HIGHLIGHT & VIDEOS: JUNE 2020 THRILLER/SUSPENSE Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST THRILLER FILM: NEAR KEPLER
BEST CRIME/MYSTERY FILM: LYCANTHROPHY
BEST ACTION FILM: ROLL PIN PUNCH
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: DEEP WATER
BEST PERFORMANCESS: MARRAS
BEST SOUND & MUSIC: WILL TO LIVE: THE GARY EDINGER STORY

Theme of night: Trapped and getting out.

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterTHE COMPANY SLAVE ZOMBIE, 16min., Mexico, Action

festival posterLYCANTHROPHY, 16min., UK, Thriller/Crime

festival posterROLL PIN PUNCH, 12min., Drama/Action

festival posterDEEP WATER, 18min., USA, Adventure

festival posterMARRAS, 23min., Finland, Fantasy/Horror

festival posterWINDOWS, 9min., USA, Thriller

festival posterNEAR KEPLER, 18min., Germany, Sci-Fi/Thriller

festival posterWAKE, 6min., USA, Thriller/Horror

festival posterWILL TO LIVE: THE GARY EDINGER STORY, 17min., Canada, Documentary/Thriller

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Short Film: NEAR KEPLER, 18min., Germany, Sci-Fi/Thriller

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After a one year job on a far away planet space traveller Jo experiences a bumpy incident during his flight back to Earth. His board computer Deborah claims she has everything under control. But is that true?

  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Nahe Kepler
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 22, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director Biography – Adam Foss (WILL TO LIVE: THE GARY EDINGER STORY)

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Adam Foss grew up in the foothills of the Alberta Rockies where from age 14, he became deeply rooted in mountain bowhunting. His passion for wild places has led him to travel around the globe, pursuing outdoor adventures on six different continents. In addition to being an accomplished bowhunter and ambassador for outdoor brands like Sitka, YETI and Gerber, Foss has developed a career as a professional photographer and filmmaker. For almost a decade he has worked with his wife and producer Frankie Foss making films and content from their Kelowna-based company, Foss Media. The focus of Adam’s work over the years has been to redefine the way we tell stories around hunting, to push the boundaries of the typical hunting narrative into uncharted territory. Trophies are not a gauge of success for Foss. Instead, Adam is focused on the process of the hunt — spending challenging days in the mountains, forming long-lasting friendships, stewarding public lands, and conserving legendary big game species. Serving on multiple conservation boards — including a past position with WSF membership committees — he is currently a founding director of the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance. Foss aims to protect and promote the hunting heritage, wild animals and wild places and to continue to tell the hunting stories that resonate at the human level for both hunters and non-hunters alike.

Short Film: WILL TO LIVE: THE GARY EDINGER STORY, 17min., Canada, Documentary/Thriller

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In 2007, on a fateful February day, in the remote Northern Wisconsin woods, a solo independent logger named Gary Edinger severed his left leg off while felling a tree. Twenty miles from help, alone, and in forty below temperatures, Gary summoned a remarkable willpower and crawled to his pickup, then drove to safety. Gary’s struggle for survival, however, didn’t begin on that frigid winter day in the hardwoods. His whole life had been forged from adversity, rising above a meager upbringing and brushes with death as he learned to hunt, trap and fish alone, on his own terms.

Will to Live: the Gary Edinger Story provides a glimpse of a unique perspective gained by cheating death and chasing the call of life-long adventure as only Gary can. The tough-as-nails logger, champion dog sled racer and hunting guide also has a creative side writing poetry, singing cowboy songs and calling square dances. Now, 15 years after the accident and approaching the age of 70, Gary discovers his quest to live a full life and looks back at the impact of his decisions and how they weigh on the loved ones around him.

 

Short Film: SERIAL DATER, 6min., USA, Thriller

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A man has big plans for date night but things don’t go as planned.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Horror, Dark Comedy, thriller
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 26, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White

Director Biography – Chris Roe (Cemetery Tales: A Tale of Two Sisters)

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Manager, writer, producer, director, Chris Roe entered the entertainment business in 1996, after starting his own talent management agency, Chris Roe Management. Since then, his company has become well respected in the entertainment industry, managing such clients as directors George A. Romero, Clive Barker, and actors Bruce Davison, Meg Foster, Mariette Hartley, and Malcolm McDowell, to name a few.

In 2007, he wrote, produced and directed the award winning documentary feature, “One for the Fire,” released in May of 2008. He also produced and co-directed a pilot for television called, “Soul of the City,” and has acted as producer or executive producer on such films as “Suing the Devil,” “The Employer,” and most recently, “Bereave,” starring Malcolm McDowell, Jane Seymour and Keith Carradine.

Roe continues to manage and produce. In 2018 he launched his production company, Tea Time Productions, Inc. Cemetery Tales: A Tale of Two Sisters, has been the company’s first production. He currently has multiple projects in development, as well as several properties optioned. All projects are designed on a multi-platform structure.

He resides with his family in Los Angeles, CA.

Director Statement

A Tale of Two Sisters was a great joy to do. I used the people I wanted, and shot it the way I wanted. I had no outside interference! It’s a tribute to the great black and white thriller/suspense/horror/noir films of the ’30’s, ’40’s and early ’50’s.
Most of all, it was great to create a story that leaves the audience wondering what really happened.

Short Film: Cemetery Tales: A Tale of Two Sisters, 20min., USA, Thriller

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Set in 1949, a Hollywood star mourns the loss of her beloved sister on the one year anniversary of her death. When the truth of her murder is revealed, a surprise visitor returns. Time is running out. Will justice be served? Tick tock tick tock…

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