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Indie News Bits: Gravedigger, From Above, Escaping the Dead, Jersey Devil, and More!

Indie News Bits: Gravedigger, From Above, Escaping the Dead, Jersey Devil, and More!

The past few days hase seen my inbox fill up with all sorts of Indie Beat stories and that's a great thing!  So today, I've rounded them all up into one convenient spot for you to enjoy.  So come inside to check out some movie trailers, posters, release dates, and more from the world of independent film!

Here at Cinelinx we like to talk about all aspects of filmmaking and movie news. To that end, we have Indie Beat where we highlight some of the latest news, trailers, and PR releases from the indie filmmaker scene.  So if you're an independent filmmaker and want some coverage on our site, be sure to drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

* The first official trailer for the Danish zombie apocalypse movie, Escaping the Dead, has been released. 

The film has its starting point in a typical day for the lead character, David. David is the local marihuana pusher, but he is the kind of dealer that smokes more than he sells. In the meantime the country has been hit by a new deathdrug and when David and his partner in crime Ahmir is offered some exceptionally cheap cocaine they see it as an opportunity to earn big money at the big techno concert the following Friday, but the cocaine turns out to have a terrible side effect that creates a giant zombie outbreak that spreads across the entire Copenhagen. In the film we follow David and his bloody fight out of the city.

Directed by Martin Sonntag and Bastian Brinch Pedersen, the film stars Bastian Brinch Pedersen (who is also the co-director and producer of the film) as David, Rama Øzel as Ahmir, along with Daniel Hutera, Ali Öezkan, Iben Ma Bønnelycke, Nicolai Huan Nguyen, Camilla Ludvigsen and Kim Sønderholm ("Blood Fare", "The Winedancers", "Sinister Visions") playing Lars the policeman.

Divine Tragedies

* Dual Visions will begin filming on their first feature film, a horror movie The Divine Tragedies, and have released this first poster to boot. 

Based loosely on the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case of 1924, it tells the tale of Charles Brubaker (played by Graham Denman, The Haunting of Whaley House) and his half-brother Thomas Lo Bianco (played by Jon Kondelik, Airplane Vs. Volcano), who concoct a deadly game to test their superior intelligence against the dimwitted masses. This game will eventually lead to murder, and when Genevieve, a beautiful single mother, enters their lives they finally find the perfect girl for their first kill. But, problems arise when they quickly discover that Detective Homer Gaul, a cop with a very special gift, is hot on their trail. 

"It's a serial killer film, but unlike anything you've ever seen before," says director Prendes. "I know people always say that, but I really think the film will back me up. It's American Psycho meets Videodrome, by way of John Carpenter. I wanted to make something that would really surprise people. Not just in a gory way, which is easy, but in a beautiful way. The same way a David Lynch movie can be beautiful and surprising."

The Case Of Mary Ford TRAILER from ben mole on Vimeo.

 

* The Case of Mary Ford gets a creepy looking trailer. 

It's adapted from the award winning short story by John Mole and tells the story of the Greek legend of the Vrykolakas, a vampire from the sea. "It combined period drama and the supernatural – two things I am consistently drawn to. I also liked that it wasn’t a traditional Western horror story but had an eastern mystique about it.", says director Ben Mole. 

Synopsis: New York City, 1913. Recent Greek immigrant Mary Ford is accused of killing her lover. Mary claims the real murderer is her husband. But her husband... is already dead. Her defense relies on the story of how she came to America. Her tale begins five thousand miles away in her birthplace in the old world, a village on the shores of the Black Sea in Greek Asia Minor. Here, a web of jealousy, intrigue, mystery, deceit, murder and finally escape leads us to a dramatic climax, in which love endures beyond the grave.

Jersey

* The upcoming comedy film, The Jersey Devil, has added some new cast members as it leads into a February production start date:

The film stars veteran actors Chris Mulkey (“Captain Phillips”, “Boardwalk Empire”,”Cloverfield”), David Chokachi (“Baywatch”), Jack Mulcahy (“The Brothers McMullen”,”Porky’s”) as well as Award Winning Actor Keith Collins (“The Meat Puppet”,”Gravedigger”), Award Winning Actress Penelope Lagos (“Stuck in the Middle”) and Joe Sernio (“All My Children”).

When his term limit comes up, Lucifer, the original Devil, must turn the reigns of Hell over to James Burnett. But Burnett has new plans for Hell that includes changing its' image and relocation. He enlists his Advocate, Richard Cooper and his beautiful sidekick Tori to find a new home for the damned. After an extensive search, they settle on New Jersey. As construction begins, James implements his plan to gather as many souls as possible so he can challenge the Kingdom. Meanwhile, Lucifer, with his wife Eve and Advocate Judas have arrived in Jersey to put an end to James' plans. After several failed attempts to stop him, Lucifer turns to a higher power for help.

