Press Release forÂ THE DARK MATTERS FILMÂ FESTIVALÂ
FESTIVALÂ PREMIERES IN ALBUQUERQUE, MAY 16-19, 2013
“Get ready to embrace the Darkness. Albuquerque is about to play host to New Mexico’s first genre-specific film festival dedicated entirely to horror, science-fiction, dark fantasy and black comedy. The first annual Dark Matters Film Festival is set to rise from the slabÂ May 16-19. The inaugural fest will take place at the Guild Cinema (3405 Central) in Nob Hill and includes 12 features and 14 short films from as far away as Spain, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, France and Italy and as close to home as right here in New Mexico.
Things kick off onÂ Thursday, May 16, with the official launch party, a Zombie Dance at Sister Bar in Downtown Albuquerque. This event starts atÂ 8 p.m.Â and will feature a costume contest, a zombie moan-off and an undead makeup booth for those who arrive with a too-lively skin complexions. Live musical acts will play throughout the evening, including local bands Hoverbourd, First Lovve, Lindy Vision, Get Action and You. Tickets are $5 at the door.
OnÂ Friday, May 17, Special Guests Tyler Mane and Renae Geerlings will have an autograph signing at Astro-Zombies in Nob Hill fromÂ 4 to 6 p.m.Â Mane is a former professional wrestler who has moved in to film, starring as the villainous Sabretooth in theÂ X-MenÂ movie and as iconic killer Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’sÂ HalloweenÂ andÂ Halloween II. Geerlings is a longtime editor at Top Cow Comics and Radical Publishing. She co-wrote, co-produced and co-stars in the new filmÂ Compound FractureÂ (www.compoundfracturethemovie.
Films will screen all dayÂ Saturday, May 18, and all-dayÂ Sunday, May 19. Among the highlights are Scott Schirmer’s coming-of-age serial killer dramaÂ Found, Jeremy Gardner’s zombie apocalypse buddy filmÂ The Battery, the insanely over-the-top revenge flickÂ Adam Chaplin: Violent AvengerÂ and a special advanced preview of Magnet Releasing’s anthology filmÂ V/H/S/2. Several New Mexico-made film will be screened over the course of the weekend, including Michael Perez’ â€œSteam-Powered Showdown,â€ Tim McClelland’s â€œMonstrous Ballad of the Favorite Foolâ€ (both of which are featured in the Sci-fi/Dark Fantasy Shorts). Jefford Herndon’s â€œThe Giftâ€ and David Valdez’ â€œBloody Birthdayâ€ get showcased in the Horror Shorts block. And Peter Grendle’s Santa Fe-lensed featureÂ Blood SoakedÂ is this year’s New Mexico Showcase film.
Dark Matters is the brainchild of Festival Director Roberto Appicciafoco (Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Cine Magnifico), Programming Director Devin O’Leary (Guild’sÂ MidnightÂ Movie Madness screenings,Â Alibi‘s Short Film Fiesta) and Development Director Brennan Foster. It came together only with the generous help and contributions of major sponsors like New Mexico Tourism Department , Bernalillo County, Stranger Factory, the Albuquerque Film Office and the Guild Cinema.
Tickets ($10 general, $8 students and military w/ I.D.), four-film punch cards ($35) and all-festival passes ($60) are available online now atÂ www.darkmattersfilmfest.com. Tickets and passes may also be purchased in-person at Stranger Factory (109 Carlisle Blvd. NE).
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