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    Movie Review: BERNIE (2012)

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    Movie Posters: LIFE DURING WARTIME (2010) and Other Films by Todd Solondz

    Over Todd Solondz's career from "Welcome to the Dollhouse" (1996) to "Palindromes" (2004), the posters of his films have been consistently inspired. Their designs and illustrations(!) convey the sweet and sour qualities of his controversial themes, which engage and then subvert our expectations.

SIREN (2019) Film Festival Run

Written by Christopher Beaubien • December 15, 2020 • Start the Discussion!

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My latest short movie SIREN (2019) is having a successful film festival run this year.

Here are the accepted film festivals and awards garnered:

FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS

The Rio Grind Film Festival
Winner for Best Cinematography

Montreal Requiem Fear Fest
Winner for Best Actress (Dalit Holzman)
Nominated for Best Canadian Short Film

GenreBlast Film Fest
Nominated for Best Cinematography

L’Hospitalet de Llobregat International Film Festival
Nominated for the Best International Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Actress (Dalit Holzman)

Shockfest Film Festival
Winner for Best One-Sheet Movie Poster
Nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Director’s Reel

Mumbai International Cult Film Festival
Outstanding Achievement Awards:
Best Thriller Short and Best Cinematography Nominated for Best Editor and Best Sound Design

Underground Indie Film Festival
Winner for the Most Creative Film Award

Genre Celebration Festival
Nominated for Best Horror Short and Best Cinematography

Oregon Scream Week Horror Film Festival
Nominated for the Best International Film Award

FILM FESTIVALS ACCEPTED

HARD:LINE International Film Festival
Splat!FilmFest – International Fantastic Film Festival
A Night of Horror Film Festival
Portland Horror Film Festival
 Idaho Horror Film Festival
Russian International Horror Film Awards
NOX FILM FEST Salto International Horror and Fantasy Film Fest
FIXION Fest, Fantastic & Horror Film Festival
Apulia Horror International Film Festival
Cinemafantastique 5
Nox Film Fest: Salto International Horror and Fantasy Film Fest
The Dark Hedges International Horror Film Festival
Dead in Decatur Presents: The Art of Fear
Dead Northern Horror Film Festival
New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival
Haunted House FearFest
New West Film Fest
Siding Festival of Film
Rock And Metal International Film Festival
CRASH – International Fantastic Film Festival
The Sick ‘n’ Wrong Film Festival
Genre Star (Formerly Known as Slash Night)
Glasgow Horror Festival
LA Underground Film Forum (Honorable Mention)
Boobs and Blood International Film Festival (Finalist)
Hollywood Horrorfest (Finalist)
JellyFEST – Season 6 (Semi-Finalist)

SYNOPSIS

Driving on a highway late at night, distracted driver April (Dalit Holzman) and her combative lover Brooke (Erin Morgan) are pulled over for speeding by two sinister police officers (Eryka Alanna and Madison Isolina). During a strange and increasingly frightening interrogation, the two women find themselves under the power of a supernatural force that changes everything they ever knew about themselves… and each other.

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New SIREN (2019) Trailer

Written by Christopher Beaubien • July 27, 2019 • Start the Discussion!

After three years in the making, my new short horror movie Siren (2019) is now complete.

How would I describe this mind-melting descent into psychosexual terror?

Two policewomen pull over two women.

Siren is about to begin its film festival run. The world premiere will take place at the Sick ‘n’ Wrong Film Festival on August 11th.

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Over at Screen Fervor, film reviewer and independent filmmaker Jeremy Herbert gave considerable thought to his take on my movie.

Here is the first of four movie posters each featuring a prominent character. They are designed by yours truly.

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SOCKET (2016): A Sick and Twisted Horror Short

Written by Christopher Beaubien • December 22, 2018 • Start the Discussion!

A doctor punishes a photographer for ridiculing her amateurish attempts at his profession.


You can read more about SOCKET HERE.

Download the SOCKET Press Kit


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Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) 2018 Capsule Reviews

Written by Christopher Beaubien • October 15, 2018 • Start the Discussion!

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ASH IS PUREST WHITE

Zhangke Jia’s Ash is Purest White bares witness as a young couple’s commitment to a criminal code and each other is thoroughly tested by the passage of time. The finest moments are when Tao Zhao’s character improvises her inspired grifts. The latest by Zhangke Jia doesn’t rise to the sublime and astonishing developments of his previous masterwork Mountains May Depart (2015), which will blow your mind by taking its premise farther than most filmmakers dare. The proverbial volcano in ASH trembles, but doesn’t erupt. In a riveting fight sequence, you will also see how motorcycle helmets can be put to brutal use.

AT WAR

Stéphane Brizé’s Measure of a Man (2014) stars Vincent Lindon as an unemployed family man enduring many indignities in a jobless market. The latest At War is a thematic continuation where Lindon leads a workers’ strike against capitalist exploits and gaslighting. Like a fly-on-the-wall Frederick Wiseman doc, At War is full of long-held meetings that gradually deepen with ideological conflict, obstruction and clarity. It is a slow burn where tempers, betrayals and resolve rise to a boil. A demanding and enraging experience.

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Watch My New Short Movie SOCKET (2016) at NSI

Written by Christopher Beaubien • January 22, 2018 • Start the Discussion!

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After three years in the making, Socket is officially released and ready to be experienced.

You can watch SOCKET now at the NSI Online Short Film Festival

Special thanks to producer Matt Seeley at Hamster Wheel Productions for being the first to step aboard this production and working like a pro. To the cast and crew who shared their time and talent to make this all possible: My appreciation knows no bounds.

You can also read more about Socket HERE.