about a guy in a doctor’s office who slows falls in love with his fantastical dream.  Joan Martin Gimenez’ “The Electric Chair” mixes the fantastic dreams of a man who hears the story of an American who survives being electric twice and decides that it would be a great trick to put on in front of his town.  Both films deal with the internal dreams and fantasies of the characters in visually stunning ways which are also entertaining and emotional.

Dream fantasies play a huge role in director Keren Marciano’s “Distinguished Feelings” [France] and they are some of the most visually striking of all the films being screened.  Luke Stanley’s “The Return of Warren Murphy” [Australia] is the story of a man wrongfully killed and given the opportunity to get vengeance!


In “Power” [United States] director Chris Foito brings to audiences the story of a woman tries to reconnect with her son through missed calls, memories, and other means. 

Our last three films are more directly fantasy films in terms of story and execution!  Up first is director James Atkins with his film “The Witch Hunters Are Coming” [United Kingdom], a reality show styled film about witch hunters hunting witches in the modern world but done in the same comedic reverence as What We Do In the Shadows.  “Lost Treasure of the Valley” [United States] is a modern-day treasure hunt that feels like an adventure film all crafted by the talented director Robert Husted.

Our final fantasy selection is director Mark Andrews’ “Circle of Stone” [United States] which has some amazing fight choreography and visual effects all in the service of the story of some cops who discover a woman whose been missing for years and the other worldly warriors who will do anything to capture her.

 

As you can see, there is a variety of fantasy films that make up the official selections for the 2020 Something Wicked Film Festival Online Festival Event.  I hope you will join us this August 7-9 when you can sit back and enjoy an entire weekend of genre films from the safety and comfort of your own home.  For more info visit us at www.somethingwickedfilmfestival.com and to buy tickets you can go to Film Freeway (https://filmfreeway.com/somethingwickedfilmfestival/tickets) or Ticket Leap (https://something-wicked-film-festival.ticketleap.com/something-wicked-film-festival/).


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

FEATURES Screening This Year!

This year’s crop of feature films crosses every genre and there should be a film for everyone or all the films for everyone!  One of the first features I’d like to talk about is for the hardcore horror fan and the fan of bigfoot films which is director Erick Wofford’s BIGFOOT’S BRIDE [USA] which is a balls to the wall frenetic and fun throwback film that does something new with the bigfoot film. Its aesthetic is pure ‘90s VHS trash cinema so if you’re a fan of Troma films then this is the perfect film for you.



From there we have several films that bring their stories into the modern age!  First up is director Troy Escamilla’s latest film TEACHER SHORTAGE [USA].  A couple years ago we screened his last film STIRRING (now renamed MRS. CLAUS) and we are excited to bring audiences his latest film which delves into the world and politics of public schools while making a slasher film!  No teacher is safe in this film and neither is acclaimed actress Brinke Stevens who returns to give Escamilla’s film some true horror film clout once again (she also starred in his film STIRRING).  Next up is the possession film CAMP WEDDING [USA] from director Greg Emetaz which mixes weddings and summer camp in its homage to both Friday the 13th and Night of the Living Dead!?! It is both funny and suspenseful while using modern technology and our over reliance on cell phones and being connected to tell a new type of horror film that will make you fear modern technology.


Next up is the fantasy film UNDER CONTROLL [India] from director Eric Hordes which is a new type of movie about trolls and a fantasy film that’s both equal parts exciting and funny.  The performances really stand out and are what makes the film work especially in its more comedic moments.

This leads to our other fantasy feature REEL ME – THE FILM MUSICAL [Germany] from director Peter Lund which is a musical romance comedy in which the six internal personalities of the main character battle each other in a coming of age film that also speaks on sexuality and sexual preference.  Lund makes it all work in this film that has some amazing dance sequences and performances by the cast.  It’s like a live action version of Pixar/Disney’s INSIDE OUT, only way better as a live action film.



This year we are screening our first experimental feature with director Priyanka Das’ UNDER THE JAZZ. CIRCULATION. FORMATION [USA].  This is a film that’s better to watch and devise your own interpretation as that is part of the enjoyment of this film which seeks to reach an emotional response with the audience through the characters who strive to find a connection between each other.


The last of our main features is director Ove Valeskog’s MARELD [Sweden] which takes the cast and crew to an island to film their latest horror film but they encounter some shady soldiers on the island which then make filming very tense and dangerous.  The film is amazing as it mixes the filmed footage, behind the scenes footage, and what happens on the island seamlessly into a suspenseful thriller in which you don’t know what is going to happen next especially when the cast and crew start having their own problems with one another.


In addition to these films we are also celebrating the 15 year anniversary of director Ron McLellen’s HELL’S END [USA] a sci-fi/horror/WWII film in which a soldier from the future goes back to the past to stop the Nazi’s from experimenting on POW soldiers in the attempt to create the perfect biological weapon!  There is also HOUSE OF SECRETS (2015) [USA] which is celebrating its 5-year anniversary which follows five women who make one mistake that may cost them a lifetime.  This thriller is written/produced/directed by yours truly!


I hope you decide to join us this August 7-9 for Something Wicked Film Festival’s Online Festival Event which is the only place where you will be able to watch all of these films from the comfort and safety of your own home.  For more info visit us at www.somethingwickedfilmfestival.com and to buy tickets you can go to Film Freeway (https://filmfreeway.com/somethingwickedfilmfestival/tickets) or Ticket Leap (https://something-wicked-film-festival.ticketleap.com/something-wicked-film-festival/).


SW DocuFest – Panel Discussions

Panel Discussions are a huge part of the Something Wicked Events experience.  We love to have our guest film-makers participate in our panel...