2017 NOLAHFF | SPECIAL GUESTS
Geretta Geretta is an African-American actress, director, screenwriter and producer. She has starred in such classic Italian horror films as Lucio Fulci's MurderRock, Bruno Mattei's Rats: Night of Terror and Shocking Dark, and Lamberto Bava's Demoni. She is currently working on her first novel, tentatively titled I Was Young and Needed Money, which chronicles her early years as a horror Scream Queen.
A filmmaker from Kirkland, Washington, Alex Salazar attended Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television and graduated with the Presidential Citation and a BA in Film & Television. He has directed several commercials, music videos, short films and works in the Assistant Director department in New Orleans, Louisiana. He's worked on over twenty films including Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, 22 Jump Street and Pitch Perfect 2 and several television shows like American Horror Story: Coven, American Horror Story: Freakshow and Zoo.
Chris Manson is a born and bred New Orleans filmmaker, raised on a healthy dose of horror and suspense films that led to an unhealthy obsession with cinema. Joining the film industry right after high school, Chris has worked on set as a locations assistant, camera operator, and sound man on many films and even worked for the St. Bernard Parish Film Commission where he helped bring productions to Louisiana. He is currently a producer with Good Form Productions and has begun development on projects that will provide viewers with the same thrills and chills that inspired his own passion for storytelling!
David Bush is known for his work on Olympus Has Fallen (2013), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) and Stolen (2012).
David Storm a.k.a. XXX Zombieboy XXX
David Storm is known for his books For Love of the Season and Roadkill.
Greg Sisco is the writer-director of the feature films Jesse Thunderwake: American Icon and Gunslinger, P.I. and a winner of the NYC Midnight Screenwriting Challenge in both 2014 and 2016. Published in both English and German, he is also the author of five novels, two of them Amazon bestsellers.
Jaanelle Yee is a Cuban-American writer and filmmaker from Miami, currently living in New York as a recent grad from the Masters Directing program at School of Visual Arts. Stuff she has directed ranges from short films, music videos, fundraiser trailers, glamour videography, and more. Her creative style explores themes of feminism in horror, mythology in modern settings, and plays on words taken literally to an absurd degree.
James Rewucki is the writer / director of the 2008 arthouse horror Aegri Somnia. Aegri Somnia received wide critical praise and was distributed internationally by R Squared films, it was selected as a list candidate for the 366 Best Weird Movies of All Time. James has been a DIY filmmaker for over 30 years, he also composes film music under the name Dead Air Animal. James composes the scores for his own films, and most of the music is recorded before the film has begun production, the scores generally inspire the screenplay and visuals.
J. M. Stelly is a director/writer/artist from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He's worked with bands such as DOWN, To Kill a Party, Jason Martin and many more. He is known for Abacus and The Demonologist.
John Burr is an award-winning writer/director with a master's degree in production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Born in Boston and raised in Dallas, John moved to Los Angeles in 2004, where he has written, directed and produced over two dozen short films, gaining recognition at the Palm Springs and Big Bear Film Festivals. In 2013, his television directorial debut, the hour-long drama pilot BOOTS, was awarded top honors for a student project at the Burbank International Film Festival. In 2014, his feature script MUSE received acclaim from various screenplay competitions, reaching the second round in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and the semifinalist round for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship. A thrilling character-driven drama based on an Irish legend, MUSE would go on to become John's feature directorial debut.
Jonathan Thomas Martin
In 2011, Jonathan released the short film "An Evening with My Comatose Mother," and by the end of its two year festival run, the film played in over 100 film festivals, received numerous positive reviews from critics, gained a distribution deal from Shorts International, and won 76 awards, becoming the most awarded horror short film of all-time for a period of five years. He is also the Director & Founder of FilmQuest which has quickly become recognized as one the top genre film festivals in the world. It was honored in just its second season as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee. The fest has become Utah’s largest summer film event, and its second biggest festival in terms of length and amount of films shown behind Sundance.
