Flyway Film Festival 2009
Perry Lewnes and Ed Bishop interview (Redneck Zombies)
Gary King interview (New York Lately)
Craig Verian interview (Tonight of the Living Dead)
Jeff Coghlan interview (Pontypool)
Xan Aranda interview (Milking the Rhino)
Jamin Winans and Chris Kelly interview (Ink)
Lots of short films screening at Flyway from all over the globe.
HERE’S a smattering of a few I managed to catch.
Eight medical students on a ski trip to Norway discover that Hitler’s horrors live on when they come face to face with a battalion of undead Nazi soldiers intent on devouring anyone unfortunate enough to wander into the remote mountains where they were once sent to die. It’s Easter vacation, and what better way to spend the break than skiing down the isolated hills just outside of �ksfjord, Norway? After packing their cars with enough beer and ski equipment to ensure that a good time will be had by all, the students set out for their destination and prepare for a relaxing snowbound getaway. Shortly after arriving at their remote cabin, however, the students receive an unexpected visit from a rather suspicious hiker. According to their shady visitor, the Nazis occupied this territory during World War II. In the aftermath of their brutal raping and pillaging, the locals revolted, driving the few surviving Nazi soldiers — including their iron-fisted leader, Colonol Herzog — deep into the hills. Neither the soldiers nor their leader were ever seen again. Everyone in town assumed that they simply froze to death. But there’s something stirring out there in the trees, and it won’t be long until the unsuspecting students discover how the story really ends. (courtesy of Flyway)
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Rachel and Mary are 18 year old members of a strict conservative Laestadian community. Mary is wild and temperamental. Rachel is controlled and sensitive. In the home community it is forbidden to drink alcohol, watch movies or TV, wear make-up, listen to music, have premarital sex, or even just one simple kiss. These restrictions push Mary to escape the community, and explore the outside world. Rachel is sent to shadow and protect her. When the material and flesh oriented worlds clash with the innocence of the young girls they begin to explore the questions of morals, social values, love, friendship and makiing choices between God and one’s own desires. (courtesy of Flyway)
It’s a Wonderful Life meets Sin City in this high-concept visual thriller. John and Emma, father and daughter are thrust into a fantastical drean world battle in this allegorical tale of love, loss and the search for redemption. (courtesy of Flyway)
Drama following multiple characters as they weave through their daily lives struggling to find happiness. However, happiness to each of them is defined differently. Using New York as the backdrop, writer/director Gary King interweaves several unrelated tales into a larger tapestry that not only pulls viewers into these intimate day-to-day lives, but also draws on those interactions to show how we are not all that different from each other. (courtesy of Flyway and NYlately.com)
A small town in the grip of a mysterious frenzy. It may be Valentine’s Day, but today, however, as caustic radio personality Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) prepares for his regular routine of reading the weather, updating school closings, and pleading his case for a little on-air controversy to producer Sydney Bryer (Lisa Houle), the appearance of an unexpected figure signals the beginning of a disturbing phenomenon in the small town of Pontypool. By the time a riot breaks out in Dr. Mendez’s (Hrant Alianak) office, it’s obvious to Mazzy that the residents of Pontypool are suffering from a strange form of contagious dementia, but what has caused this bizarre outbreak and, more importantly, how can it be stopped?(courtesy of Flyway)
More of a “concert film” for the improv than a formal documentary, Trust Us, This Is All Made Up may find its most rewarding views in the eyes of folks who question the spontaneous nature of this particular genre of comedy performance. With Trust Us, director Alex Karpovsky really allows his subjects, improv comedians T.J. Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi, to control their time on screen as most of the film’s 83 minutes are taken up by a performance the duo put on in New York City. (courtesy of Flyway)