Chad Archibald directed, co-produced, and wrote the original screen story for Black Fawn Films’ Bite, the Opening Night Feature for Buffalo Dreams this year. Bite had its world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival, where it generated a tremendous amount of buzz, and we are proud to bring this terrifying story of body horror to our festival patrons. The Buffalo premiere of Bite is not to be missed!
Christopher G. Giroux is one of the producers of Bite, and returns to Buffalo Dreams after a successful screening of The Drownsman, which took home our Best Horror Feature award last year. Black Fawn Films is rapidly becoming one of the most important production companies for quality horror films.
Isaac Ezban returns to Buffalo Dreams for a special retrospective of his work, including his short film Cosas Feas (“Nasty Stuff“) which screened at Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival, and his critically heralded debut feature, EL Incidente/The Incident, which is received our awards for Best Director, Best International Feature and Best Science Fiction Feature. In addition, Isaac received our highest honor for a filmmaker, the George Pal Visionary Award. We are proud to give Buffalonians another opportunity to experience these extraordinary films on a big screen.
Debbie Rochon is well known for her impressive body of work as an actress, including appearances in over 200 independent films. She is well known to Buffalo horror fans, having appeared in several films produced here, including Slime City Massacre, Dry Bones and The Legend of Six Fingers. Now she returns in a new role: as the director of Model Hunger, a horror thriller starring Lynn Lowry and Tiffany Shepis, filmed in Buffalo! Debbie will be on hand for the film’s Buffalo premiere.
Megan Riakos makes her fist trip to Buffalo Dreams, all the way from Australia, to screen the outstanding mystery thriller Crushed. Bio:
Megan Riakos is a Screenwriter and Director with a passion for telling stories that engage and provoke. She recently completed her debut feature film Crushed, a mystery thriller set in a vineyard. Her short films range from the psychological thriller The Shed to the 1930’s crime drama 50-50 and even an experimental dance film The Eye of the Beholder. Her tastes are eclectic but it’s the love of telling a good story no matter the genre that attracts Megan the most.
Megan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Media Arts and Production) at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and has completed both a Graduate Certificate in Screen Drama (Writing and Directing) and a Graduate Diploma in Directing at the prestigious Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). During 2012-13, she also completed the Professional Screenwriters Program at UCLA.
Megan will be releasing her feature Crushed in 2015 and is currently in development on her second feature.
Mike French is the writer-director of the baseball film Pete’s All Stars, and he’s visiting us from San Francisco. Born and raised in Orinda CA, Mike French has had a passion for filmmaking his entire life. After dropping out of film school to pursue a writing opportunity adapting the non-fiction book “The Warrior Elite” by Dick Couch, Mike worked at several production companies in Hollywood before finally returning to the Bay Area in 2007. After finishing film school at the Academy of Arts in San Francisco and acting in the independent short film “The Bridge” in 2010, Mike embarked on making “Pete’s All-Stars,” his first feature film. In addition to assuming the directing duties, Mike also wrote the screenplay and acted in the film.’/
Todd Farley joins us from Australia to screen the hilarious short Therapy!
Bears Fonte joins us from Austin, Texas to screen his short Roadside Assistance.
Buffalo filmmakers Aceifer and Fawn Genovese co-write, co-direct and co-produce The Outlaw: The Living Comic Book, an ongoing film series available on Amazon about Sixx, a cast out demon fighting the forces of evil on Earth. The films combine heavy metal music, erotica and action in a manner best described as experimental. Every time we’ve screened a new installment, the audience has gone bananas over it!
Paige K. Davis, Director of Business Development for Alternative Cinema/POP Cinema Studios, one of the leading distributors of indie genre films, returns as our gueast again, and AC as our sponsor. Paige has acquired several films which screened at our festival. This is a chance for filmmakers to speak to her ace to face, one on one, about their projects, and to ask her about the marketplace.
Horror novelist Anthony Izzo serves as the judge of our Original Unproduced Screenplay competition. Please follow Anthony at: http://www.anthonyizzo.com/
MORE TO COME
Three ingredients make a successful film festival: films, filmmakers, and audience members. This year we’re pleased that a number of out of town filmmakers will be joining our local filmmakers to make this year’s festival something special for our audience members. Network, share and support!
