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As momentum builds for new film projects of mine, a couple of my past flicks are getting some very cool film fest spotlight.  My most recent film, Ratline, is an Official Selection of the 2013 Scare-A-Con film festival (formerly the Syracuse International Horror, Sci-Fi, And Fantasy Film Festival), kicking off its fourteenth year this Friday the 13th.  

We are nominated in a whopping six categories:  Best Makeup FX (Jim Wayer), Best Actress (Emily Haack), Best Actor (Jason Christ), Best Writer (I co-wrote the screenplay with Jason Christ), Best Director (me), and Best Picture.  

The film fest takes place in Verona, New York, and is part of a sprawling, celebrity-packed horror, sci-fi, and paranormal convention.  Ratline screens Saturday, September 14th, at 5pm.  Full film fest schedule and other details are here.

An older film of mine, China White Serpentine (2003) will be celebrating its ten year anniversary in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the 2013 PollyGrind Film Festival.  China White Serpentine stars DJ Vivona and Eli DeGeer.  I co-wrote and co-directed the movie with Robin Garrels.  The movie will screen in the fest's "Special Underrated Gem Showcase" at midnight, October 13th.  The location, full screening schedule, and other info can be found here.

The PollyGrind slate also includes two new films that thoroughly impressed me.  Jonas (2013), directed by Adam Rehmeier, will be making its world theatrical premiere at the fest, and A Measure Of The Sin (2013), directed by Jeff Wedding, will be making its Nevada premiere.  PollyGrind's reputation for presenting the best of the best of indie genre films grows bigger every year, so if you find yourself in or near Vegas this October, be sure to check it out.

Leaving the past, and looking forward to the future... I just finished the third draft of a horror screenplay that is shaping up to be my next feature.  I can't name the title yet, or discuss the plot, or divulge any other details - but about two weeks ago I had a very productive phone meeting with the producer.  He was enthusiastic about Draft 2, but our chat shed light on a lot of positive changes I could implement for Draft 3.  I was excited about making these improvements... but a little caught off guard when I was only given two weeks to deliver the new draft - a situation that was incredibly challenging, considering how jam-packed my schedule already was.  But I did it.  I'd been very happy with the second draft, but Draft 3 is a huge improvement.  I met a tight deadline and I was overjoyed with the results on a creative level... so things are going well.

In other news (pertaining to the future), a film I directed 2nd unit for, We Are What We Are, now has both an official release date and trailer.  We Are What We Are is about  the Parker family's gruesome, secret tradition of cannibalism, and how it impacts the community they live in.  The movie, directed by Jim Mickle, will hit select theaters September 27th.  Feast your eyes on the delicious preview trailer here.

Thanks for reading.

- Eric Stanze

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