I have got to make it to this next year!!
We got some info on Pollygrind Film Festival from the director Chad Clinton Freeman. Looks like this year will be a fun time!! Check it out below…
When Frank S. Petrilli’s Play Hooky plays the fifth annual PollyGrind Film Festival in Las Vegas at 1 a.m. on October 19, it will be more than just another late night picture show for festival founder and director Chad Clinton Freeman.
The screening officially debuts the PollyGrind Presents distribution label with Wild Eye Releasing and will close what Freeman is calling the genre friendly film festival’s event that almost wasn’t.
“It’s been a crazy year,” Freeman said. “We got a record number of entries, lots of great content, and the distribution partnership with Wild Eye is finally happening after a few years of working on it, but finding sponsors and finding a venue for the event itself has been such a struggle.”
PollyGrind 5: Victory will take place at the Galaxy Luxury+ Theatres in Green Valley on Thursday and then move to Hell Town Studios and Back Lot Friday, before going into the wee hours at the zombie themed pizza bar The End on Saturday.
“I had a couple of potential venues, and planned Hell Town and The End as after parties,” Freeman said. “Eventually, I secured and paid for a movie theatre to host screenings all three days. But then they decided they weren’t a fan of the event’s content and they pulled the plug just seven days before hand.”
Banned in his own city, Freeman and company had to scramble quick, but eventually were able to book at Galaxy Theatres and expanded on what was originally planned at the other two venues.
“PollyGrind has always been about making something out of nothing, and turning negatives into positives,” Freeman said. “I’ve always said creativity bests everything else. It’s hard, and trust me, it was so hard for me, but when all hope is gone, you have to hustle, fight and grind to make it happen. That’s what this year’s event has truly become about and that’s what Play Hooky represents.”
The no budget found footage film Play Hooky will get an Oct. 21 release on DVD and VOD. It won Most Innovative Film and Best Poster when it world premiered at PollyGrind in 2012. Wicked Channel has called it “the best found footage film of 2014.”
The DVD release of Play Hooky will exclusively feature hours of bonus features: a feature length commentary with the director, cast and crew, an introduction by Freeman, two short films, bonus scenes, trailers, and an alternate ending.
Wild Eye Releasing has been a sponsor of PollyGrind since 2011. They’ve given distribution contracts and consultations to winners the past two years and are doing the same this year.
“Wild Eye and PollyGrind are very much on the same page in many regards,” Freeman said. “We both look for different and exciting projects, regardless if they’re grindhouse, arthouse, horror or whatever, and really like to discover and help new and upcoming talent.”
Wild Eye Releasing is also sponsoring a free distribution panel for a third year, hosting a free Special Wild Eye Showcase and presenting day three, which is being promoted as The End at The End.
The Distribution Shark Tank takes place Oct. 16 at 10 p.m. It will be hosted by Wild Eye CEO Rob Hauschild and feature grindhouse legend Ted V. Mikels and cult filmmaker Glen Coburn of Whacked Movies.
The Wild Eye Releasing showcase film will be at 8:30 p.m. on October 18. It will be the U.S. premiere of Shawn Holmes’ Memory Lane, a sci-fi drama made for $300. The showcase is part of The End at The End, a free event that will also feature screenings of Matt Johnson’s exploitation feature Lust of the Vampire Girls and live performances by the cinematic rock outfit Angular Gyrus and the rap duo MC Randumb & Jewish Dave.
Wild Eye Releasing has been called a modern day New World Pictures that “digs deep into the world of independent films to find the gems” and specializes in creating mainstream opportunities for low budget films made outside of the system. Their eclectic library includes The Perfect House, The Story of Rock N’ Roll Comics, The Turnpike Killer, Night of the Living Dead Reanimated, Showgirls 2, The Disco Exorcist, and many more.
World premieres at PollyGrind this year will include Video Rahim’s punk rock documentary Rebel Scum, Justin Decloux’s action comedy splatterfest Teddy Bomb, Daniel Ray’s creepy doll found footage film Heidi, G. Correli’s cinema vérité piece The Beauty Strip, Todd Sheets’ experimental found footage project Spirits, and the World of Death Special Short Film Showcase: PollyGrind Edition.
Rounding out the features will be the west coast premiere of Stuart Simpson’s Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla and the RXSM Film Exchange Showcase featuring Love Child and See You Next Tuesday, as well as Hi-8: Horror Independent 8, an anthology directed by Sheets, and other 90s straight to video legends such as Ron Bonk, Donald Farmer, Marcus Koch, Tony Masiello, Tim Ritter, Chris Seaver, and Brad Sykes.
There will be red carpet photo opportunities for all of the films.
Plans are for a final night before Halloween with the world premiere of Albert Pyun’s The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper, followed by a special sneak peek of Cyborg Nemesis. The night will also feature some of the best shorts of the festival and the audience is encouraged to come in Halloween costumes.
