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'High Ground' shows the richness and brutality of Australia's history

The origins of High Ground are found in the landscapes of Northern Australia where its director, Stephen Maxwell Johnson, grew up, and therefore the story's time period and concept hold deep meaning for him.

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'Finding You' feels like a classic destination romance with some fun twists

Finding You originally stemmed from the 2011 novel There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones. Director Brian Baugh fell in love with the book after one of the film's executive producers brought him the novel. Baugh said he and the EP were both super exc...

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'Locked In' with writer-director Carlos Gutierrez

Mena Suvari stars as Maggie, a single mom of a teenage daughter who has taken one wrong turn after another, leading her to live hand-to-mouth in a rundown motel, working at a self-storage facility. Living in fear and desperate for money, Maggie makes...

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'The Reckoning' highlights the importance of feminism in horror

Disclaimer: I’m a fan of Neil Marshall’s prior work; specifically, the feature The Descent. For me, it’s brutal in all the right ways.

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Childhood-friends-turned-filmmakers David Charbonier and Justin Powell on their film 'The Djinn'

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing the writing-directing team of the upcoming supernatural horror, The Djinn. Set in present-day, The Djinn follows a non-verbal boy trapped in his apartment with a sinister demon after making an innocent wis...

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Write On with 'Feral State' Writer-Director Jon Carlo

Feral State is the story of a misfit gang of runaways and orphans who are taken in by a dark and charismatic father figure and together wreak havoc throughout swamps and trailer parks in central Florida. Writer-Director Jon Carlo talks to Write On ab...

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Thinking up 'The Unthinkable'

The Unthinkable can be described as an existential disaster film. It tells the story of a troubled pianist in Sweden who must return to his childhood village as the country is under attack by a nebulous foreign threat. These attacks extend to the vil...

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John Berardo on his student film becoming the feature horror 'Initiation'

John Berardo grew up in Oklahoma knowing he wanted to get into filmmaking. So he packed his bags for California and got a Theatre Directing BA from UCLA, before heading to USC for a Cinema Production MFA.

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Kelly Oxford discusses writing and directing her first film, 'Pink Skies Ahead'

Sometimes having a project go from text to film is a matter of having the right script at the right time.

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