Festival History ◊ 2008 ◊ Films: Features
Each year the Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival screens a limited number of independent features. These films are shown out of competition
As we screen so few, we make sure that each brings something really special to the festival. For 2008 you'll see a sexy (sometimes) zombie muse, a pregnant woman trying to survive 20 years after the apocalypse, a noir detective and a sultry lounge singer (Chase Masterson) attempting to stop the world from disintegrating, and a nun in one of the most beautiful and shocking films ever made.
Comedy of Horrific Portions|
Jim (Tony Brownrigg) is a writer, down on his luck because his emotional dramas just aren’t selling. Jim begrudgingly agrees to write a horror script when his agent insists that's the only way to make ends meet, but he lacks the inspiration for this unfamiliar genre. What he needed, was a muse.
But little did he know a muse was watching, an undead one named Victoria (Arianne Martin).
After introducing herself to a shocked Jim, she begins her work. Intent on teaching Jim about horror, she begins killing his friends and family. Jim, after enlisting the help of a true horror fanatic named Carl (Edward Landers), attempts to both write, and scheme to put an end to this murderous muse once and for all. Can Jim finish his horror movie to Victoria’s satisfaction before everyone he knows is slaughtered?
Written & Directed by Tony Brownrigg.
Q&A with Tony Brownrigg, Edward Landers, and Arianne Martin after the screening.
Skye (28 Days, One Missed Call) stars as Sarah in this
post-apocalyptic fairy tale about a young woman's journey to deliver
the first child born in 15 Years. Michael (Joshua Leonard of The Blair Witch
Project, and Prom Night) is the lone voice of the airwaves. He broadcasts
dim and distant messages of hope mixed with the music he scavenges from the
dead. Together they will embark on a journey beyond the boundaries of the
Southern Corridor and into the unknown future. |
Directed by Jim Torres. Written by Jim Torres & Ron Harris.
Q&A with Jim Torres and producer Susannah Torres after the screening.
groundbreaking new noir film, Yesterday was a Lie is a “soulful
and thought provoking journey” (Talking Pictures). Award-winning writer/director
James Kerwin “weaves a tale of intrigue and metaphysical darkness” (Ain’t It
Cool News) that teases the boundaries of reality.|
Kipleigh Brown stars as
Hoyle, a girl with a sharp mind and a weakness for bourbon, who finds herself on
the trail of a reclusive genius. But her work takes a series of unforeseen
twists as events around her grow increasingly fragmented...
Written & Directed by James Kerwin.
Most Beautiful and Controversial Film Ever Made|
Generally the film is lumped into the "Nunsploitation" genre, a grouping of films primarily made in Europe in the 1970s and '80s that involved sex and violence inside a convent. They tended to be period pieces and almost always had scenes of lesbian encounters, flagellation, and demon possession. But shoving it into this niche is like saying The African Queen is a "boat movie" and Schindler's List is a "war picture"; it is accurate, but doesn't tell the whole story. Yes, it has some amorous nuns and whippings, but the aim is higher than mild eroticism, or even criticism of church power and sexual repression (don't take that to mean the stimulating moments and the accusations of hypocrisy aren't relevant and part of the package).
So, there's plenty of hefty concepts here, but this is no philosophy lecture. It is quick moving, entertaining, and shocking.
This movie isn't for everyone. Love it or hate it, you won't forget it.
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