Pyun was so upset the first venue canceled, he stepped in and helped put Freeman in touch with the vice president of Galaxy Theatres
“In what it considered its darkest hour, PollyGrind lived its motto,” Pyun said. “Hustle! Fight! Grind! It’s a valuable lesson to real independent filmmakers. You got to take on all the challenges and not stand on the sidelines. Glad I had a small part in PollyGrind’s miracle. And it’s nice to give back to the festival in my small way.”
An international film festival steeped in artistic freedom, PollyGrind celebrates individuality, diversity, creativity, and empowerment by showcasing the work of filmmakers with defiantly independent visions. Named one of 2014’s “50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker, PollyGrind has seen its official selections earn distribution deals from Lionsgate, Sundance, Showtime, IFC Midnight and a slew of other reputable outlets.
“I always subtitle each year of the festival,” Freeman said. “This year I named it PollyGrind 5: Victory early on in a fun and cautionary homage to the Jackson’s Victory Tour. But after the blood, sweat and tears that has gone into this year’s event, the fact this fifth installment is actually happening and the DVD release is launching with a company I very much respect and have been building a strong working relationship with for years, this really is a victory.”
Watch and download the event’s new teaser here:
The Fifth Annual International
PollyGrind Film Festival
POLLYGRIND 5: VICTORY
All screenings are subject to be changed, rearranged and have additions or cancellations
Red Carpet photo opportunities available all day at each location
OPENING DAY & NIGHT
AT GALAXY LUXURY+ THEATRES GREEN VALLEY
4500 E Sunset Rd #10, Henderson, NV 89014
Screenings are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
2 p.m. – West Coast Premiere, Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla (85m, Australia) dir. by Stuart Simpson
w/ Short, O Corpo (15m, Brazil) dir. by Rodrigo Lopes de Barros
w/ Short, The Return (10m, U S A) dir. by Deana Hennington
4 p.m. – World Premiere, Rebel Scum (96m, U S A) dir. by Video Rahim
w/ Short, The Small Stuff (3m, U S A) dir. by Andrea Capere
w/ Short, Hellixium (12m, U S A) dir. by Rick Barcode
w/ Music Video, Broken Circuits by David Rosen (3m, U S A) dir. by Connor Hayden Biddle
6 p.m. – World Premiere, Teddy Bomb (75m, Canada) dir. by Justin Decloux
w/ Short, Penance (27m, U S A) dir. Joe Lujan
w/ Short, She-Devils PGH (13m, U S A) dir. by Sarah Kaili Chamizo
8 p.m. – World Premiere, Heidi (90m, U S A) dir. by Daniel Ray
w/ Short, Killer App (1m, U S A) dir. by Elizabeth Herrick
w/ Music Video, Shoot 4 The Sky by Doms Gauge (4m, U S A) dir. by Jake Stark
w/ Short, Black Mask (15m, U S A) dir. by Alex Colonna
w/ Webisode, Ms. Vampy’s Love Bites (4m, U S A) dir. by Staci Layne Wilson
FREE WILD EYE RELEASING EVENT!
10 p.m. – Wild Eye Releasing Third Annual Panel – “The Distribution Shark Tank,” hosted by Wild Eye CEO Rob Hauschild, featuring grindhouse legend Ted V. Mikels and Glen Coburn of Whacked Movies
w/ Announcement of screenplay contest winners
w/ Promo, Art Free World (3m, U S A) dir. by Sarah Lew
w/ Teaser, Paranormal Extremes: Text Messages from the Dead (8m, U S A) dir. Ted V. Mikels
w/ Music Video, If Only Tonight I Could Sleep by David Rosen (5m, U S A) dir. by Douglas Farra
w/ Short, The Gradations of Purgatory (4m, U S A) dir. by Douglas Farra
w/ Trailer, Ch05En (2m, U S A) dir. by Douglas Farra
w/ Webisode, Paranormal Encounters: A Haunting in Rialto (26m, U S A) dir. by Connor Hayden Biddle and Julie Krystina Biddle
AT HELL TOWN
6425 W. Richmar Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89139
PollyGrind Goes to Hell…Town
Tickets are $12 for all night
Snacks and refreshments will be available to purchase
6 p.m. – World Premiere, The Beauty Strip (58m, U S A) dir. by G. Correli
w/ Short, Studies in Silence: 3. Domesticating Wild Things (2m, U S A) dir. by Whitney Johnston
w/ Short, Dance of the Books (4m, U S A) dir. by Lorena Fernandez
w/ Short, Go North (22m, U S A) dir. by Vanita Shastry
7:20 p.m. – Short, Forgive Me (30m, U S A) dir by. Nicholas Lamoreux
8 p.m. – Short, Naked Zombie Girl (28m, U S A) dir. Rickey Bird Jr.
