The 2013 Viscera Film Festival announced its upcoming lineup today, and it looks to be full of some interesting short films, check out the press release below!
This year’s panel of judges for the prestigious 2013 Viscera Film Festival includes Rachel Talalay (FREDDY’S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE), Jeffrey Reddick (FINAL DESTINATION series), Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Trent Haaga (CHEAP THRILLS), Anthony Masi (HIS NAME WAS JASON), Brea Grant (“Dexter”), Andrew van den Houten (Lucky McKee’s THE WOMAN), Elizabeth Stanley (TRAILERS FROM HELL), Anthony DiBlasi (DREAD), Shade Rupe (“Dark Stars Rising”), Jim VanBebber (THE MANSON FAMILY), Drew Daywalt (LEPRECHAUN’S REVENGE), Kier-La Janisse (“House of Psychotic Women”), Chris Alexander (BLOOD FOR IRINA), John Skipp (legendary splatterpunk author), David DeCoteau (SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA), Alan Spencer (SLEDGEHAMMER), Barbara Peeters (HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP), Jennifer Thym (Viscera Winner 2012, Best Cinematography for BLOODTRAFFIC) and Mae Catt (Viscera Winner 2011, Best Director for 12-15-96).
Also serving as a judge this year is pioneering female filmmaker Jennifer Lynch (CHAINED, SURVEILLANCE) who will receive the 2013 Inspiration Award during the festival on July 13th.
Those that attend Viscera Film Festival will experience films created by many of the most original and dynamic voices in independent filmmaking today as well as a star-studded carpet ceremony (www.facebook.com/events/553487211357304) and an after party (www.facebook.com/events/453050628119448) to be held directly following the festival at the legendary Hollywood hot spot and VFF sponsor, Cat & Fiddle (6530 W Sunset Blvd.). For those interested, they may return to the scene of the VFF after party for a special “recovery” brunch where fans and filmmakers alike are encouraged to come out, drink some coffee and work off those hangovers together at the Cat & Fiddle on Sunday at 11 am (www.facebook.com/events/181999185291813 )
The 2013 Viscera Film Festival Official Selections:
Anniversary Dinner – USA
Directed by Jessi Gotta
Synopsis: A survivor of the zombie apocalypse is about to discover that ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ was just the beginning.
Dead Crossing – LOS ANGELES PREMIERE – Canada/Mexico
Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero
Synopsis: A Mexican family attempting to cross the border with a group of immigrants encounter a vicious and terrifying secret involving the way the United States deals with illegal immigration.
Eternal Springs – WORLD PREMIERE – USA
Directed by Kate Rhamey, Allison Rohm
Synopsis: Erma, a deranged old woman who thinks she’s eleven years old, captures young women to be her dolls.
Halloween Bash – WORLD PREMIERE – USA
Directed by Jenn Wexler
Synopsis: A mean girl bent on playing tricks receives a mysterious Halloween treat.
In the Dark – USA
Directed by Helen Truong
Synopsis: As the only survivor of a psychological experiment that killed her fellow participants, a woman must find the courage to face a terrifying truth — one that will finally set her free or trap her forever.
My Brother’s Keeper – UK
Directed by Jen Moss
Synopsis: Holed up at the end of the world with her well-meaning but dim-witted brother Jo (Alex Esmail), Jess (April Pearson) isn’t sure what will destroy her will to live first: the zombies or Jo’s incessant optimism.
No Place Like Home – WORLD PREMIERE – Japan
Directed by Nicholas Humphries
Produced by Mai Nakanishi, Christine DeJoy
Synopsis: What happens when Dorothy’s desperate wish to go home faces a most unexpected turn where she finds herself in zombie apocalyptic Kansas?
Orange County Hill Killers – USA
Directed by Katie Downer
Synopsis: Storytelling and reality are blurred when four teenagers enter the infamous Blackstar Canyon.
Outbreak – LOS ANGELES PREMIERE – USA
Directed by Maddison Lopez
Synopsis: A toxic plant explosion releases a fume that does strange things to nearby high school students. Everyone’s trying to get out alive.
Phantom Limb – WORLD PREMIERE – USA
Directed by Lark O. Arrowood
Synopsis: Jeffery has always suspected that something was wrong with his body. We find him in the eye of the storm, on the verge of collapse. He is disheveled and beginning to suspect that he has made a grave error.
Self-Portrait – Canada
Directed by Jovanka Vuckovic
Synopsis: In the process of taking off her make-up, a young woman reveals her true face.
Slumber Party – USA
Directed by Jenn Wexler
Synopsis: A dark wish becomes a nightmarish reality when best friends play a game of Bloody Mary.
The Meeting – US Premiere – Canada
Directed by Karen Lam
Synopsis: In a weekly meet-up, four serial killers confess their sins and hope for redemption. But all hell breaks loose when a newcomer pops in, and threatens to join the group…
**This film was made by a member of the Viscera Staff.**
Other films that will be joining the 2013 Viscera Tour include:
Estigma – Spain
Directed by Sara Ibáñez Mayor
Synopsis: A girl commits murder in a bath, but the crime may not be over… still.
Fashion Victim – Canada
Directed by Caroline Trudel
Synopsis: A woman awakens in her party dress & heels. The sounds of distress she hears make it clear she needs to find a way out fast. Will her attire impede her ability to escape? Will she be fashion’s latest victim?
Racist Zombies – USA
Directed by Jennifer Treuting
Synopsis: The only thing worse than zombies is racist zombies. A comedy short by The Charlies.
Shelter – USA
Directed Eve Edelson
Synopsis: A battered woman finds an unusual way out of a very unusual relationship in a night of cosmic justice in an animal shelter.
Tickets for the 2013 Viscera Film Festival can be purchased through the American Cinematheque’s website at www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/egyptian_theatre_events and out-of-town attendees are encouraged to stay at The Redbury (1717 Vine Street), Hollywood’s premiere boutique hotel and official sponsor of this year’s festival (www.theredbury.com). The special rate, which is only available until June 14th, and accommodation information for attendees can be found at www.viscerafilmfestival.com/#!__carpet-ceremony/hotel.