For the fourth year in a row, our special guest is Paige K. Davis, Director of Development for Alternative Cinem/POP Cinema Studios, our Distributor Sponsor. Last year, Paige acquired Animosity, Blood Marsh Krackoon and My Fair Zombie, all of which screened at Buffalo Dreams. We are the only film festival in Buffalo which has a Distributor Sponsor. Other films from local filmmakers released by AC include Slime City, Snow Shark: Ancient Snow Beast, The Legend of Six Fingers and Dry Bones. Once again, Paige will conduct an illuminating workshop on Indie Film Distribution, exclusively for attending festival filmmakers, Day Pass and All Festival Pass holders. The workshop will be held from 10 am – noon on Saturday, November 8th in the TV studio of WBBZ, home of our sponsor Off Beat Cinema. The talk will also be open to past attending filmmakers of the fest. Only a fool would miss it! WBBZ is located in the Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, just like our venue, the Eastern Hills Cinema,.
Our Opening Night Film n Friday Nov. 7th is the Gala Premiere of The Romans. We expect director Korey Green, executive producer Larry Quinn, cinematographer Matt Quinn, and several members of the cast to be in attendance for a post screening Q&A. The premiere is at 7 pm.
Our other Friday Feature is the spaghetti western 6 Bullets to Hell, and co-writer/co-director/co-star Tanner Beard is expected to attend for a Q&A (all Q&As are tentative, and subject to filmmaker availability).
On Saturday, 11/8, someone from the Canadian horror feature The Drownsman is expected to attend their screening for a Q&A. They haven’t told us who yet… In any case, the film is genuinely terrifying no matter who represents.
NYC area filmmakers Jerry Landi and Rafael DeLeon will be showing their shorts Demonic Frequency and Teasers. Jerry screened both Krackoon films for us, and we’ve shown a few of Rafael’s shorts; this is his frst scheduled appearance.
Horror-thriller-comedy author Jeff Strand screens his outrageous comedy short film Gave Up the Ghost, which was just released as part of the Creepers anthology. Okay, this was produced and directed by festival co-director Greg Lamberson, but it’s not in competition!
Brett Kelly (My Fair Zombie) is also making a return appearance. Brett is a professional filmmaker from Ottawa, and has built a large body of work in a relatively short period of time. He’s screening his side splitting comedy Spyfall, which will have you laughing out loud, but he has plenty of info to share about all of the many genres he’s worked in.
Lynne Hansen, who wrote the screenplay for last year’s zombie short He’s Not Looking So Great, returns with her directorial debut, the zombie short Chomp. Or is it?
Local filmmaker Kenneth Yung screens his moody dark comedy short A Malevolent Moon.
Another returning filmmaker, Isaac Ezban, is our Special Guest. Isaac screened his amazing short, Cosas Feas, for our preceding festival, Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival, and now he’s back with his equally amazing debut feature, El Incidente/The Incident, which is playing at major film festivals around the world. Isaac is on the precipice of major success, and we’re lucky to have him back for what we’re sure will be a fascinating Q&A.
Local filmmaker Hernan Caraballo is a double threat with the zombie short Rollergirl and the vampire feature Mostly Dead.
Ryan Bellgardt (there is no “s” like there is in the program…) has created one of the wildest and most enjoyable films we’ve ever screened, Army of Frankensteins, and he’ll be here to tell you all about it! This film really deserves to be seen on a big screen – and we have just the ticket!
Hope Muehlbauer was only 13 years old when she shot Zombie Kids: The Movie. Buffalo Dreams is proud to screen Hope’s first film on a big screen, because we know she’s got a long career ahead of her.
Alex Drummond wrote and directed a wicked horror satire called The Shower that you’re going to love.
Local filmmakers Julian Dickman and John Renna make their Buffalo Dream debut as directors – co-directors! – of Julian’s script fr the zombie short Sepulcher.
Niagara Falls filmmaker Ken Consentino, who made his feature film debut with Crimson: The Motion Picture, now screens the zombie epic WiTHiN, which he co-wrote with Jon Ferrari and Ryan Gravell.
What’s worse than a double threat? A triple threat! Aceifer Genovese is showing three films at Buffalo Dreams this year: his music videos The Outlaw: Theme Song and Ace in the Hole: Enthralled, and his medium length film The Outlaw: Evil Women, his biggest Outlaw extravaganza yet!
Kellen Pembleton screens his third film at Buffalo Dreams, Stolen from Society, and it’s by far his best. Our festival believes in supporting new talent and watching it grow.
Brandyn T. Williams recently completed producing the horror feature Dwelling, and stars in the feature in A Grimm Becoming. He wrote and directed the drama Scope of Practice, which makes its film festival debut at Buffalo Dreams.
Writer-director Matthew Lorentz and producer Bobby Gott screen their coming of age feature B.O.Y.D. It’s a really good movie.
Rhonda Parker wrote and directed her debut feature, the romantic comedy Friends Don’t Let Friends – Date Friends, as her college thesis film. Buffalo Dreams is proud to support emerging talent.