8:30 p.m. – RXSM Film Exchange Showcase, Nevada Premiere, Love Child (75m, U S A) dir. by Valerie Veatch
w/ Music Video, All Mine by The Dames (4m, Australia), dir. by Donna McRae & Michael Vale
w/ Music Video, Everything was Legendary with Robert by Dave Graney (4m, Australia), dir by Donna McRae & Michael Vale
10 p.m. – RXSM Film Exchange Showcase, Nevada Premiere, See You Next Tuesday (82m, U S A) dir. by Drew Tobia
w/ Short, Jonathan’s Chest (15m, U S A) dir. by Christopher Radcliff
w/ Short, One Armed Man (27m, U S A) dir. by Tim Guinee
7 p.m. – World Premiere, Spirits (76m, U S A) dir. by Todd Sheets
w/ Short, Quintipus (8m, Canada) dir. by Victoria Angell
w/ Short, No Pets Allowed (16m, U S A) dir. Nadine L’Esperance
9 p.m. – World Premiere Event, World of Death Special Short Film Showcase: PollyGrind Edition
w/ Short, The Last Halloween (10m, Canada) dir. by Marc Roussel
w/ Webisode, Bad Guys, Episode 2: 9:47AM (12m, U S A) dir. by Vincent McLean
w/ Music Video, Violence Done Well (4m, Norway) dir. by Maida Hals
w/ Short, Deimon Medicine720 (4m, U S A) dir. by Jose Amador
11:30 p.m. – Webisode, GG13: The Haunted World of Claire Wilmenson (30m, United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, U S A) dir. by Dustin Austen, Emmy Johnson, Nicole Duff, and Savannah Salmons
w/ Trailer, Poultrygeist (2m, U S A) dir. by Lisa Jay
w/ Trailer, Mother Teresa, Monster Killer (3m, U S A) dir. by John Semper Jr.
w/ Trailer, Screwwolf (2m, U S A) dir. by Maria Isabel Burnes
w/ Music Video, Gimme the Sweet and Lowdown (3m, Ukraine) dir. by Vira Ishchuk and Olga Ishchuk
w/ Music Video, Pretty in the Dark (4m, Canada) dir. by Herman Wang
12:30 a.m. – Nevada Premiere, Hi-8: Horror Independent 8 (98m, U S A) dir. by Ron Bonk, Donald Farmer, Marcus Koch, Tony Masiello, Tim Ritter, Chris Seaver, Todd Sheets & Brad Sykes
w/ Short, La Marea (15m, U S A) dir. by Gabriela Lozada Pozo
w/ Short, Cask of Amontillado (10m, U S A) dir. by Jeff Freeman
w/ Short, Pity (7m, U S A) dir. by John Pata
w/ Short, Domina (10m, U S A) dir. by Justin Staggs
THE END AT THE END
FREE WILD EYE RELEASING EVENT!
AT THE END
4821 Spring Mountain Rd Suite G, Las Vegas, Nevada
Wild Eye Releasing Presents The End at The End
Cinematic Rock – Movies – Pizza – Beer – Murda!
8 p.m. – Angular Gyrus – LIVE!
8:30 p.m. – Wild Eye Releasing Third Annual Special Showcase, U.S. Premiere, Memory Lane (70m, U S A) dir. by Shawn Holmes
w/ Short, Cassandra (14m, France, U S A) dir. by Guy-Roger Duvert
w/ Short, Nayan and the Evil Eye (8m, Canada) dir. by Shaleen Sangha
10 p.m. – MC Randumb & Jewish Dave – LIVE!
10:30 p.m. – Short, Gift That Kept Giving (22m, USA) dir. by Trey McGriff
w/ Short, The Milkman (6m, U S A) dir. by Douglas Farra and Yevgeniy Zakharkin
11 p.m. – Lust of the Vampire Girls (77m, U S A) dir. by Matt Johnson
w/ Medium Film, The Sex Doll She-Bitch (35m, U S A) dir. by Jaison H. Costley
w/ Short, The Makeover (2m, Canada) dir. by Dara Jade Moats
w/ Short, Me X Infinity (7m, Canada) dir. by Kate Niemuller
1 a.m. – PollyGrind Rewind, DVD Release Celebration, Play Hooky (70m, U S A) dir. by Frank S. Petrilli
w/ Short, 32 (6m, U S A) dir. by Daren McCoy
AT GALAXY LUXURY+ THEATRES GREEN VALLEY
8 p.m. – World Premiere, The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper (70m, U S A) dir. by Albert Pyun
w/ Special Sneak Peek, Cyborg Nemesis (10m, U S A) dir. by Albert Pyun
w/ Awards presentation