“The Jersey Devil” and Jersey City, NJ are a match made in….HELL!! With the support of the FilmJC and the Mayor’s Office, filming will take place in several well-known locations including the Landmark Loews’s Jersey Theater and City Hall. Jersey City will provide a perfect backdrop for the hipper, more contemporary Hell.

“The Jersey Devil” is directed by two-time New York Emmy winner Joseph Pepitone(“Stuck in the Middle”). Written By, Joseph Pepitone and Billy Pepitone.  Produced by,Cory Green, Jeff Quinlan, Joseph Pepitone, Keith Collins. Executive Producers Michael Billy, Jarl Haugedal, Dorothy Fucito, Debbie Philips, Charles Anastasia, Larry Salvato, John Camera and Frank Sepe.

* Peter Greenaway's EISENSTEIN adds cast

South African actor Stelio Savante has joined the cast of Peter Greenaway’s highly anticipated Eisenstein in Guanajuato which begins filming in early 2014. Finnish actor Elmer Back is attached to star as the pioneering Russian filmmaker about the short-lived but passionate love affair between Eisenstein and his guide in Mexico. The film highlights ten days during Eisenstein's stay in Mexico that shook his life up.

Savante will portray Hunter S Kimbrough, one of the financiers and producers of Eisenstein’s original venture that included meetings with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The film is produced by Bruno Felix and Femke Wolting through Dutch production company and distributor Submarine. Greenaway is a four time Palme d’Or nominee and best artistic contribution winner at Cannes.

From Above Trailer from Chasing Shakespeare on Vimeo.

 

From Above (previously known as Chasing Shakespeare) gets a VOD and DVD release on February 4

FROM ABOVE is Norry Niven's first feature film and it has already gained over 34 accolades from film festivals nation wide. FROM ABOVE is an endearing love story told through the flashbacks of William Ward played by Danny Glover (The Color Purple) as he recalls the loving memories he had with his beloved wife Venus. Visually striking, this is a narration that proves love can stand the test of time and adversity. 

Elements of Shakespeare's stories are woven into this beautiful and enchanting tale that details the beginning, end, and rebirth of a love affair between William (Danny Glover) and Venus )Tantoo Cardinal), a member of the mystical American Indian Lightning Clan. Through society, cultural circumstances, and family pressures conspire to keep them apart, a young William (Mike Wade) and Venus (Chelsea Ricketts) devise ways to meet and strengthen the bond between them. They find that despite his father's misgivings, and with the support of her guardian (Graham Greene), theirs is a love that transcends all obstacles.

Gravedigger

* The horror/thriller Gravedigger has released a new trailer and poster (click on the poster to view the trailer): 

Filmed in New Jersey, comes a disturbing, new twisted shock fest “Gravedigger”.  A sinister collaboration between the minds of Keith Collins (“Stuck in the Middle”,”The Meat Puppet”), Doug Bollinger (“Waltzing Anna”), Brandon Ruckdashel (“Co-ed Confidential”), the eerie ink of NY Emmy Award Winning Writer Joseph Pepitone & Billy Pepitone (“Stuck in the Middle”) and along with original music from guitar rock genius Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal ("Guns N' Roses") comes an intense horror/thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and the brink of insanity throughout a terrifying journey of paranoia.

Having a unique cast of a who’s who from TV personalities to sports players, reality stars, rock stars & many more, “Gravedigger” recently took home two coveted awards at the 2013 Downbeach Film Festival Atlantic City Cinefest for best Thriller Feature Film, NJ & Best Actor.

“Gravedigger” tells the story of Steve Borden (Collins) who is a brilliant, young criminal defense attorney. As junior partner in a local, high end law firm, he makes his living defending the indefensible. When a case gone horribly wrong haunts him, Borden’s conscience begins to send him into a guilt-ridden spiral. Police Chief George Orkin (McKeown) is the town’s top cop. With more bodies turning up buried, District Attorney Mike Ruble (Ruckdashel) suspects Orkin’s ties to crime boss Charles Muzzatti (Stoerback) may be the answer to the case. Now, Orkin must deal with his own eroding sense of integrity to keep both sides of the law off his back. As paranoia rises and Borden, Orkin, Ruble & Muzzatti try to pin the murders on each other, could another, more sinister force be hunting them? Codes, morals and misguided views of justice collide when the law, the mob and the Gravedigger face off in a bloody battle that will darken the survivor’s souls forever. But will burying the guilty, bury the Gravedigger’s own guilt?

-Jordan

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