Rochester filmmaker Will Graver directed the music video Find a Little Boogie.
Joe Blodgett directed the hell out of a book trailer for Lou Rera‘s novel Sign.
Andrew Nixon co-wrote and co-produced Elizabeth Bathory with his sister Elizabeth, who directed, and Tilke Hill, who stars. Elizabeth Bathory is a self contained psychological thriller, and a model of low budget filmmaking.
Drew Thomas wrote and directed our Closing Night feature Channeling. It is a fast paced, action packed science fiction film with an ingenious “look” at a world in which anyone wearing a special contact lens HD camera has his own “channel.” Slick and professionally executed, with car chases that rival those in the Fast and the Fuious films.
Our Attending Flmmakers for 2014 will be announced in October 2014!
Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival is not a convention; we don’t have guests sitting at tables all day trying to sell DVDs. The filmmakers who attend our festival do so at their own expense, to show their work, interact with the audience, and engage fellow filmmakers. The directors and volunteers of Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival are proud that so many filmmakers are joining us for this year’s event! The festival provides a great opportunity for new and aspiring filmmakers – and film fans – to interact and network with established and up and coming genre pros. The best thing you can do is attend the screenings of their films, discuss the films, and thank the filmmakers for coming. These filmmakers are our Guests of Honor.
Paige K. Davis, from our distributor Sponso alternative Cinema.
Visiting Feature Filmmakers
Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Entertainment will present an Exclusive Sneak Preview of Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1 on Saturday, November 9th at 9:30 pm (a short film will precede the feature at 9:20). This is the first time the finished film has screened anywhere. After the screening, Lloyd will do a Q&A with the audience. At Lloyd’s request, all proceeds from this special event will benefit the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center (NACC). Buffalo Dreams will honor Lloyd with our Dedication to Excellence in Independent Filmmaking Award at our awards presentation.
Bendan Steere, the screenwriter and director of Animosity (executive produced by Roy Frumkes) is expected to attend with star Tracy Willet.
Brett Kelly (The Bonesetter, The Scarab: Avenginbg Force) returns to Buffalo to screen the hilarious musical comedy My Fair Zombie. He will be accompanied by Peter Whittaker, an actor in the film.
Jerry Landi, director of Krackoon, returns to screen Bloodmarsh Krackoon, along with producer Marc J. Makowski and stars Sal Amore and Martin Vanihel.
Simon Pearce journeys from the UK to screen his amazing directorial debut, Judas Ghost.
Ryan M. Andrews crosses the Canadian border to screen his sharp, twisty zombie opus Sick: Survive the Night.
Fellow Canadians Geoff Klein and Melissa Mira, co-producers/co-directors of the intense slasher film Pinup Dolls on Ice, will be here to pick up the pieces after screening their film.
Writer-director Don Thacker visits us from Chicago to screen the wild cult film Motivational Growth, a surefire film for fans of John Dies at the End.
Jon Keeyes, plans to attend the screening of his excellent thriller Nightmare Box.
Writer-producer Mel House and director Chris Warren will be here to attend the world premiere of their film Imago.
We expect more confirmations as we draw closer to the festival!
Visiting Short Filmmakers
YA novelist and now screenwriter Lynne Hansen escapes late Florida Fall to screen the zombie short He’s Not Looking So Great with director Gregory G. Kurczynski.
Steven Lang, the writer-director of Motel Charlie, is coming to town.
Scott Perry, creator of the In Fear Of series of horror shorts, returns to Buffalo to screen his latest, Merinthophobia: Fear of Being Bound or Tied Up. Cinematographer Steven-Mark Glassner joins him.
Writer-producer Kelly Michael Stewart, founder of Toronto’s Blood in the Snow film festival, and director Navin Ramaswaran will have the World Premiere of their short One More for the Road.
Darren Hutchings, producer and DP of the hilarious killer puppet short Tasha and Friends is joining us.
Local Feature Filmmakers
Native Western New Yorker, director Raymond Guarnieri, and producer Joel Resnikoff represent Queen City in the excellent local feature Buffalo Boys.
Festival co-director Gregory Lamberson and Michae; O’Hear present Dry Bones (non-competition).
Sam Qualiana will screen The Legend of Six Fingers, filmed in Royalton, New York (non-competition).
Jordan Warner presents Constant Angel
Local Short Filmmakers
Brianna Blank presents the animated Kiva.
Robert Gott presents Broken Wings
Will Graver presents Mirror Lake
Kellen Pembleton presents Wormchild 2: Fresh Flesh
Chris Rados presents His Name is Clownface
Mick Thomas presents Rhythm
Louis Winters presents Undead Playground
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