It’s a great weekend, horror fans! This weekend, Ross Morin’s A PECULIAR THUD will screen at three film festivals. Tomorrow night, the film will be screening at the 17th annual Cape Fear Independent Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina (http://www.cfifn.org). The same night, we’ll be screening at the seventh annual International Horror Hotel Film Festival and Convention in Hudson, Ohio (http://www.horrorhotel.net/film-screenings.html) where the film has won an Honorable Mention. The weekend wraps up on Sunday when A Peculiar Thud will be screening at the sixth annual Film Festival of Columbus (http://filmfestivalofcolumbus.com/schedule).
Deadpoint, aka the prequel to my award-winning feature film, A Wheel out of Kilter, has been accepted to the 2017 Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase where it will screen in July. I co-wrote Deadpoint with Matthew Herbertz two years ago and edited it last year; we're proud it's heading to Texas. Thanks, FWIFS!
A Peculiar Thud has been accepted to the 20th annual Long Island International Film Expo where it will screen this summer in the second week of July. Check out the link to their site for more details. The LIIFE was called "one of the top 25 coolest film festivals in the world" by Movie Maker magazine and we couldn't be more proud to have been selected. Thanks, LIIFE!
A Peculiar Thud took home the award for Best Horror Short at the Southeast New England Film Music and Arts Festival in Providence, RI this weekend. I was at the screening and for the q&a and met a lot of great people. Thanks to Don and Phil and the rest of your team at SENEfest!
We are happy to announce that A Peculiar Thud is an official selection of the Film Festival of Columbus in Ohio. We've spent some time in Ohio (many of us are alums of Ohio University in Athens) and we are proud to be returning to the awesome city of Columbus. Thanks, FFCOL!
A Peculiar Thud is an official selection of the Southeast New England Film, Music & Arts Festival in Providence, RI. Congrats to the team and thanks to SENE! A bunch of crew will be there in attendance. Check out http://www.kilteredproductions.com/screenings.html for details on upcoming screenings.
Today I achieved the greatest success of my entire career: I was informed that I will be granted promotion and tenure by Connecticut College. I began applying for jobs in academia in 2007, and today, I can let go of the worry of having to do it again. I can make Connecticut my home.
I am deeply grateful to and thankful for my family, friends, teachers, and colleagues who helped me get here, and without whom, I’m not sure I would have made it. Most of all - tenure means nothing without their love and support that makes my life possible, worth it, meaningful, and beautiful.
A Peculiar Thud is an official selection of the Short to the Point International Short Film Festival in Romania! Congrats to my team and thanks, Short to the Point!
Last night, A Wheel out of Kilter won Best Feature Film at the Macabre Faire Film Festival in New York!
The entire festival was awesome. I got to meet some amazing filmmakers, writers, and producers, do some interviews with New York press, and see some great scary films.
The star of the festival is the director herself, Elsie. Elsie has been running this festival despite going through chemotherapy for stage 4 breast cancer. She is a vibrant, beautiful personality, full of compassion, humor, and vulgarity. She's as shocking as she is inspiring and everyone fell in love with her immediately. Elsie (and your team), I am so thankful to you for accepting my film, nominating it for no less than seven awards, and eventually awarding it with your top prize.
Here are a few pictures from the evening--
Above: Elsie congratulates me after the awards ceremony. I love this woman.
Below: Some shots of me being interviewed on the red carpet.
Finally, below, you can watch some excerpts from the award ceremony where they announce Best Feature Film. Apologies to my fellow nominees, whose names and films I've removed from this edit for the sake of time.
A Peculiar Thud has been accepted to its first film festival - the 18th annual DC Independent Film Festival - where it will be screening next month!
The festival is very selective and it is an honor to have been accepted. It's the first festival I've heard back from too - perhaps this is indicative of a successful future for my newest film...?
Some of the team will be attending... more details soon.
Read more about it here: https://dciff-indie.org/2017/01/09/announcing-the-dciff-2017-shorts/
This coming weekend in Ronkonkoma, A Wheel out of Kilter is up for SEVEN awards!
Check out the webpage for this awesome festival http://www.macabrefairefilmfest.com/nominees-2017.html
We are up for:
Best Cinematography in a Feature (Matthew Herbertz & Ross Morin)
Best Editing in a Feature (Brian Newell & Ross Morin)
Best Sound in a Feature (Ross Morin)
Best Screenplay in a Feature (Ross Morin)
Best Actor in a Feature (Ross Morin)
Best Director in a Feature (Ross Morin)
I will be there at the gala to celebrate the nomination. Thank you, Macabre Faire!!
My first peer-reviewed journal came out today! My paper, "Trauma and Dissociation in All This Can Happen" was published in the International Journal of Screendance.
It's a free and open-source journal so you can read the article here.
Thanks to Claudia Kappenberg for putting this issue together and thanks, of course, to my friend David Hinton, co-creator of the film, All This Can Happen.
A great turnout for the premiere of A Peculiar Thud! Over 750 people at the State Theater in Portland, Maine turned out to see Damnationland 2016.
Me and Malcolm Mills - star of A Peculiar Thud.
A Peculiar Thud team members from left to right: Lindsay Sirois (sound), RJ Wilson (grip, Damnationland producer), Malcolm Mills (star), Ross Morin (writer/director), Kyle Clark (gaffer), Stuart Vyse (Assistant Director).
Me and Stuart Vyse - Assistant Director of A Peculiar Thud
Me and my two original producers - my parents