Kim Garland is an award-winning writer/director originally from Hell's Kitchen, NYC. She is a graduate of Columbia University, with a degree in Creative Writing, and studied screenwriting at The New School University in New York. She's worked in literary acquisition at Braven Films, as a columnist for Script magazine, and as a Story Producer for MTV. Kim has written and directed multiple films, including award-winning short films Vivienne Again (2012) and The End of Mara (2016). Through her production company City Kid Films, she's screened her work internationally at numerous film festivals & screening series.
Mark is a prolific writer with experience in theatre, audio and most predominantly film. He is in post-production on his directorial debut Guardians from his own script. He has written for studios such as Nu-Image Films and his shorts have won awards all over the world. He is a founder member of the award winning company Braine Hownd Films.
Preston DeFrancis is a screenwriter, an award-winning director, and an educator. Preston came to Los Angeles via his hometown of Wheeling, West Virginia. He began his career in development at HBO/Cinemax, where he contributed to dozens of projects, including the THE KNICK from director Steven Soderbergh and OUTCAST from Robert Kirkman. He then worked as a writer on Cinemax’s acclaimed period drama QUARRY and as script coordinator on MANHUNT: UNABOMBER, a new drama premiering on the Discovery Channel in August 2017. Preston also enjoys working with the next generation of film artists. He has taught courses at USC and Relativity School in cinematic sound and screenwriting. While at HBO, he won the Richard D. Parsons Award for his work with the Young Storytellers Foundation, helping underserved youth find the power of their voices through screenwriting.
Rebecca G. Stone
Rebecca Stone is a Los Angeles-based member of the Producers Guild of America with over 50 produced credits and counting. Her most recently produced feature projects include THE RACHELS, a dramatic thriller for Mar Vista Entertainment, which aired on Lifetime in January & February, and RUIN ME, an independent horror / psychological thriller, which is making the festival rounds this fall. Other projects include “Wonder Women,” a documentary series about ordinary women doing extraordinary things across the globe, which won the 2017 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Travel & Adventure Program, and THE OTHER SIDE OF HOME, a documentary about the lasting effects of the Armenian Genocide that was short-listed for the 2017 Oscars in the Short Documentary category.
Samuel Goodwin grew up in the mountains just past Denver, Colorado. Samuel ultimately aspires to write and direct feature films within his home state, but he’s prepared to wander a while before ending up there. When Sam isn’t making films, he tries to snowboard through winters and backpack through summers. He’s proud to have graduated from the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts in 2014.
Tom Harryman has performed, designed, and produced on stages around the U.S. and has been a member of Actor’s Equity Association since 1978. In 1983 he performed with Follies on Broadway at The Moulin Rouge d’Orleans on the corner of Bourbon and St. Louis in The French Quarter. He lives in West Michigan with his wife Fran and is a faculty member at Muskegon Community College. Film roles include Father Michael in Waterwalk (2012), The Hobo in Ruin Me (2017), and The Furnace Guy in Coming Up for Air (in production; 2017). Recent stage roles include Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, Polonius in Hamlet, Clown #2 in The 39 Steps, Tony in Outside Mullingar and his solo performances in own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Topher started making backyard films on his friend's VHS-C camera which lead to producing television spots and then on to becoming a full time actor. Topher has produced two features with Director Chris Goodwin: Truth Cocktail and On The 7th Date. Although he's tackled them all separately Dark Roast is Topher's first major jump into writing, producing, acting, and directing all at once. With an amazing cast and crew on board we managed to make a bloody, funny, rock n' roll good time for the whole family... mostly the whole family.
Trenton Colbert was born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI. Trenton began acting at the young age 5 when he scored a walk-on role w/ Mickey Rooney in the traveling rendition of "The Wizard of Oz" and ever since has kept going. Now residing in Los Angeles, Trenton is pursuing a career in music under the moniker "Gene Yus". As he takes a break from acting for awhile, Trenton says "Ruin Me" is his most exciting gig to date!
Online ticket pre-sales end Thursday, September 21st at 12:00 PM.
Tickets WILL BE AVAILABLE at the door for ALL screenings. Cash and Credit Cards accepted.
Festival Venue | Castillo Blanco Art Studios | 4321 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117