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Feartastic Invades Palm Springs

FIRST-EVER FEARTASTIC HORROR FILM FESTIVAL BRINGS FIVE FILMS OF FEAR TO PALM SPRINGS

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Films, Panels and Parties Await the Bold and the Brave at the Camelot Theaters… Full Festival Pass Only $99; Single Film Showings $10

This Halloween, Palm Springs is set to become the next horror film festival destination with Feartastic Horror Film Festival: a three-night extravaganza of intense, nail-biting films that are chosen for both their scare-factor and their out-of-the-ordinary plots and storylines.

Created by Kim Waltrip and Jim Casey, partners at Troupe Productions and led by Program Director Bradley Sullivan (filmmaker behind I Didn’t Come Here To Die), the inaugural festival will take place at the Camelot Theaters in Palm Springs, Ca.  Tickets for all screenings and panels can be purchased at www.feartastic.com and at the Camelot Theaters Box Office.

The five films slated to debut at the Feartastic Horror Film Festival are: Contracted, Dead Weight, Delivery, Here Comes The Devil and The Second Death. Each of the five films has been honored around the country and internationally for their innovation and ingenuity in both filmmaking and content.  In addition to the amazing selection of films, there will also be two panels: #1: Getting a Film Made and #2: Indie Filmmakers Chat. Featured on Panel #1 will be Nick Ogiony (Creative Artists Agency), Don Mancini (Director, Curse of Chucky), Danielle Bisutti (Actress, Insidious 2, Curse of Chucky), Andreas Olivarria (Distributer, Level 33 Entertainment) and Isaac Paul (Distributor, Crystal Sky Entertainment).  Panel #2 will feature filmmakers: Eric England (Contracted), John Pata (Dead Weight), Adam Schindler (Delivery), Marc Manus (Delivery) and Adrián García Bogliano (Here Comes The Devil).  Film screenings and panels are set to take place at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs.

Films Being Screened:

Contracted – directed by Eric England

Showing: November 1, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m. – Camelot Theater

Synopsis: Samantha is a lesbian experiencing relationship problems who, after getting hammered at a party, partakes in a one-night stand with a male stranger. Racked with guilt, she tries her hardest to keep this from her partner, but in the meantime strange, inexplicable things start to happen to her body, and try as she may, she cannot do anything to stop this unfortunate process. Can Samantha find a way to save herself?

The Scoop: This film, written and directed by Eric England, was nominated for the Chicago International Film Festival’s Q-Hugo Film Award for LGBTQ films. It was hailed by a FearNet editor as, “…one of the most intriguing indie horror films I’ve seen this year.”

The Second Death – directed by Santiago Fernandez Calvete

Showing: November 2, 2013 @ 12:30 p.m. – Camelot Theater

Synopsis: Clueless on a gruesome case, a skeptical and lonely policewoman in a small village is guided by a newly arrived clairvoyance gifted boy, who claims that the murderer is the Virgin Mary.

The Scoop: Written and directed By Santiago Fernández Calvete – as well as filmed in Spanish with English subtitles – this foreign gem bravely takes on a religious subject matter with frightening intensity, “and pulls off risks with its narrative that many other films don’t even attempt,” comments Twitch Film. It was featured at Sitges Film Festival, Fantaspoa, and L’Etrange Festival.

Dead Weight – directed by Adam Bartlett & John Pata

Showing: November 2, 2013 @ 2:30 p.m. – Camelot Theater

Synopsis: Charlie Russell passes through the wilderness in the wake of an apocalyptic viral outbreak to reunite with his girlfriend, Samantha. As Charlie’s journey brings him closer to his destination of Wausau, Wisconsin, he must face physical exhaustion, malicious survivors, and perhaps most menacing, his own emotional burdens. With his newfound traveling companions, Charlie must attempt to break his obsessions with the past. He must learn to let it go.

The Scoop: Chilling, gripping, and haunting, Dead Weight boasts a flurry of awards and recognitions.  It won Best Feature, Writing, and Cinematography at the Madison Horror Film Festival 2013, awarded Best Editing at Elvira’s Horror Hunt 2012, and the Juror Award at the Central Wisconsin Film Festival.  The brainchild of writer and director, Adam Bartlett and John Pata, the film is hailed for its portrayal of such dark, unforgiving character.

Delivery – directed by Brian Netto

Showing: November 2, 2013 @ 5:30 p.m. – Camelot Theater

Synopsis: Delivery tells the story of Kyle and Rachel Massy, a young couple who agree to document their first pregnancy for a family-oriented reality show. The production spirals out-of-control after the cameras capture a series of unexplained events, leading Rachel to believe that a malevolent spirit has possessed their unborn child.

The Scoop: This film is every parent’s nightmare.  From the twisted mind of writers Brian Netto and Adam Shindler, and directed by Brian Netto, Delivery had the honor of premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2013.  It is slated to also show at Sitges Film Festival, Screamfest and the Telluride Horror Show, and Indiewire described it as, “a creepy-fun-scary flick that will leave you needing a hug, for sure.”

Here Comes The Devil – directed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano

Showing: November 2, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m. – Camelot Theater

Synopsis: A married couple loses their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be and that something terrifying has changed them.

The Scoop: Another foreign gem in the lineup of Feartastic, Here Comes The Devil is a Spanish-language film that played in the Toronto International Film Festival 2012, Fantastic Fest and the Sitges Film Festival. Written and directed by Adrián García Bogliano, the film itself has a little bit of everything for the horror fanatic.  This disturbing, noisy and odd feature will surely remain in your head for the rest of the evening.

In addition to screenings, Feartastic includes an insider look at the making and inspiration behind the scenes with panel discussions and opportunities to meet and greet with the filmmakers.  Tickets are available for individual events or via a special Full Festival Pass that includes VIP seating at all films, tickets to both panel discussions, one ticket to the post event cocktail party, and one ticket to BB’s Monster Rock Party (happening Halloween night at the new Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs). The Full Festival Pass is just $99. Individual tickets for each film and panel can be purchased for only $10. Tickets and information can be found at: www.feartastic.com and tickets can be purchased at The Camelot Theaters located at: 2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 · (760) 325-6565

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About Troupe Productions

Film Producers Kim Waltrip and Jim Casey, of Kim and Jim Productions, and Trini Garza, of Live It Up Productions, have created a multi-faceted entertainment company, Troupe Productions, LLC, headquartered in Palm Springs, California. Troupe Productions is a one-stop shop for all areas of musical entertainment management and production. The company manages musical artists, produces live events, musicals, fashion shows, festivals, and more. Their inaugural Palm Springs Fashion Weekend will debut at the new Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs Oct. 25-27, 2013, while their new live music theatrical experience, The Edge Series will debut in November with the high-energy show, Top Rock.

Written by Mitchell Wells

Founder and Editor in Chief of Horror Society. Self proclaimed Horror Movie Freak, Tech Geek, love indie films and all around nice kinda guy!!